Funniest show currently on tv

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  1. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey


    I'm the opposite. I can find 22 minutes to watch a sitcom, but it's a lot harder to find 45 minutes or more to watch an hour long drama. So if a drama doesn't hold my interest, that's usually the first to go. I try out just about every sitcom on broadcast TV since there are still relatively fewer on cable. I am very selective on the dramas I watch.
  2. Supfreak26

    Supfreak26 Go Cowboys!

    Dec 12, 2003
    McKinney, TX
    That's me too. I actually tend to like sitcoms more than the dramas. I have very limited tv time these days and I like to laugh.
  3. jgickler

    jgickler Mr. Rolleyes

    Apr 7, 2000
    Princeton, Iowa
    I would add Episodes to the list.
  4. markz

    markz Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    This show is great! I can't believe there's not more buzz about it! After every episode, my wife says "I love that show!"

    Goldbergs is great too!

    I have never heard of Impractical Jokers. Guess I better check it out.
  5. Maui

    Maui Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL


    See I am just the opposite. When I sit down to watch a few hours of TV I tend to focus on the hour long shows, know that they are harder to catch up on if I fall behind. As a result I am more backed up on sitcoms than hour long shows.
  6. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    Sirens is very funny. I think Mixology is surprisingly funny sometimes, although it can be predictable as well. New Girl is still funny quite often, as is Modern Family and TBBT. I enjoy Mom and Trophy Wife enough to keep the SP. I always laugh at Archer.

    Can't wait for Louie to start back up though: that's a step above the rest for me.
  7. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    My friend swears by Episodes. I've been meaning to check it out.
    I love threads like this because they often expose me to shows I was completely oblivious to. For example, I had never even heard of Impractical Jokers before, and it's in its third season.
  8. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    I've also been enjoying it (meant to mention that when Betts first posted).

    I don't know that I'd go quite as far as funniest show on TV; but I do look forward to it each week.
  9. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    I came here to list Episodes as number 1

    Veep and Impractical Jokers would be 2 and 2A

    I gave up on the Goldbergs after 10 minutes. Looks like I need to reconsider!
  10. Marco

    Marco Loyal Little

    Sep 19, 2000
    Capital of...

    then The Daily Show
  11. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    I watch a lot of sitcoms. Most fall into four groups:
    1) Cable dramedies (Californication, Nurse Jackie, Veep)
    2) Typical sitcoms, nothing cutting edge, but funny and worth watching (BBT, The Goldbergs, B99)
    3) Typical sitcoms, not remotely cutting edge, formulaic, but still watch because they make me laugh (2.5 Men, 2 Broke Girls)
    4) Innovative, funny, witty, and nothing typical about them sitcoms

    Here's my #4s...

    Bob's Burgers

    BTW, just counted my sitcoms, I have 28 sitcoms I watch throughout the year.

    ETA: I guess I should add group #5, "sitcoms I don't watch".
  12. KDeFlane

    KDeFlane Active Member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    I enjoyed more comedies this season than previous years:

    The Crazy Ones -- good banter, clever asides, and they kept the Robin Williams wackiness in check.

    Brooklyn 99 -- excellent lines delivered by excellent actors.

    Sirens -- stays on the good side of that fine line between funny and tasteless.

    New Girl -- it was better last year, but I'm staying loyal with it.

    Rick and Morty -- some twisted humor in there along with mind-trippy adventures.
    Space Dandy -- ditto.
  13. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I started watching it because I liked Brooklyn nine nine and thought it may be like that. IT's BETTER!!!!!!!
  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I like Sirens too, but much more at the beginning than now. Seems to be the same stuff week after week, so I'm getting a bit bored with it. Still, some of the stuff is REALLY funny.
  15. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Not sure what the difference is between 2 and 3.
  16. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    #2s are really funny sitcoms, not cutting edge or breaking new ground, but funny, fresh and fun to watch. You really really hope they get renewed, and when people ask about them (or sitcoms in general), you plug them.

    #3s are more formulaic, often riding on past glories, and some of the humor is based on our long experience with the characters, and not necessarily from fresh humor. Still funny, but if/when cancelled, you're not that sad to see them go. You rarely push people to watch them.


    B99, Goldbergs, Crazy Ones, Bob's Burgers (this could be a 4 or 2), Community, Ground Floor, Modern Family, BBT, The Neighbors

    2 Broke Girls, 2.5 Men, Mike & Molly, Simpson's

    My #3s are getting smaller, as I've started trimming how much I watch, and #3s are the first to go. I've already cut Trophy Wife, Suburgatory, Millers, etc.
  17. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    Sitcoms are mostly filler for me. I love to laugh, but so many of them get repetitive and steal bits from other shows that it's difficult to find them funny after a while. I think sitcoms are probably the most difficult type of shows to write for because it's hard to come up with something new and fresh. What's funny to some people can be either boring or offensive to others.

    I watch a lot of dramas because they can be much more varied. I can probably count on one hand which shows are really at the top of my list, and most of them, if not all, are dramas. I won't take the thread topic off track by discussing them any further. ;)

    I just watched the first couple of episodes of The Goldbergs with my wife. We both enjoyed it, but I wouldn't rank it as the best comedy on TV, at least not yet. I downloaded all 20 episodes aired to date so I have some catching up to do.

    +1 for Episodes. It's sexual and a little naughty without being overly offensive or raunchy, but definitely adult oriented.

    Does anyone know if Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming back? It's funny and quirky in the same vein as Seinfeld, as you would expect, but it's not something I can sit and watch in a marathon. I can only take it in small doses, but it's still damn funny.
  18. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    It's up to Larry David and he hasn't decided. HBO would be thrilled to have it back and will order a new season anytime LD says he's ready to write one. But LD hasn't indicated yet whether he's going to keep writing the show.
  19. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I will give the new TV writers credit in that they HAVE come up with some new ideas for dramas (well except for CBS). Luckily there are shows that do not follow the Medical/cop/lawyer dramas that have dominated TV since the early days. CBS of course still makes their money showing just that.

    I think you're right in a sense that a lot of sitcoms are similar, but again there are many ones that are fresh. Arrested Development and Community are really different than any of these others. I think The League or Silicon Valley are really different as well.

    The thread is about the funniest show on TV, not necessarily the funniest sitcom though.
  20. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

    May 26, 2001
    Bob's Burgers
    The Goldbergs

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