Looking for some stress relief? Well, fear not because I’ve got you covered with this little guide to some of the funniest TV shows that you can stream right now in the UK! I’ll be talking about 10 of my favourite sitcoms that will make you giggle ’til your sides are sore.
Credit where it’s due, this post was inspired by two separate events. First of all, to Lauren from Laureny Loves for sharing her best TV shows to watch when you’re not feeling well. And secondly to the iconic episode of The Office (US) aptly named “Stress Relief.” Between the two, I knew I wanted to curate my own list that will (hopefully) entertain you and lighten the load of this chaos we’re all living in right now so here it goes!
The obvious place to start this list is in New York in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Over two decades later, Friends is still one of the most beloved TV shows out there. If you’re a fan, you’ve probably watched the series dozens, if not hundreds of times, by now. (We sure have!) And honestly, it’s refreshing to be able to return to a show so many times and still find it funny.
In fact, it’s like hanging out with… you guessed it, friends. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last spent time together, it always feels like coming home.
FAVOURITE EPISODES: The One with Ross’s Sandwich (S5 E9) + The One Where Ross Got High (S6 E9)
Flash forward a few decades and cross the East River and boom, you’ll find yourself in the very capable hands of the police precinct, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. With a diverse group of hilarious officers who will all leave a mark on your heart, this feel good cop show is not one to miss.
FAVOURITE EPISODES: Coral Palms: Parts 1, 2 + 3 (S4 E1-3)
Friday Night Dinner
It’s Friday night and you’ve been invited to the Goodman’s for dinner. What could possibly go wrong? Well… er, everything!
This is the first British comedy series on this list and it’s as addictive as it is hilarious. But word of warning: it can be controversial and cringey! This isn’t one for the kids so maybe wait until they’ve gone to bed unless you want them shouting expletives for the rest of their life.
FAVOURITE EPISODES: The Dress (S1 E4) + The Fox (S3 E2)
The IT Crowd
So this sitcom follows the two members of the IT department, Moss and Roy, and their not at all technically inclined boss, Jen. There’s always something going wrong and the results are usually hilarious. It can be incredibly offensive at times but if you can look past that, it’s a real joy to watch.
FAVOURITE EPISODES: Smoke and Mirrors (S2 E5) + Italian For Beginners (S4 E4)
One of my absolute faves, this British family sitcom is hilarious from start to finish. What I love most about Outnumbered is that it perfectly captures the reality of raising kids – they’ll pretty much do or say whatever they want, usually at your expense.
In fact, one of the highlights of the show is that the kids were largely unscripted in the early years. They were able to just spout out whatever popped into their head with hilarious results. It’s worth watching for the kids alone.
FAVOURITE EPISODE: The Airport (S2 E4)
From its beautiful handling of LGBT+ issues to its humanity and huge heart to Catherine O’Hara being truly iconic, Schitt’s Creek needs to be watched ASAP if you haven’t seen it yet.
It revolves around a wealthy family who lose all their money and end up living in a motel in the town they own but can’t sell. And honestly it is hilarious.
FAVOURITE EPISODES: Meet the Parents (S5 E11) + The Hike (S5 E13)
The Office (US)
This show needs no introductions. Okay, but seriously. This US remake of classic British sitcom, The Office, swaps Ricky Gervais’ David Brent for Steve Carell’s Michael Scott and quickly develops its own identity. If you can’t help but compare the two versions, it’s worth skipping a few of the first episodes. Trust me, it’s worth getting into.
If I’m having a bad day, I can always rely on The Office to bring me out of my funk. Every episode is a barrel of laughs. Whether it’s Michael’s naivety and blissful ignorance or Dwight’s somewhat extreme version of reality or the relationships between the co-workers. All the characters are wonderful which feels like this large super dysfunctional family that you can’t help but love.
FAVOURITE EPISODES: Safety Training (S3 E20) + Stress Relief: Parts 1+2 (S5 E14+15)
Parks and Recreation
Set inside the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department is one of my absolute all time favourite shows. Delightfully funny, irresistibly quotable (treat yo’self!) and largely centred around its strong females, this show is golden.
And honestly, no matter what you need right now whether it’s motivation, a dash of sarcasm or an escape from reality, this sitcom is exactly what you need. It literally deserves to be top of your watch list.
FAVOURITE EPISODES: Flu Season (S3 E2) + The Fight (S3 E13)
Normally I don’t enjoy animated comedy shows but Bob’s Burgers is easily one of the funniest TV shows out there which makes it a big exception. The focus is on Bob Belcher who owns a burger restaurant, his wife Linda and their three children, Tina, Gene and Louise.
It’s got punny burger names, a range of whimsical characters, catchy tunes and once again shows that family life is anything but predictable.
FAVOURITE EPISODES: Crawl Space (S1 E2) + The Wolf of Wharf Street (S8 E3)
Last but not least is the wonderful Modern Family. Known for breaking the traditional family sitcom model and sharing the complexities of a multi-generational extended family, Modern Family is currently in its final season over on Sky One. *cries*
If you’ve yet to tune in to the lives of the Pritchett-Delgado, Dunphy and Tucker-Pritchett families then where have you been hiding? Now’s your chance!
FAVOURITE EPISODES: Airport 2010 (S1 E22) + Las Vegas (S5 E18) + Five Minutes (S8 E18)
So there you have it: 10 fantastic sitcoms that you can start watching immediately! I hope you find something here that takes your fancy.
Are any of these your favourites too? Let me know in the comments below!
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