Surprisingly I found this list a little harder to put together than my drama list. That’s why it’s taken a bit longer for me to write. I had to dig a little deeper on this one. It’s not that there hasn’t been great comedies in the last year, I think I’ve just been more drawn to the dramas. But man I love a good single cam comedy. A well-written half hour comedy gets my juices flowing. With that in mind, here are the ones I found the juiciest.
Aziz Ansari is infinitely watchable. He has his voice down pat and knows what he’s bringing to the table. In this show on Netflix he’s teamed up with Parks and Rec alum Alan Yang to write and produce Master of None. This show features stories we haven’t heard before but seem very familiar. The culturally diverse cast feels fresh and interesting. But most of all, it’s just funny. It takes a lot to get me to laugh during a TV show and I laughed several times while watching this one. I can’t wait to see more of Dev’s world.
The characters. The characters!! Every single person on Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a unique and hilarious character. Andy Samberg is perfectly suited for his role as the lovable loser cop Jake Peralta. I wasn’t sure about a police precinct comedy but they really pull it off (I know they’re glad I approve). Andre Braugher is without a doubt my favorite part of the show. He is so funny as the straight man/gay cop. Oh and Terry Crews! Ah! He’s amazing too! Okay I need to calm down. Bottom line, love the characters on this show.
When I first heard that Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda were doing a show there was no question I was on board. Two comedy legends together in one show? Sign me up! I love that Grace and Frankie features what life is like for people beyond 25. Seriously Hollywood, there’s more to life than hot 20 somethings trying to find love. These women have lived very full lives, and just when they think it’s time to settle in and enjoy retirement, they find out their husbands are gay. And in love with each other. Scandalous! And fortunately for us, hilarious.
I love this show. And not just because I was on it. Ahem. But because it feels like we know Mindy Lahiri and her gaggle of man friends. She’s like the best friend we always wanted but can’t get close to because she’s too smart, and gets along better with guys. Sigh. I’m sad the folks at Fox didn’t have enough faith in it to keep on the air, but really glad it popped up again on Hulu. Even if it only has a season or two left I’m invested in these characters and I want to cheer them on…like friends.
I laugh every, single, time this show is on. The shit they say is freakin’ hilarious. And each week I think Tina is my favorite. Then it’s Gene. Then Bob. I can’t decide! Bob’s Burgers rivals Family Guy in my mind as one of the best animated shows on TV right now. If you aren’t watching it, you are missing out on some of the most meme-worthy and repeatable quotes from TV.
What did I miss? I’m sure you have opinions. It’s the internet. Everyone has opinions.