7 Modern Comedy Shows That’ll Keep You in Stitches

If you’re a 90’s kid, then you’ve probably exhausted every single Friends episode to the point where you can act it out perfectly, all the way down to Janice’s high-pitched laugh.

In fact, you’ve probably also memorized all the famous sitcoms that have aired since then, starting with Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi to The Big Bang Theory’s Bazinga jokes. Because it’s about time for some new faces in the world of comedy, we gathered the best modern comedy shows around so you can laugh at something new for a change!

Crazy Ex Girlfriend

While the name sounds a tad childish, this award-winning show is a lot more than just a few laughs and musical numbers. It tackles mental health issues in a way that is funny and witty, to the extent that film critics have encouraged it to go on despite its low ratings.

The main character, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), quits her job as a thriving lawyer and moves to West Covina to chase her childhood love interest, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III). Throughout her journey, you learn a lot about her unhealthy behavioral patterns and impulse decisions, which she frequently emphasizes by bursting into song. With every episode feeling like its own musical, you’ll get addicted to this show in no time!

The Office

Years after it stopped airing, its internet memes are still going strong. The Office follows the lives of employees working in a mediocre paper company, focusing on their hilarious encounters and clashes with one another.

The original series was aired on BBC, but its adaptation for American TV gained a lot more popularity –and with someone like Steve Carell playing a main role, we’re not surprised. The show also witnessed the debut of Mindy Kaling, who later on starred in The Mindy Project. The show’s filming makes it look like a documentary, making this show one of the best in popularizing the modern “mockumentary” genre.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Based in a NYC police precinct, this sitcom shows you the funny side of law enforcement. The plot revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and eight of his colleagues in the precinct.

From the poker-faced Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) and the sassy precinct secretary Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), to the dangerous, no-nonsense Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), the precinct is home to many antics that’ll keep you in stitches. Add to that the role of the always-hilarious Terry Crews and you’ve got yourself an instant classic giving Friends a run for its money.

Parks & Recreation

Sharing the same writers as The Office, this show is also a mockumentary, except this time it follows the whereabouts of Saturday Night Live Alumna Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a public official working in the Parks & Recreation department in a small town in Indiana.

While Amy Poehler is already funny enough to crack you up on her own, her colleagues are a whole other riot, proving that great casting can make all the difference. The show features pre-Guardians of the Galaxy Chris Pratt as fun-loving Andy, in addition to Nick Offerman as the vegetable-hating Ron Swanson, known for his catchphrase, “Please and thank you.”

Modern Family

If you’ve ever looked at your family and thought they were weird, then you’ll definitely relate to this show. This show (also a mockumentary) focuses on the comical events of three households belonging to one family.

The first household is headed by Jay Pritchett (Ed O-Neill), who you might recognize as the angry dad from Married with Children. Jay is married to Gloria (Sofia Vergara), his second wife and many years his junior. The two other households consist of his two children and their families. From the very first season, you start living alongside the characters and you get to watch them grow in real time. You can’t help but fall in love with the endearing characters and the hilarious situations they get themselves into.

Arrested Development

If you feel like Modern Family didn’t strike you as a sufficiently crazy family, then it might be time to bring out the big guns. Arrested Development follows the life of Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his insane family. When George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) is arrested, the family business comes to a halt and the entire family goes broke, starting with the sassy, borderline alcoholic mother (Jessica Walter), all the way to the aspiring magician son (Will Arnett) -who loves playing The Final Countdown during each magic trick.

The show only lasted two seasons before it was cancelled, despite being critically acclaimed. It then got renewed for a third season on Netflix, but fans were disappointed at the season’s lack of authenticity. A fourth season is set to air in 2018, but die-hard fans are not very optimistic –so we’d recommend sticking to the first two seasons.


Created by Darren Starr, the mastermind behind Beverly Hills 90210 and Sex and the City, Younger is expected to follow in its preceding shows’ success. Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) is 40, recently divorced and needs to find a job. The story begins when she finds herself rejected from every job because of her age and decides to pretend to be 26 instead.

As her 26-year-old self, she befriends Kelsey Peters (Hilary Duff) and even gets into a relationship with a tattoo artist who thinks they’re the same age. As expected, her life gets hilariously messy as she tries to keep track of her lie.

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