17 Hidden Comedy Gems On Netflix That You Need To Watch Right Now
Stop spending your entire night — and in some cases, day — trying to find hilarious things to watch. On your TV screen, I mean. Not like, a real-life cat wearing a top hat falling down a waterslide made of Jell-O. Though that sounds hilarious and, by all means, if you can find that to watch in the actual world, continue as you were. But for now, it's time to finally discover all the humorous television shows and movies that are available via streaming servies like Netflix. Not the ones you already know about, because what would be the fun there? Judging by the way you spend your time (searching for top hat-wearing Jell-O cats) you've probably already watched those anyway, because you clearly understand priorities. So instead, I'm talking about the hidden comedy gems on Netflix. The ones you might not have seen yet.
To help you navigate all the secret laughter-inducing shows on your favorite streaming service, here's a list of the aforementioned hilarious treasures — films and TV alike — on Netflix that are available right now. Watch 'em while they're hot, because you never know when Netflix will decide to take them away from you and leave you back to your endless, cold, and lonely search. (Which, for the record, is not funny. It's endless, and cold, and lonely, as I previously just stated.)
1. Sleepwalk With Me
Based on Mike Birbiglia's memoir, Sleepwalk With Me follows the career and romantic pitfalls of this comedian's life.
2. The Overnight
In this indie, an innocent dinner party invitation turns into something much more. The laughs are cringeworthy, but the payoff is so worth it.
3. Adult Beginners
A failed entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) relocates to live with his sister (Rose Byrne) and her husband (Bobby Cannavale). In effect, he becomes his 3-year-old nephew's nanny. Hilarity ensues.
4. The Trip
A food critic and his traveling companion tour restaurants in England, which is reason enough to be intrigued (food!), but the chemistry and banter between the two leads is the reason to keep the film going — and watch it multiple times.
USA's crass comedy about a crew of Chicago EMTs will make you re-think what you thought you knew about medical shows.
The premise of this TV series is simple: Dylan (Johnny Flynn) is diagnosed with chlamydia and must tell all of his previous sexual partners about said diagnosis.
7. The Aquabats! Super Show!
Real-life alternative rock-band, The Aquabats (who have been around since the mid '90s), dress up in superhero costumes and travel the world.
8. Black Books
British comedians Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey star in this sitcom about the curmudgeonly bookshop owner Bernard Black and his assistant, Manny.
A Scottish-based sketch show helmed by comedians Iain Connell and Robert Florence.
Two friends. One metal detector. Lots of odd happenings. Need you know more?
11. Documentary Now!
Created by SNL alums Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyer, you know it has to be funny. And quick. And bizarre. Well, joke's on you. The series parodies some of the world's best-known documentaries, so it's all those things and more.
Terriers is a quirky comedy show wrapped in the package of a procedural detective series. It will surprise you in all the best (and funniest) ways.
13. The Odd Couple II
The sequel to 1968's original reunites Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison for new ways to be odd together. Because comedic conflict.
14. Le Week-End
Though the humor's more bittersweet than laugh-out-loud, this British-French film is both funny and affecting.
15. The Apartment
This 1960s' rom-com, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, is about "a boy, a girl, and a very special kind of problem." It's a classic comedy must-see.
Richard Linklater's 2012 comedy about a true-crime story takes place in the East Texas town of Carthage. It's dark and morbid and totally twisted, so if you're into that kind of thing, you'll love it.
17. In The Loop
This sharply written political satire will stay with you for ages after you turn it off.
Now, go forth. Watch these programs. Live a little. Laugh. Stop the endless, cold, and lonely search for funny things.
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