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The 91 Best Comedies Currently Streaming Online

As Netflix original shows such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards made splashes at the Golden Globes, it’s easy to forget that Netflix started as a movie delivery service. But Netflix, along with Amazon and Hulu, still offers plenty of great comedy movies and TV shows across a range of sub-genres. We sorted through those absurdly specific categories, stoner-pandering straight-to-streaming movies, and frustrating-looking standup specials to compile the best 91 comedies available for streaming across the three services. (This is a guide just to streaming services, so great shows like Eagleheart and The Eric Andre Show which are both available via their network's [...]

Why Is 'The Simpsons' STILL Not Available to Stream Online?

Time called it the the best television show of the 20th century, and Vulture voted it the greatest sitcom ever. It’s the longest-running animated show, sitcom, and scripted primetime TV show in US history. It's won 28 Emmys and last year scored its first Oscar nomination. When its first season was released on DVD, it became the best selling television DVD of all time. At the end of its 25th season, which starts this Sunday on Fox, it will have produced more than 550 episodes.

But look for episodes of The Simpsons online and you’ll come up short. Only the most recent five episodes are available on [...]

Aziz Ansari Is Releasing His New Standup Special Exclusively on Netflix November 1st

Netflix recently announced that they're expanding into original comedy specials, and now, the streaming service is prepping to release its biggest standup special yet: Aziz Ansari's latest, Buried Alive, which debuts exclusively on Netflix November 1st, according to The NY Times.

Ansari's third special, Buried Alive is based on his tour of the same name and he calls it "a lot more mature" than previous specials, focusing on his friends starting families while he lives his life as a comedian avoiding commitment. The special covers similar topics to his recently announced book, albeit with different content/jokes. Ansari, whose previous two specials debuted on Comedy Central and direct-to-fans via his [...]

Danish Comedy Series 'Klown' Is Coming to Hulu July 16th

Hulu has acquired the US rights to the hit Danish sitcom Klown (or as it's called in whatever country Danish people live, Klovn), and they'll be releasing the whole thing on the streaming service next week. A Curb Your Enthusiasm-inspired series created by and starring Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, Klovn follows a comedian who often gets himself in uncomfortable situations. The show also inspired a movie of the same name in 2010. You can check out the trailer for Hulu's English-translated version of the show above and read our piece about the show here. Hulu will be debuting the entire series, consisting of six seasons and 60 [...]

Of Course Netflix Wants to Make More 'Arrested Development'

It's really no surprise that Netflix is interested in making more episodes of Arrested Development. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC today, "Arrested is unique, because [whether or not it comes back is] really up to the talent. If the talent were willing to do more, and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing." He added that he's "thrilled with the response" to the show and called it huge. Netflix isn't releasing the show's numbers, but Mashable reports that 36% of Netflix traffic on one DSL network on Sunday was from viewers watching Arrested Development.

While Netflix may be interested in another season, creator Mitch [...]

Ranking the Internet Friendliness of 7 Comedy Networks

HBO made a bold promotional move this week by putting the first two episodes of Girls' new season up on YouTube for free, allowing even the plebeian non-subscribers an opportunity to take part in a premium TV premiere and contribute to the buzz of the show's return. It's a win-win situation; HBO gets more coverage, and those of us without premium channels — or even a television — get to watch the season premiere without paying a dollar. Like HBO, most networks with hit comedy shows understand the viability of making their content easily available on the internet, but how do some of the most [...]

Seth Meyers's Animated Series 'The Awesomes' Renewed for a Second Season

There are more episodes of Seth Meyers's animated superhero series The Awesomes on the way. Hulu had decided to renew the show for a second season consisting of 10 more episodes, THR reports. Originally developed for MTV, The Awesomes started its 10-episode first season in August. The show, which consistently ranks on Hulu's Top 10 list, was created by Meyers and Mike Shoemaker, who's a producer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and will produce Meyers's version of Late Night when it starts up in February. The show features the voice talents of Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam, Bobby Lee, Ike Barinholtz, Bill Hader, Rachel Dratch, [...]

