Bring on the funny business. We canvassed our TV writers for this list of the 10 most hilarious shows currently airing — or about to start airing — new episodes. (Sorry, fans of Key & Peele and Louie, check back with us later. And we also left off talk shows — that’s a whole ‘nother list to argue about!)
People who bemoan the downward spiral of The Simpsons need to tune in to Fox an hour earlier, because Bob’s Burgers has gleefully grabbed the baton and sprinted to the front of the TV pack. The show can be silly and surreal, like when it dedicated an episode to Gene’s (Eugene Mirman) relationship with a talking toilet. But its vision of family life is more tethered to reality than most flesh-and-blood sitcoms’.
(Sundays at 7 p.m., Fox)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus shines as the self-consumed, F-bomb-dropping vice president — and has two Emmys to prove it. Watching this goddess of gaffe and her underlings — from an over- loyal body man (Tony Hale) to an oversize White House liaison (Timothy Simons) — should be part of your civic duty.
(Returning Sunday, April 6 at 10:30 p.m., HBO)
The return of mastermind Dan Harmon has reinvigorated this off-kilter community-college show, whose weirdness is only outdone by its ambition. Also requiring your attention: Harmon’s trippy and irreverent Rick and Morty, an animated Back to the Future-esque comedy.
(Thursdays at 8 p.m., NBC, and Mondays at 10:30 p.m., Adult Swim)
Foulmouthed Brooklynites Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson got their start riffing on YouTube, and they’ve maintained the purity of their gonzo relationship on their way to Amy Poehler-produced success.
(Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central)
The current season (redubbed Archer Vice) escalates to greater heights via a literal ton of animated cocaine. The new spirit of mayhem has allowed for all manner of hilarious rabbit holes, from Cheryl’s ongoing quest to become a country star to the recent Smokey and the Bandit homage.
(Mondays at 10 p.m., FX)
Inside Amy Schumer
She’s the sweet-seeming comedian who works so salty, she could open a Morton factory.
(Returning Tuesday, April 1 at 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central)
Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm destroy workplace- comedy clichés along with their characters’ beleaguered office. But Workaholics never lets its protagonists become villains — a remarkable feat considering its commitment to anarchy.
(Wednesdays at 10 p.m., Comedy Central)
The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling’s romantic/office comedy hybrid has all the loose intimacy of a FaceTime chat with your BFF. And the underrated supporting cast, including Chris Messina and Ike Barinholtz, only got stronger with the addition of Happy Endings’ Adam Pally.
(Returning Tuesday, April 1 at 9 p.m., then back to its regular 9:30 p.m. time slot the following week, Fox)
Parks and Recreation
The small-town-government comedy brims with quirky, clever jokes, but it’s also perhaps the warmest show on this list — and boasts one of the deepest, most consistently funny ensembles on TV, including Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, and Chris Pratt. Parks isn’t afraid to take chances (like having Leslie be recalled from her dream job) — just one of the many reasons we’re still laughing in season 6.
(Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., NBC)
The secret to Portlandia’s excellence is patience. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein let their hipster premises breathe and wander. That means skits sometimes fade into nothingness, but when Portlandia hits — see: the classic Battlestar Galactica tribute and the forthcoming ”Celery Guy” bit — it’s more satisfying than artisanal pickles.
(Thursdays at 10 p.m., IFC)
Check it out! With Dr. Steve Brule
John C. Reilly is an Oscar-nominated actor. What he’s doing on this Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! spin-off is absolute lunacy. As the confused, impaired man-child host of the lowest-fi public-access show imaginable, he’s the giant irregularly beating heart of TV’s most gloriously bizarre creation.
(Thursdays at 12:30 a.m., Adult Swim)