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Saintel Daily’s List of Comedies to Watch on Netflix (Part 2)

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In part two of this series, we look at some pretty funny, and might I add, some of my favorite, TV shows.  I am always in the mood for a good comedy.  Why?  Well, I can always use a good laugh.  And there’s no better way to laugh than to sit back, turn on Netflix and watch something like Arrested Development or Archer.

Arrested Development

If you haven’t seen at least one episode of Arrested Development by now, there is something wrong.  I mean it.  This is maybe one of the funniest shows of all time.  Or at least, that’s my opinion.  Maybe I love it so much because of just how dysfunctional and ridiculous the family is.  I guess I find it hard to believe that there are people out there like this?  Well, hopefully, there isn’t, but those far-fetched elements also make it really funny to me as well.  George Bluth is one of the lead characters, but he is the one who tries to keep the family together. He is the straight-laced character.  There are many seasons of this one, so if you’re going to binge watch this one, you’re going to need an entire weekend.

Archer

Archer is a show that quietly came into our lives randomly back in 2010.  It took no time for us to get hooked.  The show centers around Sterling Archer.  Archer is a misogynistic, crazy (and yet, capable) agent for the spy agency ISIS.  His mother is the boss, his ex-girlfriend is a rival spy and the rest of his team are just crazy enough to ensure that there’s never a dull moment. The writing is extremely clever, the dialogue is timed to perfection and the animation is well done.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It’s kind of hard to describe what this show is about, really.  The show centers around characters who work at Paddy’s Bar in Philadelphia.  But what is the show about?  Kidnapping cats, poisoning rivals, stalking love interests, and really just getting drunk all the time – to name a few.  What more could you ask for in a comedy?  The characters themselves are narcissistic, sexist, sociopathic, elitist, and even delusional.  Hilarity ensues on every episode of this show.

Bojack Horseman

Bojack Horseman is a Netflix exclusive and features Will Arnett as the lead character.  If you’re not familiar Bojack is a “horseman” who was a successful 1990s sitcom star, but he now lives in a state of constantly consuming alcohol and self-loathing.  If that sounds too awful, it’s actually really funny.  All shows are funny with those undertones, right?  What makes the show unique and also adds to its humor, is the fact that it’s set in a weird version of Hollywood.  Humans live alongside anthropomorphic animalsBoJack Horseman features a strong cast (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul plays BoJack’s best friend Todd) and strong writing, and with three seasons available it’s perfect fodder for a weekend binge-watch blowout.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

If you’re not already an Andy Samberg fan, you will be after you watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  He’s hilarious.  I really got into this show for the first couple of seasons, but haven’t had the time to watch it like I did before.   But I do have a “free” weekend coming up, so maybe now’s my chance to get caught up.  The draw isn’t necessarily just Samberg himself.  He plays an extremely childish detective, in a group of odd and quirky detectives.  All of this is offset by the seemingly dry and extremely dull Captain Holt.

Love Sick

The concept here is simple: a soppy romantic gets chlamydia and has to work through his list of historic partners to break the news. Cue humorous flashbacks, tragic tales and a fair dose of relatable heartbreak. It begins with a better version of Fresh Meat but, by episode three, the web of friendships, love interests, and flashbacks works brilliantly to gradually reveal details that bring depth to the characters – a depth that’s matched by excellent, believable and, perhaps most importantly, funny performances.  This kind of comedy is for those of you who are romantics, with a sense of humor. If that sounds like you, check this one out.

Groundhog Day

If it weren’t for the movie Groundhog Day, the actual Groundhog Day might not be what it is today.  The day itself used to be a quaint American tradition that involves a groundhog predicting the arrival of spring. But now, it’s a cliché term used to describe anything that happens more than once.  Thank you for that, Bill Murray.  The premise of the movie is that Bill Murray’s character keeps reliving the same day over and over again.  This movie is for anyone who is a comedian at heart.

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