Comedy is comedy, and Hollywood knows how to bring the laughs. The big studios came up with some big ideas, and creative content was released at a rapid pace in 2018.
We’ve been surfing the channels to provide this list of the biggest laughs you’ll get all year. Some of these shows are new, and some are cancelled, so binge them while you can.
10. L.A. to Vegas Season 1 (Fox)
Premiere: January 24, 2018
Starring: Kim Matula, Dylan McDermott, Olivia Macklin
This ensemble comedy on Fox is the movie Airplane stretched into an entire series. It seems like all the best jokes would’ve been used up by the pilot (first episode, not the captain, who does, incidentally, have many of the best jokes). The entire season is strong, however, leaving fans pondering how the laughs will extend into a second season.
9. South Park Season 22 (Comedy Central)
Premiere: September 26, 2018
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall
Kyle, Stan, Cartman, Kenny, and everyone else in South Park are facing continuously escalating problems. School shootings are getting out of hand, and Mr Hankey can’t stop tweeting horrible things. Vaping and e-scooters flood the town, and the Marshes move out to the country to start a cannabis farm. With Jeff Bezos and Amazon taking over, can this small Colorado town keep it together?
8. Atlanta Season 2 (FX)
Premiere: March 2, 2018
Starring: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield
Like Louie before it, Atlanta continues pushing the artistic boundaries of comedy. Paper Boi and his crew just can’t catch a break, and each episode stands alone as a different type of story, often taking very serious looks at the subjects. There are a few laughs to be found, but it’s clear Donold Glover is going to continue being “serious” as both an actor and musician. The critical acclaim will last, but it’s getting really hard to call this a “comedy” in the modern sense.
7. Let’s Get Physical Season 1 (Pop TV)
Premiere: January 24, 2018
Starring: Matt L. Jones, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Seymour
I get it – a comedy about aerobics named after a decades-old song doesn’t sound like it could possibly be funny. This ensemble cast packs a lot of action, music, drama, and excitement into a quick season. Explore family and romantic relationships gone wrong as two rival gyms compete for a grand prize that isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be. If you can make it to the end without cracking a smile, you’re dead inside.
6. Insatiable Season 1 (Netflix)
Premiere: August 10, 2018
Starring: Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, Kimmy Shields
Insatiable, Netflix, and everyone involved with this American Telenovela got nothing but heat from critics over its racy subject matter. Every normal human being who isn’t a completely pretentious twat loved everything about this white trash soap opera. By the time you’re done, you’ll be craving Wiener Taco and a Lil Miss Magic Jesus pageant more than you ever thought possible. Critics are mentally retarded fuckbag idiots, and Insatiable proves this point beyond any dispute or doubt.
5. Superstore Season 4 (NBC)
Premiere: October 4, 2018
Starring: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn
Babies and relationships are the intertwining themes floating through Cloud 9 these days. Jonah and Amy’s relationship makes work hard for Kelly, and everyone’s dealing with maternity issues from a variety of different family perspectives. Superstore is easily the next evolution of The Office and Parks and Recreation. Do not sleep on this modern classic workplace sitcom.
4. Brockmire Season 2 (IFC)
Premiere: April 25, 2018
Starring: Hank Azaria, Amanda Peet, Tyrel Jackson Williams
Hank Azaria shines in his second season as broken sportscaster Jim Brockmire. The alcohol (and any other drug or vice he can get a hold of) is flowing, and his career climb is getting challenged in every direction. With two more seasons coming up, one can only wonder how much more punishment Brockmire’s body (and entire life) can take.
3. Teachers Season 3 (TV Land)
Premiere: June 5, 2018
Starring: The Katydids
After three seasons, TV Land axed one of the funniest shows on TV. It also happened to have the strongest female cast and was universally funny across gender lines to the crowd that loves The League and other Chicago-based raunch comedies. This three-season gem of a show is a must-own for every serious comedy fan’s collection. These women are hilarious, and the entire series is worth a binge. Can’t wait to see what they get up to next.
2. Alone Together Seasons 1 and 2 (Freeform)
Premiere: January 10, 2018 and August 1, 2018
Starring: Esther Povitsky, Benji Aflalo, Edgar Blackmon
Esther and Benji are jaded millennial comedian friends stuck surviving the fast-paced L.A. lifestyle. The deadpan humor infused into each episode makes this a binge-worthy comedy that’s guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Nobody really fits in, but Esther and Benji remind us why. It’s a shame the series was cancelled by year’s end.
1. The Good Place (NBC)
Premiere: September 27, 2018
Starring: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper
Who the fork could ever have guessed a story about heaven, hell, and purgatory would end up being the funniest thing on TV? Well that’s where we are, and Eleanor and company are cranking things up a notch with Michael visiting Earth to figure out where things went so wrong.