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Eleanor Tremeer

You've sifted through everything Netflix has to offer, from award-winning movies to Hulk-busting superheroes, to the streaming service's impressive library of horror films, from the supremely campy to the downright vomit-inducing. But sometimes you just need to settle down to a good sitcom binge, to laugh your cares away — or maybe just laugh at a fictional larger-than-life goon, to make a change from the larger-than-life goons we laugh at in real life (looking at you, Trump). So here's the best comedy has on file, for when you just need a good chuckle.

'Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23'

Cancelled long before its time, Don't Trust The B is one of the sharpest, funniest sitcoms out there. Starring pre-Jessica Jones fame Krysten Ritter as the eponymous bitch, this show begins when notorious party girl Chloe meets her match in small town sweetie June, who beats Chloe at her own roommate scam. Oh, and James Van Der Beek is also there, playing... James Van Der Beek.

Watch If You Like: Comedies about terrible people and the lovely people who tolerate them.

Look Out For: The tall slut with no panties.

Taster: "Stephanie, stop abbreviating words. You don't have a job, you have the time!"

'Parks And Recreation'

It's the best day of the yeeeear! [Credit: NBC]
It's the best day of the yeeeear! [Credit: NBC]

A show that only gets more relevant in retrospect, Parks And Recreation follows the employees of Pawnee, Indiana's parks department. It's the show that really shot comedian Amy Poehler to fame as indomitable and perky protagonist Leslie Knope, but the ensemble cast is absolutely hilarious. Witty, topical, and suprisingly poingnant, this show is not one to miss.

Watch If You Like: Mockumentary commentaries and breakfast food.

Look Out For: Paul Rudd as Bobby Newport (he's never had a real job in his life!

Taster: "Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here, and it says you could have network connectivity problems."

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

With Season 3 arriving on May 19th, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of Netflix's strangest success stories, from the writers of 30 Rock. The show follows Kimmy, a recently rescued member of an apocalypse cult, as she navigates the weird and wonderful world of adulthood — and New York City.

Watch If You Like: Absurd, sometimes surreal, but ultimately uplifting comedy, with a dark edge.

Look Out For: Titus Andromedon (he totally steals the show), the war on hipsters in Season 2, and cleverly self-referential in-jokes.

Taster: "1996 called. It want its clothes back."

"2090 called. You’re dead and you wasted your time on Earth."

'Arrested Development'

Lucile is definitely the best part of an excellent show. [Credit: Netflix]
Lucile is definitely the best part of an excellent show. [Credit: Netflix]

OK, there's no way you're even slightly aware of Netflix (or the internet) without already knowing about the awesomeness that is Arrested Development. But just in case you haven't got around to it yet, here's another reminder that this is probably one of the best comedies ever to grace television.

Watch If You Like: Subtle satire on the American upper class, dysfunctional family relationships, and beads (bees?!).

Look Out For: Loose seals and Charlize Theron in Season 3.

Taster: "I mean it's one banana, Michael. What could it cost, ten dollars?"

'Orange Is The New Black'

The inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary. [Credit: Netflix]
The inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary. [Credit: Netflix]

Strictly speaking this show is more of a drama, but a woman's prison provides far more opportunities for humor than you'd expect, and there are plenty of scenes that will have you crying laughing.

Watch If You Like: Gritty dramas with a sense of humor, and tough commentaries on the US justice system.

Look Out For: All the supporting characters who are far more interesting than the show's protagonist (sorry, Piper).

Taster: "So there I am, BBQ sauce on my titties, and I'm like 'what the fuck, again?'"


Britt Robertson is Sophia Amoruso. [Credit: Netflix]
Britt Robertson is Sophia Amoruso. [Credit: Netflix]

Arriving on April 21st, Girlboss is a new comedy drama that follows Nasty Gal ex-CEO Sophia Amoruso as she goes from anarchist punk to corporate boss (or sellout, depending on who you talk to). We don't know much about the show itself, but the real life story of Amoruso and Nasty Gal is fraught with controversy — Amoruso was fired from her own clothing company, which came under scrutiny for unethical treatment of workers — so this series should be an entertaining and interesting watch.

Watch If You Like: Real-story adaptations with an edge to them.

Look Out For: RuPaul as Sophia's stoner neighbour.

Taster: "Know how much your shit's worth, because you just got played."

'Bojack Horseman'

Some valid life advice. [Credit: Netflix]
Some valid life advice. [Credit: Netflix]

Don't be fooled by the fact that this show is a cartoon — Bojack Horseman is a dark, melancholy, no-f*cks-given exploration of the existential dread faced by the eponymous Bojack, a washed up actor trying to find meaning in a meaningless world. Oh and also he's a horse man.

