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We have shared the list of the top English comedy series of the 21st century today. It has been compiled by our Focus Magazine (FM) team but it is not an exhaustive list of the same.

Certainly, there are many more comedy shows to be discussed on FM. Maybe in the coming days, we shall add many more comedy shows to the list, both in English and other languages. As the world is celebrating World Laughter Day, today; we are sharing the said list of comedy shows. Well, World Laughter Day is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of May worldwide. Incidentally, the celebration of this day started in 1998 in India. To choose the top comedy series in the English language, we have set the cut-off year as Y2K, 2000. These series are in no particular order. We simply enjoyed these comedy shows.

# Derry Girls – Top English Comedy Series

Poster of the Derry Girls

Derry Girls Show – poster.

Synopsis (summary) of the Derry Girls

Set against the backdrop of the Northern Ireland Troubles, this comedy series follows a group of five friends {Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn)} as they navigate their teens in the early 1990s.

So, the personal exploits of a 16-year-old girl Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) and her family and her teenage friends contend with the universal challenges of being a teenager during the Troubles in the early 1990s in Northern Ireland.

Video clip of the Derry Girls

Derry Girls | YouTube.

Key details of the Derry Girls

Telecast Years2018 to 2022
Seasons3 – Three seasons
Episodes19 – Nineteen episodes
About – Derry Girls.

# Fleabag – Top English Comedy Series

Poster of the Fleabag

Fleabag Show – poster.

Synopsis (summary) of the Fleabag

A dry-witted woman, known only as Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), has no filter as she navigates life and love in London while trying to cope with tragedy. The angry, grief-riddled woman tries to heal while rejecting anyone who tries to help her, but Fleabag continues to keep up her bravado through it all.

Comic actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars as the titular character in the series, which is based on Waller-Bridge’s 2013 one-woman show of the same name.

Video clip of the Fleabag

Fleabag | YouTube.

Key details of the Fleabag

GenreComedy, Drama
Telecast Years 2016 & 2019
Seasons2 – Two seasons
Episodes12 – Twelve episodes
About – Fleabag.

# Modern Family – Top English Comedy Series

Poster of the Modern Family

Modern Family
Modern Family Show – poster.

Synopsis (summary) of the Modern Family

Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often hilarious perspective of family life.

Parents Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) and Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids. But a daughter who is trying to grow up too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a rambunctious young son make it challenging.

Claire’s dad, Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), and his Latina wife, Gloria Pritchett (Sofía Vergara), are raising two sons together, but people sometimes believe Jay to be Gloria’s father.

Jay’s gay son, Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), and his partner, Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet), have adopted a little Asian girl, completing one big — straight, gay, multicultural, traditional — happy family.

Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Video clip of the Modern Family

Key details of the Modern Family

GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
Telecast Years2009 to 2020
Total Seasons11 – Eleven
Total Episodes250 – Two Hundred Fifty
About – Modern Family.

# The Big Bang Theory – Top English Comedy Series

Poster of the The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory Show – poster.

Synopsis (summary) of the The Big Bang Theory

Physicists Leonard and Sheldon find their nerd-centric social circle with pals Howard and Raj expanding when aspiring actress Penny moves in next door.

Mensa-fied best friends and roommates Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology, may be able to tell everybody more than they want to know about quantum physics, but getting through most basic social situations, especially ones involving women, totally baffles them.

How lucky, then, that babelicious waitress/aspiring actress Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves in next door. Frequently seen hanging out with Leonard and Sheldon are friends and fellow Caltech scientists Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar).

Will worlds collide?

Does Einstein theorize in the woods?

Video clip of the The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory | YouTube.

Key details of the The Big Bang Theory

GenreComedy, Romance
Telecast Years2007 to 2019
Seasons12 – Twelve Seasons
Episodes280 – Two Hundred Eighty Episodes
About – The Big Bang Theory.

# Schitt’s Creek – Top English Comedy Series

Poster of the Schitt’s Creek

Schitt's Creek
Schitt’s Creek Show – poster

Synopsis (summary) of the Schitt’s Creek

A wealthy couple — video store magnate Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) and his soap opera star wife Moira Rose (Catherine O’Hara) — suddenly find themselves completely broke. With only one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt’s Creek, which the Roses bought years earlier as a joke, this once-wealthy couple must give up life as they know it.

With their two spoiled children in tow and their pampered lives behind them, the Rose family is forced to face their newfound poverty head-on and come together as a family to survive.

Video clip of the Schitt’s Creek

Schitt’s Creek | YouTube.

Key details of the Schitt’s Creek

Telecast Years2015 to 2020
Seasons6 – Six Seasons
Episodes80 – Eighty Episodes
About – Schitt’s Creek.

# Barry – Top English Comedy Series

Poster of the Barry

Barry Show – poster.

