With all the problems we face in the world today, and the endless stream of fear and doom relayed to us through news and social media, we all need a good laugh when we want to unwind. And what better way to do that than by watching some light hearted comedy? Over the past few years, we've been blessed with some truly hilarious comedic shows that have kept us in stitches. So, grab your popcorn, sit back, and let's dive into the top 10 funniest TV comedies, in no particular order, of recent years.
1. It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (2005-Present)
Currently on its 16th season and still going strong, "Sunny", as it's lovingly referred to by fans is an over-the-top, often offensive and always hilarious show set in, you guessed it, Philadelphia. Five misfit friends own and operate their own dive bar in Philly and the show follows their mis/adventures as they navigate social issues with their own unique viewpoints. The format hasn't changed in all these years, and if it's not broke, then why fix it? This could potentially run forever, it is an absolute riot and with over 172 episodes to date, you are in for a treat if you haven't had the pleasure of watching this phenomenon of a show.
2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-2021)
Starting off our list is the cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." This show is a delightful blend of humour, heart, and hijinks. Set in a New York City police department, it follows the lives of Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his diverse colleagues. The show's charm lies in its witty writing, lovable characters, and the way it tackles serious issues with a light-hearted touch. It's a must-watch for anyone who loves a good laugh.
3. Ted Lasso (2020-Present)
"Ted Lasso" is a heartwarming comedy about an American football coach (Jason Sudeikis) hired to manage a British soccer team, despite having no experience with the sport. The show's humor comes from Ted's unyielding optimism and cultural misunderstandings. It's a feel-good show that will leave you with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart.
4. Schitt's Creek (2015-2020)
"Schitt's Creek" is a Canadian sitcom about a wealthy family who suddenly find themselves broke and forced to live in Schitt's Creek, a small town they once bought as a joke. The show's humor is derived from the family's extravagant lifestyle clashing with the town's simplicity. The character development throughout the series is exceptional, making it a comedy with depth and heart.
5. What We Do In The Shadows (2019-Present)
This hilarious mockumentary-style show takes a peek into the lives of four vampire roommates living in Staten Island, and trust me, it's a bloody good time.
Based on the 2014 movie of the same name, created by and starring Taika Waititi, the TV series adaptation follows Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja, and Colin Robinson, a motley crew of vampires who have been around for centuries. From their daily struggles with modern technology to their attempts at fitting into the human world, their antics will leave you in stitches. Each character brings their own unique quirks to the table, making for a dynamic and laugh-out-loud ensemble.
6. Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)
"Parks and Recreation" is a mockumentary-style sitcom about the daily operations of the Parks Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. The show's humor comes from its quirky characters and their interactions. Amy Poehler's performance as the overly enthusiastic Leslie Knope is a highlight. Also starring the now Hollywood A-lister Chris Pratt in the role that gave him his big break as Andy, and Aubrey Plaza as his girlfriend April. The cast is incredible with so many stand out performances and instantly recognisable faces. The show is a feel-good comedy that's both hilarious and heartwarming.
7. The Office (US) (2005-2013)
"The Office" is a mockumentary sitcom that depicts the everyday lives of office employees working at the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The show's humor is derived from its awkward situations and character dynamics. It's a classic that has left a lasting impact on the comedy genre.
8. Arrested Development (2003-2019)
Before Jason Bateman took the serious part of Marty in the brilliant Ozarks he had the role of Michael Bluth, one of the main characters in this fantastic comedy. The story centres around an eccentric, incredibly wealthy, family who are embroiled in a scandal that sees their family fortunes threatened. Chaos ensues as the spoilt, pampered, family members refuse to acknowledge their situation. Featuring an all star cast of comedic talent, this was one of the funniest shows on television for many years, and an absolute must watch for any one who hasn't seen it.
9. BoJack Horseman (2014-2020)
"BoJack Horseman" is an animated comedy-drama about a washed-up actor who's also a horse. The show is a brilliant satire of Hollywood and celebrity culture. Its humor is dark and often poignant, and it's not afraid to tackle heavy themes. "BoJack Horseman" is a comedy that will make you laugh and think.
10. Rick and Morty (2013-Present)
Sticking with the animated comedy theme, Rick and Morty is a pop culture phenomenon. If you haven't seen this show then you must have been hiding under a rock the past few years. Yet, for those that haven't, you are in for a treat, this is one of the funniest animated shows ever made. Focusing primarily on genius scientist/inventor Rick, his grandson Morty, and the rest of the family, the show follows them on their adventures through space, time, and other dimensions. Just thinking how to describe a typical episode to the uninitiated brings a smile to my face. Just watch it, you won't be disappointed!
These are just a few of the fantastic comedies that have graced our screens in recent years. Each one offers a unique blend of humour, heart, and storytelling that keeps us coming back for more. So, if you're in need of a good laugh, these shows are sure to deliver.