Top 5 Funniest Shows On Netflix Right Now (December)
Craving a traditional laugh-tracked sitcom? A more serious, single-cam series? A mockumentary? Done, done, and done. So here are the Tipstor? Top 5 funniest shows on Netflix streaming right now.
The long-running Showtime series understands better than any other drama on television?what it?s like to be poor in America. Set in Chicago,?Shameless?follows the lives of the Gallagher family as they struggle beneath the poverty line to make ends meet. The family is afflicted with alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness, poor decision-making skills, and the kind of terrible luck that so often follows poor families, but they?ve also got each other, their resilience, and a determination to break the cycle, but in?Shameless, impoverishment is the boogeyman that always comes back, hilariously and heartbreakingly.
Mike Schur, the creator of?Parks and Recreation, is an avowed disciple of?Cheers, citing the NBC sitcom as his favorite show and driving influence. It?s not hard to see why:?Cheers?is a classic for a reason, a sitcom populated with colorful characters (Norm!), complicated relationships (Sam and Diane), and reliably hilarious hijinks (that legendary?Thanksgiving food fight) that easily sustain its 11 seasons. Schur has often said that he modeled the protagonists of?Parks?on the characters of?Cheers, people who genuinely liked each other in spite of their differences. Sure,?Cheers?frequently features caustic one-liners (particularly those delivered by Carla) and grating personalities (why anyone hung out with Cliff is a bit of a head-scratcher). But despite the occasional unpleasantness, Cheers isn?t just a place where everybody knows your name ? it?s where everybody?s family, misfit barflies and all.
Plenty of comedies focus on those awkward teenage years, but few are as painfully funny as?The Inbetweeners, a Britcom about four pals struggling to make it through high school, and all the bullying, underage drinking, and thwarted sexual encounters ? so, so many thwarted sexual encounters ? that go with it. The lads can sometimes revert too easily to their archetypes (Will is the impossibly nerdy protagonist who can?t seem to ever do or say the right thing; Jay, the crude skirt-chaser whose intact virginity is the bane of his existence), but you?ll be laughing too hard at their boneheaded antics and horrendous luck to care.
4.?Jane the Virgin
This genre-defying telenovela send-up has one of the weirdest premises of any show, ever: Jane Villanueva, a devout Catholic who?s vowed to remain a virgin until marriage, is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine gynecological visit, and becomes pregnant. It sounds more soap operatic than comedic, but that?s where?Jane?proves naysayers wrong, infusing the title character?s unlikely journey with countless laugh-out-loud funny moments that shock and delight viewers at every turn. While Gina Rodriguez?s?radiant performance?as Jane is the heart of the show, its comedic success is largely thanks to two characters: Her long-lost father, telenovela superstar Rogelio de la Vega (Jaime Camil); and the Narrator (brilliantly voiced by Anthony Mendez), whose helpful explanations and perfectly timed interjections make him as integral to the proceedings as Jane herself. The Narrator is both an audience stand-in (regularly exclaiming ?OMG!? at surprising developments) and the ultimate insider (showrunners have teased that his connection to the characters runs deeper than just an omniscient voiceover presence). The preening Rogelio steals the show; the Narrator keeps you coming back for more.
5.?The End Of The F***ing World
The End of the F***ing World is a dark comedy based on the comic series by Charles S. Forsman about James (Alex Lawther), a withdrawn and disturbed 17-year-old who believes he is a psychopath, and his burgeoning Bonnie & Clyde-like relationship with Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a classmate damaged by a dysfunctional family. Written by Charlie Covell and directed by Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak, the series is akin to a high school version of True Romance and about two deeply troubled, misanthropic teenagers who find comfort in one another and who are willing, if necessary, to perpetrate crimes to maintain their relationship. It?s bleakly funny but things take a more serious turn in season two, when Alyssa is left managing the aftermath of the pair?s crime spree and a new psychopath enters the mix.