The amusing TV Comedies of All Time
The amusing TV Comedies of All Time. 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.
The Good Place
Air Dates: Sept. 19, 2016–present
Stars: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto
Every time I try to explain The Good Place, I manage to make it sound like the dweebiest show of all time: “A woman named Eleanor dies and goes to heaven, but realizes she was supposed to go to Hell.
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.
Air Dates: April 22, 2012–present
Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson
Though not shot in the mockumentary style of The Office and Parks and Recreation, Veep is home to plenty of its own cringe-worthy moments, reminiscent of the aforementioned classics.
Network: Comedy Central
Air Dates: Jan. 22, 2014–present
Stars: Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson
There’s nothing I can say about Broad City that hasn’t already been said, so I’ll keep it simple: keep letting women be fuck ups on television! OK, maybe fuck ups is a little harsh—but let us be lost, directionless, and a little stressed out, in a way that doesn’t manifest in the pursuit of a man who will fix all our problems, or scary, self-destructive behavior. Broad City is special because at its center is a strong female friendship, one that provides laughter, comfort, forgiveness, and accountability, like all good friendships should. We’re gonna miss this one when we have to say good-bye.
Air Dates: Sept. 15, 2017—Sept. 14, 2018
Stars: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro
We will look back on the premature cancellation of Netflix’s American Vandal as one of the most grave pop culture injustices of our time—personally, I already am.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Air Dates: Oct. 15, 2000–Sept. 11, 2011, Oct. 1, 2017—present
Stars: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman
It’s OK, you can admit it: Curb Your Enthusiasm is funnier than Seinfeld. Though the latter is regarded as television’s greatest sitcom, co-creator Larry David’s HBO follow-up series has enhanced the proven Seinfeld formula (characters pissing people off in multiple, seemingly random storylines that somehow congeal together by the episode’s end) by upping the ante. The humor is nastier (thanks, cable television), the situations more exaggerated, and, yes, David is a more interesting and likable lead than the blander Jerry Seinfeld.
Air Dates: Oct. 11, 2006–Jan. 31, 2013
Stars: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Katrina Bowden, Judah Freidlander, Keith Powell, Lonny Ross, John Lutz, Kevin Brown
There was a time when NBC’s 30 Rock was unbeatable at every major television accolades event, from the Primetime Emmys to the Golden Globes. And for good reason—overseen by the undeniably funny Tina Fey, this satirical look at a fictional variety show, not unlike Fey’s old Saturday Night Live stomping grounds, fired hilarious quotables at viewers with tireless ferocity.
Air Dates: July 5, 1989–May 14, 1998
Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander
You know they’re awful people. You wouldn’t have them as your friends’ friends. The four main characters of Seinfeld were joined together in miserable neuroses, in a bizarro world of uncompromising (but unfathomable) ethics, with codes incomprehensible to the people outside the circle.
Air Dates: Aug. 27, 1992–May 1, 1997
Stars: Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Carl Anthony Payne II, Thomas Mikal Ford, Tichina Arnold
Very few programs remain every bit as entertaining over 15 years after their conclusion as Martin, a show about a big-eared radio DJ from Detroit with enough personality for an entire cast.
Air Dates: Nov. 2, 2003–Feb. 10, 2006, May 26, 2013, May 3, 2018—present
Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter
What did we do to deserve Arrested Development, what with its incredible ensemble cast, intricate narrative threads and callbacks, jokes that built for entire episodes to culminate in brilliant punch-lines like goddamn Grandmaster chess moves?