As a person who overcame severe mental illnesses, this dystopian world we live in right now is pretty tough on me. Stress, isolation, ignorance, uncertainty and overthinking is taking its toll on most of us. My dark past is acting up again so I’m clinging back to my verified comping mechanism- comedy shows.
Over the years I’ve become a pro when it comes to comedy shows. I’ve spent months staring blankly at a show desperately hoping it would make me feel better until I realized I need actual help.
We all could use some help now and maybe a little laugh is a way to go.
I’ve watched small, unpopular comedies as well as the big ones. Some on repeat. Some got boring after a while. But some of them stuck with me on the must-watch list I’m about to share with you.
1. The Good Place
Top show of all time even when it switches places with Fleabag from time to time.
The good place is a beautiful series about what happens when you die, in the most fetching way possible.
Besides a great comedy, I mean really great comedy, seriously hats down to the writers for such spectacular script, you get an existential crisis.
The show asks the real moral questions and delivers the answers. You get lessons of moral philosophy and ethics as a bonus. There is plenty of name droppings of great philosophers and the show covers everything from moral particularism to moral nihilism and I know that sounds super boring but the creator of The Good Place Michael Schur made it super fun. Speaking of the dude, I just realized most of my favorite shows are written or co-written by him so I guess my type is just Michael Schur’s humor.
The good place’s all 4 seasons are up on Netflix. The show ended earlier this year and this was the first time in my life I was ever satisfied with the ending of a show. Most of the shows slowly lose their touch and then you’re glad it’s over. But this one was golden from the first to last episode.
The originality of the show is really worth watching. Just writing about it makes me want to watch it again. And I did like 5 times already. It’s so good.
A great, but short show so you’ll be done with it in just a few hours. During this depressing quarantine times, it would distract you just for one day at best.
Still worth it.
Fleabag is a perfect show for a lonely, bitter ladies like myself and that’s why I like and relate to it so much. You get to see what it’s like in a woman’s head and it’s a mess but it’s hilarious. Always performing. Always entertaining the imaginary audience. She went through hell and her way of coping is humor. Sad but funny.
I praised Fleabag in my previous article so for more about Fleabag check it out: Fleabag is the best show ever.
3. Parks and Recreation
Parks and rec along with The Office is my understanding of mother and father of the comedy shows.
This show is about one very interesting woman named Leslie Knope, deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department of a small town in Indiana. She’s an eager bureaucrat who loves her job and town so freaking much and her goal is to become the president of the United States. Leslie is an embodiment of a strong woman and she’s portrayed by one and only Amy Poehler.
NBC’s Parks and Recreation documents the lives of small local government employees doing their best, dealing with the government’s tasks and their community. It’s the simple everyday life comedy that makes you so invested in the character’s life. It’s not just the political satire that’s so funny, it’s the way you deal with politics on an everyday basis that’s so hilarious.
4. The Office
The father of the comedy.
The fourth wall breaking as they did in The Office went down in history. Every time someone looks directly at the camera it’s usually referred to as “looked at the camera like on The office”.
The humor in The Office is a bit offensive when you think about it in 2020.
The show aired from 2005-2013 so even the humor was adequate at that time. Racism or sexism is the key element to the comedy and you know you shouldn’t laugh at such offensive jokes, but you do it anyway and feel dirty.
Just like The Parks and Recreations, this show documents the lives of a small local paper company workers and you would never have guessed how hilarious it could get.
Each actor from the office will forever be known as the guy/lady from The Office. For example, John Krasinski, the one half of the perfect couple Jim and Pam, started his career on this show.
The problems of a paper company would take your mind off your real lonely life and the comedy is on point here.
Sadly after Steve Carell who plays Michael Scott, an incredibly tactless boss off the paper company, leaves the show, it sort of goes downhill from there. It’s still funny but it’s not like the first few series funny.
It’s a legendary show and I feel like everybody has watched it already but if you haven’t, then do yourself a favor and watch it.
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
If you’re looking for unproblematic comedy, Brooklyn 99 is it. It still amazes me how Dan Goor and Michael Schur managed to create such a woke comedy show with spectacular representation and zero offensive jokes.
Brooklyn nine-nine revolves around Jake Peralta who is played by Andy Samberg. Jake is a super immature but talented detective in Brooklyn’s precinct, living his best life. Besides great police comedy, we get enemies to friends to lovers story. Jake and Amy are, in my opinion, one of the healthiest couples on tv.
The show is still ongoing and you can stream it on Netflix. Comedy guaranteed.
It’s the show where all of the good memes come from.
Community is about a group of very unlikely people to ever hang out together, joining a Community college and you know how everyone loves Community college jokes. They form a study group to learn Spanish together but the story goes on even after Spanish 101. Its comedy comes from the great diversity of the characters.
It’s the show where Donald Glover stared before he became a big hit as Childish Gambino, producer, director, musician, DJ, writer, comedian… Anything Donald Glover decides to do, he masers it.
As usual, the quality of the show slowly faded over the seasons but it’s gonna make you laugh anyway and that is the point all along.
Tell me your favorite comedy shows in the comments.