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Friday Five: Netflix TV Comedies

For today’s Friday Five I’ve made a list of my favorite Netflix TV comedies! Just like everyone else, I’m always looking for something new to watch on Netflix. That feeling after you’ve binge-watched 8 seasons in a month & have to figure out what comes next is a bonding experience for our generation LOL. Luckily I have a weird sense of humor and that has led to the discovery of what I think are truly hilarious shows on Netflix that a lot of people have never even heard of! I’ve shared them with family & friends with great success, so now I’ve decided to share them with you all for the next time you’re looking for something new to try!

*I’m going off of Netflix US so I don’t know if all of these will be offered if you’re in a different country. Sorry!!

Sirens

Cops, doctors, firefighters- they’ve been done over and over and over again on TV. But this take on the behind the scenes of a group of EMT’s is sarcastic, and refreshingly different. It’s much more about the characters and their various friendships & relationships than any medical drama. While this show is incredible funny following along with a large ensemble cast, none of it is dramatized to a point of being ridiculous. They keep it simple so the comedy really shines.

If you want to laugh but don’t want to have to pay a lot of attention to keep track of complicated plots this is definitely for you. It was on USA so it does stray into crude occasionally but never that bad or for that long. I’m still bitter this was cancelled after only two seasons!

The Grinder

Rob Lowe plays a character who was an actor on a successful lawyer show, but who’s family are actual lawyers. When his show ends he decides to go back to his ‘roots’. It’s absurd on so many levels. I’ll fully admit that I only lasted a few weeks when it was airing. However when it was put on Netflix I decided to give it another chance and I ended up watching the whole thing in just a few days! You need to accept the stupidity of the premise but Rob Lowe really does shine in this role.

Better Off Ted

This one was actually recommended to me by my brother and it’s ended up as an absolute favorite throughout my entire family. It’s about a single dad who works for a large research company, a company that has no morals or limits. Watching these characters trying to be good people while working on actually insane ideas is funny enough, but the fourth wall breaks and fake commercials are utterly brilliant. Again this show was cancelled after two seasons (apparently what we find funny does not appeal to a mass audience LOL) but I’ve watched the full show so many times I practically have episodes memorized at this point.

Life In Pieces

Network sitcoms right now are a mix of trying to represent various ‘real’ families. This one has the sarcasm & dry humor, and a lack of true drama, that is absolutely mine. It’s about an extended family-the parents plus their 3 adult children, and those children’s families all at different points of life. There’s married with kids, one with a brand new baby, and the other just getting engaged. All of them having no clue what they’re doing and the parents no help at all, usually on purpose.

Each episode is broken down into 4 sections. The first 3 are a stories involving an individual family, and the last one has everyone together. It’s a bit of a different set up but I really enjoy the breakdown into smaller, shorter stories.

Season 1 is currently on Netflix. Season 2 should be added any time now. & Season 3 will be airing on CBS this fall! So watch this one first to be ready for new episodes!

Grace & Frankie

I’m ending this list with a Netflix Original, one that I think is actually the best show they’ve created. Grace & Frankie is about two elderly women whose husbands leave them for each other. It’s the typical enemies to friends story in the first season but with twists and story lines that are absolutely hilarious. Now into the 3rd season they’ve been navigating single life, trying to start their own business, and even trying out peyote. I dream of having a friendship like theirs when I’m that age!

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have both been rightfully nominated for major awards for their work in this show. The last scene in the finale of the second season made me laugh so hard that I genuinely ended up on the floor crying. The entire show is brilliant, different, and unfailingly funny. Other Netflix shows may get more press but I guarantee this is one of, if not the best, they have.

 

Let me know if you watch any of these shows & what you think of them!! Please come quote them and tell me your favorite parts on Twitter 🙂

~Alison

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20 Comment

  1. I can’t wait to watch these. I never was really into sitcoms. These sound like my kind of shows. Thanks for your recommendations!

  2. I’ve heard good things about Grace & Frankie and I really want to give it a try! I recently watched all of Friends from College (also a Netflix Original) and I really enjoyed it!

  3. I’m always looking for new shows on Netflix. I’ll have to check these out. It’s always great to have some insight, because you never know what you’re getting into with half of the shows listed. Thank you for this round-up!

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