comedy Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People  

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List Rules Vote up the shows that seem super dumb, but are actually some of the smartest series on television.

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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Maurizio Pezzoli added Futurama 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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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Rick and Morty 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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Archer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Archer 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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South Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
South Park 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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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 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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Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Monty Python's Flying Circus 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) 7 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Bob's Burgers 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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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Arrested Development 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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Drunk History is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Drunk History 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) 10 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Mystery Science Theater 3000 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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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Elora Vibes added Parks and Recreation 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Elora Vibes added Doctor Who 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

The Smartest Celebrities

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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 Trailer Park Boys John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary crime black comedy-drama sitcom television series created and directed by Mike Clattenburg that focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer ...more

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Saturday Night Live 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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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
The Last Man on Earth 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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Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Portlandia 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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Broad City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Broad City Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Two Jewish American women in their twenties experience adventures of ...more

The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Y... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later 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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Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Mr. Show with Bob and David 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

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Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Happy Endings Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton Happy Endings is an American sitcom television series that ran on ABC from April 13, 2011 to May 3, 2013. The single-camera ensemble comedy originally aired as a mid-season replacement with a ...more

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Baskets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Baskets Zach Galifianakis, Martha Kelly, Louie Anderson Baskets (FX, 2016) is an American comedy television series co-created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel, who is also the showrunner. Galifianakis stars in the dual lead role ...more

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Comedy Bang! Bang! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Comedy Bang! Bang! Scott Aukerman, Reggie Watts, Scott Mescudi Comedy Bang! Bang! is a television series created and hosted by Scott Aukerman, featuring his co-host/bandleader Reggie Watts. The show airs weekly on IFC and is a spin-off of his successful ...more

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Man Seeking Woman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Man Seeking Woman Jay Baruchel, Eric André, Britt Lower

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Riverdale KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more

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Stella is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Stella Karen Paullada, Ruth Jones, Justin Davies Stella was a short-lived television series that originally ran from June 28, 2005 to August 30, 2005 on the American television channel Comedy Central, created by and starring Michael Ian Black, ...more

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Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is a British horror parody television series created for Channel 4 by Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness. The show focuses on fictional horror author Garth Marenghi ...more

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Review is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Review Andrew Daly, Megan Stevenson, Jessica St. Clair Review is an American mockumentary comedy series starring Andy Daly as professional critic Forrest MacNeil, who provides reviews of real-life experiences. The series was created by Daly, and is ...more

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Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Dolly Wells Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, known as Luxury Comedy 2: Tales from Painted Hawaii for series two, is a British sketch and situation comedy television series written and directed by Noel ...more

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Toast of London is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People
Toast of London Matt Berry, Robert Bathurst, Doon Mackichan Toast of London is a British comedy series following Steven Toast, an eccentric middle-aged actor with a chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing ...more