While many people in our industry like to claim that they’re
“too busy to watch TV”, we somehow manage to fit in the time. From inter-office
debates over whether Vampire Diaries
is good or bad to major Dexter spoiler
alerts (earmuffs!), we love all TV. And even though we’re dedicated
to the hour-long, all-consuming series like Mad
Men and Game of Thrones, there’s
nothing like a quick, witty sitcom to unwind with at the end of the day. We’re
not talking about 30 Rock or Modern Family, either – too obvious!
Here, presented in random order, are five funny sitcoms you have probably never
seen – but should:
Wait! Don’t close your browser. We know this
is the show title people love to hate, which is why the writers (like Bill Lawrence of Scrubs fame) like to insert
witty quips about how much they, too, hate the show title into the opening
sequence every week. Crappy name aside, Cougar
Town is a great show. Jules (Courtney Cox) and her group of best-buds – including ex-husband Bobby, BFF
Ellie, Ellie’s lapdog husband Andy, employee Laurie (Busy
Phillips), fiancé Grayson and son Travis drink a LOT of wine, play cool games (Penny Can), avoid creepy neighbour
Tom and treat each other inappropriately. What’s not to love?
While many sitcoms have been touted as “the
new Friends”, we think Happy Endings comes closest to the
chemistry the original six had. Each character is easily boxed up: Alex, the dumb
blonde (played by Elisha Cuthbert), Jane, the control freak, Brad, the metrosexual
(played by Damon Wayans, Jr.), Dave, the douchey bachelor, Max, the macho gay
guy and Penny, everyone’s BFF. And yet, somehow, it just works. Having trouble
getting into it? Go back to Season One and watch as many as you can in a row.
There’s only so much Zooey Deschanel
quirkiness we can take. Luckily, the stellar cast of New Girl does a great job
of buffering the cute every week. Newly dumped, Jess moves into a loft with
three guys who have been friends since childhood. They manage to tolerate her
presence and eventually take her under their wing as one of the guys. The show wouldn’t be nearly as funny without Schmidt, the white collar, formerly overweight high-strung womanizer and Winston, a former basketball player turned Nanny
(originally played by Damon Wayans, Jr. in the pilot!).
Watch episodes here
Parks and Recreation
Clearly people are watching Parks and Rec, it’s already into its
fourth season and boasts some major star power – Amy Poehler, Rob Lowe, Aziz
Ansari, to name a few. The show strikes a great balance between the characters; our personal favourite has to be Ron
Swanson’s complete and utter disdain for the government that employs him.
Still, not a lot of the people we know are on top of this hilarious show. Get
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
We know this show is only two episodes in
but we’re already hooked. Krysten Ritter plays the perfect mean girl to goody-two-shoes
character June. Add in James Van Der Beek playing a hyper-version of himself (putting
on plaid to get girls, hating James Franco) and we think this show has the
potential to be great.