Netflix binges are no joke, and there's no better way to spend a day than laughing for hours on end while devouring a whole season of a sitcom. Fortunately, we've found a wide array of laugh factories airing at Netflix, with classics (Cheers, Fawlty Towers), still-airing critics' favorites (The Good Place) and a recent unanimous hit (Parks and Recreation).
So, no matter if you are looking to catch up on an old series like Friends, want to find out if that series merited Netflix spending $100 million, or are ready to watch the good seasons of Arrested Development for the third time (more episodes are coming soon, with the back half of season 5 landing this month), we've got the best picks for you. You'll also notice that we're keeping track of how many seasons are on Netflix, not just the total that have been produced.
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The Good Place has had it's ups and downs since its debut in 2016, but its one of the more clever prime time shows around. Not only does the show get better with each season, it also goes deeper than your typical cookie-cutter sitcom usually goes, with a mix of existentialism, clever punchlines and interesting character evolutions. And who thought Ted Danson had another good show in him? The breakout stars though, are Jameela Jamil (who is an amazing person in general — check out her Twitter) and D'Arcy Carden (the recent episode "Janet(s)" is a tour de force). The series' supporting characters manage to shine as bright as its two major stars, and the cast has turned into a vibrant ensemble. You even get the sense these actors actually like one another, which is so rare these days. — Julie Reinken
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OK, now that you've taken a second to giggle at the title of this hilarious, under-the-radar Canadian show, get ready to dial it up on Netflix. It might remind you of Arrested Development, because it takes a rich family (David and Alexis, the Roses) and throws their bank accounts down the drain, pushing them to live in squalor. But it's so much greater than its premise. First of all, stars Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy (the aforementioned once-rich couple) have a mix of comedic and romantic chemistry that's truly unique, and rooted in their decades of collaboration (see Best in Show and A Mighty Wind for more evidence). — Henry T. Casey
Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is a down-on-her-luck Los Angeles teacher whose breakup leaves her looking for a new place to live. She moves in with a group of dudes, each uniquely hilarious, who take pity on her. There's Schmidt (Max Greenfield), the Type A ad exec; Winston (Lamorne Morris), the loveable cop a little too obsessed with his cat; and Nick (Jake Johnson), the bartender who just can't seem to get his life together. Jess brings over her model best friend Cece (Hannah Simone), and lots of hijinks ensue. There's work drama and relationship drama, as is common in the lives of single 30-somethings, but unlike most sitcoms, the show handles those issues with a perfect balance of biting humor and earnestness. I love re-watching old episodes, and not just because I'm dying to figure out the rules to True American, the drinking game invented by the show's main characters (though that's one reason, I confess). — Caitlin McGarry
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If you haven't seen Parks and Recreation yet, the time has come. The seven seasons encompass a massive, star-studded cast of hilarious characters, from Paul Rudd's stubborn, clueless and lovable city council candidate Bobby Newport to cutthroat campaign manager Jenn Barkley and astute, political porn star Brandy Maxxx. At the center, we follow Leslie Knope's rise from deputy director of parks and recreation to city councilwoman to governor and beyond. Along the way, her friends, family and co-workers slouch and stumble their way through careers, love and politics, resulting in some of the most uniquely human moments and stories in television history. — Monica Chin
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While the American version of The Office is well-known for the epic, prank-filled rivalry between Jim and Dwight and the long-form romance of Jim and Pam, its importance is much greater. Not only did it give up-and-coming superstars-to-be — such as Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper — a place to be discovered, but it also turned Carell into a megastar. Oh, and if you've heard someone say, "That's what she said," in the last decade, you have the American Office to thank for bringing back that once played-out phrase. — Henry T. Casey
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Everybody's got to start somewhere, and the aspiring stars of Extras are hobnobbing with celebrities while they struggle with life at the very bottom of the acting food chain. Each episode follows extra-actors Andy and Maggie as they work alongside another famous person, including Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, who portrays a very naughty version of himself. Created by Gervais and Merchant, the show has slight differences in its U.K. and U.S. airings, with references to British personalities such as Jade Goody and Victoria Wood replaced by Seinfeld's Kramer and Sigourney Weaver, for example. — Henry T. Casey
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No matter if you came of age during the Bushes or the Trumps or any other family of upper-crust trash bags, the Bluth family will remind you of someone. The trouble starts at the top of the pyramid, with parents George Sr. (a patriarch dedicated to embezzling funds and pitting one child against another) and Lucille (whose top joys in life all drive her blood-alcohol level upward). Then, take your pick of any of their kids. No, seriously — George and Lucille want these kids off their hands. And you can't blame them, as their son G.O.B. is the worst magician ever and their lazy daughter, Lindsay (who married the completely talentless Tobias), is doing the least amount possible to raise her daughter, Maebe.
Or to put it in a way that those who are already fans will recognize: This is the story of a sitcom that started off fantastic, tried to stage a comeback and failed in every way possible. That's why it's best, if you ask most people, to watch only the first three seasons of the Bluths, which pack more than enough laughs and re-watchability. — Henry T. Casey
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