Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The 82 Best Comedies Currently Streaming on Netflix

As Netflix becomes a spot for television binge-watching, ventures into the world of original content with House of Cards, and prepares to make a lot of people really, really happy by finally bringing back Arrested Development, it can be hard to remember what Netflix was originally there for — flix for the Net! Right?

The website is constantly adding a ton of new titles that can often slip by unnoticed if they don't make it into your homepage recommendations. Amid the weird knock-off movies and forgettable television that is forever at everyone's fingertips, there is also a pretty good amount of quality comedy on the streaming service.

Here are 82 of the best comedies currently available to stream on Netflix. Try not to watch them all at once. Or do, that doesn't even sound that bad!


Get caught up on the movies that everybody else has seen, so that you don't have to worry about being the subject of your co-worker's "I can't believe you haven't seen _____!!" outbursts.

-Ferris Bueller's Day Off
-The Graduate
-The Odd Couple
-Slap Shot
-A Fish Called Wanda
-The Bad News Bears (1976)
-Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Cult Classics:

Despite not making a huge splash at the box office when they were originally released, these films all caught on years later by developing their own devoted followings on video and DVD and earning the big audiences they deserved the whole time.

-I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
-Pootie Tang
-Wet Hot American Summer
-Raising Arizona
-Barton Fink
-Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Documentaries – Real and Fake:

Who doesn't love seeing what happens to a comedian when you shove a camera in their face for several weeks? Or a good mockumentary?

-The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie
-Woody Allen: A Documentary
-This is Spinal Tap
-Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
-The Trip
-Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Recent Stuff:

Are you one of those people who's only interested in new movies and can't stand watching people in movies with their 2009 hairstyles and fashion choices? Check out these super new titles.

-Sleepwalk With Me
-Casa de mi Padre
-Tiny Furniture
-Young Adult
-Tucker & Dale vs Evil
-Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie


If you are an intolerant freak who can't stand accents or subtitles, avoid these comedies from overseas.

-In the Loop
-OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
-Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
-Four Lions

Dramatic Comedies:

Some of the best movies ever are equal parts comedy and drama, and these are usually the only comedies that get nominated for Oscars and other fancy Hollywood prizes.

-Lost In Translation
-Punch-Drunk Love
-Lars and the Real Girl
-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
-Being John Malkovich
-Flirting With Disaster

Real Goofy Stuff:

Silly slapsticky comedies with main characters who usually have wacky names.

-Hot Rod
-A Night at the Roxbury
-Meet the Parents
-Team America World Police
-Cannibal! The Musical
-Happy Gilmore
-The Ten

Stand-up Specials:

Netflix's streaming service probably has more stand-up specials than any other form of entertainment. While the vast majority of them are unspeakably terrible, there are a few diamonds in the rough.

-Stella: Live in Boston
-Dana Gould: Let Me Put My Thoughts in You
-Louis C.K.: Chewed Up
-Nantucket Film Festival's Comedy Roundtable (with Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, and Bill Hader)
-Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic
-Colin Quinn: Long Story Short
-Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Stand-Up
-Todd Glass: Stand-Up Special

TV Shows:

While most great movies aren't on Netflix, most great TV shows are. Get up to speed with awesome new (and newish) shows like Bob's Burgers and Comedy Bang Bang or watch old favorites like Freaks and Geeks and Cheers.

-Bob's Burgers
-Comedy Bang Bang
-Better Off Ted
-Freaks and Geeks
-Arrested Development
-Parks and Recreation
-30 Rock

TV Shows – Imports:

Check out all the cool stuff happening on TV outside of US borders so that you have a heads-up when our TV networks try to remake and rip-off of these new shows. And of course, you can get caught up on classics like Fawlty Towers and Kids in the Hall.

-The Kids in the Hall
-Green Wing
-Black Adder
-Snuff Box
-The IT Crowd
-Black Books
-Fawlty Towers
-The Inbetweeners

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  • colinneagle

    can we add to this? because imports should have the Trailerpark Boys and somewhere there should be The Whitest Kids U Know

  • mari

    Peep show, The league

  • bribro


    • http://www.purevolume.com/thecoconutbanger Matt Hakel

      Peep show really is my favorite c omedy show of all time. Be SURE to track down the sketch shows That Mitchell and Webb situation, and that Mitchell and Webb look. They have a great life DVD called the two faces of Mitchell and Webb. And a film called magicians which co stars daisy from spaced, which is obviously also fantastic.

