We all have strange colleagues who make life at work seem like a sitcom. That’s why workplace comedies are such fun. If you’re still working from home, these comedies will either make you miss office or heave a sigh of relief that you’re still some weeks away from meeting your colleagues.

‘The Office’

Shot in the style of a mockumentary, this series features the day-to-day work lives of a group of employees at the Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The crew is headed by Michael Scott (Steve Carell), famous for his “That’s what she said” innuendos.
Creator: Greg Daniels
Cast: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, Melora Hardin
Seasons: 9 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime

‘Parks and Recreation’

In this political satire, a mid-level bureaucrat (Amy Poehler) is looking to transform an abandoned construction site into a community park. Government organisations and selfish neighbours don’t make things easy.
Creators: Greg Daniels, Michael Schur
Cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe
Seasons: 7 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

This cop comedy follows the adventures of Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his diverse set of colleagues in the fictional 99th precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn. The team is headed by the earnest Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher).
Creators: Dan Goor, Michael Schur
Cast: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero,  Chelsea Peretti, Andre Braugher
Seasons: 7 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Great News’

Set in the world of television news, this series showcases the numerous challenges that follow when an ambitious news producer’s mother lands an internship at the same news station as her.
Creator: Tracey Wigfield
Cast: Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell, Nicole Richie, Horatio Sanz, John Michael Higgins
Seasons: 2 (2017)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Silicon Valley’

A parody of the culture at Northern California’s tech mecca, Silicon Valley showcases a start-up founded by five young men who are trying to bag investors for their game-changing app.
Creators: Mike Judge, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky
Cast: Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani
Seasons: 6 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘The IT Crowd’

The Information Technology department of London’s fictional Reynholm Industries consists of three team members working in a dingy basement, two socially awkward tech support staff and Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson), the head of the department who knows nothing about IT.
Creator: Graham Linehan
Cast: Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry
Seasons: 4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’

Set in the development office of a popular video game, the series follows its team members as they face the challenges of keeping Mythic Quest at the top of its game (no pun intended).
Creators: Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Megan Ganz
Cast: Rob McElhenney, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi, Jessie Ennis
Seasons: 1 (2020)
Streaming on: Apple TV+

‘Veep’

A political satire, Veep (pictured above) follows the life of the fictional Vice President of the United States of America, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), as she attempts to balance her demanding professional and private life.
Creator: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons
Seasons: 7 (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘White Gold’

Charming salesman Vincent Swan (Ed Westwick) leads a sales team at a double-glazing showroom in Essex, England in the mid-’80s. The group will gladly break rules if it leads to a sale.
Creator: Damon Beesly
Cast: Ed Westwick, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Rachel Shenton
Seasons: 2 (2017, 2019)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Borderline’

This British mockumentary showcases the activities of agents working for Borderline, a fictionalised version of the United Kingdom’s frontline border control operations, Border Force. Instead of working with scripted lines, the cast of the show improvises their dialogues and actions.
Creators: Michael Orton-Toliver, Chris Gau
Director: Matt Jones
Cast: David Avery, Jackie Clune, David Elms, Liz Kingsman, Jamie Michie
Seasons: 2 (2016, 2017)
Streaming on: Netflix

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