Synopsis (summary) of the Barry

Disillusioned at the thought of taking down another “mark,” depressed, low-level hitman Barry Berkman (Bill Hader) seeks a way out. When the Midwesterner reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an actor who is bedding a mobster’s wife, little does Barry know that the City of Angels may be his sanctuary. He follows his target into acting class and ends up instantly drawn to the community of eager hopefuls, especially dedicated student Sally (Sarah Goldberg), who becomes the object of his affection.

While Barry wants to start a new life as an actor, his handler, Fuches (Stephen Root), has other ideas, and the hitman’s criminal past won’t let him walk away so easily.

Video clip of the Barry

Barry | YouTube.

Key details of the Barry

Telecast – Year2018 to 2022
Seasons4 – Four seasons
Episodes32 – Thirty Two episodes
About – Barry.

# Mom – Top English Comedy Series

Poster of the Mom

Mom Show – poster.

Synopsis (summary) of the Mom

Bonnie (Allison Janney), a recovering alcoholic, focuses on her marriage to her husband, Adam (William Fichtner), and on what she wants to be now that she’s finally grown up. Now more than ever, Bonnie depends on the support of her friends, including the wise Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy), the wealthy and sometimes misguided Jill (Jaime Pressly), the overly emotional Wendy (Beth Hall), and her foster sister, Tammy (Kristen Johnston), who was recently released from prison.

Collectively, they help each other overcome their mistakes and stay sober in the face of whatever life throws at them.

Video clip of the Mom

Mom | YouTube.

Key details of the Mom

GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
Telecast – Years 2013 to 2020
Seasons8 – Eight seasons
Episodes170 – One Hundred Seventy episodes
About – Mom.

# Fresh Off The Boat – Top English Comedy Series

Poster of the Fresh Off The Boat

Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat Show – poster.

Synopsis (summary) of the Fresh Off The Boat

Based on chef Eddie Huang’s best-selling memoir of the same name, “Fresh Off the Boat” takes a humorous look at the lives of immigrants in America.

In the 1990s, Eddie (Hudson Yang), a hip-hop-loving 11-year-old, relocates with his parents and two brothers to suburban Orlando from the Chinatown section of Washington, D.C. As Eddie’s dad, Louis (Randall Park), pursues the American dream by opening a Western-themed restaurant named Cattleman’s Ranch Steakhouse, Eddie and the rest of the family including his mother Jessica (Constance Wu) try to acclimate to their new, strange surroundings.

Video clip of the Fresh Off The Boat

Fresh Off the Boat | YouTube.

Key details of the Fresh Off The Boat

Telecast – Years2015 to 2019
Seasons6 – Six seasons
Episodes116 – One Hundred Sixteen episodes
About – Fresh Off the Boat.

# Two and a Half Men – Top English Comedy Series

Posters of the Two and a Half Men (as there are two distinct parts of the show)

Poster One
Two and a Half Men Show – poster 1.
Poster Two
Two and a Half Men – poster 2

Synopsis (summary) of the Two and a Half Men

Chiropractor and single father Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) lives in a beachfront house with divorced Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher), who bought the house following the untimely death of Alan’s brother, Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen). As they acclimate to their living arrangement, the tightly wound Alan finds himself taking on a mentor role with Walden, whose lifelong dependence on being taken care of has left him a bit naive.

Despite his unsuccessful romantic history, Alan also tries to help Walden overcome his limited experiences with dating. Berta (Conchata Ferrell), a sharp-tongued, unapologetic housekeeper, is also featured in the series.

Video clips of the Two and a Half Men

Best of Berta – Video One
Walden Falls In Love – Video Two

Key details of the Two and a Half Men

Telecast – Years2007 to 2014
Seasons12 – Twelve seasons
Episodes262 – Two Hundred Sixty-Two episodes
About – Two and a Half Men.

# Abbott Elementary – Top English Comedy Series

Poster of the Abbott Elementary

Abbott Elementary Show – poster

Synopsis (summary) of the Abbott Elementary

A group of dedicated, passionate teachers {Janine Teagues (Quinta Brunson), Gregory Eddie (Tyler James Williams), Jacob Hill (Chris Perfetti), Melissa Schemmenti (Lisa Ann Walter) & Barbara Howard (Sheryl Lee Ralph)} — and a slightly tone-deaf principal (Ava Coleman (Janelle James)} — find themselves thrown together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life.

Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.

So, go ahead and follow a group of teachers brought together in one of the worst public schools in the country, simply because they love teaching.

Video clip of the Abbott Elementary

Abbott Elementary | YouTube.

Key details of the Abbott Elementary

Telecast – Years2021, 2022 & onwards (it is still being telecasted)
Seasons2 – Two seasons, so far
Episodes35 – Thirty Five episodes, so far
About – Abbott Elementary.

And, please note that we have seen all the comedy series (sitcoms) mentioned above and we loved them. They are hilarious and perfect to watch today.

In case you wish to marathon-watch, then start with Derry Girls, as it is just too funny and endearing. Laugh & Enjoy!

Featured & Other Images: Derry Girls – Top English Comedy Series | IMDb.

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