Laughing has been proven to be greatly therapeutic and comedy shows have long been a good source of laughter. Thankfully, Netflix has got us all covered as the streaming platform has in store an endless list of comedy TV shows but deciding on which of the comedy shows on Netflix to chill with can seem a bit challenging, considering the numerous options available, from The Office to Anger Management, Parks and Recreation, as well as The Good Place, one is definitely spoiled for choice… but which ones are actually the most hilarious?
Next time you want to Netflix and chill, or should we say Netflix and laugh, consider one of these 12 options which are among the funniest comedy shows on Netflix.
12 Hilarious Comedy Shows on Netflix
12. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
For starters, all the top critic review platforms have rated this comedy very highly. It scores a high 97% on Rotten Tomatoes; 8.3 out of 10 from TV.com and got a 7.7/10 from IMDB. Renowned critic Scott Meslow said himself that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the “the first great sitcom of the streaming era.” Out of its 18 Emmy nominations, 4 came under the category of Outstanding Comedy Series, that is one for each of its four seasons.
The series created by the legendary Tina Fey (her other credits include 30 Rock and many episodes of SNL) and Robert Carlock (also known for his work on 30 Rock) stars the endearing comedian Ellie Kemper as the lead character, Kimmy Schmidt aka Kemper, a 29-year-old who after escaping from being held captive in a doomsday cult for 15 years is determined to live her life with a positive attitude. In a bid to restart her life, she relocates to New York and becomes the roommate of a struggling actor Titus Andromedon portrayed by Tituss Burgess. The series premiered in 2015 and closed her curtains in 2019 with an interactive special slated for 2020.
11. The Office (U.S)
A classic it is and a classic The Office will forever be. Regardless of its frequent comparison to its original UK version upon which it’s based, the American version is still one very hilarious show. Following the success of the UK version, veteran writer Greg Daniels (other credits, The Simpson and King of The Hill) adapted it for the American TV and it premiered on NBC in 2005, lasting for a whopping 9 seasons before its end in 2013. Viewers would come to criticize its final two episodes as they thought Steve Carell‘s 7th season departure should have been the end of the show.
The show primarily follows the daily lives of employees of the fictional company Dunder Mifflin Paper. The show stars some great comic acts like Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fischer. TV.com gives it a 9/10, IMDB an 8.8/10 and Rotten Tomatoes 89%. The Office won four Emmys including one for Outstanding comedy series in 2006.
10. Jane the Virgin
If you’re a Latin telenovela lover and romcoms are your thing then Jane the Virgin is one of the comedy shows on Netflix that you should watch as it gives a good parody of commonly used tropes and devices in telenovelas. So, Jane (played by Gina Rodriguez) is a devout 23-year-old Latina virgin who is accidentally impregnated by her gynecologist via artificial insemination. The show which is loosely based on a Venezuelan telenovela titled Juana la Virgen scores a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.2 on TV.com and 7.8/10 on IMDB. It won the coveted Golden Globe Peabody Award in 2014. The show premiered on October 13, 2014, with it’s fifth and final season beginning on March 27, 2019.
If you’re a fan of wrestling then GLOW would have you bursting with feelings of nostalgia while sending you hysterics. GLOW was the 80s syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and the show is just a fictionalization of its characters and gimmicks. The Netflix original’s main cast includes Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, and Marc Maron. It premiered on June 27th, 2017 and a 3rd season was renewed in August 2018. GLOW has earned 2 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series and a Satellite Awards for Best Musical or Comedy Series.
8. Big Mouth
Netflix has a little more than a handful of animated TV shows and Big Mouth happens to be one of the most hilarious. Google users rate it at 94% while Rotten Tomatoes gives it the perfect 100% score. Big Mouth is a coming-of-age sitcom that follows the lives of adolescents as they struggle with puberty. The lead character Nick Birch, a young boy with overprotective parents is voiced by Nick Kroll who also voices several other characters. The Netflix original premiered on September 29, 2017, and was renewed for a 3rd season in November 2018.
