As most of us are confined to our homes for the foreseeable future due to the global coronavirus outbreak, Netflix has gone from a primary source of entertainment to an all-out godsend. In times like these, comedic relief is paramount, which is why we’ve scoured the streaming service for the best comedy shows to help take your mind off things.
Whether it be Michael Scott and his band of misfits at The Office, or BoJack and his self-deprecating antics, you should be able to stock up on a few laughs by streaming these hilarious shows that Netflix has to offer.
Below you will find the best comedy shows currently available on Netflix, in no particular order. Happy streaming!
Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Ellie Kemper
Editor’s Notes: If you ever thought your boss was intolerable, just know he or she cannot be anywhere near as bad as Michael Scott. Thankfully, what he lacks in maturity, among other things, he makes up for with his kind-heartedness — sort of.
Parks and Recreation
Cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, Retta, Billy Eichner
Editor’s Notes: You probably never imagined a scenario where you’d long to work for your local parks and recreation department until you watched an episode of Parks and Rec. If work were truly like this show, government organizations would be overflowing with applicants.
Cast: Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter
Editor’s Notes: Arrested Development will make you feel like you have the most normal family on the planet. And no matter who you are, you can probably relate to at least one of the characters on the show, you just may not want to let anybody know which one. There are some real weirdos in this series.
Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul
Editor’s Notes: If you ever find yourself overtaken by self-loathing thoughts, you can turn on an episode of BoJack Horseman and wallow in your inadequacies. Then, hopefully you snap out of it when you realize at least you’re not a washed-up sitcom star with the head of a horse.
Cast: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash
Editor’s Notes: Community helped put a number of up-and-coming actors (at the time) on the map. At any given point in the series, you’ll probably be taken back to a particular memory from your collegiate days, or, a study group you were a part of at any academic level.
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling
Editor’s Notes: Raise your hand if you could have used a sex therapist during high school. Sex Education is all about the in’s and out’s of becoming familiar with your own sex organ, as well as that of others. Oh, and Gillian Anderson, who has a leading role in the series, is low-key banging at her age.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, A. D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Meloni, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Sussman, David Hyde Pierce
Editor’s Notes: Talk about a star-studded cast, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is a prequel to the 2001 cult film, Wet Hot American Summer. All your favorites are back for the Netflix original show, which details one wild day at summer camp.
Master of None
Cast: Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu, Lena Waithe, Alessandra Mastronardi
Editor’s Notes: There are many things to like about Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Master of None, one being that you’re pretty much taken on a cinematic tour of New York’s culinary scene. Also, the chemistry between Ansari and Eric Wareheim is nothing short of heartwarming, to be honest.
The End of the F***ing World
Cast: Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan, Wunmi Mosaku, Steve Oram, Christine Bottomley, Navin Chowdhry, Barry Ward, Naomi Ackie
Editor’s Notes: The End of the F***ing World is what happens when you’ve finally had enough and you say “screw it.” The show follows two social outcasts who bond over — well — just that. Along the way, they end up getting into some really deep shit, not to give any spoilers.
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, Damon Wayans Jr.
Editor’s Notes: Sure, it can be a bit corny, but New Girl is one of those feel-good comedies that can provide you with a much-needed pick-me-up. Also, Max Greenfield’s Schmidt is one of the most underrated characters in television — period.
Cast: Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O’Doherty, Chris Witaske
Editor’s Notes: If you need to be persuaded to check out this romantic comedy show, the fact that it comes from Judd Apatow should do the trick. Love follows an unlikely pair in a brash and often out-of-control girl named Mickey and nice-guy Gus as their two seemingly opposite worlds collide.
That ’70s Show
Cast: Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith, Don Stark, Tommy Chong, Tanya Roberts
Editor’s Notes: Hate it or love it, That ’70s Show is a classic. It’s especially comical revisiting the late ’90s, early ’00s show now to see how young Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and company were.