Every time I feel stressed, sad, or when I only need to have a laugh, I appeal to one of my favorite sitcoms. This type of TV show is my favorite for its simplicity: episodes take place regularly in the same place with the same characters. You can pick any episode and you'll understand everything that is going on as, even though there are some storylines that go throughout the seasons, it is very easy to catch up. And episodes only last around 25 minutes, so it doesn't take you too much time to entertain yourself.
In this article I'm going to introduce you to my favorite sitcoms and, of course, you can DM me your favorite ones on Instagram! You can find me at @romourelos
That 70s Show
This 1998's TV show recounts the life of a group of adolescents in the seventies; their fashion, their music, and their day to day. This is my favorite show above everything I've ever watched. The 70s aesthetic, the music, and the amazing characters which I love with all my heart make this sitcom completely hilarious. It has 8 seasons (the last one is pretty bad, honestly) and around 25 episodes each. One thing I love from this show is how every episode is based on a song: season 5 featured Led Zeppelin's songs, season 6 featured The Who, season 7 featured The Rolling Stones, and the band chosen for season 8 was Queen. If you're into old music, this is your show.
How I Met Your Mother
In the year 2030, the architect Ted Mosby decides to tell his son and daughter the story of how he met their mother. He takes 10 seasons to tell them. But, those 10 seasons are full of funny, sad, and memorable situations Ted lives with his friends in New York. What is great about this show is that not everything is laughter: there are quite a lot of sad, controversial moments (that's life, I guess). This is my comfort TV show, as every episode is a whole new world I can get on my couch and watch as if was the first time. I have to tell you: the ending might be disappointing. In fact, it has sometimes been rated as the worst TV show finale. But I LOVED IT. It closes the story perfectly.
Jeff Winger is a lawyer who returns to college because the Bar Association invalidates his degree. The series shows the experiences he has at the fictitious University of Greendale, Colorado, along with the rest of the students he meets there, and with whom he assembles a Spanish study group. I love this sitcom for its references to pop culture, and for the heterogeneity of this group: there's a rich lawyer, an anarchist, a divorced, black woman mother of two, a racist, rich old man, a young student with Asperger, an ex-high school's football star, and an ex-addict. There's this episode I love the most is Remedial Chaos Theory, which is a concept episode, with each timeline showing how the group is affected by the absence of one of its members on one night they get together to have dinner. It has by now 6 seasons, but it's been rumored that a movie might be being planned.
This British coming-of-age sitcom involves situations of school life, uncaring school staff, friendship, male bonding, lad culture, and adolescent sexuality, following the misadventures of the most disgusting group of friends: Will, Simon, Neil, and Jay. This short TV show that only counts with 3 seasons is the easiest to watch. You'll have the laughter of your life with these British teenagers. Moreover, everybody knows British English is the best English. And the soundtrack is also perfect, including British bands such as Arctic Monkeys, The Cure, Oasis, and Gorillaz. Even though you might find yourself uncomfortable watching some gross situations, The Inbetweeners is a cool show to watch with your friends on a rainy weekend.
Jason Bateman is Michael Bluth, the head of Bluth's family after his corrupt father is arrested. The plot of Arrested Development revolves around the members of this formerly wealthy family who continue to lead extravagant lifestyles despite their changed circumstances. The show is presented in a serialized format, incorporating handheld camera work, voice-over narration, archival photos, and historical footage. This series was in fact canceled and survived for another couple of seasons after Netflix picked it up. It's a funny program that shows the eccentric life of the Bluths and how the end of their wealth affects each of them. Shoutout to my guy Michael Cera who, once more, portrays a pressured yet reluctant teenager, which I love with all my heart.
Lastly, I want to include in this list one of the most amazing shows I've recently watched. Even though it isn't a sitcom but a dark comedy series, Barry deserves a place in your comfort sitcoms. Bill Hader stars as Barry Berkman, a hitman from Cleveland who travels to Los Angeles to kill someone but finds himself joining an acting class taught by Gene Cousineau, where he meets aspiring actress Sally Reed and begins to question his path in life as he deals with his criminal associates. This tragicomic show outstands for its amazing cast. Personally, I loved Hader in this one, as he portrays his character's chaos in such an extraordinary way. Nevertheless, my favorite character (and yours, if you decide to watch this) is NoHo Hank, an effusively positive and naive member of the Chechen mafia, but the most anti-violence person I've ever seen.
Sitcoms are a big part of my life. I'm always trying to start new ones and to recommend the ones I've already seen. Believe me, sitcoms are the reason I don't pay for therapy.