We’ve all needed a good laugh, and we’ve all turned to TV for our dose of it. Had a bad day because you scored low in that Bio test, and tuned in to some TV therapy? You’re not the first. Bio students of years past have reached for the remote control like you’ve done. And they watched almost the same shows you’ve watched too!
Here are some of the old favorites with the new comic hits. All of these are Friday-recommended for those hearty LOLs we all need. (Remember, laughter is cardio, too!)
The Simpsons (1989 to present) and Family Guy (1999 to present)
The Simpsons and Family Guy are the best animation series in the genre. Both are equally funny, but the latter is more adult-oriented when it comes to language and subject matter. Who doesn’t love Homer and who doesn’t think Peter is such a smart aleck? The antics of these two families make this the kind of cartoons that both the young and old enjoy. Both cartoons do not necessarily follow a linear timetable, so they’re easy to watch no matter how many seasons or episodes you’ve missed.
That 70s Show (1998 to 2006) and Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
A groovy comedy about a group of friends marked the beginnings of the fantastic careers of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. That 70s Show ran for 8 years, showing us how insanely hilarious–and extremely relatable–a bunch of kids from the 70s can be as they come of age together.
Although Freaks and Geeks only lasted one season, many consider it a series that aired during a time when the genre was not ready for that kind of comedy. The show has produced stars like James Franco, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen, all of whom are very successful in their present careers. Like The 70s Show, Freaks and Geeks featured unconventional teenagers navigating the rough terrain of the teenage years.
The Office U.S. (2005 to 2013) and Community (2009 to present)
Both shows involve two different settings, an office and a school, with two highly different dynamics. The Office has been called a mockumentary, kinda like Paranormal Activity, only a comedy. The Office serves up a large amount of dry humor that usually comes from the character of Steve Carell, who is the office boss. This series sure had a lot of awkward situations, no doubt about that.
Community is a show about a study group formed at a community college. While there’s nothing unusual about the setting–it’s blah, if anything–what makes this show stand out is the diversity of its characters and how a seemingly dysfunctional group of people can actually create an outstanding experience in such boring surroundings.
Seinfeld (1989-1998) and 30 Rock (2006-2013)
Seinfeld may be one of the most iconic comedy series of all time, as it may be considered responsible for the neurotic type of comedy. 30 Rock made waves in the Hilarity Department under the Committee of Neurosis as well. Both television shows talk about television shows, and are filled with weird characters and encounters that can only be expected in the fantastic world of show business in New York.
Arrested Development (2003 to 2006 and 2013) and Modern Family (2009 to present)
Family humor is always entertaining. After all, we all belong in a family that may or may not be as interesting as those in these shows. Arrested Development tackles the dysfunctional family of Michael Bluth and how he is forced to be the one in charge after his father gets arrested. This series was already cancelled, but it surprisingly made a comeback this year. Yay!
Modern Family is a lighter version, basically, ‘cause nobody goes to prison. Also, the family is indeed modern and does not adhere to the usual social norms when it comes to being and acting like a family, making the show closest to real life nowadays.
Friends (1994 to 2004) and How I Met Your Mother (2005 to present)
Two of the undoubtedly the funniest and longstanding TV shows of all time, these shows contain the right elements of comedy. Both are set in New York and feature a bunch of quirky friends who regularly get together at a coffee place (for Friends) or at a bar (for How I Met Your Mother) as they go through the crazy ups and downs of their lives. Everybody can relate to these shows’ characters and what they are going through, no matter how weird or unexpected.
All these shows, old and cancelled or not, have never failed to bring us some much needed laughter, with many of their episodes a joy to talk about and watch over and over again. Who wouldn’t want a good hearty guffaw?