The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed daily life across the globe, and although there have been incremental victories in the fight against the virus, we’re all in this for the long haul. And several weeks into a life of social distancing, it’s time to break out the sitcoms for a dose of humor shot directly into our veins.
There is no shortage of comedy series streaming or airing on TV for you to choose from, but we rounded up 60 shows guaranteed to make you slap your knee, even in quarantine. Whether you want a “Friends”-type group of pals hanging out, something you can watch with kids, award-winning adult humor or just some weird Canadians putting on Shakespeare plays, there is a show on this list for every comedic sensibility.
Fans of “Fleabag” should try Waller-Bridge’s earlier series, about a group of British squatters living together. It’s not as impeccable as “Fleabag” (what could be?), but it still has the writer/actress’s wit, even if seeing her with long hair takes some getting used to.
“Don’t Trust the B**** in Apt. 23” (Hulu)
This quirky series about a nightmare roommate didn’t last long on ABC, but made great comedy while it was on, with Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek playing a fictional version of himself.
The hugely popular sitcom isn’t streaming anywhere until HBO Max debuts in late spring, but catch it on TV to hang out with Monica, Joey, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe and Ross.
You can’t visit a real bar right now, but you can still go where everybody knows your name in this classic NBC comedy starring Ted Danson.
“The Office” (Netflix, Comedy Central)
There is just no getting sick of the ultimate workplace sitcom, no matter how many times you watch Michael Scott burn his foot on a George Foreman grill.
“Slings & Arrows” (YouTube, Acorn TV, Amazon)
If you enjoy theater, this Canadian comedy, set at a Shakespearean company, is a must-watch. Full of in-jokes for thespians, ruminations on the meaning of life, and a young Rachel McAdams, the series is a sweet classic.
“Jane the Virgin” (Netflix)
The telenovela-style story of a virgin who’s artificially inseminated by accident started strong and rode high for five excellent seasons. Although the moving series isn’t a laugh-out-loud sitcom, its moments of joy and levity are plentiful.