Looking for something funny to watch but not sure where to start? Don’t worry I’ve done the hard work and research for you and put together a list of my favourite top 5 Netflix comedies that you just have to watch. It’s such a hard job, but you know, someone has to do it.
Grace and Frankie
In Grace and Frankie, Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.
To be completely honest, I started Grace and Frankie with rather low expectations, but five minutes in and I was hooked. It is laugh out loud funny and has definitely made me face up to what it’s like to be an older woman in our society. The whole cast is fantastic and you’ll find yourself trying to work out if you’re a Grace or a Frankie.
Watch if you like… your comedy to have a lot of laughs but more depth than a sitcom
Watch with… your mum
Rebecca Bunch is climbing up the career ladder in a big city but feels unfulfilled, after bumping into an ex-boyfriend from camp when she was a teen she ends up changing her whole life and moving to his town. The things she does force me to watch through my fingers and cringe while laughing along. She is by definition a ‘snowflake’, very self involved and on the pursuit of ‘love’ whatever that is and whatever the cost. Oh and did I mention there were musical numbers? These are the jewel in the crown of this programme but also they will either make you love it more or realise it’s not for you. It’s similar to Kimmy Schmidt in that way… though Crazy Ex-Girlfriend songs are a little more risque… like the one about Period Sex. (I KNOW!)
It took me a few episodes to full get into this series and then I was hooked. Once I got used to them breaking into song every now and again I really enjoyed it.
Watch with…. your best friend
Watch if you like… ‘GIRLS’, ‘LOVE’ and musicals (what a combo!)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
After living in a cult for fifteen years or more specifically in an underground bunker, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. I LOVE this programme, which is weird because I probably shouldn’t. It is bright and fun and ‘nice’ and has musical numbers, I’m fairly serious, critical and wear a whole lot of black, but it is so endearing and just so funny you cannot help falling in love with Kimmy and rooting for her as she finds her way in New York. The supporting cast are excellent and provide just as many laughs as Kimmy.
Watch… on your own or with a group of friends who love it as much as you
Watch it if you like… musicals
Santa Clarita Diet
Now this is an odd one and you will either love it or hate it, it’s the marmite of Netflix comedies. Yes, Drew Barrymore is a zombie, and yes, it’s gross at times BUT it’s also really funny and even heart warming! Be warned though, my husband and I are long standing Walking Dead fans but even I retched in a couple of the scenes. Don’t be put off though, as beyond the whole Drew Barrymore people dead and needing to eat people thing it actually has stronger themes of discovering who you are and pitching together as a family and making things work. It’s not joke after joke kind of funny but definitely has plenty of hand on mouth, laugh out loud moments.
Watch with.. your partner or good friend
Watch it if…. you don’t mind gore and like a laugh
Odd Mom Out
Oh, this mom is my spirit animal for sure. During a couple of scenes I nearly stopped them so I could play them to my husband. Living on the Upper East Side in New York, Jill navigates her way through the wealthy mommy clique, that includes her sister in law. Sure this comedy relies on some played out stereotypes, but for me it’s no less funny because of it. I found the first episode a little too ‘try hard’ with too many jokes shoe horned in making it feel a bit like a stand up act. It definitely relaxes into itself as the season plays out and I cannot wait for the next season to be available.
Watch with your… mum friends
Watch it if… you’re a mum that rejects the whole ‘perfect’ mummy drama 😉
There you have my top 5 Netflix comedies, not all are Netflix orginals but you kind find all of the on Netflix UK. I would have added in Community which I LOVED but unfortunately Netflix no longer has it. I’m so relieved I managed to finish the last season of it in time before it went. Next on my list is Jane The Virgin, I watched a couple of these ages ago but I’ve heard such good things about it recently I’m going to dip in and give it another go. I must add that I watched most of these on my own so my watch with are obvs just suggestions! Feel free to binge away on your own.
Have you seen any my top 5?
Got any you would add to my list?
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