Comedy Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People  

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There’s nothing wrong with a TV show being dumb. There are actually a lot of dumb shows for smart people. It’s just that everyone who wears smarty pants is worried about looking stupid for watching something that’s not aimed directly at the wine and cheese crowd. These secretly smart TV shows manage to take low-brow comedy and add in high art. 

Sometimes, stupid TV with smart jokes is exactly what you want to watch after a long day at work. A 30 minute sitcom that’s layered with dense jokes needs a writer's room full of egg heads. Dumb TV shows for smart people are written by people who are on the search for the perfect dumb joke, and that takes an entire head full of brains.

Some of the stupid shows smart people enjoy have such an idiotic premise that it’s hard to imagine that anyone intelligent would enjoy them. Something like Arrested Development, a show that at its core is about rich people arguing over a property company, sounds no different than a series like Dallas or Dynasty. However, the show’s substantial amount of witty jokes makes it one of the best dumb TV series with smart humor out there. 

Vote up your favorite smart TV shows that seem stupid below and add anything you feel is missing. 

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily ...more

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Maurizio Pezzoli added Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more

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Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more

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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belchers—parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, ...more

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Elora Vibes added Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more

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Drunk History is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Derek Waters, Bennie Arthur, Craig Cackowski Drunk History (Comedy Central, 2013) is an American television comedy series created by Derek Waters, based on the Funny or Die web series. In each episode, an inebriated narrator, who is played ...more

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. The show premiered on KTMA in ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Elora Vibes added Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Trailer Park Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Tee Jay added John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary black comedy-drama sitcom television series created and directed by Mike Clattenburg that focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer park ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman The Last Man on Earth is an American post-apocalyptic comedy television series created by and starring Will Forte. The series premiered on the American broadcast network Fox on March 1, 2015. ...more

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, ...more

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Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan Portlandia is a satirical sketch comedy television series, set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon; it stars Carrie Brownstein and former Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen. The ...more

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Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
qwerty9988 added Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer Robot Chicken (Adult Swim, 2005) is an American stop motion sketch comedy television series created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Pop culture references fly thick and fast as stop-motion ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Y... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is a 2017 Netflix comedy series directed by David Wain. Set in 1991 in both the camp and New York City, the show is a sequel to 2001 film Wet Hot ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more

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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann Wilfred is a US remake of a previous Austrailian show by the same name, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann.

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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy Schitt's Creek (CBC, 2015) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy. After losing their fortune, a family is forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining ...more

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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox. American Dad! is the first ...more

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American Vandal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro This series (Netflix, 2017) is a true satire mockumentary series. When senior class clown Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) is accused and expelled from school, sophomore Peter Maldonado (Tyler ...more

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Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis Mr. Show with Bob and David, also known as Mr. Show, is an American sketch comedy series starring and hosted by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. It aired on HBO from November 3, 1995, to December ...more