Nobody knew quarantine will hit us this hard. But here we are sitting at home having nothing to do. Or, we are getting our works done sitting at home very efficiently. But we need a break, don’t we? And what’s the best way to spend your spare time?
There are many ways such- gardening, gaming, cooking, singing, and dancing. But another fun way is to watch sitcoms. Series online have been taking the internet by storm and it’s one of the effective ways to spend quality time with your partners or family members as well.
What is Sitcom?
A sitcom is generally situational comedy series that centers around some fixed characters and those characters moving it forward from episode to episode. To lighten your mood and to spend your time sitcoms are perfect.
People are more leaned towards tv shows and are seeing them more because these kinds of series typically have a 21-24 minutes timeframe per episode.
Now that quarantine is coming to an end, don’t panic! You can still watch these shows and spend the last few days of your quarantine binging.
7. The IT Crowd
The first time a friend recommended this series to me I didn’t know it was that funny. But as you can see I am writing about it and it is so entertaining to watch. The story revolves around a company and two IT guys working at the basement of the company as the company recognizes it as their IT Department.
It Crowd is basically a British sitcom that was first released on 3 February 2006. It is originally broadcasted by Channel4. This series was written by Graham Linehan and produced by Ash Atalla.
Currently, it is also available on the most used and popular platform Netflix. It Crowd cast- Chris O’Dowd (Roy), Richard Ayoade (Moss), Katherine Parkinson (Jen), Matt Berry (Douglas Reynholm). The IMDb rating of IT Crowd is 8.5/10.
The storyline of IT Crowd goes like this- there is a big company of Reynholm Industry and they have two IT guys at the basement of their office working as their IT department.
In the very first of the series, the Reymonholms industry hires Jen as the head of the IT department. And the story continues as these three people make their way through the goofy journey.
6. New Girl
Don’t you just love a feel-good series that revolves around friends and family? Among many sitcoms, New Girl has shined its way out. It’s such a nice feel-good series that will instantly brighten your mood.
New Girl is an American sitcom that has seven seasons. It is created by Elizabeth Meriwether and it’s produced by 20th Television for Fox Broadcasting.
This story revolves around Jess (starring Zooey Deschanel) who is a school teacher who recently broke up with her cheating boyfriend and was househunting. She lands upon the loft in Los Angelos where there are three men Nick(starring Jake Johnson), Schmidt (starring Max Greenfield), and former roommate Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) who were looking for a roommate as well.
Apart from that, there’s another main role of Jess’s Bestfriend Cecelia (starring Hannah Simone) who is an Indian-American and a fashion model by profession.
New Girl was released on September 20, 2011, and has won the hearts of many. The IMDb rating of New Girl is 7.7/10. This show has been nominated for quite some awards. Mentionable nominations include 5 Golden Globe Awards and 5 Primetime Emmy Awards. The series finale of this series aired on May 15, 2018.
5. The Office
The Office is a mockumentary American sitcom. This series depicts the work-life of the employees of a fictional company named Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. It has a total of 201 episodes in 9 seasons. This American version is the adaptation of the BBC series with the same name. This series is also been adopted by many other countries with the same plot but a different cast.
Whether you are working or not you’ll definitely relate to the feuds of the employees. This series is just so sarcastic that it’ll make you laugh and roll. Micheal Scott who is the boss of the company starring Steve Carell is in such a mood.
Besides that, the funny banter between Jim(starring John Krasinki) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is all you need to lighten your mood. Besides, the sweet love stories between the co-workers will give you butterflies, BIG TIME! The Office last aired on 16 May 2013, putting an end to a hilarious series.
4. Modern Family
One of my favorite series. This is a family drama and the episodes are 21-22 minutes long. Modern family is yet another American mockumentary family TV show.
Modern Family is the creation of Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan. It was created by the American Broadcasting Company. It started on 23rd September 2009 and it ran for 11 seasons. Although it was about to have 10 seasons it extended till the 11th season to finish the unfinished business and make a perfect ending.
