Alright. When this show came out I thought it was some ER, Grey’s Anatomy, serious Hospital drama knock- off. Summa-ma-bitch! was I ever wrong. Scrubs is possibly one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. I know what your thinking, your a guy, you have big manly balls, how could you ever watch something with Zach Braff? His mooshy sub-par silver screen flops aside, the dude is brilliant on this show. As are all the characters and writing. Even if you don’t like him, Dr. Percival “Perry” Cox (John C. McGinley) and Ken Jenkins who plays Dr. Bob Kelso Chief of Medicine , have some of the funniest and witty back and forth dialog on televison. In addition, as is with anything involving Zach Braff, the music and soundtracks are always stellar and include up and coming, unknown indie bands.
I started watching this show this year, after continually hearing it come up in conversation or seeing billboards for its – at the time 2nd season- and was very surprised. Thinking it was going to be just another crappy CSI, Law and Order, yadda yadda (insert one of the many generic police/crime shows) on television today rip off. I got the complete opposite. I couldn’t stop watching it. The character of Dexter is brilliant and engaging and the if nothing else the crude, offensive lines of Erik King as Srgt. James Dokes will keep you coming back for more every time. The show is based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsey.
9. The Wire
I’ll be honest, I’ve never actually seen this show. After watching porn for 5 hrs a day, looking in my neighbors windows with high powered binoculars, and being a pimp for my midget prostitutes; let me tell you, I’m spent. So I’m gonna let this dude explain why you should watch this show.
“The Wire delivers a gritty, well thought out look at the police/criminal world and all of the places in between. From the eyes of people on both side of the fence, learn about the politics of police work as well as the work that goes into setting up drug dealers for a big bust; while you also get to see the workings of an inner city crime organization. Watch the moral dilemmas facing kids, former criminals and desperate cops as they try to survive and find their place in the world or merely do their job. All of the stories intertwine excellently and the entire show is shot on location in the real life less than stellar sections of Baltimore.”
Created by the same guy who does the Simpsons, (Matt Groening). Except this show is actually funny, whereas the Simpsons has just run out of material and relies on guest voice appearences by celebrities. When it comes to fans of this show, it seems you either love it and understand the cleverly writen material, or your a fucktard and think it’s just another canceled pile of shit show that was expelled from the bowles of the Fox network long ago. Guess which side of the fence I’m on? Bet you’ll never get it…
P.S. I tried to find a good representation of this show from youtube, but there is literally nothing. Sorry. Just take my word, it’s funny.
7. Robot Chicken
This show is a stop-animation classic created by in part by Seth Green; who also does many of the voices on it. It’s a sketch comedy that parodies a number of pop culture conventions using stop-animation, toys, action figures, and claymation. If you’ve ever seen the hilarious Blue Harvest Star Wars parody in season 5 of Family guy, that was basically a knock off of much better Robot Chicken version. Seeing as how Seth Green is on both shows I see why they did it.
6. Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks was another case of something with so much potential but wasn’t given the time of day, and cut down in the prime of it’s youth. It aired on NBC in 1999-2000 and was created by Judd Apatow – yes, the same Apatow responsible for 40 year old Virgin, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall – and many of the people who starred in the previously mentioned, were on Freaks and Geeks first: including Seth Rogan, Jason Segel and James Franco. It’s a shame this show only lasted 12 episodes. Non the less it is a clever and well put together teen dramatic comedy about the everyday lives of a group of teens at a Michigan high school, circa 1980’s.
5. Summer Heights High
This show isn’t under the radar, I don’t even think it’s on the radar. Of all the people I’ve mentioned it to, only one guy knew of it. And he was Autralian. If you dig the office then you’ll appreciate this. It’s the same style of satirical mockumentary that lampoons Australian high school life and many aspects of the human condition. The series was written by and starring Chris Lilley, who plays the shows three protagonists: the effeminate and megalomaniac “director of the performing arts” Mr. G; the self-absorbed, privleged teenager Ja’mai King; and the disobedient, vulgar and hiarious student bully Jonah Takalua.
4.Curb Your Enthusiasm
CYE is the Rodney Dangerfield of television shows. Been around for a while but doesn’t get any respect. Although it has a loyal following of core fans, the masses have not payed enough attention to this Larry David masterpiece. For those who don’t know Larry David was the co-creator of Seinfeld and the character George Costanza was based on Larry David. CYE is a losely scripted, improvisational satire that essentially takes a look at all the incrediblely awekward, hilarious, and self destructive moments that Larry David get’s involved in in his life after Seinfeld. Pushing the limits in every direction and just incredibley funny. If your a fan of the “Show about nothing”, this takes off right where it left and does it just as well if not better.
3. Arrested Development
This show was so incredibly brilliant and gut wrenchingly funny that Fox didn’t know what to do with it. So they canceled it. Sounds like par for the course at Fox. If it’s good, get rid of it and replace it with some pile of shit reality show about dumb blonds with fake tits, or useless fame whores with gigantic asses.
The show is about a wealthy dysfunctional family who’s father has gone to jail, leaving his son Michael (Jason Bateman) to take over the company and role as head of the family. With an all star cast including Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett (who is absolutely brilliant as the eldest son Gob), Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, David (I’m a never nude) Cross and executive producer and narrorator Ron Howard, since its cancelation this show has taken on a cult like following.
The name Ricky Gervais (click link for hilarious stand up bit) may not be a household name but you’ve probably seen his work. He was the one responsible for creating, writing and staring in the original Office UK. Which Steve Carell and the gang have redone for North American viewers. Gervais is also one of the best comedians of all time. Gervais created, stars and writes for Extras; a show about extras on movie and television sets. This show is uncomfortably funny. It’s one of those shows you watch and feel awkward in your skin watching it while laughing at the unbelievable “crickets” moments. The first season has a slew of big stars doing guest appearances like Ben Stiller, Orlando Bloom, Patrick Stewert and Daniel Radcliff in probably one of the funniest scenes in the entire first season.
1. Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia is quite possibly one of the best shows on television right now and one of my favorite new shows in recent years. Only now starting to get recognition going into its 4th season on the FX network. Some like to consider it “Seinfeld on crack”, it was created by three friends Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenny; who all write, produce and star in the show. It’s about 4 friends in their late 20s who run a shitty Irish bar in Phili, “Paddy’s Pub. Season one is amazing and half way through, it gets even better with the addition of Danny DeVito to the cast. Possibly his best role since Twins. The show has absolutely no limits, breaks every rule and holds no punches when it comes to making fun of the handicapped, homeless people, midgets, and every ethnicity.