When it comes to scripted comedy series, Netflix has risen to the top of the streaming services.
While some of the more popular comedies have left the service, with Friends and The Big Bang Theory headed to HBO Max, there is still plenty to choose from on Netflix.
The streaming giant still has the license for some top NBC shows — for at least one more year — so make sure to catch those before they end up departing the service in 2021.
That shouldn’t slow down Netflix, though, since it has been making its own original comedy series for years now and has a nice library of its own content that fans can enjoy as much as they want.
Here is a look at the best comedy series on Netflix as of January 2021.
Updated on January 7: Every month, Netflix makes major changes to its lineup, removing certain series and adding others. We will go in every month and update this article to let you know which shows are no longer streaming from our original lists and what replacements you could check out instead.
The good news is that Netflix didn’t remove any of the comedy series we recommended this month. However, once you finish them, here are some more series that just missed the cut: The Kominsky Method, Sister, Sister, Girlfriends, and Space Force.
Everyone knows Ricky Gervais for his comedy chops and his starring role in the U.K. version of The Office.
However, one of his best shows is available to stream on Netflix right now with Extras.
Released from 2005-2007, Extras featured only two seasons and 13 episodes, but it was a very funny, biting look at filmmaking with Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Ashley Jensen starring.
The plot sees Gervais’s Millman working as a movie and TV show “extra” while trying to land a spot as a leading star.
Extras was also known for bringing in at least one major guest star in each episode, including names like Kate Winsley, Ben Stiller, Patrick Stewart, and Samuel L. Jackson.
One Day at a Time
Netflix is where the remake of One Day at a Time got its start. However, the streaming giant canceled it after three seasons.
With that said, Pop TV picked it up for Season 4, and while they canceled it, there is still a chance it could end up elsewhere.
As for Netflix, it has the first three seasons available to watch.
The new series took the original and transferred it to a Latino American family, which allowed it to open up entirely new storylines and social issues to tackle.
It worked, as it is one of the highest-ranked Netflix original series.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was one of the first Netflix original comedy series.
The show starred Ellie Kemper as a girl who was held captive by a reverend (Jon Hamm) for 15 years. When she was finally freed, she had to figure out how to live life in a world she didn’t know.
She gets a roommate in struggling actor Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), who is flamboyantly gay and opens up a brand-new world for Kimmy to figure out.
There are four seasons and 51 episodes, all of which received numerous Emmy nominations.
For one of the best television comedies around, don’t forget to check out Arrested Development on Netflix.
All five seasons of the series are available to stream, including the fourth and fifth, which were commissioned by Netflix after three years on Fox.
The series follows the Bluth family, a formerly wealthy, yet dysfunctional family, who found themselves in a bad situation with the patriarch (Jeffrey Tambor) went to prison after years of “creative accounting” practices with his income.
This left the rest of his family scrambling, including lead Jason Batemen as his son Michael, and Michael Cera as his son, George Michael.
There are now six seasons of Schitt’s Creek on Netflix and for those who have never watched, now might be the time to catch up.
The first season was a bit uneven, but after that, the show really picked up its pace and now the entire world is hearing about it.
This is because the final season of Schitt’s Creek won all seven major comedy awards at the Primetime Emmys, the first time this refer happened.
The show followed the previously wealthy Rose family when they lost their money and ended up moving to a town they purchased once as a joke called Schitt’s Creek. They now live in a motel there and try to get used to living poor.
Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara headline the cast.
On Netflix, cartoons aren’t just for kids, and some of the best comedy series on the streaming service are animated.
At the very top of the list of Netflix animated comedy series is Bojack Horseman, a show about an anthropomorphic horse who used to be a successful actor on a sitcom and is now working on a book about his life as he contemplates his status in life.
This is not meant for kids in any way.
The series deals with depression, addiction, and touches on suicide and abuse. However, the series is bitingly funny at times and is a dark comedy that absurdly deals with real-world issues.
On the opposite end of the spectrum from Bojack Horseman is the Netflix animated series Big Mouth.
This is also not meant for younger kids, although the animation might tell a parent otherwise. The best age range here is teenagers who are starting to hit puberty.
That is because the entire premise of the show is showing how kids react to hitting puberty through brilliantly created hormone monsters.
Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg created this Netflix comedy series based on their childhood and got some big names for the voice cast, including Jordan Peele, Maya Rudolph, and Fred Armisen.
F is for Family
Another addition to the Netflix original animated comedy series is F is for Family. This adult cartoon premiered in 2015 and is up to four seasons on the streaming giant.
Created by Bill Burr and Michael Price, the series showcases a family that includes a short-tempered Korean War veteran father of four.
The cast is fantastic, with Burr as father Frank, Laura Dern as his wife Sue, and Justin Long as the teenage son Kevin, a juvenile delinquent who is always at odds with his dad.
This comedy series picked up Primetime Emmy nominations in both 2017 and 2019.
Santa Clarita Diet
For anyone looking for a gory horror-comedy series with some very recognizable faces, Netflix has you covered with its original series Santa Clarita Diet.
The series brings movie icon Drew Barrymore to the streaming giant as a woman who becomes a zombie. At the same time, Timothy Olyphant (Justified) stars as her husband, as the two try to keep up the visage of a typical suburban couple.
Nathan Fillion also starred for the first two seasons as the severed head living in the couple’s basement, although Alan Tudyk (Firefly) replaced him in the third season, which marked the end of the series.
One of the most beloved cult comedy television series of the last two decades was Community, created by Dan Harmon.
This sitcom initially aired on NBC, but when the network canceled it after five seasons, fans revolted. The fervency of the fans convinced Yahoo! Screen to pick it up for a sixth season to end the story.
The series focused on adults attending a community college with Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, and Chevy Chase bringing star power to the comedy series.
Community won an Emmy in 2011 for animation for the episode “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.”
The IT Crowd
Netflix also has some top British comedy series on the streaming service. This includes the former Channel 4 series The IT Crowd.
Initially airing for four seasons, from 2006-2010, the series was so popular that it picked up a special in 2013, three years after it ended.
The show features three members of an IT team in a fictional London corporation, where they are stuffed into a dark, dingy basement in an otherwise immaculate building.
Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade star as the brilliant IT team members who find themselves working for a girl who has no experience and bluffed her way into the job as their new boss.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Easily the most iconic comedy series on Netflix today is the classic British sketch comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
The show features the Monty Python comedy group, which includes icons in the comedy industry – Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Eric Idol.
The show premiered in 1969 and featured 45 total episodes over four seasons. This series is available on Netflix, as are some of the group’s comedy movies, including Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
The Good Place
The Good Place just wrapped up its critically acclaimed four-season run on NBC in 2020 and finished up with a total of 53 episodes.
While only the first three seasons of the comedy series are on Netflix, that is still 39 episodes to either catch up or fall in love with this comedy for the first time.
Kristen Bell leads the cast as Eleanor, a dead woman who goes to The Good Place by accident and then tries to become a better person in the afterlife. However, things are not as they seem, and this is proven, with Ted Danson, the architect of the Good Place neighborhood.
Season 4 hits on September 26.
The End of the F***ing World
Netflix and BBC teamed up for the dark comedy The End of the F***ing World, and it hit the streaming giant in 2018, three months after debuting in the U.K.
Based on the comics by Charles Forsman, the series follows a 17-year-old boy named James, who believes he is a psychopath. He searches for a person to be his first murder victim, and when he pinpoints a girl named Alyssa, he soon meets her and realizes she is just as messed up as he is.
The two end up setting out on a road trip with the law enforcement closing in, almost like a teenage Bonnie and Clyde.
A second season premiered in 2019 with a girl out for vengeance against James and Alyssa.
Initially premiering on Fox in 2011, New Girl stars Zooey Deschanel as a teacher who moves into a loft in Los Angeles with three men.
Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris star as her three roommates, and the series focuses on their misadventures.
A single-camera comedy series, all seven seasons of New Girl are available for streaming on Netflix, with a total of 146 episodes.
New Girl picked up five Primetime Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations, although it didn’t win at either award’s ceremony.
Grace and Frankie
The Netflix original comedy series Grace and Frankie proves that comedy has no age boundaries.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as two women who were never friends but come together as friends when their husbands announce that the two men are in love and plan to leave their wives to marry each other.
Sam Waterston (Law & Order) and Martin Sheen star as the ex-husbands.
The series has six seasons and 78 episodes, and there will be one final season of the comedy series for Netflix to bring the total to 94 episodes.
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