Comedy is a very broad genre that can be coupled with multiple others and Netflix contains a well-stocked library of comedy shows suitable for all tastes.
From staple romantic comedies, to mature animated shows and everything in between, Netflix offers up a wide variety of series from all over the world.
The beauty of a comedy is that it can blend well with other themes if done right and this list compiles the many titles that will have you laughing uncontrollably and provide audiences with countless feel-good moments fit for any occasion.
The options are extensive but this list contains the best of the best Netflix original comedy shows that have been attributed to the streaming platform.
Here’s our list of the 50 best Netflix comedy shows of all time shows:
(Co-authors: Muskan Chhatwani, Nadeem Abdul, Rishabh Chauhan, Rahul Shinde, Prabal Sharma, and Anweshak Tejendra)
Editor’s note: This article was last updated in June 2023
50. Mr. Iglesias (2019 – 2020)
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias leads this sitcom as the titular good-natured public school teacher who is an employee at his alma mater. He specializes in teaching misfit kids who are exceptionally gifted but aren’t understood.
Mr. Iglesias takes it upon himself to make his students realize their full potential before the rowdy Assistant-Principal can have them counseled out.
The show ran for two seasons but was canceled in July 2021.
49. Freeridge (2023)
Cast: Keyla Monterroso Mejia, Bryana Salaz, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Ciara Riley Wilson, Peggy Blow
This American teen comedy-drama is a spin-off to another Netflix production, On My Block. It focuses on four high school kids who end up with a strange item from a yard sale.
The group eventually realizes that they’ve unleashed something supernatural from a cursed item and must work to reseal the curse. While dealing with the chaos, we also get an insight into the kids’ personal lives as relationships, crushes, are grudges are explored.
The show was canceled after one season in April 2023.
48. The Ranch (2016 – 2020)
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, Sam Elliott, Elisha Cuthbert
Set in a place called Iron River Ranch, near the fictitious town of Garrison, Colorado, this sitcom follows Colt Bennett, who returns to his family’s ranch after his semi-pro football career fails.
The plot navigates the Bennett family’s dysfunctional life as Colt tries to manage the ranch with his brother Rooster and dad Beau. As Colt tries to prove his worth to Beau, he finds himself struggling to pick between his current girlfriend and his high school love.
Curiously, all episodes of The Ranch are named after American country music songs.
47. Unstable (2023)
Cast: Rob Lowe, John Owen Lowe, Sian Clifford, Aaron Branch, Rachel Marsh, Emma Ferreira
Following the death of his wife, the successful, genius, yet narcissistic entrepreneur, Ellis Dragon, begins spiraling. His estranged son Jackson enters the picture and begins working for him.
Now, the young man must save his dad’s company and mind from collapsing further while trying to get out of his shadow as he tries to make amends for their relationship.
The show was reportedly the result of John Owen Lowe’s social media trolling of his father.
46. Workin’ Mom’s (2017 – 2023)
Cast: Catherine Reitman, Dani Kind, Juno Rinaldi, Jessalyn Wanlim, Enuka Okuma, Sarah McVie
Set in modern-day Toronto, the show chronicles the lives of a group of working mothers who form an unbreakable bond via an unlikely source.
Kate and her longtime friend, Anne, attend a curious “Mommy and Me” class, where they run into Jenny and Frankie.
The ladies bond over their shared struggles of urban motherhood as they face the chaos of kids, family tantrums, career and marriage upheavals, and identity crises, all while trying to understand themselves.
45. Framed: A Sicillian Murder Mystery (2022 – 2023)
Cast: Salvatore Ficarra, Valentino Picone, Marianna Di Martino, Anna Favella, Leo Gullotta, Sergio Friscia, Tony Sperandeo
This Italian television series is led by the famous comedy duo, Ficarra e Picone and sees them play TV technicians.The two unfortunate guys accidentally stumble upon a murder scene and do their best to avoid becoming suspects.
Unfortunately, every step they take to get out of trouble drags them deeper into the chaos.
44. Everything Sucks (2018)
Cast: Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Peyton Kennedy, Patch Darragh, Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako, Quinn Liebling, Elijah Stevenson, Sydney Sweeney, Rio Mangini
Set in Oregon in 1996, Everything Sucks follows the escapades of the students of Boring High School. It mainly focuses on the A/V and Drama clubs as kids in both groups as seen as misfits.
