TV Series Like Friends

If you're looking for TV series similar to Friends, look no further than the best comedy shows on TV. On this page we bring you top similar tv & streaming shows to watch on HBO Max and other networks, all with the same taste!

About Friends

Six young men and women live in the same apartment complex and face life and love together in Manhattan, New York City. As they're constantly sticking their noses into each another's businesses, as well as sometimes swapping romantic partners, the group always get into the kind of comic situations that most other people never experience, especially during breakups.

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The Big Bang Theory

CBS • 2007 • IMDb: 8.2
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Mensa-fied best friends and roommates Leonard and Sheldon, physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology, may be able to tell everybody more than they want to know about quantum physics, but getting through most basic social situations, especially ones involving women, totally baffles them. How lucky, then, that babe-alicious waitress/aspiring actress Penny moves in next door. Frequently seen hanging out with Leonard and Sheldon are friends and fellow Caltech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. Will worlds collide? Does Einstein theorize in the woods?

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Seinfeld

HBO Max • 1989 • IMDb: 8.9
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Four single friends -- comic Jerry Seinfeld, bungling George Costanza, frustrated working gal Elaine Benes and eccentric neighbor Cosmo Kramer -- deal with the absurdities of everyday life in New York City.

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MOM

CBS • 2013 • IMDb: 7.2
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A newly sober single mom tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley while dealing with her wayward mother. Anna Faris and Emmy and Academy Award winner Allison Janney star in this funny and often heart-wrenching comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre. After years of questionable choices, Christy is now sober and has her life mostly back on track, although she's continually tested by her mother, Bonnie. Together, mother and daughter work to overcome their mistakes and build a better future for their family. Both are in positions they never thought they'd be in: Christy is well on her way to becoming a lawyer, while Bonnie is in a healthy romantic relationship and has just gotten married. Through it all, they rely on their support system from AA, including the wise Marjorie, the wealthy and sometimes misguided Jill, the overly emotional Wendy, and Bonnie's foster sister, Tammy, who was recently released from prison. Collectively, they help each other stay sober in the face of whatever life throws at them. It has also garnered multiple nominations at the Critics' Choice Television Awards and the People's Choice Awards during its run. On September 4, 2020, Faris announced her exit from the series. CBS’ praised Mom — the network’s longest-running comedy series on the air — will end its run after the current eighth season. Mom's series finale has been set for May 6 in its Thursday 9 p.m. time period. “For the past eight years, we’ve had the great honor to bring these wonderful characters to life, sharing their struggles and triumphs with millions of viewers every week,” said executive producers Lorre, Gemma Baker and Nick Bakay. “From the beginning, we set out to tell stories about recovery from alcoholism and addiction that are rarely portrayed in a network comedy series. Whether it was the emotional reactions of the live audience on tape night inside Stage 20, or discussions at the White House regarding the opioid crisis, or the personal stories we continue to receive on social media, we take great pride in knowing Mom has positively impacted so many lives. We are forever grateful to our brilliant cast and guest stars, wonderful writers, and amazing crew for going on this journey with us.” - Deadline

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Man With A Plan

CBS • 2016 • IMDb: 7
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A dad finds out that parenting is harder than he thought after his wife goes back to work and he's left at home to take care of the kids. Adam has been operating under the assumption that his three children are little angels, but when his wife decides to rejoin the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years, and he starts taking on more of the parenting responsibilities, he's quickly disavowed of that notion. Kate, a preteen, is a master manipulator and excited to take advantage of her father's naivete; Teddy spends too much time with his hands down his pants; and Emme frets over school. After recovering from the initial shock -- and with the advice of equally stressed parents Marie and Lowell -- Adam is confident he can lay down the law and keep the house in order.

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In the near future, Sophie (Hilary Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. Remarked original series creators Bays and Thomas, "Kids, I'm going to tell you an incredible story: It's the story of how two writers got lucky enough to make their dream TV show for nine seasons and now get to pass the torch to an inspired new creative team with their own incredible story to tell, the story of 'How I Met Your Father.' We are honored by their passion and vision, and look forward to helping them tell a legendary new story. (Thanks to all the 'HIMYM' fans out there who waited for it.)" Commented Aptaker and Berger, who are creating the sequel, "We are beyond excited to be bringing 'How I Met Your Father' to Hulu. Carter and Craig's iconic original series revolutionized the half-hour comedy, and we are so honored to be carrying the torch forward for the next generation - and with Hilary Duff no less! We can't wait for audiences to meet Sophie and her crew, and watch them come into their own and find love in modern-day New York City. And we hope nobody thinks it's weird that Bob Saget will be playing old Hilary Duff's voice." With a distinguished career spanning over two decades in film, television and music, Duff returns to the small screen following her starring role in TV Land's breakout series, "Younger." A pop-culture icon, Duff has had a renowned career as an actor/musician and has more than 20 million followers across Instagram and Twitter. "I've been incredibly lucky in my career to play some wonderful characters and I'm looking forward to taking on the role of Sophie," said Duff. "As a huge fan of 'How I Met Your Mother,' I'm honored and even a little nervous that Carter and Craig would trust me with the sequel of their baby. Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant, and I can't wait to work alongside them and all of their genius. Just fangirling over here getting to join the Hulu Originals and 20th families. I realize these are big shoes to fill and I'm excited to slip my 6 ½'s in there!" "How I Met Your Father" will be the latest blockbuster title joining Hulu Originals' upcoming slate of highly anticipated and star-studded series such as "Only Murders in the Building," "Nine Perfect Strangers," "Pam & Tommy" and "The Dropout." "How I Met Your Father" also joins Hulu Originals' commercial and critically successful Original comedy slate including "Pen15," "The Great," "Ramy," "Woke" and "Dollface." 'How I Met Your Father' is written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Executive producers for 'How I Met Your Father' include Aptaker, Berger, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Pam Fryman. Adam Londy will serve as co-executive producer, and Duff will serve as a producer. 'How I Met Your Father' is a production of 20th Television.

