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Created and starred by Saturday Night Live mainstay, Fred Armisen, and Sleater-Kinney front man, Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia is the only show you’ll need to watch if you want to catch up with the hipster culture. With skits containing impressive character arcs that depict all things related to Portland in the 90’s (pickling, feminist bookstores, music festivals, DJ nights), it’ll be no surprise if you suddenly find yourself gushing with guilt.
Makes you laugh with: Witty lines and characters mocking hipster personalities and activities. Cameos from cult-famous personalities like Gus Van Sant, Selma Blair, Steve Buscemi and even 90’s rock heartthrob, Eddie Vedder.
ROFLMFAO moment: The mayor of Portlandia suddenly goes missing, only to be revealed he’s been spending nights playing bass in a dub reggae band called “King Desmond and the Accelerators”. A press conference follows, with baffled reporters asking things like “will you say this is dancehall, or real roots reggae?”
You’ll love it if: You have friends just like the characters, or if you have the strength to admit that you see yourself in some of the ‘hipsterrific’ situations.
Roommates Adam, Blake, and Anders are three party-loving telemarketers battling the boredom of corporate slavery with their dim-witted (but overly hilarious) antics at home. When not acting busy selling refrigerators or odd items, they resume ‘getting weird’ in the office.
Makes you laugh with: Obtuse actions paired with brilliant puns, updated cultural references, workspace tomfoolery, lots of psychedelics, and pot.
ROFLMFAO moment: To pass a drug test, Blake (the curly one) mimics Bruce Willis’ vent crawl in Die Hard, passing through the ceiling to get to the cups of urine inside the storage room. He tampers the samples and pisses in each one, making all employees test positive for marijuana, ecstasy and a buffet of prescription pills.
You’ll love it if: You’re going through the same phase at a new job, if your co-workers are your party buddies, or if you’re just dying to take shrooms at the office and trip out on the IT section.
Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is a suspended lawyer who enrolls in a community college to legitimize his fake degree. While there, he becomes friends with a bunch of people in his study group: a feisty blonde (Britta), a jolly, black Christian woman (Shirley), a sensitive movie geek (Abed), a comical jock (Troy), a disturbed A-student (Annie), and a wealthy, racist old man (Pierce), played by Chevy Chase.
Makes you laugh with: Jeff’s narcissistic sarcasm, fights between the characters and Ken Jong as their ex-Spanish-teacher-turned-buddy.
ROFLMFAO moment: Pierce teaches Jeff how to box and after a few punches, Pierce says “What are you, a North Korean seamstress? Get mad!”
You’ll love it if: You feel alienated among your classmates or had a similar social experience back in college.
Two Broke Girls
Max Black (Kat Dennings), and Caroline Channing (Beth Behr) are two girls trying to put up a cupcake business with the money they earn from waiting tables. While Max came from middle-class upbringing, Caroline is a disgraced heiress who's struggling to make it without the help of his credit-troubled father.
Makes you laugh with: Max’s gritty jokes and Caroline’s rich girl naiveté, as Max would say “everybody is broke in their 20’s and everybody hides from stuff. You run into freezers, I practice ignorance and black out drinking.” Jennifer Coolidge, or more popularly known as Stifler’s mom, also stars as their Polish cougar neighbor.
ROFLMFAO moment: “This is silly, if I’m gonna suck on something this hard and get no pleasure out of it, I should just date.” says Max after taking a hit from an e-cigarette.
You’ll love it if: You have two girls like them as neighbors, or if you like curvy brunettes and hot blondes play smart contrast with degrading personal attacks.
Hangal Na Luha
Created by Furball Inc., Hangal na Luha follows the story of Rodolfo (Jun Sabayton) and his exploits in Manila to reach his dream of becoming a professional cultural dancer. The title is taken from the videoke-friendly hit, ‘Luha,’ by the Aegis band.
Makes you laugh with: Rodolfo’s ‘probinsiyano’ appeal and farcical machismo, mixed with the usual ‘pang-masa’ details that make the series theatric.
ROFLMFAO moment: In the opening of episode 2, Rodolfo simply says “balang araw, magiging cultural dancer din ako,” then slowly dances like a gigolo while singing the lyrics to Luha.
You’ll like it if: You’re a fan of Strangebrew, or if you can’t get enough of show band references.
Kay & Peele
The two characters are no strangers to your funny bones. Famous for their MADtv skits, Keegan-Michael Key (remember Coach Hines?), and Jordan Peele, created their own sketch show to poke fun at racial issues. Still in its early stages and only a handful of episodes out, critics are already suggesting Key & Peele could be as funny as The Chappelle show.
Makes you laugh with: The dark humor (pun not intended) and the flawless delivery of characters.
ROFLMFAO moment: A sketch called ‘Fraternity Branding;’ Key & Peele are dreadlocked college boys who brand themselves with Omega and Pi symbols using hot iron rods. Key positions the letters wrongly, forming the shape of an erect penis searing on Peele’s chest.
You’ll like it if: You get entertained by MADtv skits and in dire need of a quick laugh.
Coming from the producer of Spongebob Squarepants and Rocko’s Modern Life, this trippy show from Cartoon Network shows the adventures of Finn and his dog, Jake, in the post-apocalyptic setting of ‘The Land of Ooo.’ Finn and Jake meet many characters, including a population of talking candy bars and a bass-playing vampire girl.
Makes You Laugh With: Video game treatment and references, and subversive lines that will get adult viewers hooked on its cheekiness.
ROFLMFAO moment: a slow motion of Finn’s face transforming from cute to atrocious, with folds of wrinkles suddenly surrounding his cheeks that look like 9GAG’s Y U NO meme.
You’ll like it if: You dig Spongebob’s twisted PG-13 humor, or want a regular dose of mindless animated fun.