The top comedy shows on Netflix and other streaming services

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  • Parrot Analytics provided Business Insider the top 10 most in-demand comedy shows on Netflix and other streamers from the last month.
  • They include Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Hulu’s “Shrill,” and YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai.”
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Netflix is the streaming champion, but it has some competition when it comes to original comedy TV shows.

Hulu has been making strides in this area recently, most notably with the Aidy Bryant-starring “Shrill,” which was renewed for a second season recently. And Amazon still has a winner with the Emmy-winning “Marvellous Mrs. Maisel.”

READ MORE: The top 10 drama TV shows on Netflix and other streaming services

Parrot Analytics provided Business Insider the most in-demand drama shows currently streaming on Netflix and elsewhere, based on the average demand expressions of the last 30 days for each series.

Demand expressions are the globally standardised TV demand measurement unit from Parrot Analytics. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance.

Parrot Analytics included “Community” on the list because the show is still “in-demand” among audiences despite ending in 2015. Parrot Anlytics factors video consumption (streaming and downloads), social media engagement (hashtags, liking, sharing), and more when calculating demand. Its sixth and final season was a streaming original on the now-shuttered Yahoo! Screen when NBC canceled the series after five seasons. Viewers can now stream the entire series on Hulu.

Below are the top 10 comedy shows on streaming services:

10. “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)

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Description:“They’re not friends, but when their husbands leave them for each other, proper Grace and eccentric Frankie begin to bond in this Emmy-nominated series.”

Number of seasons: 5

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

What critics said (Season 5):“It’s not the edgiest concept, but the value of friendship should make for more great TV.” – Ben Travers,Indiewire

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):9,434,848

9. “Shrill” (Hulu)

Description:“From Executive Producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks comes Shrill, a comedy series starring Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, a fat young woman who wants to change her life – but not her body. Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss.”

Number of seasons: 1

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 91%

What critics said (Season 1):“Bryant, who even when she’s playing self-obsessed-becoming a self-actualized human being may require a wee bit of egomania-is extremely appealing.” – Willa Paskin,Slate

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):9,476,187

8. “Community” (Yahoo Screen)

Description: “This ensemble comedy centres on a tight-knit group of friends who all met at what is possibly the world’s worst educational institution – Greendale Community College.”

Number of seasons: 6

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88%

What critics said (Season 6):“It feels familiar and fresh, with myriad possibilities in front of it thanks to smart new cast additions and a renewed focus on those characters over just getting lost in the creatively inane.” – Jason Hughs, The Wrap

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):11,767,479

7. “The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime Video)


Description:“After Midge’s triumph at the Gaslight, the fallout from her takedown of Sophie Lennon looms large, making her climb up the comedy ladder more challenging than ever. As the actual grind of being a comic begins to take its toll on Midge, the pressure to come clean to her family weighs on her – especially as her choices have a ripple effect on everyone around her.”

Number of seasons: 2

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 94%

What critics said (Season 2):“Sherman-Palladino has written a woman who’s fearless, blunt, and brilliant at what she does, and watching her rise is Mrs. Maisel’s trump card.” – Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):11,832,022

6. “Trailer Park Boys” (Netflix)

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Description:“Follow the booze-fuelled misadventures of three longtime pals and petty serial criminals who run scams from their Nova Scotia trailer park.”

Number of seasons: 12

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: N/A%

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):11,889,483

5. “One Day at a Time” (Netflix)


Description:“In a reimagining of the TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the “help” of her old-school mum.”

Number of seasons: 3

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%

What critics said (Season 3):“The heartbeat of One Day at a Time was its spirited insistence that beauty can thrive alongside pain. The series blended multicam-sitcom laughs with a fearless willingness to tackle heavy social issues.” – Kelly Connolly, The Atlantic

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):14,262,293

4. “Arrested Development” (Netflix)


Description:” It’s the Emmy-winning story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.”

Number of seasons: 5 (season 4 and 5 are Netflix originals)

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 75%

What critics said (Season 5):“You could forgive all this if these episodes were funny, if they contained even a trace of the spark that made its first run so incredible. But they aren’t. They’re flat and lifeless and pointless.” – Stuart Heritage, Guardian

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):14,772,750

2. “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)


Description: “A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her in this Emmy-winning series from the creator of ‘Weeds.'”

Number of seasons: 6, seventh and final season coming in July

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

What critics said (Season 6):“Fans who hated the fifth season should mostly love the sixth, which is a return to normal, or as ‘normal’ as OITNB ever gets. But the end does feel a little bit closer.” – Verne Gay, Newsday

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):15,716,630

2. “Cobra Kai” (YouTube Premium)

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Description:“Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.”

Number of seasons: 2

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 83%

What critics said (Season 2):“The series must have been crane-kicked in the head one too many times between seasons, because it has lost all sense of what made it special.” – Alex McLevy, AV Club

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):22,117,087

1. “On my Block” (Netflix)

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Description:“In a rough inner-city Los Angeles neighbourhood, four smart, funny and streetwise teens find their lifelong friendship tested as they begin high school.

Number of seasons: 2

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 97%

What critics said (Season 2):“While Season 2 doesn’t deliver quite the gut-punch that Season 1 did, its emotional beats still hit home.” – Liz Shannon Miller, Indiewire

Average demand expressions (last 30 days):27,355,464

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