31 Best Comedy Series On Netflix - Looper (2022)

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ByBrian Boone/Updated: July 5, 2022 1:43 pm EDT

Netflix took off as a DVD-by-mail service in the early 2000s, around the same time that physical media producers started putting whole seasons or entire runs of TV shows onto easily shipped and quickly consumed discs. With viewers now able to devour most — if not all — of a series in one sitting, "binge-watching" was born, a concept Netflix helped further turn into a common phrase and international pastime when it moved to a streaming model.

Before long, Netflix had thousands of shows available at the click of a mouse or remote control button, making binge-watching all the easier. In addition to acquiring classic and forgotten shows alike produced and aired by broadcast and cable networks, Netflix bolstered its library by producing its own original series, particularly comedies. In fact,Netflix remains the industry standard in streaming and the leader in binge-worthy material that'll make you laugh. Here are all the great, overlooked, and worth-watching comedy shows — both originals and off-network stuff — you can catch right now on Netflix.

Updated on July 5, 2022:Netflix frequently adds and drops comedy shows, so we'll keep an eye on the service and update this list as appropriate. Check back often to see what funny shows can be found on Netflix.

30 Rock

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NBC

Creator and star Tina Fey obviously pulled from her time as a writer and cast member on "Saturday Night Live" for "30 Rock," a show about the goings-on behind the scenes of an NBC late-night sketch comedy show. The big difference here is that Fey's character — the food-obsessed, unlucky-in-love TV writer Liz Lemon — presides over "TGS with Tracy Jordan," a palpably terrible and unpopular show populated chiefly by unhinged comedian Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney, a fading diva desperately uncomfortable with aging. Meanwhile, Liz also has to deal with the nitpicking of Jack Donaghy, a network executive who wants to mentor her whether she likes it or not. The plots come fast, but so do the jokes — "30 Rock" (a three-time winner for Best Comedy at the Emmys) must have one of the highest gag-per-minute ratios in TV history.

American Vandal

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Netflix

With its steady churn of addictive, in-house-produced true-crime documentaries, Netflix has solidified the tropes of such investigative limited series. "American Vandal," a Netflix original, makes fun of the hand that feeds, embracing every trick and cliche of true-crime documentaries — the slowly burning plot, soaring overhead shots, wildly speculative filmmakers, intense crime scene re-creations — to present stories of a hilariously puerile and scatological nature. In Season 1 of "American Vandal," a couple of filmmakers from a high school's AV department throw themselves into an investigation into the crime and possible cover-up over who painted male genitalia on all of the teachers' cars, and in Season 2, they look into what caused an entire school's worth of students to suffer simultaneous diarrhea.

  • Starring: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro
  • Creators: Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda
  • Years: 2017 – 2018
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Arrested Development

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Fox

Possibly the show that started the trend of rewarding eagle-eyed fans with endless callbacks, references, and predictors of future episodes' happenings, "Arrested Development" is a deeply layered sitcom about the fractured and entitled Bluth family and its housing company, all of which falls apart in the wake of a massive financial/treason scandal. Deadpan and zany, each member of the Bluth clan has their own weirdness to work through, like former therapist Tobias who wants to be an actor despite a lack of talent, Segway-riding failed magician GOB, teenage George Michael in love with his cousin, constantly drunk matriarch Lucille, and good guy Michael, desperate to hold them all together despite it causing great personal emotional harm.

  • Starring: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi
  • Creator: Mitchell Hurwitz
  • Years: 2003 – 2019
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Big Mouth

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Netflix

"Big Mouth" is revolting, embarrassing, and brutally frank, which is what makes it the funniest and most realistic TV series to ever address the universally relatable and humiliating experience of puberty. A cast of stellar modern comedians (Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, John Mulaney) play a friend group in their early adolescence navigating the challenges of burgeoning sexuality and forging their identities as their bodies change a lot faster than their brains. Also, they're not so much guided along as much as they're goaded by anything-goes agents of chaos known as Hormone Monsters, which constantly encourage them to make terrible, mostly sex-obsessed decisions that won't end well for anyone.

