Top 10 Best Netflix Comedy Binges During Lockdown
Well done you!
You’ve cleaned and cleared out the entire house, done all the odd DIY jobs you’ve been meaning to get round to since Christmas, become fluent in a new language, mastered a musical instrument, perfected a banana bread recipe worthy of Mary Berry, and produced a masterpiece to rival DaVinci, all from your own living room whilst working from home and trying to teach the kids algebra and Pythagoras theorem. Amazing!
Oh, you haven’t done any of those things? Actually, neither have we.
It would be great to use lockdown as an opportunity to maximise productivity, adopt a new hobby and become a reclusive genius, but unfortunately, it’s just not realistic.
If your plan for lockdown is simply to get through it without tearing out your hair, we don’t blame you. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with tossing out your Italian phrasebook/ self-help manuals/ burnt banana bread, and instead putting your feet up and binging an entire Netflix series in one go.
And because we think that’s a great idea, we’ve picked out some of the most side-splitting comedies to keep your spirits up throughout quarantine.
So no one told you life was gonna be this way…
Let’s be honest, in 2020, we wouldn’t believe them if they had.
But still, could this show be any more iconic? The sitcom about six best friends living in New York city has become synonymous with both 90s culture and classic comedy, and now is the perfect time to revisit the highs and lows of our favourite characters. Forgotten how funny it is? Take a look at the best of Friends.
2. How I Met Your Mother
If you’re on a break from Friends, How I Met Your Mother might feel like déjà vu. But this brilliant series is a classic in its own right.
For those who’ve never seen it, main character Ted Mosby is telling his two children the story of how he met their mother (hence the title). It only takes him nine seasons!
While HIMYM might not be the most ground-breaking comedy ever to hit our screens, it’s reliably funny, easy to watch and, best of all, available on Netflix now!
This classic US sitcom set in a community college ran for six hugely popular seasons until 2015.
Creator Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty) based the show on his own experiences at community college. Its cast of lovable characters and their close friendships make this perfect feel-good viewing for anyone looking for a lockdown binge.
Oh – Community also features the multi-talented musician and actor Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino!
4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The first show on this list that’s still going, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is now on its seventh season, with the first six currently available on Netflix in the UK.
Based around a police department set in – you guessed it, Brooklyn – the series is fronted by wannabe maverick cop Detective Jack Peralta (Andy Samberg), and his long-suffering team.
This quirky and light-hearted series is the perfect antidote to lockdown boredom.
5. The Office UK
A list of the best sitcoms on Netflix wouldn’t be complete without a few classic British comedies.
And while the longer-running US counterpart of The Office might have seen more worldwide success, the BBC series that started it all is well worth revisiting for a few laughs.
Plus, if you’re starting to find that you’re missing office life under lockdown, this show serves as a great reminder of some things you’re not missing out on – especially if your office has a resident David Brent!
Another British offering, Outnumbered centres around the daily lives and struggles of the Brockman family.
Claire Skinner and Hugh Dennis star as mum Sue and dad Pete in this improv-heavy comedy, but it’s the three child stars that steal the show, with their inquisitive natures and hilarious observations.
This might be a particularly relatable choice for parents at current – we wonder how the Brockmans might be coping under lockdown, but some of you might not have to wonder at all.
7. The Good Place
Earlier this year, viewers said an emotional goodbye to The Good Place, but if you still haven’t seen it, now might be the perfect time.
When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she begins to realise that she wasn’t such a good person and sets about learning the error of her ways.
With a star-studded cast that includes Kristen Bell, Ted Danson and Jameela Jamil, this heart-warming comedy about what it means to be a good person is as life-affirming as it is addictive.
8. Gilmore Girls
This hit series about mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow remains a classic more than ten years after it ended.
Technically this one counts as comedy-drama, but the touching relationship between Lorelai and Rory earns the show its place on this list of feel-good streaming.
And if seven seasons aren’t enough, Netflix produced a four-episode reunion series in 2016.
9. That 70s Show
This series was aired in the early 2000s, but as its title suggests, it is set in the late 70s and follows the lives of a group of teenage friends through high school.
The show spawned several major stars, including power couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, as well as Laura Prepon from Orange Is the New Black, and its emulation of the late 70s makes it a double-whammy for nostalgia.
10. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air gave Will Smith his first major acting breakthrough back in 1990, in which he played a caricatured version of himself.
Across its six seasons, the show gave viewers a number of iconic moments, and featured over 40 celebrity guest stars.
This one is particularly timely, as the cast very recently held a virtual reunion during which they paid tribute to Uncle Phil actor James Avery.
There you have it! Ten comedy series on Netflix that will keep you entertained throughout lockdown and beyond. And remember, #StayHomeStaySafe!