The Office

Netflix comedy-bingers are being forced to diversify their comedy diets.

Despite the streaming platform's multi-million dollar deal to keep Friends, Netflix couldn't pull the same strings for the NBC classic The Office. Many fans took to Twitter to vent their dismay, while others praised the Lord, because maybe now people will stop basing their entire personalities on the show.

It's true; there are worthwhile shows other than The Office to fill the void of your empty, meaningless soul. Branch out and explore comedies old and the new! Find new friends through a fictional program! And finally, learn to let go when your imaginary friends outgrow you.

Mike Schur's Staples:

If you're truly an Office fan, then you will have checked out Mike Schur's other ingenious comedy projects. If not, then you're a fraud.

Parks and Recreation

This show is the obvious and safest choice to fill the The Office void in your life. With Parks and Rec, you won't miss the spectacular mockumentary format and the odd but lovable relationships that blossom in the workplace environment. Even better, the show is also set in the Middle of Nowhere, U.S.A. just like The Office!

Parks and Recreation: Chris Pratt Explains The Series In 30 Seconds | Entertainment

Runtime: 125 episodes of approximately 22 minutes.

The Good Place

Mike Schur debuted without his writing partner, Greg Daniels, as the only showrunner for The Good Place. The original sitcom king, Ted Danson, flourishes as the "architect" of the version of heaven Ellen Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is accidentally placed in. Just when the show gets good, it gets better in ways one would never expect. Enjoy!

Runtime: 39 episodes of approximately 22 minutes. More episodes are coming.

An Oldie, But A Goodie:


Kids these days don't know about the Holy Grail of TV comedy. Ted Danson played the cultural phenomenon Sam Malone, a Red Sox relief pitcher who owned the bar, Cheers! This show practically founded the "will they, won't they" narrative with Sam's iconic on-and-off relationship with Diane (played by Shelley Long), a graduate psychology student turned barmaid. Cheers! became one of the first American sitcoms to explore love and loss while redefining the notion of family— it's simple and epic.

Cheers intro

Runtime: 275 episodes of 30 minutes.

Netflix Originals

You'll never have to worry about Netflix originals disappearing off the platform. Choose one of their many original comedies to enjoy, and then petition after Netflix cancels it.

Grace and Frankie

Imagine, your husband of over 40 years takes you out to dinner with his longtime law partner and his partner's wife. You and the wife are hopeful and confident your husbands are going to announce their retirement. Instead, they tell their wives they are leaving them, for each other.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin shine as Grace and Frankie, the two wives in their '70s who have no one in their lives who understand their situation except each other. It's an absurd and hilarious effort to showcase the trials of aging women in the modern era, changing family dynamics, and sisterhood.

Grace and Frankie | Official Trailer [HD] |

Runtime: 65 episodes of a variation of 25-35 minutes. More episodes to come.

Big Mouth

You know that American Doll puberty book you read when you were 12? No? Does that only apply to women? Well, try to imagine a puberty book that came to life as an animated show starring John Mulaney and Nick Kroll. Are you intrigued? Are you already invested? I thought so. Also, Maya Rudolph voices the Hormone Monstress—I probably should've started with that.

Big Mouth | official trailer (2017)

Runtime: 21 episodes of a variation of 25-46 minutes. More episodes to come.

American Vandal

American Vandal took mockumentaries to a whole new level by deep diving into the world of high school investigative journalism. The show kicks off with the trial of Dylan Maxwell, a troubled high school senior, who is accused of vandalizing 27 vehicles with phallic images (dicks). The true crime satire showcases what it's really like to be a teen today, using social media to propel the story forward in a ridiculous fashion. Netflix may have cancelled the show after its second season, but American Vandal has already earned its cult status.

American Vandal | Official Trailer [HD] |

Runtime: 16 episodes of a variation of 25-42 minutes.

TV Lists

Popdust's Best of 2018: TV

This year in TV killed. Literally.

This year, TV killed. Literally. Between the final season of The Americans, the first of HBO's Barry, Killing Eve, and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, much blood was shed on the small screen at the hands of spies, hit men, assassins, and psychopaths. Atlanta and Succession took searing aim at American ambition, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Haunting of Hill House gave us the creeps, and The Good Place went to a very good place.