This series revolves around 3 family and their patriarch. It was continuously popular throughout the whole show while it aired. It was nominated for Emmy Awards 75 times of which 22 times they won. It’s such an outstanding series and is very close to my heart.
The importance of family and how the family pulls each other back when in distress sets quite an example for the people out there. It also lightens the air around the LGBTQ community by showing a same-sex family among the 3 families.
The three families live in Los Angelos and their homes are close to one another. Patriarch Jay(Ed O’Neil) is the father of Claire(Julie Bowen) who is a homemaker and Mitchell(Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who is a lawyer by profession.
Jay remarried a Latina woman named Gloria (Sofia Vergara) who also had a son named Manuel Manny Delgado(Rico Rodriguege). Mitchell is gay and he and his boyfriend Cameron adopts a cute little daughter named Lily, at the end of the series they adopt a son named Rexford.
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Do you like a good cop series? Then this series is it for you. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a very energetic and sarcastic comedy series made surrounding the lives of the detectives of the New York Police Department.
This series is a procedural comedy sitcom and is very popular. This series is produced by Daan Goor and Micheal Schur. This series especially revolves around the NYPD and their detectives.
Jake (Andy Samberg)and Amy(Mellisa Fumero), who are some of the finest detectives of NYPD later play the role of love interest to one another in the series.
Brooklyn’s fictional 99th Precinct is their workplace where Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) is the head of the team. This show also features Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, and Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle. Brooklyn Nine-Nine started its journey on September 11, 2013.
The series finale is yet to be premiered at the 8th season of this series which is announced as the last season of the series. This comedy series is a combination of enthusiasm and humor.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine won a Golden Globe Award and two Emmy Awards along with many more nominations and awards. You could watch the prior 7 seasons until the next season premiers. Brooklyn nine-nine is rated 8.4/10 in IMDb ratings.
2. The Big Bang Theory
Big Bang theory, seems familiar? Yes, those who are majoring in science-related subjects know what that is. Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom fabricated by Chuck Lorre and Bill Pardy.
Chuck and Bill are also executive producers of the series along with Steven Molaro. Bigbang Theory was premiered on 14 September 2007 on CBS. This show is filmed in front of a live audience and the laugh tracks you’ll be hearing are genuine reactions. It’s rated 8.1/10 on IMDb rating.
This series ran for 12 seasons and it’s very well accepted by the audience. This series mainly surrounds Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Dr. Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), and Penny (Kaley Cuoco).
The life of Sheldon and his journey of adapting to situations he never thought of adapting and meeting people and making a bunch of friends.
This series also features Mellisa Rauch as Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, Ayim Bialik as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, Kevin Sussman as Stuart Bloom, Kunal Nayyar as Dr. Rajesh Koothrappali, and Simon Helberg as Haward Wolowitz. This series will give you good laugh and also connect with you on an emotional level.
Who hasn’t heard of FRIENDS? I think most of us have heard of it. Some might consider it overrated but it’s really not. Friends have connected with people from across the world on the same emotional wavelength.
It is popular among the youth even after years of release. The pilot of Friends was first aired on September 22, 1994. It lasted for ten seasons and the finale was released o May 6, 2004.
The show itself was very ahead of time because of which people till now can relate to it. It also shows a lesbian couple one of which was the wife of Ross. Friends revolve around the lives of 6 friends- Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Chandler Bing (Mathew Perry), Ross Geller, (David Schwimmer) Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), and Pheobe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow).
How they grow and how their lives are revolving around each other is shown in the series. They have a lot of Birthdays, Marriages, Divorces, Love Interests, Children throughout the show but they stick to one another. It’s rated 8.9/10 in the IMDb ratings which shows how the audience loves this series.
Although I have mentioned only 7 sitcoms there is so much out there that you can watch. In this pandemic, we are mentally very challenged, and watching light comedy series or sitcoms will lighten and brighten your mood. Happy Binging!
Writer – Arshika Rahman Raidah
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