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The 30 Best Sitcoms on Netflix [Fall 2020]

The 30 Best Sitcoms on Netflix [Fall 2020]

Having been in the era of “peak TV” for what seems like a full decade now, it can be difficult to manage all the shows you’re “supposed” to keep up with in the cultural zeitgeist. There are plenty of critically-acclaimed shows that tell dark tales, human stories that make you think and make you question your own personal actions, whether it be in the mundane or in the extraordinary. That kind of television can be deeply compelling, and indeed, it’s always a good idea to use art to challenge the way you think about the world. That said, sometimes you get home from a long day of work with one thought on your mind: relaxation. Sometimes dark storytelling simply isn’t what you’re looking for on a Tuesday night after your boss had you stay late at work. You need something easy on the mind, something to unwind with to end your day.

While some will turn to the likes of cheap drama or a favorite movie, we recommend the classic sitcom for your viewing pleasure. The sitcom is one of the oldest television genres, built on the back of shows like The Honeymooners and the eternally-classic I Love Lucy. Sitcoms, like dramas, can be cheap and lazy, but the best shows find a middle-ground: something relaxing and comforting, but still smart enough to keep you entertained and occupied. Netflix is full of some classic and new sitcoms, and we’ve gathered thirty of the best to build out this list below. If you’re looking to add some comedy in your life, this is the best way to do it. In no particular order, let’s look at thirty of the best sitcoms on Netflix for fall 2020.

New Girl

New Girl

By Elizabeth Meriwether

star 7.7/10

by IMDb Rating
The Ranch

The Ranch

By Jim Patterson

star 7.4/10

by IMDb Rating
Schitt's Creek

Schitt's Creek

By Dan Levy

star 8.5/10

by IMDb Rating

A cult hit that gained popularity thanks in part to Netflix, Schitt’s Creek is a show you’ve probably only heard about in the last year or two, despite having aired five seasons since 2015. The show follows the Rose family, a wealthy clan that includes video store magnate Johnny (Eugene Levy), his wife and former soap opera actress Moira (Catherine O’Hara), and their adult children David and Alexis (Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy), who lose their fortune after being defrauded by their business manager. They are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt’s Creek, which they had bought their son as a joke birthday gift back in 1991. The Roses relocate to Schitt’s Creek, moving into two adjacent rooms in a run-down motel. As the family adjusts to their new lives, their well-to-do attitudes come into conflict with the more provincial residents of Schitt’s Creek, including mayor Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott), his wife Jocelyn (Jenn Robertson), and the motel’s manager, Stevie (Emily Hampshire).

Crashing

Crashing

By Phoebe Waller-Bridge

star 7.7/10

by IMDb Rating

One of quite a few shows picked up by Netflix for international distribution, only to be billed as a Netflix original, Crashing is a comedy-drama from Britain that follows the lives of four twenty-somethings in England, living together as property guardians in an unused hospital, affording cheaper rent by promising to keep the building safe and following certain guidelines brought on by their agreement. The show was originally conceived as two plays by creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also stars in the show as Lulu, and ran for six episodes in 2016 before being brought to Netflix later that year in the United States. Waller-Bridge has since moved onto creating and starring in Fleabag for Amazon, and considering that show is in the middle of production on a planned second season, we wouldn’t expect Crashing to come back anytime soon. The show should also not be confused with the US-based show of the same name, which airs on HBO and stars Pete Holmes.

One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

By Gloria Calderón Kellett

star 8.1/10

by IMDb Rating
Lovesick

Lovesick

By Tom Edge

star 8.0/10

by IMDb Rating
Fuller House

Fuller House

By Jeff Franklin

star 6.7/10

by IMDb Rating

In the Netflix Original sequel to 1990s TGIF-classic Full House, the series follows DJ Tanner, the eldest daughter of the original series, who moves back to her childhood home with her two kids in tow following the death of her husband. Joining her in the new house is younger sister Stephanie and her childhood best friend Kimmy Gibbler, who come to help raise the kids and take care of DJ following her lose. The three women, along with her kids, experience all sorts of life-changing moments together, from budding romances, holidays, and more, along with visits from their father and uncles, Danny Tanner, Uncle Joey, and Uncle Jesse. All five seasons are streaming, with the final batch of episodes arriving sometime in 2020.

Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie

By Marta Kauffman

star 8.2/10

by IMDb Rating
GLOW

GLOW

By Liz Flahive

star 8.0/10

by IMDb Rating
The Office

The Office

By Greg Daniels

star 9.0/10

by IMDb Rating
Love

Love

By Judd Apatow

star 7.7/10

by IMDb Rating
Great News

Great News

By Tracey Wigfield

star 7.0/10

by IMDb Rating
Every workplace is a family. But for Katie, a producer at cable news network MMN, it goes one step further when her mom, Carol, is hired as an intern. That’s just scratching the surface of this slightly offbeat team, which includes old-school newsman Chuck and hip millennial Portia, the two co-anchors who only get along when the cameras are rolling. Then there’s Greg, the young, ambitious but uptight executive producer, and Justin, the laid-back video editor and voice of reason for this oddball crew. Together, they may be a little dysfunctional, but that won’t stop them from doing what they do best: breaking the news. The show comes from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, creators of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock.
Lady Dynamite

Lady Dynamite

By Pam Brady

star 7.3/10

by IMDb Rating

No one can argue that Lady Dynamite isn’t one of the most original things on the air today. Created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady and based on the life of comedian Maria Bamford, Lady Dynamite stars Bamford as herself, a comedian moving back to Los Angeles after spending six months of her life in recovery for bipolar disorder. Though certainly a sitcom, Lady Dynamite puts a focus on mental health issues and stability, and uses the visual effects readily available in this decade to create a truly remarkable sitcom. Bamford is one of the funniest comedians working today, with her cheery delivered able to cut deep with jokes about depression, suicide, and more. The show was cancelled in early 2018 after a two season run, but that doesn’t stop Lady Dynamite from being one of the best shows on Netflix today.

