Best Comedy Shows on Netflix
If you’re anything like the majority of the population, you most likely have a Netflix account, or you know someone who lets you use theirs. Netflix is great for streaming movies! Although more recently people have used it to stream endless TV shows, and most likely used it to avoid their responsibilities. Some viewers are into watching dramas or investigation shows, but people have been drawn to the best comedy shows on Netflix. Once you start one of these shows, it’s hard to stop the automatic timer that takes you right to the next episode. But for when there aren’t any more episodes to automatically play, here is a helpful list of some of the best comedies available on Netflix! Hopefully this will help you to move right on to the next TV series and avoid the dreaded “show hole”.
20. Arrested Development
This dysfunctional Bluth family was once at the top of real estate development in California. But when the family business goes broke, they’re suddenly very poor. They move into a model home that is left over. The patriarch of the family is George Bluth is thrown into prison. His wife Lucille and their daughter Lindsay are spoiled rotten and can’t handle this new life. Many laughs occur as they experience life as most of us do!
19. Freaks and Geeks
Set in the 1980’s there’s two different groups of teenagers, the Freaks with cool and charismatic characters and the Geeks with shy,gentle and awkward. The show tells the story of the normal teen/adolescence problems most teens go through including acceptance, drugs, drinking, and bullying.
18. Orange Is The New Black
In 2013, Netflix decided to start streaming their own original content, and these shows have become some of the most popular ones. Orange Is The New Black (OITNB) is their most-watched original series, and has definitely been a favorite for binge watchers over the past three years. The show follows Piper Chapman, a woman in her mid 30s who was convicted of a crime she committed ten years ago. She has to learn how to live in jail, and she’s challenged with figuring out her relationship with her ex-girlfriend, Alex Vause, who is being held in the same facility (and mentioned Piper in the trial that got her in jail in the first place).
The popular series has won four Emmy’s, and people continue to look forward to the fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons that were promised to viewers. This show is a Netflix classic, and is definitely one that all Netflix enthusiasts should watch at some point in their binging career.
17. The Office (US/UK)
While there is always a lot of debate about which version of The Office is better, both are extremely popular on Netflix. The UK version came first and was a show on BBC (a British station, which gives viewers British and English shows); the US version of the show is one of the only succesful American spin-offs of a British series. The show follows the day to day lives of coworkers in an office, with a less than pleasant boss. The UK version of The Office takes place in Slough (a town as dreary as it sounds), and the US version takes place in Scranton, PA.
While we’re comparing the two, the UK version of the show has two seasons, while the US series went on for much longer with nine seasons, giving their viewers more time to get into get into the character’s stories and appreciate all of the snarky humor along the way. With rivalries, romance, and sarcasm galore, this show (specifically the US version) has become one of my personal favorites, and a favorite of Netflix watchers everywhere.
The IT Crowd
If you’re interested in shows that aren’t American, British series are definitely ones that you should look into, specifically the British sitcom The IT Crowd. Set in London, the show follows three members of an IT department. One’s a genius, one’s shy, and the other one doesn’t know anything about IT (she’s the manager of the department, by the way). The IT Crowd has been called witty, absurd, goofy, and has been a favorite among British sitcoms. Over its four seasons, the show has won awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (which is kind of like the International Emmy’s). The show was so successful that NBC tried to create an American version of it, but unlike the popular series The Office, it never happened. Sometimes, the original is all you need!
16. Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation, otherwise knows as Parks and Rec, is another popular TV series that Netflix offers for viewers. The show is a political comedy that follows an employee of a Parks and Recreation department, and is filmed in the same style as The Office, making the two shows slightly competitive. The main character continuously tries to bring new ideas to the table, but is consistently set back by bureaucracy. Netflix enthusiasts are always quick to recommend Parks and Rec as the next show that should be on your binging list. The show is an Emmy nominee and was named TIME’s number one TV series of 2012. Parks and Rec would be a great option for your next binging session. And even if you’re a fan of The Office, don’t be afraid to give it a try!
15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Another Netflix original series and favorite of Netflix watchers is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which released in 2015. So far, the show has two seasons, but was renewed for a third. The series follows a girl named Kimmy Schmidt, as she tries to figure out her new life in New York City after recently being rescued from a doomsday cult in Indiana. Just like other Netflix originals, the show is very popular and has been nominated for many awards; Scott Meslow also called it “the first great sitcom of the streaming era”. So if you’re looking for a show that is filled with goofy, quirky, and witty humor, this should be next on your list! And just like Orange Is The New Black, it’s a Netflix original and can’t be found anywhere else (sorry Hulu users).