  • Brittany Mitchell

    I would add That Mitchell and Webb Look and Pulling. Great list.

  • yunkstahn

    Yes yes yes Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look!

    • http://twitter.com/Metatron_Qube nacho borealis

      They were removed Feb 1st. I was only through Season 3 :(

  • Dwinn

    They might be listed as "classics" on netlfix, which could explain their omission. But films from Chaplin, Keaton and the Marx Brothers should not be ignored.

  • http://twitter.com/MoFoley Mo Foley

    THIS IS GREAT! Love love love this list.

  • Jessica

    Unfortunately, Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look expired recently. You can see them on Hulu, though.

    • Ted

      Now we know…

    • http://www.purevolume.com/thecoconutbanger Matt Hakel

      Peep show is still up on US netflix

  • didldidi

    ALL of Eddie Izzard's shows are on there…!!!! And That Mitchell and Webb Look is so funny that I had to pause it so that I could finish laughing.

  • Dan

    The Larry Sanders Show

  • brijazz012

    Good list… looking forward to reading the comments for more suggestions.

  • http://twitter.com/demozthenes Emily

    Keeping Up Appearances!

    • http://twitter.com/WritingRob Rob Del Rio

      Right On! A Classic that gets better each time I watch an episode for the fourth or fifth time!

  • Laura G.

    Patrice O'Neal's comedy special is hilarious! 'white baby on a keychain'

  • Star Jonestown

    Bill Burr's stand-up specials are phenomenal. There are 3 of them available. Also, Doug Stanhope did an incredibly dark and memorable set in NYC that is a huge recommend for people who love comedy. And I recently watched the entire LARRY SANDERS show. Greatest of All Time, cable comedy division.

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve.krason Steve Krason

      Can't believe they didn't mention Bill Burr. Best comic working today and it's not even close. Yeah, Louie is great, but…

  • Athenian

    What about Wilford, the Tick, Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and recently discovered hidden gem by actor who did Rescue Me, but forget title….very funny.

  • graybull

    Here's a few more for what it's worth:
    Trading Places, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Safety Not Guaranteed, Bottle Rocket, UCB: ASSSSCAT!, Very Bad Things

  • meowgretthatcher

    SNUFF. BOX. If only Netflix had Mighty Boosh too.

    • Nicole

      I keep hoping they will add the Boosh.

    • DudeFaceofAmerica, Sr.

      That's what brought me to this article. How is Mighty Boosh NOT on Netflix streaming?

  • @horrordad

    Jim Norton: Please Be Offended

  • RenoGruber

    Great list, gotta agree that Bill Burr is a must add, but overall nailed it.

  • Rezpect

    I would definitely categorize Young Adult as a Dramatic Comedy.

  • attentionFREAK

    AGREED. PEEP SHOW IS THE BEST COMEDY EVER!!!! They signed up for one more year. They just finished their 8th series I believe. You can see them on youtube.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002327748257 Nora Seamonk

      100 likes for this comment if i could

  • MrsB

    How come you did not add BERNIE?

  • Nicole

    Black Books is fantastic.

  • Movie czar

    No Ideocracy?

  • mike

    Good list. I would have included "Withnail and I" with the imports. One of the best coming of age comedies.

  • mac

    office space in cult classics. The office, and Trailer park boys

  • R B

    If you click one of the movie titles, it starts playing the movie. Seriously? That is very annoying, obviously. Clicking the movie should bring up a description of the movie, perhaps with an optional "Play" button to start the movie.

  • D.j. West

    Something is wrong with you if you think Barton Fink is a comedy…

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  • Tantamount

    Long Story Short is extremely good.

  • Matias Magallanes

    They could be listed as "classics" on netlfix, that could explain their omission
    . But films from Chaplin, Keaton and also the Marx Siblings shouldn't be overlooked.

  • http://www.alluc.com/ ahamcell

    At last something great on Netflix.