That ’70s Show was an extremely popular sitcom that aired from 1998 to 2006 and introduced us to numerous unforgettable characters. A group of best friends from high school gathered in Eric Forman’s basement where they talked about different friendship, school, and love issues. We laughed with Jackie and Kelso, Hyde and Fez, and Eric’s girlfriend Donna, as well as their parents and siblings. In January 2023 the sequel to the series was released, named That ’90s Show which centers around Eric’s daughter Leia who visits her grandparents Red and Kitty for the summer. In this article, we are bringing you sitcoms similar to these two so get ready for the 12 best shows like That 70s Show and That 90s Show.
3rd Rock From the Sun (1996 – 2001)
What it’s about: This hilarious sitcom with a brilliant cast tells the story of a group of aliens sent to Earth to experience life there and report it to their planet. Disguised as humans, they have to pretend to be a normal family consisting of a college professor, his sister and brother, and his teenage son. They are given all human emotion which they often don’t understand and can’t deal with which brings them into numerous funny situations.
Why you should watch it: From a great story to an outstanding cast, this is an unforgettable sitcom that brings us a somewhat different story than usual. It is witty, intelligent, and full of dark and ironic humor which makes it a must-watch.
Friends (1994 – 2004)
What it’s about: One of the most popular and beloved sitcoms of all time is this comedy about six best friends from New York City who spend their days hanging out and making conversations about their private and professional lives. Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Ross, Rachel, and Joey were parts of the lives of many viewers who grew up with them, enjoying their funny dialogues and hilarious situations they used to get themselves into.
Why you should watch it: This sitcom is an homage to friendship and it gives us hope that there are people who will stand by us when we need them, in hardships and wonderful times. It is a sitcom that influenced many other comedies and it will remain a pillar for many more to come.
Popular (1999 – 2001)
What it’s about: Sam and Brooke are two girls on the opposite side of the high school popularity chain. But when their single parents meet and fall in love they will have to start accepting each other and their completely different views on friendship and school. We follow them and their friends’ hardships through slightly parodic situations which nevertheless give us a good insight into the American school system and its students.
Why you should watch it: If you are into something a bit weird and wacky, with a lot of good humor and interesting characters, Popular is a tv series you should give a go. It is full of intrigue and it gives us a very honest and brave, sometimes even over-the-top view of the way teenagers behave.
New Girl (2011 – 2018)
What it’s about: Jess is an easy-going and laid-back young woman who, after a tough break-up, moves to an all-male apartment. She is an unordinary teacher who moves in with three men she has never seen before and soon becomes one of their best friends, despite all her crazy ways and sometimes completely indescribable behavior.
Why you should watch it: This is a well-cast tv series, with an unforgettable female lead character, played by Zoey Deschanel who proved perfect for the role. It can at times be a bit exaggerated and forced but if you have nothing against that type of humor, you might find it refreshing and entertaining.
Seinfeld (1989 – 1998)
What it’s about: Seinfeld is a classic among sitcoms, this brilliant tv series introduces us to a group of four friends who spend time hanging out in Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment or at the local diner where they discuss the most intimate things from their everyday lives. Jerry, his ex-girlfriend Elaine and best friends Kramer and George are dealing with love problems, family issues, and all things that thirty and forty-something people face every day.
Why you should watch it: Raw, sarcastic and hilarious are three words to describe the humor in this iconic sitcom, full of immaculate performances and unforgettable characters. It is another great story about friendship, but cruder and more honest than many we are used to seeing on TV.
Freaks and Geeks (1999 – 2000)
What it’s about: This tv series takes us back to the 1980s when we meet two different groups of teenagers, the Freaks and the Geeks. The Freaks are led by charismatic Daniel Desario and tomboy Lindsay Weir and the Geeks by Lindsay’s younger brother Sam and his friends Bill and Neal. We follow all the problems teenagers face in high school, from love problems to acceptance and drug and alcohol issues.
Why you should watch it: Even though it lasted only one year, this was a great little show that brought us the atmosphere, music, and fashion of the eighties. It is a show where many of us will find ourselves and compare ourselves with its characters, played by some of the most promising young actors then, such as Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel.
Happy Days (1974 – 1984)
What it’s about: This family comedy served as an influence for many upcoming sitcoms and should be mentioned when talking about tv series that deal with friends, family, and all their issues. It follows the Cuningham family who lives in the 1950s and goes through various life situations with help of a lovable and almost superhuman Fonzie.
Why you should watch it: If you are a fan of older Hollywood cinematography, you shouldn’t miss this lovely sitcom directed by the great Garry Marshall. With an extraordinary cast, witty dialogues, and interesting situations, it is a tv show that will give you an insight into the suburban lives in the 1950s.
Scrubs (2001 – 2010)
What it’s about: This sitcom is situated in a fictional Sacred Heart Hospital in California where we follow the private and professional lives of a group of medical interns. It is narrated by John J.D. Dorian who is trying to make his best, surrounded by the sometimes harsh world of medicine. He has his best friend around and other interns who are dealing with similar problems.
Why you should watch it: Full of clever and funny humor and dialogue, Scrubs is a sitcom you will definitely enjoy watching. It has interesting characters played by a brilliant cast and it brings us a somewhat changed setting from the usual coffee shops and leading characters’ living room
Community (2009 – 2015)
What it’s about: A former lawyer has to attend community college after being suspended for faking his bachelor’s degree. He forms a Spanish study group in order to get with a student in his Spanish class and soon his group becomes one of the most interesting there. More and more people start attending it and soon this group of misfits forms an interesting community.
Why you should watch it: It is simply brilliant, from its cast and dialogue to its characters and the situations they find themselves in. If you are a fan of British humor, you might find this sitcom even more interesting, since it is a bit darker and more ironic than the humor we are used to in American tv shows.
Malcolm in the Middle (2000 – 2006)
What it’s about: This funny and original sitcom revolves around a young boy named Malcolm and his unusual family consisting of three brothers, a mother, and a father. We follow the everyday situations in his family, seen and narrated from his point of view. We meet his eccentric father Hal, strict mother Lois, and his wild brothers Reese, Dewey, and Francis who are making his teenage life even more difficult than it already is at that age.
Why you should watch it: If you want to laugh out loud at the extreme situations this family finds themselves in, you shouldn’t miss any of the episodes. It is a hilarious, often over-the-top, and completely crazy sitcom that will make some of your family issues seem minor compared to theirs.
How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)
What it’s about: Each episode of this sitcom starts with a father retelling his love story to his children, giving them all the details about him meeting their mother. We meet Ted and his four friends, Barney, Robin, Lily, and Marshall who are going through thick and thin with him. We are witnessing all the memories Ted has about himself and his friends, all of which led to the one we are all waiting for, him meeting the love of his life.
Why you should watch it: This is a sitcom that celebrates friendship and shows how even the most difficult life situations can be overcome with the help of your friends. It is funny and emotional and it has some of the most iconic characters and lines ever.
Boy Meets World (1993 – 2000)
What it’s about: Cory Matthews and his best friend Shawn Hunter are two young schoolboys who we meet in this excellent sitcom. We are following and witnessing their issues with school and girls. They are not popular and they are constantly getting into trouble, mostly with the school principal, Mr. Feeny, and the cool boys named Harley, Joey, and Frankie.
Why you should watch it: This sitcom is one of the best portrayals of a group of outcasts in school who are struggling to go through their educational years as smoothly as possible. It is an honest and realistic portrayal of school kids we all could identify ourselves with. It is heartwarming and moving and it has some of the most lovable characters we have ever met on TV.