A couple of comedy shows to cheer you up

TV editor Kate Dunkerton and writer George Bell discuss their comedy show picks

Kate Dunkerton
13th April 2020
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This article is a joint-piece of some comedy shows which our editor Kate Dunkerton and writer George Bell recommend. Feeling sad? Hopefully these can make you laugh!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the show we all need right now. If you haven’t heard of it, then well done on starting your self-isolation early. The show follows a New York police department and its detectives solving all manner of cases, usually to hilarious degrees of success. From the immature Jake to the by-the-books Captain Holt and badass Rosa, there is someone for everyone to love and sympathise with. The humour in the show is second to none, with some of the best jokes and moments on TV.

Credit: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Youtube

Despite being a comedy, Brooklyn 99 is not afraid to address serious issues. From race and gender inequality to sexuality, the show will wisely ditch the comedic atmosphere for a more sombre tone and serious conversation. These scenes are great at showing how close all these characters are to each other. In a time where studios like Disney use representation like a tick in a box, it’s refreshing that Brooklyn Nine-Nine does the complete opposite. Rather than basing a character around their sexuality, the show makes sure it’s only one part of who they are and a very normal part of that. It creates a sense of hope that we as a society are becoming more inclusive and encourage normalising things like sexuality, and breaking down stereotypes.

If you haven’t seen it yet, please give it a chance, especially with season 6 just being added to Netflix. It is one of the most talked about shows for a reason. NINE-NINE! 

George Bell


If there’s one show that can brighten up your mood during this time is Community. After all six seasons were added to Netflix, I had to give this under-rated comedy a watch.

Community is the ideal show for fans of series like The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  

Community follows a diverse group of people who form a study group at a community college in the fictional town of Greendale, Colorado. At the heart of the group is Jeff (Joel McHale), a suspended lawyer who joins Greendale to earn a degree after lying about having one from Columbia University. After meeting Britta (Gillian Jacobs), a feisty activist, Jeff forms a study group as an excuse to get close to her. However, this backfires when Britta invites Abed (Danny Pudi), a film-fanatic with Aspergers who takes it upon himself to invite his other classmates. These include Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), a single mother; Annie (Alison Brie), a nerdy over-achiever; Troy (Donald Glover), a former jock; and Pierce (Chevy Chase), an elderly millionaire. Despite initial hesitations, the group become fast friends as they navigate the strange goings-on at Greendale.

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Despite a low viewership throughout its six-season run, and a brief cancellation, the series has since gained a cult following. Seeped in pop-culture references and quick humour, Community is the ideal show for fans of series like The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.    

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