In 2014, Netflix announced that Friends would be available in 2015, and all we can say is thank you, Netflix. This one’s a classic, and probably one of the most beloved TV shows of all time. If you haven’t watched all ten seasons of Friends, can you really call yourself a binge watcher? But even if you haven’t, it’s alright. Although you definitely need to make this one of your Netflix priorities. The show follows six friends who all live in NYC, and are just trying to figure out their lives. The series has different types of humor, and is very relatable for everyone who watches it. The episodes are ones that don’t ever get old, and it’s a great show to watch with your friends (which makes sense, given the name of the show).
We all know that shows are better when laughing together, so gather them up and watch all ten seasons as soon as you can. You won’t regret watching this classic!
13. Fuller House
Fuller House was definitely one of the most anticipated Netflix original series to be released. Before the show came out, social media went crazy with all the excitement leading up to the spin off series of the beloved Full House. The show follows DJ Tanner, who is all grown up with her own family. After she loses her husband, Stephanie and Kimmy come back to help her out and the three take on parenthood together. This heartfelt show is filled with wholesome comedy, but also unexpectedly throws in some modern humor that viewers are more used to. If you’re looking for a show that will make you laugh and simultaneously give you a happier heart, then this one is probably perfect for you. And they just came out with their second season, so you’re in luck!
12. How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) is one of the first shows that people recommend to you when they find out you have a Netflix account. This series follows Ted Mosby in his search for his children’s mother, aka his future wife; it’s set up so that in 2030 he is retelling his kids the story of how he met their mother (makes sense with the title right). The viewer spends the entire show wondering who Ted is going to end up with, and also follows his four friends and their life in Manhattan along the way. The series is goofy, romantic, and an all around great comedy. It’s also 9 seasons long, so it’s a good show if you’re looking for a more serious binging commitment.
HIMYM is a highly rated show, with 28 Emmy nominations and 9 awards. And there are also rumors of a spin off coming soon, so now would be a good time to catch up on what you’ve been missing out on!
If you’re a fan of classics and older shows, then Cheers is definitely something you should plan on watching. Cheers was central to the creation of the comedies that came after it. The show revolves around a bar in Boston, owned by an ex-baseball player named Sam Malone. His staff and customers all act like a big family, and love spending their time in the place “where everybody knows your name”.
Cheers is a show that is loved by multiple generations, and the witty humor is refreshing in the midst of what seems to be all the same level of comedy in modern television. The show leaves its viewers feeling nostalgic and keeps them laughing throughout their 11 seasons. You won’t be disappointed, it was rated #11 on TV Guide’s list of the 60 Greatest Shows of All Time. So if you’ve been watching more recent shows and need something different, Cheers is the answer!
10. Family Guy
Comedies aren’t just limited to live action shows, there are plenty of cartoons as well! And if you’re going to watch a cartoon comedy, Family Guy is a great one to watch. It’s been around since the early 2000’s, and the show is 15 seasons (14 available on Netflix) in with most likely many more to come. This TV series is about Peter Griffin, his dysfunctional family, their sociopathic baby, and their surprisingly intelligent dog. The show is a bit more raunchy compared to other comedies, and for some people that’s funnier than other types of humor. So if none of the previous shows have stood out to you, this might be a good choice for your next Netflix binge.
9. American Dad!
And for when you finish Family Guy, American Dad! is right there in the “more like this” tab. The two shows are extremely similar, and have the same raunchy humor that many people have come to love over the past 10-15 years. American Dad! is about a dad who is a CIA agent and his family (oh yeah, and there’s an alien thrown in there too). The show was also nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. Ten of the twelve seasons are available on Netflix, and it is another great show to commit to if you enjoyed Family Guy.
8. New Girl
Another witty show that many Netflix users will recommend is New Girl. The show is romantic, witty, and quirky which keeps the viewers laughing at the characters adventures throughout the series. New Girl, which takes place in Los Angeles, is about a girl named Jess who moves in with three single guys after a breakup. Jess is played by Zooey Deschanel, and she is a bubbly, “adorkable” school teacher. Some of the plot also follows the romance between her and her roommate Nick, who is originally from Chicago; he is played by Jake Johnson. There were 6 seasons made but only five of them are available on Netflix. Following these roommates and their adventures in LA is one you won’t want to miss! The show is funny, cute, and you’ll probably fall in love with it and its characters just like so many others have.
