Best of the Year: The 10 Best Comedies of 2015

We don't know about you, but we're totally into laughing. And in 2015, television made us laugh a lot! This was one of the richest years for comedy ever, as the mountain of television we sorted through seemed particularly heavy with comedies. Picking a list of the 10 best got quite contentious to be honest, as arguments made between TV.com staff members over what should be on this list devolved into all caps and multiple exclamation marks, but we finally settled on the following 10 shows.  


Veep


It's beyond admirable that year in and year out HBO's Veep continues to deliver its pointed, cynical, and hysterical political and social commentary without missing a beat. This year was no different, as the series is straight-up the funniest, sharpest, pee-your-pants worthy series on TV. In fact, we're still laughing about Amy's meltdown and how she compared Selina to being the worst thing to happen to America since food in buckets... and maybe slavery.


Nathan For You

Nathan Fielder is a lot smarter than the bumbling business "expert" he claims to be on Comedy Central's hybrid comedy, and he knows the key to Nathan For You, after several potentially embarrassing and exploitative pranks pulled on gullible small-business owners, is wrapping things up with heart and clever observations of human behavior. Season 3 was loaded with it. His finale showed that everyone can be a hero, his production of a play full of smokers to skirt no-smoking laws turned into a careful examination of a random slice of life, and he examined racism through a valet service at a nail salon. But it was two stunts that made their way into the real world—a workout program that tricked people into working for a moving company that turned into a best-selling book on Amazon and his line of jackets that educated people on the holocaust and raised tens of thousands of dollars for holocaust awareness—that showed his true commitment to his crazy ideas. All that and he turned a lot of the commentary on his television persona's desire for love. Just brilliant. 


Review

Just when you thought Forrest MacNeil's life couldn't be any more disrupted by his series where he "reviews life," Season 2 of Review absolutely destroyed it through jail time, physical assaults, and murder. Andy Daly continued to be perfect in the face of doom, and the slow decay of Forrest's life as a result of his job was even more serialized and worked into his assignments, to the point where we were all convinced it was a vast conspiracy against him. And it was. Or was it?  


Broad City

There was no sophomore jinx for this surprise comedy that jumped from our computer screens to our living rooms. It's easy to forget how funny Broad City was and how it dominated critic chatter because it's been almost a year since Season 2 started, but c'mon people! Pegging! Remember that? Behind its comedy forces in Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Broad City continued to be one of the freshest and honest-to-a-generation series out there. No privilege, no gimmick, just two very funny ladies trying to make it to tomorrow. 


Silicon Valley

The tragic loss of Christopher Evan Welch, who played eccentric tech billionaire Peter Gregory in Season 1, loomed over the early episodes of Season 2, but after saying its goodbyes, Silicon Valley turned into one of the year's best serialized comedies as Pied Piper ran into even more problems getting off the ground. The pressure on Richard and his misfit programmers rivaled that of any of the great dramas, making viewers stick around for the suspense just as much as the comedy. But the comedy was big in Season 2, thanks to creator Mike Judge's unflinching skewering of the industry and Chris Diamantopoulos' Russ Hannemann explaining the prestige of the way car doors open. And as far as moments go, Season 1's epic dick joke was matched by Gilfoyle and Dinesh weighing the pros and cons of letting an asshole energy-drink company CEO die in a fiery crash because his math was wrong. 


Master of None

Observational comedy usually comes from the point of view of a keen-eyed observer (see: Seinfeld, Louie) but Master of None painstakingly addresses observances from multiple angles to tell every side of the story. Aziz Ansari is a smart dude, and in this all-too-bingeable Netflix series, he tackled topics such as feminism, relationships, old people, and racism with a thoughtful mind to raise discussion instead of burying the viewers' nose in it, even if that meant painting a poor picture of himself. As far as "this is millennial life" comedies in 2015 go, none were better than this. 


Jane the Virgin

Series creator Jennie Snyder Urman has made balancing the many different tones of The CW's Jane the Virgin look incredibly easy as episodes frequently transitioned from laugh-out-loud funny to sweetly emotional depending on the scene. With the help of Jaime Camil's never too over-the-top Rogelio, television's best narrator, and the range of star Gina Rodriguez, the series was a true delight in 2015 no matter what angle you were viewing it from. But perhaps what's most impressive about Jane was not necessarily the performances, or its raw ambition, or its ability to juggle a seemingly endless number of storylines at once, but that the series was able to maintain a high level of quality and creativity across full seasons of 22 episodes. There hasn't been a dud in the mix, and that's saying something.


