Eleven comedies you should watch that run for 30 minutes or less

11/02/2019
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As someone who dedicates a lot of her time to watching tv, it will come as no surprise to you that I have plenty of recommendations for you. Today I’m sharing my favourite comedies that run for 30 minutes or less but I also have a crime/drama one on the go aswell.

Derry Girls

Available on All4

Erin a teenager living in Derry during the height of the troubles. The programme follows her and her motley crew of pals as they navigate the perils of growing up and it’s bloody hilarious. I believe series two is on the way so it’s imperative that you catch up before it’s released.

The Good Place

Available on Netflix

Starring Kristen Bell, The Good Place tells the tale of Eleanor who finds herself in heaven, when she should probably be in hell. It’s light hearted, funny and at 20ish minutes per episode, it’s easy to digest.

Black-Ish

I watched these on E4

Dre is a successful black man living with his surgeon wife, their four kids and his dad (and later on, his mum). Dre – who comes from Compton – starts to worry that his success has led to his family forgetting about their culture. Black-Ish covers some pretty deep subjects – such as police violence against black people in the USA – but it manages to do so in an intelligent and sometimes humorous way.

Catastrophe

Available on All4

Rob and Sharon have a brief affair whilst he is in London on a business trip but somehow she ends up pregnant and he relocates to the UK. Catastrophe is one of those programmes that manages to be really witty whilst dealing with some deep shit and I love it. Rob Delaney is so deadpan, it’s brilliant.

The Office US

Available on Amazon Prime, airing on Comedy Central

Okay, okay, I was really late to the party with this one. I started it towards the end of last year when Comedy Central started airing it from the beginning. I didn’t really like it at first but once it started to deviate from the UK version, it got a hell of a lot better.

Grace and Frankie

Available on Netflix

The husband and I started watching Grace and Frankie when it first aired but a couple of episodes into season two saw us drifting off. I started watching it again recently and I really don’t know why we gave up on it. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are an absolute dream team.

Broad City

Available on Comedy Central

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are a great partnership and I’ll be sad to say goodbye to Broad City when it ends after season five (But I totally get why they’ve decided to quit while they’re ahead). I think they have some projects lined up though so at least that will ease the pain.

Parks and Recreation

Available on Amazon Prime

This tv show got me through many nights in Australia so it will always hold a special place in my heart because of that. It’s also BRILLIANT. There’s not one character who I don’t like. They’re all brilliant and bring so much to the table – I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite.

Drifters

Available on All4

Meg and her best friends Bunny and Laura are three recent graduates living in Leeds who are trying to navigate life whilst becoming fully functional adults…And they are failing. Cited as the female version of The Inbetweeners, I don’t know why more people don’t talk about this as it’s ace.

Chewing Gum

Available on Netflix

Michaela Coel plays Tracy, a religious virgin who wants to have sex. It’s daft but I like it. Michaela is a genius writer and I really, really hope that she creates a series three.

Glow

Available on Netflix

When I was poorly for a couple of days last year I ended up watching both seasons of Glow in quick succession. If you don’t know what it’s about it’s pretty simple – A group of women become lady wrestlers, whilst struggling with their personal lives at the same time. It’s funny, it’s retro and I’m sure you will love it.

Other shows I would like to get stuck into that I’ve heard good things about: Brooklyn Nine Nine, Russian Doll, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fleabag, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (I watched season one then drifted).

What are you favourite 30 minute or less tv shows?

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