Now I love a good box set. Something to get totally absorbed in and that you can get invested in the characters. My favourite genre is probably true crime documentaries but I love comedy too – especially as sometimes when work and life is a bit stressful, I just want a laugh! Here are the best comedy series on Netflix that I’ve watched. I hope you enjoy them too!
The Office (U.S) – 9 seasons
With nine series, you’ll have months of great entertainment ahead of you with The Office (U.S). The first series was way back in 2005 yet I only discovered it this year. There are so many famous faces on it who weren’t really famous (well, globally) at the time, such as Steve Carell who plays Michael Scott – the ‘world’s best boss’ at paper factory Dunder Mifflin. It follows a mockumentary of the lives of all the office workers, like Pam the sweet receptionist who has been engaged for three years with no wedding date in sight and Jim the salesman who has a monumental crush on Pam and loves nothing better than playing pranks on his colleague Dwight. At times it is ‘laugh out loud’ hilarious!
Schitt’s Creek – 6 seasons
I first saw the posters for Schitt’s Creek when I was on holiday in Chicago and I remember thinking, ‘I’d never watch that’. WELL. You know that saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? Same goes for TV and movie posters apparently!
Schitt’s Creek tells the story of the Rose family who were fabulously wealthy – until their business manager embezzles all their money. The only place they can go is a rural town called Schitt’s Creek that dad Johnny bought for his son, Daniel, as a joke gift. It’s a hilarious tale of a family used to riches and luxury having to adjust to life in small town America.
The characters are amazing and so well played – especially Moira, who is played by Catherine O’Hara. I won’t spoil anything but there is one couple who will steal your heart…
Never have I ever – 2 seasons (so far)
Devi Vishwakumar is a Los Angeles teen, with first generation Indian parents, trying to navigate being fifteen (and all that brings) as well as her cultural roots and heritage. Plus she’s dealing with her dad’s unexpected death from a heart attack and her subsequent temporary paralysis as a result.
Devi is smart, funny, slightly obnoxious and definitely knows what she wants – to sleep with swimming star Paxton. Co-written by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, expect belly laughs but also some very touching and poignant moments.
Jane the Virgin – 5 seasons
Jane Villanueva is an aspiring writer and twenty-something year-old virgin living in Miami. Despite being in a long-term relationship with Michael, she vows to stay chaste until marriage. However, she finds herself pregnant due to medical negligence and has to rethink her future. Suddenly her life is starting to resemble the telenovelas that she loves to watch.
I love that Jane the Virgin has such strong female leads – in Jane, her mother Xiomara, and her grandmother Alba. Whilst it is funny, there are some very serious subjects that they tackle – such as bereavement and cancer.
Friends – 20 seasons
This sitcom is over 20 years old yet still feels so relevant. Obviously some of the jokes haven’t aged well but surely that shows progress? I adore Friends and have watched it at least 3 or 4 times. It follows a group of twenty-somethings living in New York, trying to navigate relationships, friendships and jobs (although no one ever remembers what Chandler does for a living). It will make you both laugh and cry!
Arrested Development – 5 seasons
I only discovered this series recently, even though the first season was back in 2003. Interestingly the first three seasons ran from 2003 to 2006 and then Netflix picked it up in 2011 and ran a season in 2013 and another in 2018. Arrested Development follows the wealthy Bluth family, whose head of the family finds himself arrested for corruption – in the first episode. Michael Bluth, played by Jason Bateman, has to keep both the business and his family together – often with hilarious consequences.
It’s actually got Schitt’s Creek vibes (although of course it aired many years before). The cast is superb and it’s so strange seeing a teenage Michael Cera (who plays Michael’s son)! And Jessica Walter as the matriarch Lucille Bluth is just fantastic.
Dead to me – 2 seasons (with a third on the way)
Dead to me is a dark comedy which tells the story of recently widowed Jen, whose husband dies in a hit and run. She reluctantly befriends the lovable and ever positive Judy, who she meets at a bereavement group that she really doesn’t want to be at. What follows is a story of friendship, loyalty, self discovery and murder…
After Life – 2 seasons (so far)
After Life is a dark comedy starring Ricky Gervais as Tony, a local news reporter whose wife Lisa died of cancer. He decides to ‘stop being the nice guy’ because that didn’t stop his wife dying. Not only is it funny but it’s also really touching and I love how it tackles the subject of grief in a sensitive way but with humour. Ricky is also superb in this role – not only as an actor but as the creator of the series too.
Superstore – 6 seasons
Starring America Ferrera (of Ugly Betty fame), Superstore follows the lives and antics of Cloud 9 employees – think ‘behind the scenes at Walmart’. You’ll fall in love with the characters – like Dina, the no-nonsense assistant manager and Cheyenne, the lovable but rather dim floor worker. Also… watch out for the customers in the store too and what they get up to…
Big Bang Theory – 12 seasons
The Big Bang Theory is set in Pasadena, California, and follows four geeky scientists working at the university. They’re into all things sci-fi and Marvel characters and Dungeons and Dragons is a ‘fun night out’. Leonard and Sheldon live opposite the beautiful aspiring actress Penny, whom Leonard has a huge crush on. But will he get the girl? Great characters and lots of laughs!
Check out these 14 shows on Netflix to binge on if you want more recommendations.