If you’re looking for something to binge watch after you’ve got through all the episodes of Friends but just can’t decide on what then we’ve got you covered as we take a look at the best comedy series on Netflix UK that are great for binge watching.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
If you haven’t seen It’s Always Sunny yet then you have been missing out, seriously, it’s not just one of the best shows on Netflix it’s one of the best comedy series released in a very long time.
It’s Always Sunny is about Twins Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Dee (Kaitlin Olson), their friends Mac (Rob McElhenney)and Charlie (Charlie Day) and their Dad Frank (Danny DeVito). The group own an Irish bar called Paddy’s although the bar only really acts as a headquarters for their madcap schemes and twisted dealings.
The humour is dark and brilliantly bad taste with episodes that see them trying to pick up women at an abortion clinic, getting an old school friend addicted to crack so they can steal his social security cheques and teaching kids at a swimming pool to steal for them. If you love your humour leaving you feeling a bit dirty then there are 12 seasons available to watch on Netflix right now.
Toast of London
Following the story of Stephen Toast (Matt Berry), a failed actor whose latest play has angered most of London, leaving him doing bad voiceovers for commercials and instructional videos.
The show has been a huge critical success and rightfully so as its laugh out loud funny, clever and ludicrous in equal measure, it also has a stellar cast of actors including Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery, Spooks, Penny Dreadful), Harry Peacock (Star Stories, New Tricks, Gulliver’s Travels), Doon Mackichan (Smack The Pony, Brass Eye, Alan Partridge)and Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey, Wild at Heart, Cold Feet). There are three series to binge right now so get on it.
How I Met Your Mother
Whilst being extremely American and more than a little schmaltzy in places How I Met Your Mother is one of those series that grabs you and keeps you watching for hours.
It’s genuinely funny and you will fall in love with the characters to a point where you have to find out what happens to them all in the end. Yes, it is essentially Friends for a later generation but it’s so much more.
It also has a great cast including Cobie Smulders (The Avengers, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Safe Haven), Jason Segel (The Muppets, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up), Josh Radnor (Not Another Teen Movie, Liberal Arts, Mercy Street), Alyson Hannigan (American Pie, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars) and Neil Patrick Harris (Starship Troopers, Gone Girl, A Series of Unfortunate Events).
All nine series are on Netflix so you can watch it all the way through.
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
This turned out to be a love or hate series when it first aired back in 2012 and it was a crying shame that it finished after just two seasons as we thought it was really funny. The B starred Dreama Walker (Compliance, Gran Torino, The Invention of Lying) as June an overly naive and positive girl who moves to New York only for her dream job to fall through which forces her to move in with a con artist and party girl called Chloe played by Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones, Breaking Bad, Big Eyes).
Chloe hates the overly positive June and constantly tries to corrupt her by getting her drunk or conning her out of anything she has. Eventually, though they become friends. One of the funniest things about the series is that James Van Der Beek (Dawsons Creek, Jay& Silent Bob Strike Back, Varsity Blues) plays himself and is Chloe’s best friend slash party guy.
It is cheesy but this a great one for a lazy afternoon in front of the telly, especially as there are only two seasons to get through.
The IT Crowd
If you haven’t seen the IT Crowd then we suggest you do it immediately (After reading this article of course). This series became a phenomenon and never failed to make us howl with laughter.
The show starred Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Moone Boy, Thor: The Dark World) and Richard Ayoade (The Watch, The Mighty Boosh, Darkplace) as the IT Department of a business in London.
Their world is rocked when a woman named Jen, played by Katherine Parkinson (The Boat That Rocked, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Humans), is made their team leader despite knowing nothing about IT.
The show also has many other great characters comedy actors including Matt Berry (Toast of London, Darkplace, House of Fools), Chris Morris (The Day Today, Brass Eye, Jam) and Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh, The Great British Bake Off, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy). All five seasons are available to watch now.
Trailer Park Boys
Low budget and completely bonkers, how else can you describe Trailer Park Boys? You simply can’t help but get caught up in the story of these Canadian Rednecks and their adventures, or lack of.
Done in a classic mockumentary style Trailer Park Boys follows the day to day lives of Julian, Ricky and Bubbles as they struggle with the mundane existence of Trailer Park living, this is often helped by the completely barking life of Bubbles who is surely the ultimate inbred redneck.
There are a whopping eleven seasons of Trailer Park Boys to get through on Netflix so you can binge this for a long while.
One of Britain’s most fondly remembered series of the ‘90s, Bottom was filthy slapstick comedy and it’s very best.
Rik Mayall (The Young Ones, Drop Dead Fred, Black Adder) and Ade Edmondson (The Young Ones, War & Peace, Holby City) played best friends and worst enemies Eddie and Richie who spent their days perving at women and living like slobs.
Whilst Bottom may have aged a bit this is still a series that is guaranteed to get you chuckling to yourself as they beat the living daylights out of each other in increasingly more absurd scenarios. All three seasons are available to watch now.
The animated adventures of an alcoholic narcissistic Horse called Bojack who was a big TV star in the ‘80s and is now just a washed up millionaire trying to relive his former glory.
We love everything about Bojack Horseman it’s dark, tragic, hilarious and wrong on so many levels. Never is it questioned that his ex is a cat, that he’s secretly in love with a human, who’s married to his nemesis and is also a dog or even that at one point his Ex is going out with three children pretending to be a single adult human by standing on each other’s shoulders and wearing a big coat.
Bojack is a comedy triumph and you have four seasons to catch up on.
The League of Gentlemen
Speaking of Dark comedies they don’t come much darker than The League of Gentlemen. The show takes the viewer into the small town of Royston Vasey, a town of Local people who don’t like outsiders and fear change.
Most of the characters are played by Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville, High-Rise, Spaced), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Taboo) and Steve Pemberton (Benidorm, Whitechapel, Psychoville) which gives the town an eerie feel and the storylines are just as creepy. T
here are three seasons to binge on Netflix but be warned you may not be the same afterwards.
Ok, so our final choice is a bit of a wild card but trust us. Yes, it’s a kids show but honestly, it’s comedy gold that occupies much the same headspace as The Mighty Boosh or Flight of the Conchords.
There’s surrealism galore in Horrible Histories and some very funny songs, it also features some of the UK’s finest comedy actors doing what they do best.
There is an educational element but it doesn’t preach and is mostly about the gross things that happened in history, like getting lice in the trenches or the smell of the streets in the dark ages which makes for good comedy right? There are two seasons to get through so why not give it a go.
So that’s our list of the best comedy series to binge on Netflix right now, there are plenty more but there are some of the best.
What shows do you love on Netflix right now? Why not let us know in the comments.