Watch Trailers for Yahoo!'s Five New Comedy Shows from Jack Black, Ed Helms, and Other People

After getting into the original programming game last year with shows like Ken Marino's Burning Love and Seth Morris's First Dates with Toby Harris, Yahoo! is amping up their comedy lineup with five new shows that are set to debut September 9th. The new shows come from people like Jack Black, Ed Helms, Cheryl Hines, and more, and you can check out trailers for all five of them below:

Someone Has Already Edited a Chronological Version of the New 'Arrested Development' Season

Never underestimate the enthusiasm of Arrested Development's fanbase. It's only been a week since Netflix released the show's new season, which took an unusual unchronological story structure, but two different fans have already begun editing the season's events into sequence for those of you who are curious what that looks like. Reddit user morphinapg has created 12 episodes covering the entire season that you can download here, while user Clawtrocity has, working a little slower, uploaded three edited episodes and is working on more. Given creator Mitch Hurwitz's aburdly precise attention to detail, he was probably counting on fans editing the season into order and there [...]

Amazon Officially Picks Up 'Beta House' and 'Alphas' and Not 'Onion News Empire' and 'Those Who Can't'

Last month, online retailer Amazon.com unveiled its first-ever slate of original TV shows, promising a bright future for streaming television in which viewers' opinions will actually matter and determine the fate of shows unlike how things work on broadcast TV, which is held back by inaccurate Nielsen ratings and illogical decisions by network execs. Today, however, Amazon announced which shows it's picking up, and it seems like Amazon will prove to be just us frustrating and dismissive of good work as the big networks. Although news got out last week, Amazon officially announced today they've picked up the John Goodman Washington comedy Alpha House and the [...]

Amazon's First Shows 'Alpha House' and 'Betas' to Premiere This Month; First 3 Episodes Free

Amazon announced today the premiere dates for its first two original comedies. The John Goodman-starring Alpha House, about a quartet of Washington D.C. senators living together, will debut November 15th. The Silicon Valley startup sitcom Betas, starring Jon Daly, will begin airing November 22nd.

Amazon will make the first three episodes of each show free on Amazon Instant Video on those dates, and roll out one new episode of each on the subscription service in subsequent weeks. The first season of each show is 11 episodes long. Amazon let viewers view and rate their entire slate of pilots they were developing into potential shows, with execs choosing to [...]

Ranking Yahoo's 5 New Comedy Shows, from Worst to First

We're still in the very early days of web TV, with Amazon, Yahoo!, Netflix, and Hulu having emerged as the first generation of high-quality streaming content creators. Yahoo! rebranded its video site "Yahoo! Screen" in 2011 and soon got into the comedy game with Ken Marino and Erica Oyama's Emmy-nominated Burning Love, Seth Morris's First Dates with Toby Harris, and the sketch show Sketchy amongst their first batch of shows.

Today, Yahoo! debuts five new original 10-minute (or less) comedies, including projects from Ed Helms, Jack Black, Cheryl Hines, and more. All 10-12 episodes of each show have been posted today, instead of rolling them out week by week. [...]

Netflix Will Start Making Original Standup Specials

Netflix is getting into the standup special game. "Beyond series, we will be expanding our Originals initiative to include broadly appealing feature documentaries and standup comedy specials," the company announced yesterday in a letter to shareholders. Standup specials are already a huge part of Netflix's streaming service, but so far, they've only showcased specials that were produced via networks like Comedy Central or independently and then sold to Netflix. Comedy Central and HBO now have a new competitor in the standup special game.

An Encyclopedic Guide to the Best Callbacks, Running Jokes and Hidden Gags in the New Season of 'Arrested Development'

Arrested Development's long-awaited fourth season debuted all at once on Netflix's streaming service this past weekend. Given the show's penchant for in-jokes and subtle callbacks, I expected this to be something that they kept up in the new season, but what I didn't expect is for Season 4 to be even denser with running jokes and references than the previous seasons. Going through this new crop of 15 episodes, it becomes clear that, because they were all produced at the same time, they're more interwoven and callback/foreshadowing-heavy than Arrested Development's ever been. Here's an obsessive guide to the new season's best sneaky jokes, including the real George Maharis, the [...]