The ending of a show is a dread for me for one specific reason: I have no idea what to do next. Picking a show is hard and challenging because of the fear that you won’t pick the right “one”. Surfing through countless streaming platforms, with nothing seeming to feel like the correct answer of what to watch.
I have composed a list of 5 sitcoms that I absolutely love and why, and I hope this list can help you pick your new favorite show. The descriptions will have a description of the show, the rating, how many seasons there are if it is still continuing, where you can watch it and why I love it.
I had to start with a classic, Modern Family! This show is about “three different types of families (nuclear, blended, and same-sex) living in the Los Angeles area” (Wikipedia) and how they handle their family dynamics while everyone grows up. This is a family comedy filled with heart-filled moments, growth and an amazing sense of humor.
This show is rated 12 and up with 11 seasons. This show finished in 2020 and you can watch it on Hulu. I love this show because it is a show you can watch with your parents, as well as by yourself. Most ages can watch it and it has amazing jokes, touches on important parts of society as well as people’s lives, and overall gives you an amazing story while teaching you.
The Good Place
The next sitcom I want to bring to your attention is The Good Place. “The Good Place is a town where those who have been good throughout their lives go once they have passed away. When Eleanor arrives at the Good Place, she realizes she has been mistaken for someone else and seeks help from a new friend to earn her spot in the Good Place.” (Plot Summary). This is a show that is rated 12 and older with 4 seasons and ended in 2020.
You can watch it on Netflix. The reason I love this show is that it plays on the idea of death and what could happen in the afterlife with funny and relatable characters. You get to watch Elenore grow as a person and learn through the 4 seasons provided to us. This show shows that everyone is capable of growth and everyone is redeemable and I think that is beautiful.
Next, I want you to draw your attention to the amazing sitcom, blackish. “Black-ish follows an upper-class African-American family led by Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson and Rainbow Johnson). The show revolves around the family’s lives, as they juggle several personal and sociopolitical issues” (Blackish). This show is rated PG with 7 seasons. It is not over, with the 8th and final season to be coming out in 2022. You can watch this show on Hulu.
This show gives a great insight into the life of African Americans in a fun and comical way. If you are not an African American I would definitely recommend watching this show if you want to understand black people and what they go through, better. This show is good for all races and most ages. It gives laughs while showing the struggles of marriage, having children, and so much more. I definitely recommend watching this show because of how much my sister and I have enjoyed watching it. It is a show you can watch with your parents, and by yourself. It is a great show for all ages.
The next sitcom I think is important for everyone to watch is Atypical. “Atypical is a coming of age comedy-drama that paints a realistic depiction of a 19-year-old boy on the autism spectrum and in search of romance and independence as he gets into university life” (https). This show is rated 13 and up with 4 seasons, and the last one came out in 2021. This show can be watched on Netflix. I love this show because I think it depicts the life of teenagers well.
I also think that it shows what a person’s life is like with autism and talks about important issues of someone with autism. This show touches on important aspects of teenagers’ lives like college, sports, sexuality and so much more. The family dynamic is also very entertaining and watching them understand each other and learn to grow and thrive around each other. It also has amazing side characters and characters you want to see thrive and succeed.
One Day At A Time
The last sitcom I want to bring to your attention is One Day at a Time. “The series depicts the everyday life of a Cuban-American family with each character finding their own journey”(One). This show is rated TV-PG with 4 seasons. The show ended in 2020 and you can find it on Netflix. This show is easily one of my top 5 for many reasons. The LBGTQ+ representation, the representation of a Latino family and shows important parts of Latin culture.
It also shows the dynamic of a family, how a veteran deals with being out of the war, and a mom learning how to be a single mother. This show has funny and lovable side characters as well as an amazing plot. It touches on important topics in society while making people laugh and smile.
I hope you enjoy these lists of sitcoms!