Award-winning U.S. comedy shows on Netflix Australia: Top 5

From recent award-winning shows in the U.S. to early 2000s’ shows, Netflix Australia has plenty to choose from. Sit back, relax and check out these shows for loads of laughs.
Photo: The Good Place – Netflix.com

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Lead cast: Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin and Vincent Rodriguez III.

IMDb rating: 7.7/10
Editor’s rating:
8/10
Summary: Fiercely unique in its premise, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a romantic musical comedy driven by its talented lead actress, co-creator and writer, Rachel Bloom. In its debut season, Bloom won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2016) for her hilarious portrayal of Rebecca Bunch, the titular ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’. The show’s plot revolves around a chance encounter Rebecca has with her high school ex-boyfriend. After this meeting, she decides to pack up her successful life in New York City to follow him back to his hometown in California. The show’s witty dialogue combined with hysterical original songs come together to make it a hit.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Lead cast: Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller and Andre Braugher.

IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Editor’s rating:
9/10
Summary: Brooklyn Nine-Nine picked up the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy back in 2014 and has continued its critically acclaimed form for its current five-season run. A police sitcom with just the right blend of humour and spirit, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s the pinnacle of fun and extremely watchable television. From the deadpan delivery of Captain Holt to the rivalry between colleagues, the show’s impressive ensemble cast and writing team have outdone themselves. We’ll be seeing more of it with NBC recently announcing they’ll be renewing the show for a sixth season.

Arrested Development

Lead cast: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, David Cross, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter.

IMDb rating: 8.9/10
Editor’s rating:
9/10
Summary: Arrested Development scored prime-time Emmy’s wins for Outstanding Comedy Series (2004), Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (2004) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (2004 & 2005) as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (2005) for Jason Bateman in his role as the show’s ‘straight man.’ This show was a true critical darling of the mid-2000s with new episodes coming out just last year. It’s another show about a crazy, atypical family; but it’s gold. The show’s widely regarded as one of the greatest inspirations and influences of many future critically acclaimed comedies such as 30 Rock and Community.

How I Met Your Mother

Lead cast: Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris.

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Editor’s rating:
8/10
Summary: Having consistently won Primetime Emmys in the mediums of cinematography and art direction, and a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Neil Patrick Harris’ performance, this series knew how to appeal to both the masses and the critics of the world. The nine-season series revolves around the main character Ted as he recounts the story of how he meets the mother of his children to his future son and daughter. Learn about Ted, his girlfriends, his friends through their escapades in Manhattan.

The Good Place

Lead cast: Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, Ted Danson and William Jackson Harper.

IMDb rating: 8.1/10
Editor’s rating:
8/10
Summary: Set in the afterlife, the series opens with Eleanor waking up to find out that she has died but has been selected to enter The Good Place; a heavenly utopia for the very best society has to offer. It isn’t long until she realises that she doesn’t belong there and must attempt to hide her less than perfect life from her fellow Good Place residents often with very funny consequences. It’s received numerous nominations (it’s up for two upcoming Golden Globes) and awards for its current three-season run, most notably the Television Critics Associations’ Outstanding Achievement in Comedy (2018). Smartly written, an outstanding cast, pop culture references galore and one of the biggest twist endings to a season of television ever, The Good Place is sure to be an easy watch for anyone and everyone.

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