Netflix’s Top 10 Funniest Movies/Shows to Watch in 2022
So you’re looking for something to watch on Netflix, but you’re in the mood for something light. Netflix’s vast catalog might be frightening, especially when seeking a good comedy amid a sea of bad humor. We’ve compiled a list of the most excellent Netflix comedy available.
We’ve got everything from goofy buddy comedies to big splashy commercial comedies to more esoteric indies and even a few flicks that straddle the comedy-drama divide. You’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy, so take a look at our selection of the top Netflix comedies below and find your perfect match.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Year: 1975
- Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
- Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Connie Booth
- Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
- Rating: PG
- Runtime: 92 minutes
It’s a shame that the Holy Grail’s luster has been tarnished by its ubiquity. When we hear terms like “flesh wound,” “ni!” or “vast swaths of territory,” our first thought is usually of having entire scenes read to us by naive, obsessive nerds. Or, in my case, as a dumb, obsessive nerd, reciting complete episodes to strangers.
However, if you try to separate yourself from the overabundance of jokes and revisit the film after a few years, you’ll find new tricks that feel as fresh and hysterical as the old ones. Holy Grail is, without a doubt, Python’s most densely packed comedy.
There is a lot of humor in this movie, and given its notoriety, it’s remarkable how quickly we forget that. If you’re genuinely and irreparably burned out on this film, watch it again with commentary to uncover its creativity’s second level of appreciation.
It doesn’t appear to be a $400,000 film, and it’s fun to figure out which gags (like the coconut halves) were generated out of a necessity for low-budget solutions. Terry Jones (who only infrequently directed after Python broke up) and lone American Terry Gilliam (who prolifically warped Python’s cinematic aesthetic into his unique brand of nightmare fantasy) co-direct for the first picture. It moves with a strange precision.
- Director: Navot Papushado
- Writers: Navot Papushado, Ehud Lavski
- Cast: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti
Gunpowder Milkshake is John Wick for angry feminists, starring Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett as spiteful assassins hired by The Firm. This company rents out murders as a fully-functioning business.
When Gillan’s Sam defies orders and saves the man she was supposed to kill, she must reunite with her estranged mother (Headey) and old coworkers to save her target’s and his little daughter’s lives culminating in a brutal and chaotic battle fit for Keanu Reeves.
Gunpowder Milkshake is one of Netflix’s better action options, presenting a different perspective from a slew of CGI-heavy, male-led action films. Its ensemble includes some of the industry’s biggest names, with a script that will make you wonder why it took so long. —Maggie Boccella is a writer who lives in New York City.
Grace and Frankie
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
- Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen
Grace and Frankie, one of the best Netflix comedy shows, is an odd-couple series that has lasted far longer than Netflix generally allows shows to run. It also makes another unusual turn by providing starring roles in a series to women in their 70s (and now 80s), like Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have demonstrated.
After some first season teething pains, the sitcom, which focuses on frenemies who form a type of alliance after their husbands leave them for each other, received terrific reviews. Seasons 3–5 had a perfect score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and seasons 2 (91 percent) and 6 (83 percent) were also named winners.
The Other Guys (2010)
- Director: Adam McKay
- Writers: Adam McKay and Chris Henchy
- Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Johnson
Before focusing on themes like global warming and subprime mortgages in films like Don’t Look Up and The Big Short, Adam McKay integrated these more significant issues into his broader comedies, such as The Other Guys. Even if you’re not interested in learning about Ponzi scams, The Other Guys is a humorous buddy cop comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Ferrell is significantly more understated than he typically is in McKay comedy, whereas Wahlberg goes all-in on one of his most outrageous comedic roles. On the other hand, The Other Guys is a terrific twist on the buddy cop film, especially with an excellent start with Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson as the conventional buddy cop duo.
The Other Guys is a fantastic reminder of how much fun Ferrell and Wahlberg can have to fight each other and how McKay used to mix wilder comedies with more serious subjects.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
- Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
- Writers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Rob Greenberg
- Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, and Neil Patrick Harris
Before directing and co-writing such massive animated hits as The LEGO Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Lord and Miller directed and co-wrote this extremely adorable story about inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), whose latest invention allows food to fall from the sky.
