10 Underrated Comedy Sitcoms to put on your watchlist
Updated On 18th June 2021
If you are bored of watching the same sitcoms and want to watch something new we are here to help you. These sitcoms are so underrated that it should be a crime. Here are our top 10 picks for the week.
1. Kim’s Convenience (2016-2021)
This play to screen adaptation was developed for television by Ins Choi. The sitcom depicts a Korean Canadian family who run a convenience store in Toronto’s Moss Park neighbourhood. Kim’s Convenience breaks the barriers in several ways tackling social issues with on-time comedy and stars a brilliant cast. The comedy never lacks and Appa (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and Umma (Jean Yoon) have impeccable comic timing. Kim’s Convenience is available for streaming on Netflix.
2. We are Lady Parts (2021- )
An unconventional group of band members and cheeky comedy makes for a good sitcom. That is exactly what We are Lady Parts serves us on a silver platter. Amina Hussein (Anjana Vasan), a geeky biochemical engineering PhD student becomes the guitarist for an all-female Muslim punk band. A cultural mix of Muslim women in a slapstick comedy is exactly what we need right now.
3. Everything Sucks! (2018)
Like every good series, Everything Sucks! was also cancelled by Netflix after one season due to the low viewership. The show revolves around the students of Boring High School in Oregon in 1996. The misfits of the A/V and Drama group become the centre of this show as they make a movie together. The teens simultaneously deal with issues such as sexuality, mental health and the biggest issue of all- growing up. It is a fresh look at moody teenagers giving the viewers a coming-of-age tale that is worth a watch.
4. Ghosts (2019- )
Ghosts is a BBC comedy sitcom that first aired in 2019 and received positive reviews for its quippy and hysterical comedy. The story revolves around a young couple who inherit a battered property from a distant relative. They soon move in unaware of the invisible inhabitants of the county house, all from different historical periods. The ghosts make several attempts to scare the young couple and finally manage to push Alison (Charolette Ritchie) from an upstairs window. After the near-death experience, Alison wakes up from a coma only to find that her husband Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) has arranged a huge mortgage and she can see the ghosts. With no way out for both Alison and the ghosts, they start to coexist to the best of their abilities. Look out for the one where the ghosts watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S.!
5. Community (2009-2014)
Community is a cult favourite among comedy lovers and rightfully so. The American sitcom created by Dan Harmon developed a cult following and received numerous critical acclaims for its use of meta-humour and pop culture references. Set in a community college, the show follows a group of college students who, despite their differences, become close friends. The show stars an ensemble cast including Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Grover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase and Jim Rash.
6. Superstore (2015-2021)
This American sitcom will get you hooked onto it with its comedy timing. Based around a group of employees working at Cloud 9, Superstore shows the various challenges that the employees face while dealing with customers as well as their own lives. The show is fun, wholesome and also romantic at times mostly due to the unbelievable chemistry between Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman). The best part about Superstore, other than its obvious comedy, is how it deals with Jonah. An actually decent man who is not one-dimensional and is in touch with his emotions is such a rare occurrence.
7. Motherland (2016- )
Although only 2 seasons long for now, Motherland leaves the viewers wanting more episodes every single time. Written by multiple award winners, this sitcom does a brilliant job at showing the everyday challenges that middle-class parents encounter. Set in London, the show primarily focuses on showing the trauma and challenges that come with motherhood. Motherhood is bound to make you laugh with every episode because of its honest portrayal of middle-class parenthood making it a definite watch.
8. Atypical (2017- )
If there was a word to describe this sitcom, it would be wholesome. Atypical shows the life of 18-year-old Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist) who is on the autism spectrum. He decides that he is ready for some romance in his life which is not received well by his family who have always been taking care of him while trying to make him more independent. Sam’s want to be independent send his mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) on a life-altering path as well. His family tries to seek and understand Sam while making adjustments to accommodate their new definition of “normal”. Atypical deals with sensitive issues but still finds its way into showing a heartfelt comedy that is bound to make you love this show.
9. Derry Girls (2018- )
This coming-of-age story is brilliant, funny and candid in all accords as it follows a group of friends who grow up in world of armed police in 1990s Northern Ireland. The story is set during the time of ‘The Troubles’ when teenage life looks bleak compared to other countries but the Derry Girls still find their way around that to deal with teenage issues while giving us a heartfelt comedy. If nothing else, Derry Girls is an addicting watch as the lives of 16-year old Erin (Saorise-Monica Jackson) and her friends unfold in an all girls’ Catholic School with the exception of Michelle’s (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn) who attends the girls’ school for an even more hilarious plot.
10. Speechless (2016-2019)
Another brilliant show with impeccable comic timing that was axed after three seasons, Speechless is an American sitcom that explores the life of a teenager and his family as they face various challenges. The sitcom is a fresh take on the life of a disabled teenager, JJ (Micah Fowler) who has cerebral palsy but does not let that deter him from his cheeky sense of humour. The DiMeo family work to make a new home for themselves after shifting JJ to a new school and search for the right person to give the teenager “his voice”.
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