Comedy has become a diverse designation on TV in recent years, and this year’s Emmy nominees for comedy series range from laugh-out-loud funny to pensive and rueful. Here’s how to stream the 2021 Emmy nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series.
ABC’s long-running sitcom is set to end with its upcoming next season, giving it eight years of depicting the ups and downs of the multi-generational Johnson family. In that time, Black-ish has become a landmark for telling Black stories on TV, launching two spin-offs and making creator Kenya Barris into one of the most in-demand producers in Hollywood.
Seasons 1-7 of Black-ish are streaming on Hulu ($5.99+ per month).
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This belated sequel series to the Karate Kid movies has become an unlikely pop-culture sensation, gaining an even larger audience with its move to Netflix for its third season. Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, and many more reprise their Karate Kid roles in a series that finds former teen rivals Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) all grown up and still competing with each other for martial arts glory.
Seasons 1-3 of Cobra Kai are streaming on Netflix ($8.99+ per month).
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Lily Collins plays the title character of Emily in Paris, starring as an American marketing executive who moves to Paris to run social media for a French fashion company. She embarks on the unlikely opportunity as a chance to start over. Emily doesn’t speak French or understand French culture, and she learns to embrace her new home while bringing a bit of an American perspective to her new job.
Season 1 of Emily in Paris is streaming on Netflix ($8.99+ per month).
There’s plenty of darkness along with the comedy in this mystery series about a hard-partying flight attendant (played by Kaley Cuoco) who wakes up one morning to discover a murdered man next to her in her hotel bed. Cuoco’s Cassie has to clear her name and get her life together while dealing with her oddball co-workers (who have secrets of their own) and maybe falling in love with her vision of the victim based on their brief time together.
Season 1 of The Flight Attendant is streaming on HBO Max ($9.99+ per month).
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Jean Smart stars as veteran stand-up comedian Deborah Vance, whose longtime Las Vegas show is in danger of closing. To refresh her act, she reluctantly brings in a young comedy writer played by Hannah Einbinder. Hacks explores the relationship between these two very different people as they warily build a creative collaboration and a friendship while dealing with the challenges faced by women in comedy.
Season 1 of Hacks is streaming on HBO Max ($9.99+ per month).
Co-star Alan Arkin departed before the final season of this showbiz comedy, leaving Michael Douglas as the sole main character. Douglas plays Sandy Kominsky, a onetime successful Hollywood actor who now makes a living as an acting coach. The Kominsky Method takes on aging and obsolescence with a warm sense of humor and wry performances from Douglas and supporting actors, including Paul Reiser and Kathleen Turner.
Seasons 1-3 of The Kominsky Method are streaming on Netflix ($8.99+ per month).
Stars and co-creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle continue to mine the extreme awkwardness of adolescence in this teen comedy. The adult Erskine and Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves alongside a cast of actual teens and tweens, heightening the discomfort in the coming-of-age comedy. The insecure best friends navigate the pitfalls of growing up, including peer pressure, crushes, and hormonal changes.
Seasons 1-2 of Pen15 are streaming on Hulu ($5.99+ per month).
A burst of sunny optimism in dark times, Ted Lasso stars Jason Sudeikis as the title character, an upbeat college football coach from the American Midwest who unexpectedly finds himself coaching a professional soccer team in the U.K. He gradually wins over the skeptical players and fans, becoming an important part of their lives as he adjusts to his own major life changes.
Season 1 of Ted Lasso is streaming on Apple TV+ ($4.99 per month after a seven-day free trial).