After a mishap, the clubs decide to band together to make a movie in hopes of being seen and respected by the entire school.
The plot zeroes in on its characters and examines their respective highs and lows as teenagers. It explores sexual identity, peer pressure, romance, mental health, and more.
Despite a well-received first season, the show was canceled in 2018.
43. Real Rob (2015 – 2017)
Cast: Rob Schneider, Patricia Schneider, Jamie Lissow, Miranda Scarlett Schneider
Created by Rob Schneider, this sitcom showcases an exaggerated yet brutally honest version of the comedian’s life. It dives deep into the ups and downs of his personal and professional lives, interwoven with his standup comedy performances.
Furthermore, Real Rob has all the cast starring as themselves, playing a version that fits the extravagant narrative.
42. The Upshaws (2021 – Present)
Cast: Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps, Kim Fields, Page Kennedy, Diamond Lyons, Khali Spraggins, Jermelle Simon, Gabrielle Dennis, Journey Christine
The Upshaws is a sitcom that follows the life of an African American, working-class family in Indiana. Bennie, a mechanic, and his wife, Regina, try their best to give their children the best of everything, even when they face financial problems.
Bennie also has a son with another woman named Tasha, and he must find a way to make him a part of the family. Regina’s sister, who is certainly not Bennie’s best friend, is also a member of the family.
The Upshaws do not lead a happy and carefree life; they suffer losses and then try to recover from them. Even the characters in the show are flawed, which makes the audience relate to them and their problems.
This family is not perfect by any means, but it is a loving family. The characters will make you laugh with them, but they will also give you beautiful moments as well as heartwarming relationships.
41. Eternally Confused and Eager for Love (2022 – Present)
Cast: Vihaan Samat, Dalai, Ankur Rathee, Rahul Bose, Suchitra Pillai
It can be hard for introverts to find love, and if you are an overthinker on top of that, finding a partner can be an utter mess. In this Indian comedy-drama series, it is an amusing mess.
Eternally Confused and Eager for Love follows Ray, whose inner voice, an imaginary wizard known as Wiz, always has something to say to confuse him. Ray thinks one thing but blurts out something completely different.
Due to this, he always finds himself in awkward situations. He gets advice from others, including his two friends Riya and Varun, but whether the advice will help or make matters worse, only time will tell.
The show sees the protagonist struggle with the usual problems that people in their early twenties face when it comes to love and relationships. However, just like how everything should be at this age, the show depicts these relatable struggles in a light-hearted manner.
40. The Chair (2021)
Cast: Sandra Oh, Jay Duplass, Bob Balaban, Nana Mensah, Everly Carganilla, David Morse, Holland Taylor
Created by Amanda Peet and Annie Julia Wyman, The Chair is a comedy-drama show set at a fictional university. In the show, Professor Ji-Yoon Kim becomes the chair of the English department at the reputed Pembroke University.
She is the first woman to get that position, but the department’s reputation is in tatters, which makes her believe that perhaps they wanted a woman to be the captain when the ship sank.
Ji-Yoon must not only salvage the reputation of the department but also stand up to the expectations of her colleagues as a woman of color. At the same time, she must manage her relationship with her daughter as well as her crush, who is also her colleague, Bill Dobson.
The Chair tries to deal with issues like the lack of diversity in academia, but not without a handful of humor, aided by Sandra Oh’s performance. The show will give you a lot to think about and laugh at.
39. Good Girls (2018 – 2021)
Cast: Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman
Good Girls follows three suburban mothers who are struggling financially and are in desperate need of money. When nothing works out, the three decide to rob a supermarket.
Their successful robbery creates more problems than it solves. It turns out that the supermarket is used as a front by a gang, and the women stole a lot more money than they had intended.
With the gang after them as well as the manager of the supermarket, who recognized one of them, the women are forced to do things that they never imagined to protect themselves and their families.
The performances of the three lead actors add to the charm of this show in which women who have been good all their lives turn into criminals and enjoy it. The show brings out the comedy in their inexperience as criminals.
38. Human Resources (2022 – 2023)
Cast: Aidy Bryant, Randall Park, David Thewlis, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Maya Rudolph, Nick Kroll
A spin-off of Big Mouth, Human Resources is an animated workplace comedy that follows creatures like the Hormone Monsters from Big Mouth. At their workplace, which is just as chaotic as these creatures, they are assigned human clients.
