Escapist Television

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Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Steve Carell, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak of The Office.

With the current state of the world making people laugh, cry and then run in circles of panic and fear, we all need an escape from America. Instead of boarding a plane, get comfy on your couch and tune into these shows that allow your mind to turn off. Put yourself at ease with the comical stylings of these hit television shows that truly make us forget about the world around us.

The Office

Dunder Mifflin. Enough said. Perhaps one of the best shows on television, The Office gave us Steve Carell as Michael Scott, the overly caring and fun loving boss of a paper company. Laugh out loud acting by John Krasinski (Jim Halpert), Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly), Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) and Ed Helms (Andy Bernard) made almost everyone at some point want to work in an office. The witty, comical genius of writers and actors Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor) and B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard) helped to pour hilarious, absurd moments into eight years of brilliant television. Watch it on Netflix for some solid laughs.

Schitt’s Creek

Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Dan Levy of Schitt’s Creek

It’s a classic fish out of water story. When a family loses all of their money, they are forced to live in a town that years ago, the father purchased for his son as a joke. The town is called Schitt’s Creek and it is their new home. The Canadian television sitcom, which was created by Eugene Levy and his son, Daniel Levy, premiered on CBC Television on January 2015. Viewers can now stream it on Netflix.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Danny Devito, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton of It’s Always Sunny

Five friends with hilarious and selfish antics are delusional and clueless to their own failures. The characters played by Charlie Day, Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton own Paddy’s Pub, a neighborhood bar in Philadelphia, and constantly find themselves in cringe-worthy situations. Watch it on FX or stream it on Netflix.

30 Rock

Jack McBrayer, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock

The satirical sitcom followed the antics of neurotic TV producer Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and her Saturday Night Live-esque late night variety show. Also starring Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowsi and Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock was adored by viewers and critics alike for its successful seven-year run.

—Additional material by Kimberly Dijkstra

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