What to Watch on Netflix When You Need a Laugh

By Ashley Logan on February 27, 2018

“Netflix & Chill?”

Don’t be alarmed, this isn’t related to the actual “Netflix & Chill” hookup phenomenon. I’m just here to spread positive energy and maybe put you on to a show or two that may be up your alley. Everyone has their down days, especially in this political climate where all news seems like bad news. In the wake of chaos and inner turmoil, Netflix has your back. What’s better than watching a new show for an almost-unhealthy amount of hours?

In the past couple of years, Netflix has really taken the TV industry by storm. I mean, can anyone beat unlimited streaming of tv shows and movies for under $15? If you’re looking to briefly escape reality, Netflix will always be there for your binge-watching needs. Turn that frown upside down and check out these shows on Netflix!

Netflix and Chill Grafitti (via Wikimedia Commons)

1. “Grace and Frankie”

Grace and Frankie is one of my favorite Netflix Originals, as it is about the struggles of growing old and family drama. You might be thinking that a show about old people wouldn’t be funny, but have you seen “Golden Girls”? Because of a long-time affair between Grace and Frankie’s husbands, they each got divorced and began living with one another.

The friendship between these two was fostered under weird circumstances, but the bond is unbreakable. Frankie is an easy-going, hippy, pothead that is loving and probably my favorite character on the show. While Grace is uptight, an alcoholic, and basically the opposite of Frankie. The contrast between their personalities, as well as the rest of the cast, makes for many laughs and a good time. Watch this trailer to get a feel for the cast of “Grace and Frankie.”

The Office (via Netflix)

2. “The Office” 

A cult classic, “The Office,” U.S. version, is one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. With nine seasons, you can binge-watch for a long time. Writer Greg Daniels adapted the U.K. version of the series to suit an American audience, as he has written for shows like “Saturday Night Live,” “The Simpsons,” and “King of the Hill.” Michael Scott, aka the “World’s Best Boss,” is problematic in the most endearing way that doesn’t make you hate him.

The rest of the employees are disgruntled and don’t enjoy the job anywhere as much as Michael Scott. Each cast member has their own distinct personalities which are representative of a real office staff and you could possibly see yourself in one of the characters. I consider myself to be like Toby Flenderson. If you love dry humor and awkward acting, “The Office” is a great option for a good laugh. Besides the one-liners and scenarios, the acting is what really sells the comedy. Check out this clip from my favorite episode, “Dinner Party.”

Shameless (via Wikimedia Commons)

3. “Shameless”

“Shameless,” on the opposite in the spectrum, is far from lighthearted. If you haven’t heard of the show by now, it features a large family from the South side of Chicago. Frank Gallagher is a single father of six children who frankly do not need him. Frank is a handful. to say the least. and his children make the most out of their lives through different lanes to better themselves.

The characters of “Shameless” are shameless and unapologetic regarding their lifestyle, personalities, and background. “Shameless” is a raunchy comedy that brings a different type of vibe than most comedic shows about families. If you find yourself wanting more, you can stream all eight seasons of “Shameless” on ShoTime.

4. “Parks & Recreation”

Like ”The Office,” “Parks and Rec” offers comedic insight into a government agency. At the “Pawnee” Parks and Recreation Department, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her colleagues take on different tasks to beautify their town. Leslie is the only one who cares about her job while her colleagues and boss are fueled with sarcasm and contempt.

The series begins with a daunting task to fill a large pit that was initially meant for an apartment complex to be built upon. However, the pit has turned into a giant wasteland and some of the citizens, including Leslie, have fallen into. This is the first task of many that Leslie and her crew try to take on in an effort to help Pawnee. One of my favorite Pawnee residents is Ron Swanson, boss of the Parks and Rec department as well as local music icon, Duke Silver. Swanson is the backbone of the office even though he hates the government. You can see funny clips from Swanson here.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (via Wikimedia Commons)

5. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

The Netflix original “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” starts off crazily from the first episode. Kimmy and three other women were held captive in a religious cult for many years until one day when they were found. Since Kimmy was away from society, she must learn how to fend for herself as a young woman on her own.

Kimmy moves to the city and finds an apartment to stay in where she meets Titus Andromadon. Titus is Kimmy’s roommate and the biggest comic relief of the series. Kimmy Schmidt is a bubbly series that touches on topics like gentrification and the not-so-glamorous aspects of living in New York City. Titus is the flare of the show with his dramatic antics and quick punchlines. Catch this compilation of Titus’ most funny moments.

If you check these out or you’ve already seen these shows, let me know what you think!

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