Is Netflix Going To Dominate The Comedy TV World This Year?

Film & TV Features Writer
02.01.16 4 Comments

Netflix is really ramping up its original content. The streaming service is releasing 31 original scripted shows in 2016, confirming that we really don’t need lives outside of our computers. It has never been a better time to be an insomniac hermit with about $10 to spare every month.

While Netflix has had a lot of successes with drama in the past, it’s especially proving a force to be reckoned with in the comedy world, and it’s really swinging for the fences this year. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns with the adorable Ellie Kemper and a theme song you just can’t get out of your head in April, and now that it’s already been renewed for a third season, it’s clear the show won’t be going anywhere. And with the success of Master of None, we can expect a second season coming because Aziz Ansari was already working on plots before the first season even debuted. Then of course you’ve got BoJack HorsemanGrace and Frankie, and hopefully more from Arrested Development and F Is for Family. That’s not even including the shows that have one foot in the comedy waters, like Orange Is the New Black.

In the next few months alone, we can also expect four new comedy series to hog up our internet bandwidth. Judd Apatow’s Love debuts on February 19, and it stars Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs…wait, Britta’s in this? Well, don’t let that Britta it for you. Fuller House, the spinoff you didn’t even know you needed for years, is finally premiering on February 26. Will Arnett is double-dipping in the Netflix waters (or triple-dipping) in the new show Flaked set for March, and Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson reunite for The Ranch in April.

With so many shows debuting this year, Netflix just may become the go-to network for good comedy.

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