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The 40 Best Sitcoms on Netflix (2017)

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The 40 Best Sitcoms on Netflix (2017)

A comprehensive guide to the best sitcoms on Netflix.

So you’ve already seen every episode of Seinfeld and Friends a couple times over on re-runs and it’s time to find a new show to make you chuckle after a hard day at work—without the commercials. Netflix has some great sitcoms in its streaming library for that early evening wind-down. Some of these are classics that have aged well, while others are still pushing the boundaries of what a sitcom can do. We included animated comedies in the sitcom vein, but not sketch comedy (just go watch Portlandia if that’s what you’re looking for). Here are the 40 best sitcoms streaming on Netflix Instant.—Josh Jackson

family-guy.jpg 40. Family Guy
Original Run: 1999-
Creator: Seth MacFarlane 
Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry
Original Network: HBO 

It’s the show that made Seth MacFarlane a household name, and unfortunately, the one it seems he’ll never top. This is with good reason. MacFarlane created a family that’s easy to relate to despite the fact that it includes a talking dog (sniff) and an inexplicably British, bloodthirsty infant. Combine the characters’ eccentricities with jokes that (sometimes literally) won’t quit, and you’ve got one of the most important cartoons to grace the small screen.—Austin L. Ray


todd-margaret.jpg 39. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
Original Run: 2009-12
Creator: David Cross 
Stars: David Cross, Sharon Horgan, Will Arnett, Blake Harrison, Jack McBrayer 
Original Network: IFC 

From the unique premise to the comedy itself, there are plenty of reasons to admire The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, the IFC sitcom co-created and co-written by David Cross, who also stars as its titular character. Margaret is a go-nowhere dolt working in the U.S. who is inexplicably promoted to run a London sales team promoting an energy drink called Thunder Muscle. Through a series of—you guessed it—increasingly poor decisions, that the viewer only learns about over time as they occur, he slowly gets into deeper and deeper trouble, while the worst decision seems to have been made by whoever promoted him to London in the first place. Rather than rely on straight-up punchlines, the show manages to maintain a level-headed humor throughout, ably going off the rails at one moment, only to bring it back to a quintessentially British cringe the next.—Austin L. Ray


netflix f is for family.jpg 38. F Is For Family
Original Run: 2015-
Creator: Bill Burr, Michael Price
Stars: Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Sam Rockwell 
Original Network: Netflix 

Like the more celebrated BoJack Horseman, this animated Netflix original mines surprisingly stark and moving drama from its bitter comedy. Starring popular stand-up Bill Burr, F Is For Family is a jaundiced look at a broken family during the height of the 1970s malaise, but, y’know, funny, at least some of the time. There are only six episodes out now, but more should be on the way.—Garrett Martin


netflix dont trust the b.jpg 37. Don’t Trust the B—— in Apt. 23
Original Run: 2012-2013
Creator: Nahnatchka Khan
Stars: Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, James Van Der Beek, Liza Lapira, Michael Blaiklock, Eric Andre, Ray Ford
Original Network: ABC

Krysten Ritter is pretty much good in everything, but before Jessica Jones her brief stint as the… difficult woman of this show’s title was probably her best performance. She’s a breezy blast as pure, unrestrained id, and she’s surrounded by a fine cast, including a pre-Adult Swim Eric Andre and James Van Der Beek as himself.—Carl Dexter


the-guild.jpg 36. The Guild
Original Run: 2007-13
Creator: Felicia Day
Stars: Felicia Day, Vincent Caso, Sandeep Parikh, Amy Okuda, Robin Thorsen, Jeff Lewis
Original Network: YouTube, Xbox Live

