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50 Bingeworthy shows sure to make you smile

50 BingeWorthy TV Shows Sure to Make You Smile

by Elyse V

As a result of Covid, you’ve probably watched more TV than normal this year. I know I have. You might even feel like there is nothing left to watch, but fear not. If you’re in the market for something new to watch that’s on the lighter side, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of very bingeworthy TV shows just waiting for you to dive into.

It includes shows ranging from wildly popular classics through to small independent shows from Ireland. The one thing they all have in common is they are sure to make you smile if not laugh out loud. So, get your snack of choice and a beverage to wash them down and prepare for a binge-a-thon. Oh, and the list is intentionally not numbered because it would be impossible to rank these gems. Alphabetical seemed more reasonable.

(Please note all summaries taken from IMDb unless otherwise noted)

  • Absolutely Fabulous: The wild misadventures of Edina “Eddy” Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), who live in a nearly constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.
  • Another Period: A mockumentary-style period piece comedy that follows members of the wealthy Bellacourt family and their servants in early 20th-century Newport, Rhode Island.
  • Arrested Development: Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
  • Barry: A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city’s theatre arts scene.
  • Baskets: After failing at a prestigious French clowning college, Chip Baskets looks to keep his dream of becoming a professional clown alive.
  • Bridget & Eamon: Bridget and Eamon are the typical unhappily married 80s Irish couple. They live somewhere in the Midlands with their indeterminate number of children.
  • Broad City: Broad City follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time.
  • Catastrophe: American boy Rob gets Irish girl Sharon pregnant while they hook up for a week while on a business trip to London.
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Jerry Seinfeld is joined by friends for a cup of coffee and a drive in a classic car, sharing stories all along the way.
  • Community: A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eccentric staff and student body.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm: The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers.
  • Derry Girls: The personal exploits of a 16-year-old girl and her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 1990s.
  • Documentary Now: Documentary Now parodies the current obsession with documentaries.
  • Episodes: A couple of British TV producers move to Hollywood to export their most popular series, and find it is not what they expected.
  • Extras: Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy’s attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.
  • Fleabag: A comedy series adapted from an award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.
  • Freaks and Geeks: A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.
  • Friends: Follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.
  • Grace and Frankie: Finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last twenty years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Five friends with big egos and small brains are the proprietors of an Irish pub in Philadelphia.
  • Legit: Jim and his put upon friends try to learn what it means to be a good person.
  • Master of None: The personal and professional life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York.
  • Modern Family: Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.
  • New Girl: After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behaviour very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.
  • Parks and Recreation: The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.
  • Party Down: A group of actors move to Los Angeles to make it big, but end up working as caterers.
  • Portlandia: A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon.
  • Queer Eye: A new Fab Five set out to help people refine their wardrobes, grooming, diet, cultural pursuits, and home décor.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: RuPaul searches for America’s next drag superstar.
  • Schitt’s Creek: When rich video-store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup in Schitt’s Creek.
  • Seinfeld: The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.
  • Sex Education: A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.
  • Slings and Arrows: In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure, to assume the artistic directorship after the sudden death of his mentor, Oliver Welles. When Geoffrey arrives he finds that Oliver is still there, in spirit anyway, and with his guidance (and often in spite of it) Geoffrey attempts to reconcile with his past while wrestling the festival back from the marketing department. Despite a bitter leading lady, a clueless leading man, and a scheming general manager, he manages to stage a remarkable production of Hamlet — the play that drove him mad.The Movie Network – Synopsis
  • Tacoma FD: Comedic look at firefighters battling their own boredom.
  • Ted Lasso: Follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football.
  • The Goldbergs: This ABC show takes place in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania in the 1980s and follows the lives of a family named The Goldbergs.
  • The Good Place: Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good.
  • The Larry Sanders Show: A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.
  • The Last Man on Earth: Almost two years after a virus wiped out most of the human race, Phil Miller only wishes for some company, but soon gets more than he bargained for when that company shows up in the form of other survivors.
  • The Marvelous Mrs Maisel: A housewife in 1958 decides to become a stand-up comic.
  • The Comeback: An ex A-list celebrity attempts to rekindle the flame of her once prominent acting career with nothing but a camera crew and some determination.
  • The Office: A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behaviour, and tedium.
  • The Thick of It: Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs is continually harassed by Number 10’s policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.
  • The Young Offenders: Coming-of-age comedy-drama about lovable rogues Conor and Jock as they navigate their awkward teenage years, hatching plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.
  • VEEP: Former Senator Selina Meyer finds that being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she hoped and everything that everyone ever warned her about.
  • Vicious: Freddie Thornhill (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart Bixby (Sir Derek Jacobi) are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly fifty years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity.
  • Web Therapy: After quitting her job in finance under dubious circumstances, the affluent and self-interested Fiona Wallice tries her hand at therapy – offering clients 3-minute sessions over the Internet in hopes of weeding out any unnecessary emotion.
  • Weeds: When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighbourhood already is.
  • What We Do in the Shadows: A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires, who’ve lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of “lighter” bingeworthy TV shows. I mean, it would be never ending. But this is a solid place to start, and sure to keep you entertained and smiling. Our next bingeworthy TV shows list will include more dramatic shows. For now, let the binge-a-thon begin.

How many shows on this list have you seen already? Which ones are still on your to-watch-list? What shows do you feel were glaringly overlooked? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

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