9 American TV comedies on Netflix to get you through the Summer

There’s nothing like curling up in front of the telly during the Summer and watching something that’s not too heavy-hitting after a long day coping with the blistering heat (here’s hoping it stays for a bit longer!)

Fortunately, with on-demand tv we’re no longer forced into watching unlimited re-runs of You’ve Been Framed because nothing else is on.

Here’s a selection of the best American TV comedies on Netflix to watch this Summer. Think I’ve missed any? Share them in the comments below for others to see.

The Family-Friendly:

While not always suitable for youngsters, the ruder jokes are subtle and these are certainly more PG than the other shows Netflix has to offer.

Gilmore Girls

Fancy a bit of family drama and teenage angst? Follow the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore as they cope with overbearing family, relationships and living in a town where everyone knows everything about everybody else. Watch the series now before the revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life is released later this year.

The Big Bang Theory

If you’re one of the few who haven’t watched TBBT yet now could be the time to start. Seasons 1-8 are all ready to watch on Netflix. Introduce yourself to Sheldon and never look back. The series starts incredibly strong as Leonard falls for neighbour Penny, but it’s their friends Howard, Raj, Amy and Bernadette who provide some of the biggest laughs.

How I Met Your Mother

Another popular US sitcom that you may have already seen but if not, one that you cannot miss. All nine seasons are on Netflix UK and follow Ted Mosby as he searches for love in New York City. Along with his friends, couple Marshall and Lily, on-again off-again crush Robin and Barney, played by the incomparable Neil Patrick Harris, Ted navigates his late twenties and early thirties teasing about meeting his eventual wife whilst Bob Saget narrates his story to his future children.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

With an incredibly strong cast including Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and Chelsea Peretti, Andy Samberg leads the crew in this police sitcom. The Emmy-award-winning show has a little more play than work and has recently been renewed for a forth season. Unfortunately only seasons one and two are on Netflix at the moment, but fingers crossed season 3 will be online soon.

(Credit: Scott Schafer/FOX)

The Kooky:

If you like your comedies a little more zany, these are for you.


If meta-humour, pop culture reference and film and television clichés are your thing, look no further than Community. The ensemble cast features the incredible acting skills of Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase and Jim Rash. Community has to go down as one of the smartest sitcoms to grace our screens in the last 10 years.

Master of None

Sometimes a little more of a drama than a comedy, Master of None follows Dev (played by the incredible Aziz Ansari) as he makes his way through life, trying to breakthrough with his acting career following a Go-Gurt commercial while working through a new, very dysfunctional romantic relationship.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Following her escape from a doomsday cult in Indiana, where she was held for 15 years, Kimmy moves to New York City befriending her streetwise landlady, an out of touch socialite and her roommate, struggling actor Titus Andromedon. The Netflix original has had great critical acclaim and benefits from its seriously impressive cast.

The OTT:

Like to watch telly which leaves you thinking ‘did that really just happen?’ These are the ones for you.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Just when you think It’s Always Sunny has gone as far as it possibly could a new episode comes along and makes you wonder whether what’s going on on-screen can actually be aired on television. The Gang, a group of underachievers, are all dishonest, egotistical, selfish, ignorant and lazy and they get themselves into unbelievable scrapes. Things only get better when Danny De Vito joins in season 2.

Arrested Development

Following the fictitious Bluth family, Arrested Development is often cited as the inspiration for some of the most popular single-camera sitcoms airing today. Seasons one to three aired from 2003 onwards before season four debuted on Netflix. Several recurring characters, as well as main characters, returned for the revival. The entire series is available to watch on Netflix UK.