It’s no secret that we have a bit of a crush on Felicia Day. From her starring role in Joss Whedon’s straight-to-internet supervillain musical spectacular, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, to her more than two million followers on Twitter, she’s an Internet force to be reckoned with. She’s also a writer/co-producer/actress/etc. for a well-known and industry-defying web series called The Guild. Turns out, we might also have a crush on The Guild itself. The web series follows the sordid on- and off-line lives of a band of gaming misfits as they go from being anonymous avatars to being present in each others’ lives. The ensemble that Day and other producers scrabbled together are not only incredibly funny in their own individual rights, but they work together well—from snarky Amy Okuda as Guild dissenter Tinkerballa down to Sandeep Parikh’s obsessive, sheltered and socially-deficient gnome warlock Zaboo. Every character seems almost tailored to each actor/comedian’s strengths, which maximizes the potential for hilarity.—Whitney Baker



wilfred.jpg 35. Wilfred
Original Run: 2011-2014
Creators: Jason Gann, Adam Zwar
Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann
Original Network: FX

Based off an Australian comedy series of the same name, Wilfred stars Elijah Wood as Ryan, a young man who’s having trouble keeping his life together. After a botched suicide attempt, Ryan begins seeing his neighbor’s pet, Wilfred (Jason Gann), as a man in a dog suit. Don’t let the initial introduction fool you; Wilfred is a buddy comedy in dog’s clothing. The show combines dark humor with an outlandish premise for a result that’s irresistibly charming and downright hilarious.—Megan Farokhmanesh


netflix schitts creek.jpg 34. Schitt’s Creek
Original Run: 2015-
Creator: Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy
Stars: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Elliott, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Jennifer Robertson, Emily Hampshire, Tim Rozon, Dustin Milligan
Original Network: CBC

Now’s the time to catch up with father-and-son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy’s winning sitcom. Season One mined plenty of laughs out of its fish-out-of-water conceit, with [bankrupt millionaires] the Roses transplanted to a poor, rural town run by Chris Elliott’s slovenly Mayor Roland Schitt, but its successive half hours go that much further beyond the title’s slapstick wordplay. The Roses, despite themselves, are assimilating to life outside La La Land, and incrementally coming to appreciate each other’s company. Schitt’s Creek isn’t particularly trenchant, nor is it simple or sentimental. Rather, it hits a sweet spot of ensemble humor that happens to offer a satisfying answer to post-presidential election rhetorical grousing about what would happen if middle and bicoastal Americans really could get along.—Kenny Herzog


netflix rhoh.jpg 33. Real Husbands of Hollywood
Original Run: 2013-
Creator: Kevin Hart, Chris Spencer
Stars: Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, Nelly, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke, Cynthia McWilliams, Dondré Whitfield
Original Network: BET

Somehow Kevin Hart’s reality show parody feels less fake than most reality shows. Hart and his costars play themselves, or at least versions thereof, as they navigate work, life and relationships in Hollywood, mimicking the hyper-edited style and blatantly artificial narratives of most reality shows. Hart’s shallow braggadocio only becomes funnier when he’s playing himself, but J.B. Smoove and, surprisingly, Alan Thicke during its first season might steal the show.—Kenny Herzog


how-i-met.jpg 32. How I Met Your Mother
Original Run: 2005-14
Creators: Craig Thomas, Carter Bays
Stars: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris 
Original Network: CBS

Very few shows are able to teeter on the tightrope of daytime soap opera and a laugh-out-loud sitcom without going overboard. For over half a decade HIMYM has spun a hilarious tale of how Ted met his children’s mother without growing stale. Sure, fans were starting to grow weary, but since the dramatic and uplifting turn in Marshall and Lily’s life and the return of the Ted-Robin-Barney love triangle, the show is back in top form and geting more like Friends than ever. We’re closing in on a lot of mysteries, but so much more has developed to keep us intrigued. —Adam Vitcavage


netflix my name is earl.jpg 31. My Name is Earl
Original Run: 2005-2009
Creator: Greg Garcia
Stars: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, Eddie Steeples
Original Network: NBC

My Name is Earl’s high concept couldn’t really support a show over the long haul, but it was blessed with a cast with a casual, easygoing charm that fit the material. It could be a little cartoonish in its depiction of a vaguely Southern blue collar town, but when it wasn’t condescending it was one of the few places anywhere on TV to see that kind of world.—Garrett Martin



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