Making someone laugh is a great way to break the ice and make friends. But being funny doesn’t come easily to everyone. Some people seem like they’re born downright hilarious, while others have a very distinct sense of humor that other people don’t always get. Watching more sitcoms and stand-up comedy may be one of the best ways to improve someone’s sense of humor. But which shows they watch may already help explain what type of comedy they prefer.
There is no shortage of great sitcoms to watch today, whether it be a new show that’s currently on the air or an old favorite that can be streamed online. But just because these shows all fall under the umbrella of comedy doesn’t mean they’d make everyone laugh. After all, someone’s sense of humor will be very specific to their personality.
But at the same time, the kind of comedy a person watches will also begin to influence their sense of humor. For example, if someone is a big fan of The Office, they might find that they’ve been making a lot more “That’s what she said” jokes than before they started watching.
So let’s pick the funnier sitcom and match with a sense of humor!
Friends or Seinfeld?
Both Friends and Seinfeld were a couple of the biggest sitcoms to air during the 1990s. While Seinfeld is largely regarded as one of the best shows of all time today, the sitcom actually teetered on the brink of cancellation for its first few seasons. Meanwhile, Friends was a hit amongst audiences right out of the gate. Both shows focus on a group of Friends living in New York City, though the characters and tone of each series are wildly different (Wikipedia).
The Office or The Big Bang Theory?
Both The Office and The Big Bang Theory are two of the biggest sitcoms to air since the 2000s began. But both are very different in their sensibilities and tone. For instance, while The Big Bang Theory follows the traditional sitcom format, The Office managed to help shake up the genre by presenting the show in a mockumentary style, where there was no laugh track or studio audiences. While the difference may have been jarring at first, it also helped the audiences feel more connected to the characters.
The Simpsons or Family Guy?
Both of these animated sitcoms have been on the air for an impressively long amount of time, with The Simpsons having turned out 30 seasons to date while Family Guy has run for 17. However, Family Guy wasn’t actually a hit upon originally being released, and the show was canceled by the network only to be brought back thanks to strong DVD sales. While many consider the “golden age” of these shows well behind them, both The Simpsons and Family Guy still maintain a strong following (Wikipedia).
Arrested Development or Frasier?
Considered one of the biggest cult TV shows of all time, Arrested Development only ran for three seasons before it was canceled by Fox. However, the critically acclaimed show was eventually brought back thanks to Netflix, as it managed to maintain a strong following over the years. Meanwhile, Frasier was an NBC sitcom which ran for an impressive 11 seasons between 1993 and 2004. Many may not have even realized that Fraiser is actually the spin-off of Cheers, another successful sitcom (Wikipedia).
Which character on The Office is funnier?
The Office was one of the first mainstream shows to really embrace awkward comedy. Or, rather, the first show where audiences were willing to continue to tune in no matter how awkward these characters and their interaction with one another made them feel. That being said, there’s still plenty of laughs to be had thanks to The Office and the often too-real employees of Dunder Mifflin. So which character do you think had you in stitches more often than the others?
Modern Family or 30 Rock?
After the success of mockumentary style shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation, Modern Family followed a similar format — though, in this instance, it wasn’t based in the workplace. Instead, it followed an often-hilarious extended family and their relationships with one another. Meanwhile, 30 Rock was a sitcom created and starring Tina Fey, which was largely based on a fictional account of her time spent at Saturday Night Live (Wikipedia). So which of these very different sitcoms do you think is funnier?
That ‘70s Show or How I Met Your Mother?
Much like its title implies, That ‘70s Show was set during the 1970s in America, where it follows a group of teenage friends who enjoy hanging out at each other's houses. The series ran for eight seasons and turned out exactly 200 episodes. Meanwhile, How I Met Your Mother turned out nine seasons and 209 episodes between 2005 and 2015. The CBS series followed a group of friends living in New York City as the narrator recounts to his children about his ups-and-downs of trying to find love (Wikipedia).
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Community?
