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Spring Wrap-Up:  Six TV Comedies Worth Your Attention

Television seems to be geared toward hour-long dramas.  A year ago I was ready to proclaim the death of sitcoms as we knew them, but I am glad to say I was wrong.  It’s time to shine a light on six good comedies that recently had their finales.  All of these shows ended on or before April 1st but clearing out my DVR in the “Age of Television” takes time (don’t judge me).  Spoilers are abound, so reader beware! 

Broad City (season 1)

Comedy Central – Finale:  “The Last Supper” 3/26/14

Broad City follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time. – IMDB.com

This show really surprised me.  I figured this was just another plain Comedy Central sketch show (it isn’t even a sketch show) with the same old recycled jokes, but I was wrong… boy was I wrong.  The first episode hooked me in with the first scene.  The two main characters Abbi (Abbi Jacobsen) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) were talking casually via Skype… then the audience got the reveal that Ilana was in the middle of having “relations” with her boyfriend Lincoln (Hannibal Buress) – You might have to see it to understand the comedic genius of it.  There were some great characters and situations introduced (grown man who pays women to treat him like a baby – replete with changings, for example), and funny scenes surrounding pregnancies, weddings, and of course friendship.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (season 1)

FOX – Finale:  “Charges and Specs” 3/25/14

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is a single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a talented-but-carefree detective and his diverse group of colleagues get a new captain with a lot to prove. – FOX.com

This show has a strong cast who know how to get the best out of their comedic characters.  The show centers around Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) who is a good detective who has a massive ego that tends to get him into trouble.  Veteran actors Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, and Andre Braugher add depth and legitimacy to this show.  My favorite character is Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) who always has a pithy comeback and a whack way of looking at life in general.  I can’t wait to see if they can keep up the great work in season two.

Cougar Town (season 5)

TBS – Finale:  “We Stand a Chance” 4/1/14

Cougar Town centers on the Cul de Sac Crew, a tight-knit group of friends who keep things funny while supporting each other through the challenges and pitfalls of life – with a little dysfunction and a whole lot of wine. –  TBS.com 

So the season ends with Travis (Dan Byrd) and Laurie (Busy Philipps) finding out they are going to have a baby?  I understand why they did it, but this romance seems a little rushed to me.  Travis has been longing to be with Lori for years and they finally hooked up and by the end of the season there is a bay in-tow?  A little fast for my taste, but I’m okay with it if they can stretch this into another season.  This is a classic “watch anytime” show that I am not ready to see get cancelled just yet.  I am so glad this show made its way to TBS instead of the scrap heap (ABC let this series go last year).

House of Lies (season 3)

Showtime – Finale:  “We Stand a Chance” 4/1/14

A subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want. – IMDB.com 

The drama in this season was outstanding.  They set up the ending of Marty (Don Cheadle) being ousted from his own company by the love his life Jeannie (Kristen Bell) in such a brilliant fashion.  I also liked the distraction/integration of the Dolla Hyde Company (owners played byMekhi Phifer and rapper T.I.).  This is yet another show that is making it hard on avid television watchers like myself.  They have gotten so good with their storytelling, placing themselves in the upper echelon of all comedies currently on American television.  I’m not even sure that this show is a real comedy.  It’s listed as one, so it makes my list.

Kroll Show (season 2)

Comedy Central – Finale:  “Blisteritos Presents Dad Academy Graduation Congraduritos Red Carpet Viewing Party” 3/25/13

Show highlights Nick Kroll’s incredible ability to transform himself into hilarious characters that pop off the screen while bringing many of his popular short-form favorites along for the ride. – IMDB.com 

This was yet another show that snuck up on me.  I can’t help but compare all Comedy Central sketch shows to ‘The Chappelle Show’ thus declaring all of their shows abject failures. I can’t help it.  The one thing I did like about ‘The Kroll Show’ is that it’s a sketch show that kept a theme throughout the entire season.  We began with C-Czar (Nick Kroll) enrolling in “Dad Academy” and end with his graduation in the finale and got a bunch of craziness in-between.  The show is definitely different… I hope it gets a few more seasons to fully bloom.

Men at Work (season 3)

TBS – Finale:  “Odd Milo Out” 3/12/14

Comedy following the misadventures of four buddies who work together at a magazine. – IMDB.com 

I like this show.  It’s nothing to really write home about, but if you are looking for some entertainment to fill an empty 30 minutes, this is the show for you.  This season began with Neal (Adam Busch) asking his girlfriend Amy (Meredith Hagner) to marry him, and that was really the highlight of the entire season.  Well, we did learn a few things…  Myron (David Krumholtz) got fired & promoted, Jude (Kelen Coleman) became the new Editor-In-Chief after having a secret romance with Tyler (Michael Cassidy), and Neal apparently has the biggest penis on earth.  There is no word yet on the renewal or cancellation of the show (it doesn’t look good), but I really hope it survives.  What else am I going to laugh at while writing these types of commentaries?

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