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27 Comedies You Can Stream If You Need A Distraction From COVID-19

These are tough times, so try and sink into a comedy as a much-needed balm

Hello and welcome to Week 2 of the quarantine. We have no doubt you spent the first week of your stay at home watching all the shows you meant to catch up on and all that shows that have been on your watchlist for the longest time—shows, you keep telling yourself, that you’ll watch the next immediate chance you get. We’re also pretty sure that you’ve exhausted your list on your preferred streaming platform, so if you find that you’ve run out of things to check out, let Metro.Style recommend some of the best comedies available to stream if you need a distraction from the pandemic waging on outside.

On Amazon Prime (Php 155.00 a month) 


The Nanny

What’s it about: Think The Sound of Music but Jewish and nasally.

When to watch it: After bingeing all of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or Full House.

Best episode: Season 1, Episode 6: “The Butler, The Husband, The Wife, and Her Mother” 

Best character: I’ve never gotten disagreements whenever I say Niles. But also a close runner-up: Maxwell Sheffield’s one-sided feud with Andrew Lloyd Webber. 


Fleabag

What it’s about: The adventures of an angry, confused, and sexually active young woman in London. 

When to watch it: After you finish Killing Eve, or if you have a crush on a hot priest.

Best episode: Season 2, Episode 6, “Episode 6” 

Best character: Hot Priest. 


Hot in Cleveland

What it’s about: Three middle-aged women find themselves ‘hot’ in Cleveland after their flight to Paris makes an emergency landing in the midwest. 

When to watch it: If you’re done with Grace and Frankie, or you want to watch a show about what would happen if there were no creeps and murderers in Desperate Housewives.

Best episode: Season 3, Episode 3, “Tangled Web” is hard to beat. 

Best character: Elka, played by Betty White, takes this one.


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

What it’s about: A 1950s New York housewife discovers she’s amazing at stand-up comedy, and uproots herself from her shiny, comfortable life on the Upper West Side to venture into the city’s comedy industry. 

When to watch it: If you like Amy Sherman-Palladino, Gilmore Girls, SNL, or period television.

Best episode: Season 3, Episode 5, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”

Best character: It’s Midge, but I really want to say Lenny Bruce because it’s hilarious that Amy Sherman-Palladino made her dad’s real-life friend her fictional character’s hot love interest.

Other notes: It’s by the same creator as “Gilmore Girls,” but for some reason this is being recognized by the television academy. 



The Office

What it’s about: A workplace comedy, filmed like a documentary, that follows the life of office employees in Scranton branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. 

When to watch it: If you like workplace comedies, and maybe you just finished Parks and Recreation.  

Best episode: Season 5, Episodes 14–15, “Stress Relief” 

Best character: Kelly Kapoor. 


Community

What it’s about: Viewers follow the antics of students at a community college—a disbarred lawyer, a pop culture aficionado, a religious single mother, an overachiever, a high school football star, and a millionaire. 

When to watch it: If you crave ensemble comedies, love pop culture yourself, love tightly-written comedies, and maybe have seen that one crossover with Cougar Town.

Best episode: Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot” 

Best character: Abed. 


Mozart in the Jungle

What it’s about: A dramedy that follows a genius maestro who is hired to conduct the New York Symphony Orchestra.

When to watch it: If you just finished streaming everything on BroadwayHD. 

Best episode: Season 1, Episode 10, “Opening Night” 

Best character: Rodrigo, but I’m inclined to say Gloria Windsor. 



Parks and Recreation

What it’s about: Yet another workplace comedy, this time helmed by the big-hearted Parks Department employee Leslie Knope who wants to convert a construction site into a community park. 

When to watch it: If you’ve just finished other workplace comedies, like The Office, or Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Best episode: Season 4, Episode 8, “Smallest Park.” (By the way, you don’t need to watch Season 1—it’s famously bad and most people who love it will tell you the same thing.) 

Best character: April Ludgate forever. 


30 Rock

What it’s about: A satirical take on Saturday Night Live, written by former SNL head writer Tina Fey. 

When to watch it: If you’re a fan of shows within a show, like, say, Sports Night, or The Newsroom, or Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.  

Best episode: Season 7, Episode 8, “My Whole Life Is Thunder”

Best character: Jenna Maroney, hands down.

On HBO Go (Php 149.00 a month) 


Succession

What it’s about: Logan Roy controls the biggest media and entertainment company in the world, Waystar Royco. His children—including Shiv Roy, who dons great turtlenecks—are in a struggle for power.

When to watch it: You love family dramas and love warring patriarchal and matriarchal families even more. 

Best episode: Season 2, Episode 10, “This Is Not for Tears”

Best character: Shiv Roy and Gerri Kellman.



Divorce

What it’s about: Exactly what the title suggests, starring Sarah Jessica Parker (for all you Sex in the City fans.)

When to watch it: You enjoy Sharon Horgan’s work, which includes Catastrophe, but also if you’re looking for a dark comedy starring a woman of a certain age. 

Best episode: Season 2, Episode 10, “Alone Again, Naturally”

Best character: Molly Shannon is a scene-stealer. 


Insecure

What it’s about: Insecure is about two best friends, Issa and Molly, who navigate their life as two black women. 

When to watch it: You just finished Girls

Best episode: Season 3, Episode 5, “High-Like”

Best character: Issa!


Mrs. Fletcher

What it’s about: It’s about a woman, the titular Mrs. Fletcher, who experiences a sexual reawakening in her middle age. 

When to watch it: You just finished the novel of the same name by Tom Perrota, and if you want to see a side of middle-aged women that is rarely explored in media. 

