The Nine Best Sitcom Couches

The sitcom has evolved a great deal through the years, ever since Jackie Gleason used space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife on The Honeymooners (credit: another sitcom, which first pointed out the metaphor, Futurama). Characters have changed, humor has changed, animation has been added, family dynamics are a bit different, settings are different, jobs are different… And yet, one thing has remained the same. They’ve all needed somewhere to sit. Couches are an aaaaaawesome place to sit. Here are the nine sitcoms with the best couches in TV history.

9. Seinfeld
The reason this couch is on the list is the same reason it only comes in at number nine. Namely, it’s memorable (huzzah!) because it has a disturbing urine stain on it that came from Poppie the pizza maker (eeeeewwwwww). Ultimately, it comes in handy because George is willing to own a urine couch if he just turns the cushion over.

8. Married… with Children
The couch on Married… with Children sure was butt-ugly. But both Peg and Al loved the hell out of it. It was a comforting place where Al could put his hand down his pants every week, or Peg could watch crappy TV and eat bon-bons. It even had an episode dedicated to it, albeit an episode from the mediocre later seasons.

7. That 70′s Show
I’m referring, of course, to the one in the basement where the gang hangs out. It’s the 1970s and a bunch of teenage kids hang out around this particular couch. That means that this couch was at the epicenter of all the fun things kids do when they’re in high school, especially in the 1970s.

6. The Cosby Show
The couch on The Cosby Show is easily the nicest couch on this list. And it should be. It was owned by a doctor who was married to a lawyer. They had a really nice home. But the couch on The Cosby Show was much more than just a nice couch. It was perfectly functional. Think of all of the wisdom that Cliff and Claire provided from that couch. Think of all of the football that Cliff and Theo watched. Think of all the times Cliff and Claire made out on the couch. It was a good couch.

5. The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon has put a lot of thought into this couch. It is the “single point of consistency in an ever-changing world”, and sitting anywhere else can throw his entire universe into disarray. Any couch that inspires that type of devotion clearly deserves a spot in the Sitcom Couch Hall of Fame.

4. Roseanne
ABC’s hit about a regular middle class woman trying to make ends meet had the perfect couch to fit the bill. Note the goofy 80′s-esque pattern. Note the afghan on the back of the couch. Lots of people, especially regular middle class people, have afghans on their couch. Roseanne’s couch earned a victory for the furniture of everyday schmucks everywhere, and therefore earns a spot on this list.

3. Beavis and Butthead
It’s ripped. It’s been beaten to pieces. It’s got gas station nacho cheese encrusted all over it. And two kids who likely never bathe sit on it all day long. Beavis and Butthead’s couch has “character”. It earns big points for serving as the focal point of a whole episode, Couch-Fishing, during which the boys find that they can fish out the window from the comfort of their couch.

2. The Dick Van Dyke Show
The couch on The Dick Van Dyke Show has one thing going for it that no other couch ever has, either before or since. It came with a sentient ottoman that knew how to trip Dick each and every week. It had attained the power of thought. That’s scary.

1. The Simpsons
Tell the truth. When you saw the headline, did you think that any other couch could possibly finish in the top spot? There’s absolutely nothing remarkable about the couch on The Simpsons, other than Homer’s ass groove. And yet, it’s been the source of a different couch gag for hundreds upon hundreds of episodes. More fun has come from the couch on The Simpsons than all of the other couches on this list combined. It’s the king of the list, the unquestioned number one.


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22 responses to “The Nine Best Sitcom Couches

  1. WHA???? No “Friends” — Central Perk couch?!?!

    Burnt orange crushed velvet rocks. Just sayin.

  2. Great list, though I’m too young to have seen some of these shows. And for some reason, they never screened Seinfeld here in New Zealand. I haven’t seen a single episode of it.

    Great call with The Simpsons, Homer’s ass groove is unforgettable (“It took me years to forge that groove!”)

  3. Tony

    I agree… the first couch that came to my mind was The Simpsons’ couch. But I also agree with some of the other comments – no mention of the couch from Friends. It was the very next one I thought of after The Simpsons.

  4. I knew the omission of the Friends couch would be a controversial one that might split people into warring factions. The truth is… I’m that clod that never liked Friends.

  5. Fun list! You’re right – The Simpsons simply had to be #1.

  6. goregirl

    Holy crap Kelly Bundy’s hair was crazy! I didn’t like Friends either, although don’t care for those Cosby’s much either. Way too safe and squeaky clean for my taste. I haven’t seen this Big Bang Theory. Actually I have never even heard of it! No cable. I love all your other choices though. Roseanne was the best. Now that was a family sitcom I could stomach! Okay, Dick Van Dyke was pretty squeaky clean too, but I’m a sucker for Mary Tyler Moore. The woman had style. And Simpsons at number one. Couldn’t agree more.

  7. Some epic, unforgettable couches! Awesome list John :D

  8. Matt Stewart

    Fantastic list, great idea! :D

  9. As I was going through the list I was hoping for Simpsons at Number 1!! And there is was!

    Excellent work as ever matey

  10. I love that post but I am in schock that you don’t like Friends.
    Last year I went to California with my girlfriend and we did a visit of the Warner Bros. studios. Our visit finished on the set of Central Perk they still keep up exactly the same when the show was shot. The first question I ask the guide was: Can we sit on the couch? (we are diehard fans of this show btw) He said yes! So I have a picture with my girlfriend on the couch of Central Perk, IMO one of the most famous couch of modern television!
    To sum up, I sit on the couch and I have the picture to prove it!!!

  11. Yep, Simpsons was top in my mind too. Very nice list too =D

  12. The guy who met Kevin Meany

    I have some non-Friends couch-related criticism of you Top 9 list of sitcom couches–aren’t these lists usually Top 10s? I admire that you stood by your principles and omitted the Friends couch, but just about every sitcom has a couch in it. You couldn’t come up with one more so that it was a nice round number? Oh well, at least Married with Children made the list.

    • The lists here are almost never top 10s. I’ve done 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, I think I’ve even gone 14, 15, and 17. There are definitely others (Family Guy, Two and Half Men) but there’s not really much to those couches.

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  14. @da_Rhettster

    What about the psychiatric couch in the Bob Newhart Show? Mr. Carlin? Come ON!

  15. Will

    Where is Malcolm in The Middle? Or Friends? This list is only if hardly half constructed…

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