The internet is known for comedy, but Hollywood can still compete with comedy podcasts and YouTube’s laughs. And it’s not just Hollywood anymore – studios in Canada, England, and elsewhere overseas are releasing great content that’s making it to American audiences through streaming services.
Sitcoms, sketch shows, cartoons, stand-up specials, and talk shows are popping up seemingly every day. The landscape is so crowded that really great TV comedy can often get lost. You wouldn’t think it possible on such a widespread medium.
If you’re not already caught up, these are some of the funniest comedies on TV that aren’t getting the widespread attention of other high-profile projects.
10. The Venture Bros (Adult Swim)
If you love Rick & Morty and Archer, The Venture Bros has over 80 episodes of comedy genius. Based on the old Johnny Quest formula, Dr. Rusty Venture was killing off clones of his own children long before Rick Sanchez tortured his grandson through time, space, and dimensions.
9. Cuckoo BBC Three
Cuckoo blends American and British humor into a slapstick stew that’s palatable for both sides of the pond. Andy Samberg is replaced by Taylor Lautner and eventually Andie MacDowell as the crazy American while Ken, Lorna, Rachel, and Dylan do their best to maintain against Larry David-style odds.
8. Schitt’s Creek (CBC)
The Bluths get all the glory, but Daniel and Eugene Levy’s Rose family managed to create an entirely different show based on the same basic premise. Johnny, Moira, and the kids are deeply unlikable at first, but they inevitably grow on you like a wart. This show straddles every boundary of subtle and low-brow humor.
7. SuperMansion (Crackle)
SuperMansion has an all-star voice cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Keegan-Michael Key, Jillian Bell, Heidi Gardner, and Breckin Meyer. What’s basically a sitcom/reality show plot based on a fictional Avengers/Justice League knockoff kinda works. American Ranger’s racism alone is worth the watch, as Storm City struggles to deal with supers, villain or not.
6. Kim’s Convenience (CBC)
I can’t say enough good things about Kim’s Convenience. Even on the second watch through, it still retains its charm. This tale of Korean Canadian immigrants raising a family in an apartment above a Toronto convenience store is everything Fresh off the Boat wishes it were. Appa and Umma are adorable, and the portrayal of first generation Asian American culture is perfect.
5. The Detour (TBS)
Samantha Bee and Jason Jones created this family road trip show to give Jones something to do while his wife works on her other TBS show. What starts as a whacky whistleblower trip to Florida manages to jump the shark and escalate every season while maintaining the same level of will they/won’t they survive chemistry the whole way through.
4. Loudermilk (Audience)
Somehow AT&T’s Audience network landed this genius show on alcoholism and addiction starring Ron Livingstone. Not only that, but it’s been renewed for a third season and Sam Loudermilk is still maintaining a level of likability and bad decisions without getting too preachy about the consequences of his bad decisions.
3. Brockmire (IFC)
Marc Maron’s IFC show starts funny then becomes obsessed with showing the man spiral into addiction. It sorta losses some of the humor. Brockmire has been teetering on that line since its brilliant first season, and it manages to jump back and forth between dark and funny. Amanda Peet, Hank Azaria, and Tyrel Jackson are brilliant, and the show has been renewed for a fourth season.
2. I’m Sorry (TruTV)
There are a million situational comedies revolving around couples raising kids. Somehow, Andrea Savage pulls off the right amount of attitude and awkwardness to make this show worth watching. It helps that she and Tom Everett Scott are supported by a rotating cast of comedy A-listers, including Judy Greer, Jason Mantzoukas, and Martin Mull.
1. Insatiable (Netflix)
Netflix practically broke the internet when it dropped the trailer for this Debby Ryan-led ensemble black dramedy. Critics did their best to lift their noses to it, but fans (myself included) gobbled it up like a Miss Magic Jesus contestant binging on Wiener Tacos during a breakdown. One can only imagine the second season of this English-language telenovela will bring even more of that sweet heat.