American Vandal

American Vandal

By Dan Perrault

star 8.1/10

by IMDb Rating
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

By Michael Showalter

star 7.3/10

by IMDb Rating
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

By Michael Showalter

star 6.9/10

by IMDb Rating
Big Mouth

Big Mouth

By

star 7.9/10

by IMDb Rating
The Good Place

The Good Place

By Michael Schur

star 8.2/10

by IMDb Rating
Arrested Development

Arrested Development

By Mitchell Hurwitz

star 8.7/10

by IMDb Rating
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

By Robert Carlock

star 7.6/10

by IMDb Rating
BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman

By Raphael Bob-Waksberg

star 8.8/10

by IMDb Rating
Master of None

Master of None

By Aziz Ansari

star 8.3/10

by IMDb Rating
Dead to Me

Dead to Me

By Liz Feldman

star 8.0/10

by IMDb Rating

If you’re a fan of dark comedies, the works of Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, or you just love watching some of the newest binge-worthy shows on Netflix, you’ll absolutely need to check out Dead to Me, a brand-new Netflix original from Liz Feldman. In the show, Applegate plays Jen Harding, a real estate agent whose husband tragically passed away in an unsolved hit-and-run. At a support group for grieving widows, she meets Judy (Cardellini), a free-spirited woman who quickly becomes one of Jill’s best friends. The two bond while Jen tries to solve the murder of her husband, unaware that Judy hides a shocking secret. Two seasons are streaming.

Tuca and Bertie

Tuca and Bertie

By Lisa Hanawalt

star 7.3/10

by IMDb Rating

It might look like a spin-off of Netflix’s long-running Bojack Horseman, but trust us when we say Tuca and Bertie is its own thing. Created by Lisa Hanawalt, who worked as a production designer and producer on Horseman, the series is also set in a world of talking anthropomorphic animals, led by the titular characters (featuring the voices of Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, respectively). The show is much weirder, wilder, and surreal than Horseman‘s more straightforward world of sitcom stars, which allows it some freedom to truly become one of Netflix’s next big animated shows. While the show was cancelled after its first season, Comedy Central picked up the show in 2020 for future seasons.

The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method

By Chuck Lorre

star 8.2/10

by IMDb Rating

Chuck Lorre has been behind some of your favorite sitcoms of the last twenty years, from critical hits like Mom and Roseanne to huge hits with audiences like The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. In his newest show (and second Netflix original), Lorre turns to a single-camera sitcom once more, along with two legacy actors who have finally come to Netflix to create an original: Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas. The show follows Sandy Kominsky (Douglas) and Norman Newlander (Arkin), two old men will have to balance their personal lives while accepting their growing age, all while managing their careers as a Hollywood acting coach and his agent, respectively. A second season is now streaming.

Atypical

Atypical

By Robia Rashid

star 8.3/10

by IMDb Rating

Coming-of-age stories are often told from the perspective of standard teenagers, and almost exclusive to films. So imagine our delight when Netflix produced Atypical, a series that tells the story of Sam Gardner, an 18-year-old man with autism living in Connecticut, who decides he wants to start trying to date. Doug, his father who has struggled to connect with Sam, decides to help Sam further his relationship. However, when Doug drives Sam to his crush’s house, he realizes that Sam is actually interested in his 26 year old therapist, Julia. When Doug decides to help Sam get a girlfriend his age, he begins working towards learning the social nuances of dating. Three seasons are streaming.

Disenchantment

Disenchantment

By Matt Groening

star 7.2/10

by IMDb Rating

From Matt Groening, the series creator behind The Simpsons and Futurama, comes his third original animated series—this time, set in the past. Disenchantment is an animated comedy set in the wonders of the Middle Ages. The series, which premiered in August of this year with a 10 episode first season, follows Bean, an irresponsible and alcoholic princess of the kingdom of Dreamland who constantly gets herself in trouble with her father, the king. With an all-star voice cast including Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric Andre, and Futurama alumni John DiMaggio, Billy West, David Herman, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice LaMarche, the series is absolutely worth seeking out—especially if you’re more into the plot-heavy elements of Futurama. The entire two-part first season is streaming.

Community

Community

By Dan Harmon

star 8.5/10

by IMDb Rating

Before Dan Harmon went on to co-create Rick and Morty, he worked for five seasons on Community at NBC. And while his most recent creative efforts have been one of Adult Swim’s most popular shows to date, Community—as critically-acclaimed as it is—continues to remain a cult hit. That might finally change with all six seasons of Community now streaming on Netflix. The show follows Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), a disgraced lawyer who returns to community college to actually finish his degree. There he meets a lovable gang of misfits (played by, in no particular order, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, and Danny Pudi), who slowly become the family he never had. Community might have aired the same night at The Office and Parks and Rec, but this is a much weirder show—one that can morph into an action movie, an espionage thriller, a David Fincher homage, a mockumentary, or even an animated Christmas special at will.

Schitt's Creek

Schitt's Creek

By Dan Levy

star 8.5/10

by IMDb Rating
Sister, Sister

Sister, Sister

By

star 6.2/10

by IMDb Rating

A classic 90s sitcom staple, Sister, Sister‘s entire six season run is now streaming on Netflix. The show follows two twins, Tia and Tamera, who were separated at birth after being taken by their individual adoptive parents. One day, the twins run into each other at the mall, and after pushing for their families to meet, the two twins finally find themselves living together under the same roof. Of course, after fourteen years of living apart from each other, only one thing is for sure: these two twins may look alike, but they have less in common than you might think.

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Nov 4, 2020

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