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It seems that every week there is a new batch of television shows that we're expected to care about. If you're anything like me, as soon as you start to like one and get invested in the characters, it's cancelled. Except, of course, for the ones that you thought "No way this terrible show is going to last!" Those just seem to thrive.
Well fear not television comedy fans, here are the ten funniest TV shows you might have missed.
The Starz original series only lasted two seasons but they couldn't be more perfect. "Party Down" follows a group of wannabe Hollywood successes who are stuck working at a second-rate catering company. The cast is completely perfect and the relationship between Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan's characters is nothing short of brilliant. "Party Down" is available on iTunes and Amazon instant.
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Arguably the funniest show that Adult Swim has produced, "Children's Hospital" is the creation of Rob Corddry and follows a hilarious team of doctors including Rob Huebel, Megan Mullally, Ken Marino, Lake Bell, and of course, Henry Winkler. Some episodes do occasionally miss, but when they hit, it's pretty perfect. You can watch five full episodes for free here.
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Freaks and Geeks
Before running Hollywood, a group of unknown friends put together one of the most underrated shows in television history. Nowadays it's impossible to watch anything without seeing a trailer for a movie starring either James Franco, Jason Segel, or Seth Rogen, but in 1999 you could watch the adolescent versions of each all in one place. "Freaks and Geeks" was only on one season, so there's really no excuse for you not to catch up on this brilliant show.
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Paul Scheer stars as a Jack Bauer meets David Caruso anti-terrorism agent in this hilarious Cartoon Network creation. The missions are absurd, but it doesn't get so far out there that you couldn't watch an episode with your parents. This is actually the third show on the list that features Martin Starr ("Freaks and Geeks" and "Party Down"). Maybe just watch everything Martin Starr does and save yourself some time? Full episodes and clips are available here.
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If you like your pop culture references fast and frequent, then "Happy Endings" is the show for you. The fantastic young cast (including 24's Elisha Cuthbert) feels like the group of friends you've always wanted while not coming across as the group of cool kids who would never let you hang out with them. "Happy Endings" is in its third season on ABC and you can watch full episodes here.
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Chris Elliott plays a US Marshall along with Maria Thayer and Brett Gelman in what may be the most absurdly funny show I've ever seen. It's incredible how many funny lines the writers can cram into an 11-minute episode. While it may not be for everyone, if you enjoy your comedies on the nontraditional side you owe it to yourself to check out their website which includes clips and several full episodes.
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From 1995-1998 Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad") and David Cross ("Arrested Development") created four seasons of the insanely funny "Mr. Show" on HBO. You've never seen a sketch show with better transitions from one sketch to the next than this. The jokes hold up great even after over 15 years. Every season is available on iTunes but if you'd like a little preview YouTube is full of great clips like this one:
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Nathan For You
Nathan Fielder stars as a fresh out of business school Canadian who is bringing his savvy ways to America in order to help struggling businesses. The line between parody and reality blurs quite a bit, including the creation of a YouTube video about a pig saving a drowning goat that got the attention of the world, but turned out to be a prank he had put together as a segment for the show. Here's a clip from the pilot to give you an idea of what you're in for:
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My biggest complaint with most comedies is that there isn't an overall big story but instead everything is wrapped up in one episode and I could skip a month's worth without getting confused. That is not the case with "Frisky Dingo." The two seasons of "Frisky Dingo" follow a superhero and his arch nemesis as they do everything except battle one another. A guy gets turned into a lobster, mutated ants take over a reporter's brain, the stars both lose their eyes and are replaced with illegal Chinese eyes, you get the idea. You can watch clips and entire episodes here.
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Jon Benjamin Has a Van
While it only lasted one season on Comedy Central (and eventually birthed "Nathan For You") "Jon Benjamin Has a Van" was smart and twisted. You may not recognize Benjamin's face but you've probably heard his voice as the star of "Archer" or "Bob's Burgers." Check out some of their best sketches and full episodes here.
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