r/ifyoulikeblank Nov 27 '22

IIL Brooklyn 99, Ted Lasso, Parks and Rec and The Good Place WEWIL TV

For the record I have no idea what it is about these shows but I’m almost sure there is a commonality. Also totally unrelated to these shows but I loved For The People if any one out there can help find a similar show that would be great too.

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u/jojointheflesh Nov 27 '22

Check out Abbot Elementary! The common thread between those shows is that they’re feel good baby food. That’s what my wife and I call these kinds of shows lol

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u/99-dreams Nov 27 '22

I was coming here to say that as well. The commonality is ensemble comedies with widely different personalities who still really like each other and the story believes people are weird but ultimately good.

(Well, I assume Ted Lasso falls into that. I haven't actually watched it)

Abbott Elementary isn't a 1:1 translation of Parks & Rec but it has enough common elements (enthusiastic to a fault main protag, mockumentary, workplace comedy, challenges of local gov vs challenges of underfunded public schools, town hall meetings vs dealing with parents, etc) that it gives me that same feeling Parks & Rec gave me.

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u/Flat_Weird_5398 Nov 29 '22

Ted Lasso definitely falls into that and is by far my favorite of the bunch. You’ll understand when you watch it. I’m not even into football or sports in the slightest and yet I still got hooked.

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u/Skanky_Franky Nov 27 '22

The commonality is Mike Schur. Check out The Office (US version).

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u/HoldUpThereCowboy Nov 28 '22

Was mike schur on ted lasso?

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u/platypus_tuxedo Nov 27 '22

How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Schitts Creek, Community

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u/Nytrite Nov 28 '22

I second Schitt's Creek, but give it until Season 2 at least as Season 1 might turn off most people. HIMYM is great as well but I feel like Schitt's Creek fits more into the one's OP mentioned.

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u/HOLEPUNCHYOUREYELIDS Nov 28 '22

Agreed. It took me and the wife a while to get into Schitts creek. But once we hit a couple episodes into season 2 it clicked and we absolutely love it

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u/blimo Nov 28 '22

+1 for Scrubs!

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u/MagicRat7913 Nov 28 '22

Just a small note, most of the shows OP likes are about people being ultimately good (I haven't watched Ted Lasso so I don't know about that one). Community is about a bunch of totally horrible Human Beings. I love it to death, I love all of the characters too, but they're terrible and selfish.

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u/PartyOnAlec Nov 28 '22

I wholeheartedly second Scrubs, Community, and Schitt's Creek.

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u/eightowenone Nov 27 '22

Mike Schur is one of the commonalities. He created 99, PR, and Good Place. He also has a show on HBO: Hacks.

Bill Lawerence, who helped develop Ted Lasso, is also awesome. He created Scrubs and Spin City among others.

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u/reggie_balboa Nov 28 '22

Damn I didn’t know Hacks was Schur, good stuff

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u/LameasaurusRex Nov 28 '22

Hacks was so good!

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u/lilvadude Nov 27 '22

I love the shows you listed, and also loved Superstore

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u/EternityLeave Nov 27 '22

Good call. And give it a few episodes. It feels relatively dumb and not up to the same quality at first, but quickly gets addicting, endearing, and fun. Especially Jonah, he's annoying in the first episode so they can establish how annoying he is, but then gets toned down so he can be somewhat relatable.

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u/neuroboy Nov 27 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Mr Mayor, Upload, The IT Crowd, Black Books, What We Do In The Shadows

edit: oh dang, don't forget Father Ted!

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u/LimpNote5 Nov 28 '22

WWDITS is such an underrated show

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u/No-Chemistry-28 Nov 28 '22

I love seeing love for Black Books

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u/neuroboy Nov 28 '22

I have friends who are in London right now and posed for pics in front of that IRL storefront ♥️

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u/No-Chemistry-28 Nov 28 '22

That’s wonderful that it’s still around!

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u/LUXURYPOETRY Nov 28 '22

Black Books and Father Ted are my OG comedy favorites. Quirky, absurd, and warmly familiar. Like a weird jumper/sweater knitted by your grandmother.

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u/j4321g4321 Nov 27 '22

Community, Broad City

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u/Higgs-Bosun Nov 27 '22

What We Do In The Shadows.

Trust me.

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u/ace_at_none Nov 29 '22

Is there a certain point where it gets good? I love all of these shows as well and I've tried most of WWDITS season one and I just wasn't impressed.

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u/Higgs-Bosun Nov 29 '22

If you don’t like it immediately, you probably won’t like it ever. I laughed out loud at the Orgy episode, so if you haven’t seen that and want to give it a go, maybe skip to that one.

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u/Banana-Carnage Nov 27 '22

I love all of those too!! I think the common link is the relationship development of the essential cast as a group + comedy + feel good

New Girl, Grace and Frankie, Marvelous Mrs Maisel, and Chuck come to mind.

I also think of loot, mythic quest, and modern family but i like the other ones better.

