From an award-winning dramedy to an iconic Australian series, here are the best TV comedies to watch on Stan.

You know when you just have one of those weeks? 

The workday seems to run forever, the washing is piling up and if you have a child they've been sent home from daycare (again) with a sniffly nose. 

That's when you know it's time to pop your feet up and get stuck into a comedy series to turn things around. A good giggle can get your serotonin boosted in no time.

The good news? Stan is absolutely stacked with rollicking, high-spirited, knee-slapping comedy shows at the moment and we've pulled together a list of our faves. 

Whether you're after a comedy with an Aussie spin, or a dramedy that will make you think or even a classic to hit the nostalgia feels - there's something here for everyone.


Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder in Hacks. Image: HBO Max.

It's a big call but Hacks might just be one of the best comedies created in recent history.

The first season was released in 2021 to great acclaim and with season three just around the corner fans are giddy with excitement. If you want to watch a brilliantly written comedy script come to life by two very talented actors in Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder then this is the show for you. 

There are laughs (and heart-warming moments) aplenty as a struggling writer lands a job with an out-of-touch stand-up comic and an unlikely bond forms between the two. 


Broad City

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in Broad City. Image: Comedy Central.

Broad City is often described as a stoner comedy but really when you look at it holistically it is so, so much more than that. When it premiered in 2014 it was revolutionary in that it allowed viewers to see two women on screen that offered so much more than the two-dimensional characters we so often see. Abby and Ilana are two best friends living in New York City trying to navigate life, womanhood and identity amongst the hustle and bustle. This is pop culture, sex-positive, laugh out loud content at its best.

American Auto

Tye White and Harriet Dyer in American Auto. Image: NBC.

 If you're after a good old-fashioned sitcom then look no further than American Auto. If it seems like an American car factory is the perfect fodder for a comedy series, you'd be absolutely correct.

Payne Motors has welcomed in a new CEO to help fix their business struggles, except she knows nothing about cars having come from a pharmaceutical background. Comedy vet Ana Gasteyer is perfect as corporate big wig Katherine Hastings and Aussie actress Harriet Dyer (she's a star, baby) brings her special touch playing Sadie Ryan.



America Ferrera and Ben Feldman in Superstore. Image: NBC.

Welcome to Cloud 9, a big-box store in St. Louis where regular folks shop, work and go about their daily life. 

Although inside the walls of this store might seem run of the mill, there are some big personalities bursting to be heard, and thus, comedy ensues. This fabulous ensemble cast includes queen America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash and Jon Barinholtz. Feldman is at his dead-pan best here and brings the perfect amount of snark to the sitcom scene. 

A nice, easy, funny watch for your brain.



Bella Hadid and Ramy Youssef in Ramy. Image: Hulu.

If you're after something a little less slapstick and a little more cerebral, Ramy is just the series for you. 

Stand-up comedian, writer, actor and director Ramy Youssef lets all of the shades of his talent fly in his debut show, Ramy, about a young American Muslim navigating his religion, identity, heritage and modern life in one beautifully created piece of art. 

It's funny, though-provoking, smart, often uncomfortable, heartwarming and such a testament to Youssef's once-in-a-generation talent.

 A+ all around.


Matt LeBlanc starring in Episodes. Image: Showtime.

Touted by critics as Matt LeBlanc's career-best work (sorry Friends purists), Episodes is the meta-comedy series that found many fans across its five-series run. 

In episodes we meet a British husband and wife writing duo who have their sights set on remaking their popular UK series for an American audience. In their crosshairs to star in the series is Matt LeBlanc, played by....Matt LeBlanc of course. 

Watch this if only for the brilliant intersection between British and American comedy and the wonderful cast who brings that sweet spot to life.


The Other Guy

Matt Okine in The Other Guy. Image: Stan.

Comedian Matt Okine has his moment in the spotlight in this semi-autobiographical series which he created, wrote, and starred in. 

The story begins after a sordid, drunken one-night stand where AJ (Okine) was just trying to get over the fact his girlfriend just cheated on him with his best friend but, surprise surprise he now just feels worse. The Other Guy invites you to follow along as AJ tries to get his life back on track and figure out exactly who he wants to be in this world.

Black Comedy

Deborah Mailman and Elizabeth Wymarra in Black Comedy. Image: ABC.

It's been a minute since we had a quality Australian sketch comedy series to get excited about but it's been worth the wait to have ABC's Black Comedy land on our screens. A true celebration of the Indigenous arts scene, Black Comedy brings together some of our brightest stars in Nakkiah Lui, Wayne Blair and Deborah Mailman in this sketch extravaganza that'll have you chuckling after each episode.


Party Down

The cast of Party Down. Image: Starz.

The premise for Party Down is already funny on paper...but wait until you see it come to life. 

A group of struggling actors and writers in Los Angeles all work together for a cater waiter company called, Party Down. Starring the unflappable Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and the uber-talented Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls) this good-time show follows the hijinks of these wannabe stars as they tangle with the rich and famous.


No Activity

Damon Herriman and Rose Byrne in No Activity. Image: Stan.

 There's just something about Aussie comedies that hits differently. 

Whether it's our ability to use self-deprecating humour or subtle winks to the camera - whatever the secret sauce is, No Activity has it in buckets. This Stan Original series stars Harriet Dyer and Patrick Brammall in a cop comedy that puts huge emphasis on the interactions between their main characters because, well, nothing much ever happens. 

This is stellar comedy writing with even better performances - including some notable faces (Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman) which pop up in season two. 

Feature Image: Stan.