Whether a character has gone from rags to riches or woken up as a stranger in a strange land, Fish out of water series are simply good TV. Hilarious comedies have found lots of laughs from everyday folks who hit a bubblin' crude – oil that is, black gold, Texas tea – and compelling drama can be extracted from a character being transported into a crazy setting. There are even great documentary fish out of water shows.
Schitt's Creek became a breakout success thanks to the hilarity of watching the once-wealthy Rose family navigate small town life. On the flip side, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air finds the funny in a street smart Philadelphia teen who adjusts to life with his rich aunt and uncle in California. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is a hilarious take on a helpless American finding his way in the UK. A simple school teacher's rant about political corruption goes viral and he ends up as the most powerful man in the country in Servant of the People, which stars Volodymyr Zelenskyy, an actor who then did become President of Ukraine in 2019.
Oz is one of the best fish out of water TV dramas as Tobias Beecher – a typically law-abiding citizen – finds himself behind bars after killing someone while driving drunk. When it comes to reality shows, The Simple Life has several entertaining episodes.
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