You're the Worst

Along with Broad City and Master of NoneYou're the Worst does a slam-bang job of capturing today's meandering 20-to-30-somethings, focusing on the slightly sociopathic subculture of self-absorbed miscreants. Leads Jimmy and Gretchen can be awful people, which makes them perfect for each other, and after a first season that brought them together, Season 2 focused on the difficulties of staying together. That meant uncovering the ugly truths people hide—like a stellar multi-episode arc about Gretchen's depression and Jimmy's reaction to it—and finding acceptance together in it. But really, the show's dialogue makes it a hoot, and it still features some of the best supporting characters on TV. Trash juice! 


Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat got off to a decent start in 2015 with a strong focus on Eddie, thanks to the presence of the real life Eddie Huang providing voiceover work The Wonder Years-style on the episode. The start of its second season ditched the voiceover (since Huang himself ditched the show) and really came into its own as an ensemble comedy led by Constance Wu and Randall Park. Eddie's school friends became scene-stealers, Chelsey Crisp's upgrade to a series regular gave Wu even more to do, and Emery and Evan felt better integrated overall. The comedy was funnier and the show's culture clashes were sharper, making it a must-watch.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Thank goodness NBC realized they had something in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt despite knowing it wasn't for them and sold it to Netflix. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's cult survivor fish-out-water NYC comedy was comedic gold as Kimmy's infectious can-do struggle to adjust to a world that left her behind gave the writers plenty of avenues to skewer modern society in fresh ways. Ellie Kemper proved to be a force of nature, and despite its cynicism and satire, the show never lost its positivity about life; without it, Kimmy might've just been another really funny but-not-particularly-special show.

What were your favorite comedies of 2015?


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Jan 08, 2016
1 - You're the worst
2 - Please like me
3 - It's always sunny in Philadelphia
4 - Orange is the new black
5 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
6 - Last man on earth
7 - Looking
8 - Inside Amy Schummer
9 - Veep
10 - The big bang theory
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Dec 29, 2015
Lack of Nine-Nine or anything animated saddens me.
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Dec 26, 2015
Those that I've seen on this list are great, except I don't love Veep as much as I wish I did. Still good, though.

Love: Master of None, Silicon Valley, Jane the Virgin, You're the Worst, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

I would add: Brooklyn Nine-nine

Still watch and enjoy: The Big Bang Theory, South Park
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Dec 22, 2015
Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Silicon Valley are my top 2 comedies.
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Dec 20, 2015
Yup. Still stupid.
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Dec 20, 2015
The League???????????? S. Park always! Grinder!
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Dec 20, 2015
My list:
1. South Park
2. Trailer Park Boys
3. Workaholics
4. Silicon Valley
5. Last Man on Earth
6. Community
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Dec 19, 2015
Why isn't Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the list?
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Dec 20, 2015
coz it reaks!
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Dec 19, 2015
SNL, Black-ish and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are the only comedies I watch.
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Dec 19, 2015
I usually agree a lot with the TV.com staff, but I just lost pretty much all respect for them just now. How is parks and rec not on this list???
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Dec 19, 2015
Nathan For You, Review, and Silicon Valley are the smartest comedies on tv. Amazing stuff.
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Dec 19, 2015
"Fresh Off the Boat" was the only one you have that was on my watch list this year. The others I have are: "Big Bang Theory", "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", "The Grinder", "Parks and Recreation", "The Muppets", "Galavant", "Black-ish" and "Undateable".
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Dec 19, 2015
Pinot Noir was unforgettable. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was gold this year.
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Dec 19, 2015
Not a fan of any of the comedy shows presently on. I like Grinder to a degree, but since Park and recreation, this has been a dead genre to me.
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Dec 19, 2015
Right now I am watching like 4 comedies so I will grace all of you with my vast knowedge of the gengre.

