I’m not entirely certain how we dealt with crippling embarrassment as a society before we all started watching the 15 or so great comedy shows on TV right now. I mean, who was Benjamin Franklin’s Liz Lemon? Did he have one? Every time he said something stupid around his new girlfriend’s parents, I’m positive he invariably went home to eat cheese at weird hours, just as Liz Lemon does, and called it “workin’ on his Night Cheese.” But did he know we all have Night Cheese? Did he know we all sing to our Night Cheese as we eat it?
This is a weird way to say that this is the golden age of TV comedy. No one has truly captured the pitfalls of the human experience as well as TV comedies are doing it right now. It’s beautiful, really, and it makes us all feel very unified, very together. It makes eating cheese at 2 a.m. feel like a communal experience with Liz Lemon and the whole world. Then these shows make wonderful, creepy sex jokes you can’t repeat at work or in front of your family. Everybody wins.
So here’s our tribute to all of it. We’ll be counting down the ten best comedies on TV, two at a time, from Monday to Friday of this week on our Tumblr. In the comments, tell us how we’re terrible people for omitting stuff that changed your life. Tell us where we went right, maybe, if you get around to it. But watch these shows. When the aliens come and ask for an arsenal of dirty jokes, it’ll save your life.