Best episode: Season 1, Episode 7, “Welcome Back”

Best character: This is Eve’s world and we’re all just living in it. 


Veep

What it’s about: The hilariously chaotic term of Selina Meyer as the Vice President of the United States of America. 

When to watch it: If you feel glum about politics in the real world. 

Best episode: Season 4, Episode 10, “Election Night” 

Best character: Sue Wilson is amazing, but there’s a reason Julia Louis’ Dreyfus’ many Emmys were brought in by Selina Meyer. 



Enlightened

What it’s about: Amy Jellicoe, played by the incandescent Laura Dern, tries to get her life back together after her time at rehab.

When to watch it: If you love Laura Dern. Maybe you just finished rewatching Big Little Lies; maybe you just watched Marriage Story. Whatever the case, Enlightened is some of Dern’s best work. 

Best episode: Season 2, Episode 6, “All I Ever Wanted”

Best character: Amy Jellicoe, through and through.

On Netflix (Php 460.00 a month) 


Grace and Frankie

What it’s about: Frenemies are forced to leave under one roof after their husbands leave them for each other. 

When to watch it: If you’re a Sorkin fan and you have a strange yearning to see Jed Bartlet, Deborah Fiderer, Charlie Skinner, and Leona Lansing specifically, all together. 

Best episode: Season 2, Episode 13, “The Coup”

Best character: I’m inclined to say Bud, but man, Frankie Bergstein is just so well-written and out of this world. 



One Day at a Time

What it’s about: A remake of the 1970s sitcom of the same name, except this time they’re Cuban.

When to watch it: If you’re alone during the quarantine and you feel like you need a warm hug in the form of a TV show.

Best episode: Season 1, Episode 3, “No Mass” 

Best character: Lydia Riera, played by the ever so glorious Rita Moreno. 


Brooklyn Nine Nine

What it’s about: A workplace comedy (again). A police squad. Halloween heists. 

When to watch it: If you want to clear your mind a little bit and just sink into a good ol’ NBC comedy. 

Best episode: All the Halloween episodes are excellent.

Best character: Captain Raymond Holt, played by Andre Braugher, consistently steals the show.


The Good Place

What it’s about: The Good Place is basically heaven. Ted Danson plays God. Kristen Bell loves shrimp. 

When to watch it: If you love the soulmate trope and also if you’ve taken a handful of philosophy classes.

Best episode: Season 3, Episode 12, “Pandemonium”

Best character: Janet, played by the wonderful D’arcy Carden. The giddiness I feel every time I hear the sound that signals she’s in the room. 


Dead to Me

What it’s about: Think a mash-up of “Go On” and “Grace and Frankie” plot-wise, but something more dark comedy thematically. Two women meet at a grief support group, become friends, unexpected twists. 

When to watch it: If you love complex portrayals of female friendship. 

Best episode: The first season finale. 

Best character: Both Jen and Judy, played by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini respectively, shine almost equally. 


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

What it’s about: Rebecca Bunch is a lawyer who has borderline personality disorder, and moves from New York to West Covina, California in search of happiness. It’s a musical, with original songs, including songs about bisexuality and having friends! 

When to watch it: If you love musical theatre and are looking for a show that positively depicts how it’s like to live with a mental illness

Best episode: Season 3, Episode 6, “Josh Is Irrelevant”

Best character: Heather and Darryl.



Jane the Virgin

What it’s about: Jane Villanueva vows to save her virginity until marriage but she is accidentally artificially inseminated during a check-up. 

When to watch it: If you watched “Someone Great” and are craving more of Gina Rodriguez’s impeccable comedic timing. Also, maybe, if you like camp and teleseryes.  

Best episode: Season 2, Episode 22, “Chapter Forty-Four”

Best character: Petra, for sure. 


Glee

What it’s about: The glee club at an Ohio high school. 

When to watch it: If you, for some reason, weren’t able to watch it during its original run. 

Best episode: Season 1, Episode 22, “Journey to Regionals”

Best character: Quinn Fabray, who deserved better. 


Will and Grace

What it’s about: It’s about the titular characters—two best friends, a gay man and a straight woman, as they navigate life in New York. 

When to watch it: If you have a soft spot for filmic late 90s New York and you enjoy sassy, potty-mouthed supporting brunettes. 

Best episode: Season 1, Episode 18, “Grace, Replaced” 

Best character: Karen Walker. 


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

What it’s about: When she was in eighth grade, Kimmy was kidnapped by a cult leader and held captive for 15 years. When she is rescued, she must navigate through life as someone with who still thinks it’s the 1990s. 

When to watch it: If you like Tina Fey’s brand of humor.

Best episode: Season 2, Episode 13, “Kimmy Finds Her Mom!”

Best character: It’s a toss-up between Titus Andromedon and Jacqueline Vorhees, depending on who irritates you less.


Great News

What it’s about: A TV news producer finds her mother interning for her and she must deal with it. 

When to watch it: If you want to see Nicole Richie be great at comedy. 

Best episode: Season 1, Episode 10, “Carol’s Eleven”

Best character: It’s a tie between Carol and Portia. 



Derry Girls

What it’s about: A group of friends as they navigate their teen years in Northern Ireland, just at the end of The Troubles. 

When to watch it: If you came from a Catholic school and you feel nostalgic for the old times.

Best episode: Season 2, Episode 3, “The Concert”

Best character: Sister Michael is the best. 

On Apple TV+ (Php 249.00 a month) 



Dickinson

What it’s about: It’s a comedic and satirical take on the life of teen American poet Emily Dickson.

When to watch it: If you were a fan of “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.” 

Best episode: Season 1, Episode 9, “‘Faith’ Is a Fine Invention”

Best character: Emily, of course! 


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