These monsters are to represent the feelings of humans undergoing intense emotions. By focusing on these monsters, the show can highlight how messy and confusing human emotions that often lead to hilarious situations can be.
While there are some known characters from Big Mouth, the show also introduces new characters and their storyline. Human Resources is a show that makes the audience laugh, but not without giving them complex storylines.
37. Grace and Frankie (2015 – 2022)
Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael, Baron Vaughn
Grace and Frankie follow the titular characters, who never liked each other much but go on to become best friends. While Grace is a blunt cosmetics mogul, Frankie is an artist and a free spirit.
When their husbands, who are divorce lawyers, decide to marry each other and divorce their wives, the two women find themselves in a similar situation as the lives that they have lived for decades are suddenly changed forever.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are the show’s star performers who deliver what the show promises. Their completely opposite characters form a bond that is equal parts funny and sweet.
Created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, the Emmy-nominated series offers plenty of laughs along with meaningful friendships. It is a show that has all the elements of a good comfort show.
36. Inside Job (2021 – 2022)
Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Christian Slater, Clark Duke, Tisha Campbell, John DiMaggio, Bobby Lee, Brett Gelman, Andy Daly, Chris Diamantopoulos
Inside Job is an animated science fiction series. The show is set in a world where most of the conspiracy theories are real. Additionally, this world is controlled by six organizations.
A genius robotic engineer, Reagan Ridley, and her partner lead a team at one of the six organizations called Cognito, Inc., an American shadow government organization.
Reagan wants to make the world a better place, but she cannot do that unless she learns to manage her unruly team and work on her personality, as she is short-tempered and awkward.
It is a smart show that finds humor in conspiracy theories and the human condition. The show’s writing gives space for social commentary, and its animation allows the audience to fully enjoy and appreciate the writing.
35. Final Space (2018 – 2021)
Cast: Olan Rogers, David Tennant, Coty Galloway, Steven Yeun, Tom Kenny, Tika Sumpter, Fred Armisen, Ashly Burch, Claudia Black, Ron Funches, Conan O’Brien, Jane Lynch, Keith David, Vanessa Marshall
Gary Goodspeed is not the smartest astronaut. He is serving his five-year sentence aboard a prison spacecraft called Galaxy One when he meets a planet-killing alien that looks harmless. He names the alien Mooncake and befriends it.
There is also Lord Commander, an evil telekinetic who is chasing Gary and Mooncake. The two friends decide to save the universe, and for that, they enlist the help of artificial intelligence and a crew of shipmates.
Final Space follows Gary and Mooncake as they try to save the universe by uncovering the secrets of a realm where the universe ends. The two form a unique team that offers the audience amusing and exciting adventures.
Apart from the story and the characters, this animated comedy-drama show is also known for some of the great performances by the voice actors as well as its art and themes.
34. I Am Not Okay with This (2020)
Cast: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Kathleen Rose Perkins
A coming-of-age dark comedy, I Am Not Okay With This deals with several themes in ways both meditative and hilarious. The Netflix show is based on the graphic novel of the same name by the author Charles Forsman.
The show centers on Sydney, a teenage girl who navigates the complex waters that her age is, with all its trials and tribulations — be it her family, her sexuality, or the more uniquely supernatural aspects that have inflicted her life.
On top of all that, Sydney is still coping with her father’s death and her psychic powers seem to be hereditary. As she tries to contend with these powers, she is met by challenges in the form of fallouts, friendships, and foes who make it quite difficult for her to overcome the adversities.
Canceled after the first season due to multiple reasons, the show has been widely acclaimed by its audience and fans since its release and a significant amount of people have called on for the renewal of the series.
33. Crashing (2016)
Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jonathan Bailey, Julie Dray, Louise Ford, Damien Molony, Adiran Scarborough, Amit Shah
Crashing follows a group of six twenty- and thirty-somethings living together as property guardians in a large, abandoned hospital.
This six-episode series follows each of its main characters’ navigations through the sexual unravelings that become inevitable after they’re all stacked inside the same place.
As sexual tensions flare, the personal baggage of the individuals also factors into the developments, ending in a chaotic overlap of relationships and what starts as an effort to live with cheaper rents and strict rules ends up as chaotic havoc of promiscuity and eviction.
