3 Television Comedies Worth Binge-Watching

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3 Television Comedies Worth Binge-Watching

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It's hard to think of a better television genre to unwind with than comedy. These are the kinds of shows that can make us laugh despite everything else that's going on in our lives... and man, do we appreciate that.

Although we're pretty anti-sitcom here (sorry, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men"), there are plenty of other comedies we love — so much so, in fact, that it was hard to narrow down our choices for this post.

Here are our 3 picks for the best television comedies to binge-watch!

Parks and Recreation

Why Tim Loves It: "Parks and Recreation" is without question, the most underrated show on television. When I say underrated, I mean, it is inexplicable why the show has such low ratings (I'm looking at you, NBC, for your poor promotion). If you have never seen the show before, there is no better time than now.

For anyone just starting to watch, I will give this warning, the first season is... ok. You can see it getting better as the season progresses as each character grows. The show hits its stride in season two and never looks back. There is no show I have ever seen with so many great characters, including Ron Swanson, Leslie Knope, Ben Wyatt, Tom Haverford, Andy Dwyer (my favorite), Ann Perkins, and the list goes on and on. Even the small parts are amazingly memorable, including characters like Councilman Jamm and Jean-Ralphio. I realize if you have never seen the show before, these names are meaningless, but trust me, you will love them all.

Do yourself a favor join the pack of incredibly loyal and passionate fans of "Parks and Rec" and binge-watch this show the next chance you get.

Where to Watch it: Netflix

Portlandia

Why Danielle Loves It: If you’re already one of the many viewers tuned into "Portlandia," then you already know how amazingly creative, quirky, and fun the show is. If you haven’t seen the show yet, it’s a must-see.

This comedy takes place in the hipster town of Portland, Oregon, and stars Carrie Brownstein and former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen. Together they play skits where they each act like unique characters one might find in Portland. Some of their most popular characters include: the gung-ho outdoorsy couple with no clue about nature (A-O River!), the two feminist bookstore owners that run Women & Women First, and the duo that does everything from pickling random objects (like shoe heels and bandages) to sticking birds on designer objects.

No matter which characters they play, the common theme through each episode is how unique Portland is. How it’s a place frozen in the 90s with hipsters that juggle and folks that ride bikes everywhere. Dream of the 90s sums it up perfectly, highlighting the unique clothing, tattoos, and hobbies of those living the 90s dream. You’ll also notice their musical talent; Carrie was the lead singer for Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag, and Fred is a musician and singer himself.

Fred and Carrie’s personalities complement each other so perfectly, and their timing and creativity play off of one another so well. I have watched practically every episode and want to move to Portland and hang out with them. If it’s a place where young people go to retire, why not?

Where to Watch it: Netflix

The Office

Why Crystal Loves It: You probably already know all about "The Office," even if you've never seen an episode. But if you haven't seen an episode, please get on that, stat. For fans of TV comedies, "The Office" is a staple, the kind of phenomenon you can reference anytime knowing at least someone will get it.

Set in Scranton, PA, "The Office" documents work life at a paper company called Dunder Mifflin. The heart of the show really lies with Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell), the goofy, inappropriate office manager you can't help but love. The entire cast of characters is incredible, too — and even when new cast members are introduced, you’ll be glad when they turn into regulars. There’s so much to thoroughly enjoy: Jim’s pranks on Dwight; Jim/Pam; Kelly and Ryan’s on-and-off-again romance (if you can call it that?); Kevin’s ineptitude; Angela’s admiration for her cats; the warehouse crew; and Michael’s hatred of Toby.

If you're a pop culture junkie like me, the show's references are nice bonuses and can take some memorable scenes to the next level (please see: Michael Scott re-enacting "The Devil Wears Prada"). Plus, if you work in an office, it's hard not to relate to at least some of the antics that go on. The show will make you laugh until you cry, and also sometimes cry until you laugh. But do know this much as you get into it: the seasons without Michael Scott can, at times, be tough to get through. Soldier on, though, because the finale is worth it.

Where to Watch it: Netflix

TV Shows to Binge-Watch: Sci-Fi/Fantasy | Drama | Comedy
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