All the best comedy TV series to watch now

Naomi Gordon
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From Good Housekeeping

If you're looking for some light relief in front of the TV, we've selected a few of our favourite funny and compelling comedy dramas available to watch now...


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Adapted from Lindy West's Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, this charming and well-observed series follows a struggling journalist who resolves with gusto and self-worth to stop playing down to society's expectations of her as a fat woman.

Actress and comedian Aidy Bryant takes the lead as the loveable and charismatic Annie, supported by British star, the brilliantly funny Lolly Adefope as Annie's best friend Fran.

Shrill series 1-2 are available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.

Dead to Me

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Christina Applegate is scathing and and laugh-out-loud funny as the recently widowed Jen, dealing with death with a string of expletives and large glasses of wine in dark comedy Dead to Me. When Jen befriends a fellow grief-stricken woman named Judy (Linda Cardellini), can their touching and relatable friendship survive on a foundation of secrets and lies?

Dead to Me season 1 is available to stream on Netflix now.

Back to Life

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Daisy Haggard takes the lead in Back to Life as Miri Matteson, a woman looking for redemption in the writer and actress' poignant and life-affirming comedy series. When Miri returns to her claustrophobic coastal home town after eighteen years, she struggles to integrate back into her old life. With a terrible event hanging over her, will she ever find acceptance from friends, families and her next door neighbour?

Back to Life is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.


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Marina Hands excels as Elvira in French comedy Mythomaniac, a worn-out mother and breadwinner to an ungrateful family who feels increasingly trapped in the mundanity of French suburbia. When she feigns a medical diagnosis, it soon spirals out of control in this original, absurd yet believable, darkly funny series. All you want to do is give Elvira a big hug.

Mythomaniac is available to stream now on Netflix.

Schitt's Creek

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Dan Levy and Eugene Levy's Canadian sitcom Schitt's Creek follows the formerly filthy-rich Rose family who suddenly find themselves broke and reduced to relocate in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke - Schitt's Creek.

Catherine O'Hara is wonderfully funny in this caustic and well-written comedy series.

Schitt's Creek is available to stream now on Netflix.

Better Things

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Pamela Adlon writes and takes the lead assingle mother Sam Fox in her smart and brutally frank comedy Better Things. As a former Hollywood actress, Sam is trying to raise her three daughters while keeping her acting career afloat.

Better Things series 1 - 3 is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

This Way Up

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Aisling Bea writes and stars in Channel 4's This Way Up as Aine, a funny and engaging Irish woman living in London, who works as an English-as-a-foreign-language tutor. Starring alongside Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan as her older and protective sister Shona - the series tackles mental health issues with warmth and humour.

This Way Up series I is available to stream on 4OD.


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Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs star as a pair of dysfunctional 30-somethings trying to navigate the thrills and agonies of modern relationships in Judd Apatow's bold comedy Love. The series follows these non-committal kindred spirits as they endure the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy and love.

Love series 1 - 3 is available to stream on Netflix now.

Derry Girls

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Lisa McGee's candid, family-centred comedy Derry Girls is set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Amidst the political conflict of the 1990s, five high school pupils navigate the universal challenges, trials and tribulations of being a teenager.

The superb cast includes Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan and Jamie-Lee O'Donnell.

Derry Girls series 1 - 2 is available to stream on 4OD and Netflix now.

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