  • Starring: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph
  • Creators: Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
  • Year: 2017
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

BoJack Horseman

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Netflix

On one hand, "BoJack Horseman" is a cartoon about depression and one of the most honest and sympathetic portrayals of mental health ever produced. But to help get that complicated premise across, "BoJack Horseman" is also a deeply silly show and a vicious satire of a showbiz world it presents as aggressively, proudly shallow. BoJack is a washed-up actor trying to move beyond the role that made him wealthy but typecast, the star of a "Full House"-like '90s sitcom called "Horsin' Around." Also, BoJack is a horse because "BoJack Horseman" takes place in a world in which humans and anthropomorphic animals (such as BoJack's cat manager and dog rival) live side by a side, a world that's also saddled with an endless variety of animal puns.

  • Starring: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul
  • Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  • Year: 2014 – 2020
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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Community

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NBC

"Community" began as a crackling, quick-witted, mildly silly show about campus life at a terribly funded, poorly staffed last-resort of a community college. This enabled its writers to bring in a large and wide variety of characters because such a setting organically would include many different people at a crossroads, like slick yet disgraced attorney Jeff, high school overachiever turned burnout Annie, student of life Britta, and former high school big shot Troy. But then "Community" changed. Usually through the point of view of Abed, a film-and-TV-obsessed nerd, "Community" became meta and self-aware, commenting on the tropes and cliches of media as it embraced them. That led to wildly fun themed and parody episodes, like a "Goodfellas"-inspired installment about the cafeteria chicken finger trade, one built around a campus-wide pillow fort, and several about an intense annual paintball war.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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WBTV

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is an audacious, ambitious, hour-long broadcast network comedy about mental illness, toxic people, and the agony of getting one's life together. It probably only works — and is entertaining and funny — because it's an old-fashioned Hollywood-style musical, with original song-and-dance numbers interrupting, punctuating, and explaining the action.

Rebecca Bunch is a successful New York attorney who, after faced with a promotion, panics and moves to suburban Los Angeles to pursue her unavailable high school boyfriend, whom she ran into by chance. Rebecca then must deal with the weight of her decision and the other terrible ideas she executes in the name of love, blowing up her own life and those of others along the way.

  • Starring: Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III
  • Creators: Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna
  • Years: 2015–2019
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Dear White People

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Adapted by Justin Simien from his hit indie movie of the same name, "Dear White People" is a brutally satirical and viciously funny comedy about race relations in present-day America. It's set at Winchester University, a fictional Ivy League college so inflamed with revolutionary ideas and resistance by the old guard that it threatens to boil over. Among the overwhelmingly white student body, a handful of Black students strike back against racism that's outward, institutional, or systemic, led by a wryly funny campus DJ who hosts a radio show that doesn't hold back in its mocking of offenders.

  • Starring: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton
  • Creator: Justin Simien
  • Years: 2017 – 2021
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Derry Girls

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Channel 4

There are plenty of comedies that look back on the awkwardness of growing up in a specific, nostalgic era, and "Derry Girls" is that kind of show, but it's also one of the few to take place in Northern Ireland, the disputed member of the U.K. that's geographically part of Ireland. Set during the ongoing war known as "The Troubles" in the early 1990s, "Derry Girls" tracks the teenage years of a group of four young women who suffer the same problems and embarrassments as any other teens in any other time against a bleak and singular backdrop.

  • Starring: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan
  • Creator: Lisa McGee
  • Years: 2018 – 2022
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

GLOW

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Amidst the heyday of colorful televised pro wrestling in the 1980s was GLOW, or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, an all-women grappling organization with just as many over-the-top and bizarre ring personas as the male circuits offered. The Netflix original "GLOW" presents a fictionalized origin story for the troupe, an inspiring, hardscrabble tale of fringe-dwellers who come together to make something empowering, athletic, and entertaining.

"GLOW" is all about the growing pains of starting a business and following one's dreams, what with sleazy producer Sam putting the whole thing together and building it around the rivalry between patriotic Liberty Belle (aka Debbie) and loathsome Soviet Zoya the Destroyer (aka Ruth), who outside of GLOW are moderately successful actors desperately attempting to mend their friendship torn apart by adultery. While the first three seasons are all fantastic, take note that the show was canceled before it could wrap up all its loose ends in Season 4.