Of course, things begin well enough, but when gigantic food begins to rain down, Flint’s innovation threatens to destroy the globe. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs contains all the heart and weird humor that fans of later Lord/Miller films have come to anticipate and a funny voice cast that makes it suitable for audiences of all ages. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a delightful and odd comedy that deserves to be seen more often.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%
Stars: Will Arnett, Haneefah Wood, Lilan Bowden, Phillip Smithey
Terry Seattle (Will Arnett) is an arrogant investigator with a big ego. So it stands to reason that he’s about to be surrounded by even more dumb associates. From Conan O’Brien to Kumail Nanjiani, they’re all celebrities. Marshawn Lynch and Sharon Stone both appear.
And while Arnett knows the “story” of the week’s cases (so to speak), his celebrity colleagues (who must solve the crime) don’t. So they’ll have to work together to uncover the clues mentioned above.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
- Year: 2021
- Director: Mike Rianda
- Stars: Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett
- Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
- Rating: PG
The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ animated generational divides have never felt more like a sci-fi carnival. The movie debut of writer/director Mike Rianda (who established his name on the delightfully creepy, hilarious sitcom Gravity Falls) is absurd, adorable, and terrifying.
The flashing lights and dazzling sights can easily make you feel as bewildered or overwhelmed as the central family fighting on one side of the title’s grudge match. Still, it’s also possible to leave with the spent glee of a long, weary theme park outing.
Its genre-embedded family bursts through every untidy, jam-packed frame as though attempting to escape (which they frequently do), creating the most exciting, charming animated comedy this year.
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
- Stars: Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover
While Dan Harmon is best recognized for his work on Rick and Morty, his first significant show was Community, a story about studying friends. After the low-effort lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is barred from practicing law, he attempts to rectify his predicament at Greendale Community College, believing it is an easy fit because his friend Dr. Ian Duncan (John Oliver) is a psychology professor who will surely help him coast.
Community is one of the best Netflix comedies right now; it is also one of the best sitcoms ever. That does not occur, and Winger is forced to make friends and learn the proper method. His study group includes prominent personalities like Allison Brie and Donald Glover as Annie Edison and Troy Barnes, respectively, but Danny Pudi shines as Abed Nadir.
- Director: Michael Showalter
- Writer: Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall
- Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp
This film is simply so freaking cute. The Lovebirds stars Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as a couple on the verge of divorce after four years together who are forced to flee after witnessing a murder.
The Lovebirds, one of Netflix’s awful under-the-radar originals, is well worth revisiting. Director David Showalter eventually settles into a relatively traditional combination of action-comedy and rom-com tropes. Still, the film’s two leads, Nanjiani and Rae, are so endlessly amusing that you’ll follow them pretty much anywhere.
Dumb and Dumber
Director: Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Teri Garr, Karen Duffy, Mike Starr
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%
There is a distinct brand of nihilism at work in the Farrelly Brothers’ debut, one that celebrates stupidity above all else, not because the Farrellys prefer being dumb to being intelligent, but because they appear to find no real consequences in the kind of ignorance inhabited by Lloyd (Jim Carrey, beloved) and Harry (Jeff Daniels, best role of his career), to the point where morality for these characters is moot.
Operating on little more than teenage horniness and threats of unemployment (plus the image of a decapitated parakeet) and lacking the brain power required to comprehend the vast world around them fully, Harry and Lloyd blissfully become involved in a kidnapping caper involving the husband of wealthy heiress Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly).
It works out as expected—that is, it doesn’t work out, and that isn’t important—but not without developing a lot to love in these two dipshits, making its sequel feel unrelentingly mean-spirited in comparison. It’s not surprising, then, that almost every other Farrelly film (except There’s Something About Mary) has aged poorly: America doesn’t need any more movies that appear to honor our dumbest assholes.