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Great News is the best sitcom you’ve never seen

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There are literally thousands of movies, TV shows and specials available on Netflix. Most of the time when you open the Netflix app, you probably want to re-watch one of your favorite shows or watch the latest Netflix original that has caught your eye. It’s generally not worth searching through the nearly endless library of licensed content. That’s why we want to try and get our readers to check out some of Netflix’s best hidden gems that they might have missed.

This week, we will focus on one of the best sitcoms of the last decade: Great news.

Hidden gems of Netflix | Entry # 1: Great news

Big news starring Briga Heelan and Andrea MartinImage source: NBC

Sadly, the last golden age of NBC sitcoms has come to an end. nach The office, Parks and Recreation, 30 skirt, and Community finished their respective careers, hardly any television program even tried to follow in their footsteps. The good place picked up the mantle for a few years, but it only lasted four seasons. In fact, Lord Mayor it is now practically the only true sitcom still airing on the net.

But what if I told you that you missed one of the funniest shows of the decade? And what lasted for two seasons before being unceremoniously canceled? What if I told you it was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the same duo behind Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?

Great news, created by Tracey Wigfield (30 skirt, The Mindy project), debuted on NBC in April 2017. The show follows Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan), producer of a cable news show called The breakdown in New Jersey, and his wonderfully strange co-workers at the station.

Katie is still very close to her mother, Carol Wendelson (Andrea Martin), and before the end of the first episode, Carol managed to get a job as an intern at The breakdown. Now Katie has to balance all her job responsibilities with the fact that her mother is her coworker.

Why You Should Add It To Your Watch List

Great News featured Tina Fey as a guest. Image source: NBC

There are few shows that make me laugh as often and consistently as Great news. Typical of a Fey-Carlock show, Great news it’s full of jokes. You’ll miss out on the funny jokes because you’re still laughing at the latest joke. This gives the show even greater replay potential, even though it only ran for 23 episodes.

Obviously the key to any great sitcom is a great cast. You may not recognize half of the people on this show. And those you do recognize aren’t exactly known for their prolific television careers. Briga Heelan has appeared in many sitcoms in the past, from puma city other Not dateable for Crazy ex-girlfriend other B positive, but this has tragically been her only real starring role. She is surrounded by incredibly talented character actors, but carries the show in a comical and emotional way.

Equally funny are Andrea Martin (who steals scenes with incredibly engaged performances) and Adam Campbell, who plays executive producer Greg Walsh. Martin plays an out of the ordinary cartoon character who somehow has room for genuine pathos and growth over the course of the series. Meanwhile, Walsh is the closest we are to a “straight man” in Great newsbut deep down inside, the boss is just as crazy as everyone else in The breakdown. (Hence the name.)

SNL fans are in luck

The supporting cast is also stellar from top to bottom. The co-anchors of The breakdown – Chuck Pierce (John Michael Higgins) and Portia Scott-Griffith (Nicole Richie) – play each other perfectly. They both seem to exist in their own realities, and Higgins in particular has some of the most hysterical lines of dialogue on the show. And as the show progresses, SNL cameos start to pile up. Tina Fey has a whole bow as the head of the chain. Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer host a morning show on the same network. Tim Meadows even appears as a lawyer in one episode.

If you’re looking for a new comedy to add to your replay rotation, consider Great news. This is hands down one of my favorite hidden gems on Netflix, and I’m delighted that it hasn’t been removed yet. Best of all, while the show should have easily lasted five to fifty seasons, the team did a great job tying up loose ends before the end.

We’ll be back with more hidden gems from Netflix in the coming weeks.

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