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The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens 

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Updated May 12, 2020 690 votes 182 voters 3.6k views 11 items

If you've been paying close attention to the airwaves lately, you've probably noticed that there's a lot of television where nothing happens popping up. Not every show has to follow the every day workings of a drug dealer, or the political ambitions of a ruthless politician in order to be interesting, and ranked here are the best shows where basically nothing happens. These TV shows still manage to be not only interesting, but some of the best current series. How do they do it? 

Mostly character-driven shows, these TV series where nothing is really happening following interesting people, have dense and well-written dialogue, and focus less on plot and more on jokes, tone, and character development.

Which are the best TV shows where nothing happens? Whether it be a breakout Netflix show about the living in New York City, while trying to have an opinion on some topical issues, or a show about literally the worst people living in Los Angeles - here are the best shows on television right now - where literally nothing happens. Vote up the best of them and add any other series that fit the bill.

 

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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Black comedy

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. A group of five depraved underachievers: twins Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton) and ...more

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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Comedy

Bob's Burgers (FOX, 2011) is an American animated comedy television series created by Loren Bouchard. The series centers on the Belcher family — parents Bob and Linda and their children Tina, ...more

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Louie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Comedy-drama, Satire, Surreal humour

Louie (FX, 2010) is an American comedy-drama television series created by comedian Louis C.K. A divorced comedian (Louis C.K.) living in New York balances life and relationships, while raising ...more

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
NitinMaripeddi added Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American improvised comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO, which premiered on October 15, 2000. It has aired 80 episodes over eight seasons, the last ...more

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Arrested Development (Fox, 2003) is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz. Level-headed son Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) takes over family affairs after his father is ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy drama

Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more

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Dead to Me is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Edward Asner

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Tragicomedy

Dead to Me (Netflix, 2019) is an American dark comedy web television series created by Liz Feldman. After the murder of her husband, tightly wound widow, Jen (Christina Applegate) meets Judy ...more

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After Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Ricky Gervais, Penelope Wilton, David Bradley

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Dark Comedy

After Life (Netflix, 2019) is a British dark comedy television series, created by Ricky Gervais. When Tony's (Ricky Gervais) wife suddenly dies he decides to get revenge on the world by doing ...more

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What We Do in the Shadow... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy

What We Do in the Shadows (FX, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 2014 film. A look at the lives of three vampires who have been living as roommates for hundreds of years ...more
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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

Transparent (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jill Soloway. A Los Angeles family discovers that the person they knew as their father, Mort (Jeffrey ...more

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Difficult People is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens
Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Difficult People (Hulu, 2015) is an American comedy series created by Julie Klausner. Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) are two struggling and jaded comedians living in New York ...more

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