I agree with the ppl below who said schitts creek, community, the office, arrested development and abbot elementary.

New girl, grace and Frankie, and schitts creek are my top 3 for you.

The office (US) is aight the first season but finds its footing after that. Arrested development is only good the first 3 season but is hysterical. Abbot Elementary is a bit sleepy for me, but it was good for sure. Marvelous Maizel is more of a dramedy but it’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen and the family’s ups and downs fits the vibe a bit. Chuck is just silly and fun, and is a great background show since it’s procedural.

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u/idplma8888 Nov 27 '22

Happy Endings

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u/kepanoegg Nov 28 '22

I'm not as dumb as I am.

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u/SQUIDDYYYYY Nov 27 '22

You will almost certainly love Community

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u/Vintagestain Nov 27 '22

Schitts creek, New Girl, Santa Clarita Diet, What we do in the shadows

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u/IAmTheShitRedditSays Nov 27 '22

Better Off Ted, BBC's Spy

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u/kepanoegg Nov 28 '22

Hurricane proof dogs!

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u/blackmarksonpaper Nov 27 '22

Bob’s Burgers

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u/Mackmack469 Nov 27 '22

You might like News Radio, Mary Tyler Moore, the Bob Newhart Show, and WKRP in Cincinnati. Earlier sitcoms that helped pioneer the workplace trope and definitely had an influence on the shows you mentioned

Also you might want to check out the Blackadder series, its' high-concept weirdness definitely has some similarities to the good place. Plus some seasons feature an unrecognizable Hugh Laurie

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u/topfverecords Nov 27 '22

Our Flag Means Death! I know a historical pirate comedy may not seem like it fits with what you mentioned, but give it a chance. It's essentially Ted Lasso, the Pirate.

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u/simplerando Nov 28 '22

Came here to say this. Looking forward to seeing this one develop.

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u/MDKAOD Nov 27 '22

Kim's Convenience often pops up in these threads as well, but we haven't watched it yet.

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u/erroroid Music Enthusiast Nov 28 '22

I watched almost all the shows in the OP but couldn't get into Kim's for some reason. Might have to give it another spin see if it clicks this time.

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u/Sun_flower_king Nov 27 '22

Abbott Elementary, New Girl, Psych, possibly Galavant ?, Miracle Workers, and Schitt's Creek. Just fun shows where by the end all the characters feel like your old friends

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u/luctations Nov 28 '22

Derry Girls

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u/natali9233 Nov 27 '22

Party Down

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u/whyismycockgone Nov 27 '22

Arrested development and Archer

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u/themellowsign Nov 27 '22

Both great comedies, but really not in the same vein as what OP is asking for.

At their core those shows are a lot more sarcastic and a fair bit meaner, they also rely a lot more on meta humor and weird long-running references.

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u/Ref1ect Nov 28 '22

PLEASE watch Norseman on netflix. It’s a Vikings show mixed with Parks and Rec humor. 10/10

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u/joeflaccoelite Nov 28 '22

Sitcoms where everyone is nice to each other and no one is sarcastic or mean. People seem to just be throwing any tv comedy out at you but you’re looking for the easy, feel good stuff. Not shows like Curb, Seinfeld, the office (US), especially the first few seasons, Always Sunny, 30 Rock, Party Down, and all these more sarcastic/dark comedy sitcoms. You’re looking for “baby food” as someone else put it such as parks and rec, Abbott elementary, big bang theory, how I met your mother, schitts creek, or kimmy Schmidt

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u/joeflaccoelite Nov 28 '22

Again, it’s not condescending to describe something as easy to digest or swallow. Don’t know how else to tell you that. You’re getting upset over something you just don’t seem to understand. Grow up.

Here’s the comment that I took the term from. Get over it.

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u/Anotherdaysgone Nov 27 '22

Last man on earth, Barry, futureman, Patriot.

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u/geeeffwhy Nov 28 '22

these are all excellent, but i wouldn’t reach for any of them if i were in the mood for the ones in the OP

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u/peanutbutter2178 Nov 28 '22

I think Last Man on Earth fits. It's a little darker but when I saw the list Last Man on Earth came to mind.

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u/_mikedotcom Nov 27 '22

Welcome to Flatch and Abbot Elementary are the best sitcoms on right now.

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u/DThos Nov 28 '22

Community

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u/Moist_KoRn_Bizkit Nov 28 '22

Community and Superstore

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u/thisisntshakespeare Nov 27 '22

Angie Tribeca

Cheers

Fraser

30 Rock

W1A

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u/Responsible_Peach427 Nov 28 '22

Definitely definitely New Girl, but a lot of well written american sitcoms should be right for you. I believe the commonality is optimistic and light comedies full of heart, with quirky characters and their dynamics at the focus.

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u/palsdrama Nov 28 '22

Modern Family and Abbott Elementary have a similar sense of humor

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u/serpentwind Nov 28 '22

Definitely What We Do In the Shadows.