1. Mom
2. Big Bang Theory
3. Life In Peices (Not a great comedy but a good one)
4. Archer

Also of note I did try Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None and Transparent but I didn't really like them very much.
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Dec 18, 2015
For me, nothing beats Bob's Burgers for laughs. I loved Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, so, good choice. I've watched some of Jane the Virgin, but can't really get into it. It's just a chore to watch. It's definitely sweet, but I don't know where you found the laugh-out-loud moments. They must have been well hidden.
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Dec 18, 2015
Okay so... These comedies.. While most of them are great, most of them lack the "pure comedy" aspect. Masters of None is fantastic.. I really like it. But despite its comedic elements often getting a laugh out of me, a lot of the cookie-cutter comedies get more laughs out of me in total.

Arrested Development/Brooklyn99/P&R with their non-stop barrage of jokes is just exponentially better AS A COMEDY than most of these.. If you focus on comedy... If you make a list of COMEDY shows... Why include shows that mix comedy with drama. Seriosly. These shows are better than most comedy on TV.... You know.. As TV-shows. Not as "comedies".

At least that's my opinion.
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Dec 18, 2015
You're the worst and Catastrophe were my favorites this year.
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Dec 18, 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? must have been a slow year
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Dec 18, 2015
There should be like a button or something to show how you feel about some reviews, obviously for some people top 10 comedies dont even look like comedies
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Dec 18, 2015
Living in Canada, some of these shows I've never heard of but Veep? Maybe it has improved. I don't know because the first 3 episodes of Season 1 were so bad and just so unfunny that I never watched again.
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Dec 18, 2015
I watch very few comedies but I really enjoy unbreakable Kimmy and Master of None.

My two favorite are still Louie and Mom. Louie CK and Alison Janney remains my favorite comedy people.
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Dec 18, 2015
You're the Worst might be the best show on TV. It had an awkward midseason last year but really hit its stride during the midpoint of season 2. It gets so dark sometimes that I'm not sure it should be considered a comedy yet the darkness gives the laughter so much more impact.

If you are just looking to laugh this isn't your show. If you want to watch a bunch of broken people trying desperately to better themselves while hiding behind a guise of foul mouthed insult humor this show is your muse.
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Dec 18, 2015
This is sad. I just watched the first episode of all 10. Not a laugh to be found. This is what passes for comedy now. Gone are the days of sitcoms that really made you laugh, like King of Queens, Everybody loves Raymond, Friends, Seinfeld, Spin city....
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Dec 18, 2015
Yeah i've watched a few episodes off those comedies and didn't find any off them funny either.
Guess comedy changed drastically the last 15 years, which has created a huge gap between what different people find funny in todays comedies.
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Dec 18, 2015
This is why we can't have nice things.
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Dec 18, 2015
Why does Silicon Valley get classified as a comedy? It is seriously unfunny - not because it tries to be funny and fails but because it makes no attempt to be funny at all.
I'm not knocking the show - I think it is an amazing drama in the same vein as Entourage or Ballers and I'd be willing to say that it is better than both but I don't think I'd feel the same if I watched it with the expectation of laughing.
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Dec 19, 2015
It's funny in some ways - but I would certainly call it more of a dramady than a comedy.. I really enjoy the show regardless of how it's categorized...
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Dec 18, 2015
Of this list, hands down Unbreakeable Kimmy Schmidt was the funniest.
Rick and Morty is more than best comedy, it is the best show in the history of the world.
Also love Blackish, You're the Worst and The Goldbergs.
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Dec 18, 2015
playing house.

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Dec 18, 2015
WHERE IS MAN SEEKING WOMAN?!
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Dec 18, 2015
Best comedy for me was GALAVANT!
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Dec 18, 2015
So - I've watched none of these :P My favorites this year were Brooklyn Nine Nine and The Goldbergs. I still watch Modern Family but that's more out of habbit. The Big Bang has been mildy amusing at the most. Oh and I've enjoyed the New Girl & It's Always Sunny seasons this year.

