22 Funniest Netflix Comedy TV Shows: From Community To Big Mouth
Sometimes you just have to laugh. With everyone stuck indoors right now for an unknown amount of time thanks to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, chances are you could use a pick-me-up to help pass the time.
Still, with so many streaming services--and so many options available on each--it could become pretty hard to narrow down what to watch, especially if you're looking for a TV show rather than a movie. Do you want a sitcom or a sketch series? Are you interested in a beloved series or a more obscure pick?
Given that Netflix remains the reigning king of the streaming wars, you don't actually have to look any further to find the show that's right for you, whether you're looking for a rewatch or a first-time binge. To make things a bit easier, though, GameSpot has put together a list of the 22 best comedies the service has to offer--and there's something for just about everyone. Take a look at the list below to figure out what you're going to watch on Netflix next.
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At long last, Community is back on Netflix. The NBC comedy, which ultimately aired its final season on Yahoo, is a modern classic that's just begging to be rewatched. It's the show that introduced the world to the likes of Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, and Gillian Jacobs. It also launched the careers of Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, for better or worse. While Community's quality waned in its final season, now is the perfect time to start the Greendale Community College journey one more time--or for the first time, if you somehow missed it. - Chris E. Hayner
It's one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time. However, it's also a bit older so it's entirely possible you've never seen it. Should that be the case, now is the time. Set in a bar in Boston, Cheers rarely leaves the titular watering hole. It simply shows the comings and goings of regular patrons, without spending too much time wondering if they have drinking problems. In many ways, Cheers is a workplace comedy. The difference is most of the people don't work there. - Chris E. Hayner
3. The Office
It's one of the most popular comedies of all time for a reason and you should watch it on Netflix while you still can. The Office is leaving the streaming service soon to move to the forthcoming Peacock. Until that happens at the end of 2020, though, you have plenty of time to watch The Office repeatedly. And when you do sit down for your latest rewatch, don't stop when Steve Carrell exits the series. Yes, the lack of Michael Scott doesn't help the show, but there are plenty of classic and hilarious moments in the final seasons. - Chris E. Hayner
4. The Good Place
Now that The Good Place has come to an end--and the final season will arrive on Netflix sometime later this year--it's the perfect time to finally dive into this show. What happens when a group of pretty awful people winds up in heaven due to a clerical error? The Good Place will explore that and take so many unexpected twists and turns, you'll find yourself constantly on the edge of your seat. - Chris E. Hayner
5. One Day At A Time
This modernized take on the classic Norman Lear sitcom is just a pure and perfect comedy watch for your family. The series centers around a woman raising her two children as a single mother with the help of her own mom, played by acting legend Rita Moreno (West Side Story). While on the surface, One Day at a Time appears to be another in a long line of studio audience sitcoms--like The Big Bang Theory or Friends--it often digs deeper with its subject matter, exploring issues like politics, citizenship, and mortality, while tackling them all with an enormous heart.
The first three seasons of One Day at a Time are available on Netflix. After you're caught up there, you can watch new episodes on the Pop network. - Chris E. Hayner
6. Billy on the Street
If you somehow haven't seen clips of Billy on the Street floating around social media, chances are you're not on social media. The premise is simple: Actor and comedian Billy Eichner (Parks and Recreation, The Lion King) runs around the streets of New York City with random celebrities to yell at people and play an impromptu game show with pedestrians he's never met--and the prize is typically a single dollar. - Chris E. Hayner
7. BoJack Horseman
If you've somehow avoided becoming obsessed with BoJack up until now, I have good news for you: The series just ended, it's unbelievably fantastic, and it's all on Netflix. In a world where anthropomorphic animals and humans coexist and where Hollywood is permanently renamed "Hollywoo" because BoJack got drunk and stole the "D" from the Hollywood sign to impress Diane, pathos meets comedy in a way that's hard to describe. Go watch it. - Mike Rougeau
8. Parks and Recreation
Yes, the first season of Parks & Rec isn't great. The series wasn't exactly sure of its identity in the beginning. However, once it got past that hurdle, Parks & Rec became quite possibly the best workplace comedy of all time. That's right: It out-Officed The Office. The show is responsible for an endless number of memes, people quoting Ron Swanson's incredible nuggets of wisdom, and showcasing just how big Ben Schwartz's hair can get. Drop everything and start binging it now. - Chris E. Hayner
9. Schitt's Creek
This Canadian import airs in the United States on Pop but found its audience thanks to Netflix. The premise sees an obnoxiously rich family move from New York City to a backwoods fictional town they purchased as a joke and are forced to acclimate to a new and very simple way of life. The humor in the show is found in the clash between how ridiculously upper-crust the Rhodes family is compared with their new setting. The show begins extremely absurd and as seasons roll on, becomes much more comfortable showing its heart--which in turn will just make you love everyone involved even more. - Chris E. Hayner
10. Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Flying Circus doesn't totally hold up quite as well as Monty Python's film offerings, including Holy Grail and Life of Brian, whose influences on modern comedy are inestimable. But as a quarantine binge, it's fantastic. The show's dozens of episodes contain plenty of gold, and you'll encounter catchphrases and punch lines that you're familiar with today--that you didn't even realize were Monty Python bits. You might even discover the origin of my Twitter handle. - Mike Rougeau
Dan Fogelman's musical adventure series might not have been a ratings sensation, but with music by Disney and Broadway legend Alan Menken, Christopher Lennertz, and Glenn Slater, it's full of catchy tunes in the midst of Monty Python and the Holy Grail style antics. With a cast led by Joshua Sasse, Galavant was full of charm, comedy, and crazy cameos and recurring characters by the likes of Weird Al, Kylie Monogue, and John Stamos. It only lasted for two seasons, but some things aren't just meant to be. It makes for great binge TV and sing-a-longs with whoever you might be cooped up with these days. - Lan Pitts