  • Starring: Alison Brie, Marc Maron, Betty Gilpin
  • Creators: Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch
  • Year: 2017 – 2019
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

The Good Place

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NBC

A sitcom set in the realm of the afterlife, "The Good Place" somehow turns heady ethical constructs and the contemplation of humanity's true moral state into big laughs. Eleanor, an Arizona miscreant and awful person, dies and winds up in the heavenly Good Place, where she gets matched up with her eternal soulmate, Chidi, an indecisive ethics professor. After forging a friend group with two other recently departed people, they come to understand that they're all in this Good Place by mistake, but then the Good Place is not everything it seems. Before it's all over, they'll all have helped bring about a complete supernatural revolution.

  • Starring: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Ted Danson
  • Creator: Michael Schur
  • Years: 2016 – 2020
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Grace and Frankie

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Headline by two iconic and masterful comic actors in Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, "Grace and Frankie" takes the much explored "Odd Couple" premise of mismatched roommates and adds a progressive twist to make a breezy comedy about a topic rarely explored on TV — female friendship, particularly one shared by older women.

Prim and proper Grace and diehard hippie artist Frankie have always been begrudging acquaintances, as their husbands have run a law practice for decades. But then those husbands announce that they've been carrying on a long-term affair and decide to divorce their wives and marry each other. Out of circumstance, Grace and Frankie wind up living together in Grace's palatial beach house. From sharing the experience of divorce together and managing their respective large families of needy adult children, they become close friends and each other's champion.

  • Starring: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston
  • Creators: Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris
  • Year: 2015 – 2022
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Great News

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NBC

Think Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" if the subject matter were a third-rate, little-watched cable news network and its staff of barely competent, self-conscious, unprepared reporters, producers, and anchors. Created by a former "30 Rock" writer, "Great News" is built around the character of Katy, a woman trying but failing to claw her way up the journalistic ladder in spite of her extreme self-doubt, complicated relationship with her superior, and constantly trying to please two news anchors, one a mindless veteran and the other a barely literate, famous-for-being-famous celebrity. Work gets even more chaotic when the show hires an intern: Katy's smothering mother.

  • Starring: Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell
  • Creator: Tracey Wigfield
  • Years: 2017 – 2018
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson

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Netflix

"Saturday Night Live" veteran Tim Robinson has a very unusual sensibility when it comes to sketch comedy — the humor comes from the details in very specific situations or awkward buffoons doubling down on their boorish behavior. That makes "I Think You Should Leave" an exhilaratingly funny collection of unpredictable weirdness, offering a little something for everyone and numerous, quotable highlights. There's the guy who thinks a baby doesn't like him because he used to be the kind of guy who poured water on steaks. Or there's the man who can't move during a staff meeting because he spent his per diems on ugly shirts with complex designs. And then there's the lady who doesn't know how to gently razz her brunch friends and winds up comparing everyone to hog slop, as well as the folk singer obsessed with skeletons and how bones are their currency. It's all silly, strange, and addictive.

  • Starring: Tim Robinson, Patti Harrison, Sam Richardson
  • Creators: Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin
  • Year: 2019 – Ongoing
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

The IT Crowd

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Channel 4

Moss and Roy are perfectly content to hang out in the basement of the London offices of evil corporation Reynholm Industries, working as IT experts and passing judgment on the all the people they lack the social skills to fraternize with anyway. But then ambitious Jen gets stuck in the nerd lair with Moss and Roy, serving as their supervisor after having lied on her resume about having tech experience. She aims to help socialize Moss and Roy into the corporate culture, which is hard to do because they're so difficult and the rest of the company is catastrophically mismanaged by fools led by the company's sexist, sex-obsessed son.

