Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Top 5 Funniest TV Series of 2020 (So Far)

If you’re looking for something new, we have you covered, with the Top 5 funniest TV series of 2020 — so far.

1. Sex Education

The best show on Netflix, it’s somehow both light, funny and heartfelt but also very responsible, mature and genuine. Sex Education is so much more than its title suggests, there are raunchy scenes throughout but this show focuses more on how sex affects teenagers socially and psychologically. Its never judgemental about anyone’s sexuality or desires. The writers deal with some heavy topics (abortions, sexual assault, leaked nudes, chlamydia outbreak etc) but handle it tastefully and maturely while also being incredibly funny.

2. Tiger King

Tiger King swept popular culture at a time when the world really needed a distraction, and if one story has the power to draw attention, it’s the strange tale of Joseph Maldonado-Passage (better known as Joe Exotic). The seven-episode docuseries looks into the bizarre world of big cat owners Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and Doc Antle. Not sold? By the time you’ve finished the series, there’s an assassination plot, additional murder allegations, a three-way marriage, an alligator explosion, and a suicide.

3. Dave

The sweeping overview of Dave reads like a perfectly bizarre mad-lib situation: a comedic, Jewish rapper leads the series, while he’s supported by his bipolar hype man, his Wall Street-focused roommate, and his kindergarten teacher girlfriend. He goes by the name “Lil Dicky,” and yes, that’s a penis pun. The overview sounds painfully juvenile, but the execution—the execution—is some of the most thoughtful television on the air. The FX-Hulu series offers thoughtful, sincere looks into friendship, mental illness, and following your dreams… no matter how incredibly daunting they may be.

4. The Good Place

With its final four episodes, The Good Place managed to produce a series finale that was both satisfying and believable, nailing a concept that has been attempted by a whole slew of prestige dramas, to no avail. The Good Place bowed out earlier this year after four seasons, and while it was steeped in lessons about philosophy and ethics, the series settled on a message that transcends time or academic teachings—people matter most. Michael Schur’s sitcom-that-could took nods from The Leftovers and Lost and managed to create a comedy as smart as it was touching. With so many series moving to premium cable and streaming platforms, The Good Place is proof that network can still serve an incredible series.

5. Schitt’s Creek

Throughout Schitt’s Creek’s six seasons, Dan Levy’s comedy series managed to consistently outdo itself when it comes to storytelling. Now, with only a few episodes of story left, Levy and his father have been tasked with wrapping up their series this year. Sure, Schitt’s Creek could have gone in the way of fan-service, but instead, it has spent 2020 crafting thoughtful, realistic finales for each of its characters. Even the best comedies have a way of tapping into something emotional, and the series is bowing out on a note that is equal parts hilarious and poignant. Yes, it was always expected that Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy would ground the sitcom, but the talents of Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire, and Noah Reid have only driven the show’s level of talent through the roof.

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