Written and directed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the series has gone on to earn acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
32. Wellmania (2023 – Present)
Cast: Celeste Barber, JJ Fong, Genevieve Mooy, Lachlan Buchanan, Remy Hill, Alexander Hodge, Simone Kessell, Virginie Laverdure, Johnny Carr
Wellmania follows a woman’s arduous journey to well-being as she struggles to do away with her unhealthy lifestyle and adopt a healthy one.
This woman is Liv Healy, a 39-year-old food critic based in New York. She has a really unhealthy lifestyle which she seeks to be done with when she gets an opportunity for it.
It starts when she goes to Sydney, Australia to visit her longtime best friend Amy. While there, she loses her green card and faints, waking up from which she learns that she had very high cholesterol levels.
To be deemed fit and healthy for the green card qualification, she must lower her cholesterol levels within a year, which is when she determines to hit the goal within a mere four weeks.
31. Easy (2016 – 2019)
Cast: Jane Adams, Zazie Beetz, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Aya Cash, Megan Ferguson, Dave Franco, Stephen George, Evan Jonigkeit, Danielle Macdonald, Marc Maron, Kate Micucci, Elizabeth Reaser, Jacqueline Toboni, Jaz Sinclair, Marz Timms, Jake Johnson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aislinn Derbez, Rebecca Spence
Easy is an anthological series that ran for three seasons on Netflix before it concluded in 2019. Set in Chicago, the series follows a bunch of different characters who all navigate the issues such as love, sex life, and relationships, among others.
The show’s prime focus is on the intricacies and characteristics of modern love, and the new challenges that it proffers for the participants.
The episodes are detached in terms of a narrative continuity but the show revisits some of the characters throughout the series.
30. Fakes (2022 – Present)
Cast: Emilija Baranac, Jennifer Tong, Eric Bempong, Wern Lee, Matreya Scarrwener, Lauren K. Robek, Dylan Sloane, Mya Lowe, Ryan Mah, Emily Leung, Cindy Piper, Devon Slack, Oliver Rice, Debbie Podowski, Roraigh Falkner, Devon Alexander, Toby Hargrave
Fakes follows two teenagers, Zoe and Becca, as they create a fake Id empire of their own, only to contend with the ramifications of the crime both sweet and sinister.
Zoe and Rebecca are best friends living in West Vancouver, British Columbia, who come up with the idea to launch a fake ID empire of their own. Soon, their operation becomes all too real and becomes the largest in all of North America.
Throughout the show, the story is told with the unreliable narrator trope, which makes it quite difficult a task to distinguish the fake from the real. Throughout their operations, the two girls create a beast that’s too big for them to handle, and yet they persist as they get way in over their heads.
The series received favorable reviews from the audience and went on to bag two Canadian Screen Award nominations and two Writer’s Guild of Canada nominations.
29. Dead to Me (2019 – 2022)
Cast: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Max Jenkins, Sam McCarthy, Luke Roessler
Jen Harding is a recently widowed realtor based in Laguna Beach, California. She tries to cope with her husband Ted’s death through different means, like therapy and exercise. She often gives in to anger and unhinged breakdowns as she grieves the death of her husband, thanks to a hit-and-run.
She joins a grief support group, where she meets Judy, who’s there because she claims to have been coping with her fiancé’s death. However, she’s actually the hit-and-run driver responsible for Ted’s death, whose boyfriend recently broke up with her.
Both of the women have their own struggles and ways of dealing with them. They eventually become friends and the bond between the two only grows stronger with time.
Meanwhile, Jen’s mental spiral continues as she also status to unravel the secrets behind her husband’s death and Judy’s truth. Receiving heaps of praise from its fans, the Netflix series has gone on to garner critical acclaim as well.
28. Maniac (2018)
Cast: Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justine Theroux, Sonoya Mizuno, Gabriel Byrne, Sally Field
Maniac is a dark-comedy miniseries that follows two strangers, Annie and Owen, as they participate in a drug trial by a pharmaceutical company that claims their drug can cure any disorder.
Owen has schizophrenia which he hides from his family and others. He constantly sees a brother named Grimsson, who resembles his real-life brother in terms of looks. Grimsson keeps telling Owen that he’s on a mission of some kind.
When Owen signs up for the pharmaceutical trial by a company called Neberdine Pharmaceutical Biotech, he is plunged into a mind-bending and psychologically chaotic experiment in a retro-future New York City.
There, he meets the anti-social Annie, who Grimsson claims is the agent Owen needs to see regarding the mission he’s on. Throughout their pharmaceutical trial, the two individuals connect and embark on a series of fantastical, hallucinatory trials.
