10 Not-So-Mainstream Sitcoms To Watch


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10 Not-So-Mainstream Sitcoms To Watch

Hi! I hope you are doing well. Today I am here to simply recommend some underrated sitcoms.

I love watching sitcoms. I think they are the best format shows to watch. Sitcoms have 30 minutes long episodes and feature some very amusing and more often than not lovable characters. They are relatable and you can invest in the series in a way that won’t make you go crazy. You can take time to finish the series and a good sitcom along with food is everything you need. If you love watching sitcoms then this list will help you and even if you don’t, you never know when you might need a nice series to watch.

10 Not-So-Mainstream Sitcoms To Watch

1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It’s surprising that more people are not talking about this series. Thanks to social media, the name of this show has started to surface. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows the story of a group of dysfunctional individuals who run a bar together.  The humor here is dark and crude and the characters are not particularly admirable and this is exactly why the series works. It allows writers to write some very interesting storylines which are fun to watch. The series is also the longest-running sitcom with its 15th season to air from 1st December 2021.

2. New Girl

I hate that it took me so long to watch this series. After a rough breakup, Jess moves in with three guys- Nick, Schmidt, and Winston. Along with Jess’ best friend, Cece, together they all become best friends. To be honest, New Girl is not the series that you will be obsessed with from season 1. However, with every single episode, the series gets better. The characters here are chaotic but at the same time, cute and quirky, and smart which is what makes this series so fun to watch. The series finds a balance between shows like Friends and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the characters are chaotic and amusing but like Friends, it’s about a group of likable adults and the humor remains more grounded.

3. Kim’s Convenience

Kim’s Convenience aired its final season in 2021 itself. The story follows Mr. Kim and his family who run a convenience store in Toronto. Kim’s Convenience doesn’t do what’s obvious. The jokes are not stereotypes about Asians and the series is not trying to portray the struggles of an Asian family either and that is why exactly it works. Kim’s Convenience is not here to make political or social comments neither it is here to make stereotypes. It just tries to provide a genuine portrayal of a Korean-Canadian family and thereby feels authentic and refreshing.

4. Arrested Development

Arrested Development is a faced-spaced comedy following the rich Bluth family whose business empire falls after the head of the family, George Bluth Sr. is accused of fraud. As a result, Michael Bluth is forced to stay with his family and handle his father’s (George) business as well as his family. This comedy is funny and clever. The dialogues are extremely well written and the characters are well crafted. Worth a watch.

5. Episodes

I am sorry but it is criminal how underrated Episodes is. Episodes revolves around a married couple, Sean and Beverly who move to the US to remake their hit British sitcom Lymann Boys for an American audience. However, they are forced to star Matt Le Blanc as the lead in their sitcom, a role he is not suited for. Episodes is a well-written sitcom that takes subtle jibes at the entertainment industry. There is no doubt that the highlight of the series is Matt Le Blanc who acts as himself, who portrays what Hollywood can do to a person. Not to say, Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan did not do a fantastic job. They were just as brilliant. All in all, a well-written comedy with an amazing assemble makes this series worth your time.

6. Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie is about two women in their 70s whose husbands, Sol and Robert come out as gay and leave them to marry each other. Grace and Frankie is among the shows that are talked about but it deserves way more appreciation than they get. The series is written very smartly and is hilarious. Also, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda who are real-life friends share an amazing chemistry. Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen are just as much fun to watch. The series also features some amazing guest stars. Plus not to forget, the premise is different. A series that more people need to talk about.

7. Superstore

Superstore is set in Cloud-9, a big box store in St. Louis following the lives of its employees who tackle day-to-day events in their store dealing with their customers and handling their personal lives. A good workplace sitcom is always a great watch. The series is created by US Office co-writer, Justin Spitzer so you know he knows what to do with a workplace sitcom. It has quirky and maybe a little bland characters and the jokes land well. Overall, the series has a fun vibe and makes a genuinely good watch.

8. Living With Yourself

I am not sure if Living with Yourself can be counted as a sitcom but I don’t understand how did this show disappear. Living with Yourself follows the story of a man who is tired and done with his life and so he decides to undergo a strange treatment. To his surprise, he finds out that he has been replaced by a better version of himself. Living with Yourself has a very strange but interesting premise. The series is not outrageously funny but it is not also too deep or will make you think too much. It is somewhere between comedy and tragedy but for the most part, it remains a fun binge-worthy show. And if nothing else, Paul Rudd is reason enough to watch this series.

9. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Another series that sort of just disappeared and did not get the attention it deserved. This series is about three orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire who decide to investigate the death of their parents. Their guardian, Count Olaf will do whatever it takes to get his hands on Baudelaire’s inheritance and the three orphans must do everything they can to trick him while investigating the death of their parents. This series is an adaptation of a novel series of the same name. I have to start with highlighting that Neil Patrick Harris as the evil guardian was just a treat to watch. Apart from that, the series remains true to the source material which is commendable. The tone and the humor is quite similar to the book and for the most part, it works. The series successfully is able to balance the dry humor with a little darkness. The only issue is that the pacing is a little slow but all in all, a great watch.

10. One Day At A Time

One Day At A Time is based on Norman Lear’s 1975 series of the same name. The series revolves around army veteran, Penelope who is raising two strong-willed children while dealing with the ups and downs of daily life. Along with them, we also get to meet her mother and her building manager and all of them together means a great watch. One Day At A Time has the old-school feel of a sitcom but is still in touch with current times. It feels fresh and wholesome. The series portrays real-life problems and thereby makes it relatable for the viewers. Along with that fantastic cast and great writing makes this show worth your time.

I hope this list helps you find something as addictive as the current sitcom you are watching for the 10th time. Take a break from your favorite sitcoms and try these not-so-mainstream ones. You will love them.

Happy watching!

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