7. American Vandal
Viewers of this one-of-a-kind comedy show say it is one of the most underrated comedy shows on Netflix. American Vandal is basically a parody of real-life crime documentaries like Making a Murderer, The Jinx and Serial. The show has been commended for its meaningful satirization of true crimes. The show opens with friends of a dick-drawer and burnout Dylan Maxwell being accused of vandalizing the cars of 27 teachers by spray-painting dicks on them, but his friends Peter and Sam – both amateur documentary makers, believe he didn’t do it and seek to get deeper and find the true culprit. Unfortunately, Netflix canceled the show after two seasons, but the good news is, there are speculations that it would be shipped to another venue. Rotten Tomatoes rates it at 98%.
6. Schitt’s Creek
Schitt’s Creek has been praised for being freshly conceptual. The Canadian TV show as created by the legendary Eugene Levy and his son Daniel Levy follows the story of a once-wealthy family who loses all of their wealth after being defrauded by their manager. All they have left is a small backwoods town named Schitt’s Creek which the family patriarch, a video store tycoon (played by Eugene) bought as a joke gift to his son, (also played by his real-life son Daniel). The family matriarch Moira played by Catherine O’Hara is a soap opera star. The show has enjoyed an exponential success as it began receiving award recognitions, starting from the 2018 awards season. It has received at least 4 Emmy nominations. It premiered on January 13, 2015, and has aired for 5 seasons and counting.
5. The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners would have you glued to your screen, thanks to its endless laughable scenes. The British coming-of-age sitcom follows the lives of teenage friends as they juggle school life and their encounters with uncaring teachers, as well as failed attempts at sex. It has received back-to-back BAFTA nominations for Best Situation Comedy in 2009 and 2010 and won the 2011 British Comedy Awards Outstanding Contribution to British Comedy. It originally aired on E4 from 2008 to 2010 for three seasons. Its success led to a movie, The Inbetweeners Movie which was released to both critical and commercial success.
4. Bojack Horseman
Vulture has dubbed Bojack Horseman the “best writing on TV,” quite an achievement for an animated show. The universal critical acclaim of the series came much later as its early seasons were panned for being too silly, it has now been praised for its realistic depiction of depression, self-destructive behavior, sexism, trauma, addiction, and even racism. So, Bojack – a 50-something years old man with a horse head is a 90s sitcom star who has become an alcoholic out of self-pity, but 18 years later, he’s now ready to get back in the saddle but he soon realizes that Hollywood has changed from what it was in the 90s. Will Arnett voices the titular character. The show is Netflix’s first animated show.
3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
With a 95% rating from Google users and 98% from Rotten Tomatoes, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of the most hilarious comedy shows on Netflix worth watching. Rebecca Bunch, a successful and self-driven law firm partner with an upscale apartment in New York, feels something is missing in her life. In a bid to pursue true happiness and find love, she begins an adventure that sees her relocate to West Covina, California. Rachel Bloom, the show’s co-creator also stars as the lead. Premiering on October 12, 2018, on CW, the show aired for 4 seasons before ending on April 5, 2019. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has won a series of awards, among them 3 Emmys, and a Golden Globe Award.
2. The Good Place
This multiple Emmy-nominated series has Kristen Bell as its lead character Eleanor Shellstrop who wakes up in an afterlife and is taken to a place called “The Good Place” a heaven-like abode designed as a reward for people who have lived a righteous life but Eleanor discovers she’s been sent there by mistake and must try to hide all of her bad sides. The Peabody Award-winning show premiered in September 2016 and its 15th season was slated for September 2019.
1. Arrested Development
Arrested Development is a critically acclaimed modern classic. It follows a formerly wealthy and dysfunctional family, the Bluths, who are thrown in chaos after the patriarch is arrested and jailed for fraud. Its first three seasons aired on FOX from 2003 to 2006. After low viewership on Fox led to its cancelation, Netflix jumped to the rescue, licensing and distributing new episodes exclusively from 2011. The show featuring Ron Howard as its omniscient narrator is a recipient of 6 Emmys.