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.
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.
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.