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Modern Family

ABC • 2009 • IMDb: 8.5
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Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life. Parents Phil and Claire yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids. But a daughter who is trying to grow up too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a rambunctious young son make it challenging. Claire's dad, Jay, and his Latina wife, Gloria, are raising two sons together, but people sometimes believe Jay to be Gloria's father. Jay's gay son, Mitchell, and his partner, Cameron, have adopted a little Asian girl, completing one big -- straight, gay, multicultural, traditional -- happy family.

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Schitt’s Creek

In the sitcom "Schitt's Creek," a wealthy couple -- video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira -- suddenly find themselves completely broke. With only one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt's Creek, which the Roses bought years earlier as a joke, this once-wealthy couple must give up life as they know it. With their two spoiled children in tow and their pampered lives behind them, the Rose family is forced to face their newfound poverty head-on and come together as a family to survive.

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Coupling

BBC Two • 2000 • IMDb: 8.6
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This long-running Britcom views contemporary relationships from the perspectives of several 20-something characters. Steve and Susan first meet in a bar where he has broken up with his girlfriend, the beautiful but comically unstable Jane, and Susan has just been dumped by her own boyfriend, Patrick. Surrounding their pivotal relationship, Steve's best friend, Jeff, fumbles his way haplessly though a series of clumsy relationships with women before finding his match in Julia, who is as socially awkward as he is, while womanizing Patrick begins a romance with Sally, Susan's best friend.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

NBC • 2013 • IMDb: 8.4
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Captain Ray Holt takes over Brooklyn's 99th precinct, which includes Detective Jake Peralta, a talented but carefree detective who's used to doing whatever he wants. The other employees of the 99th precinct include Detective Amy Santiago, Jake's over achieving and competitive partner; Detective Rosa Diaz, a tough and kept to herself coworker; Detective Charles Boyle, Jake's best friend who also has crush on Rosa; Detective Sergeant Terry Jeffords, who was recently taken off the field after the birth of his twin girls; and Gina Linetti, the precinct's sarcastic administrator.

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New Girl

FOX • 2011 • IMDb: 7.7
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After going through a rough breakup, awkward and upbeat Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three single guys. Intelligent and witty Nick is an underachiever who took the bartender off-ramp on his road to success. Schmidt obsesses over his social standing and looks at Jess as a personal project. Winston is a competitive former athlete who, after realizing he will never become a pro, moves into the loft. Together with Jess' best friend, Cece, they bond to form an unlikely, and dysfunctional, family.

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Crashing

Netflix • 2016 • IMDb: 7.7
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Written by and featuring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, this comedy follows the lives of six characters in their 20s. A motley crew become housemates during a time where property prices and high-rent costs are difficult to afford. Using a Property Guardian scheme, the group is banded together in a disused hospital based in the city, for not much more than £25 a week. Each individual crashes into their adult life as they realise that they are no longer students, and need to take more responsibility. The group coasts through life, love and work in a big city as well as dealing with the quirks of living in a derelict hospital with strangers.

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Two and a Half Men

CBS • 2003 • IMDb: 7.1
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Jingle-writer Charlie is forced to change his lifestyle and learn to control his drinking, smoking, gambling and womanizing when after a twelve years marriage his fresh dumped-by-wife brother and his son need a place to stay.

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Community

NBC • 2009 • IMDb: 8.5
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When fast-talking lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) finds his degree has been revoked, he is forced to go back to school at Greendale Community College. Hoping to score points with a pretty coed, he invents a study group and invites her to join it. Imagine his surprise when she's not the only one who shows up for help with Spanish from the "board-certified tutor" he proclaims himself to be. Though his command of the language is anything but good, the members continue to meet and end up learning a lot about themselves.

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Parks and Recreation

Peacock TV • 2009 • IMDb: 8.6
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Leslie Knope, a midlevel bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her own career) by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn an abandoned construction site into a community park, but what should be a fairly simple project is stymied at every turn by oafish bureaucrats, selfish neighbours, governmental red tape and a myriad of other challenges. Leslie's colleague Tom Haverford, who delights in exploiting his position for personal gain, is as likely to undermine her efforts as to help her, while her boss, Ron Swanson, is adamantly opposed to government in any form, even though he's a bureaucrat himself.

