Election Day is on the horizon, the November Tuesday we have all come to dread after too many months (years) of beforehand name-calling, spin, propaganda, and surrealism.
Firstly, get out and vote. Even if you don’t like any of the Presidential candidates. Even if you view it as the lesser (or least) of two (or more) evils. The representatives and congress people down ballot are nearly as crucial this election as those on the top.
And when that’s all done, binge watch some good comedy shows because we all deserve a break from this circus. We deserve to leave everything else behind and guffaw until our sides hurt and tears stream from our eyes. We deserve to turn off the TV and not worry or get angry or feel helpless and hopeless and defeated even if our guy or gal wins. And we probably deserve the next day off, too, to recover and deal with the aftermath.
To help with this plan, here are my top five comedy shows to binge watch during election day coverage and the Wednesday hangover:
Arrested Development- A wealthy, albeit dysfunctional family is thrown into chaos when the patriarch is arrested. One of the most hilarious TV shows ever, I’ve probably watched the series two to three times through and still laugh.
Details: Netflix and Hulu, 68 1/2 hour episodes. My favorite episode: “Justice is Blind”
Community- When it’s discovered that Jeff Winger was not only practicing law without a license, but hadn’t even graduated from college, he enrolls in Greendale Community College. Through a Spanish study group, a gaggle of misfits bonds and hilarity ensues.
Details: Hulu, 110 1/2 episodes. My favorite episode: “App Development and Condiments”
IT Crowd- “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” will become one of your inside jokes after watching this British sit-com. Roy and on-the-spectrum Moss are basement-working IT guys forced to accept tech-illiterate, Jen, as their new department manager.
Details: Netflix and Hulu, 24 1/2 hour episodes. My favorite episode: “The Red Door”
Selfie- A modern take on My Fair Lady and Pygmalion, this cancelled-before-its time comedy features Eliza Dooley, a self-absorbed social media addict, who is trying to become better person under the tutelage of Henry Higgs.
Details: Hulu, 13 1/2 hour episodes. My favorite episode: “Un-Tag My Heart”
Veep- Centered around failed Presidential candidate Selena Meyers, Veep covers her term as Vice President of the United States. Surrounded by a staff equally as bad as she is, watching Veep on Election Day and its aftermath is only for the strongest or the most masochistic (depending on how you look at it) of folk.
Details: HBO Go/Now, 48 hour long episodes. My favorite episode: “Helsinki”
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