1. I’m Sorry
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Premise: A young couple in Los Angeles juggles their relationship, their adult friends, and the responsibilities they have as parents. Premise: Every time she has to say “The Show” out of the blue, the mother, who is also a writer, ends up sounding like Larry David from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” on this show.
To summarize: The majority of family-centered comedies on television belong to the sitcom subgenre. What makes this special is that it features great comedians telling the same dirty jokes they would be telling if children weren’t present.
Be aware that the show attempts to be edgy but fails miserably. Although it achieves a certain level of edge for a family storytelling genre, the rest of “I’m Sorry” is downright cringeworthy.
2. Schitt’s Creek
Our premise is that an extremely wealthy family loses everything, save their father’s joke purchase of a small town. Having no other assets, the family relocates to this town to live cheaply and try to sell the property.
The plot is a mess, but the show is more about the interactions between the characters. There is a delicate balance struck in the show’s portrayal of the previously wealthy characters, who are both made into insufferable monsters and given human emotions. In light of the show’s lack of depth, the writers can simply cram jokes into every episode.
Beware: If the story does not have compelling stakes, you may feel as confined as the characters are in their small town. Almost like a sitcom where the family never leaves the living room, you almost have to approach the show like that. Because these characters aren’t going anywhere, you might as well enjoy hearing them converse with one another.
3. Friends From College
Premise: A group of New Yorkers in their 40s get together for fun and a little romance. Most of the people in the group were friends in college and they’ve stayed that way.
All in all, “Friends From College” is a must-see if you enjoy stories about “cool rich people living in NYC.” With just the right amount of plot and character development in between the hilarious gags and impressive pratfalls, this is a great show for binge-viewing.
Be aware: Season 2 is a vast improvement over Season 1. Start with the second season after reading a recap of Season 1. In addition, this show was previously axed by Netflix in the previous year.
4. Dating Around
The premise of the show is that it follows the first dates of New Yorkers. For the most part, the stories revolve around a single character going on dates with various people in the same places (on different nights). Ultimately, each episode’s subject has to settle on just one person to take on a second date with.
All in all, there are a lot of dating shows out there right now, but “Dating Around” stands out because of the high-quality shooting and editing. When compared to the alternatives, these dates appear more cinematic. The show also does an excellent job of fusing together all of the different dates to give the impression of one long date (the main dater wears the same clothes to each date). A clever editing trick makes it easy to lose yourself in the show.
The show doesn’t go out of its way to ensure that the dates are accurate. It’s easy to predict who will get a second date because all of the get-togethers are blind dates and most of the participants don’t seem compatible.
5. Derry Girls
At school in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, a group of teenagers are attempting to lead a normal life. They’re pursuing their crushes and going through the typical adolescent awkwardness while the British and Irish Republican armies battle it out on the battlefield.
To summarize: A comedy that brilliantly balances the horrors of the world with the daily lives that must be continued.. This would still be a fun teen comedy if it weren’t for the backdrop of war, but the show’s lighthearted approach to the surrounding darkness elevates this to something truly unique. The difficult concept is made more palatable by focusing on teenagers who are genuinely uninterested in and annoyed by the violence they see around them.
You may need to use subtitles because the characters speak with thick Northern Irish accents.