The miniseries gained raving critical reviews for its visuals and especially the acting performances from Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
27. Santa Clarita Diet (2017 – 2019)
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo
This dark comedy series follows Joel and Sheila, two realtors who live their best life with a teenage daughter in Santa Clarita. Their picture-perfect life comes crashing down when Sheila dies.
However, death is not the end of Sheila’s story, nor her family’s. She bounces back from her death, having gone through a most preternaturally horrifying transformation — she becomes a zombie, only her transformation isn’t marked by the usual traits and characteristics of a zombie.
She appears better than ever and feels better than she ever has. This abnormal turn of events forces the couple to set off on a journey where they have to adjust to the new lifestyle and make efforts to sustain it in ways that are anything but normal.
In doing so, they inspire a lot of hilarity, which is characterized by its offbeat nature. The series has gotten massive acclaim amongst the audiences and critics alike.
26. Atypical (2017 – 2021)
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Rapaport, Bridgette Lundy-Paine, Nik Dodani, Jenna Boyd, Graham Rogers, Amy Okuda, Fivel Stewart
Atypical follows a teenager named Sam, who’s on the autism spectrum and has embarked on a new chapter of his life — romance.
However, Sam deciding to take charge of his life and start dating girls is something his family isn’t used to. This is a new chapter for them as well, especially for Sam’s mother, who struggles with the idea of independence.
As Sam begins this new phase of life, his family begins a journey of self-discovery as well, while coming to terms with Sam’s lifestyle changes.
This coming-of-age Netflix dramedy series is, like its title, atypical, and towards the end of it, gains largely positive reviews from the fans and the critics.
25. The Kominsky Method (2018 – 2021)
Cast: Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, Nancy Travis, Paul Reiser, Kathleen Turner
Sandy Kominsky, who once was a successful actor, now works as an acting coach at a studio named after him called The Kominsky Method. At the studio, he meets and falls in love with a woman but struggles to push the relationship forward.
Meanwhile, his best friend and talent agent, Norman Newlander, has recently lost his wife to cancer. Norman copes with the pain and tries to understand his drug-addicted daughter.
Both Kominsky and Norman have no idea how to carry on their lives and hold on to new as well as old relationships, as they are at an age where death is closer than ever.
Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin deliver promising performances in The Kominsky Method, which is packed with humor and a lot of heart. The show is praised for its portrayal of the friendship between Kominsky and Norman and aging masculinity.
24. Orange Is the New Black (2013 – 2019)
Cast: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew, Jason Biggs, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Selenis Leyva, Adrienne C. Moore, Dascha Polanco, Nick Sandow, Yael Stone, Samira Wiley, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Jessica Pimentel, Laura Gómez, Matt Peters, Dale Soules, Alysia Reiner
Orange Is the New Black follows Piper Chapman, a public relations executive who is indicted for her association with a drug dealer 10 years earlier. She is sent to Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum-security women’s federal prison in Upstate New York, to serve a sentence of 15 months.
The sentence disrupts her personal and professional lives altogether. At the prison, she attempts to readjust her life as she meets inmates who have stories of their own.
Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010), the Netflix comedy series has been applauded for its entire run and has gone on to define female-led television shows.
Orange Is the New Black humanizes the inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary and introduces them with an intriguing backstory structure.
23. Master of None (2015 – 2021)
Cast: Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Noël Wells, Lena Waithe, Kelvin Yu, Alessandra Mastronardi, Naomi Ackie
Set in New York, Master of None follows the life of Dev, a 30-year-old struggling actor. It is a semi-autobiography based on the life of the creator of the show, Aziz Ansari, and explores the complications of modern relationships through his character.
While the first two seasons see Dev navigating his life, the third follows Denise, a 37-year-old lesbian novelist played by Lena Waithe, and her romantic, professional, and personal experiences.
Master of None brings a unique perspective on food, dating, relationships, and a lot more and stays away from the usual sitcom formula to deliver something fresh.
22. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015 – 2020)
Cast: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski
After being kidnapped and held captive for 15 years in an underground bunker, Kimmy Schmidt and three other women are finally rescued.
Kimmy Schmidt no longer plans to go home and decides to restart her life in New York City, where she befriends a man named Titus and navigates her new life working as a babysitter for Jacqueline Voorhees.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is known for being odd and hilarious at the same time. Ellie Kemper puts forth a strong performance, supported by a funny cast.
