Rahul is a TV addict who can't get enough of twisted, gasp-inducing shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Black Mirror."
Sitcoms are a great way to spend your weekends. Grab some snacks and find a comfortable seat as the outside world ceases to exist. With the emergence of online streaming platforms, there are a lot of options to choose from, but only a few are really worth it.
When Two and a Half Men came out with an original premise, success was almost guaranteed. Alan is forced to move in with his older brother, Charlie, after he gets divorced and loses everything to his wife. In addition to his already unwelcome presence (and furniture), Alan brings his son Jake during the weekends. This deeply affects Charlie’s lifestyle since he likes to drink and gamble in the company of beautiful women.
Alan is a simple guy living life by the rules and has nothing to show for it. As little Jake grows up around these two contrasting figures, whose personality will he adopt? The show will make you root alternately between Charlie and Alan depending on the situation and your own mental state.
Two and a Half Men has made millions of people laugh with its hilarious characters. Even the supporting actors are likable because their dialogue isn't forced, so each scene appears natural and genuinely funny.
The first eight seasons show great character development and feature numerous quotable lines that’ll make you fall in love with the show. Watch these two dysfunctional men take care of a growing boy, as he turns into an amalgamation of their characters. If you're already done with the series, let's take a look at some other shows like Two and a Half Men to keep you occupied for a weekend binge.
Supposedly the sitcom that opened the gates for other shows of a similar genre, Seinfeld was created by American comedians, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. All of its nine seasons were well-received and it managed to finish with a bang. Jerry plays a cartoonish version of himself and always performs a stand-up routine at the beginning and end of the show; they usually relate to the current episode’s plot. The other lead characters have their own quirky personalities which become more apparent with each passing episode. Some people might notice that the show lacks a central premise and it’s merely about the characters going on with their lives.
The friend circle of our lead members always remains the same since no one else would risk becoming a part of this crazy bunch. Any relations the characters have outside the group are temporary and highly dysfunctional. Our protagonists face many challenges along the way and learn valuable lessons, but unlike most shows, it goes in one ear and out the other. The characters don’t change their moral values and have a disregard for other people’s judgments, and that’s why we love Seinfeld; it seeks to challenge the very fabric of storytelling.
Classic Seinfeld: The Marine Biologist
As you can probably guess from the title already, the show is about a group of friends living in New York. If Seinfeld opened the doors for sitcoms, Friends introduced it to the unprecedented success that can be achieved; it still manages to bring in new viewers, and Comedy Central streams the episodes for the current batch of fans. People constantly keep re-discovering the show and this cycle continues to the point that there’s only a minority that hasn’t seen it. There’s even a unique theory that the six lead characters represent different personalities of a single person. Chandler is the funny one, Joey is all about food and sex i.e. survival, Ross seeks knowledge, Monica has OCD, Rachel represents beauty, and Phoebe is simply crazy.
Everyone will wish they had these people as friends, who act more like family with each passing season. If you look closely, everyone has problems, but a group of understanding friends can hopefully make you forget the bad days and appreciate the good ones. Fans of the show have watched it several times just to re-create the beautiful moments, and it’s funny every time. Well, I’ve said enough, so watch for yourselves and remember, once it starts, you’ll definitely not want it to end.
Classic Friends: The One Where It All Began
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3. The Big Bang Theory
From the creator of Two and a Half Men himself, The Big Bang Theory is an attempt to showcase the recently popularized nerd culture. Facebook, YouTube, Google, Apple; if you haven’t been paying attention, take a good look around, the nerds have officially taken over, and the rest of us are desperate to work with them.
Sheldon and Leonard are brilliant physicists who have an answer for every scientific problem, but socializing doesn’t fall under their many skills. When the beautiful Penny moves next door, Leonard attempts to woo her with his “charming” wits, all the while doubting the success of his romantic venture. Their friends Howard and Raj have their own problems, but who cares when you’re surrounded by video games and comic books to help you forget the harsh reality.
The Big Bang Theory turned all the lead characters into a household names. It doesn’t matter what age you are, because this show has something for everybody. You may not understand all the pop-culture references and subtle parodies, but the real humor usually comes from its eccentric characters. The cast has only grown over the years, and the previous members have developed a lot.
Nobody is sure how the universe actually started, but The Big Bang Theory attempts to give you a peek inside the beginning of an unassuming relationship among these distinct sets of individuals. If you're looking for a series like Two and a Half Men, this eccentric show will not disappoint.
Classic Big Bang Theory: Pop Culture
4. Modern Family
Modern Family follows the lives of three related households and Jay lies at the top of this family tree with his Latina wife, Gloria, who takes care of non-stereotypical Colombian, Manny.
The branches spread onto his children’s families as well, and each one is just as hilarious as the next. Phil and Claire are busy taking care of three young children, with each one going through an important phase in their life. Similarly, Mitchell and Cameron lead an alternate lifestyle that includes the adoption of an Asian girl.
There’s nothing more important than family and blood is definitely thicker than water for these people. They may get mad and drive each other insane, but at the end of the day, home is where one finds true peace.
The characters also talk to an unseen filmmaker who’s documenting their lives, as they describe the day’s events. This might be a chaotic family with lots of ideologies coming together under one roof, but Modern Family gives its stories enough time to breathe, making the situations appear natural and unpretentious.
Classic Modern Family: The Best of Phil Dunphy (Season 1)
5. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Unlike most sitcoms that turn sour after a while, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia has managed to create 15 successful seasons with more on the way. The reason for this long-lasting venture may be a result of its non-compromising writing and unchanging character quirks.
Most shows take the protagonists on a journey of self-discovery where they learn valuable life lessons and change themselves for the better, but this one dares to challenge the norms. The characters stay true to themselves while being fully aware of their own shortcomings. This show may not have a huge fan base, but the ones who watch it are fiercely loyal.
This show also makes fun of other sitcoms by portraying various stereotypical scenes along with the unrealistic repetition of themes and characters. While most of the cast is not as well-known, Danny DeVito who plays the eccentric Frank Reynolds frequently talks about his love for the show.
If you’re easily offended, you might want to stay away. However, if you’re looking for a unique take on the American dream, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will not disappoint.
Classic It's Always Sunny: Season 13 Trailer
Louis C.K. is one of the most influential stand-up comedians of the 21st century, however, his reputation was seriously damaged following a series of sexual misconduct allegations in 2017.
Vaguely inspired by his real-life experiences as a new father and successful comedian, Louie was an American comedy series created by the man himself. C.K. played a loosely fictionalized version of himself, with other comedians often making guest appearances as themselves.
Louie was well-received by viewers and critics during its five-year run on FX (2010-15). If you’re looking for pure situational humor, Louie will make you laugh your face off.
Classic Louie: Misery is Wasted on the Miserable
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