It’s a classic that many of you have rewatched over and over again. You can’t really go wrong with Ricky Gervais and part of us really wants David Brent to be our boss. He’s narcissistic and rude but bloody hilarious and so is this TV show.
Staying classical here it’s hard to find anyone that doesn’t like friends. We’ve all dreamed of living with our best mates in an apartment with not a care in the world. That’s pretty unrealistic in Dublin though so your best bet is to just watch Friends. The last episode aired 15 years ago yesterday and remains one of the saddest moments in television history. Apart from that though it’s light hearted and funny.
If you like slapstick comedy with virtually no redeeming value than this show is for you. Matt Lucas and David Walliams take the roles of a number of different characters and the results are pretty hilarious. It’s not exactly PC so bad luck for the sensitive folk among us. It’s equally disturbing as it is funny and if you think a grown man playing an eight year girl scout is too much than maybe stay away. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy!
Friday Night Dinner
I bumped in to this recently and I can’t stop watching. The show centers around the Goodman family and their lovable neighbour Jim. You’ll probably find this show funny not just due to the crazy circumstances that the family find themselves in but also because you’ll find similarities between the Goodmans and your own. Martin is your typical Dad and Jonny and Adam are pretty much your typical brothers. It might sound banal enough but watch an episode and you’ll end up binge watching all 3 seasons within a week.
John Cleese is a blundering hotel owner from this 70’s tv show. It might be the oldest show on this list but the humour remains very much relevant and hilarious today. Just to give you an example of the kind of humour in Fawlty Towers, put ‘Fawlty Towers the Germans’ into youtube. Enjoy!
The IT Crowd
Irelands own Chris O’Dowd stars in this comedy alongside Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson. Ayoade is genius coder and his direct demeanor and his inability to comprehend social norms make for some pretty hilarious interactions. O’Dowd is his lazy coworker (not perpetuating the Irish stereotype there or anything). However, our unique humour inevitably comes through here. Pop ‘IT Crowd-funeral’ into Youtube and you’ll see why this is such a great show.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It’s like Friends except all the characters are kind of dicks and they run a pretty horrible Irish bar where they hang out instead of a coffee shop. They also get up to some pretty crazy sh*t including cannablism and grave robbing. So it’s not exactly your run of the mill comedy. If you like your dark humour though, you’ll love It’s Always Sunny.
Peep Show revolves around Mark Corrigan, a loan manager at JLB credit and his unemployed, musician roommate Jeremy. If you have ever watched Mock the Week than you’ll know and love David Mitchell who plays Mark. Robert Webb of QI amongst other TV shows plays Jeremy. Mark has a long standing crush on office colleague Sophie Chapman (Olivia Coleman) and much of the first few seasons revolve around Mark’s failed and often hilarious efforts to seduce Sophie.
Back with Ricky Gervais again and this time he’s playing depressed widower Tony Johnson. This is more than just a comedy so you might want to make sure you have some tissues nearby. However, Tony’s deadpan humour and sarcasm will be certain to make you laugh, hence it’s inclusion on this list. There’s also a dog in it which immediately improves any TV show.
I’m Alan Partridge
It’s difficult really to categorise Alan Partridge’s humour but it’s just bloody funny. Steve Coogan is a comedy genius and he plays a pretty eccentric presenter in this show. The only way to understand the hilarity of Alan Partridge is to just watch it or at least youtube the recent skit of him singing ‘Come out you black and tans’ on a BBC chat show.
So there you go, you’re all very welcome. This is by no means a definitive list so please feel free to add more suggestions in the comments.