5 comedy shows (+5 more) you can binge to feel better or LOL

One of my favorite self-care habits whenever I am in my dark phase or when I feel it coming on is to binge watch comedy shows on either Netflix or iFlix. It doesn’t always solve my issues in life but it temporarily lifts me up from the doldrums of my life. And along the way, you can also come up with some life-changing realizations while watching them.

Here are some shows that you can binge when you’re feeling down or even when you just want to laugh out loud. I won’t include the usual suspects anymore, like Friends or How I Met Your Mother or Brooklyn Nine Nine or Modern Family or The Big Bang Theory, even though I go back to them every once in a while. These are shows that not a lot of people (well, except for those who are like me and watch a lot of shows) know about or cared to check out, but which I find really, really hilarious.


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The Good Place (Netflix, iFlix)

Basic premise: Kirsten Bell dies and wakes up in a sort of “heaven” but ultimately realizes she’s not supposed to be there. Hijinks ensue. Twists you didnt’ see coming come up. It’s hard to explain the rest of it without spoiling anything, so just watch the first two eps to get a feel of it first.

Why I love it: I just read an excellent New York Times piece on why The Good Place is so good and it can explain better why this show is one of the best and smartest comedies around. It tackles a lot of things like what makes a person truly good, what is human nature, faith in a higher power, morality, love and soulmates, etc. And it does it in a really funny, twisted, but ultimately philosophical but understandable way.

How many episodes do I need to binge? Two seasons of 13 eps each. Season 3 just started.


One Day At A Time (Netflix)

Basic premise: Single Latina ex-Army Nurse raises her two children and lives with her feisty mother. Sounds a bit like my mom’s life. Haha

Why I love it: As I said, this territory seems familiar (except our life is not that hilarious or dramatic) and I’m a sucker for heartwarming but not corny family dynamics. And even as I laugh at and with them, they also make me cry especially when they tackle issues like crappy fathers, sexuality, and especially mental illness. I spent hours crying over one episode (Hello, Penelope in season 2) and it helped me come to terms with my own depression.

How many episodes do I need to binge? Two seasons of 13 eps each. Season 3 will start next year.


Mom (iFlix)

Basic premise: An alchoholic mother and daughter try to repair their relationship with each other and the people around them (including the daughter’s own children)

Why I love it: While it is funny and irreverent, it can also get pretty dark. Well, with a show that deals with various addiction, how can it not be? There is humor to be found in the way they (and their fellow alchoholic friends) try to stay sober and try to fix their messed up lives. Also, Allison Janey is a treasure and Anna Farris is such an underrated actress.

How many episodes do I need to binge? Five seasons of 22 episodes each. Season six just started.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Basic premise: Kimmy is part of group of women were kidnapped by a crazy, doomsday cult figure and kept underground for years/decades. When they are rescued, she has to adjust to a life of being above ground and the last time she was with regular people was in the 90s so she’s a bit behind, in more ways than one.

Why I love it: Just like Mom, the premise seems pretty dark but they are more absurdly crazy and over-the-top in the way they bring humor to Kimmy and the assorted weird characters that she interacts with. Titus Andromedon is one of my favorite comedic characters of the past decade and his Peeno Noir and Hold Up parody still cracks me up.

How many episodes do I need to binge? 3 seasons of 13 episodes each, plus the first half of SEason 4. The second half (and last) will come next year.


KIm’s Convenience (Netflix)

Basic premise: A Korean couple immigrates to Canada and runs a convenience store to raise their two children. The son is now estranged from the dad and the girl has just started art school.

Why I love it: Another heartwarming family comedy that will make you laugh and cringe and occasionally cry. Plus the fact that it’s about immigrants in a first world country will probably strike a chord with a lot of Pinoys. And it’s really, really funny

How many episodes do I need to binge? 2 seasons of 13 episodes each. There will be a season 3 soon!


Other shows that I can’t find on streaming but you can “acquire”

Speechless - A family comedy again, this time dealing with one of the kisds having cerebral palsy and being non-verbal. The three kids are probably my favorite siblings among the current comedy shows. (2 seasons of 22 episodes each. Season 3 just started)


Fresh Off The Boat - Before the world fell in love with her as Rachel in Crazy Rich Asians, Constance Wu has always been Jessica Huang for me. This is another family show about Taiwanese immigrants in the US, based on the real life of chef Eddie Huang (4 seasons of 22 episodes each. Season 5 just started)


Superstore - A workplace comedy set in a Walmart-like superstore chain with a lot of hilarious characters and deadpan humor (3 seasons of 22 episodes each. Season 4 just started)


Parks and Recreation - Who would have thought a workplace comedy about government workers in the Parks and Recreation department could be one of the funniest and nicest shows ever on TV? Also, Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt are the ultimate relationship goals. (7 seasons of around 22 episodes each. This ended back in 2014)


Veep - This show has a lot of profanity so not for little ears. Well, for a show set in Washington D.C and about the inept VP of the US and her equally inept staff, how can you not have profanity? (6 seasons of 10 eps each. 7th and final season starts next year)



ICYMI Pop Culture Round-Up (July 17 edition)

So many things have happened in the past few days, pop-culture wise, so in case you missed any of it, here's one post to summarize things for you.

 

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI BEHIND-THE-SCENES

One of the most awaited movies of the year is of course the eighth movie in the Star Wars saga, this one ominously titled The Last Jedi. And at the recently concluded Disney D23 Expo, we didn't get a new trailer, but we did get a very special behind the scenes video.  We get new footage, cast members singing and dancing, and if you don't tear up whenever the late Carrie Fisher shows up, then your heart has already turned to stone.

