Have you had a good chuckle lately? Do you need one? When was the last time you turned on the television and entered into a fit of laughter? In today’s trying times, everyone needs a laugh every now and then. How else would we cope?
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While there are many ways to get relief from the mundane and the agony, the best medium for entertainment is the television. There are some high-quality television shows being produced across Hollywood, especially in the realm of cable television. If you have a cable TV package, you will be pleasantly surprised by the selection of brilliant and charming comedies available.
With the treasure trove of content being produced every moment, how exactly can you decide what to watch? With so much competition for your time and attention, it might be difficult to pick the best shows. That’s why we have compiled a list with the best comedy series on television right now.
Here are the 10 funniest shows on cable television today:
1. “Succession” (HBO)
Cast: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, and Alan Ruck
If dark humour is your thing, then Succession will probably be up your alley. A satirical look at the trials and tribulations of the wealthiest of families: The Logan Family. The family controls a global media and entertainment empire, but their lives change when the patriarch steps down. The viewer gets an intimate look when something has earth-shattering as that happens to the top 0.1 percent.
2. “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop)
Cast: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy
You have probably seen advertisements for the show wherever you go across Canada, whether it is on a bus shelter ad or on the radio. When you first saw a spot for the series or you had watched just a single episode, you may have thought that it was only going to survive a single season – if that. However, after five seasons, it is safe to say that it will probably be renewed for another season because the people and critics seem to love it.
3. “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX)
Cast: Nastasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, and Mark Proksch
It might seem like a silly premise and a gimmick that has passed society’s expiry date, but everyone has fallen in love with this quirky and original comedy. What We Do in the Shadows surrounds three vampires living in New York City as they attempt to maintain their everyday lives, from love and romance to office jobs.
4. “Atlanta” (FX)
Cast: Donald Glover, Lakeith Stanfield, Brian Tyree Henry, and Zazie Beetz
Considered a dramedy, Atlanta strikes a fine balance between being funny and being serious, depending on the situation at hand. While the overall show is being celebrated by viewers and critics, Donald Glover proves once again that he can do it all: acting, singing, and dancing. If you’re a fan of hip hop, you’ll love Atlanta. If you’re a fan of good writing, you’ll love it too.
5. “Barry” (HBO)
Cast: Bill Hader, Sarah Goldberg, Henry Winkler, and Stephen Root
This interesting show is a perfect blend of crime and dark comedy. Barry explores an assassin who has discovered a love of acting. Essentially, he acts during the day and kills at night. But he thinks about ending his hitman career to dedicate all of his time to a thespian career. It has certainly been a surprise hit for the creators and producers, so who knows how much longer the series can go.
6. “Archer” (FX)
Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, and Aisha Tyler
How could an animated comedy spinoff of James Bond be so popular? Well, Archer has already been around for several years and it continues to be a hugely successful series. Although it is animated, it is more adult-oriented, so do not watch it with your five-year-old son or four-year-old niece!
7. “Rick and Morty” (Cartoon Network)
Cast: Justin Rolland, Spencer Grammar, Sarah Chalke, and Chris Parnell
Where did this program come from? Rick and Morty has certainly become a leading pop culture figure that taps into nostalgia while still remaining relevant to today’s audiences. Similar to Archer, this series is geared more toward people over the age of 16. It can be a lot of fun when you become accustomed to its style of humour.
8. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
Cast: Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, and Andre Braugher
A Primetime Emmy Award winner, Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows an immature and talented New York Police Department detective in Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct. It covers a lot of ground, from unsolved mysteries to issues of the day. Most important of all, however, is that it offers some comic relief as you try to help the team solve crime.
If you are expecting Homicide: Life on the Streets, Law & Order, or NYPD Blue, then look for something else – this is a comedic spin of these iconic television series.
9. “The Simpsons” (Fox)
Cast: Harry Shearer, Dan Castellanetta Hank Azaria, Julie Kavner, and Nancy Cartwright.
Yep, The Simpsons. The consensus is that the golden years of the iconic animated sitcom were the first 10 years. Yet, the program is still being aired today with fresh episodes. Dedicated Simpsonites will decry that the series declined beginning in 2000, but if Fox keeps renewing the show after 30 years then it must still draw big numbers, right? If you do not have high expectations as the first 10 seasons, then you can enjoy yourself for 22 minutes.
10. “Family Guy” (Fox)
Cast: Seth Macfarlane, Mila Kunis, Alex Borstein, and Seth Green
Family Guy has two types of audiences: People who still love it to this date or people who will watch it but hate what it has become. Either way, Fox and the cast are having fun and making a killing on the show. It still has its moments, and that is what you can anticipate as a viewer. Like The Simpsons, you should not expect way too much from the show. Just watch it for what it is and then you will find joy in the little things.
What are you in the mood to watch tonight? There are plenty of options to choose from, such as the wacky and quirky comedy to the biting satire. It all depends on your preference for the evening.