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Sherlock 

BBC One • 2010 • IMDb: 9.1
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In this contemporary version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories, Dr. John Watson is a war vet just home from Afghanistan. He meets the brilliant but eccentric Holmes when the latter, who serves as a consultant to Scotland Yard, advertises for a flatmate. Almost as soon as Watson moves into the Baker Street flat, they are embroiled in mysteries, and Sherlock's nemesis, Moriarty, appears to have a hand in the crimes.

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Abbott Elementary

ABC • 2021 • IMDb: 7.9
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A group of dedicated, passionate teachers - and a slightly tone-deaf principal - are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do - even if they don't love the school district's less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.

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Everything I Know About Love

Peacock TV • 2022 • IMDb: 7.6

The central love story of Everything I Know About Love is between childhood best friends Maggie and Birdy. But it is also a raucous girl gang show, set in a 2012 London house-share inhabited by four girls - Maggie, Birdy and their mates from university, Amara and Nell. The series is an unflinching deep dive into bad dates, heartaches and humiliations and begs the question: can platonic love survive romantic love as we grow up?

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Los Espookys

HBO Max • 2019 • IMDb: 7.5
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A group of friends turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life. A primarily Spanish-language comedy (with English subtitles), the series follows the adventures of Renaldo, a horror and gore enthusiast who forms a unique business that conjures thrills and chills for a variety of clients. Joining Renaldo in his eerie enterprise are friends Úrsula, who handles the logistics and execution of Los Espookys' projects; Úrsula's sister, Tati, who juggles odd jobs while acting as the group's test dummy; and Andrés, the brooding heir to a chocolate empire who longs to unlock the secrets to his past. Recurring guest star Fred Armisen portrays Tico, Renaldo's benign, beloved uncle, who happily lives his own career dream as a parking-valet legend in Los Angeles.

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Good Grief

IFC • 2021 • IMDb: 6.5
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Ellie and Gwen Goode are sisters who inherit a funeral home from their grandfather in a small New Zealand town. As unprepared as they are, they find that, by staring death in the face every day, they are able to confront the realities of their own lives. It turns out that helping families cope with loss can be a heartwarming – and sometimes hilarious – opportunity.

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Demascus

AMC • 2022

The series is a character-driven exploration of life as an ordinary Black man in America today. It focuses on Demascus, a 33-year-old Black man who goes on a journey of self-discovery using an innovative new technology that allows him to experience different versions of his own life. The series follows these vivid psychological explorations and also Demascus in his primary reality.

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iCarly

Paramount+ • 2021 • IMDb: 6.7
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iCarly was revived on Paramount+ with a 13-episode season 9 years after Nickelodeon’s original show ended. Carly Shay (Cosgrove), the original influencer, and her friends now are navigating work, love and family in their 20s. Original stars Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress are back to reprise their as respective roles as Spencer Shay and Freddie Benson, and the redux adds two new cast members: Laci Mosley as Harper, Carly’s roommate and best friend, and Jaidyn Triplett as Millicent, Freddie’s snarky and social media-savvy stepdaughter. Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, announced that its new hit series, iCARLY, has been renewed for a second season in all markets the service is available, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, Latin America and the Nordics. Produced by Nickelodeon Studios, the new iCARLY series premiered in June on Paramount+ and quickly became one of the streaming service's top acquisition drivers, ranking among Paramount+'s most-streamed titles since the series' debut. Production on the second season will begin in Los Angeles this fall. iCARLY on Paramount+ picks up nearly 10 years after the beloved original Nickelodeon show ended, finding Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends navigating work, love and family now as adults. The series stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly, Jerry Trainor as Spencer, Nathan Kress as Freddie, Laci Mosley as Harper and Jaidyn Triplett as Millicent. New episodes of the 13-episode first season drop on Thursdays exclusively for Paramount+ subscribers. The new iCARLY series is executive produced by Ali Schouten and Miranda Cosgrove, with Schouten also serving as showrunner. Jerry Trainor and Alissa Vradenburg serve as producers. iCARLY was created by Dan Schneider. The original series ran from 2007-2012 on Nickelodeon. Production of the new iCARLY series for Nickelodeon Studios is overseen by Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. Brian Banks serves as Nickelodeon's Executive in Charge of Production for the series. In addition to catching up on new iCARLY episodes, fans can also binge all five seasons of the original on Paramount+. For more on iCARLY, including photos, please visit: https://www.viacomcbspressexpress.com/paramount-plus/shows/icarly/. @iCarly, @ParamountPlus, @Nickelodeon #iCarly

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Rick and Morty

Adult Swim • 2013 • IMDb: 9.2
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After having been missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth's doorstep to move in with her and her family. Although Beth welcomes Rick into her home, her husband, Jerry, isn't as happy about the family reunion. Jerry is concerned about Rick, a sociopathic scientist, using the garage as his personal laboratory. In the lab, Rick works on a number of sci-fi gadgets, some of which could be considered dangerous. But that's not all Rick does that concerns Jerry. He also goes on adventures across the universe that often involve his grandchildren, Morty and Summer.

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