Check Out These Netflix Comedies, Because We’re All In Need Of A Good Laugh

updated Mar 18, 2020
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After you’ve logged off from your work-from-home routine, you’re most likely logging onto Netflix to relax during the current pandemic situation. And being a few days in, you’ve also probably gone through your Watch List and are in need of some new material. If you’re looking for feel-good, laugh-worthy Netflix movies to watch while social distancing, we’ve got you covered.

Add the below comedies to your to-watch list and hunker into bed with a mug of tea (or a glass of wine) and a few cookies. It’s time to turn off the outside world and tune into hilarity.

Gina Rodriguez plays New York-based Jenny, an aspiring music journalist who just accepted a new job in San Francisco. Her boyfriend of nine years breaks things off with Jenny, not wanting to do long distance, so to mend her heart and send Jenny off to her new life, her best girlfriends give her a night to remember.

“The First Wives Club” is an absolute classic about a girl gang (Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler), who attempt to navigate the divorcee life together and weather the storms that may come with it…and maybe get a little “justice”along the way.

Both you and your kids will adore comedian John Mulaney’s “children’s TV special” that he “made on purpose.” It’s a musical comedy that has performances by special guests including Jake Gyllnhaal, David Byrne, and Natasha Lyonne. It’s quirky, comedic, and kind of bonkers, which is exactly the type of thing you might need right about now.

Sasha Choy, played by Ali Wong, has everything—a great career, a high-faluntent fiance, wealth, status, truly everything. But when she comes back into contact with her teenage first love, she’s forced to come back down to earth and answer the question of “what if?”

If you have yet to check out both “To All The Boys” films, the time to do so has come. Based on the bestselling book series by Jenny Han, the two films follow Lara Jean, who writes letters to her crushes in order to quell the intense feelings she has toward the boys in question. But when the letters get sent, Lara Jean must figure out how to handle embarrassment, attention, and a fake first relationship.

Willowdean’s (Danielle Macdonald) mother (Jennifer Aniston) is a pageant regular—she’s got the hair, sequins, tiaras, and speeches. But Willowdean is not exactly the “pageant type.” But in order to stick it to her mother and the rest of the pageant community, she decides to enter and change the narrative of the pageant community.

Jenny Slate: Stage Fright

Those of you who love stand-up specials will love Jenny Slate’s “Stage Fright.” It’s both a documentary and stand-up special, which is a refreshing take on the classic Netflix stand-up formula. Slate is honest, raw, a little raunchy, and hilarious, as always.

The Edge of Seventeen

The one main gripe about coming-of-age films is that they’re not always accurate. However, “The Edge of Seventeen” is pretty much right on the money. Hailee Steinfeld’s Nadine is awkward, angsty, and mad at the world, and has some serious growing up to do—as we all did back then. It’s a relatable comedy that will make you glad high school is over, but in a good way.