For decades, Lucille Ball has held the title "The Queen of Comedy." She certainly earned it. Originally a mid-level movie star, Ball immediately became a fixture in the new medium of television. She starred in several immensely popular sitcoms (including the top-rated I Love Lucy) in a nearly uninterrupted run of twenty-three years. In the present day, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has also accumulated stellar credentials. Like Ball, she has starred in several popular sitcoms (including the top-rated Seinfeld) and her television career now spans a period of over thirty years. Ball's impressive and long-standing Emmy award records have now been surpassed by Louis-Dreyfus. Hmm, maybe it's time to crown a new queen.
The decade of the sixties was a golden age for sitcoms. There were plenty of standard, family-oriented comedies, but many of the most popular were those with a gimmick. From Gilligan's Island to Hogan's Heroes to The Beverly Hillbillies, here's a look at a few notable titles.