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What is the best comedy on television?

16 Oct

Yesterday I posted about dramas and talked about how I hadn’t ever met anyone in my life who actually watches any of the highest rated shows.  It is MUCH, MUCH worse for comedies.  Two and  Half Men? The Big Bang Theory? Mike and Molly? Literally any show on CBS (other than How I Met Your Mother, which I like watching reruns of. Pretty sure the new ones are supposedly terrible though)?  WHO WATCHES THESE SHOWS?  COME FORWARD.  Seriously I want to meet someone and talk to them.  I want to meet them, learn about their interests, try to understand how they ever got to the place in life where they sit down and watch these shows. With comedy it’s a lot harder to make a poll with the few shows that universally are loved by the world outside Two and a Half Men.  Comedy is clearly extremely subjective, more than any other genre, so there’s no way we’ll ever agree.  And in the comedy world, there is a split–there are those comedies seen as the “best,” like Louie and Girls, which both are great in their own ways but no one would try to say they are actually the “funniest” shows on TV.  They’re poignant and completely original, and while they have bursts of hilariousness, you aren’t going to sit there laughing as hard as you do when you watch the other group–The League, Modern Family, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, New Girl, etc.  Not sure where to place Curb Your Enthusiasm, but probably somewhere in between.  But notice I said “what is the best comedy” in the title, not “what is the funniest.”  My vote goes to Louie, but I like everything else that I listed.  I’ll throw in some others for argument’s sake.  Cast your vote below.  And if you watch any of the CBS shows I listed reveal yourself in the comments section.

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