Michael Kirchhoff

The Best of 2015 – Funny Teevee

There were lots of things in 2015. Some of those things appeared on television and were pretty funny. The best one was:

Bojack Horseman

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The first season of Bojack Horseman was slow out the gate. “I won’t be watching this furlong,” I thought, but I was incorrect. The show quickly found its footing and finished very strong. Rather than put the show out to pasture, Netflix gave the show a renewal to philly out their stable of original programming.

The glue of the series is its amazing voice cast, who manage to give these characters tremendous humanity (despite the fact that many of them are playing anthropomorphic animals). While the show is funny enough to go hoarse from laughter, Bojack also manages to stirrup genuine emotion. This show is about the lies people tell to convince themselves that they are happy.

So that was the best of the funny teevee things this year. Here are some others that were good:

Review

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Master improviser Andrew Daly excels at characters with an outwardly optimistic disposition that obscures a soul in desperate pain. He finally got the platform that fully demonstrates his talent with Review, which went to even darker places in its second season. Daly’s character Forest McNeil’s increasingly futile attempts to win back the wife he shunned because of his devotion to this ridiculous show led him to commit unspeakable (and hilarious) acts.

Rick and Morty

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In its second season, Rick and Morty can perilously close to just becoming The Rick Show, focusing almost exclusively on Rick’s mind-bogglingly massive ego. The show is still brilliantly funny and the animation gets more visually breathtaking with each episode (the episode with the Jerry daycare center was especially clever). But I hope that, going forward, this show remembers that there are actually two names in the title of the show and gives Morty more to do.

Veep

Here you go. You’re welcome.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

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I didn’t even like the 2001 movie (still don’t). Apparently what was necessary to make Wet Hot American Summer work is wait for all the actors to age 15 years then have them all play the same characters. This time around, it worked.

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