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You’ve watched one too many horror dystopian movies online, and you’re beginning to wonder why your head feels so heavy. Well, why not switch it out for some comedies that will get you giggling (if you’re not someone who guffaws and snorts unglamorously).

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Here’s a list of comedies for you to start on – your weekly pick-me-up during the Circuit Breaker period:

The Office

Laugh Level: Occasional snorts and bursts of uncontrollable laughter

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Pair dry humour with well-developed characters and you’ll get The Office. This series is a must-watch for those who appreciate slight second-hand embarrassment, random but lovable characters and feel-good shows. This series is an American mockumentary that follows the workers of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

The characters are highly aware of the fact that there is an audience watching them. Their frequent acknowledgement of the camera adds to the awkwardness of the scenes, which increases the comedic factor. In a league of its own, this comedy series is well-written, and the jokes never get old. 

This streams on demand on NBC.

Fleabag

Laugh Level: Semi cringe-laughs coupled with awkward giggles

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Shows that revolve around one character can get a little boring. But Fleabag isn’t your average one-woman comedy. It follows the life of a woman, who’s only known as Fleabag, and focuses on how she navigates society. The awkward and sarcastic nature of Fleabag humanises her and there are many moments where we can relate to her.

Her sexually frank monologues echo the thoughts of us regular women, when we are put in a situation similar to hers. Smart scripting that is self-reflexive makes the show entertaining while being grounded. The real-ness of the show and Fleabag’s constant interaction with the audience is what captivates us. And it’s also why Fleabag won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2019.

This streams on demand on Amazon Primevideo.

Derry Girls

Laugh Level: Full on ugly guffawing till you’re tearing

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Ah, good ol’ teenage girl drama spliced with comedic characters will make anybody laugh (yes, even the most stern of nuns). In Derry Girls, a group of four Irish Catholic schoolgirls from Londonderry are joined by an English boy as they navigate their secondary school life. But it’s not the average chick flick as this all happens in the midst of The Troubles in Derry (the infamous 1995 ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland involving Unionists and Republicans).

What brings the series to life are the striking accents of the characters, the quaint small-town life and the friendship between the characters. Be prepared for a lot of second-hand embarrassment and witty comebacks. This is a heartwarming show filled with relatable teenage mistakes that will make you laugh.

Available on Netflix.

Modern Family

Laugh Level: Pure happiness

The quirkiest fictional family since the Addams family. Modern Family is a mockumentary that revolves around the Dunphys and their relatives. The well-loved comedy has won five consecutive Emmys for Best Comedy Series (2010 – 2014). Just a week ago, the show released its finale episode after 11 seasons, and that got many fans crying.

A series that focuses on family ties and friendship, Modern Family has exceeded expectations in writing and character development. All of the characters are well thought out, with unique personalities that don’t fall flat as the several seasons go by. And the best part? It’s totally family friendly. 

Available on Netflix.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Laugh Level: The occasional giggle and facepalm while snorting

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If you’re not into vapid characters with strange personalities, this may not be the series for you. Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper, is the protagonist of the series and she is indeed weird. Having been trapped in an underground bunker for several years, Kimmy finds her footing (albeit oddly) in New York City.

While the show’s writing isn’t the wittiest, the characters are what make the show a feel-good one. The development of the main characters are positive and non-toxic – toxic characters are given a positive and light-hearted treatment here. So if you’re looking for something that’s easy on the mind, watch this.

Available on Netflix.