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The Best Current Shows Where Nothing Happens

Updated May 12, 2020 558 votes 205 voters 4.7k views11 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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    Louis C.K., Ursula Parker

    PremieredJune 29, 2010


    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 his...  more
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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Danny DeVito, Charlie Day

    PremieredAugust 4, 2005


    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 Deandra...  more
  • 3

    Bob's Burgers

    H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz

    PremieredJanuary 9, 2011

    GenresSitcom, Animated

    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, Gene...  more
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    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

    PremieredOctober 15, 2000


    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 of...  more
  • 5

    Arrested Development

    Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi

    PremieredNovember 2, 2003


    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 imprisoned,...  more
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    Dead to Me

    Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini

    PremieredMay 3, 2019

    GenresDark comedy

    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 (Linda...  more
  • 7

    After Life

    Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman

    PremieredMarch 8, 2019


    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 and...  more
  • 8

    Master of None

    Aziz Ansari, Lena Waithe

    PremieredNovember 6, 2015


    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 actor in...  more
  • 9

    What We Do in the Shadows

    Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak

    PremieredMarch 27, 2019

    GenresDark comedy, Horror

    What We Do in the Shadows (FX, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 2014 film created by Jemaine Clement. A look at the lives of three vampires who have been living as roommates...  more
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    Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann

    PremieredSeptember 26, 2014


    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

    Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner

    PremieredAugust 5, 2015


    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 City...  more