The best comedies currently available on Netflix, 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.
First Aired: 1982-09-30 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Ted Danson, George Wendt, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman, Bebe Neuwirth
Description: Sam, a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, owns and runs Cheers, a cozy bar in Boston. Somewhat snobby, beautiful and intelligent Diane -- forced to become a waitress when her fiance jilts her -- constantly bickers with Sam. Eventually, they fall in love. Several wacky characters make the bar their home-away-from-home, including sarcastic waitress Carla, beer-loving Norm and Boston letter carrier Cliff.
3. 30 Rock
First Aired: 2006-10-11 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander
Description: Emmy Award Winner Tina Fey writes, executive produces and stars as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a live variety programme in New York City. Liz's life is turned upside down when brash new network executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin in his Golden Globe winning role) interferes with her show, bringing the wildly unpredictable Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) into the cast. Now its up to Liz to manage the mayhem and still try to have a life.
4. The Office (US)
First Aired: 2005-03-24 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Craig Robinson
Description: A fresh and funny mockumentary-style glimpse into the daily interactions of the eccentric workers at the Dunder Mifflin paper supply company. This fast-paced comedy parodies contemporary American water-cooler culture.
5. 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?
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.
First Aired: 1972-09-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Mike Farrell, Gary Burghoff, Larry Linville
Description: The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable.
8. 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.
First Aired: 2001-10-02 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, John C. McGinley
Description: Scrubs focuses on the lives of several people working at Sacred Heart, a teaching hospital. It features fast-paced dialogue, slapstick, and surreal vignettes presented mostly as the daydreams of the central character, Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian.
First Aired: 1999-03-28 | Network: Comedy Central | Runtime: 30
Starring: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom
Description: A late 20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the 31st century.
11. The Dick Van Dyke Show
First Aired: 1961-10-01 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Jerry Paris, Larry Mathews
Description: Considered to be one of television's classics, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" centers on the personal and professional lives of Rob Petrie, a writer for the fictional "Alan Brady Show". The non-stop laughs revolved around Rob's relationships with with fellow writers Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, and producer Mel Cooley. At home, we also got to chuckle (and sometimes cry) over Rob's antics involving his wife, son, and neighbors.
12. 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.
13. The Andy Griffith Show
First Aired: 1960-10-03 | Network: CBS | Runtime: 30
Starring: Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Aneta Corsaut, Betty Lynn, Denver Pyle
Description: Down-home humor and an endearing cast of characters helped make The Andy Griffith Show one of the most beloved comedies in the history of TV. The show centered around widower Andy Taylor, who divided his time between raising his young son Opie, and his job as sheriff of the sleepy North Carolina town, Mayberry. Andy and Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee, who serves as a surrogate mother to both father and son. Andy's nervous cousin, Barney Fife, is his deputy sheriff whose incompetence is tolerated because Mayberry is virtually crime-free.
14. 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
15. 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.
16. Gilmore Girls
First Aired: 2000-10-05 | Network: The WB | Runtime: 60
Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Matt Czuchry, Sean Gunn
Description: Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, Gilmore Girls is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-bound daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory (Alexis Bledel), doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes. Rory is more serious than Lorelai, but there are tendencies, especially in the love department, that clearly indicate she is her mother's daughter. From the beginning, this unique mother-daughter team has been growing up together. Lorelai was just Rory's age when she became pregnant and made the tough decision to raise her baby alone.
Gilmore Girls was the first series to make it to air supported by the Family Friendly Forum's script development fund. An initiative between some of the nation's top advertisers and The WB, the program is intended to offer a greater array of compelling family programming on network television. The strong and loving mother-daughter relationship portrayed in Gilmore Girls reflects the growing reality of this new type of American family.
17. The Wonder Years
First Aired: 1988-01-31 | Network: ABC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Dan Lauria, Jason Hervey
Description: The Wonder Years tells the story of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) facing the trials and tribulations of youth while growing up during the 1960s. Told through narration from an adult Kevin (Daniel Stern), Kevin faces the difficulties of mantaining relationships and friendships on his enthralling journey into adulthood.
