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The amusing TV Comedies of All Time

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  • August 9, 2019

While the primetime slot that was once home to Friends and Seinfeld is no longer the make or break (thanks, Netflix), there's no shortage of must-watch comedy TV even if our definition of TV has changed. Animated series' like Big Mouth have followed in the footsteps of South Park and Family Guy, and mockumentary TV series have been taken to the next level with Netflix's American Vandal. You've also got more wholesome, feel-good shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, stoner comedies like Broad City, and post-Seinfeld, we're still being blessed with the comedic stylings of Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep.

If you're looking for a new funny TV series for late-night binge-watching, you've come to the right place. These are the funniest comedy TV shows of all time.

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2 Atlanta

Network: FX
Air Dates: September 6, 2016–present
Stars: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz

Part of what makes Atlanta succeed is how it quietly debases that otherness. Easily one of the decade’s best shows of any genre, Glover’s most essential work is a piece of surreality that grounds itself in a realistic perspective of blackness that’s as fertile as the city that lends the series its name. Glover dials back the nerdy histrionics to become Earn, a college dropout who sees a new opportunity in managing his cousin, Alfred, AKA already-over-it rapper Paper Boi. Rounding out the core characters is Earn’s baby mother Van, who’s caught between responsibilities to her daughter and herself, and Alfred's best friend Darius, who’s just... Darius. In short, they’re all fuck-ups to an extent.

Atlanta is basically a new show with every episode, but even as it chicanes through a dark comedy variety show (“B.A.N.”), straight-up horror (all-timer “Teddy Perkins”), and bildungsroman (“FUBU”), it centers on the idea of the impossibility of self-improvement. The parade of absurdities—who could forget Black Justin Bieber?—lends Atlanta its charm, but it’s the attention paid to humanity that makes the series resonate.

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