7. Jane The Virgin
Jane The Virgin is a less known show on Netflix, and only has two of the three seasons available, but has been loved by its viewers. This satirical, romantic comedy takes place in Miami and is centered around a girl named Jane. She is hard-working, very religious, and wants to wait till marriage, but is then accidentally artificially inseminated during a check-up. And to make things worse, the father is her former teenage crush and he’s married. Jane has to navigate this unusual mistake, and work things out with her boyfriend (that should be interesting). The show is quirky, romantic, and has an extremely different plotline compared to other shows. So if you’re interested in watching something kind of off-beat that isn’t a long commitment, binging this show over a couple weeks would be perfect for you!
6. Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls is a favorite of some of my best friends, and for a good reason! The show is a feel-good comedy, with a lot of romance (and who doesn’t like romance). Gilmore Girls is about a single mom, Lorelai, and her daughter Rory. They are trying to make it on their own, but proves difficult at some times. Lorelai is also consistently at odds with her wealthy parents, which doesn’t make things any easier. The show has been critically acclaimed and was listed as one of TIME magazine’s “All-Time 100 TV Shows” in 2007. This TV series was extremely popular in the early 2000s, and is making quite a comeback!
People are not only watching the original series again and again, but Netflix also just released a four-part mini-series called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Fans everywhere have been so excited about the mini-series, and it has proved to be just as heartwarming as the original. So get ready to feel all comfy and cozy inside for all seven seasons!
Now this one’s a little different, but is definitely a show you need to add to your long list of things to watch on Netflix if you’re into musicals. Galavant is the story of a knight named Galavant who wants to “save his fair lady” and become a hero. Throughout the show there is tongue-in-cheek comedy, and the characters break out into song which is great for the musical lover who is looking for a new comedy to binge. It also isn’t that long of a time commitment, with only two seasons. After the first two, it was cancelled based on mixed reviews. People either loved it, or didn’t, so why not give it a try and see what you think of this peculiar comedy!
4. Last Man Standing
Another lesser known show, but Last Man Standing is something that more people should be watching. Tim Allen returns in his first sitcom since Home Improvement, and this time he’s playing Mike Baxter, a conservative father and director of marketing for Outdoor Man, a chain of sporting goods stores. His life sounds pretty manly right? Well he’s surrounded by women, including his wife and three daughters. As his wife’s career takes off, he has to figure out how to take care of his three daughters and survive amidst all the girls. The show has six seasons, and five of them are available to viewers on Netflix. Last Man Standing is a great show to start, and the show is automatically even better because of Tim Allen!
3.Netflix Presents: The Characters
Now taking a completely different approach to comedy, Netflix came out with The Characters. The show has no rules, just eight different up-and-coming comedians that have the opportunity to do whatever they want. The show has been called absurd and quirky, but this sketch comedy would be an interesting one to watch next! It’s different than anything else you will find, and it’ll give you a break from having to keep up with story lines. You can watch them in any order you want, and there’s really no commitment at all; just a lot of laughs! This series covers everything from The Bachelor to biblical parodies, so there’s something for everyone. And it isn’t just stand up comedy, there’s more production to it than that.
If you and your group of friends are looking for something that is just thirty minutes of comedy, then these eight episodes would probably be perfect for you. Although the rating is TV-MA (for mature audiences), so be sure to consider that before watching this one. But in general, The Characters is short, funny, and completely different from anything you’ve ever binged before!
2.Grace and Frankie
If you’re interested in shows with more “grown up” humor, look no further than Grace and Frankie. Grace and Frankie think that they have it all set when they retire, until their husbands announce that they are in love with each other and plan on getting married (plot twist!). The two are complete opposites, but become unlikely friends while dealing with that interesting surprise. Grace is a retired cosmetics mogul, who is played by Jane Fonda, and Frankie, a retired hippie art teacher, is played by Lily Tomlin. The series is another Netflix original that has been very popular, and combines mature comedy with wittiness and heartfelt scenes, that create an all around great show. Grace and Frankie has already had two seasons, and was just renewed for a third.
1.That ‘70s Show
That ‘70s Show is different from other comedies because it’s a period sitcom. If you’re wondering what it was like to grow up in the ‘70s, or just want to re-live those times, this good is great. The series follows Eric Forman and his group of teenage friends. It takes place in Wisconsin, from May 17th, 1976, to December 31st, 1979 (conveniently the show ends when the ‘70s did). The TV series was nominated for sixteen Primetime Emmy Awards, and multiple Teen Choice Awards. With goofy humor and sometimes rebellious adventures, That ‘70s Show will keep you wanting to watch all eight seasons.
So whether you’re looking for a mainstream comedy series, a British sitcom, something a little more heartwarming, or even a comedy that’s basically a musical, Netflix has it. The options are endless! Enjoy watching the best comedy shows on Netflix with friends, or (most likely what you’re doing) avoiding responsibilities, like the rest of us.