Situational comedy or simply sitcom is a type of comedy often played on radio and television programs. The main feature of this genre is permanent characters and place of action. As for television sitcoms, it is also a strict time format, which is usually 20-30 minutes. Today we want to tell you about 7 great sitcoms, designed to brighten up any depressing evening. These series will for sure bring a smile to your face in a matter of minutes.
1. How I Met Your Mother
“How I Met Your Mother” is a great example of how a successful team of actors and quality direction can turn a simple idea into something very entertaining. The name of this TV show speaks for itself and basically describes the plot. A shy and a little boring guy Ted Mosby remembers his youth and tells his children a story of how he got to know their mother. His story stretches for nine seasons.
Funny, how script writers have softened some of Ted’s stories to be more appropriate for kids. For example, Ted replaces smoking marijuana for eating sandwiches. If you remember these little things, some scenes look even funnier.
2. Two and a Half Men
Charlie is a bachelor who writes commercial jingles and lives his life by the principle “there’s never too much pleasure”. But one day Charlie’s brother Alan and his son Jake come to live with him. Now two adults and a ten-year-old boy have to get along in one house. Meanwhile, Charlie teaches Jake life lessons, playing poker and flirting with the girls.
“Two and a Half Men” is built on very funny jokes, based on life situations, from which the viewer learns important life lessons.
“Scrubs” is a story about young doctors, who are growing up and searching for the meaning of life. They confront death every day, but write in notebooks with unicorns during the breaks, play basketball and make sarcastic speeches. “Scrubs” is a great show, as it has almost no bad episodes. The show managed to masterfully balance the comedy and drama. “Scrubs” can make you laugh very hard one minute and lay in tears from the dramatic scene the next moment.
4. The Big Bang Theory
Two physicists, Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, work in one scientific institute and rent an apartment together. It seems that nothing can distract them from contemplating the mysteries of the Universe until a cheerful girl named Penny comes to live next door. Leonard is trying to build a relationship, and Sheldon observes these attempts while remaining faithful to science. Their not less nerdy science buddies Rajesh Koothrappali and Howard Wolowitz, also add various gags and ridiculous situations into the narrative. The show is replete with “scientific” jokes, and all the main characters (except for Penny) are typical geeks, obsessed with science and comics.
“Friends” is an ageless and legendary classic. A generation grew watching this cult series. There are so many guys like Chandler and girls behaving like Phoebe around us. During the 10 seasons six friends shoulder to shoulder fight against the brutal reality, fall in love, drink coffee and kill time together. “Friends” teach us to treat life easier and in any difficult situation remember that friends are the chosen family.
The show is recognized as one of the best comedy series in the history of American television and has become one of the most notable projects of the 1990s. Events take place mainly in Manhattan (New York) about the same time interval, when the series were shot – in 1994-2004.
From 1994 to 2004 was shot a total of 236 episodes. The production and the creative group received numerous awards, including six Emmys and the Golden Globe Award. The final episode of the series took the fourth place in the rating of the last episodes of the television shows, and it was seen by 52.5 million people.
6. Everybody Hates Chris
The series is positioned as an artistic retelling of the biography of the famous American stand-up comedian Chris Rock. The comedian himself also took an active part in the creation of the sitcom. The series tell a full of humor story about the difficult childhood of an ordinary boy.
Chris is the oldest child in the family, and therefore the upbringing of the younger sister and brother to some extent lies on his shoulders. The boy’s father, Julius, is forced to work two jobs at once to ensure a decent life for his family. His mother Rochelle earns money only occasionally, and the rest of the time she does housework. After moving to a new place, Chris’s brother and sister go to the most ordinary school. But parents send Chris to the elite school, where he turns out to be the only black child. Of course, he is constantly subjected to mockery and ridicule, but thanks to Chris’s kindness and intelligence, he still manages to find new friends.
7. According to Jim
In the center of the story is the life of a simple married couple Jim (Jim Belushi) and Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith), who live in a suburb of Chicago with their children. While Jim makes money for the family, working in a construction company, Cheryl looks after the house and is engaged in the education of children. Spouses love each other and adore their noisy kids.
Jim is selfish, lazy and often searches for different ways to get things done with less effort. But he also knows well how to calm down his angry or upset wife, how to raise children and how to help close friends. And even sometimes this couple has misunderstandings and fights Jim’s love for family always helps him find a solution to any problem.