Take a step back from the pressures of work life with these A+ comedies that will surely ease you into a truly relaxing weekend. Scroll through our TV picks below:
So you think you know comedy? Have you seen all of these shows (more than once from beginning to end)? We round up some of the funniest TV shows that are worth a re-watch especially on days you're just not feeling the best. Let Michael Scott, Ron Swanson, the Bluths, and more cheer you up with their ridiculous antics and spine-chilling mishaps that define secondhand embarrassment.
1. The Office (2005 - 2013)
If you're looking to unwind from your own workplace, The Office is the best antidote to your tiring hours and office pet peeves. Revolving around Michael Scott (played by the incredible Steve Carell), this mockumentary series toys around the obligatory rituals one has to engage with at the workplace. From water cooler small talk, birthdays, fire drills to outings and over time hours—The Office takes awkward and deadpan comedy to a hyperbolic level.
Notable Episode: "Stress Relief" | S05E14
Here, Dwight Schrute (self-appointed office fire marshal, all-around geek, and beet farmer) emulates a real-life fire to teach his co-workers a lesson in safety precaution. Needless to say, it all goes inexplicably wrong.
2. Parks & Recreation (2009 - 2015)
Taking after The Office, Parks and Recreation is a mockumentary comedy but this time situated in the most slow-moving government facet in the municipality of fictional Pawnee, Indiana, USA. Circling around eccentric characters Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) - a staunch midlevel bureaucrat, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) - a libertarian who hates government and all it stands for, and Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) - Leslie's vain secretary—Parks and Rec sets itself up as a feel-good comedy with its silly and ridiculous plots.
Notable Episode: "Ron and Tammy" | S02E08
In this episode, Ron's second ex-wife Tammy (played by Offerman's real-life partner, Megan Mullally) causes trouble between the Parks and Recreation Department and the Pawnee Public Library where she works.
3. Modern Family (2009 - 2020)
This sitcom revolves around the family life of the Pritchett clan. Often caught in silly scenarios, the Pritchetts are faced with the challenge of confronting each other about everything under the sun. The series begins when the head of the family, Jay Pritchett, marries Gloria, a young Latina with a son named Manny. This creates a bit of tension for Claire (Jay's eldest daughter; married to Phil) and Mitchell (Jay's son who lives with his partner, Cameron). The fun mix of characters creates endless hilarious episodes that are definitely binge-worthy.
Notable Episode: "Las Vegas" | S05E18
The whole family vacations in Las Vegas and things become unseemly and quite chaotic very quickly. With Phil auditioning for a secret magician organisation and Mitchell trying to rekindle the romance with Cam, the episode is chockful of surprises.
4. Bojack Horseman (2014 - 2020)
If you're into dry humour and existentialist philosophy, Bojack Horseman combines the vanity of "Hollywoo" and dark comedy in this Netflix original cartoon series. Following main character Bojack, a middle-aged washed-up 90's comedy star, the eponymous series treads through narratives of superficiality and finding meaning in the world of celebrity. With characters voiced by Will Arnett (Bojack Horseman), Aaron Paul (Todd Chavez), Alison Brie (Diane Nguyen), and Amy Sedaris (Princess Carolyn), the series brings dynamic story-telling and voice-acting together for a powerhouse sitcom.
Notable Episode: "Fish Out of Water" | S03E04
With a majority consensus among blogs and publications alike, this episode sets the bar for heart-wrenching storytelling. 80 per cent of the episode is played out without dialogue (as Bojack attends the Pacific Ocean Film Festival), the colourful underwater scenery takes the audience with Bojack as he discovers connection and friendship with a baby seahorse. Sounds incredibly ludicrous but it's definitely worth a try!
5. How I Met Your Mother (2005 - 2014)
An iconic series with a controversial end, How I Met Your Mother makes it to this list because no matter how convoluted it got, it still offers classic comedy and loveable characters like Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), Marshall and Lily (Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan), Robin Scherbatsky (Colbie Smulders), and the endless romantic, Ted (Josh Radnor). Who doesn't love the recurring jokes and subplots like the 'slap bet', Robin's pop-star alter ego Robin Sparkles, the blue french horn, and the bro code?
Notable Episode: "The Playbook" | S05E08
In this episode, Barney Stinson unfolds his book of pick-ups and "plays" through numerous over-the-top demonstrations. Here, you get a feel of the series' exaggerated flair and slapstick brand of comedy.
6. Community (2009 - 2015)
Fast-talking lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) returns to community college after his degree is revoked. Here he meets quirky characters who eventually become his study group buddies. With veteran comedian Chevy Chase performing as a millionaire student Pierce Hawthorne, the rest of the cast proves to be just as quick and funny. Allison Brie plays the OCD character Annie Edison while Donald Glover plays Troy Barnes, a clueless jock, and the stunning Gillian Jacobs characterises Brita Perry, a petit-activist always looking for validation. However, the quirkiest character in the series is, without doubt, Abed (Danny Pudi)—an eccentric (to say the least) aspiring director.
Notable Episode: "Cooperative Calligraphy" | S02E08 or any of the paintball episodes
In Cooperative Calligraphy, the study group find themselves in a bottle episode. As Annie fails to find her beloved pen, she begins a search and requires everyone to reveal the contents of their bags. The tension becomes palpable and feelings get hurt as they judge each other's personal items. Each season, however, the series/ and Greendale Community College hosts a school-wide paintball-to-the-death competition with winners getting mundane rewards like first dibs for registration or a day off.
7. Arrested Development (2003 - 2006; 2013 - current)
This often-overlooked gem brings the term "absurd" to a whole new level. With bordering insane characters, the series follows the Bluth family after the patriach George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) goes to jail, leaving the rest of the family fighting for the luxurious life they used to enjoy. With Michael (Jason Bateman) now in-charge of what remains of their family fortune, he is met with frustration as his spoiled siblings struggle to adapt to their new life.
Notable Episode: "Pilot" | S01E01
Proving it was strong from the start, the pilot perfectly encapsulates just how outrageous the Bluth family is. With the majority of the episode taking place on a yacht where George Sr. makes his escape from the authorities, the rest of the family struggles with the situation in different albeit amusing ways.