First Aired: 2001-09-01 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnam, Seth Rogen, Jarrett Grode, Loudon Wainwright III
Description: College life is seen through the eyes of the "new and improved" Steven Karp, who grew seven inches over summer--going from scrawny high-school nerd to potentially handsome college student. Steven meets his British roommate, Lloyd, a suave theater major who enlightens him in the ways of women. They share a suite with Marshall, a music major, and Ron, a business major. They all live just across the hall from Lizzie, the girl who "stole" Steven's virginity (and heart) but has a 'loving' and 'creative' boyfriend back home. And then there's Rachel, Lizzie's panic-stricken roommate. Together they help each other face the freedoms and responsibilities that come along with being away from home for the first time.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Family Ties
First Aired: 1982-09-22 | Network: NBC | Runtime: 30
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Brian Bonsall, Justine Bateman, Meredith Baxter Birney, Michael Gross
Description: In this family sitcom, former 1960s flower children Steven and Elyse Keaton raise their four kids Alex, Mallory, Jennifer, and Andrew, who was born in 1985. The show revealed the changing values during the Reagan era as the 1960s hippie parents clashed with their 1980's conservative son, Alex. The show also tackled a number of serious issues ranging from suicide to racism to drug dependency.
First Aired: 2005-08-07 | Network: Showtime | Runtime: 30
Starring: Mary-Louise Parker, Alexander Gould, Hunter Parrish, Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon
Description: Is the grass really greener on the other side? Yes, and it smells better, too! So when Nancy Botwin (Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) faces both sudden widowhood and poverty, she's determined to do anything to keep her kids in suburbia, including taking a job as the neighborhood pot dealer. Subversive, satirical and hilarious, the first season of this groundbreaking Showtime hit is guaranteed to spark laughter!
23. The Bernie Mac Show
First Aired: 2001-11-14 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 30
Starring: Jeremy Suarez, Kellita Smith, Bernie Mac, Camille Winbush, Dee Dee Davis
Description: Bernie (Bernie Mac) and his wife Wanda never wanted to raise kids,but when Bernie's sister is sent to jail, her kids have to move in with Uncle Bernie. Since Aunt Wanda (Kellita Smith) is a busy executive at AT&T, Vanessa (Camille Winbush), Jordan (Jeremy Suarez, "Built To Last") and Bryanna (Dee Dee Davis), are about to discover that life with Uncle Bernie is no cake walk. Bernie's first rule of business is to set down some house rules and he only has two. First rule: It's his house. Second rule: All the stuff in the house is his and no one touches anything without permission. That goes for the TV, the VCR, the DVD and especially Bernie's James Brown CD collection.
Bernie believes in tough love and as long as the kids follow the rules, he'll always try to do the right thing, but sometimes Bernie's right thing is the wrong thing. First Telecast: November 14 , 2001 Episodes: 16 Episodes Have Been Completed For Season 4. Awards & Nominations ¢2002 ALMA Award -
24. The Venture Bros.
First Aired: 2004-08-01 | Network: Adult Swim | Runtime: 30
Starring: Christopher McCulloch, James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Lisa Hammer, Doc Hammer
Description: Hank and Dean Venture, with their father Doctor Venture and faithful bodyguard Brock Samson, go on wild adventures facing megalomaniacs, zombies, and suspicious ninjas, all for the glory of adventure. Or something like that.
25. Malcolm in the Middle
First Aired: 2000-01-09 | Network: FOX | Runtime: 30
Starring: Frankie Muniz, Erik Per Sullivan, Justin Berfield, Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Masterson
Description: Created and executive-produced by Emmy Award-winning writer Linwood Boomer, this inventive half-hour series is seen through the eyes of MALCOLM (Frankie Muniz), a regular high school kid trying to navigate his way through life despite the various obstacles thrown in his way a complete misunderstanding of girls, the constant burden of masterminding plans to get himself and his brothers into or out of trouble, and a miserable job at the Lucky Aide not to mention a severe case of teen angst. Although Malcolm has a genius IQ, he can't seem to make sense of the opposite sex, much less his embarrassing family. LOIS (Jane Kaczmarek) is the outspoken, opinionated mom, who still manages to rule the roost even though her boys are growing wise to her crafty ways. HAL (Bryan Cranston), a dad who is just a bumbling, big kid at heart, often finds himself creating more chaos than his five boys combined. REESE (Justin Berfield) has mastered the art of a perfect blank stare, and makes up for hi