Anyone who’s a fan of dark or off-beat sitcoms has likely heard of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Community before. It’s Always Sunny debuted on FX back in 2005, and the series is still running today. It follows a group of low-lives who run a bar in South Philly where their bad behavior knows no bounds. Meanwhile, Community follows a group of individuals who attended community college together. While the show was never a massive hit, it’s strong following resulted in the series being brought back for a sixth and final season on Yahoo! Screen (Wikipedia).
Everybody Loves Raymond or King of Queens?
Both Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens aired on CBS during the 1990s and 2000s. Everybody Loves Raymond was based on the comedy of stand-up Ray Romano, as he lives with his wife and children while his parents and brother live across the street. Meanwhile, King of Queens was based on the comedy of stand-up Kevin James and followed a delivery driver living with his wife and father-in-law. Both shows actually took place in the same universe, as the characters would sometimes appear in the other series (Wikipedia).
Which character on Friends is funnier?
Thanks to online streaming, Friends is one of those sitcoms that people seem to watch in a continuous loop, and anyone who has seen the series before no doubt has their favorite characters or episodes. While all six of the main characters are very good friends in the show, they all have wildly different personalities and senses of humor. For instance, Chandler is often the one who pokes fun at everyone, while Phoebe and Joey rarely seem to realize that they’re the butt of the joke. But which do you think is funnier?
Bob’s Burgers or Rick and Morty?
Bob’s Burgers began airing back in 2011 on Fox, and the animated sitcom has turned out nine seasons and over 150 episodes to date. The series follows a family who operates a hamburger restaurant, often to hilarious effect. Meanwhile, Rick and Morty began airing back in 2013, but the series has only turned out three season and 31 episodes to date. But that hasn’t stopped the sci-fi comedy from being a massive critical and commercial success, which has resulted in an additional 70 episodes being ordered by the network (Wikipedia).
Two and a Half Men or Malcolm in the Middle?
Two and a Half Men was one of the most talked-about sitcoms during the time it aired, which was both thanks to its massive viewership along with the behind-the-scenes happenings. The sitcom was co-created and produced by Chuck Lorre, who has been behind a number of massively popular sitcoms, including The Big Bang Theory. Meanwhile, Malcolm and the Middle is a Fox sitcom which aired from 2000 to 2006 on Fox. The quirky characters, clever writer, and single-camera style earned the show numerous awards throughout its seven-season run (Wikipedia).
New Girl or The Good Place?
Early in 2018, New Girl finished up its seven-season run on Fox. The series starred Zooey Deschanel as Jess, a plucky teacher who moves into an apartment with three guys living in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, The Good Place is currently in its third season on NBC, which is set to conclude on January 24, 2019. However, due to the show’s massive popularity, a fourth season has already been ordered. The Good Place follows a young woman, played by Kristen Bell, as she wakes up in the afterlife (Wikipedia).
Family Matters or Full House?
Both Family Matters and Full House aired from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, where they were some of the biggest sitcoms of their respective years. Family Matters was a spin-off of the sitcom Perfect Strangers, which followed the Winslow family and their wacky neighbor Urkel while living in Chicago. Meanwhile, Full House followed the Tanner family living in San Fransisco, and the popularity of this NBC series resulted in it being brought back for a Netflix revival known as Fuller House (Wikipedia).
Which character on Rick and Morty is funnier?
For a show that has only turned out three seasons and 31 episodes in the last five years, Rick and Morty has managed to amass a huge fan base, along with a distinct ability to permeate popular culture (Wikipedia). This is largely thanks to the show’s clever writing, which has taken the animated sitcom format in new and interesting directions. While Rick and Morty may be the stars of the series, there is no shortage of supporting characters who are equally hilarious.
South Park or Adventure Time?
When South Park first debuted back in 1997, it had more viewers than any other show on basic cable. The animated sitcom follows a group of friends living in Colorado, and South Park is chock-full of dark and off-beat humor. The series has been running ever since and has turned out nearly 300 episodes to date. Meanwhile, Adventure Time began airing back in 2010 on Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventure of Finn and his magical dog Jake, along with a range of other supporting characters (Wikipedia).
Boy Meets World or My Name is Earl?