12. I Think You Should Leave
I Think You Should Leave has developed a cult following, and it's quickly become one of those shows that seemingly everyone at least kind of knows even if they haven't seen it, thanks in large part to its focus group sketch. But among its six episodes, you're hard-pressed to find a dud in the bunch; even those who might not resonate with you initially reveal themselves to be brilliant on rewatch as you appreciate small quirks, notice the repetition of odd phrasings, and delight in analyzing the truly unexpected 180-degree turn that so many of its sketches take. It might take you some time to get on the same wavelength with Tim Robinson's eccentric form of comedy, but there's really nothing like it if you find that it's right in your Q-zone. - Chris Pereira
13. Comedy Bang Bang
The TV extension of the long-running Comedy Bang Bang podcast bears a fairly different format, presenting itself as a late-night talk show. But it's ultimately a platform for the same sort of improv-based comedy that Scott Aukerman is known for, as a celebrity comes on to play themselves and is later joined on the couch by an array of comedians playing absurd people who generally don't belong on TV. This is accompanied by episode-long story arcs and sketches to keep things feeling fresh, and with all five seasons on Netflix, it's a nice comfort food show to keep you company or to just have on in the background. - Chris Pereira
14. W/ Bob & David
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are sketch comedy legends. Their HBO series Mr. Show ran for four seasons, and it was perfect. While their Netflix run debuted 17 years after Mr. Show ended, it feels like the perfect continuation of what the two previously accomplished. The duo's writing and performances hadn't skipped a beat, and even though the Netflix series only spans four episodes, it contained some incredibly memorable and hilarious sketches. Who could forget Seinfeld Star Wars or the little boy who died and went to heaven, only to see dictators up there? It's a short season, but it's something you'll want to watch all in one sitting. Then you can watch I Think You Should Leave again. - Mat Elfring
15. Arrested Development
Arrested Development stands the test of time as one of the most beloved TV comedies ever made. At least, some of it does. The series, which aired its first three seasons on Fox, stars Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth, a man who attempts to keep his family together after his father is imprisoned. Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, David Cross, and countless guest stars make the cast incredible, while endless complex, obscure running jokes make the humor unforgettable.
While the two Netflix-exclusive seasons don't live up to the first three years of the show, every single episode of the series is available for you to dig through on the streaming platform. - Chris E. Hayner
16. Mystery Science Theater 3000
The revival of the classic TV series brought some truly terrible movies--and very fun mocking of said movies--to Netflix. All told, the two-season revival only includes 20 episodes, but that's more than enough to keep you busy for quite a while, watching puppets, robots, and comedian Jonah Ray joke about some of the most utterly ridiculous movies ever made. - Chris E. Hayner
17. Sex Education
Equal parts comedy and drama, Netflix's Sex Education is easily one of the best original series on the streaming service. It follows a teenage boy named Otis (Asa Butterfield) as he becomes something of an unlicensed sex therapist in his high school, thanks to his mom being an actual sex therapist. The young man deals with everything from bullies to relationships to a chlamydia outbreak at his school in this funny and oftentimes hauntingly realistic depiction of the high school experience. - Chris E. Hayner
Put a bird on it! Portlandia is a truly strange and delightful sketch comedy show that skewers hipster culture and the city of Portland, Oregon, where the show claims the 1990s are alive and well. Starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein--who co-created the show with Jonathan Krisel--the series sees the two leads playing a variety of different characters that lean into the humor of mundanity. How mundane? Imagine a sketch that's just about people bingeing DVDs of Battlestar Galactica. - Chris E. Hayner
19. Big Mouth
This over-the-top animated series follows middle school students as they go through puberty, for better and worse. Big Mouth handles its subject matter with shocking crudeness, while also introducing truly ridiculous elements like the hormone monsters--imagine hideous and horny angels and devils living on your shoulder. But the series also has a surprising amount of heart. - Chris E. Hayner
20. Documentary Now!
If there's one thing Netflix has plenty of, it's documentaries. The service has documentaries about practically anything you can think of. It also has every episode of IFC's Documentary Now!, which might present itself as factual, but is actually a series of mockumentaries. With a cast that included Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Helen Mirren, and guests like Jack Black, Aidy Bryant, and Maya Rudolph, Documentary Now! is one of the funniest shows you likely haven't seen and there are three seasons worth of episodes to watch right now. Where else will you get incredible fake documentaries about incredible fake topics like a festival honoring Al Capone or a door-to-door globe salesman? - Chris E. Hayner
21. Adam Ruins Everything
Sometimes, shows can be both comical and educational. And TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything does exactly that. The 30-minute series tackles everyday topics--like the TSA, organized sports, health supplements, and more--and host Adam Conover debunks myths about them and enlightens the audience about the truths behind the topic all while citing credible sources. Conover's ability to deliver dry facts and stats with humor is a winning combination. - Mat Elfring
22. Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father
British comedian Jack Whitehall's show, which is now a Netflix original, has the titular star traveling around the world with his mildly uptight, always dressed to the nines father. It's exactly what the title suggests. It's two people from wildly different generations in different places in life traveling the world. It's essentially a new version of The Odd Couple, and it works exceptionally well. I highly recommend new viewers check out Season 3, which has the duo heading to the United States, where Jack learns to become a professional wrestler. - Mat Elfring