Hey look, our only freshman series on this list. It went off the air after 10 episodes, suffering – like most new shows – from a lack of viewers. But it will return in January and you should jump on it if you haven’t already. Nat Faxon and Lucy Punch provide most of the laughs while Dakota Johnson has the right chemistry to make this sister-brother comedy about family and friends really work.
14. House of Lies (Showtime)
Funny, cynical, sexy, vulgar – and a dramatic sensibility that reveals a surprising amount of heart? Sure, why not. Besides, Don Cheadle is a force of nature in the lead role.
It didn’t get as much coverage in Season 2 as it did coming out of the gate as your not-so-typical man and dog story, but Wilfred was just as funny, twisted and wrong as ever. Both Elijah Wood and Jason Gann are doing God’s work here.
12. Don’t Trust the B—In Apartment 23. (ABC)
Another series meta about pop culture but also wonderfully committed to being devious, it’s another underappreciated gem with strong writing. Krysten Ritter is fantastic.
11. Modern Family. (ABC
Reliably funny and always clever, Modern Family has somehow been derided for too many awards and accolades. Strange, consider they’re going to a show that utterly deserves them. Avoid the jealousy, enjoy the jokes.
10 - 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (FX)
Here’s a big pronouncement: This is the most overlooked, underappreciated (by the Emmys, Golden Globes, etc.) series of the past 20 years. It doesn't need outside love anymore -- its reputation for greatness is enough.
9 - 'Community' (NBC)
Nobody knows what the Dan Harmon-less show will look or feel like, but with him at the helm it has always been a ridiculous, ingenious and smart series that's as meta about pop culture as any comedy ever.
8 - 'New Girl' (Fox)
Dismissed as too precious by people who weren't really following it, New Girl quickly hit its stride and manages quick-witted laughs from countless scenarios. If you skipped it, rethink the choice.
7 - 'Veep' (HBO)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the female vice president stuck in a job she really didn't want spoofs politics and the workplace and is a hurricane of hilarious cynicism. From Armando Iannucci, creator of the Brit series The Thick of It. There’s still so much gold to mine here.
6 - 'Archer' (FX)
Best animated series on television? Sure, why not? And as I count it, Top 10 among all comedies. The writing is a treasure and the voice talent makes it all come together.
5 - 'Raising Hope' (Fox)
Arguably the best comedy you're not watching. Criminally ignored by not only viewers but also awards shows. Hilariously off-kilter, quirky but also warm. A wonderful show.
4 - '30 Rock' (NBC)
What's left to say about this series other than it's going into the comedy hall of fame, first ballot? Few shows ever have matched its spot-on ability to do verbal, physical and visual comedy, sometimes all at the same time.
3 - 'Parks and Recreation' (NBC)
The perfect election-year comedy. But beyond that, Parks and Rec has been one of the elite comedies since its second season and has continued to flesh out its hilarious dissection of small-town America and small-city politics via well-drawn characters.
2 - 'Louie' (FX)
Its DIY nature is well documented, but the beauty of the show is Louis CK's ability to make the mundane elements of life so funny or sad or revealing. Louie follows no map on how to make 30 minutes of television and doesn't shy away from seemingly unconventional, unconnected paths. That’s what makes the show unique -- and brilliant.
1 - 'Girls' (HBO)
Only one other comedy (see No. 2) was as real, honest and fearless. Lena Dunham expertly mined laughs from the often-confusing postgrad lifestyle. In doing so, she nailed a subculture, but more important just managed to connect her characters to the craziness of making your way in the world.
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