The best comedies currently available on Amazon Prime, as ranked by our custom Best Show Ever list.
1. Arrested Development
First Aired: 2003-11-02 | Network: Netflix | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, David Cross
Description: Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
2. The Office (UK)
First Aired: 2001-07-01 | Network: BBC Two | Runtime: 30
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Lucy Davis, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Ralph Ineson
Description: A mockumentary about life in a mid-sized suboffice paper merchants in a bleak British industrial town, where manager David Brent thinks he's the coolest, funniest, and most popular boss ever. He isn't. That doesn't stop him from embarrassing himself in front of the cameras on a regular basis, whether from his political sermonizing, his stand-up 'comedy', or his incredibly unique dancing. Meanwhile, long-suffering Tim longs after Dawn the engaged receptionist and keeps himself sane by playing childish practical jokes on his insufferable, army-obsessed deskmate Gareth. Will the Slough office be closed? Will the BBC give David a game show? Will Tim and Dawn end up with each other? And more importantly, will Gareth realize what a hopeless prat he is?
3. I Love Lucy
First Aired: 1951-10-15 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Keith Thibodeaux
Description: Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, who also happen to be their best friends.
First Aired: 1993-09-16 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves
Description: After many years spent at the "Cheers" bar, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) moves back home to Seattle after his policeman father Martin Crane (John Mahoney) gets shot in the hip on duty. After Martin struggles with living alone after the incident, he moves in with Frasier in his luxury apartment at the Elliot Bay Towers along with his dog Eddie (played by Moose and later Enzo). Hired by Frasier, Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) also moves in as Martin's personal physiotherapist. Also living nearby is his younger brother Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce), who is also a Psychiatrist.
5. Parks and Recreation
First Aired: 2009-04-09 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones
Description: The series follows Leslie Knope, the deputy head of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. Knope takes on a project with a nurse named Ann to turn a construction pit into a park, while trying to mentor a bored college-aged intern. However, Leslie must fight through the bureaucrats, problem neighbors, and developers in order to make her dream a reality, all while with a camera crew recording her every gaff and mishap.
6. Fawlty Towers
First Aired: 1975-09-19 | Network: BBC Two | Runtime: 30
Starring: John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth, Prunella Scales, Ballard Berkeley
Description: Fawlty Towers is a British series featuring John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, a hotel owner whose incompetence, short fuse and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. Although only twelve episodes were produced, the show left a lasting and powerful legacy and is considered by many to be the greatest of all TV comedies.
7. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
First Aired: 2005-08-04 | Network: FXX | Runtime: 30
Starring: Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton
Description: Four egocentric friends who run a neighborhood Irish pub in Philadelphia try to find their way through the adult world of work and relationships. Unfortunately, their warped views and precarious judgments often lead them to trouble, creating a myriad of uncomfortable situations that usually only get worse before they get better.
8. Everybody Loves Raymond
First Aired: 1996-09-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Madylin Sweeten, Peter Boyle
Description: Everybody Loves Raymond revolves around Ray Barone, a successful sportswriter living on Long Island with his wife, Debra, 12-year-old daughter, Ally, and 8-year-old twin sons, Geoffrey and Michael. That's the good news. The bad news? Ray's meddling parents, Frank and Marie, live directly across the street and embrace the motto "Su casa es mi casa," infiltrating their son's home to an extent unparalleled in television history. Frank's favorite expression, "Holy Crap," is shouted at regular intervals, and Marie's "cooking advice" is less than appreciated by Debra. Brother Robert, a divorced policeman, is constantly moving in and out of his parents' house, and loves to drop over and resent Ray's successful career and happy family life. Ray and Debra just wish someone would knock once in a while. Finalizing it's 9th and final season, the cast and crew of "ELR" has had a very successful run, and it makes it even harder for them all to say good-bye. This show has a place in televi
9. Louie (2010)
First Aired: 2010-06-29 | Network: FX | Runtime: 25
Starring: Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker, ,
Description: Louis C.K. stars as a fictionalized version of himself; a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City.
