"I Just Blue Myself" comedy recs needed for binge watching
April 20, 2015 6:29 AM   Subscribe

I've had a whole bunch of really horrible events happen recently and as I'm on school vacation week, I could use some laughter therapy. Ideally, at least 10 episodes so I can keep them running and crash on the sofa.

My tastes run to Arrested Development (season 1-3), Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, The In-Betweeners, both versions of The Office, Cheers, Orange is the New Black, Little Britain, Scrubs, anything with Tracey Ullman or Catherine Tate.

I think the funniest show I've ever watched was The Games, an Australian show about the planning of the Sydney olympics (which I cannot find online anywhere).

I've seen and didn't like Gavin and Stacy, Father Ted, the Mindy Project, Bobs Burgers or most animation, Louie, It's Always Sunny, Malcolm in the Middle, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Coupling, Frasier, Wilfred or Gilmore Girls.

I've got Sling, Amazon Fire and Netflix availability. Please, hit me up with your funnies!

And if you can find "The Games," that would be the GREATEST.
posted by kinetic to Media & Arts (47 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
There's a new Yahoo Video series called "Other Space" that I liked the first episode of quite a bit.

Also, "Better off Ted" might suit your fancy.
posted by xingcat at 6:33 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt hits a lot of the same notes as 30 Rock, and is on Netflix.
posted by msbubbaclees at 6:34 AM on April 20, 2015 [18 favorites]

Broad City
Curb your enthusiasm
Flight of the Conchords.

Seconding "Better off Ted"

You don't mention Modern Family. It took me a few episodes to get into the show, but then I really loved it. It could be worth checking out. It's a mix between 30Rock and more traditional sitcoms.
posted by Milau at 6:37 AM on April 20, 2015 [5 favorites]

Get a Life unfortuntely isn't streaming as far as I know, but holds up really well.
How about Mystery Science Theater? Check out Mitchell, Manos, the Hands of Fate, or Pod People.
posted by Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific at 6:40 AM on April 20, 2015

You might like the HBO show "Hello Ladies"--it's on Amazon Prime.
posted by shortyJBot at 6:40 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

The IT Crowd. The first season is uneven, but after that it gets hilarious. Portlandia, but it would probably get repetitive after 10 episodes in a row.
posted by unannihilated at 6:44 AM on April 20, 2015 [7 favorites]

The short-lived (3 seasons) HBO noir-comedy "Bored To Death" is streaming on Prime. It stars Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson (and has a *ton* of cameos) and is fantastic and definitely binge-able.
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:45 AM on April 20, 2015 [4 favorites]

Brooklyn Nine Nine.
posted by sweetkid at 6:47 AM on April 20, 2015 [8 favorites]

Party Down!
posted by something something at 6:49 AM on April 20, 2015 [11 favorites]

Garfunkel and Oates, on NetFlix.
posted by blue suede stockings at 6:52 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

IT Crowd (the episode "The Work Outing" is the single funniest half hour I have ever seen)
I know you say no animation, but I find King of the Hill to be not only funny, but restorative.

i am now obsessed with finding The Games, btw
posted by apparently at 6:58 AM on April 20, 2015 [3 favorites]

Seconding Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!
posted by BlahLaLa at 6:59 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

I really enjoyed Mixology, which I never heard anyone talk about. Also Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Broad City, The Inbetweeners (UK), Agent Anna, and Some Girls.
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 7:04 AM on April 20, 2015

When I'm feeling down I do the same thing and binge watch comedies. It's like a laughter hug. Here are a couple off the top of my head.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (with David Cross)
Peep Show

Seconding Party Down and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
posted by Jego at 7:07 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Definitely Kimmy!
posted by radioamy at 7:11 AM on April 20, 2015

Response by poster: I found The Games on YouTube which I can stream from Fire!!!! I do like Kimmy Schmidt, Hello Ladies and the IT Crowd. Keep 'em coming!
posted by kinetic at 7:12 AM on April 20, 2015 [4 favorites]

You might like Black Books.
posted by neushoorn at 7:29 AM on April 20, 2015 [3 favorites]

Eastbound & Down (Netflix)
posted by whoiam at 7:30 AM on April 20, 2015 [2 favorites]

Another vote for Other Space.

You might like Danger 5, an over-the-top retro super spy parody. Here's a trailer. 2 (short) seasons are on Netflix.
posted by O9scar at 7:38 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Came to mention Black Books. Alas it is no longer Streaming but it is very much worth it.
posted by Twain Device at 7:39 AM on April 20, 2015

Bored To Death.
Green Wing.
Slings and Arrows (albeit more of a dramedy).
Made in Canada/The Industry
posted by Poldo at 7:41 AM on April 20, 2015

Another vote for Better Off Ted here.
posted by otters walk among us at 7:43 AM on April 20, 2015

Thanks for the link, kinetic. I was living overseas when the series ran and missed the whole thing and got sick of hearing my friends race about it. Now I get to see what the fuss is all about!
posted by Jubey at 7:44 AM on April 20, 2015

