Are you a fan of The Office? Brooklyn Nine-Nine, maybe? If you answered yes, then you are familiar with the absolute riot that is workplace comedies. Workplace comedies reveal their nature by the title itself: they are sitcoms set in a professional workspace setting. They are usually over the top and hilarious, and fans seem to love them.
If you’ve already binge-watched popular shows that fall under this category and don’t really know what to do with your life at this point, we are here to help you out as always. There are many shows out there that are of the genre, which will definitely please an audience that likes this genre. With this article, we will explore some of the said shows. Listed below are six workplace comedies that you have to get around to watching in 2021. Get ready to laugh your guts out!
This is one of the most underrated shows on the list and is also one of the funniest. Superstore is a workplace comedy that came out in the year 2015. It has 6 seasons under its belt and has come to garner a loyal set of fans over the years. The show was created by Justin Spitzer and was originally dropped on NBC. It follows the following stars in lead roles:
- America Ferrera as Amelia Sosa
- Ben Feldman as Jonah Simms
- Colton Dunn as Garrett McNeil
- Lauren Ash as Dina Fox and
- Nico Santos as Mateo Fernando Aquino, amongst many others.
The premise of the show is based on a superstore called Cloud 9. The plot follows everything that happens there and how its employees deal with these events. The characters have to navigate between their professional and personal lives while dealing with the customers of the store and the requirements that come with it. This show is witty and paced just well enough for a comedy of this kind.
This is a political office comedy to top all political office comedies. And what’s more? It has a hilarious female lead!
Veep came out in the year 2012, and the audience loved it so much that it managed to have a runtime of 7 seasons. It was created by Armando Iannucci and had popular stars like Will Smith as part of the writing team. The show has Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, and many other well-known faces in the cast. It is a political satire, and it follows Former Senator Selina Meyer, who gets a shot at the office of the Vice President of the United States. The rest of the storyline revolves around her and her team as they (hilariously) try to navigate this development.
3. Space Force
Remember that comment about fans of The Office? Here is one to truly make you the happiest people ever. Steve Carell is back with another workplace comedy, and you are bound to love it!
Space Force is a very recent Netflix release that dropped in 2020. It deals with a group of people who have one task: to establish a Space Force for the United States of America. The group’s main mission? It is to get “boots on the moon” by the year 2024. This show is hilarious, with Carell working his classic charm on us. That being said, he is not the only one carrying the show. The rest of the cast also fit their characters perfectly and have delivered a commendable performance. If you are looking for a lighthearted show to binge, this would be it.
4. Silicon Valley
This is yet another underrated show that we are trying to bring to your attention. You would expect it to be more popular for a plot of this quality than it currently is. This is our gentle nudge to do the right this and watch this show as soon as you get the chance.
Silicon Valley came out in 2014 and has six seasons as of now. In other words – the perfect show to binge. It was created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky and is one of the funniest shows humanity has ever had the good fortune of witnessing. Think we’re kidding? The show was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series for five years.
Silicon Valley’s plot follows a group of people who work at…well, the Silicon Valley. The show is realistic and features a set of such relatable characters that you are hooked on to their lives right from the beginning. If you haven’t watched the show yet, this is your sign to do so.
5. The IT Crowd
Of all the shows on this list, this one is the true underdog. It is also one of the oldest, meaning there really is a supposed niche for the kind of comedy it features.
This show has a kind of chaos associated with it that works for the genre really well. This series first premiered in 2006 and has 4 seasons. It was written by Graham Linehan and is a great pick for anyone that wants to wind down and laugh a little (okay, a lot). The show’s plot follows a group of people who work in the IT department of a London-based company. It revolves around their everyday lives as they deal with the events at work and away from it. If this description sounds like something that will appeal to you, we urge you to check this show out as it can only do you good than harm! What are you waiting for? Stream it right away!
6. Parks and Recreation
If the above-mentioned shows are the most underrated in the genre, this one is the most popular. But of course, as we always say, it is popular for a good reason. This show is witty, well made, and exhibits a dehydrated but hilarious line of humor that is hard to come by.
This sitcom first came out in 2009 and is from the same creators who were behind The Office. It has seven seasons, and its popularity has not dwindled one bit over the years. In fact, the fandom is only growing in size as time goes by. This was created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur and is the second political satire featured on the list. The cast has some prevalent faces like Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, and Rob Lowe.
The plot of this series follows Leslie Knope, who is a bureaucrat. After hearing about a plan to convert a construction site into a community park, Knope takes it upon her to help Ann, who is behind the plan. What starts as an easy job soon becomes unmanageable as they have to deal with many officials and commoners associated with it. The show is engaging and will make you feel everything you want a workplace comedy to make you feel.
Why you should watch a workplace comedy:
Suppose you’ve come this far into the list, congratulations! You have been made aware of some of the best works of entertainment of our times. The best thing about comedy is the feel-good nature of it. No matter what other elements it has to offer, you know that you will come out of it feeling better than you did before. And what’s there to not like about that?
We have all gone through a very tough 2021, what with the pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the entire situation. We had come to know that entertainment is a great way to combat blues of all kinds through it all. As we slowly transition into 2021, we deserve to hold on to this feeling of goodness because there is absolutely no better way to start the year off.
If you are someone that isn’t aware of workplace comedies’ hilarity, you are missing out on a great deal of good work. These works are funny and relatable. The mundane, everyday nature of most of these setups give these comedies a personal touch. If an audience can see themselves in a fictional situation, then that show has already won. Our work is to bring these shows to you, and we have done just that with this list. If you wonder if you should take a leap of faith and watch any of these shows, the answer is a unanimous yes!