Summer is officially here and while heading outdoors might be on the top of your list this season, now is also the perfect time to catch up on television’s best sitcoms that you failed to discover early on. Between juggling work, our social lives, TV can often take a back seat.
Sure, summer offers some big premieres like House of Cards and Game of Thrones, but before the usual fall and winter roster of full-run shows, there is a lot of programming worthy of a binge watch thanks to streaming services like, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu — and it will definitely make you laugh.
With just months left before the fall and winter TV schedule kicks in, the countdown begins now for the funniest sitcoms around.
Though there is a lot to offer viewers with a plethora of renewed favorites returning for the 2017/2018 schedule, we look at five of the most hilarious series you need to marathon ahead of their premieres.
Scroll through to check out some of the best sitcoms now streaming on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
In what might is arguably one of the most freshest and unique comedies to come out of the spring 2017 schedule, Trial & Error is one of the best new sitcoms to watch. With just one season and 10 episodes to catch up on before it returns for on NBC, it’s definitely one many will enjoy for its matchless take on crime documentaries and reality legal shows.
While many consider it as the spiritual successor to shows like Parks and Recreation or The Office with its single-camera method, it’s not at all a knockoff of other NBC mockumentaries. Instead, it relies on a morbid case and a twisted mystery surrounding a man accused of killing his wife and is represented by a Northeastern lawyer and his eccentric local associates.
Since Modern Family first hit the scene, there have a long line of family focused sitcoms hitting the boob tube every year, but CBS has one particular gem that should be watched over and over. If you think The Big Bang Theory is the only great sitcom on the network, think again.
Life in Pieces follows the members of one extended family with each act telling four smaller stories that weave into a wider narrative. Not only is it fresh and shakes up the traditional formula on TV, but it’s genuinely funny and touching with characters that are incredibly relatable. Moreover, it’s a show that dives into some pretty heartfelt stories that tackle drama and humor perfectly.
Fresh off the Boat is one of the reasons TV in 2017 is so good. With its subtly provocative and sweet series about an Asian-American family in the ‘90s, it is why audiences should be grateful for TV’s diversity push. Loosely inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book, Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir, the ABC sitcom is one of the first on TV starring an Asian-American cast since Margaret Cho’s All American Girl from 1994.
Not only is its style comparable to that of The Wonder Years and Everybody Hates Chris, but it’s a nice flashback comedy to a more simpler time and some larger than life fashion choices. Plus, the cast is extraordinary — especially the kids, who are incredibly charming.
If you are missing the void of 30 Rock, this Netflix gem is the one for you. While it’s a lot more LOL than the NBC favorite, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been touted as the “first great sitcom of the streaming era” and we wholeheartedly agree. From its cast to its original musical soundtrack that will have you laughing each time, it’s a fun show to binge.
Following the life of Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life after being rescued from a doomsday cult in Indiana, the 29-year-old makes a fresh start in New York and comes across the most lovable characters on TV. Moreover, she has the single best roommate on television in Titus Andromedon, who is definitely deserving of his own show one of these days.
Heading into its fifth season, the police sitcom is one that has truly stood the test of time on its network, FOX, known for years the network that brought us COPS. Following the lives of a group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss, Brooklyn Nine-Nine boasts a hilarious cast of characters that have not exactly been constructed on TV before.
The show won two Golden Globe awards, including one for Best Actor for Saturday Night Live alum, Andy Samberg. Samberg and co-star, Andre Braugher make a great pair too with a charming, intelligently written take on the usual cop show formula from the writers of The Office and 30 Rock.
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