9 Best Workplace / Office Sitcoms in History, Ranked
We all know how boring the workplace can be at times, thank God for office comedy sitcoms.
Read on to find out the best workplace TV series to watch whenever you’re bored or just desire a nostalgic trip.
Our listing encompasses oldies from the 70s, 80s and 90s to newer shows that cover a wide variety of fictional office settings including hospitals, schools, police departments and so much more.
Here we go!
The Steve Harvey Show
This comedy oldie ran for six seasons from 1996 to 2002, starring Steve Harvey as Steve Hightower, the show’s lead.
Steve is a retired 1970s R&B artist who after some failed employment attempts, managed to land a job as a music teacher in high school. Each humor-packed episode showcases the teacher as he adapts to a nine-to-five job and has to deal with troublemaking students.
Steve Harvey is joined by comedy legends Cedric the Entertainer, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Dorien Wilson, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell and Terri J. Vaughn.
Renowned actors such as Meagan Good, Gabriel Union, Boris Kodjoe, Aloma Wright, and Dorian Gregory also feature in the sitcom.
87% of Google Users love the show, which rates at 6.6/10 on IMDb.
This classic sitcom brought out the bright side of a court in nine humorous seasons that ran from 1984 to 1992.
It centers on the night shift of a municipal court in Manhattan, which is headed by a young unorthodox judge Harold “Harry” T Stone played by Harry Anderson.
The amazing cast team that made this show a masterpiece include John Larroquette, Markie Post, Charlie Robinson, Richard Moll, Selma Diamond, and Marsha Warfield among others.
With a 90% rating on Google Reviews and 7.7/10 on IMDb, you won't regret bingeing on this one.
You’d never get tired of watching and re-watching this hospital sitcom. Running for eight seasons from 2001 to 2010, Scrubs focuses on the hospital team of Sacred Hearts.
Oh no, far from dull and scary as you'd expect a hospital to be especially with the hilarious protagonist J.D. (Zach Braff), his best friend Turk (Donald Faison) and arch-nemesis the janitor (Neil Flynn).
The rest of the main cast that shaped this beloved comedy show include John C. McGinley as Dr Cox, Ken Jenkins as the hospital chief of medicine Bob Kelso, Sarah Chalke as Elliot Reid, Jud Reyes as Carla Espinosa, Christa Miller as Jordan, Sam Lloyd as Ted, Robert Maschio as Todd, Aloma Wright as Nurse Roberts and Johnny Kastl as Doug.
Scrubs scores 8.4/10 on IMDb, 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and 86% on Google Review.
This sitcom shows what goes on inside AM news radio station in New York, but with rapid-fire jokes and hilarious situations.
It ran for five seasons from 1995 to 1999 and featured an ensemble cast including the late Phil Hartman in his final TV role, Jon Lovitz, Dave Foley, Andy Dick, Vicki Lewis, Khandi Alexander, Joe Rogan, Maura Tierney and Stephen Root.
The audience and critics loved this show so much that it rated at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8/10 on IMDb and 87% on Google Review.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Though it aired in the 1970s (1970-1977), this award-winning sitcom is ever so fresh!
Featuring an all-star cast and an iconic storyline, this sitcom focuses on Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), a single independent woman focusing on her career as an associate producer at a news station in Minneapolis.
The show was a ground-breaking hit, covering the topic of female independence in an era of second-wave feminism. It has been highly acclaimed by critics in addition to its many accolades including 29 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Most of the main cast members are no longer with us, but they will forever be remembered through this epic sitcom. They include Mary Richards, Govin MacLeod, Edward Asner, Betty White, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman, Lisa Gerritsen, and Penny Marshall among others.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show scores 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.2/10 on IMDb and 83% on Google Review.
Another award-winning show to entertain you. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a police comedy TV series that aired from 2013 to 2021 for eight seasons.
The sitcom is highly acclaimed for tackling serious topics such as police brutality, racial discrimination and LGBTQ+ portrayal while retaining a sense of humor.
It has won several awards, including Golden Globes, Primetime Emmys and GLAAD Media Award.
The top cast members who portray the New York City Police Department (NYPD) team include, Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Stephanie Bearitz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, and Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a whopping 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, 95% on Google Review and 8.4/10 on IMDb.
Parks and Recreation
There is something unexplainably sweet about mockumentary sitcoms like this favorite Parks and Recreation, which aired for seven seasons from 2009 to 2015.
A spinoff of The Office, Parks and Recreation follows a political satire plot brought to life by an A-list cast including Amy Poehler, Rashinda Jones, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Ben Schwartz, Jim O’Heir, Retta among others.
The sitcom boasts numerous accolades including, 14 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award win for Poehler and Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.
In ratings, Parks and Recreation score 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.6/10 on IMDb and 91% on Google Review.
I bet you don't see many shows that depict a bar workplace. Cheers is one of those rare successes that ran for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993.
Mr Mayor star Ted Danson features as the lead Sam Malone, the owner and head bartender of Cheers bar in Boston. Danson is joined by Nicholas Colasanto as the second bartender Coach Ernie Pantusso and two waitresses Shelley Long as Diane Chambers and Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli.
The show also includes Woody Harrelson, Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, and George Wendt.
During its run, Cheers gained a cult following and was acclaimed as one of the best series in history. It also hit an award record of 28 Primetime Emmy Awards from 117 nominations.
It rates 7.9/10 on IMDb, 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and 84% on Google Review.
Another mockumentary sitcom, The Office, depicts the basic life of the office workers of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
It ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013 and scooped several awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, Peabody Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The show couldn't have been as amazing as it is without the performance of the icons Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Angela Kinsey, and Creed Bratton, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms among others.
The Office scores 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, 9/10 on IMDb and 94% on Google Review.