They make us laugh. They make us cry. They make us laugh so hard that we cry. Television gives us so many enjoyable comedies to make us forget that real life just isn’t that humorous. These are the five best comedies of the past ten years.
5. The Middle
About to start its sophomore season on ABC, The Middle is a quirky take on family life in the middle of nowhere. The youngest is socially inept, the child in the middle is practically invisible, and the oldest is a caricature of an average teen boy who doesn’t believe in pants, and the parents have to help their children get through their issues while simultaneously trying to solve their own. This is currently my favorite show on television because of how the family puts the fun in dysfunction and still seems like a normal family.
Currently in it’s fifth season on the USA Network, Psych is about Shawn Spencer, a fake psychic detective for the Santa Barbara Police Department. If Shawn takes a case seriously, you know that the episode is going to be dark. The other characters are serious compared to Shawn, but to varying degrees, making Shawn’s relationship with them add to the comedy. No matter how childish Shawn is and how much he should have been killed by now, he still manages to use his charm and natural ability to solve every case.
3. The Middleman
Unfortunately canceled after one season on ABC Family, The Middleman followed the adventures of the Middleman and his assistant, Wendy Watson, as they fought comic book evil. Though later episodes started getting more dramatic, and the final unproduced episode is downright dark, the show always brought the laughs. What’s more awesome than a milk-guzzling Navy SEAL who doesn’t cuss intimidating a less than savory character with one hand while drinking a glass of milk in the other? Not much.
2. Modern Family
Like The Middle, Modern Family is also about to start its sophomore year on ABC. The show follows three different types of families that are all related to each other. The show follows a documentary-style type of story telling as the families explain their issues. While they are usually normal issues, such as teaching a teenage daughter how to drive, or taking the baby to daycare for the first time, they are done to such an extreme that you will bust a gut laughing.
1. Arrested Development
Arrested Development ran for three seasons on Fox before being canceled for low ratings, but it is still one of the funniest shows of the past decade. Besides making great use of story development and foreshadowing, the characters and their own state of arrested development is just funny to watch. And after seeing their impersonations of a chicken, you have to wonder if any of the Bluths have ever even seen a chicken.
There are many great comedy shows out there that make us laugh so hard that our stomachs hurt and our abs feel like they’re getting a workout. These, however, happen to be the funniest comedies of the past decade.