Throughout its run, the show has bagged several Emmy nominations and has continued to receive universal acclaim.
21. Never Have I Ever (2020 – 2023)
Cast: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Darren Barnet, Jaren Lewison, John McEnroe, Ramona Young, Lee Rodriguez, Michael Cimino
Devi Vishwakumar, a 15-year-old Indian-American Tamil Hindu girl, after suffering from a traumatic year, musters up the courage to move on because of her crush, Paxton Hall-Yoshida.
During her sophomore year of high school, she aims to change everything about herself and chase her love for Paxton. Unfortunately, chaotic situations ruin her relationships with her friends, family, and Paxton as well.
Never Have I Ever introduces a charming protagonist that viewers can relate to. With its smart humor and writing, the show promises an entertaining watch. It does struggle to find its tone in the second season, yet it bounces back and balances the drama and comedy well by the third season.
20. Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show (2019)
Cast: Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock, Ray Cordova, James III, Caroline Martin, Jerah Milligan, Monique Moses, Keisha Zollar
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show is an American sketch comedy show. It stars the Astronomy Club, the Upright Citizens Brigade’s first all-black team.
The show sees the cast living together in a house, which works as a spoof of Big Brother. Surrounding this main storyline are various sketches focusing on the black experience and how the world sees African-Americans.
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show might not be the best sketch show out there, considering that it is packed with some exaggerated performances, but it is described as something that is silly and fun to watch.
19. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019 – Present)
Cast: Tim Robinson
In I Think You Should Leave, Tim Robinson brings the most absurd ideas out of his mind and lays them out in sketches that are strange and confusing but absolutely hilarious.
Although the show brings predictable sketches, it’s the writing that saves the show and keeps the viewers engrossed as normal plots are taken in downright weird directions.
The viewers may find this show and the awkward situations presented completely odd yet so funny. I Think You Should Leave is returning for a third consecutive season on May 30, 2023.
18. Lady Dynamite (2016 – 2017)
Cast: Maria Bamford, Fred Melamed, Mary Kay Place, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Loosely based on the life of stand-up comedian Maria Bamford, Lady Dynamite follows Bamford’s journey as she attempts to rebuild her career from scratch while preserving her mental health.
Each episode explores three different points in Bamford’s life and switches smoothly between them.
In the past, viewers get to see her mental breakdown. Then, in another flashback, they watch her checking in and out of a psychiatric facility as she is back home. At last, they see her going back to Los Angeles to hit the restart button on her life.
Lady Dynamite is praised for its portrayal of mental illness, and it is often compared to shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Community.
17. Tuca & Bertie
Cast: Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong, Steven Yeun
This animated sitcom is based on two anthropomorphic female birds that live in the same apartment complex. Tuca is an arrogant, carefree toucan while Bertie is an anxious songbird.
The show explores their friendship. Netflix canceled Tuca & Bertie after one 10-episode season, and it was subsequently acquired by Adult Swim.
It received two additional seasons after the renewal. The show has been acclaimed for its themes of adulthood and friendship as well as the quirky art and humour.
16. Cunk on Earth (2022)
Cast: Diane Morgan
A unique mockumentary series, Cunk on Earth sees Diane Morgan play Philomena Cunk, a character that previously featured in producer Charlie Brooker’s other shows; Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe and Cunk on Britain.
The series follows Philomena as she journeys across different parts of the world to interview experts on world history.
The experts for the show include the likes of Paul Bahn, Martin Kemp, Nigel Spivey, and Shirley Thompson.
Cunk on Earth is extremely well written and it’s easy to forget that Philomena is not even real. Morgan was nominated for Best Female Comedy Performance at the 2023 British Academy Film Awards.
15. The End of the F***ing World (2017 – 2019)
Cast: Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Naomi Ackie
Two dysfunctional teens, James and Alyssa, decide to date. What Alyssa does not realize is that James is a psychopath who is looking to murder her.
However, as the two spend time, it turns out that James might not actually be the ruthless killer that he believes himself to be.
The two also run into a perilous situation that could prove fatal, while they struggle to understand what they truly mean to each other.
The End of the F***ing World is remarkably written and the dark humor is well executed. James and Alyssa are also surprisingly endearing characters.
14. Big Mouth (2017 – Present)
Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele, Ayo Edebiri
Created by Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, Big Mouth is inspired by Kroll and Goldberg’s upbringing in New York’s suburbs.