  • Starring: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson
  • Creator: Graham Linehan
  • Year: 2006 – 2013
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Kim's Convenience

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CBC

A slow-paced Canadian family sitcom set in a public place in fast-paced Toronto, "Kim's Convenience" revolves around the interactions and proprietors of a small neighborhood grocery store. Korean immigrant Mr. Kim is curt and unfriendly to his customers, and he's just as harsh to his grown kids, desperately and aggressively trying to keep them on a moral path to success in his adopted homeland. Much of the comedy on "Kim's Convenience" comes from Mr. Kim clashing with his independence-wanting but tradition-pulled artist daughter, Janet, as well as trying to reconnect with his estranged son, Jung, who rejected his father's overbearing ways and left home to work a stepping stone job at a car rental agency.

Living With Yourself

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"Living With Yourself" must be the first comedy to ever simultaneously address cloning, depression, and how a healthy marriage requires a lot of emotional labor. Paul Rudd plays two roles on the sci-fi comedy, both of them modern man Miles Elliot. The first Miles is a deeply dissatisfied copywriter who hates his job and grows increasingly distant from his wife, Kate. Then he hears about an experimental treatment that claims to cure such typical ennui, but it turns out to be a rogue cloning operation, one that replaces subjects with their vivacious clone (whose brain has been fixed up all nice and perfect) and buries the original in the woods. Miles survives the ordeal and contends with the new, better Miles while trying to ensure that nobody finds out that there are two of him.

Love

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A messy, barely optimistic, mostly realistic, 21st-century romantic comedy, "Love" tracks the evolution of a single romantic entanglement and how something potentially true, lasting, and profound develops between two people who maybe aren't ready or emotionally mature enough for it. Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) has family issues and is in recovery for substance abuse and sex addiction while Gus (Paul Rust) seems charmingly awkward and gawky but he's actually needy, manipulative, and has problems with anger and passive aggression. Can these two navigate the minefield of dating (and themselves and each other) and make it work?

  • Starring: Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O'Doherty
  • Creators: Judd Apatow, Lesley Arkin, Paul Rust
  • Years: 2016 – 2018
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Master of None

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Netflix

Stand-up and actor Aziz Ansari co-created this ambitious series that attempts to wholly capture and examine the plight and unique experience of Millennials. The jumping-off point is the character of Dev, a struggling actor and child of Indian immigrants who wants more than the disposable projects and racially demeaning roles he's usually offered. When not detailing Dev's exploits in a cutthroat and cold entertainment industry, it's exploring the great big world that he joyously and amusingly embraces. "Master of None" presents long, cinematic arcs about Dev's Italian culinary tourism, hanging out with his tight-knight group of friends, or pursuing romantic relationships both serious and casual. The show also takes detours into the lives of side characters, particularly Dev's friend Denise and her journey of coming out as a gay woman and following her heart.

  • Starring: Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe
  • Creators: Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang
  • Year: 2015
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
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Monty Python's Flying Circus

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BBC

One of the most beloved, acclaimed, and influential sketch comedy series of all time, the British comedy troupe Monty Python made four seasons of classic British television with "Flying Circus," an aptly titled anarchic journey into the extremely highbrow and the gloriously stupid and silly alike. The stars and creators of institution-skewering films like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "Life of Brian" honed their chops with this sketch comedy show in the '60s and '70s, in which one bit dazzlingly leads into another, despite their often diametrical opposition. "Flying Circus" mocks with equal ease literary, historical, and religious targets (and there are many such sacred cows in the U.K.), as well as regular fools and bureaucrats. The show takes wild swings and makes them, veering from bits about the Spanish Inquisition to dead parrot salesmen and guys who walk funny, all interspersed with bizarre animated interstitials.

Murderville

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Netflix

Based on the British series "Murder in Successville," "Murderville" assembles some of the most notable, game, and agilecomedy performers around for a wildly silly, delightfully messy, largely improvised sitcom that feels like both a ramshackle theatrical production and a game show.

