Be sure to check back on December 20 to see IGN’s Best Comedy TV Series of 2017 winner. And of course our opinion isn’t the only one that matters — cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of the page to help decide the IGN People’s Choice selection!
From IGN’s American Vandal Review: American Vandal is an exceptional and addictive mystery that, ostensibly, lampoons more serious subject matters via its crime documentary parody format, but winds up surprising you with its earnest and emotional look at high school and teenage life through the lens of someone easily dismissed and written off as a joke.
From IGN’s Bojack Horseman Review: Bojack’s fourth season splits a lot of its attention, leading to some of the series’ best moments and others that can’t quite stand on their own. Almost everything having to do with BoJack’s family is stellar, while the rest of the cast’s plots can be fun but can feel like distractions from the moving emotional core of the show. Thankfully that core is so affecting and so heartbreaking, proving yet again that BoJack remains one of the most powerfully human shows around.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has quietly been fighting the good fight as a more traditional broadcast single-cam comedy with some of the series’ best material. The amazing ensemble cast is reminiscent of the magic that made Parks and Rec and The Office work so well at their respective peaks. And with episodes like Cop-Con, HalloVeen, and more, the Nine-Nine has proven it’s only gotten better with time.
From IGN’s Glow Review: GLOW is fundamentally fun and effortlessly engaging, following a troupe of lost performers who find family and friendship through an art form that, in most other situations, they’d never consider trying. Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Marc Maron triumphantly triple-team this series as anchors in performance, but pawns to production – just like with any good wrestling show. The money is in the chase, and GLOW honors this.
From IGN’s The Good Place Review: Last year, The Good Place rewarded its loyal Season 1 viewers with a twist so diabolical and fun that it fundamentally changed the direction of the show – for the better. It was a swerve that had been planned all along and, in Season 2, that hard left turn gave us some tremendous comedy. Ted Danson’s Michael has now had to form an uneasy alliance with Kristen Bell’s Eleanor for the sake of everyone’s survival and it’s been a laugh riot. Sneaky schemes and profound revelations run rampant on what might be the cosmically cleverest comedy on TV.
Comedian Maria Bamford returned for a super (though shorter) second season of the surreal and quasi-autobiographical Lady Dynamite, as show-Maria had to work hard to make her new relationship to Scott (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) work, despite all her emotional and interpersonal issues. Glimpses into the future however, provided fans with an alarmingly awesome and abstract take on Maria’s experience making – yes – THIS show. If you’re looking for a spectacular meta-skewering of Netflix, on Netflix, this is it, as Maria had to contend with A.I. algorithms, plastic surgery, and an unearthed-from-the-molten core Mira Sorvino monster.
From IGN’s Master of None Review: Master of None returns with an ambitious, confident and overall fantastic season featuring love, laughter and longing. It’s able to weave a solid and absorbing seasonal story while also taking structural “time outs” for episodes about online app dating or the personal drama of side characters (or characters who aren’t even on the show, really). On top of this, Alessandra Mastronardi’s Francesca, and the arc that she brings, is joyful and captivating. The heartache and realness resonate in profound ways.
The fun of Comedy Central’s bewildering reality show, which sees host Nathan Fielder help struggling small businesses with the most convoluted solutions imaginable, has always been watching just how far Nathan will go to put his “really good grades” from business school to use. Season 4 ups the ante in many ways, including one episode where Nathan spends $350,000 of his show’s budget to stage an unbelievable story… just so he can truthfully tell it during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The season culminates with the feature-length “Finding Frances,” which documents Nathan’s attempts to help a former guest on the show track down his long-lost love. It’s equal parts soulful, uncomfortable, and funny, and the high water mark of a very strong season.
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From IGN’s Rick and Morty Review: Rick and Morty’s third season didn’t quite reach the heights of Season 2, but it is the series’ most consistently entertaining and ambitious season yet. This season pushed the characters in ever-darker and more bizarre directions, further refining that balance between high-concept sci-fi adventure and bleak character drama. The series remains as fresh and exciting now as it was in the beginning.
From IGN’s Veep Review: Veep closed out its sixth season with a punchy parade of biting insults, hilarious jokes, and fun flashbacks that took us back years – even decades – to show us key moments in Selina’s life. We commend this season for maintaining her ex-president story the entire time, without half the season feeling like she had one foot back in the game. This year was about her legacy and her fumbling attempts to make her one year as Commander in Chief feel historic and meaningful.
Voting closes on December 19, so cast your vote for Best Comedy Series now!