TwentyTwelve is a comedy which was accused of plagiarising from The Games (same concept for London), so might hit the spot?
posted by threetwentytwo at 7:45 AM on April 20, 2015

Green Wing
Black Books
Peep Show

And if you like ridiculousness as much as me, you should try The Mighty Boosh. Richard Ayoade (from IT Crowd) guests in some episodes and is wonderful.
posted by stompadour at 7:51 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Don't Trust the B in Apt 23
posted by wsquared at 7:52 AM on April 20, 2015

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is on YouTube and it looks like the BBC comedy Whites (about a group of restaurant chefs) is back on Hulu Plus if you're willing to do a free trial. Both are 6 episodes long and both have IT Crowd-cred: Katherine Parkinson stars in Whites and Richard Ayoade stars in Darkplace.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:55 AM on April 20, 2015

The animated series Bojack Horseman on Netflix is funny - voice of Will Arnett as Bojack.

I like what you like and I also like Blackish - a comedy about a family. The father is in advertising and all his work scenes are hilarious. And at home all the kids have great lines and deliver them flawlessly.
posted by cda at 8:48 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Netflix you say? Kimmy Schmidt. Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 (honest: it's horrid, but hilarious).

Amazon? Silicon Valley. Broad City (Season 1 is free if you have Prime).
posted by Gilbert at 8:50 AM on April 20, 2015

New Girl
IT Crowd
Black Books
posted by synecdoche at 9:01 AM on April 20, 2015

Nthing Better off Ted & Peep Show
posted by eelgrassman at 9:29 AM on April 20, 2015

I like a lot of these, and I think That Mitchell And Webb Look would also hit your sweet spot, and possibly Peep Show by the same folks (I find Peep Show to be too cringey, but I find all versions of The Office to be too cringey, so your chances are better.)
posted by tchemgrrl at 9:53 AM on April 20, 2015

Another vote for Brooklyn Nine Nine. Great show and I'm surprised I don't hear more about it.
posted by futureisunwritten at 10:04 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

There's a new season of Community on Yahoo! Screen (of all things). I'm about midway through and finding it surprisingly excellent.
posted by mcstayinskool at 10:33 AM on April 20, 2015

I just finished all three seasons of The Almighty Johnsons, which is an odd blend of comedy, drama and handsome men arguing with their brothers. I liked it. I can't guarantee that everyone would like it.
posted by puddledork at 10:38 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

You might like Kath and Kim for more Aussue weirdness.

I was totally absorbed by Mozart In The Jungle on Amazon Prime although it's maybe not a total match to your list. We have similar taste in general though.
posted by shelleycat at 10:45 AM on April 20, 2015

Nthing Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23, Better Off Ted and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Also, Raising Hope.
posted by EiderDuck at 12:34 PM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Mr. Show with Bob and David...aired in the 90s on HBO, ran four seasons, and then developed a rabid cult following. Snarky, sketch-based humor a la Monty Python, featuring David Cross and Bob Odenkirk.
posted by ananci at 12:57 PM on April 20, 2015

This is only about an hour, it's a stand up special but since you mentioned In-betweeners, I think you might enjoy it...it's hilarious - Greg Davies: Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog. (available on netflix.)
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 2:43 PM on April 20, 2015

I had serious blues over Easter and Broad City got me to the other side. There are frank depictions of sexuality and weed use, in case that isn't your thing.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 3:12 PM on April 20, 2015

Another vote for Peep Show and The Mighty Boosh.
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 4:00 PM on April 20, 2015

I like many of the same tv shows as you and i'd second Bojack Horseman, though it can be a downer at moments.

Also, my go to binge comedy is Kenny vs Spenny, a Canadian "reality" show that has two friends do a variety of (often gross) competitions against each other. I'd skip seasons 1 and 2 because they were aired on CBC and had some restrictions and head straight to season 3 (that's when Bravo picked it up). It's all on youtube on Kenny's channel.
posted by eisforcool at 4:29 PM on April 20, 2015

Given you like The Office and also Australian comedy, you could try We Can Be Heroes. As far as I can tell, it's not released on Netflix or anything but there are entire episodes available on Youtube. I personally loathed it, but also loathe The Office and cringe comedy in general. Those who do like those sorts of things speak quite highly of it.

And I'm surprised no one's mentioned Outnumbered yet, which is hilarious.
posted by Athanassiel at 5:57 PM on April 20, 2015

Just jumping back into the thread to confirm that "The Work Outing" is the absolute funniest episode of the IT Crowd and one of the funniest TV episodes I have ever seen!
posted by unannihilated at 8:23 PM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

nthing Better Off Ted, The IT Crowd and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Sirens is really funny, but I don't know if it's available streaming.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 9:24 PM on April 20, 2015

Key & Peele (available on Amazon).
posted by terooot at 11:03 PM on April 20, 2015 [2 favorites]

Another old series that has a similar style of dry Australian humour to The Games is Frontline. If you weren't in Australia 20 years ago you'll probably miss a lot of Australian cultural references, but presumably tabloid current affairs type shows are the same everywhere...
posted by pianissimo at 6:46 AM on April 21, 2015

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