After Life (2019)

The ads were full of comedians and jokes, so I assumed it was a sitcom. It turns out it's a depressing drama about a man who is suicidal and takes heroin, which feels like a dirty trick because I would never, in a million years, watch something like that knowing what it was beforehand. It kind of seems like the sort of pointless, easy drama that's written to win an Oscar, but it can't even do that because it's a TV show.



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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 4

I guess they decided to quit while they were ahead, because this was the funniest season yet.



Get Smart - All Seasons

I had fond memories watching reruns of this as a child and I caught a couple episodes at 2:00 AM when working a graveyard shift a few years ago. It seemed funny and inoffensive so I decided to watch the series through.

Wow is this show racist! I don't mean standards-of-the-day racist. I watch a lot of old-timey sitcoms and this one is unusual. Mchale's Navy used a racial slur almost every single episode, and still managed to be a lot less racist than this. Even Love Thy Neighbour had a faint pretence of give and take. This is mocking and smug, like one of those cartoons from the 30s. It's a shame, because the non-race episode are often pretty good, but there's a certain point where I just can't enjoy it knowing what kind of people are behind it.

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Good Times (1974-1979)

When this show started, it was supposed to be a serious drama disguised as sitcom. Then it became a wacky, nothing-special sitcom because watching people teetering on the edge of starvation is exhausting but watching a funny twenty-minute show at the end of a hard day is nice.

Norman Lear sitcoms are sometimes emotionally poignant, and they often try to prove a point in a preaching-to-the-choir way. But they're almost never entertaining.



I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson - Season One

Even the best sketch comedy tends to be pretty filler-heavy, but this small handful of short episodes is perfect. Watch the first episode and tell me you hate this.



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Wings - Season One

One of the most unfairly-forgotten sitcoms of all time, involving some of the writers from Cheers. In spite of a rocky first few episodes, it holds up much better than most sitcoms from the same era. Also, it takes place in Nantucket and, in one episode, they have an almost-unrecognisable Megan Mullally play the girl from the limerick.



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