Many people fondly remember watching Boy Meets World as they grew up. The sitcom is a coming of age story centered around Cory Matthews and his friends and family. The show originally aired for seven seasons between 1993 and 2000. Meanwhile, My Name is Earl aired from 2005 to 2009 on NBC, where it followed the titular character who is trying to turn his life around by righting the wrongs of his past. The series starred Jason Lee as Earl (Wikipedia).
Futurama or Will and Grace?
Much like Family Guy, Futurama is another animated sitcom that was brought back to life thanks to its rabid fan base. The show ran for a few seasons on Fox before facing cancellation, only to be brought back years later on Comedy Central. Meanwhile, Will & Grace was a big hit with audiences throughout its original eight-season run on NBC. The popularity has even led to a revival series, which has run for two seasons to date staring in 2017 (Wikipedia).
Curb Your Enthusiasm or The Drew Carey Show?
After working behind the scenes on Seinfeld for a number of years, comedian and writer Larry David finally starred in his own sitcom with HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. The series is loosely based on David’s own life and misadventures while living in Los Angeles and New York. Meanwhile, The Drew Carey Show was also loosely based on the life of its title character, as it was set in Carey’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The show ran for nine seasons on ABC (Wikipedia).
Which character on Seinfeld is funnier?
Like any great sitcom, the characters on Seinfeld have distinctly different personalities, which allows the characters to better play off one another — often to hilarious effect. While Jerry may be the one character who’s actually a comedian on the show, it’s often his friends who end up stealing the scenes with their wild and absurd antics. So do you prefer the neurosis of George? The zaniness of Kramer? Or the edginess of Elaine? Or maybe you still think Jerry is the funniest of them all.
BoJack Horesman or Big Mouth?
Every since they started streaming original content, Netflix has turned out some of the most talked-about sitcoms of the last few years. Two of their original animated shows include BoJack Horseman and Big Mouth. BoJack Horseman follows the titular character, who is largely a washed-up actor living in Los Angeles at the start of the story. Meanwhile, Big Mouth is a coming-of-age comedy that largely centers on the struggles of going through puberty (Wikipedia). But do you think one show is hands-down funnier than the other?
Freaks and Geeks or Silicon Valley?
Freaks and Geeks may have only aired for one season before facing cancellation, but the comedy-drama series earned critical acclaim for its spot-on portrayal of high school life. The show remains a cult classic today, in part thanks to the cast of actors who have gone on to bigger and better things. One of those actors happens to be Martin Starr, who currently stars on HBO’s Silicon Valley. The show has been running since 2014, and it follows a group of friends who found a tech startup company (Wikipedia).
Shameless or Orange is the New Black?
These days, many popular comedy shows also have their fair share of drama and romance thrown into the mix. Such is the case with Shameless and Orange is the New Black. Shameless is a popular Showtime series which follows the dysfunctional Gallagher family living in the south side of Chicago. Meanwhile, Orange is the New Black is a popular Netflix series which follows a group of female prisoners. The show is loosely based on the true story of Piper Kerman (Wikipedia).
Parks and Recreation or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?
Much like The Office, Parks and Recreation was another popular NBC sitcom which followed the mockumentary style while also being set inside of the workplace. The show is set in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, and centers around the plucky Leslie Knope and her fellow Parks and Rec employees. Meanwhile, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is another female-led sitcom, which finds Ellie Kemper in the title role of a woman who finally escapes a cult only to start over while living in New York City (Wikipedia).
Which character on Modern Family is funnier?
Throughout its ten season run, Modern Family has won no shortage of awards. For instance, for its first five seasons alone the show one the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Actors Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, and Eric Stonestreet have won their fair share of Emmys as well — which is a testament to both the show’s writing and the actors’ strong performances (Wikipedia). Every character on Modern Family is funny in their own way, but which out of these four do you laugh at the most?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Scrubs?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a Fox sitcom which began airing back in 2013. The series is a send-up of the police procedural format, which follows a group of detectives working in New York City. SNL-alum Andy Sandberg plays the main character of Jake Peralta. Meanwhile, Scrubs also follows a group of co-workers, this time working in a hospital setting. Zach Braff plays the main character of J.D. Dorian throughout the show, who is prone to his fair share of comedic daydreams and fantasies (Wikipedia).
