The Remote: Fantastic TV comedies to binge watch and where to find them

Ryan Pait

Is there anything better than binge-watching a TV series?

I know my answer, and I’m sure a lot of people would agree.

It’s probably one of the greatest things to happen in the 21st century.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of material for us to stream with reckless abandon.

Here are three comedy series (all available on Netflix!) that are perfect for binge-watching.

“30 Rock” — seven seasons, 138 episodes

I’m a little biased here — “30 Rock” is my all-time favorite comedy series. I don’t think there’s any other show that could knock it off the top spot that it holds in my heart.

Biases aside though, “30 Rock” is just one of the flat-out funniest shows in television history.

It operates essentially as a rapid-fire joke machine and never lets up.

Just when you think it might, it just keeps going.

While ridiculous and over-the-top, it’s also uproariously hilarious.

For fans of “Saturday Night Live,” Tina Fey or just satire in general, “30 Rock” is the perfect choice.

“Bob’s Burgers” – three seasons, 45 episodes

Don’t shy away from “Bob’s Burgers” if you don’t normally like animated series.

It’s so much more than that.

Sure, it can be compared to “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.”

But what “Bob’s Burgers” gets so right is its originality and a focus on its endearing and hilarious characters.

“Bob’s Burgers” serves up characters way outside the norm of what we’re used to seeing on TV.

Never afraid to be unglamorous or unflinchingly honest, “Bob’s Burgers” excels because it deals with family matters in a way that feels true to life.

It may be animated, but you’ll swear that the characters could be real.

“New Girl” – two seasons, 49 episodes

This is a more recent discovery of mine. It’s my current binge-watching project.

And I love it way more than I ever thought I would.

I’ll admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of Zooey Deschanel before I started watching “New Girl.”

Now that I’m fully involved, however, I think she’s fantastic.

Deschanel excels at physical comedy, and her patent “quirkiness” as main character Jess Day is actually way funnier than it comes off in small doses.

“New Girl” also features a great ensemble cast.

Jess’s trio of roommates play wonderfully off of her and each other, and they’re all way more outside the box than you usually see on sitcoms like this.

“New Girl” is fun, breezy and often smarter than it lets on, which makes it perfect for consuming in large quantities.