10 Netflix Shows to Watch When You Want to Laugh
They say that laughter is the best medicine and its one that I am relying heavily on in 2020. From Stand-up comedy specials to movies and books to just plain laughing at myself. Laughing is helping me get by in these tough times. So curly up on your couch with a bowl homemade popcorn or homemade kettle corn and enjoy one (or all) of these Netflix shows that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face:
This show focuses on a group of friends as they balance work and taking care of their children. Four very different moms: career-driven Kate Foster, psychologist Anne Carlson, free-spirit real estate agent Frankie Coyne, and IT specialist Jenny Matthews try to balance their jobs, families, love life, and friendships in the modern-day. Given the current childcare issues facing parents during COVID-19, this is a great show to watch.
Set in Derry, Northern Ireland in the 1990s five teenagers navigate the angst and adventures of high school in the middle of the Northern Ireland conflict. The awkwardness of being a teenager, wanting freedom from your family is really the focus of this show. If you grew up in the 1990s it is hard to not love this oddball group, their parents, and the head of the Catholic School, Sister Michael, played by the brilliant Siobhan McSweeney.
This show was created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, the team behind The Office. The series focused on the group tasked with starting the United States new Space Force. This is an all-star cast with Steve Carell, John Malkovich, Lisa Kudrow, Ben Schwartz, and newcomers Diana Silvers, and Tawny Newsome. Some of the critics were not fans of this show. However, we loved it so much we watched the entire season in one day. We can't wait for season 2!
Never Have I Ever
This is a coming of age comedy-drama loosely based on the life of creator and writer Mindy Kaling. It tells the story of Devi a first-generation Indian-American teenager growing up in Sherman Oaks, California. Devi wants to change her reputation at school, while dealing with her mother, friends, nemesis, and get the attention of her crush. The series is narrated by tennis player John McEnroe, which sounds weird but actually makes perfect sense when you watch the show.
New Girl premiered almost a decade ago. I am rewatching it now and the show is just as funny today as it was ten years ago. New Girl focuses on quirky teacher Jess, her three guy roommates, and her model best friend. This is a funny and smart show about imperfect relatable people. There is a long list of celeb guest stars who only add to this quicky and fun world. This show will leave you smiling and even feeling a bit hopeful about the world.
Awkward high school student Otis has no experience with girls. However, living with his sex therapist mother he thinks he has some knowledge on the subject. He and a classmate band together to start an underground sex therapy practice to help their classmates and make some money.
This is a comedy-drama created by Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler. It is about a woman who gets caught in a Groundhog Day situation where she is living the same day over and over again. However, for this character at the end of each day she dies, only to wake up the next morning completely fine as if nothing had happened. Finally, a show where Natasha Lyonne can truly shine!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy was kidnapped and held, along with three other women, in an underground bunker by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. The Reverend told the girls that the apocalypse had come and that everyone else was dead. When they are rescued Kimmy starts a new life in New York City. Despite what has happened to her Kimmy is the eternal optimist. We watch her builds her new life in New York and forms a close circle of friends. This is a warm and funny show about an odd group of people. This show is produced by Tina Fey and has an all-star cast with Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, and Jane Krakowski.
The once filthy-rich Rose family finds themselves broke and forced to live in a motel in a town they once purchased as a joke: Schitt's Creek. Video store mogul Johnny, his soap opera star wife Moira, and their two adult children aren't especially close. But as time passes they grow closer and they each become more empathetic, hardworking members of Schitt's Creek. This show was created by Dan and Eugene Levy and daughter, Sarah Levy starts in the show. You can't help but fall in love with the town of Schitt's Creek and the Rose family.
I have never been into cartoons, even as a kid I wasn't that into them. But Big Mouth I absolutely loved! Created by Nick Kroll
this show focuses on a group of teenage friends going through puberty. The characters struggle with masturbation, sexuality, and sexual arousal. This is another all-star cast with Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele along with Kristen Bell, Kristen Wiig, Mark Duplass, and many more stars. This isn't a show for kids but will remind you of those awkward junior high years.