Also really loved Key & Peele and Portlandia, but maybe they fall more into the sketch show genre.
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Dec 18, 2015
NATHAN FOR YOU! Thanks for giving props to one of the most creative and funny shows on television! More people must watch it!
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Dec 18, 2015
Is tv.com going to do another top 100 for 2015? That is better than these top ten shows things
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Dec 18, 2015
I've never seen most of those, so I'll list every comedy I've watched:
Galavant
The Big Bang Theory
The Grinder
Modern Family
Crazy Ex-grlfriend
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Dec 18, 2015
Where is Scream Queens?!?
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Dec 18, 2015
excellent question as that show was absolutely over-the-top hilarious!
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Dec 18, 2015
Did i read that right? out of 44 episodes - there has never been a dud in JtV? well i think you're kidding yourself

This isn't a post about how annoying it is when Kaitlin Praises JtV - but i have never watched a show with a full 20+ season that has NEVER had a poor episode - the writers of JtV have to have some kind of special ability to be THAT good to not write a poor episode

Come on man - i get it, you love the show but that statement HAS to be exagerrated
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Dec 18, 2015
How the hell did i forget Community? Grrr - brilliant season capped off with an BRILLIANT finale (Love the rib on Marvel Movies - they're so right)
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Dec 18, 2015
hey! we agree on something! :-)
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Dec 18, 2015
Well your favourite show is Buffy - and so is mine, so we agree on a lot of things :P
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Dec 18, 2015
It's Always Sunny had it's best season since season 5/6 - plus 'Charlie Work' was one of the best episodes of the year

Veep was awesome this year - Amy's meltdown was perfection

Silicon Valley - although i preferred season 1, it was still a good season

New Girl - Nick is one of my favourite characters on TV

I Don't watch any of the rest listed
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Dec 18, 2015
What about Man Seeking Woman?
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Dec 18, 2015
I just don't find Broad City funny, after hearing all the glowing reviews I have tried to watch it several times.
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Dec 18, 2015
Community and Scream Queens and Rick and Morty were the 3 best comedies of 2015. Not surprised that none of them are on this - yet another - very sketchy top 10 list though..
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Dec 18, 2015
woops forgot Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.. that should without question be in the top 10....
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Dec 18, 2015
Black-ish is on Top 10 Best Shows, but Fresh off the Boat is on Top Comedies. I get trying to spread the love, but jeesh.

yay for You're the Worst, Silicon Valley and nbreakable. BB-99 is missing through.
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Dec 18, 2015
Kimmy won for me so far, but I haven't finished Master of None yet. Rick & Morty should've been on this list.

And this is the very first time I've heard of a show called "Review."
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Dec 18, 2015
Catastrophe - watch it!
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Dec 18, 2015
Yikes, making a Top 10 must suuuuuck. All of these deserve to be here, but there are so many other shows that do, too.

Make a part 2! Man Seeking Woman, Community, Rick and Morty, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Archer, New Girl, Always Sunny (its best season!), Bojack Horseman, Parks. Galavant (I needed 10).
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Dec 17, 2015
It took me awhile to get into Kimmy Schmidt, and as such I don't know it's in my top ten. once I got into it I really liked it but even after I got into it I didn't feel it had alot new to say. One BIG reason being I'm sick of seeing life in New York portrayed in film and television, it's well trodden territory, and then trodden again, and again, and again. LA is quickly catching up. I'm just sick of seeing it, every NY specific story has been told a dozen times, it's one thing to have it set there but once they start to try to make it a character or whatever it becomes grating. It feels even more tired because the show's created by Tina Fey, like 30 Rock, which was also set in New York. At least in 30 Rock they had no choice but to set it in New York, they had a choice with Kimmy Schimdt. It's a good show, but at least in my opinion, it never really stands out or does anything particularly unique.
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Dec 19, 2015
Agree. Especially US has a wide variety in cities that are big and unique. Why then always choose LA and NY? I mean it's not that every big business, law firm, and start ups are secluded to these cities. There is Atlanta, Seattle, Washington, Austin, Phoenix, Boston, Denver.... Of course there are shows that take place in some other, but it seems like every new show is located in those two.
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Dec 17, 2015
No Black-ish?! Shame on you ! Diane alone is enough to make it to this list then you throw in Jennifer Lewis and Anthony Anderson and you've got nothing but laughs. And let's not forgot my favorite character: Charlie.
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Dec 17, 2015
My list would look something like that:
- Rick & Morty (the only show that comes close to Arrested Development)
- Silicon Valley
- Nathan for you
Review, Black-ish and Veep get an honorable mention.Then perhaps Gravity falls and Brooklyn nine nine.
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Dec 17, 2015
Oh, Parks & rec makes the top 5 too.
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Dec 17, 2015
All the comedies I watched in 2015 add up to fewer than 10, so here they are:

Other Space / Black Jesus / You're the Worst / Jane the Virgin / New Girl /
Silicon Valley / Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt / The Grinder
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Dec 17, 2015
Can we also get a list of the worst comedies.

