Television within the 21st century is an limitless buffet, with networks and streamers serving up extra tasty choices than anyone particular person may probably binge. The array might be overwhelming, so from time to time, these of us on the TV desk at The New York Times wish to push again from the desk and take a broader have a look at the medium and its most distinctive exhibits.
A few years in the past, we used the 20th anniversary of “The Sopranos” as a possibility to evaluate the perfect dramas of the earlier twenty years. This week, we’re taking up comedies.
Our listing of the 21 finest comedies of the 21st century was, like most lists, the product of a lot dialogue, disagreement and negotiation. (In a postscript, we every named our most heartbreaking omissions.) But the outcome appears like a pleasant snapshot of the period’s defining exhibits and of the best way cable and streaming has created room for TV comedy to develop into extra idiosyncratic and various in its views — a departure from the big-tent community sitcoms (lots of them additionally nice) that dominated prime-time within the 20th century.
We restricted our purview to American sitcoms and sketch exhibits — so no “Fleabag” or British “Office” — that premiered on Jan. 1, 2000, or later. Beloved comedies that aired this millennium however debuted earlier — “Friends,” “Saturday Night Live,” 100 others — didn’t qualify. (Anyone nonetheless desirous to combat about whether or not the 21st century began in 2000 or 2001 can try this elsewhere.)
Now it’s your flip to tell us: What did we overlook? What can we love an excessive amount of? What’s your favourite American comedy of the 21st century, and why? As James Poniewozik, The Times’s chief TV critic, wrote within the intro, “We have no absolute answers, only the arguments that resulted in this list.” I’m positive you might have loads of your personal, too.