5 must-watch comedies on your TV screens right now!

Comedy can be a fickle beast, it's a genre that can easily grow stale, using a tried-and-tested formula that has worked for seasons. Or some just opt to just throw a laugh-track on top an eclectic assortment of scenes and hope it comes out 'funny' on the other end.

True comedies can indeed be a rarity - at least you know, the ones that stick with you after they're over - your opinion may differ, but here are my 5 favourite comedies this season.

Silicon Valley

The second season of this nerd-hit show finally returns. Silicon Valley is the latest creation of Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head) and revolves around a startup venture known as Pied Piper, set in the world of appís, kickstarters and angel investors.

With paper millionaires on every corner - the majority of them with social anxiety and a deluge of other problems - and no clue to be found among any of them. Silicon Valley hosts some fascinating characters and creates the kind of circumstances that have to be seen to be believed.

Fresh Off The Boat

A newcomer this season, based on the real-life story of Eddie Huang, it follows a Taiwanese family moving to Florida in the early 90ís. Whilst a young Eddie is the main protagonist - filmed similar to Everybody Hates Chris - every member of the family has their own shenanigans going-on.

Especially funny is Louis (played by Randall Park of The Interview fame) with his knock-off chain restaurant, and get-rich-quick schemes. Itís light, good fun and as a comedy coming from an Asian perspective, Fresh Off The Boat is definitely something new and interesting.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Season 2 of this cop comedy is just wrapping-up. For those unaware it stars Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta in a fictional 99th Precinct of the Brooklyn NYPD. Tonally the show reminds me of the movie Super Troopers, although more urban based.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine isnít arc driven, so if do you miss an episode here or there, no big deal. As each episode is itís own self-contained story with one episode rarely affecting another.

Community

After being cancelled during Season 5, the show miraculously got picked up by Yahoo! and is airing the latest season on the Sony TV channel here in the UK (or Yahoo! Online elsewhere). After a plodding Season 5 Iím happy to say that Community is back in full-swing.

The show follows a group of unlikely friends attending Community College, in most definitely the worst College in America - if you can even call it a College. With the latest episode (Grifting 101) featuring a cameo by Matt Berry as the latest ďprofessorĒ teaching a Grifting class, what is not to love?

The Last Man On Earth

My favourite new comedy this season - created by and starring Will Forte - who plays Phil Miller - finds himself as The Last Man On Earth. After an inexplicable disease wipes out all humankind, Phil does what any normal guy would do if he had free-reign over our little blue marble; steal the most famous paintings in the world to hang in your toilet, play bowling with cars and create a flamethrower to burn things on weekends.

I wonít spoil all the surprises, because each episode is a gift that keeps on giving. But if youíre a fan of comedy this might just be right up your alley.

What are your favourite comedies? Let me know in the comments below.

NewsInfo

Unfortunately due to passing of actor Christopher Evan Welch much of Silicon Valley's Season 2 had to be re-written. But you can catch Season 2 on Sky Atlantic at 10pm on Monday's.

Eddie Huang whom Fresh Off The Boat is based on, also narrates the show.

The set used in Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an actual real police station, used by the 78th Precinct. You can currently watch Season 2 on E4 here in the UK.

Community's creator Dan Harmon based the characters of Jeff & Britta on himself and his ex-girlfriend. You can catch season 6 on Sony TV (Wednesdays at 10.30pm) in the UK.

The name of Phil Miller in The Last Man On Earth was conceived after the directors of the show, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

News by: David Robinson
Twitter: @5ypher

Posted on 7th May 2015