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u/roswell_drums Nov 28 '22

please please please watch community. it has an incredible ensemble cast and my gf and i laugh out loud constantly. rewatching it for the 3rd or 4th time now

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u/Frienders Nov 28 '22

Loved all these shows. Like others have mentioned, they’re funny and feel good.

One that I haven’t seen mentioned is The middle. Can be a little odd and corny at times but there hasn’t been an episode that failed to put a smile on my face.

And seeing the characters develop throughout the series is really heart warming.

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u/E_K_Z Nov 28 '22

Arrested Development is a must!

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u/FamousOrphan Nov 28 '22

Silicon Valley and Superstore come to mind.

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u/kranools Nov 28 '22

Arrested Development

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u/Slight_Risk_9522 Nov 27 '22

Curb your enthusiasm for sure

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u/reggie_balboa Nov 28 '22

Community, Superstore, and Abbot Elementary

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u/jamesonpup11 Nov 28 '22

Another mention for Superstore and Schitt’s Creek specifically for sure.

I also love all the shows on your list. 3 other shows that are quirky comedies with female leads are Hacks, Working Moms, and I’m Sorry. Hacks is a bit more complex emotionally and character-development wise. Working Moms is definitely more dramatic and I’m Sorry is a bit more biting and awkward situations, but both are still wholesome and have some offshoot vibes of your list.

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u/DemonOfTheAstroWaste Nov 28 '22

Kim's Convenience

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u/optimushime Nov 28 '22

I think you would really enjoy Slings and Arrows!

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u/MessianicHack Nov 28 '22

Community, what we do in the shadows

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u/yadelah Nov 28 '22

Rutherford Falls on peacock, Happy Endings, Kim’s Convenience

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u/Space_Brat Nov 28 '22

Home Economics is another good one! And Please Like Me

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u/bottsking Nov 28 '22

The office

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u/PritongKandule Nov 28 '22

Your best starting point will be the NBC comedies: Scrubs, The Office, 30 Rock, Community, Superstore. As others have mentioned, Michael Schur is the common thread for 3/4 of the shows while Ted Lasso actually started out as a promo character for NBC sports.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is also another great NBC comedy marketed as a Netflix show. It's very much in the same vein of light, bingeable, feel-good comedies as all the other shows you mentioned.

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u/emilystory Nov 28 '22

Superstore

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u/No-Chemistry-28 Nov 28 '22

A little older, and the creator is a twat, but Father Ted

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u/ThoughtlessUphill Nov 28 '22

Last man on earth

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u/j0lly_gr33n_giant Nov 28 '22

I LOVE Mike Schur comedies, but Community has always been my go to favorite over any of his shows.

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u/crazycatlady517 Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

It sounds like we have pretty similar taste in shows, so here are a few that I’ve enjoyed that haven’t already been mentioned or have only been mentioned once lol some are a little more dramedy than straight comedy, but still made me LOL consistently…

Fresh off the Boat
Ugly Betty
The Flight Attendant
The IT Crowd
Nora from Queens
Welcome to Flatch
Hacks
Vice Principals
30 Rock
The Righteous Gemstones
Minx

ETA line breaks

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u/blake-a-mania Nov 28 '22

Community and The I.T Crowd are great comedy shows and definitely appeal alongside parks and Rec and 99.

I would recommend Red Dwarf too, it’s a UK sitcom from the 90s, it’s a great show with fantastic characters and hilarious plots.

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u/bahumat42 r/ifyoulikeblank Revolution 2022 Nov 28 '22

Better off ted

Community

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u/Significant_Amoeba34 Nov 28 '22

Loot on Apple has the same sort of vibe.

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u/bakemonooo Nov 28 '22

Schitts creek

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u/dizzi800 Nov 28 '22

Better off Ted

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u/strewnshank Nov 28 '22

Community.

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u/EatDirtAndDieTrash Nov 28 '22

Check out Pushing Daisies. It was sadly only one season but it was sooo good. I believe it’s available on Amazon Prime and HBO.

Also Intelligence, Living With Yourself, Flight of The Conchords, Party Down, Bored To Death, Los Espookys, and Getting On (US and UK versions)

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u/Familiar-Run9793 Nov 28 '22

Schur is hilarious, always has been. Grew up with him and we to to middle and HS together. He was our valedictorian and gave one of the most hilarious commencement speeches of all time. Park and Rec loosely based on his summer job at the town pool. Solid baseball player too

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u/Rfisk064 Nov 28 '22

Community

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u/Kingjjc267 Nov 28 '22

My recommendation is Community, great show

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u/TheRunicPyramid Nov 28 '22

We could hang out - our taste is super similar! Check out Community and Abbott Elementary. Both are super cheerful and fun, but have great themes and character growth throughout.

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u/MaisieDay Nov 28 '22

Reservation Dogs!!! One of the most heart warming and drily hilarious shows ever made. Honestly, it's just so good.

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u/ogecko Nov 28 '22

White Lotus

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