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5 Funny TV Series That’ll Distract You From Your Worries

The world is still coming to terms with the news that the USA has a new President-Elect. For those of you who were struggling with the result, we rounded up some calming GIFs to help get you through. Another avenue you might want to take is by watching some quality TV – and what better time to indulge in shows that have strong female leads?

So we wanted to remind you of five series that’ll make you laugh – or at least stop the tears for a little while.

New Girl

Led by Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson, New Girl features an excellent ensemble cast, who – in any configuration – can guarantee the laughs. Set in LA, the show explores the realities of life for a diverse group of friends trying to get by in their 20s and 30s, and for many of us, the ups and downs they experience ring way too true. Zooey’s character, Jessica Day, is a quirky young woman with a can-do attitude, and her brand of weird really clicked with audiences.


Parks and Recreation

Junkee describes Parks and Recreation as an “upbeat and perennially optimistic sitcom”. Amy Poehler is Leslie Knope, who heads up the Parks Department in the small town of Pawnee, Indiana. “It’s a small show of small ambitions, and its storylines often consist of little more than the finer points of raccoon removal — yet it’s one of the funniest shows on television.”


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

A young woman with a dark past is trying to make a life by moving to New York City: it’s a common trope in cinema and TV, but this particular dark past involves being imprisoned by a cult leader (played by Jon Hamm) in an underground bunker for 15 years. Written by Tina Fey with her signature comedic wit, the show takes off after Kimmy has been liberated from the Reverend. Living with struggling gay, black actor Titus Andromedon and working for socialite Jacqueline Voorhees, each episode centres around ‘cute and naive’ Kimmy’s attempts at having a ‘normal’ life.

However, the show uses comedy and the ‘cuteness’ of Kimmy’s character to perfectly juxtapose comments about societal norms. As Junkee writes “As the show makes clear, naiveté isn’t the biggest obstacle for Unbreakable’s quirky characters; it’s the series of roadblocks our culture has set up for women and minorities who are taking their stories into their own hands.” It’s weird, it’s funny and it has something to say.


Broad City

Broad City has been touted as our generation’s Seinfeld – a show about nothing and absolutely everything. Broad City focuses on Abbi and Ilana (Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in real life), two best friends (also best friends in real life), living out their daily lives in New York City completely unapologetically and in all their graphic glory. They are extremely open about sex and sexual pleasure, they’re irresponsible, talk back to men and take up space. They do whatever they want. It’s refreshing, it’s healthy, it’s hilarious – and you need this show in your life. YAS KWEEN.


The Mindy Project

Mindy Kaling scored a writing/acting gig for The Office US at the age of 24, and went on to write for Saturday Night Live. After that, she managed to nab her own show on the Fox Network, The Mindy Project, which was nominated for an Emmy; no mean feat. She plays Dr Mindy Lahiri, a very likeable lead character living in NYC who knows exactly who she is and won’t apologise for it. She loves love and being a woman, and the best parts of the show are following the rollercoaster that is her dating life. In fact, Mindy is so relatable that we watch the show because we’ve all seen a little of ourselves in her, whether we can’t say no to buying all sorts of crap at a flea market or want all of the greasy food.


Sonia Taylor is the editor of The Cusp.