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Highbrow Comedy Shows That Impress You Most  

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List Rules Only comedies currently on TV or streaming that are either in season or expected to return

If you are someone who thinks that modern sitcoms are too lowbrow, this list will give you hope. For audiences tuning into television to laugh and be intellectually stimulated at the same time, shows like Louie on FX and Review on Comedy Central are sure to entertain. Highbrow humor is still on the rise, as new shows like Last Man on Earth have truly impressed audiences who are tired of lazy jokes and broad humor. 


But what smart sitcoms are currently on the air? Highbrow funny TV can often be found on premium cable channels like HBO (which offers political satire with a show like Veep), and Showtime (which offers meta-humor with Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc). Some of that same meta-humor can be seen in Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback, as well as the reliably intelligent comedy series Portlandia.

These award-winning highbrow sitcoms are not limited to subscription-only channels. In fact, the comedy writing on The Goldbergs, Broad City, and Community (from NBC to Yahoo) are all impressive and witty. Highbrow comedy shows also include animated series like Bojack Horseman on Netflix, Robot Chicken on Adult Swim, and Archer on FX. 

So if you're ready to be tickled and impressed, check out the shows on this list of current smart comedy shows. Vote up the ones you like the best!

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Highbrow Comedy Shows That Impress You Most
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Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story ...more
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Grace and Frankie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Highbrow Comedy Shows That Impress You Most
Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Finding out that their husbands have been romantically ...more
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Nathan For You is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Highbrow Comedy Shows That Impress You Most
Nathan for You (Comedy Central, 2013) is an American docu-reality comedy television series created by Nathan Fielder and Michael Koman. Business school graduate and consultant Nathan Fielder ...more
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You're the Worst is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Highbrow Comedy Shows That Impress You Most
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You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Falk. Jimmy (Chris Geere), a self-involved writer, and Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive Los ...more
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BrainDead is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Highbrow Comedy Shows That Impress You Most
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BrainDead (CBS, 2016) is an American political satire science fiction comedy-drama television series created by Robert and Michelle King. Documentary filmmaker Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth ...more
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The Comeback is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Highbrow Comedy Shows That Impress You Most
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Comeback is an American television comedy-drama series produced by HBO that stars actress Lisa Kudrow as sitcom actress Valerie Cherish in modern-day Los Angeles, California. It was created ...more
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Review is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Highbrow Comedy Shows That Impress You Most
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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Girls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Highbrow Comedy Shows That Impress You Most
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Girls is an American television series that premiered on HBO on April 15, 2012. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls is a comedy-drama following a close group of twenty-somethings living ...more