Top 5 Comedy Shows for Feminists
5. Garfunkel & Oates
Starring real-life comedy musical duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, Garfunkel & Oates is a fun sitcom about the two 30-ish actors/singers as they work their way through a variety of premises. The first (and only) season focuses on Riki panicking about her biological clock ticking down and starting hormone treatment, and Kate growing concerned about her “Peter Pan Syndrome” i.e. the fear of growing up. These anxieties are only exacerbated by their homely, parental female friends, whose lives seem to be worked out. Cue fun, quirky songs played on ukuleles about blow jobs, smug pregnant women, and friendship. The show tackles scenarios that many women do worry about in reality, and turns them into comedic moments. It's a easy watch, and a good show to laugh at when you're feeling blue.
4. The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project is a well-known show featuring Mindy Kaling, formerly of The Office. It's a romantic comedy revolving around Mindy, a gynaecologist in New York City, as she balances her personal and professional life. Subversive, funny, and feminist, the show tackles almost everything that could occur in a young adult's life, narrated by the quietly confident title character. As a successful woman in a male-dominated profession, Mindy is unapologetic, body-positive, sex-positive, and, most importantly, not perfect. This factor alone makes this show loveable as you follow her through mishaps and successes.
3. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
This is a brand new show, running on the same format as such gems as The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Nightly Show, and Last Week Tonight – only it's fronted by a woman. Samantha Bee is sarcastic, intelligent, funny, and charismatic enough to lead the whole show. It's only just started, and only a couple of episodes have aired but, unlike the other shows mentioned in this list, she deals with current, real-life issues facing women, not just in the West but across the world. Currently the show is focusing a lot on the US elections, but Bee is surprisingly neutral on every topic that she covers, giving both sides of the argument equal time (if you ignore the occasional eye-roll). If you want news presented in a funny way, by a woman who knows what she's talking about, Samantha Bee is the way to go.
2. 30 Rock
There is so much I can say about 30 Rock. I've watched every single series at least 6 times now, and it never gets old. Starring Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, an adult woman who manages the writers and actors at the fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan (based on the real-life Saturday Night Live, where Fey worked), 30 Rock is another TV show that oozes familiarity and realism. It's almost creepy watching 30 Rock, because not only do I look a lot like Liz Lemon, I also act a lot like her too, from her love of food to her clumsy social interactions to her terrible jokes. The cast of 30 Rock consists of many well-known faces, and the show gained real popularity in its final years. It's funny, satirical, and talks about real-life issues in amongst the jokes and comedy.
And number 1 is...
1. Broad City!
Yas Queen! Broad City features Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, two New York City millenials who smoke weed, have casual sex, and drop in and out of awkward social situations. Unlike other shows based around this premise (cough, Girls), Broad City is realistic, with moments that you can actually empathise with and scenarios that have probably happened to you once or twice in your young adult life. The two comedians manage to interweave getting fired, hating your job, and being broke, with scenes of genuine human connection. The two characters are best friends to the end, and through anything. I dare you to watch this show and not laugh once. You'll be in love with them by the end of season one.
Words by Sophie Elliott