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4 Comedy Series On Amazon Prime You Really Should Be Watching

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1. Catastrophe (2015)

This Amazon Original recently became available on Prime and it is a breath of fresh air.

First, there's the lovable, hilarious, and exceedingly charming Rob Delaney. He is a twitter god and quite possibly the universal image that appears in the minds of anyone that hears or says the phrase 'tall, dark, and handsome.' He plays perfectly off Sharon Horgan's (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret) character; an independent, self-possessed Irish school teacher.

The first episode chronicles their 1 week stand as Rob's character conducts business in London. This leads inevitably to a pregnancy and to one of the most real, genuinely funny and bittersweet romantic comedies of recent memory.

With just 6 half-hour streaming episodes this is an easy and fun watch and a second season has already been ordered so it's ok to get comfy.

2. Hello Ladies (2013)

So if Catastrophe is about a dashing American going to London and accidentally impregnating and falling for a lovely Irish woman then Hello Ladies is the antithesis of that.

The show follows Englishman Stephen Merchant (Ricky Gervais' impossibly tall chum) as he sets up a life in Los Angeles almost entirely to pick up modelesque women, all of whom have almost no interest in his awkward, bug-eyed advances. It is the show's remarkable ability to give embarrassment shudders, not chills - straight up shudders, that makes it endearing.

We see Merchant's character trying all the wrong tactics for the wrong reasons on the wrong girls but we also see his true self and we feel for him and we feel his embarrassment when things go awry.

This rollicking HBO original is thoroughly underrated and while now off the air, you can see both seasons on Amazon Prime and last year HBO put out a Christmas Special that wraps up everything nicely in a neat little bow.

3. Transparent (2014)

Ok, if you haven't heard of or watched this show yet you are late to the party.

Jeffery Tambor stars as a patriarch with crazy-selfish children who decides late in life to begin his transition into a female. I believe in light of recent milestones such as Caitlyn Jenner's public transition that this show could be a benefit and learning experience for a lot of people who are still in the dark about trans people.

This show is funny, loving, painful, beautiful, dark, happy and sad. It follows perfectly one father's journey from Papa to Moppa and how hard living one's true identity can be.

It's been nominated for 11 Emmy awards on top of its Golden Globe win for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy of which Jeffery Tambor also won a Best Actor Golden Globe and countless other glowing reviews from fans and critics alike.

Season 2 will be premiering sometime later this year and on June 25, 2015 a third season was ordered.

4. Enlightened (2011)

This HBO original is a little gem and very underrated.

Laura Dern plays a self-destructive idealist who implodes her professional life by having a nervous breakdown at work and spending 3 months away at a holistic treatment center which, in turn, shapes her into a pseudo-hippy obsessed with self-help, inner healing and trying to change the world for the better.

She returns to work full of positivity but seemingly oblivious that everyone's been having a 3 month-long gabfest about her issues while she was gone. From her exchanges with her coworkers (especially her ex-assistant) to her resolute task to find, face, and defeat corruption in any form, we get a humorous but complex adventure through the mind of Dern's character.

Plus appearances by Luke Wilson, Dermot Mulroney, Mike White, and Jason Mantzoukas (Rafi from The League) doesn't hurt one bit. Both seasons are available on Prime.

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