Will Arnett of "Arrested Development" and "BoJack Horseman" plays Terry Seattle, an arrogant, overly grizzled and jaded detective who, in each episode, teams up with a different celebrity guest star playing themselves — e.g. Conan O'Brien, Ken Jeong, Annie Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani — to solve a quirky murder. Like real-life detectives, Seattle and his temporary cohort don't know what to expect as they gather clues and interview sketchy witnesses. Unlike real-life detective shows, the guest star has no idea what's happening and must improvise their way through "Murderville" and wager a guess on the identity of the killer at the end of their episode.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

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Netflix

Years after the kooky and charmingly low-budget sci-fi comedy puppet show "Mystery Science Theater 3000" jumped from local Minneapolis TV to early Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, it returned to Netflix for a couple more seasons with new cast members and new characters but the same refillable premise. A man named Jonah is kidnapped by wicked space scientists and forced to watch some of the worst movies ever made, but he at least has ramshackle robots Crow and Tom Servo to keep him company — and also assist him in his running, rapid-fire commentary making fun of those objectively bad movies, such as "Reptiicus," "Mac and Me" and "Atlantic Rim."

New Girl

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Fox

"New Girl" begins as a vehicle for winsome actor Zooey Deschanel, who plays Jess, a sensitive goofball who dumps her cheating boyfriend and has to move out quickly. As a result, she rents a room in a loft occupied by three bro types — reforming sexist Schmidt, slovenly and emotionally arrested Nick, and groundless ex-basketball player Winston. But "New Girl" quickly develops into an ensemble comedy, as Schmidt, Nick, and Winson (as well as Jess's best friend and Schmidt's dream woman, model CeCe) each come into their own with their requisite quirks, anxieties, and charms. "New Girl" is like "Friends" if everyone on "Friends" were odd and hesitant to take a chance in their careers or social lives.

  • Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson
  • Creator: Elizabeth Meriwether
  • Years: 2011 – 2018
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

One Day at a Time

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In the 1970s, producer Norman Lear made a career out of progressive, realistic sitcoms about modern American life and tough familial relationships, and he brought to the air classics like "All in the Family," "Maude," and "One Day at a Time," the 1975–1984 series about a newly divorced single mother and her two independence-craving teenage daughters. In 2017, Lear helped reimagine the series for the 21st century, with this "One Day at a Time" being a warm, sweet, but still boundary-pushing show about a multi-generational Cuban-American family living under one roof. Among the many members of the Alvarez family, there's divorced, PTSD-suffering military veteran and mother Penelope, her two kids, her very traditional mom, and the building's wannabe-woke superintendent Schneider.

  • Starring: Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Rita Moreno
  • Creators: Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce
  • Years: 2017 – 2020
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Russian Doll

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Netflix

In "Russian Doll," a show so named because it contains layer after layer of closer inspection and steady revelation, Nadia is a witty, hard-living New York hipster with a lot of unresolved personal issues. She'll seemingly have to confront them if she wants to get out of the time loop in which she's inexplicably found herself trapped. Nadia keeps trying to escape a party and keeps dying in increasingly convoluted ways, only to reset, staring at herself in the mirror of a bathroom. The situation gets more complicated but suggests a solution when her repeating timeline intersects with that of Alan, a depressed young man also experiencing a death-defeating time loop.

  • Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee
  • Creators: Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, Leslie Headland
  • Years: 2019 – Ongoing
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
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Santa Clarita Diet

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Finally, a show about zombies that doesn't take itself so seriously. The idea that some kind of ancient curse can doom a person to an endless existence of feasting on the flesh of others is actually wildly ridiculous, and "Santa Clarita Diet" mines that for comedy, particularly as to how such a scenario would affect a family already bristling against its stifling upscale California community. The ever-likable Drew Barrymore plays Sheila Hammond, a content wife, mother, and realtor who, after a violent and astounding vomiting episode, develops an insatiable taste for human meat. Her devoted but squeamish husband Joel is happy to help supply her with food, doing whatever illegal tactics are necessary while their hyper-intelligent teen daughter uncovers the ancient mysteries behind her mother's situation.

  • Starring: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson
  • Creator: Victor Fresco
  • Year: 2017 – 2019
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Saturday Morning All Star Hits!

