Top 5 Funniest Shows On Netflix Right Now (October)
Craving a traditional laugh-tracked sitcom? A more serious, single-cam series? A mockumentary? Done, done, and done. So here are the Tipstor? Top 5 funniest shows on Netflix streaming right now.
Eugene Levy and Catherine O?Hara star in this Canadian sitcom about a wealthy family forced to scale down their extravagant lifestyle with hilarious results. Levy plays Johnny Rose, a rich video-store magnate who loses his fortune when his business manager fails to pay his taxes. O?Hara plays his wife, Moira, a former soap opera star who, along with her husband and their two pampered children, must move to a town called Schitt?s Creek. Johnny bought the town as a joke when the family had more money than they could spend, but now, the town and its residents serve as a comedic wake-up call for a guy who has problems rooting himself in reality. Levy is brilliant in this thing and it?s a damn shame the show is so overlooked by American audiences. Let?s change that.
Following in the footsteps of Nick Kroll?s Big Mouth, this British teem comedy is committed to exploring all of the cringe-worthy, taboo topics associated with sex, just not in animated form. The series follows a mother-son duo navigating their way through those uncomfortable ?talks.? Of course, the mother here happens to be a sex therapist named Dr. Jean Milburn (a terrific Gillian Anderson) and her son Otis (Asa Butterfield) is the kid enduring her overbearing tendencies at home while doling out sex advice of his own in an underground sex therapy ring amongst his friends. Sex is a comedy goldmine, and although the show loves to play up ?80s high-school tropes, there?s real nuance and thought that goes into how these teens are portrayed and their interactions with sex. Plus, Anderson?s comedic timing is spot-on.
The animated, coming-of-age comedy from Nick Kroll is full of familiar voices and even more familiar life problems. Centered on a group of pre-pubescent friends, Kroll voices a younger version of himself, a kid named Andrew who?s going through some embarrassing life changes like inconvenient erections and strange wet dreams and bat-mitzvah meltdowns. All these traumatizing and hilarious happenings are usually caused by Maurice, Andrew?s own Hormone Monster (also voiced by Kroll) who takes pleasure (literally) in abusing the poor kid. As painfully accurate as the show is, if you?re lucky enough to be removed from that angst-ridden era of life, you?ll probably appreciate the humor in all of it.
The title may initially turn you off ? as may its status as a rom-com/musical hybrid airing on The CW ? but as protagonist Rebecca Bunch will tell you, the situation with?Crazy Ex-Girlfriend?is a lot more nuanced than that. The genre-bending show spends just as much time churning out toe-tapping tunes as it does exploring the depths of mental illness, sometimes simultaneously, but stops just short of becoming an outright dramedy thanks to the impeccable comedic timing of its stellar cast, led by Rachel Bloom as Rebecca and Donna Lynne Champlin as Bex?s coworker and BFF, Paula. There?s plenty of comedy to mine from its music (songs like ?Settle for Me,? ?Textmergency,? ?West Covina,? and ?Dream Ghost? are as catchy as they are key to plot development), but it?s the throwaway moments that really make the show pop:?Paula the singing raccoon, Daryl proudly declaring himself a ?bothsexual,? Heather?s expert knowledge of mating signals, every aside uttered by Father Brah. If loving this show makes us C-R-A-Z-Y, so be it.
It helps if you?ve lived in and/or been to Portland, and like most sketch comedy, Portlandia is wildly hit and miss, but the hits are often huge, and the misses are easy enough to fast-forward through. It?s clever and strangely understated for sketch comedy, and although it works best as a send-up of Portland, the absurdist comedy is still effective outside of the Northwest.