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Avant-garde comedy

Published: April 08, 2017 - by Nic0_o

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  • Rating: 9.1

    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia - 2005

    Four egocentric friends who run a neighborhood Irish pub in Philadelphia try to find their way through the adult world of work and relationships. Unfortunately, their warped views and precarious judgments often lead them to trouble, creating a myriad of uncomfortable situations that usually only get worse before they get better.
    Talking about avant garde. It's always sunny is the king of 'no learning no hugging'. These selfish guys and one bird have had me crying of laughter so many times I simply had to watch everything a second or even a third time. - by Nic0_o
  • Rating: 8.5

    The Eric Andre Show - 2012

    The show is a parody of low-budget public access talk shows, hosted by Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress. André is a hyperactive and dysfunctional host who often stutters or otherwise fails to properly maintain his screen presence. He often overreacts during interviews, acts aggressively towards his crew members, diverts from the script and refuses to read the cue cards. The surreal attitude of the show is emphasized by "celebrity" guests that have nothing in common with the actual stars they purport to be except their announced names, although occasionally genuine celebrities do appear. Besides the studio segments that are the main focus of the show, short sketches, candid camera footage and non sequiturs, usually focused on André's absurd behavior, are featured in the program.
    There is nothing as crazy as the talkshow meets sketch and standup comedy of The Eric Andre Show. The levels of meta are taken to a whole other dimension. Its minimalist, its nihilist, its existential to the bone and after watching just one episode of this crazy rollercoaster you probably have to take a break before engaging with these rascals again. - by Nic0_o
  • Rating: 7.9

    Wilfred (US) - 2011

    Ryan, a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world forms a unique friendship with Wilfred, his neighbor's canine pet. Everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, but Ryan sees a crude and somewhat surly, yet irrepressibly brave and honest Australian bloke in a cheap dog suit. While leading him through a series of comedic and existential adventures, Wilfred the dog shows Ryan the man how to overcome his fears and joyfully embrace the unpredictability and insanity of the world around him.
    Depression can be incredibly funny. Its deep but also extremely funny. I especially like that every episode has a moral grounding at its core. Who could have thought that a man in a dog suit could even make for a watchable show, let alone such a good one. - by Nic0_o
  • Rating: 9.3

    Arrested Development - 2003

    Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
    The show that has schooled us all in what is possible for detail and craftsmanship in comedy. Incredible story telling, foreshadowing and recurring jokes. I just love this show about this egoistic family so much. - by Nic0_o
  • Rating: 7.9

    The Hard Times of RJ Berger - 2010

    The Hard Times of RJ Berger is an American television comedy series created by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith for MTV. The show's central character is RJ Berger (Paul Iacono), an unpopular sophomore at the fictional Pinkerton High School in Ohio. Berger's two best friends are Miles Jenner (Jareb Dauplaise), whose ambitions for popularity cause him to clash with Berger, and Lily Miran (Kara Taitz), who has been lusting after Berger for several years. Berger's love interest is Jenny Swanson (Amber Lancaster), a "girl next door" who is involved with Max Owens (Jayson Blair), a popular jock and bully. The show is presented as a coming of age story and has been described by Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith as a blend of the television series The Wonder Years and the film Superbad.
    This show captures the heart of my and so many others as they were in their high school lives. Its cringy and just oh so funny. If you haven't already watched this, its probably time that you do so. - by Nic0_o
  • Rating: 9.3

    Rick and Morty - 2006

    Follows the misadventures of an alcoholic scientist Rick and his overly nervous grandson Morty, who split their time between domestic family life and intergalactic travel. Often finding themselves in a heap of trouble that more often than not is created through their own actions.
    Its deep, its sciency, its imaginative, its fun. I could say a thousand words about this show, but is anything even worth it? I'll probably have more fun just watching season 3. - by Nic0_o
  • Rating: 8.6

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 2013

    The lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.
    I couldn't leave this one out of the list. It might not be a new kind of show, but somehow I feel it is. At the very least its highly funny and entertaining. - by Nic0_o