5. Bojack Horseman
Not one to watch with the kids while satirizing the entertainment industry, this comedy show tackles depression, racism, sexism, self-destructive behavior and more. The humorous moments are interspersed throughout, in a ‘you have to laugh’-style of black humor.
Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Voice Artists: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, Paul F. Tompkins, and more.
4. The Good Place
This sweet comedy is about a woman who goes to ‘the good place’ in the afterlife, although she knows she wasn’t meant to. The show is about her trying to avoid being found out, with the help of her soulmate who is trying to teach her how to be a good person.
Creator: Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation)
Cast: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Ted Danson, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, and more.
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Michael Schur and Greg Daniels both seem to have a winning formula for Netflix comedies, co-creating this one with Greg Daniels. The show focuses on a police precinct in Brooklyn, and our protagonist – skilled, but rather immature, NYPD detective Jake Peralta. While it doesn’t shy away from portraying serious issues, it does so while keeping its sense of comedy intact.
Creators: Michael Schur, Greg Daniels
Cast: Andy Samburg, Stephanie Beatriz, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, and more.
2. The Office
Based on the original UK series, and adapted for US television by Greg Daniels, the American show is unsurprisingly a bit more optimistic (UK comedies often have a rather bleak background. It’s probably all the rain). A mockumentary-style comedy, The Office has made its way into every day vocabulary, and you’ll often hear it quoted – especially if you work in an office.
Creator: Greg Daniels
Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, and more.
1. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Having been trapped underground for 15 years as part of a doomsday cult, the series follows the titular Kimmy as she navigates life on the outside world – her positivity and optimism encouraging her to make the most of it. She moves in with Titus Andromedon, a struggling actor who is also flamboyantly gay. A fish-out-of-water comedy, Kimmy’s quirkiness and enthusiasm is infectious and will leave you smiling all-day
Creators: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock
Cast: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski