We’ve all been there. You’re at home, you want to watch something funny on Netflix – but you don’t know where to start. There’s just so much available that you end up watching old episodes of Gossip Girl instead.
OK, so maybe the Gossip Girl thing is just us. But you get the picture.
That’s why the Stuff India team has worked tirelessly to find the funniest comedy films and TV shows available on Netflix India. Take a look and we’re sure you’ll find something better than Gossip Girl.
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Beverly Hills Cop
The '80s were rife with comedy action films, and Beverly Hills Cop was the funniest, most action-packed of the lot. And it still stands up now.
A huge part of it is Eddie Murphy's cheeky charm as Axel Foley, a reckless Detroit detective who goes off the books to investigate the death of his friend. His enquiries take him to Beverley Hills, where he's very much a fish out of water, butting heads with the local police and aristocratic criminals.
If you haven't already seen it (seriously?!) you must rectify that immediately. If you have, Beverly Hills Cop really is every bit a brilliant as you remember. The two sequels aren't much, er, cop, but they're also on Netflix if you want to complete the trilogy.
This show quietly stumbled into our lives quite randomly back in 2010, and we were hooked from the first five minutes. It revolves around Sterling Archer, a misogynistic, crazy-yet-capable agent for the (unfortunately-named) spy agency ISIS. His mother's the boss, his ex-girlfriend is a rival spy, and the rest of the team are crazy and psychopathic enough to ensure that there's never a dull moment. The writing is clever, the dialogue is comedically timed to perfection, and the animation style is gorgeous. A word of warning: you will have a strong desire to purchase a slightly darker-black turtle neck after viewing.
A Netflix exclusive, this animated series features Arrested Development’s Will Arnett as the titular Horseman, a, er, “horse man” who enjoyed success while in a popular 1990s sitcom but now lives in a haze of booze and self-loathing as a washed-up former star.
Set in a skewed version of Hollywood in which humans live alongside anthropomorphic animals, BoJack Horseman features a strong cast (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul plays BoJack’s best friend Todd) and strong writing, and the 26 episodes available now (two seasons plus two specials) will be supplemented with a third season, due to arrive later in 2016.
If you’re not already an Andy Samberg fan (shame on you), Brooklyn Nine-Nine will make you one. That’s not to say he’s the only draw in this comedy cop show, though - the super-childish detective he plays is always at the centre of things, but each of the nutjobs he shares a precinct with have their own hilarious idiosyncrasies, not least of all the seemingly dry and dull Captain Holt.
It’s all as silly and immature as things get, and that’s just fine by us.
We're The Millers
Ever heard of a family that sells drugs and crosses borders, putting life at total risk? Maybe not. But the Millers family is just that, with a mix of wackiness and weirdness thrown in. It stars Jason Sudeikis from Horrible Bosses and F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ famous Jennifer Aniston, who pair up as fake dad and mom and hire two kids from the street. Yes, you read right, “hire”. It’s not even a real family, which would explain the daredevilry.
But in this case, David has no choice. No, really. There’s this drug deal that requires him to go from America to Mexico, and back, for which he puts together this fake family. All their lives change after one simple drug deal, and the irony here is simply ironic. The movie has quite a few twists and turns, but ends on a happy note, so you won’t need those tissues.
JIM JEFFERIES: FREEDUMB
Russell Howard fans, be warned: this is not the bland, inoffensive ‘satire’ that you’re used to. Aussie-born adopted American stand-up Jim Jefferies isn’t known for holding back and he certainly doesn't do anything to change that in Freedumb, his new Netflix exclusive.
If you discovered him off the back of his gun control routine ‘going viral’ after every mass shooting in America (so every few weeks then) there might be more jokes about potty training here than you’d expect but his Bill Cosby bit and the Donald Trump material shows he can still channel his inner Bill Hicks when he’s got a point to make. Just don’t watch it with your mum.
Brian “Limmy” Limond isn’t your average comedian. The Glaswegian was among the first comics to get his big break not on the standup circuit, in a sitcom or on a panel show but on the Internet; Limmy is a self-starter who has used tools like YouTube, Vine and Twitter to build a cult audience – and eventually get himself a TV show.
Broadcast only on BBC Scotland, Limmy’s Show! ran for three series and a Christmas special, and now all episodes are available on Netflix. Format-wise it most closely resembles a sketch show, albeit one that’s certainly more skewed and weird than the likes of Big Train or The Fast Show, with jarring musical interludes and no catchphrases. If your tastes lean towards the esoteric and slightly unnerving, you’ll find much to enjoy here – and sketches like fantasy late night phone-in Adventure Call and white collar petty criminal Mr Mulvaney will appeal to almost anybody’s sense of comedy.
Nothing much happens in Clerks. Some disaffected slackers go to work in their dead-end jobs. They argue with girlfriends, chat with mates, swear a lot. It all happens at a glacial pace, in black and white, on a budget of less than US$30,000 (around ₹20.5lacs) . Yet somehow, it’s one of the funniest films of the ’90s, a textbook example of how good writing counts for far more than glitzy special effects or big-name stars.
Peep Show’s ninth and final series has recently been added to Netflix (alongside the previous eight) so if you haven’t yet watched Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s groundbreaking sitcom – the longest-running in Channel 4’s history, no less – now is the perfect time to delve into the minds of David Mitchell’s Mark and Robert Webb’s Jez, two best friends and flatmates who stumble from one disaster to the next.
Peep Show’s “gimmick” is that we often see the action from Mark or Jez’s point-of-view, along with their inner thoughts as audible voice-overs. In the great British comedy tradition, self-delusion, self-hatred and social awkwardness frequently loom large here, and though both the main characters are indisputably despicable, selfish idiots, it’s impossible not to get sucked into their (often horrifying) antics.
Many a true word is spoken in jest, as they say – and Peep Show is as much a meditation on the human condition as it is a comedy show. As the joyless Mark internally remarks after his girlfriend takes him to a fairground, "I suppose doing things you hate is just the price you pay to avoid loneliness."