1) Truth be Told
2) Dr. Ken
3) Blunt Talk
4) Grandfathered

I really really tried. I failed miserably. And people kept saying Blunt Talk is funny. you got to watch. But I guess Seth MacFarlane is not for me. Some of my friends told me that the movie Ted was hilarious. And i watched it and but it failed to tickle my funny bone. A bear that has sex and does drugs. Is that funny? Sorry guys. My sense of humor must be wrong.


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Dec 18, 2015
THEIR sense of humor must be wrong.
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Dec 17, 2015
Noting on this list is even remotely funny
The Big Bang Theory
and
South Park
are the only really funny shows on air today
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Dec 18, 2015
Wow you must not have a sense of humour - there are a lot of good comedies still on TV - have you never watched It's Always Sunny or Community? both WAY better than TBBT which has been bad for the past few seasons
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Dec 18, 2015
You must be used for this regular factory made comdies
i find them extreamly boring and preductibile
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Dec 19, 2015
BTW i find it kinda sad that an adult only watches Animation comedies (outside of TBBT) - you are missing A LOT of amazing sitcoms my friend
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Dec 19, 2015
Sheldon is one of a kind? he clearly has autistic properties - hardly someone i would call one of a kind - not only that but Brennan from Bones is very similar to him personality-wise

I LOVE Sheldon - but the guy is nothing special - he is certainly no Chandler Bing, Cosmo Kramer, George Costanza, Frasier Crane, Sam Malone or any other iconic 80's/90's iconic sitcom character
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Dec 19, 2015
I did watch all of this 90s even the 80s comedies
Show that were not regular sitcoms
were the real funny ones
shows like Seinfeld,Married with children,
Sledge Hammer,Mr Bean

Friends was great not so much for its comic value
(though there were some comic sparks mostly from Chandler from to time).It was just because you cared about the characters and you wanted to see what happen between them (like between Ross and Rachel)
Fraiser is like friends

It is the new shows I have a problem with
shows like 30 Rock,Veep,Modern Family
and all the shows listed above.
Most of the new shows are really bad.
Since Monk has ended there was not a real not cartoonish comedy to watch (if you don't count House crazy behavior).

The big bang theory came along and change it all.

This is a show were every second is funny and I look forward for the next episode every week

I came into it late in the game and
I like it so much I bingo watched almost every episode right from the start all 9 seasons
and enjoied every second of it






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Dec 18, 2015
Wow you are in denial mate - A little show called The IT Crowd created the nerd culture before TBBT - and it was much better at it

And Community may have aired a year or two after TBBT, but the nerd culture in that is MUCH better written

I love TBBT, but it is what you call a factory made comedy - Sheldon says a nerd word and audience laughs, that's what passes for comedy? ok then mate
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Dec 19, 2015
Nope your just a sucker for this straight out factory sitcom crap just because a show had nerds in it
does not mean it celebrate the nerd culture
and Sheldon is one of a kind
almost every line he said make me lough
as opposed to all this other "Comedies"
which can put me to sleep in seconds
because of all this "Comedies" I stopped watching comedy shows
I only watched South Park and a little Family Guy
The Big Bang Theory is the only not cartoon comedy
I watched for a long time
If don't count Monk and House (which are dramas with some comedy in them)

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Dec 18, 2015
Regular factory made comedies? doesn't this describe The Big Bang Theory to a tee? i think so.................
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Dec 18, 2015
No it's not it is a very unique show that celebrate nerd culture and it has sort of crazy main character named Sheldon
if your looking for the regular crap watch shows like veep and all the other show listed above
the quote from Seinfeld
you don't even need script its a sitcom

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Dec 17, 2015
Right... Silicon Valley is hysterical, Nathan for you is fantastic, and Review and Veep are very, very good. Basically, any 5 minute of one of these show is funnier than a whole season of Big bang theory.
They forgot Rick and Morty, though.
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