This Way Up
Aisling Bea and Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan are brilliantly convincing as two sisters in this six-part comedy series about a woman recovering from a “teeny little nervous breakdown”.
At times silly, dark and poignant, the show is written by Irish comedian Bea, who plays a foreign language school worker struggling to readjust to life post-rehab.
Created by and starring siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper, this hilarious, minutely-observed Bafta-winning mockumentary details life in the Cotswolds for two feckless cousins, Kerry and Kurtan.
Infinitely quotable, the series has amassed a cult following, as it lifts the “Kurtan” on countryside living and the locals’ various antics. The series’ final season aired in early 2020.
Netflix’s 1980s-set comedy, about a group of struggling actresses who build a wrestling show, had a change of location in the latest, third season, in which Geena Davis joined the cast alongside Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin.
Packed full of memorable characters and complex friendships, season three sees the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling head to Las Vegas and struggle with the pressures of a nightly live show after their TV series is cancelled.
You needn’t take our word for it — Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s darkly funny series has garnered critical acclaim, think pieces and water-cooler status across the globe.
Waller-Bridge plays the titular anti-heroine, whose dry humour, cheery guinea-pig cafe and sly asides to camera all belie a deep unhappiness following her best-friend’s death.
We couldn’t have a comedy list without including our favourite Friends, could we? The phenomenally successful comedy series follows a group of six friends living in New York, as they navigate romance, friendship and adulthood.
Start from the beginning and revel in the ’90s haircuts and fashion — not to mention the strong characterisation and Chandler’s frequent sarcastic quips. Could Friends be any better?