Posted by Amelia

We’re all busy people, right? Things to do, places to be and so on. The half hour comedy show is perfect as an alternative to the hard-core hour dramas flooding us lately (i need counselling after the last season of Game of Thrones, not even kidding). I also feel a certain level of achievement in the sheer number of episodes one can get through in a single sitting, not that it’s a competition, but it makes me feel like I win at TV. Here are my current three favourites:

VEEP (2012)

Seasons: 4

A clever satire of the American political system starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) as the Vice President of the United States of America, Selina Meyer. The show follows Selina and her team through the mostly mundane and occasionally important life of the Vice President. The best thing about this show is that all the characters are at once intensely unlikeable and endearingly backstabby and super funny. They are the kind of irredeemable useless that is so believable in the people running one of the most powerful nations on earth. Also starring Anna Chlumsky (My Girl) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development).


Seasons: 2

The show i didn’t know i needed in my life until it was! I’m not ashamed to say I binge watched the entire first season – twice (maybe three times, now – don’t judge me). A half hour comedy cop show starring ex-SNL cast member Andy Samberg as an NYPD detective and a bunch of seriously funny actors and comedians. It centres on the day to day happenings of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct and offers some clever commentary on the cliches of cop shows. Chelsea Peretti, as a station administrator, is fantastic (her stand-up is also excellent, you should watch it).


Season: 7

I assume everyone has watched Parks and Rec because I love it so much, but I’m putting it on the list, just in case. The last ever episode aired this year in February, so it’s time to say goodbye after seven perfect seasons. In case this is new to you, it stars Amy Poelher, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt as public officials in small town Indiana. There is a truly astounding level of commitment to running jokes in this show and a fantastic cast of returning minor characters. People have probably been telling you to watch this show for years. They are right. Listen to them. Cancel your plans and watch this show.


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