The 16 Best Comedy TV Shows—Because We Need to Laugh, Dammit

Over the past few years, distractions—like laughter—have become our top priorities. So, we compiled a list of our favorite comedy TV shows (in case you’ve already binge-watched the unintentionally funny Love Is Blind three times over).

From The Office to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, keep scrolling for the 16 best comedy TV shows to watch when you need a good laugh.

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1. The Good Place

  • Cast: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper and Jameela Jamil

The series follows Eleanor Shellstrop as she explores an afterlife community called The Good Place.

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2. Modern Family

  • Cast: Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Parents Phil and Claire are trying to raise their three children, all while managing their relationships with their extended family, who live way too close for comfort.

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3. Black-ish

  • Cast: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marsai Martin and Yara Shahidi

Dre Johnson tries to create a sense of cultural identity within his family when he realizes they’re too assimilated to American culture.

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4. The Office

  • Cast: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski

It follows a paper company that’s filming a documentary about its employees. The series follows the lives of the company’s staff, including branch manager Michael Scott (aka the world’s worst best boss).

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5. Abbott Elementary

  • Cast: Quinta Brunson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Janelle James and Tyler James Williams

The mockumentary-style series follows the hilarious staff of Abbott Elementary.

6. Parks And Recreation

  • Cast: Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman and Chris Pratt

As a midlevel employee of the Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, Leslie Knope has big dreams for the quaint town of Pawnee. Along the way, she faces several obstacles, including cranky neighbors, outdated laws and her boss, Ron Swanson.

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7. 30 Rock

  • Cast: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan

Meet Liz Lemon, the head writer for a live sketch-comedy show. Oh, and did we mention that 30 Rock is loosely based on Saturday Night Live?

8. Schitt’s Creek

  • Cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy and Emily Hampshire

The Rose family is shocked when they suddenly go bankrupt. With only one asset (a small town called Schitt’s Creek) to their name, they must learn to adapt to their new way of living.

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9. Friends

  • Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer

It follows a group of six friends living in (mostly) the same apartment building in New York. What could go wrong?

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10. Arrested Development

  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi

Michael Bluth’s world is turned upside down when his dad, George Sr., is sent to prison. Fear not, Michael—there’s always money in the banana stand.

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11. The Big Bang Theory

  • Who’s in it? Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki

A group of nerdy best friends put their social skills to the test when a pretty girl named Penny moves into the apartment next door. Bazinga!

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12. That ’70s Show

  • Cast: Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Wilmer Valderrama and Debra Jo Rupp

This eclectic group of friends are up to no good. The tie-dye outfits and retro hairstyles are just icing on the cake.

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13. The Simpsons

  • Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer and Julie Kavner

It follows an animated family living in the fictional town of Springfield. Need we say more?

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14. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

  • Cast: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito

Meet The Gang, four lifelong friends who are the proud owners of Paddy’s Pub.

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15. Seinfeld

  • Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards

The show is about four single friends living in New York City. Yada yada yada…

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16. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews and Melissa Fumero

Detective Jake Peralta is a dedicated cop who has the best arrest record in the N.Y.P.D. That is, until a competitive colleague threatens to surpass his numbers.


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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...