Here are the best TV Shows of 2018, according to Popdust staff:

The Good Place

Chosen by Rebecca Linde, Staff Writer

There exists in my memory a corner so devoted to TV moments that were either devastatingly meta or brain-freezingly clever that I've had to evict certain mathematical faculties and the names of several acquaintances to keep the space clear and untouched. Among them: The Wire's Nick Sobotka showing up for the first time in two seasons just to heckle Mayor Carcetti (that makes sense for his character!); Max Braverman name-dropping Friday Night Lights while talking to Michael B. Jordan's Alex, who was on Friday Night Lights; Andy Samberg saying, "Pizza? Now that's what I call a Taco!" Now, I may need to rent out an entirely new brain for the space required to house the meta-cleverness of The Good Place. Creator Mike Schur has consistently proven my theory that the best sitcoms have "head and heart:" jokes that are either so outlandish or so simple that they could only be written by incredibly smart people, and characters that genuinely care about one another. The show is constantly shifting its very premise while musing on the meaning of existence without missing a single joke or heartbeat. This season gave us two of the smartest moments on TV: Eleanor confronting her estranged mother with the perfect delivery of "No, Mom, ya basic," and whoever had the idea to spend most of an entire episode replacing each member of the core cast with a version of D'Arcy Carden's Janet as each character. It was a total delight that ended in a real, emotional turning point, and also unlocked a new secret for a successful sitcom: cast D'Arcy Carden in every role.

The Good Place Season 3 First Look Preview (HD)


Chosen by Meg Hanson, Staff Writer

Despite telling Conan O'Brien that he forgot how to act while directing the first three episodes of HBO's Barry, Bill Hader is masterful as lead actor, director, and writer in the series. The first season follows Hader's character, a traumatized ex-marine, as he transitions from hitman-for-hire to bad LA actor in an effort to process his blocked emotions. With absurdly likeable criminals and infuriating civilians, Barry gives us Henry Winkler as a self-aggrandizing "acting coach" helming Barry's attempts to "find truth" in acting. The series balances on a razor edge between irony and empathy, levity and morbidity. Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff even praised the series but remarked to Hader, "That was pretty dark."

Barry Season 1 Trailer | 'It's A Job' | Rotten Tomatoes


Chosen by Matt Clibanoff, Editorial Lead
Here's why Barry works: We live in an absurd time. Our president is a dementia-addled gameshow host. Russia are the bad guys again for some reason. The most powerful man in the world is a lazy-eyed, reptile phallus who amassed his wealth by... selling books? Nothing makes sense. 18 months ago, the White House Chief of Staff was a guy named Reince Priebus. THAT'S NOT EVEN A REAL FUCKING NAME. Barry, a show about a hitman/struggling actor, doesn't make the mistake of addressing its own absurdity. Characters involved in the high-stakes world of contract killing are cool and rational, while the wannabes in Barry's acting class are constantly in hysterics. As a character, Barry is a direct reflection of this dichotomy. He's weeping during a performance of Macbeth, but completely stoic while murdering Chechen gangsters. Sure, the point of the show is that he's using acting as a means of expressing his inner anguish, but this takes nothing away from the weirdness of it all. In fact, it just compounds it. Insomuch as art is a reflection of the time in which it's made, Barry is hilarious in a very 2018 kind of way. The characters are all super weird, but there's no sense of self-referentiality. The world spins and these weirdos exist in it. So while the plot is genius and wholly original, there's a feeling of familiarity. The strangeness of Barry, as well as the (lack of) response to it,perfectly reflects the current, peculiar (and dark) chapter of American history.

[Editor's note: D'Arcy Carden is also in Barry. Just saying.]

Queer Eye | Official Trailer [HD] |

Queer Eye

Chosen by Brooke Johnson, Assistant Editor
This list wouldn't be complete without at least a nod to the small-screen masterpiece that is Queer Eye. I didn't want to like it, I didn't want to buy into the sadness porn, but I did. I wanted to tear this show to pieces for the inauthenticity I was certain must be there. I wanted to be able to say with superiority at the conceptual cocktail parties that I conceptually frequent; "I just don't know what all the fuss is about," whilst swirling my conceptual martini. But in reality, I was completely sold after one episode. This show is pure, well-intentioned, and thought-provoking in a time when cynicism seems to be the norm. Reality TV as a genre is a scourge upon the earth, but Queer Eye proves that good can come from the most unlikely places.

Bonus: The 2018 Popdust TV Awards

Best Supporting Role by a Parking Garage:The Americans

Best Ponytail Despite Having an Arm in a Sling: Kim Wexler (Rhea Seahorn), Better Call Saul

Most Intimidating Teen: Amma Crellin (Eliza Scanlen), Sharp Objects

Tightest Tush: Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Most Heavily-Handed Diversity Casting:9-1-1

Best Punch to the Boob:Haunting of Hill House

Most Unabashed Reliance on Studio Audience:Will and Grace

Deadest Eyes: Juliana Crane (Alexa Davalos), The Man in the High Castle

Most Charming Hairless Hit Man: Noho Hank (Anthony Carrigan), Barry

Most Relatable Child-Hater: Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Painfully Still on TV for Some Reason:Supernatural

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