Absolutely Hilarious Workplace Comedies

The criteria for this list is pretty self explanatory, although I do have to mention that I have omitted hospital, legal, and cop shows as they will all be their own separate lists (so no “Where is Scrubs?!” please, but do feel free to include any we missed in the comments section).

 

10. The IT Crowd

10. The IT Crowd

Year: 2006-
Network: Channel 4
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 24

Top Attributes: British, Multi Camera, Nerdiness, Workplace

Similar shows: Spaced, The Office (UK), Extras, The Big Bang Theory

Watch if you like: Geeks, tech speak, fish out of water, under appreciation, socially inept characters, British humor, sitcom

Around the Web Endorsement: “Focusing as it does on a pair of technologically adept but socially inept "standard nerds" and a woman who is basically their opposite, it's vaguely reminiscent of CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" but more raucous and even less mindful of reality.” – Robert Lloyd, LA Times

9. Workaholics

9. Workaholics

Year: 2011-
Network: Comedy Central
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 53

Top Attributes: Single Camera, Workplace, Stand Alone Episodes, Awkward Situations

Similar shows: Portlandia, Up All Night, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Party Down, Happy Endings

Watch if you like: Post grad workplace, immature humor, ridiculous situations, partying, failure to grow up

Around the Web Endorsement: "For as simple as Workaholics is, it has a lot going for it: the Marx Brothers chemistry of Holm, DeVine, and Anderson; a setting that allows it to be a workplace show one episode, friendship sitcom the next, and something far weirder after that; a knack for quotable dialogue; strong supporting players" - Kyle Ryan, The AVClub

8. Better Off Ted

8. Better Off Ted

Year: 2009-2010
Network: ABC
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 26

Top Attributes: Workplace, Comedy, Stand Alone Episodes, Science

Similar shows: Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Running Wilde, Raising Hope

Watch if you like: Large corporate conglomerate, science (research and development), situational humor, breaking the fourth wall narration, single father, satire, contrast between work and home

Around the Web Endorsement: "A well-written satire of life in a major corporation, it most likely flew miles over the heads of free network (ABC, CBS, NBC) viewers, who prefer the likes of The Bachelor or Batchelorette, The View, Dancing with the Stars, and a host of other TV for Dummies shows. Too bad this wasn't on HBO, Showtime, or even Netflix, the logical home for TV of this caliber. It might have gotten a couple more seasons by finding a more welcoming audience there. Portia de Rossi's best work is in this series - better than in Arrested Development. In fact, the entire cast clearly knows that the scripts are solid gold and delivers performances up to that gold standard. " - user purrlgurrl, IMDB

7. Extras

7. Extras

Year: 2005-2007
Network: HBO
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 13

Top Attributes: British, Celebrity, Awkward Situations, Single Camera

Similar shows: The Office (UK), Episodes, The Larry Sanders Show, Party Down, The IT Crowd

Watch if you like: Ricky Gervais, movie set workplace, celebrity cameos, Hollywood satire, out of touch characters

Around the Web Endorsement: "Ricky Gervais created "The Office," a Dilberty satire on office work. Now, he's created "Extras," a wickedly funny satire on showbiz and acting, both seasons of which are contained here. And the fact that prominent actors appear in it -- as warped versions of themselves -- is just the icing on the comedy cake.” – user E.A Solinas, Amazon

6. Party Down

6. Party Down

Year: 2009-2010
Network: STARZ
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 20

Top Attributes: Comedy, Awkward Situations, Improvisation, Workplace

Similar shows: Workaholics, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Office, Happy Endings

Watch if you like: Adam Scott, out-of-work actors, the Hollywood struggle, burnouts, vulgar humor, co-worker quarrels and banter

Around the Web Endorsement: “This underrated and rarely talked about show never got the following it deserved, each character adds their own humor and charm to show the behind the scenes life of the caterer. Sadly there are only two seasons, and while there was talk of a movie, I think it has been pushed aside. Also, if you are a fan of Veronica Mars, many actors from VM makes an appearance on Party Down.” – user Sarah, Amazon

