Favorites of 2013: TV Comedies

Happy Holidays, all! Moff, Becca, and I are taking the week off to spend time with our families, but in the meantime, we have our Favorites of 2013 lined up for the entire week! Today’s post covers comedies, of the sitcom and dramedy variety. Without further ado, let’s kick off our week of Favorites of 2013!

The Mindy Project

{FOX, Tuesdays at 9:30}


Danny Castellano: “The Massachusetts public school system has really let you down.”
Mindy Lahiri: “I’m sorry? I’m a good looking doctor! I think it did fine!”

It took us (meaning Moff and I… Becca is more of a casual fan) a while to come around to this show, but it’s one of our favorites. We love the characters, the writing, and the romantic tension between Mindy and Danny, but mostly we love that Mindy is unapologetic about who she is and what she likes. We should all be a little more like her. —Kerry


{USA Network, Wednesdays at 10}


Shawn Spencer: “I’m good at what I do and what I do is good… Isn’t it?”

Lassiter got married, Vick quit her job as Chief of the SBPD, and Juliet finally found out Shawn’s big secret, effectively ending their relationship and threatening to ruin Shawn and Gus’s careers as psychic detectives. Somehow the show was still firing on all cylinders, delivering hilarious one-liners among homage episodes (Sliding DoorsClue) while still dealing with the fallout from Shawn’s big lie. There was also a two-hour musical that aired last Sunday! —Kerry

Parks and Recreation

{NBC, Thursdays at 8}


Leslie Knope: “This is like a waking nightmare of happiness!”

Even though Leslie’s dealing with her recall as a City Council member and the impending departure of the beautiful land mermaid Ann Perkins, Parks and Rec remains the only bright spot on a Community-less NBC Thursday schedule. This year brought about big changes to Pawnee, like Ron getting married and becoming a father-to-be, Tom selling his company for a profit and dating a beautiful doctor, and Andy living in London as he works for a non-profit, and yet somehow, even dealing with Leslie’s disappointments, it still feels like the same old show we’ve always known and loved. —Kerry

The IT Crowd

{Channel 4, UK}


Hilarity is always found when lives are turned upside down. Roy and Jen find out what is like to have the whole internet against them, and Moss discovers confidence in wearing women’s slacks. This special was beautiful, and makes you want to watch the complete series over again. —Becca

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

{FOX, Tuesdays at 8:30}


Jake Peralta: “Hey there, criminal! It’s me, Johnny Law!”

This is my favorite new comedy of the Fall 2013 season, thanks in large part to Andre Braugher. Nearly everyone in this cast brings a fresh perspective to characters that could’ve easily been flat tropes, and the emerging relationships are fun to watch. I’m also a sucker for a well-written cop comedy. What can I say? I’m easy. —Kerry

The Crazy Ones

{CBS, Thursdays at 9}


Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar probably have my favorite father-daughter relationship on TV right now. The cast altogether has great chemistry, and I hope the show continues to succeed. —Becca

Trophy Wife

{ABC, Tuesdays at 9:30}


Bert Harrison: “Oh, my stars!”

The title of the show is meant to turn the trope on its head, since Kate is not your typical trophy wife, but the show actually thrives on the relationship between the family members. There is not a weak link on this show, not even the child actors (who occasionally steal scenes from the veteran actors!) —Kerry

Back in the Game

{ABC, Wednesdays at 8}


Terry: “I am coaching because nobody wanted these kids… and I know how that feels. People are going to call you weird, and creepy, and foreign, and ga–feminine.”
Cannon: “Hey, don’t forget fat. That kid laying there, that kid is fat!”

I was sad when this show got canceled, because I’m a fan of Maggie Lawson and I wanted her to be successful in her first post-Psych adventure. She was fantastic on this show, as was James Caan and Lenora Crichlow, but this show suffered from a rather dull premise and a lack of a compelling romantic relationship. The characters really came into their own (even the kids, especially Danny, Dudley, and Michael) and it’s a shame this show didn’t get better ratings. (I was not-so-secretly holding out hope that the show would at least last long enough to meet Terry’s deadbeat ex-husband, because I wanted him to be played by James Roday.) —Kerry


{ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30}


Alan Tudyk will always be a favorite actor of mine, so it’s no coincidence his character, Noah Werner, is my favorite character. This show has many other things going for it, between Tessa’s teenage life and George’s adult life. The father and daughter combo always leads to great episodes. —Becca

Later today… Favorites of 2013: Movie Comedies


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