4 Netflix Original Comedies to Watch When You’re Feeling Down
Miserable? Here's some good company to make you feel a little better
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
If you want to be charmed to death by the offbeat humor and unflinching optimism of a protagonist who looks like she smells like sunshine, watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
What it’s about: Titular hero Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) reintegration into NYC after being in a doomsday cult for 15 years. It’s a dark premise that normally wouldn’t even be in the same room as the word “funny,” but Kimmy’s zany approach to her bright new world is just so earnest, you can’t help but find the humor in it all, too.
2. Master of None
If you think dark comedy grounded in astute observational humor about life’s difficult realities would help you feel a lot better about yourself, watch Master of None.
What it’s about: Aziz Ansari and Alan Young, through Ansari’s character Dev, slamming racial stereotyping and profiling in Hollywood, exploring what it means these days to be a struggling actor and painting a poignant portrait of growing up in your 30s. Master of None doesn’t deliver a lot of belly laughs, but it’s clever and pointed—every sympathetic laugh-snort it draws out of you is worth at least ten of those.
3. Bojack Horseman
If you believe misery loves company, especially if company is equally miserable and takes the form of anthropomorphic animals living in Hollywood—nay, Hollywoo—watch Bojack Horseman.
What it’s about: The inner life of ’90s sitcom star turned washed-up alcoholic depressive Bojack Horseman, a talking horse and the lives of the diverse collection of sometimes-friends he surrounds himself with. Bojack Horseman’s comedy is defined by its many visual gags, pop culture references and the inevitable friction that develops among snarky, sad characters who cope with their sadness in wildly different ways.
4. Orange is the New Black
If you’re looking to simulate an atmosphere of female solidarity in the face of life-defining personal setbacks (set in a women’s private prison, no less), watch: Orange is the New Black
What it’s about: The minimum-security women inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary, all the wrong turns they took to wind up there, how they choose to do their time and the kind of circus they create out of sheer boredom. OITNB is officially labeled a comedy-drama, so let that be a warning to you—you’ll be crying as much as you’ll be laughing; it’s just the price of admission. What you get out of it? A more nuanced understanding of what might motivate a person to turn to drugs, to thieve, even to kill. But also, more jokes about accidental cults, food-shaped prison gunk, the Russian mafia and Piper Chapman than you really know what to do with.