"Jury Duty" Is The Best New Comedy Of The Decade — Here's Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The Finale

    Jury Duty is created by the same producers as The Office — and it might be even funnier.

    We're living in a golden age of television, which means there are so many amazing shows to watch. It also means you just don't have time to watch all of them. But Amazon Freevee's new comedy, Jury Duty, is one show you definitely don't want to miss.

    jury duty show poster

    Jury Duty is essentially what would happen if The Office and The Truman Show had a baby, and it's genuinely one of the funniest and most creative shows out right now.

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    So, to celebrate the absolute masterpiece that is Jury Duty — and because I simply NEED more people to talk about it with — here are 14 reasons why this should be your next binge-watch:

    1. First, Jury Duty is a "documentary" about the good, bad, and absurd aspects of serving on a jury, but there's a twist: the trial is fake, and everyone is an actor — except for Ronald.

    closeup of ronald

    2. Basically, the show is structured like a mockumentary-style sitcom about jury duty set in a Los Angeles County courthouse.

    closeup of lonnie saying, we got defecation there's a lady named jacquis. i'm in it

    3. Jury Duty works so well because Ronald is a super nice "Every Man" surrounded by a cast of wacky (but believable) characters, including James Marsden playing a fictionalized version of himself.

    jury selection talking to each other and trying to get out of jurty duty

    4. Speaking of James Marsden, he spends a good portion of the first episode trying to get out of jury duty because he's waiting to hear back from a major director. As a result of his antics, the judge forces the jury into sequestration to prevent a mistrial.

    james saying he'll be a distraction if he's picked for jury duty because he's a public figure and the judge goes, respectfully, i don't recognize you, i'm sorry who are you

    5. Behind the scenes, the show is created by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, whose credits include The Office, Bad Teacher, and Trophy Wife. Other Jury Duty executive producers worked on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Superstore, and Zombieland.

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    6. Jury Duty is directed by Jake Szymanski, whose directorial resume includes Saturday Night Live, Funny or Die Presents..., and John Mulaney: New in Town, to name a few.

    character saying, he is a dusty-ass attorney. i'd be mad if that was my lawyer

    7. In terms of cast, Ronald revealed to Access Hollywood that he got the part after responding to a Craigslist ad about a show that would give a "never done before, behind-the-scenes look at what it's like during the jury duty process."

    closeup of Ronald on jury duty

    8. Although Ronald isn't in on the joke, the show is far from mean-spirited. In an interview with IndieWire, James Marsden explained, "Nobody wants to do [a prank show]. He’s not the butt of a joke. We’re the butt of the joke."

    James saying he feels marginalized by being picked for jury duty and being treated in a negative why, then the camera pans out and he asks a Black man how he feels about it

    9. If anything, the show is a feel-good hero's journey, casting Ronald as a Henry Fonda-in-12 Angry Men type of role. (It helps that Ronald might just be one of the nicest men alive.)

    todd sneaking notes to Ronald about secret signs they can use and Ronald responds back yes

    10. Jury Duty is semi-scripted, which gives the actors a structure and series of beats to work with. But the show also relies heavily on the improv talents of its cast, which is primarily made up of comedians and character actors.

    jury talking to each other asking about edible clothes

    11. As Ronald responds to the increasingly absurd and hysterical events, the show's ensemble walks the very fine line between unhinged and unbelievable.

    jury people standing up one by one saying why they can't do it, one says he has surgery at the end of the week and other says they have 36 kids because he's a teacher but he feels like they're his

    12. The push-pull between the realistic mundanity of court and absurd scenarios makes the silly moments even more hilarious.

    Thousands of viewers have commented that the above scene — in which the defendant's lawyer shows the jury a glitchy Roblox animation that his nephew made — is one of the funniest TV moments from the past few years. (And for the record, I wholeheartedly agree. This scene made me laugh until my stomach hurt.)

    13. The show is also incredibly binge-able, with six free episodes currently available on Amazon Freevee. (The final two episodes come out on Friday, April 21.)

    someone saying, i wish it was somebody's birthday and when someone asks why, they say, 'cause then we'd have cake

    14. And finally, if you still aren't sold on Jury Duty, all I can say is I know you've rewatched The Office and/or Parks and Recreation countless times over the years. Maybe it's time to finally add something new to the rotation? You know — treat yo' self.

    ronald giving a thumbs up to the camera after someone tells him they ate an edible to stay awake

    Jury Duty is currently streaming on Amazon Freevee.

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