Cheers or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?
Many younger viewers may have never come across Cheers — the NBC sitcom which aired for an impressive 11 seasons and 275 episodes between 1982 and 1993. But just because the series has been off the air for decades doesn’t mean it isn’t worth checking out. While The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is also on the older side, many may still remember it thanks to the lead actor of Will Smith, who continues to be one of the biggest stars working in Hollywood today. But it was Fresh Prince that originally put him into the mainstream (Wikipedia).
Saved by the Bell or Step by Step?
Saved by the Bell is an NBC sitcom which ran for five seasons between 1989 and 1993. It followed a group of friends as they try to navigate the ups and downs of high school life. The show would also spawn a spin-off series, titled Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Meanwhile, Step by Step was another family-friendly sitcom which followed two single parents as they get married and move in together with each of their three children. The show ran for seven seasons on both ABC and CBS (Wikipedia).
Broad City or Party Down?
Broad City is a Comedy Central series which follows two young Jewish women living in New York City. The series stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who lend their names to the two lead characters. SNL-alum and Parks and Rec star Amy Poehler serves as an executive producer on the show. Meanwhile, Party Down may not be a particularly well-known sitcom, though it has managed to land itself a cult following. The show followed a group of disheartened food caterers working in Los Angeles (Wikipedia).
Which character on Parks and Recreation is funnier?
Thanks to Netflix, Parks and Recreation is another sitcom that can be enjoyed endlessly. Amy Poehler may be the star of the show with her portrayal of Leslie Knope, but she is far from the only lovable and comedic character on the series. For instance, many people love Nick Offerman’s performance of Ron Swanson — the parks and rec director who doesn’t believe in the work that he and his employees are tasked with completing. Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate and Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer were two more breakouts of this popular sitcom.
Master of None or GLOW?
Master of None is a Netflix series which was co-created by stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari, who also plays the lead character of the show, Dev Shah. The series follows Dev as he tries to navigate his romantic life in New York City and later Italy. Meanwhile, GLOW is another Netflix comedy/ drama series. It’s loosely based on the real-life events of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. It stars Alison Brie as the lead character of Ruth Wilder, who goes by the stage name Zoya the Destroya (Wikipedia).
The Office (U.K.) or Extras?
As the if the U.S. version of The Office wasn’t already awkward enough, the original U.K. version is full of even more embarrassing and awkward moments. The series was created by comedians Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and it follows Gervais as the office manager David Brent. Extras is another sitcom created by the same two men, which also aired for two seasons. Extras is set the world of showbiz, and it follows the lead character of Any Millman as he works as a background performer (Wikipedia).
Archer or F is for Family?
Drawing inspiration from the James Bond film series, Archer follows a secret agent, Archer Sterling, who works for the International Secret Intelligence Service. Voice actor H. J. Benjamin provides his distinct voice for the title character, just as he does for Bob in Bob’s Burgers. Meanwhile, F is for Family is a Netflix animated series which is loosely based on the childhood of stand-up comedian Bill Burr. Burr helped co-create the show, and he also provides the voice of the lead character Frank Murphy (Wikipedia).
King of the Hill or SpongeBob SquarePants?
After creating the revolutionary Beavis and Butt-Head series, Mike Judge immediately began working on another animated sitcom with King of the Hill, which ran from 1997 to 2010. The series followed the Hills, a working-class family living in Texas. Meanwhile, SpongeBob SquarePants may be an animated show intended for children, but that doesn’t mean that the comedy of this Nickelodeon series can’t be enjoyed by adults too. SpongeBob SquarePants has been running ever since 1999, turning out 12 seasons and nearly 250 episodes in that amount of time (Wikipedia).
Which character on Family Guy is funnier?
Family Guy has no shortage of bizarre and hilarious characters. But at the center of it all is husband and father Peter Griffin, a blue-collar worker who — despite his best intention — often comes across as a total imbecile. The character is voiced by Seth MacFarlane, who also created and developed the show for Fox. MacFarlane voices a number of other characters on the series as well, including the baby Stewie and the dog Brain (Wikipedia). But which character do you think is funnier?