The narrative follows a bunch of students, with Kroll voicing the character based on him. The show is known for candidly addressing topics such as the human body and sex with candor.
The show has spawned the spin-off series titled ‘Human Resources’, which debuted on March 18, 2022. It is set in the world of Big Mouth.
Big Mouth has been well-received for its strong writing, voice acting and exploration of taboo topics.
13. F is for Family (2015 – 2021)
Cast: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Haley Reinhart, Mo Collins, Trevor Devall, Kevin Michael Richardson
Another animated sitcom, F Is for Family has been created by Bill Burr and Michael Price for Netflix. Throughout five seasons, it narrates the story of a family back in 1970s America.
Due to the time period it is set in, the show avoids modern-day norms such as political correctness, helicopter parenting and indoor smoking bans.
Despite receiving some criticism for its unabashed storytelling, it has been praised for having heart in its portrayal of a much different time.
F is for Family received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance; Mo Collins in 2017 and Kevin Michael Richardson in 2019
12. American Vandal (2017 – 2018)
Cast: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro
American Vandal is a mockumentary series created by Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda that parodies well-known true crime documentaries. Peter Maldonado and Sam Ecklund are the two central figures of the series.
The first season is based on a high school prank that results in 27 faculty cars being vandalized with phallic images.
In the second season, Peter and Sam investigate a different case in a Catholic private school. Someone with the alias ‘The Turd Burglar’ contaminates the cafeteria’s lemonade with Maltitol.
American Vandal received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special; Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus for the episode ‘Clean Up’. It also won a Peabody Award in the ‘Entertainment Honorees’ category.
11. Teenage Bounty Hunters (2020)
Cast: Maddie Phillips, Anjelica Bette Fellini, Kadeem Hardison, Virginia Williams
This comedy-drama show revolves around a pair of high schoolers and fraternal twins, Sterling and Blair Wesley.
They are forced to start a life of bounty hunting under the seasoned hunter Bowser Simons after they dent their father’s pickup truck and need money for the repairs.
Teenage Bounty Hunters is an extremely well-written show that is considered underrated by many. It is engaging with its multiple twists and revelations.
10. Feel Good (2020 – 2021)
Cast: Mae Martin, Charlotte Ritchie, Lisa Kudrow
Feel Good is a British romantic comedy-drama series created by Mae Martin and Joe Hampson. The series itself is semi-autobiographical and Martin plays a fictional version of herself.
Mae is a Canadian comedian while George is a reserved middle-class woman. They start dating but when Mae is revealed to be a former drug addict, their relationship gets complicated.
The show excels in showing a nuanced portrayal of a troubled relationship. Both Martin and Ritchie give terrific performances. Although the show originally premiered on Channel 4 in the UK, Netflix acquired the title for international distribution.
9. Sex Education (2019 – Present)
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells
Sex Education follows Otis Milburn and the other students at the fictional Moordale Secondary School as they learn and come to terms with various issues children of their age face such as sexuality and sexual intimacy.
There are students of all kinds who go through their own journeys that are impacted by the various relationships in their lives.
The Emmy-winning series has been praised for its ensemble cast, writing, and direction and has been renewed by Netflix for a 4th season.
8. Mo (2022 – present)
Cast: Mo Amer, Farah Bsieso, Omar Elba, Teresa Ruiz, Tobe Nwigwe
Mo is a comedy-drama series that follows Palestinian refugee Mo Najjar who flees to America with his family seeking asylum and U.S. citizenship. He lives in Huston, Texas while attempting to live out the American Dream.
Along with Mo are his very religious mother, his sister, and his older brother as the Muslim immigrant family settles into a new environment that isn’t always welcoming to them.
The series offers up a perspective that isn’t shown too often and portrays Palestinian-American refugees in a mostly positive light rather than the stereotypical portrayal that is more commonly employed.
Netflix has renewed the series for a second and final season.
7. One Day at a Time (2017 – 2020)
Cast: Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky, Rita Moreno
One Day at a Time is a modern reimagining of the 1975 sitcom of the same name that originally aired on CBS. This version featured a Latino family living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park.
The show explores issues such as immigration, mental illness, sexism, homophobia, gender identity, and racism faced by Hispanic people in the United States.
The Cuban-American family at the center of the series features a single mother who is also an army veteran suffering from PTSD, her children, and her Cuban mother.
