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9 Shows like Workaholics: Cult Comedies

Andy McKendry itcherThere are plenty of TV shows like ‘Workaholics.’ Some of my favourites include ‘Broad City’, ‘Trailer Park Boys’, and ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.’ For fans of comedic characters that you’d love to share a beer with here are some of my recommendations. ~ Andy Mckendry

Getting High, Drinking Beers, and Killing Time

For our heroes in ‘Workaholics’ college life never ended. Instead of skipping classes however they’ve got a job to do. Telesales pays the bills but our trio of wasters find plenty of ways to spice up office life.
 
I struggled to contain this list of series like ‘Workaholics.’ It’s a TV show that I really enjoy watching and fortunately there are plenty more like it currently gracing the TV screens of comedy fans the world over.
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‘Broad City’ (Comedy Central, 2014 – )

You can thank ‘Parks and Recreation’ star Amy Poehler for Comedy Central’s latest comedy hit ‘Broad City.’ The show stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson as two down on their luck millenials trying to make it in New York City.

It’s smart, funny, and often strange and ‘Broad City’ complements the tone and style of humour of ‘Workaholics’ effortlessly.

Similarity Match: 95%
The female stars of ‘Broad City’ are certainly no princesses, and just like in ‘Workaholics’, their depictions are less than flattering.

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‘Wilfred’ (FX, 2011 – 2014)

One of my all time top shows, the US remake of an Australian TV series stars Elijah Wood as a young lawyer who is on the brink of suicide. Things take a surreal turn when he starts seeing his neighbour’s dog as a man dressed up in a dog suit.

It’s a poignant and funny TV show with most of the laughs being derived from Wilfred, the dog. He cusses, drinks, and smokes pot and he would make an excellent addition to the cast of ‘Workaholics.’

Similarity Match: 90%
The stories are quite different but in both ‘Workaholics’ and ‘Wilfred’ hanging out, drinking beers, and getting high with your friends are what’s most important to the characters.

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‘Party Down’ (Hulu/Starz, 2009 – 2010)

Many people missed this TV show. It was short lived but it has developed quite a cult following. It tells the story of a catering company and the oddball folks who work for it.

Most are failed actors, some are writers, but they all goof off, and none of them take their jobs seriously.

Similarity Match: 85%
The characters in ‘Workaholics’ and ‘Party Down’ share a similar perspective on life – when work isn’t fulfilling it’s time to reach for a beer.

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‘Man Seeking Woman’ (FXX, 2015 – )

Jay Baruchel heads up the cast in ‘Man Seeking Woman’, perhaps the most surreal (bar ‘Louie’) show on TV. It tells the story of a man in his late twenties who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend.

Now he has to find his place in the world and it quickly becomes clear that he’s completely unprepared to start dating again.

Similarity Match: 85%
‘Man Seeking Women’ differs in terms of tone and subject matter but its overall feeling is similar to ‘Workaholics’ – both contain funny comments on growing up (or not as the case may be) as a millennial.

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‘Trailer Park Boys’ (Netflix, 2001 – )

‘Trailer Park Boys’ is Canada’s finest export (in my opinion), and it follows the highs and lows of a group of friends living in the titular trailer park. Their lives revolve around petty crime, smoking dope, and drinking booze.

Similar to the narrative in ‘Workaholics’, ‘Trailer Park Boys’ focuses on the increasingly foolish and stupid exploits of its characters.

Similarity Match: 85%
This is an older show, rescued from extinction by Netflix, and its low budget charm contains just as funny a story as ‘Workaholics’ does.

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‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ (FXX, 2005 – )

Perhaps the most unpleasant comedy series on TV, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ is also very funny. It’s the story of a group of friends who run a bar but each character is narcissistic, as a group they’re exclusive, and as a clique they treat everyone else terribly.

It’s smart, it riffs on contemporary values, and it effectively satirises mass media texts. It also features a career best performance from Danny DeVito.

Similarity Match: 80%
‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ is perhaps the funniest show on TV and fans of ‘Workaholics’ will certainly enjoy its particular brand of humour.

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‘The League’ (FX/FXX, 2009 – )

This is the second TV series like ‘Workaholics’ that tells the story of an exclusive clique, ‘The League’ considers the lives of a group of friends and their fantasy football competition.

Mumblecore superstar Mark Duplass stars alongside his ‘Puffy Chair’ costar Katie Aselton in this uncomfortable, funny, and often cruel ensemble comedy.

Similarity Match: 75%
‘The League’ is a decidedly humorous TV show but it’s also distinctly unpleasant– an apt description for ‘Workaholics’ too.

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‘Peep Show’ (Channel 4, 2003 – 2015)

Sadly the British cult hit TV show is nearing its conclusion. The collective stories of Mark, Jeremy, and Super Hans will come to an end. But they will leave us with nine seasons worth of comedy TV.

Personally this has always been a favourite of mine and I think that fans of shows similar to ‘Workaholics’ will find much to enjoy in this British series.

Similarity Match: 70%
The humour is far more uncomfortable, and the setting more realistic, but both ‘Workaholics’ and ‘Peep Show’ contain some real laugh out loud moments.

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‘Please Like Me’ (Pivot/ABC Television, 2013 – )

Comic Josh Thomas leads the Australian comedy series ‘Please Like Me.’ It perhaps bears more similarities to ‘Broad City’ than ‘Workaholics’ but its comedic take on the trials of being young and finding your place in the world are markedly similar.

Similarity Match: 65%
Josh Thomas writes and stars in ‘Please Like Me’, a show that’s just as funny as ‘Workaholics’ but sometimes it can be poignant too – a concept that our beer guzzling TV friends probably don’t understand.

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My Thoughts

I love TV shows like ‘Workaholics’. I’ve attempted to reign in my list but there are some other comedies that I think deserve a mention.

There’s HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’, a comedy drama about tech entrepreneurs written by Mike Judge, there’s the strange Thunderbirds influenced live action Australian show ‘Danger Five’, and then there’s ‘Louie’ and ‘Maron’, two TV comedies written by and starring middle aged comics.

There’s plenty here for you to pick from but please let me know if I’ve missed anything out with a comment below.

I’m a writer. It’s what I do and what I′ve always done. As a child I wrote on walls with a crayon. Now I write for websites. I write for my blog where I post reviews of films, TV, and occasionally write short stories and I also run a writer and illustration collective. Whatever I do involves words, and plenty of them. I’m an avid cinephile, a screenwriter, and I love telling stories. I have an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, UK, and I work on a freelance basis and drink far too much coffee.
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