Hilarious TV comedies on Netflix Australia: Top 5

Get ready to laugh your socks off with these hilarious comedy series’ on Netflix Australia. From the early 2000s to now, there’s plenty of shows to binge.
Photo: Glow – Netflix.com

GLOW

Lead cast: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britt Baron, Britney Young, Kate Nash, Marc Maron, Gayle Rankin, Kia Stevens and Jackie Tohn.

IMDb rating: 8.1/10
Editor’s rating:
8/10
Summary: I never knew that I needed a show about female wrestling in the 80s but after watching GLOW, I think everyone does. This glitzy, nostalgia-laden series is a masterclass in how to combine the silliness of a totally fresh idea with exceptional writing and heart-string pulling performances. It springs from women tackling each other in action-packed wrestling sequences to tackling real societal issues of the past in a surprisingly nuanced way. It’s a charming glimpse into the misfits of society who turned their lives around.

Summer Heights High

Lead cast: Chris Lilley.

IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Editor’s rating:
9/10
Summary: If you grew up in Australia, it’s likely you’ve seen at least some parts of Summer Heights High. Chris Lilley’s mockumentary was the recipient of the Logie Award for Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program in 2008. This tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Australian school life is so bitingly accurate, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the series. Each of Lilley’s character viewpoints: Mr G, a flamboyant drama teacher; Ja’mie King, an entitled private-school girl; and Jonah Takalua, a badly-behaved Tongan student, each offer their own hilarious and incredibly quotable parody of what it means to be a part of the Australian school system.

American Vandal

Lead cast: Tyler Alvarez and Griffin Gluck.

IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Editor’s rating:
7/10
Summary: I was very sceptical when I clicked play on the first series of American Vandal, a mockumentary of the true-crime genre that I was so fond of. I’d loved Serial and Making a Murderer, but this was even better. The series never takes it itself too seriously (including never going for the easy joke). Its first season was awarded a Peabody Award for, among other things, “being a teenager in the age of social media”. American Vandal is definitely a funny show, but for every laugh – it also looks at serious societal issues.

The Office (U.K.)

Lead cast: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis and Ewen MacIntosh.

IMDb rating: 8.5/10
Editor’s rating:
7/10
Summary: The brainchild of comedic geniuses Ricky Gervais and Stephen Marchant, this series was widely touted by audiences and critics alike. Although the premise of the show might not sound that alluring – it’s a mockumentary following the daily lives of employees in a fictional paper company. But it’s the colourful characters, litany of one-liners and wickedly smart writing that makes The Office among the greatest British sitcoms of all time. Not only did the series snatch the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series: Musical or Comedy (2003) but it was also the inspiration for the cult classic and equally loved American adaptation.

The IT Crowd

Lead cast: Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson.

IMDb rating: 8.5/10
Editor’s rating:
10/10
Summary: The hilarious British sitcom The IT Crowd has not only developed a cult following but has also attracted widespread critical acclaim after its premiere in 2006. Centring on the relationships between three staff members belonging to the often ignored/neglected IT department; the brainy coding expert named Maurice Moss, the lazy Roy Trenneman and Jen Barber, the out-of-her-depth, head of the IT department. The comedic acting chops of the entire cast teamed with the quality of writing headed by Graham Lineham of Black Books and Father Ted fame, speaks just how good this series is and make at least worth a look.

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