Following the first 3 seasons, Netflix decided to cancel the series but it was revived by Pop with the 4th season premiering on the channel in 2020 with a simulcast on TV Land and Logo TV.
6. Beef (2023)
Cast: Steven Yeun, Ali Wong, Joseph Lee, Young Mazino, David Choe
Beef is a dark comedy series that follows Danny and Amy who are embroiled in a major feud stemming from a simple road rage incident at a parking lot.
The two carry out elaborate acts of revenge with escalating ferocity until things get truly out of hand. Along the way, they learn more about each other and their families in this hilarious war of attrition.
The petty nature of their animosity is what makes this ridiculous premise all the more entertaining and Yeun and Wong deliver engrossing performances.
The show successfully balances the complexities of human nature with the more eccentric nature of their actions. The chemistry between Yuen and Wong is a clear standout of Beef.
5. Smiley (2022)
Cast: Carlos Cuevas, Miki Esparbé, Pepón Nieto, Meritxell Calvo, Giannina Fruttero
Based on a 2-man theatrical play written by Guillem Clua, Smiley follows Alex and the aftermath of a major break-up. An angry voice message meant for his boyfriend is sent to Bruno instead, a person Alex doesn’t even know.
The two of them meet to discuss this misunderstanding and end up falling for each other, leading to a winding romance as Alex and Bruno’s relationship is plagued by past traumas and miscommunication.
This Spanish romantic comedy series depicts a wonderful same-sex relationship with all the enjoyable tropes that occupy this genre. The series is originally written in Catalan but has been shot in Spanish with the actors providing a Catalan dub version as well.
4. Trailer Park Boys (2001 – 2018)
Cast: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith
One of the multiple examples of Netflix reviving a hugely popular series, Trailer Park Boys originally ran on Showcase for 7 seasons between 2001 to 2008. Wells, Paul, and Tremblay bought over the rights to the series in 2013 and co-produced further seasons alongside Netflix in 2014.
Trailer Park Boys revolves around Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, the residents of Sunnyvale Trailer Park who come up with elaborate schemes to make money that would almost always land them in jail.
The series is shot in a mockumentary style with the crew occasionally involved in some of the schemes that the boys come up with. Many of the lines are adlibbed to keep the series as authentic as possible.
Trailer Park Boys has also spawned several specials and movies including a spin-off animated series also streaming on Netflix.
3. Tear Along the Dotted Line (2021)
Cast: Zerocalcare, Valerio Mastandrea, Chiara Gioncardi, Paolo Vivio, Veronica Puccio
Tear Along the Dotted Line is an Italian animated series following a cartoonist named Zero who travels to the city of Biella from Rome along with his friends Sarah and Secco.
Along the way, Zero contemplates his life so far while examining his relationships, specifically with his close friend Alice, who he had a crush on when he was younger.
During his introspection, his conscience is represented by a giant orange armadillo that criticizes all of his decisions.
Since the first couple of episodes are a recollection of events, Zero provides all the additional voices as well while the final episodes are voiced by the different people as it takes place in the present.
The series deserves all of its plaudits thanks to the brilliant writing and direction of lead star Zerocalcare, who lays his heart bare on screen for everyone to see in Italy’s first animated series on Netflix.
2. BoJack Horseman (2014 – 2020)
Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul
BoJack Horseman is an adult animated series about a washed-up actor who starred in a hit sitcom in the 80s and 90s but now spends his days dealing with his various addictions.
Consisting of a really talented cast, BoJack Horseman covers some very serious themes regarding substance abuse, depression, and many other social issues with deftness and respect.
Season five’s episode “Free Churro” is a bottle episode that predominantly consists of BoJack monologuing for most of it and it can be easily considered one of the best episodes of television.
The series has received critical acclaim and is a huge hit among general audiences with its edgy subject matter and dark humor. This is yet another series that remain consistent in quality throughout and ends on a high.
1. Derry Girls (2018 – 2022)
Cast: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn
Derry Girls is a British comedy series centered around a group of teenagers in Northern Ireland in the late 90s. It follows the typical antics that teenagers get into while also conveying a more mature message with its political undertones.
The writing is clever and extremely humorous with a charming cast delivering stellar performances. Several hilarious moments stay in one’s memory and equally tear-jerker moments as well.
The series ran for 3 series and ended in a satisfying manner that ranks this as one of the most impressively made shows on the platform.
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