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Best Comedy TV

A round-up of the best live action comedies, ranked by ratings, popularity, awards, and influence on other comedies--including the full range of RomComs, dark comedies, sitcoms, and more.

Shows like the Office: Fly on the Wall Style Comedies

You know the type - comedy shows where the characters talk directly to the camera, popularized by 'The Office'. Best not to think who exactly the documentary is being made for, who funded it, etc. Just suspend, and enjoy.

Documentaries like Pretend its a City: Documentaries about New York

A round-up of documentaries about the Big Apple, covering everything from Broadway, the Five Families, the Brooklyn Bridge, and don't miss Pretend its a City with Fran Lebowitz.

Slice of Life Drama Anthologies

Dramas (and the occasional dramady) that explore the lives of otherwise unconnected people through the lens of a loose connection--a shared ancestor, pot dealer, or hotel room.

Shows like Ted Lasso: Optimistic and Kind Comedies

These feel-good series avoid the cynicism, snark and dark comedy prevalent among "prestige" comedies, and instead offer optimism, genuine friendship, kindness, and gentle good humor. This quote from Jim Gavin, the creator of Lodge 49 sums it up the spirit of shows that offer "a joyride, with characters you want to hang out with and with them feel a sense of kindness and optimism in the face of catastrophe."

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