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Old 11-29-2019, 05:10 PM
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looking for a 'quirky' comedy tv show to watch


Daughter and I have taken to binging TV shows and drinking coffee together.
We liked and finished:
Psych
Parks and Recreation
Santa Clarita Diet
Corner Gas

While quirky comedy; We tried but just couldn't get into:
Arrested Development
Schitt's Creek

probably because there was too much pathos


We are now looking for something else that fits the first group, but not the second.
We aren't looking for situation comedies filmed before a live studio audience complete with fake laugh track. If you are familiar with the group we like, you will have an idea of what we are looking for.

any suggestions?
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Old 11-29-2019, 05:46 PM
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I liked "Don't Trust The B...In Apartment 23". Not sure if it's held up but I binged the whole thing on Netflix a few years ago and found it amusing.
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Old 11-29-2019, 05:48 PM
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Have you watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt yet? That falls solidly into the "quirky" category, and since you said you already watched Santa Clarita Diet I deduced that you must have Netflix.
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Old 11-29-2019, 05:49 PM
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The Good Place could work.
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Old 11-29-2019, 05:57 PM
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Seconding The Good Place, and also adding Pushing Daisies.

Alas, there are only 22 episodes -- its first season was cut short by a writers' strike, and it never regained its audience in its second season, after the strike -- but it's extremely well-written, with very punchy dialogue, and it is *defintely* quirky. If you try it, make sure to watch the first episode ("Pie-lette"), as it sets up everything that comes after, and provides the background to the show's weird premise.
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Old 11-29-2019, 05:55 PM
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I've seen bits and pieces of "The Goldbergs" occasionally. It looks interesting, quirky, and reminds me of "The Wonder Years."

I've only seen a few minutes at a time, but it looks promising.
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Old 11-29-2019, 06:06 PM
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Detectorists, maybe?
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Old 11-29-2019, 10:51 PM
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Bob's Burgers
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This guy quirks.
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This guy quirks.
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Old 11-29-2019, 11:19 PM
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Daughter and I have taken to binging TV shows and drinking coffee together.
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That's really nice.

I've been re-watching Taxi-- I'd forgotten how good it was. Good ensemble, that's what makes these shows.
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Old 11-29-2019, 11:43 PM
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30 Rock is probably the epitome of quirky. However, I'm going to suggest the often underrated Better Off Ted. It tends to get compared to Arrested Development. I'm sure that's partially because Portia De Rossi is in it, but it's also just as 'clever'. But it is considerably easier to digest. As much as I love AD, I can understand why some people can't get into it. Better Off Ted is still your basic office based sitcom...just better.
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Speaking of shows with "Rock" in the title: "3rd Rock from the Sun".
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Seconding Pushing Daisies and Better Off Ted. Both are excellent shows.

A lot of people who liked Corner Gas also liked Letterkenny.

You might also like My Name Is Earl, Galavant, and Doc Martin.

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Seconding Pushing Daisies and Better Off Ted. Both are excellent shows.

A lot of people who liked Corner Gas also liked Letterkenny.
Letterkenny was going to be my suggestion, but you beat me to it. In keeping with the Canadian theme, also check out Trailer Park Boys.

Better Off Ted is absolutely one of my favorites. I discovered it on a flight, of all things, looking for something to watch that wasn't the same old boring shit. I highly, highly recommend it. I was so disappointed it only lasted two seasons (in fact, I may have discovered it right when it was cancelled. But it's all gold, as far as I'm concerned.)

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If you can find some British shows somehow, I recommend The Durrells*, Detectorists, Zapped, and Ghosts.

You might also like Angie Tribeca or Russian Doll.

*I think it has an alternative name of The Durrells In Corfu
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Old 11-30-2019, 12:37 AM
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*I think it has an alternative name of The Durrells In Corfu
The Durrells in Corfu has been regularly running here on PBS (at least in Chicago, where I live) for some time now.
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Old 11-30-2019, 12:26 AM
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Lots of good comedies mentioned above. I'll add "What We Do In The Shadows", "Superstore", "Detroiters" and "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:38 AM
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Lots of good comedies mentioned above. I'll add "What We Do In The Shadows", "Superstore", "Detroiters" and "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".
If you like Detroiters, check out I Think You Should Leave. It's with Sam Richardson. The style of comedy (and production value, for that matter) is extremely similar to Detroiters, but it's a sketch show with a lot of (unexpected) guest stars.
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:14 AM
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Here's another you might like. No Activity.
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:39 AM
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And let's not forget Fawlty Towers.
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Old 11-30-2019, 03:26 AM
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Blackadder (you can safely skip series 1 and go straight to 2-4), Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Wait, how old is your daughter?
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You could try searching out Green Wing. I don't know if it's available in US markets. It's some way further along the spectrum from Parks and Recreation, venturing well into the surreal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWhtUB78tW0
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Old 11-30-2019, 04:03 AM
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Talking about sketch shows, Smack the Pony is hilarious.

For sitcoms, try 'Allo, 'Allo! It's kind of like the next step beyond Hogan's Heroes.
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Old 11-30-2019, 05:27 AM
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A third vote for Detectorists.

Flight of the Conchords.

I'm surprised you've not listed The Office, either original or the US versions.

Possibly hard to track down, depending where you are, but look for:

Father Ted

The Windsors (not to be confused with The Crown), and an earlier show with many links - Star Stories.

W1A - set in the BBC.
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Old 11-30-2019, 07:19 AM
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Old 11-30-2019, 07:24 AM
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I think Wilfred would qualify as 'quirky.'

There is the original Australian series Episode 1 and a US version with Elijah Wood and Fiona Gubelmann Explaining Wilfred.
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W1A - set in the BBC.
You could even look at the earlier series that spawned it, 2012, a mockumentary about the London Olympics.

"That Mitchell and Webb look" is a sketch series but excellent, and "peep show" has the same two people in a sit-com.
"the IT crowd" is excellent
"the day today" is a spoof news show from the early 90's, hilarious, surreal and presient. the follow-on "brass eye" is Chris Morris at his best.

You might want to search out the Alan Partridge saga as well. He starts as a sports reporter in the above "the day today", spins off into a chat show with "knowing me, knowing you, with Alan Partridge", then in mid-career hiatus with "I'm Alan Partridge" series 1 and 2. There are others beyond that but they are a good place to start.

Also "Toast" is great, a struggling actor played by Matt Berry (star of the aforementioned and also recommened "what we do in the shadows"), Any show that has names such Sooki Houseboat, Dinky Frinkbuster and Clem Fandango has got to be good.
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Old 11-30-2019, 07:24 AM
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I have to assume you've seen it, but if not, Scrubs. The reruns must be on a dozen times a day so it's easy to find and due to the style of narration, you can, for the most part, watch any random episode and get up to speed pretty quickly (IOW, if you want to try it, just watch the next episode you see airing).
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New Girl. How do you not love a series that once persuaded PRINCE to guest star and make pancakes?
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Wonderfalls would fit on this list.
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Trial and Error if you liked the Office.
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Old 11-30-2019, 09:06 AM
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There's also "Monk," which is almost as quirky and entertaining as "Psych"
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Oh, and I second Peep Show as well.
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Weeds i found to be one of the best shows ever. One thing about it: Every episode ended with a real cliffhanging bang. It was very hard to stop watching.
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Weeds i found to be one of the best shows ever. One thing about it: Every episode ended with a real cliffhanging bang. It was very hard to stop watching.
I loved Weeds in the beginning but grew weary of Nancy's super asshole behavior.

May I suggest Grace and Frankie? It is about family and getting old but Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (plus every actor and actress over 50) know how to do irreverent. Also, it's pilot is about how their business partner husbands announce that they have been lovers for 40 odd years and now want a divorce so they can marry each other. It gets even better from t here.
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The Larry Sanders Show, starring Garry Shandling, Rip Torn, and Jeffrey Tambor: a take-down of late night talk shows.