10. Chappelle's Show
First Aired: 2003-01-01 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 30
Starring: Dave Chappelle, Charlie Murphy, Christopher Franciosa, Donnell Rawlings, Jonathan Corbett
Description: "Chappelle's Show" takes comedian Dave Chappelle's own personal joke book and brings it to life, with episodes consisting of sketches, man-on-the-street pieces, and pop culture parodies introduced by Dave in a stand-up format in front of a studio audience. Chappelle's unique point-of-view on the world provides a hilarious, defiant and sometimes dangerous look at American culture, including music, movies, television, advertising, current events, and everyday life situations.
First Aired: 1983-06-15 | Network: BBC One | Runtime: 30
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Tim McInnerny, Brian Blessed
Description: Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These situation tragedies had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War.
12. Flight of the Conchords
First Aired: 2007-06-17 | Network: HBO | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal
Description: New Zealand duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, AKA the folk/comedy-band Flight of the Conchords, star in this fictionalized look at their lives.
Bret and Jemaine are trying to make it big in New York City, despite their inept manager Murray, and their sole fan/stalker Mel. Their other friends include Dave, a pawn-shop owner, and Eugene, their building's super.
13. Father Ted
First Aired: 1995-04-21 | Network: Channel 4 | Runtime: 30
Starring: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn,
Description: Father Ted is an Irish comedy about 3 parish priests living on Craggy Island - a remote island, off the Irish west coast. The main four characters are Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Father Dougal Maguire (Ardal O'Hanlan) and Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) and their housekeeper (who just can't stop making tea) Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn). Ted was put on the island as a punishment for going on holiday to Las Vegas with money intended for a sick child - of course..."The money was just resting in his account"!
14. How I Met Your Mother
First Aired: 2005-09-19 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
Description: The year is 2030. Ted Mosby is relaying the story of how he met his wife to his daughter and son. The story starts in the year 2005, when then twenty-seven year old architect Ted was spurred on to want to get married after his best friends from his college days at Wesleyan, lawyer Marshall Eriksen, who was his roommate at the time and kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin, got engaged after nine years of dating each other. Ted's new quest in life was much to the dismay of his womanizing friend, Barney Stinson. But soon after Marshall and Lily's engagement, Ted believed that his life mate was going to be news reporter and aspiring news anchor Robin Scherbatsky, who, despite having had a romantic relationship with her after this time, ended up being who the kids know as their "Aunt" Robin. As Ted relays the story to his kids, the constants are that their Uncle Marshall, Aunt Lily, Uncle Barney and Aunt Robin are always in the picture and thus have something to do with how he got together with their mother.
15. Archer (2009)
First Aired: 2009-09-17 | Network: FX | Runtime: 30
Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, George Coe, Adam Reed
Description: At ISIS, an international spy agency, global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other. At the center of it all is suave master spy Sterling Archer, whose less-than-masculine code name is "Duchess." Archer works with his domineering mother Malory, who is also his boss. Drama revolves around Archer's ex-girlfriend, Agent Lana Kane and her new boyfriend, ISIS comptroller Cyril Figgis, as well as Malory's lovesick secretary, Cheryl.
First Aired: 2005-07-21 | Network: BBC Two | Runtime: 30
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Shaun Williamson, Stephen Merchant,
Description: Andy Millman has given up his day job to be an actor, but finds he just can't land the big parts. In fact, he's never even had a speaking role, so spends much of his time hanging around on set with fellow extra and best friend, Maggie Jacobs. Andy envies the A-list stars, but never misses an opportunity to ingratiate himself with them, hoping it will lead to that first elusive line of dialogue. Extras is a comedy series from creators and writers of hit BBC comedy The Office (2001): Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
17. Red Dwarf
First Aired: 1988-02-15 | Network: BBC Two | Runtime: 30
Starring: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Norman Lovett, Robert Llewellyn
Description: Three million years after the demise of humanity, third technician Dave Lister awakes aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf. Sentenced to a period of suspended animation for smuggling his pet cat on board, he is joined by just four fellow survivors: second technician Arnold J Rimmer, a sneering-yet-inept hologram based on his one-time superior; Holly, a ship's computer reduced to near-senility by eons adrift in space; a humanoid descendant of the cat obsessed with fashion and fish; and Kryten, a salvaged android programmed to serve his useless companions. Together, this bickering band must come to terms with an existence which, in terms of productivity and purpose, isn't that far removed from its old one.
