The 15 Best Comedy TV Shows—Because We Need to Laugh, Dammit
At this moment of intense social distancing, distractions—and laughter—are among 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 15 best comedy TV shows to watch when you need a good laugh (which would be right about now).
1. ‘The Good Place’
Who’s in it? Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper and Jameela Jamil
What’s it about? An afterlife community called The Good Place. The series follows Eleanor Shellstrop as she explores the heaven-like utopia.
2. ‘Modern Family’
Who’s in it? Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson
What’s it about? Three different—but related—families. 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.
4. ‘The Office’
Who’s in it? Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski
What’s it about? 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).
5. ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
Who’s in it? Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess
What’s it about? Kimmy Schmidt (duh). After spending 15 years in a cult/underground bunker, she moves to New York City to reclaim her life once and for all.
How can I watch? Available on Netflix
6. ‘Parks and Recreation’
Who’s in it? Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman and Chris Pratt
What’s it about? The small town of Pawnee. As a midlevel employee of the Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, Leslie Knope has big dreams for the quaint community. Along the way, she faces several obstacles, including cranky neighbors, outdated laws and her boss, Ron Swanson.
8. ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Who’s in it? Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy and Emily Hampshire
What’s it about? A wealthy family who suddenly goes 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.
Who’s in it? Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer
What’s it about? A group of six friends living in (mostly) the same apartment building in New York. What could go wrong?
10. ‘Arrested Development’
Who’s in it? Jason Bateman, Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi
What’s it about? A man named Michael Bluth, whose 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.
11. ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Who’s in it? Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki
What’s it about? A group of nerdy best friends. Their social skills take a turn for the better when a pretty girl named Penny moves into the apartment next door. Bazinga!
12. ‘That ’70s Show’
Who’s in it? Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Wilmer Valderrama and Debra Jo Rupp
What’s it about? An eclectic group of friends who are up to no good. The tie-dye outfits and retro hairstyles are just icing on the cake.
14. ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’
Who’s in it? Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito
What’s it about? The Gang, which consists of four lifelong friends who are the proud owners of Paddy’s Pub.
15. ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
Who’s in it? Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews and Melissa Fumero
What’s it about? Detective Jake Peralta, 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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