Some of the best comedies are in the mockumentary style. What’s fun about this style is that in the process of confessing and venting to the viewer, characters only end up exposing themselves. Here’s a list of shows that use this trope to great effect.

‘The Office’

The camera follows the shenanigans of the employees at the Pennsylvania branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, led by Michael Scott (Steve Carell), who cannot help but make a fool of himself.
Creator: Greg Daniels
Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, BJ Novak, Mindy Kaling
Seasons: 9 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘Modern Family’

Based in California, the show (pictured above) follows three multi-generational families as they deal with everyday situations, relationships, jobs and each other’s quirks.
Creators: Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan
Cast: Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet
Seasons: 11 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘Parks and Recreation’

When a mid-level bureaucrat (Amy Poehler) wants to convert a deserted construction site into a community park, she has to deal with numerous hurdles.
Creators: Greg Daniels, Michael Schur
Cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt
Seasons: 7 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime

‘Trailer Park Boys’

The series features the adventures of a bunch of residents, including former convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park. They regularly hatch schemes to make a quick buck, while the trailer supervisor does his best to make their life hard.
Creator: Mike Clattenburg
Cast: Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells
Seasons: 12 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘What We Do in the Shadows’

Set in Staten Island, New York City, this comedy horror focuses on the daily lives of four vampires who’ve lived together for over 100 years. They share an apartment and struggle with life in the modern world.
Creator: Jemaine Clement
Cast: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch
Seasons: 2 (2019, 2020)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘Arrested Development’

The head of a wealthy family gets convicted for fraud and even after losing everything, the family members continue to lead an extravagant lifestyle. Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) runs the show as he struggles to keep the family intact and maintain peace.
Creator: Mitchell Hurwitz
Cast: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor
Seasons: 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2018, 2019)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘The Comeback’

Lisa Kudrow stars as a veteran sitcom actress named Valerie Cherish, who, after a long hiatus, attempts to return to her career in the entertainment industry. The first role she lands comes with a condition – she must document her return on a reality show, ‘The Comeback’.
Creators: Lisa Kudrow, Michael Patrick King
Cast: Lisa Kudrow, Malin Åkerman, Robert Bagnell, Lance Barber, Laura Silverman
Seasons: 2 (2005, 2014)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Larry David plays a fictionalised version of himself in this series that follows his daily life as a writer and producer based in Los Angeles. It hilariously showcases his gaffes and issues with social conventions.
Creator: Larry David
Cast: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, JB Smoove
Seasons: 10 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2020)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

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