How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother is like Friends, except more adult and more story focused. The sitcom’s pilot starts things strong and gets you hooked right away, promising the story of how Ted (the protagonist) met his mother. What follows is 9 seasons of pure delight as five 20-something-year-old friends in New York navigate relationships, work, and what they want out of life.
How I Met Your Mother is so bingeable because the nagging question of “who will Ted end up marrying?” is always being teased, pushing you to keep watching until you finally find out, in a shocking twist ending. While you wait, the main cast will keep you thoroughly entertained with their undeniable chemistry, as they debate everything from suiting up to the groggy morning after.
Who would have thought that 20-minute episodes based on a “no hugging, no learning” principle could be so funny? Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, that’s who. Seinfeld revolutionized the sitcom genre, replacing the mushy bits with ridiculous shenanigans rooted in a self-hating sense of relatability. Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer are all so deeply flawed and unredeemable characters, meaning every time they get into a sticky situation, you hope for the worst and laugh that much harder when they cop it. It was one of the most-watched TV shows on Openload for a reason.
The Office (US)
The Office US is a mockumentary-style sitcom, where the characters feel real, and you’re the fly on the wall that gets to watch it all unfold. The Office is driven by character development, particularly in the early seasons, making it impossible to stop watching. There’s just so many unresolved issues that need answering. Will Jim and Pam get together? Will Michael become a good boss? Is Dwight a genius or completely insane? Some characters are lack self-awareness, while others have it, ensuring awkward, realistic, and hilarious interactions every episode.
It’s arguably the most popular sitcom of all time and for good reason. While the show is pretty mundane and sanitised, Friends was the ultimate TV comfort food. For 10 seasons, we got to tune in, tune out, and watch six close friends become closer and closer. We watched them wrestle with everyday musings and grow to become independent, wonderful people (for the most part). Friends more or less stuck to an episode-by-episode format, meaning that no matter when or where you watched, you could relax, enjoy, and understand what was going on. Bottle episodes like The One Where No One’s Ready was undeniable comedy gold. “Okay, buddy boy. You hide my clothes. I’m wearing everything you own”.
Much like Seinfeld, Arrested Development finds its humour in a dysfunctional group instead of a redeemable one. The first three seasons of the show are airtight, portraying a rich family of all ages deal with nasty problems in the worst way possible. There’s a teen who has a crush on his cousin, a fully-grown-son who leeches off his socialite mum, and an end of the road marriage where the husband is definitely gay. (Though you’ll never hear him admit it). Every episode is jam-packed with references, running gags, and off-kilter quips, meaning the show moves at a rapid-fire pace. This makes the show endlessly bingeable and endlessly rewatchable because there’s always a new subtle joke to pick up on.