If you like it dark: Six Feet Under on HBO.
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If you can track it down, the '80s Canadian sketch show Bizarre, with John Byner and the late Bob Einstein. It's wonderfully non-PC.

I just finished watching an episode of Night Court. I love Bob and June Wheeler!
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I checked, sure this show was already mentioned but no. Dead Like Me is great. Only one season despite a campaign to get it back, so it's a quick binge.
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Living With Yourself on Netflix. I started a thread about it awhile ago. Funny and pretty well done, but only one season.
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Two animated series for you: Archer is a great spy spoof, and Rick and Morty is a great science fiction spoof. Both are raunchy and violent and, at their best, breathtakingly clever and entertaining.
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I checked, sure this show was already mentioned but no. Dead Like Me is great. Only one season despite a campaign to get it back, so it's a quick binge.
I'll note that Pushing Daisies was originally developed by Bryan Fuller as a spin-off to Dead Like Me (which was also created by Fuller). However, by the time Pushing Daisies made it to air, there was no direct connection between the two series (other than both being quirky comedies about death).

Also, Dead Like Me actually had two seasons, plus a direct-to-DVD movie made a few years later.
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I'll note that Pushing Daisies was originally developed by Bryan Fuller as a spin-off to Dead Like Me (which was also created by Fuller). However, by the time Pushing Daisies made it to air, there was no direct connection between the two series (other than both being quirky comedies about death).

Also, Dead Like Me actually had two seasons, plus a direct-to-DVD movie made a few years later.
Thanks for the info. I think I've seen all the the episodes but for sure didn't see the movie.
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Thanks for the info. I think I've seen all the the episodes but for sure didn't see the movie.
I'm rarely one to say this sort of thing, but...don't watch the movie unless you are an obsessive completionist. IMHO it just really, really isn't good. One might even say bad . No Mandy Patinkin and for some insane reason they recast Laura Harris as Daisy Adair instead of just replacing her character. The storyline isn't that exciting either.

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I'm rarely one to say this sort of thing, but...don't watch the movie unless you are an obsessive completionist. IMHO it just really, really isn't good. One might even say bad . No Mandy Patinkin and for some insane reason they recast Laura Harris as Daisy Adair instead of just replacing her character. The storyline isn't that exciting either.
Good to know. If only someone had gave me this same advice before I saw Aliens 3: FU Aliens Fans.
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Thanks for the info. I think I've seen all the the episodes but for sure didn't see the movie.
Donít bother with the movie. It only sullies the really good show.
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I really enjoyed "Patriot" on Amazon. It's certainly quirky and a comedy, although the humor is often quite dry and dark and it can be pretty seriously dramatic at times. But there are scenes that are just sublime and running gags that really pay off over time. I loved this show so much.

It has two seasons and starts out pretty strong. I think you'd know within an episode of two if it was your cup of tea.
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I don't know that I have the same definition of quirky- because none of the OP seem quirky to me. Not that they're bad shows, I just wouldn't label any of them quirky.

But, the same people behind Parks & Rec are also behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine & The Good Place. So there's a similarity between the shows that you might like.
Cougar Town (hangout comedy with people in their 40s) is not unlike these... the first season is kind of a mess, but it figures itself out after a while.

If you like Psych, then Monk, Royal Pains, In Plain Sight, White Collar, (all dramas - but so, technically, was Psych) are all in the same line. I'd also put Chuck in a similar bucket. Green Wing (also closer to a drama) is truly quirky if not downright odd. (it was available on hulu in the early days of hulu. Not sure if it's still here)

Peep Show (where you learn how much range Olivia Coleman has) and Always Sunny are funny as anything - but I'm not sure I'd call them "quirky." I also don't think they're similar to the things that you do like. They have a streak that might be similar to what turned you off of Arrested Development.

Recent Sitcoms that are closer to what I'd call quirky, that you might enjoy:
People of Earth - extremely silly, very little pathos, got weird. Got cancelled - but enough of an ending to feel ok.
Miracle Workers - low pathos.
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