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Netflix

Presented as a series of videotaped broadcasts of a network's Saturday morning programming lineup circa 1991, "Saturday Morning All Star Hits!" (or "SMASH!") is hosted by twin brother surfer dudes Skip and Treybor (both played by "SNL" star Kyle Mooney) until they become estranged when Skip's cameo on one of cartoons they introduce turns into massive solo fame. The tension is increasingly palpable as they continue to throw to installments of perfect, dark parodies of era-specific entertainment, like "Randy" (about a talking dinosaur going through a lot of personal issues), "Lil' Bruce" (sending up shows like "Bobby's World"), and "Pro Bros," a cartoon about the less prominent brothers of superstar athletes. Also included in the mix are fake commercials, music videos, and a running newscast bit about the disappearance of the star of a "Blossom"-like show and the pop star who probably murdered her.

  • Starring: Kyle Mooney, Ben Jones, Eric Bauza
  • Creators: Kyle Mooney, Ben Jones, Dave McCary
  • Year: 2021
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Schitt's Creek

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Lionsgate

A Canadian production that aired on the relatively obscure U.S. basic cable channel POP, Netflix picked up "Schitt's Creek" and turned it into a cultural sensation, a fever that peaked when the sweet, smart, small-town sitcom swept the major comedy categories at the 2020 Emmy Awards.

Comedy legends Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara play Johnny and Moira Rose, a video store tycoon and his loopy, self-absorbed, B-level actor wife, who lose their life of wealth and privilege after a tax scandal. As a result, they're forced to move with their spoiled, prickly adult children, David and Alexis, into a couple of motel rooms in the only asset they hold onto — a tiny rural town with the semi-profane name of Schitt's Creek. Their commitment to one another never wavers as they slowly but surely adapt to life in the very strange town, presided over by a crass mayor and populated by unimpressed weirdos.

  • Starring: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy
  • Creators: Dan Levy and Eugene Levy
  • Year: 2015 – 2020
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Seinfeld

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NBC

In the stale and treacly world of '80s and '90s sitcoms, "Seinfeld" was a revelation — and became a mega-hit — for being an intricately plotted, sophisticated, and cynical show about four self-absorbed New Yorkers who never learn anything from their daily adventures — adventures that are never terribly eventful anyway. "Seinfeld" was famously defined as "a show about nothing," but it's really about the intricacies and frustrations of life, based on the observational humor of stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld. He plays a fictionalized, fussy version of himself, alongside his friends George, Elaine, and Kramer as they casually ruin people's lives, run afoul of restaurant proprietors, and get lost in a parking garage.

  • Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander
  • Creators: Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld
  • Years: 1989 – 1998
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Trailer Park Boys

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Entertainment One

One of the most popular and enduring bits of Canadian pop culture of all time, "Trailer Park Boys" has spawned a movie, animated adaptations, a comic books, a live show, and more, but it all started with the original mockumentary-style comedy series about a trio of ne'er-do-wells living in a Nova Scotia trailer park where they also plan their various get-rich-quick scams and schemes. But Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles just aren't smart enough to ever pull anything off without it blowing up in their faces, nor are they smart enough to ever quit while they're ahead.

  • Starring: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith
  • Creator: Mike Clattenburg
  • Years: 2001 – 2019
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Netflix

It's actually a show that viciously teases the residents and environment of New York City, a soul-killing nightmare land of garbage, cynicism, exploitation, cruelty, and broken dreams. But "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is told through the eyes of Kimmy, an unabashedly goofy and ridiculous 30-year-old woman with indefatigable positivity and an enthusiasm for every experience life in the big city can offer, primarily because she's essentially 13 — the age she was when she was kidnapped into a doomsday cult and forced to live in an underground bunker in Indiana for close to two decades. That's a dark premise for a sitcom, but in the hands of creators Robert Carlock and Tina Fey (both of "30 Rock"), "Unbreakable" is a speedy, joke-dense romp full of memorable characters like self-defeating would-be Broadway star Titus, seedy landlady Lillian, and spoiled uber-rich lady Jacqueline.

  • Starring: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess
  • Creators: Robert Carlock and Tina Fey
  • Year: 2015
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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