It's April, the month of taxes, tulips and ... comedy. (We were trying really hard for alliteration, but "terribly funny" just sounded lame.) You probably didn't know that April is also National Humor Month. In honor of this auspicious occasion, we thought it would be funny to find out which TV comedies inspire the most dedicated fans. After some very unscientific investigation--we posed the question to our Facebook fans and here in the office--we came up with one giant list of favorite comedies. And when we say "giant list," we mean massive. So bring on the subheads!
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First up: Classic Comedies
. That pool of favorites that form our common cultural references didn't yield any surprises, except for the one voted for the most.
Included here: Seinfeld
, of course--and, may we add, why The Marriage Ref
painful to watch.Friends Scrubs*Cheers - Most popular classic comedyMarried with Children
Will and Grace
That 70s ShowAbout Cheers
: While not everyone had the chance to see Cheers
during its 11-season run from 1982 to 1993, this award-winning sitcom seems to transcend generations, easily becoming a classic all-time favorite comedy. The show, set in a bar of the same name, where a group of locals meet to drink and chat, boasts an ensemble cast, including Ted Danson, Shelley Long and Kelsey Grammer. From running gags, such as the heated rivalry between Cheers and rival bar, Gary's Olde Towne Tavern, to Norm's never ending quest for gainful employment, Cheers
can simply make you feel good with its trivial yet entertaining storylines, not to mention its nostalgic them song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name."
Next: Contemporary TV comedy
, which offered some interesting range in terms of tastes and a tie for show with the most mentions.How I Met Your Mother
Two And A Half Men
Colbert Report/Daily Show
Parks & Recreation
Flight of the Conchords
*Arrested Development - Most popular
*Modern Family - Most popularThe Office
(UK and US)Curb Your Enthusiasm
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Among the picks for Contemporary TV Comedy
, Arrested Development
and Modern Family
took top spots. Though both shows heavily focus on habitually dysfunctional families, each program has a distinct approach in humor and format. Ron Howard's Arrested Development
, which lasted only three seasons, despite high praise from critics, revolves around the Bluth family and the challenges brought about by their diminishing wealth--which include sibling rivalries, identity crises and teenage issues, to name a few. Unlike Arrested Development
's pseudo-documentary format, Modern Family
employs a mockumentary style and hilariously puts the spotlight on today's various family structures--which includes a gay couple with an adopted child, and a May-December marriage.
And then there's what we're politely calling Vintage Comedy
--or anything that first aired prior to 1995. The sleeper hit of this list: Golden Girls
, no doubt a residue of Betty White's reemergence on the comedy scene courtesy of that Super Bowl commercial
.Sanford and Son
*The Golden Girls - Most popular
Beavis and ButtheadAbout The Golden Girls
: Not many shows about a group of old women could effortlessly earn a solid following, but The Golden Girls
managed to do so for seven seasons (and beyond thanks to syndicated reruns). On the series, Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty and Betty White lived together under one roof while shedding light on their sexual drives and their incessant search to find eligible old men. The show may be considered vintage comedy but its themes were distinctly controversial and way ahead of their time.
And then there were a handful of favs of the passionate few. Forming the category of Best Comedies You're Not Watching:Party Down
If you like what Rob Thomas has done with Veronica Mars
then we suggest that you give Party Down
a try. It's not really the noir mystery teen drama that catapulted Kristen Bell into stardom, but Thomas' latest half-hour comedy series offers a unique blend of colorful personalities, from aspiring actors and writers to quirky comedians--all waiting for their big break while they temporarily work as a catering team. The Big Bang Theory
Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
gives viewers a peek at the geek world without really boring viewers to death. While the premise of the show isn't really considered groundbreaking comedy--two genius physicists devoid of social skills trying to interact with their outgoing, attractive yet dimwitted neighbor--but it has enough tricks and antics to make you come back for more. Bored to Death
Ironically, that's how some critics felt after watching the first episode of this HBO series. Bored to Death
, starring Jason Schwartzman as a struggling novelist who poses as an unlicensed private detective and Ted Danson as his magazine editor boss, initially comes across as a drag for a "noir-otic comedy." But give it a chance because it only gets better from here. The show has plenty of fascinating turns and odd beats that might just be your cup of tea. Eastbound and Down
Danny McBride takes center stage as a former professional baseball pitcher who attempts to return to his former glory while working as a full time gym teacher on Eastbound and Down
, an HBO series that's funny, reckless and crafty all at the same time. Oh, and it's from Will Ferrell's production company-- and that alone should make it worth a try.Coupling (UK)
Forget the remake and stick to the original U.K. version. Coupling
, which ran from 2000 to 2004, is a sitcom about six friends in their 30s who often talk about their sexual misadventures. If you like Friends
and Sex and the City
, then this show might just be for you.
Don't see your favorite here? Sound off in the comments below.
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