Watch If You Like: The kind of nihilism that's brightly colored and absurdist.

Look Out For: Stellar guest stars like Jessica Biel, Weird Al, and Daniel Radcliffe (who plays himself).

Taster: "Everybody loves you! But nobody likes you..."

'New Girl'

Don't we all? [Credit: Fox]
Don't we all? [Credit: Fox]

Tracking the lives of four friends (or five if you count Coach which you should because he's amazing) in LA, New Girl is sweet and strange and unexpectedly hilarious. Whether you love the quirky comedy of Zooey Deschanel, or you're just all about subtly subversive mockery of traditional gender roles, New Girl is the show for you.

Watch If You Like: Feel-good comedy with a lot of heart.

Look Out For: Megan Fox's deadpan and not-so-straight straightman Reagan in Season 5.

Taster: "You’re not the only one that’s hurting here, Jessica Day. The economy stinks, bees are dying, movies are pretty much all sequels now. And I have a broken penis. Don’t pretend to know my pain."

'Modern Family' (European Netflix)

A diverse and complex family for the modern age. [Credit: ABC]
A diverse and complex family for the modern age. [Credit: ABC]

Although there are only 5 seasons of Modern Family currently available on European Netflix, it's high time you catch up with this fantastic show. The show follows the typical American extended family — Phil and Claire with their high school-age kids, Cam and Mitchell who've just adopted a baby from Vietnam, and the patriarch Jay, whose Columbian wife Gloria perpetually pronounces words wrong.

Watch If You Like: Mockumentary comedies with a lot of heart.

Look Out For: Lily — though she starts out as a baby, that kid is wickedly funny when she grows up a bit.

Taster: "I'm not stepping into that one. We're not playing Good Cop / Mom."

'30 Rock'

Liz Lemon the endlessly identifiable. [Credit: NBC]
Liz Lemon the endlessly identifiable. [Credit: NBC]

It's the show that made Tina Fey famous, in case you hadn't heard of it already. 30 Rock follows the team responsible for putting on the most popular sketch comedy show on US television, and they're just as overworked and whacky as you'd expect.

Watch If You Like: Commentary on American culture, through the lens of a comedy show about a comedy show.

Look Out For: Liz Lemon's meme-worthy lines.

Taster: "Oh no, my period! You're all fired!"

'That '70s Show'

Back when Star Wars wasn't cool, a group of teens just wanted make it through high school and occasionally blaze up in their parents' basements. Don't let the cheesy costumes and classic sitcom laugh track fool you — this show has a serious edge to its humor and it's definitely one of the best sitcoms ever made.

Watch If You Like: Teen shenanigans, pot smoking humor, and mockeries of the casual racism and sexism of the time.

Look Out For: Rising star Mila Kunis and rising-star-until-he-dropped-off-the-map Ashton Kutcher.

Taster: "I'm cold too."

"Well damn Jackie, I can't control the weather!"

'Community' (UK/Irish/Canadian Netflix)

"I broke Abed." [Credit: NBC]
"I broke Abed." [Credit: NBC]

Known for its pop culture references and genre-bending episodes, Community quickly became a cult classic. Dan Harmon's comedy follows a study group of misfits as they navigate the surprisingly risk-filled world of community college.

Watch If You Like: Surreal comedies, TV tropes, and entire episodes in stop motion.

Look Out For: Troy and Abed in the morning!

Taster: "First time I got punched in the face, I was like 'Oh no!' but then I was like 'This is a story'."


Archer and the gang. [Credit: FX]
Archer and the gang. [Credit: FX]

It might be a cartoon, but there's nothing childish about this show about the super spy Archer, his overbearing mother, and their gun-toting, drug-taking, code-cracking friends. Obviously, this show is not safe for work.

Watch If You Like: Seeing every insane spy trope sent up in a ridiculous fashion (and then probably fucked for good measure).

Look Out For: Sploosh.

Taster: "Stop, my penis can only get so erect!"

'Grace And Frankie'

Frankie's frank approach to everything sexual is fantastic. [Credit: Netflix]
Frankie's frank approach to everything sexual is fantastic. [Credit: Netflix]

When Grace and Frankie's husbands divorce them (for each other) the two women are forced to live together. It's a classic odd-couple setup — Grace is the uptight one who needs to learn to chill, and Frankie's the hippie artist who drives Grace up the wall. Think Girls meets Golden Girls, add some emotional nuance and you've got Grace and Frankie. It's great.

Watch If You Like: Older women who don't give a fuck (or maybe give too many fucks).

Look Out For: The sheer amount of yonic symbols Frankie has in her possession.

Taster: "Why is it, every time my family gathers for a meal, someone has to bring up my mother's vagoo?"

Tell us in the comments: What's tickling your funny bone on Netflix?


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