Anyone who has Netflix knows how frustrating it is to find the right movie for the right mood. The streaming service is full of B and C Grade movies with actors you’d see in a Lifetime movie, or expensive commercial. What makes Netflix worth its $8 a month buy in is the selection of TV shows it has for viewers. Entire seasons of LOST, Buffy, X-Files and How I Met Your Mother are all there to binge through. It has a pretty incredible line of of comedies to check out. There are some noteworthy shows missing on this list like Archer, Parks & Recs, Family Guy and South Park, but I either haven’t watched them or, in the case of South Park and Family Guy, are not worth highlighting because you already either love or hate them. Here are some shows that I would recommend going through.
(I’ve only watched a few episodes of Bob’s Burgers, but I think that’s also worth checking out)
Seasons Available: 4
A show that originally started on FOX, received critical acclaim, got cancelled and resurrected on Netflix. It’s journey alone makes it worth a watch. The show centers around Michael Bluth, played by Jason Bateman, as he tries to save his family from self-induced poverty. The jokes come fast and it rewards multiple views. You get constant callbacks, call-forwards (Buster sitting on a hand-shaped chair) and easter eggs. The show was cancelled in 2006 after its third season, but when the entire series was put on Netflix it gained a new following. Netflix got the cast and crew together for a very different and ambitious fourth season. Reviews were mixed but after going through it twice, I think its one part hilarious and one part genius. Either way its worth checking out a few episodes.
Seasons Available: 3
Louis C.K is one of the best comedian on the circuit right now. His jokes and concepts are loosely based in reality, but taken to strange and uncomfortable places through his observations and comments. Like Seinfeld before him, he takes his stand up material and translates them into a TV show based on his life and experiences. He deals with his children, dating at his age, masturbation and bags of dicks…. Out of context it seems weird, but its good. Some may not like his style of comedy, but its at least worth a shot.
Seasons Available: 9
This show had its finale about a year ago and although the later seasons don’t hold up as well its still worth watching. Steve Carrell’s Michael Scott will go down as one of the funniest TV Characters of All-Time. A character who was completely ridiculous, intolerable and lovable all at the same time. He’s the main attraction to this mundane circus stocked with a great supporting cast. The love story between Jim & Pam was handled incredibly well in the early seasons, Dwight was the perfect amount of annoying, and Creed was the best type of random. Everything worked so well, and the simple stories were relatable despite over the top reactions. I’d say season 2-5 are pretty much gold with gems scattered throughout the entire run.
Seasons Available: 7
Its hard not to like Tina Fey, because she’s so good. From SNL, to Mean Girls its well documented she knows funny. 30 Rock is about a SNL-like show that Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is head-writer for. Tina is funny in her own right, but what makes the show great is who she surrounds herself with. Tracy Morgan plays Tracy Jordan, a man-child who has won a EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) while also starring in a movie titled Fat Bitch. Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, who is completely self absorbed. And, of course, Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy. I’m not sure why he was chosen to play this role, but looking back it couldn’t have been anyone else. The show is random, and sometimes reminds me of Family Guy because of the cutaways. The laughs come consistently.
Seasons Available: 3
“Dreams Of The 90s Are Alive In Portland.”
This show is the hardest to recommend because of how strange it can be. It stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen is a series of random, loosely connected sketches. There are some consistencies between episodes, like characters and setting, but the sketches come out of nowhere. Weather Carrie and Fred are addicted to Battlestar Gallactica, or running a hyper-feminist bookstore. The show is all over the place. You might hate this so take this one with a grain of salt.
Seasons Available: 4
This might just be the funniest show on Netflix and on TV at the moment. The League centers around a group of friends in a Fantasy Football League, which might turn people off, but it really isn’t about football at all. There are a few NFL cameos here and there, but you don’t need to know who Tom Brady is to laugh at “Vinegar Strokes” or any of Taco’s absurdities. This shows laugh-per-minute ratio is almost unmatched. Obviously its geared towards men, but women should be able to find some enjoyment in the scenarios. I’m excited to see what season five has in store when it lands on Netflix.