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 Odd Couple
-A Fish Called Wanda
-The Bad News Bears (1976)
-Planes, Trains and Automobiles
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
-Wet Hot American Summer
-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
-Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
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
-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
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
-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.
-A Night at the Roxbury
-Meet the Parents
-Team America World Police
-Cannibal! The Musical
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
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.
-Comedy Bang Bang
-Better Off Ted
-Freaks and Geeks
-Parks and Recreation
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
-The IT Crowd