These are the best Netflix comedies to see you through lockdown... and maybe even help raise a smile. Well, they've worked for us: we were tasked this week with the incredibly hard job of rounding up the best comedies to watch on one of the best streaming services around – Netflix. So, we've done just that. From TV series to films, these are the 10 best Netflix comedies below, all of which are worthy of a watch or binge. They'll make self isolation slightly less boring, too.
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1. Good Girls
Top of our list for good reason, this TV series follows three American Mums who are struggling to balance work life, social life and their finances. So, they rob a bank! This isn't the only crazy thing they get up to, but we don't want to ruin it, of course. Starring Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman as the three Mums, this show will have you laughing until your belly hurts and itching to watch the next episode. The things you do for your kids... apparently? The third series comes out soon – better catch up before!
2. What To Expect When You're Expecting
This film is hilarious. Whether you are expecting, new parents or nowhere near ready, this film follows the lives of five couples who are soon to be new parents. You'll see their lives completely change (for the better, of course) – the good, the bad and best of all: the truths. With an all-star cast featuring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Rock, Dennis Quaid, Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford, it's bound to get you laughing. Shoutout to The Dudes group. 'Stuff just happens, okay, last week I caught my kid eating a cigarette', 'I caught him playing in the dryer', 'I picked up the wrong kid from daycare', 'No judging!'.
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Now on its seventh season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as the name suggests, follows the lives of the detectives who work in the 99th Precinct in Brooklyn. It'll have you belly laughing in no time. And there's a dash of romance in there, too. With Ray Holt as their detective, the weird and wonderful team include Jake Perolta – childish but loveable; Amy Santiago – competitive and smart; Charles Boyce – Jake's hyper best friend; Rosa Diaz – aggressive and tough. Oh, and let's not forget Terry Crews who plays family man Lieutenant Terry Jeffords and Gina Linetti, a sarcastic and social media loving administrator whose life goal is to dance (riiiight?). From steak outs to hostage situations, there's a reason this show has won several awards – including a Golden Globes!
An oldie but a goodie, Superbad is a high school comedy featuring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse who plays the iconic character of McLovin. These friends are due to finish high school soon and are on the quest to lose their virginities before they do. After a run-in with the police – Bill Hader and Seth Rogen – one fake ID, a robber, some Class A drugs, a fake arrest and a lot of sick, do they manage to complete their mission? If this hasn't convinced you, it's from the writers of The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
5. The Good Place
Oh, fork! Starring Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil and Ted Danson to name a few famous faces, this NBC series sees four people who have recently died, arrive in the afterlife known as The Good Place. We don't want to give too much away, but as Eleanor Shellstrap – Kristen Bell – soon realises she doesn't belong in The Good Place, she tries her hardest to fit in and better herself – behaviour and ethics-wise. As the neighbourhood and its other residents start to notice something is wrong, will she admit she doesn't fit in?
Also, It has officially finished filming so all four series are on Netflix, ready to be binge-watched.
6. Step Brothers
If you haven't seen it, you're missing out big time. Two middle aged men called Brennan and Dale – Will Ferrell and John Christopher Reilly – are forced to live together when their parents marry. The pair hate each other, despite being very similar – both are unemployed and living at home. After trying every single tactic to break their parents up because they hate being step brothers, they soon realise they share interests and finally become proper brothers. But is it too late? Have they pushed their parents to the edge? After one broken bunk bed, hundreds of job interviews, a (not untouched) drumset and a music video, will they remain step brothers? Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn also star. So much room for activities.
7. Schitt's Creek
Following the formerly wealthy Rose family who end up moving to a small town called Schitt's Creek, this series is definitely worth a binge. Thanks to a dodgy business manager, the family lost everything they owned. Well, apart from a town they purchased in 1991 as a joke present to their son. The family now have to adapt to a new life living in a run-down motel with hardly any money and in a very small town where everyone knows everyone. Catherine O'Hara gives an incredible performance as does Eugene Levy, son (in real life too) Dan Levy and TV daughter Annie Murphy. How will they adapt to a new life? Now streaming its last ever series, there's no better time than now to start binge watching. And yes, there is a character called Roland Schitt.
8. Horrible Bosses
The first Horrible Bosses will always be our favourite, but the sequel is a good'un, too. As three friends – Jazon Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Colin Farrell – come to the conclusion that they all hate their retrospective bosses – Jason Bateman, Jennifer Anniston and Kevin Spacey – they plot to murder them. A dental assistant, executive at a financial firm and an account manager at a chemical company obviously have no idea what they're doing so hire a hitman, Jamie Foxx, to help do the jobs. Will they go through with it and get away with it?
9. Arrested Development
Following the formerly wealthy and currently dysfunctional Bluth family, Arrested Development stars Michael Bluth, Jason Bateman and Michael Cera are at the heart of this series. After the father of the family gets taken to prison, Michael, the oldest son is left to pick up the pieces and run the family business and the family house. It's safe to say it's a struggle since the rest of the family are selfish, materialistic and manipulative. Shot in a serialized format with a handheld camera, you almost forget the show isn't real every now and then. Six Emmy award and one Golden Globe, there's no wonder it's on its fifth season and is now owned by Netflix.
10. 21 Jump Street
Channing Tatum in uniform? We're in. Two high school friends – Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill – become police offers and their job sees them go undercover, as students, to find the source of a popular synthetic drug. However this time their roles are reversed with Channing Tatum as the nerd, and Jonah Hill the popular one. Will the pair blow their cover and ruin the mission? Or will all truth be revealed? Either way, it has a great cast including Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube and Chris Parnell, so it's more than worth a watch.