Here’s a question: What is the point of Saturday if it isn’t a day set aside for the sole purpose of shamelessly binge-watching your favorite TV shows for hours on end? Here’s an answer: There is no point to that Saturday. We at MUIPR would like to guide you in the direction of the most outrageously funny TV shows that you should make a priority on your “to watch” list:

 

1. Louie

Louie CK of "Louie" on FX (eonline.com)

Louie CK of “Louie” on FX (eonline.com)

The dry, derisive humor of comedian Louie CK, who is the creator, writer, and star of the show, makes this a comedy worth watching. The show is based off of his own life; a middle-aged, tired, divorced comedian and father of two girls living in New York City, while he deals with the small battles that come with living every day as “Louie.” The show is very real; it doesn’t romanticize life or exaggerate fabricated conflicts for comedic effect the way that many TV comedies do to keep the audience engaged — you can imagine every episode as an actual, painfully awkward encounter or random occurrence in the life of Louis CK. It is understated, yet there are moments that are laugh-out-loud-until-you-start-crying-and-pee-a-little funny. If you can get used to the comparably slower pace of the show (when compared to mainstream television) and appreciate Louie’s unique and hilarious voice, you should definitely add this series to your list of shows to watch. Stream seasons one through three on Netflix, and catch season four of “Louie,” on Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on FX.

 

2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is a hilarious cop-mockumentary (Copumentary?… No?), co-created by Mike Schur, who brought us Emmy Award-winning comedies such as “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” that plays upon the tried and true — and undeniably funny — formula that brought us some of the best TV comedy of our time, with a quirky spin. The show plays off of the comedic genius of former “SNL” cast-member Andy Samberg, and an array of other hilarious comedians such as Chelsea Peretti and Andre Braugher, as well as an inventive team of writers. Although “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is a brand new show — the first season came to a close this past April — its wit and lovably ridiculous characters earn it a spot on the list of the funniest shows on television. Probably for a few more years to come.

 

3. Parks and Recreation

Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, and Rashida Jones in "Parks and Recreation" (screencrush.com)

Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, and Rashida Jones in “Parks and Recreation” (screencrush.com)

We all know the drill: usually around season three or four of our favorite TV shows, the episodes become a little less funny, the writing, perhaps becomes a bit lazy, and we all wonder where the charm of the first few seasons went for vacation (the show “Lost”… I know it’s been a while, but I’m still not over it). However, after the emotional roller-coaster that was six long and successful seasons, “Parks and Recreation” has maintained its humor, dignity, and all of its charm. The success of this show is a rarity; even “The Office,” another NBC mockumentary, established a cult following early on and maintained it for quite a few seasons, but experienced a sharp decline in viewership and humor towards the last two seasons when Steve Carrell and key writers left the show. “Parks and Recreation” has proved that it is possible to maintain the humor and creative integrity of a show, even despite cast changes, while still making it last to its seventh season. Catch the final season of “Parks and Rec” on NBC this fall, and until then, refresh your memory by binge-watching seasons one through six on Netflix!

 

Honorable Mention: Portlandia, The Mindy Project, Big Bang Theory, Veep, Ja’mie: Private School Girl, Archer.

 

 

What do you think of these TV shows? Weigh in with your own favorites in the comments below or shoot me a tweet @JenksUOhMeASoda