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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.

Best USA Network Shows

The USA Network's best programs, from their 'Blue Sky' era, to what we suppose is their 'Really Quite Cloudy' era, that has produced 'Mr. Robot' and 'Falling Water'.

Heartwarming Small Town Dramas

No serial killers or corrupt judges in these small towns, just lots of strong relationships, eccentric neighbors, laughs, and romance a-brewing.

Shows like Jane the Virgin: MomCom TV Shows

These comedies portray the funny side of motherhood, ranging from the sweet (Playing House and Jane the Virgin) to less conventional takes on being a Mom (SMILF).

Shows Like Friends from College: 'Gripping on to the Past' Sitcoms

Sitcoms with middle-aged protagonists who attempt to cling on to their youth, often with the aid of old college, high-school, or even grade school buddies.

Shows Like Raising Hope: Stuck With a Kid Sitcoms

Sitcoms featuring a variety of hapless new parents, stuck with a kid that they didn't ask for, and somehow making it work.

Gal Pal Comedies

These comedies ace the Bechdel test, and depict the funny side of friendships between women.

Shows like Gilmore Girls

There is no show exactly like Gilmore Girls, with its strong mother/daughter relationship, fast-paced dialogue, small town setting, and ability to keep it real, but these shows will help to fill the hole in your heart after you finish watching (or re-watching) the series.

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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