5. Cheers

5. Cheers

Year: 1982-1993
Network: NBC
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 11
Episodes: 271

Top Attributes: Lightness, Mainstream, Multi Camera, Comedy

Similar shows: Friends, Frasier, Will & Grace, Seinfeld

Watch if you like: Ted Danson, the 80s, Boston, blue collar bar, local customers, on again off again relationship, mainstream smash hit

Around the Web Endorsement: "It is a true American classic. I am so tired of the reality stuff on TV. This show just makes me laugh and enjoy life.. This show takes me away to a fun filled/ sexy/dramatic time in a Boston bar in the 1980's. Love it!” – user just me, Amazon

4. The Larry Sanders Show

4. The Larry Sanders Show

Year: 1992-1998
Network: HBO
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 89

Top Attributes: Multi Camera, Comedy, Celebrity, Workplace

Similar shows: Newsradio, Extras, Seinfeld, Party Down, The League

Watch if you like: the 90's, Hollywood behind the scenes, show business satire, self parodying celebrities, late night show within the show

Around the Web Endorsement “Maybe time will never quite catch up with this caustic, innovative, daringly creepy comedy about a chronically insecure talk-show host and the hired support group that surrounds him -- trying to protect him from, among many other things, his own dark self. "Sanders" was absolute appointment television the way only the greatest shows can be." - Tom Shales, Washington Post

3. Parks and Recreation

3. Parks and Recreation

Year: 2009-
Network: NBC
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 106

Top Attributes: Comedy, Single Camera, Workplace, Awkward Situations

Similar shows: Happy Endings, The Office, The Larry Sanders Show, Newsradio, Party Down

Watch if you like: Mockumentary, Amy Poehler, ensemble, diverse cast, heartwarming, smart, funny, small town, satire

Around the Web Endorsement: "Parks and recreation is unique in where most tv shows fail. either a show will go for cheap laughs and the raunchy sex humor like two and a half men or a show can stay classy and sophisticated and have character development and continous running stories between characters that arch over the entire season and you feel a real connection with the people and their situations...or you have the 30 minute sitcom where each episode basically starts from a clean slate which disables you from truly getting to know or connect to a character. fortunately, parks and rec picks the high road and stays classy while building on back stories and being absolutely hilarious." - user AdamKS, Amazon

2. 30 Rock

2. 30 Rock

Year: 2006-2013
Network: NBC
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 7
Episodes: 139

Top Attributes: Single Camera, Comedy, Strong Female Lead, City Setting

Similar shows: New Girl, The Office (US), Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, Flight of the Conchords

Watch if you like: Tina Fey, actors playing exaggerated versions of themselves, satire of TV networks, humorous quick flashbacks, quotable dialogue, fictional show within a show

Around the Web Endorsement “The show is thick with jokes, layer upon layer stacking up like an endless mountain of funny. The plot twists are strange and the characters are stranger. In the 22 minutes each episode runs, you can’t leave the room for more than 30 seconds because if you do, you’ll miss three or four genuinely funny quips, not to mention the various B-stories that advance in the same amount of time." - Colin McGuire, PopMatters

1. The Office (US)

1. The Office (US)

Year: 2005-2013
Network: NBC
Run Time: 30
Seasons: 9
Episodes: 187

Top Attributes: Single Camera, Workplace, Comedy, Lightness

Similar shows: The Office (UK), Party Down, Cheers, Parks and Recreation, Seinfeld

Watch if you like: Mockumentary, office tedium, delusional characters, awkward/weird situations, co-worker relationships, Steve Carrell, hilarity

Around the Web Endorsement: “The plots and scenarios that they create from just a bunch of ordinary office-going workers is mind-dazzling(at least for me) and you go through one episode after the other just to see where the plot goes, the 20 sec comic intro just before the series music of each episode, the constant camera-zooming in and out of peoples faces - though it was a bit risky to try - but they made the best out of it all combined, created a show that just anybody can see and will come to love it.” – user hassan-javaid263, IMDB.com

 

 

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