 

 A WRINKLE IN TIME FIRST TEASER TRAILER

Probably almost all private school kids were made to read Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time in school. If you didn't appreciate it then, I dare you to read it again now, especially before the movie comes out in March of next year. The trailer looks amazing with a mix of magic and sci-fi and good-looking people. And yes, I plan to re-read the entire series as well. 

 

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR TRAILER...OH WAIT..A DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAILER

Unfortunately for us who were not in the room where it happened (heh), we can only rely on the descriptions of those who were actually able to see it (no secret cameras here, darn it). The teaser sounds pretty jam-packed with characters and details, so reading about it and actually seeing it may be worlds away. But for now, we have to rely on frame by frame details like this

Oh and we do get a first look at the big bad Thanos. Sort of.

 

THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR IS A WOMAN!

After much clamoring from fans, the glass ceiling has sort of been broken on Doctor Who. When the Doctor regenerates into Thirteen in the December special, Jodie Whittaker will be playing her! Yes, we finally have a female Doctor. While most people are pretty excited about this, there has also been a backlash from some fans who can't accept the fact that there can be a doctor that is not a white male. But who cares, can't wait for December and then the next season! Don't screw this up guys!

 

DEATHS OF GEORGE ROMERO AND MARTIN LANDAU

The announcement of their deaths came just a few hours after each other, and film enthusiasts honored them by remembering their contributions to cinema and pop culture.

Walking Dead and zombie fans owe a lot to Romero because he brought the zombie genre to life (heh) in the Night of the Living Dead series of movies in the 60s and 70s. The ending of that first movie still haunts me to this day. I won't spoil it for you, just watch it if you can.

 

Landau had a lot of memorable roles, but I'll remember him most for his Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (he won a Best Supporting Oscar for that), the guy chasing Cary Grant in the Mt. Rushmore scene in North by Northwest and as Jack Malone's (Anthony LaPaglia) dad in Without A Trace.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7 PREMIERE (not so spoilery)

It feels like forever since we last watched Game of Thrones and so after this long hiatus, everyone was pretty psyched. Initial thoughts here since some have probably not watched it yet (so no spoilers)

  • That cold open was one of their best ever! I kinda knew what was going to happen from the first frame, but it was still oh so satisfying and goosebumps-inducing. The North remembers!
  • The much-talked about cameo by a famous pop singer was pretty cool, especially since we did hear him sing of course. Now will he appear in more episodes, that is the question. And will fans riot if he gets killed off?
  • The Hound gets the best lines in this episode, doesn't he? 
  • The arrival of a main character in a place that I will not name is oh so satisfying but oh so bitin. Can't wait to see that character interact with even more characters. Especially that other main character. HA!
  • I really thought it would be more than one hour since we only have seven episodes this season. Oh well. Can't wait for next week! 

 

 

Trailers unveiled during this year's San Diego Comic Con

In case you missed all the trailer goodness, both for movies and TV shows at the San Diego Comic Con 2016, here is all of them so you can watch them in one place :) 

 

MOVIES

Of course I'm most excited about Doctor Strange because of my unwavering love for anything that Benedict Cumberbatch is in. The trailer gives off a very trippy, Inception-esque vibe with all the weirdness that comes with it. I'm in the middle of reading the Season One comics, and it seems to have the same spirit. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch :) (Coming this November)

 

And of course, everyone's favorite Amazonian's full trailer did not disappoint. It is not as dire and dark as the past DC movies, so expectations for Wonder Woman are pretty high. Plus, you can't get that music out of your head.  Coming: 2017

 

I am still cautiously optimistic about the Justice League movie, given our recent history with DC movies. But Jason Momoa looks gorgeous and menacing and Ezra Miller seems perfect as Barry Allen (although I still feel bad for Grunt Gustin. But I think we can love them both).  Coming: 2017

 

I'll reserve judgement until after I watch the movie. But safe to say, I'm not that excited about Suicide Squad, to be honest.  SHOWING: August 4

 

Now this one, I'm pretty excited about! Will Arnet for the win! Coming: 2017

 

Seems like a grittier take on the King Arthur legend, because of course Guy Ritchie is directing. It's weird though that Merlin is not around. And hey, Charlie Hunnam, thanks for turning down 50 Shades and doing this instead. (David Beckham is in too, but you can't see him in the trailer. Boo) Coming: 2017

 

I'm not that big of a Potterhead, but this looks cool. And of course, Eddie Redmayne makes everything interesting.  Showing: November 17

 

TV SHOWS

OF COURSE THIS IS THE ONE I'M MOST EXCITED ABOUT!!! Let's hope it gives justice and even improves on Neil Gaiman's novel. American Gods, I can't wait to meet you!!! Starts January 2017

 

Legion also looks pretty interesting and trippy and weird. It's also weird to see Dan Stevens so far from Matthew Crawley. It looks very much unlike the other superhero shows on TV right now. Let's see... Starts early 2017

 

The 3rd new series I'm interested in, only because it's my brother's favorite comic superhero. It would also be interesting to see if Finn Jones can do justice, at least according to the fanboys who are still not too keen on him. Starts March or April 2017

 

Not such a fan of Luke Cage the character, but Daredevil and Jessica Jones were pretty awesome, so maybe this can sway me.  Starts September 2017

 

Not really a trailer, but a teaser. And yes, super psyched for this as well

 

Not a new series but the second season of a very under appreciated series. You guys, you have to start watching the first season before the second one drops! Second season starts either late 2016 or early 2017

 

Not really a Trekkie, but this will probably be the first of their series that I'll be watching. 

 

SHERLOCK SEASON 4!!! That is all. Also, see my all-encompassing love for anything Cumberbatch