The Top 5 Comedy Shows To Watch In 2018

The Top 5 Comedy Shows To Watch In 2018

Underground comedy that will make laugh and want to binge.
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After New Year's Eve when the ball drops and the confetti settles, many college students will begin 2018 in a sort of hometown purgatory. It's a time where many are bored of their parents' house and high school friends but cannot go back to the dorms. However, the answer to this boredom is simple- binge watching. The past few years have brought us some of the most hilarious and entertaining comedies in television, but the problem is a lot of them are not given the recognition they rightfully deserve. Shows like "The Office" and "Parks and Rec" are champions in TV comedy but won't make this list since they're already so popular. With that said, here are the top 5 comedy shows to watch in 2018.

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

"Broad City" began as a critically-acclaimed web series and turned into one of Comedy Central's most popular shows. It follows two female protagonists named Abby and Ilana, who double as the creators and writers of the show in real life, as they try to find their versions of success in New York City. Abbi is a struggling artist trying to find her career in the city, while Ilana is a sexually-deviant, millennial hippie looking for happiness. The paths these two best friends take usually lead to unexpected and ridiculous journeys that are very funny to watch.

Rating: 8.5 YAS Queens out of 10

4. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

BoJack is the name of this Netflix original series as well as the lead protagonist. Set in a world where anthropomorphic animals and humans coexist, BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) is a personified horse that is now a washed-up actor from the 1990's struggling to find work and meaning in life. He's narcissistic, vain, and an alcoholic with a many more problems that don't need to be listed here. The thing keeping him going is the heartfelt moments with his close friends who mean well but have problems of their own. This comedy can be dark and dramatic at times but mixes in light-hearted jokes as well. It's become one of my favorite Netflix series with an amazing cast and great writing that I think you will enjoy.

Rating: 8.7 horseshoes out of 10

3. The Eric Andre Show (Adult Swim)

The Eric Andre Show is a parody of late-night talk shows hosted by comedian Eric Andre, who is wild, unpredictable, and possibly insane which makes his style of comedy so hilarious. His co-host for the show is Hannibal Buress, who brings a more mellow tone to balance Eric's energy, although he's still arguably just as weird. Essentially, the show works like any other late-night talk show. Celebrity guests sit down with Eric and a standing Hannibal (the low-budget style of the show can only afford one chair) and get interviewed for TV. The catch is that Eric and Hannibal are the worst talk show hosts in the history of late-night television and attempt to make their guests as uncomfortable as possible, which results in hilarious TV. The interviews, low-budget/public-access TV style, and interspersed segments make this show one of my favorite underground comedies.

Rating: 9 bottles of ranch out of 10

2. Nathan For You (Comedy Central)

Created by Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder, "Nathan For You" is one of the most cringey and uncomfortable shows to watch in the best way possible. Nathan plays a character of himself that's intentionally socially awkward yet business savvy. He uses his business skills, which he acquired by graduating from "one of Canada's top business schools with really good grades," to help struggling businesses in a lampooning bar-rescue-type TV show. He comes up with hysterical out-of-the-box ideas that are ridiculous but usually work. The business owners are typically hesitant around Nathan but decide to trust him, probably because he has a camera crew and looks like a professional. This show has a dry, deadpan style of comedy and has become one of the best shows on TV.

Rating: An A+, which is a really good grade.

1. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Finally, the #1 comedy series to watch in 2018, in my opinion, should be "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Created by "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David, the show is a semi-fictional version of Larry's life after departing from his show "Seinfeld." Larry defies all social norms and courtesies by lacking any sense of social awareness and lives life on his own terms. What's truly relatable is how Larry David's characterization of himself behaves. We would all like to act the way Larry does, but we are too polite and perceptive to what's happening around us in social situations to truly be ourselves. Larry David is a comedic genius and once again found success in making a show about the randomness of everyday life become hilarious. The show has been around since 2000, took a 6-year hiatus in 2011, and returned for its ninth season in 2017. I strongly recommend catching up on his show before its tenth season returns in 2018.

Rating: 10 pretty goods out of 10

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"
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I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

But then, we saw her come face-to-face with a killer and thought maybe she had potential.


We then saw her surprise everyone when she proved to be the next trauma surgeon in the making and we were intrigued.

Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Floating

You caught me in the clouds.
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Hey y'all. Today I figured I would grace you with one of my poems instead of an interesting listicle or a relevant article giving life advice. 'Cause sometimes you just feel like sharing some form of fiction, or you have a super busy week and you forgot that your deadline was tomorrow, so you choose one of your poems from your notebook as your weekly article. Either way, I hope y'all enjoy!


"will you catch me if i fall?"

"of course"

so i stepped off my balcony

into the sky

and you caught me in the clouds

and there we floated

but then your arms got tired

and your mind started to wander

and you forgot about me

so you dropped me

and i fell to earth

but although i shouted

no one was there to catch me

a second time

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