Hello Lovelies! I have always always loved TV. Game shows, dramas, comedies, you name it and I have a place in my heart for it. Recently my husband and I have been watching the Olympics. As a promo to the Fall line up, they are having an Olympic-themed episode of Superstore.
NBC is famous for having themed episodes after events. I remember in its heyday The Office had an episode after the Super Bowl. While it wasn’t necessarily about the Super Bowl, NBC does this all the time. Which had me thinking about NBC’s Thursday night comedy shows.
Every Thursday, depending on which shows were still on, NBC would show 4 different 30-minute comedies. It seems like they are going back to this format after straying away from it the last few years. It makes sense as they have heavily been pushing The Good Place with Ted Danson and Kristen Bell which will air Thursdays after Superstore. As a huge fan of Kristen Bell I am very excited to watch this show.
With streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, as well as cable TV and options on YouTube, it seems as though there is an oversaturated amount of choices in this very competitive game. With all of these selections available, it’s not difficult to see the scramble network television (channels such as CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX) throw themselves into to produce similar content while still staying true to their brand.
Recently my husband and I watched the first season of several comedies. Some were cancelled before the season could even end and some had enough steam to receive a renewal for season 2. I’m going to give you my top 3 comedies I’m very excited to come back. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know!
Season 1- Hulu, NBC website, Amazon Video & iTunes
I had to lead with this one as I repeatedly mentioned it above. Superstore follows a diverse cast working at a Costco/ Walmart hybrid. Everyone has his or her own issues and drama but, of course, as a comedy everything plays out in a hilarious manner.
This show has some actors you’ll recognize: America Ferrera (Ugly Betty); but also has some up and comers that you might have seen before: Colton Dunn (Key & Peele and Parks & Rec) and Ben Feldman (Mad Men and A to Z). Every episode was so interesting that we ended up binge watching it (and I don’t binge watch often).
Even though I have never worked in a superstore-like setting, this show is still very relatable as you can imagine what the workers go through.
- The Real O’Neals
Season 1- Hulu, some episodes on ABC Go, Amazon Video & iTunes
As a kid brought up in an uber-Catholic household, I fell in love with The Real O’Neals. The show chronicles a family of 2 parents and 3 kids and how dysfunctional they really are despite trying to come across as the perfect family.
I admit, the promos for the show look pretty ridiculous and I wasn’t game to watch it until my husband put it on. We showed it to my Mother-in-Law (who also grew up in an extremely-Catholic home) and she has been trying to find ways to watch it ever since.
There has been some controversies, however, with lead actor, Noah Galvin for some comments he made regarding another actor coming out. I just saw the article for that while I was looking up how to watch the show for this post. I don’t know much about it, but I can understand how that might sway your opinion about watching it.
Just know that the show itself is hilarious, although maybe not for everyone.
WELL in writing this I started to write my final recommendation as Grandfathered, as I thought it had been renewed. NOPE! It was cancelled. As was Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life but I already knew about that. If you would like to give those shows a chance, I would say go for it.
CBGTSL wraps up nicely so a second season wasn’t really necessary. Grandfathered, on the other hand, ended on a bit of cliffhanger, so that sucks to just be finding out. Grandfathered had some recognizable names too: John Stamos, Josh Peck and Christina Milian. Basically a guy reaches out to his bachelor dad who never knew he had a son, much less a grandchild.
Both shows were on FOX and I recommend if you’re looking for some fun shows. Grandfathered is the only show on this list with a full season as it had 22 episodes.
Bonus! Here’s my husband’s reaction when I told him about Grandfathered being cancelled:
So that was just a list of comedies to check out. Sadly only 2 made it but I seriously recommend them!
Happy watching and see y’all soon!