Breaking Bad, The Office, 30 Rock, Dexter. What do these classic shows all have in common? Well for one they are all amazing and addicting in their own ways. But sadly, they have all also recently come to an end.
Sure, shows like Workaholics, Parks & Rec, and Modern Family fill the void for comedy lovers and if you loved Breaking Bad you’re most likely sinking your teeth into another drama like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, or House of Cards by now.
However, for all of you still searching to replace the likes of Walter White and Michael Scott, here are 4 new shows that really deserve a shot…
Comedy Central really has been killing it lately. Not only does CC have some consistent network staples like Tosh.O, South Park, and Workaholics, but they also just keep picking winners in terms of new shows, take Broad City for example.
Created, acted, and written by longtime friends/collaborators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Broad City is a breath of fresh, youthful air for female comedy. Basically, the show is like if you took the Workaholics guys, moved them to New York, made them girls, and made them smart, yet neurotic hipsters. It’s also a bonus that is comes on right after Workaholics on Wednesday nights.
Now I’ll admit I had heard about Friday Night Tykes and was pretty skeptical about it before I even started watching. There’s something about shows centered around children and their over-obsessive parents that just rubs me the wrong way.
Nevertheless, this isn’t Toddlers and Tiaras: Football Edition or Dance Moms on the Gridiron, there’s actually some quality television to be enjoyed when it comes to Friday Night Tykes. It’s actually shot pretty well, more like a documentary than a reality show. You can proabably credit that to the premium channel capabilities of the Esquire Network.
What really grabs you though is the intensity and relatability of the show and its characters. If you’re a guy, or girl for that matter, you most likely played a sport in your younger years where both coaches and parents alike took it a little too serious. Friday Night Tykes is your memory of PeeWee Football times ten and it’s honestly a thrill to watch.
Forget Saturday Night Live and Key and Peele, (although I do love those guys) I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Kroll Show is the smartest sketch show on TV right now and possibly one of the best overall comedies television currently has to offer.
While it’s not exactly a new show (it’s currently in its second season), Kroll Show is really just now fleshing out its filler and picking up some major steam. Created by comedian Nick Kroll (The League, and many other small TV roles), Kroll Show is at the surface just another sketch comedy show, but in reality it’s much deeper than that.
The way Kroll intertwines and connects the absurd characters that he has created is pure meta-comedic genius. This is the TV comedy of the future, it’s time to hop on the bandwagon.
I could say all I want about HBO’s new cop-drama True Detective. I could tell you how I think it is the finest work of both its stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, careers. I could tell how it’s about as creepy and suspenseful as shows come. And I could tell you that in my opinion it’s easily the best program on TV right now and possibly the best show in a long time.
Nevertheless, it’s really up to you to check it out. You will not be disappointed and you probably won’t be able turn away from the screen until you’ve caught up with all five episodes that have already aired. This one is a must see!