18. Eastbound & Down
First Aired: 2009-02-15 | Network: HBO | Runtime: 30
Starring: Danny McBride, Katy Mixon, Steve Little, Andrew Daly, John Hawkes
Description: Relief Pitcher Kenny Powers was poised to rule the Big Leagues, but two things got in his way: his fading fastball and his insufferable personality. After a spectacular career flame-out, Kenny came home to Shelby, NC and picked up a job as a substitute gym teacher (mostly so his brother Dustin would stop threatening to kick him out). He's spent every moment since then cashing in the last of his dying fame while plotting his inevitable comeback...one beer at a time.
19. Beavis and Butt-Head
First Aired: 1993-03-08 | Network: MTV | Runtime: 15
Starring: Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Guy Maxtone-Graham, Kristofor Brown, Toby Huss
Description: Beavis and Butt-head are high school students whose lifestyles revolve around TV, junk food (usually nachos), shopping malls, heavy metal music, and trying to "score with chicks".
Each show contains short cartoons centering on the duo who live in the fictitious town of Highland, Texas. The episodes are broken up by short breaks in which Beavis and Butt-head watch and make fun of music videos.
First Aired: 2014-02-06 | Network: Amazon | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Carrie Brownstein, Amy Landecker
Description: "Transparent" centers on Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) who gathers his three adult kids — Ali (Gaby Hoffman), Sarah and Joshua — for a talk about the future, but everyone is shocked to learn that it’s not a financial inheritance at stake, but rather the complex legacy of a secret life as a transgender woman. Everyone’s relationship — to the world, themselves, and each other — through the lens of boundaries, intimacy, sex and gender — is about to change.
21. Mystery Science Theater 3000
First Aired: 1988-11-01 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 120
Starring: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon
Description: Mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester and his assistant, TV's Frank, have trapped a hapless soul (Joel, later Mike) in the vacuum of outer space. With their guinea pig aboard the bone-shaped Satellite of Love, they force upon him experiment after evil experiment from their underground lair. The sinister goal: find a movie so bad that it will break a man's soul, driving him to insanity. Once found, this cinematic weapon would be unleashed upon the world, turning the populace to zombies, and opening the door for Dr. Forrester's omnipotency. With the company of his robot pals Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, the trio of deep space jesters makes the best of the situation and maintains just enough sanity through wisecracking commentary and an occasional song and dance.
22. Absolutely Fabulous
First Aired: 1992-11-12 | Network: BBC One | Runtime: 25
Starring: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks
Description: In this satirical British sitcom, which became a cult hit on American cable, a grotesquely self-centered fashion victim chain-smokes, swills champagne, abuses drugs, munches caviar, terrorizes her daughter, and tries in vain to mingle with the beautiful people -- all in the company of her sleek, slutty, boozed-up best friend.
First Aired: 2011-04-06 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 30
Starring: Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Jillian Bell, Kyle Newacheck
Description: A single-camera comedy that features three friends who work together from 9 to 5, live together from 5 to 9 and party together 24/7. Dress codes, deadlines and waking up before noon are not things these guys are used to. They work as telemarketers and sometimes they even do their jobs well, but they show up late, leave drunk and always live for the day…even if they don’t know what day it is. Whether they're hanging out at their house in Rancho Cucamonga or getting ready to rage at a Renaissance Faire, the guys find trouble wherever they go.
First Aired: 2000-05-12 | Network: BBC Two | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jack Davenport, Sarah Alexander, Gina Bellman, Kate Isitt, Ben Miles
Description: On average, men and women think about sex every six seconds. Shorten that to every second, and you've got Coupling.
This series centers around Susan and Steve (who are a couple), and Sally and Patrick join the gang as friends of Susan (and then Steve), while Steve pulls in his best friend Jeff and his crazy ex Jane.
25. Broad City
First Aired: 2014-01-22 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 30
Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer , Stephen Schneider, ,
Description: Broad City follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time.