Goofy TV Shows to Watch with Tweens and Teens

Tweens and teens are known for being picky about what they watch, especially with their parents. But this list of hilarious shows might provide inspiration for your next family favorite. From comfort comedies you can watch over and over, like Frasier or Parks and Recreation, to cringe-worthy classics, like The Office or Nathan for You, there's a range of humor here. There are also great picks with a hint of social commentary (Key & Peele or Portlandia) or a heap of absurdism (Monty Python's Flying Circus or Tim and Eric) and shows that reward viewers with jokes so subtle you might have missed them the first time around (30 Rock or Arrested Development). Note that some of these shows are edgier than others in terms of language, sex jokes, gross stuff, and more, so as always, know your kid and read our reviews to make sure each pick is right for your family. For more things to watch with older kids, try our list of Best Sitcoms for Tweens and Teens or Goofy Comedy Movies to Watch with Tweens and Teens. For some more satire-oriented content from across the board, check out our list of Best Satire Sites and Shows for Teens.

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Gravity Falls

age 8+

Clever sibling story has some spooky stuff for kids.

Network: Disney Channel (2012)
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Adventure Time

age 10+

Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.

Network: Cartoon Network (2010)
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Steven Universe

age 10+

Quirky cartoon values family, fun, and finding your purpose.

Network: Cartoon Network (2013)
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show

age 11+

Ellen brings humor and positive messages to daytime.

Network: NBC, Syndicated (2003)
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The Good Place

age 12+

Incredibly original afterlife sitcom has charm, diversity.

Network: NBC (2016)
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

age 12+

Successor to cult fave is just as funny as the original.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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The Simpsons

age 12+

Clever, fast-paced cartoon with edgy humor.

Network: Fox (1989)
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Bob's Burgers

age 13+

Satirical, sometimes naughty humor on animated comedy.

Network: Fox (2011)
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Detectorists

age 13+

There's hidden gold in this low-stakes British comedy.

Network: BBC (2014)
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Fawlty Towers

age 13+

Vintage British comedy shows its age but still entertains.

Network: BBC America (1975)
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Frasier

age 13+

Intelligent, mature farce is a classic.

Network: NBC, Syndicated (1993)
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King of the Hill

age 13+

Wickedly funny at times, but not for all tastes.

Network: Fox, FX, Syndicated (1997)
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Parks and Recreation

age 13+

Local government spoof for mature viewers is goofy at heart.

Network: NBC (2009)
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Portlandia

age 13+

Quirky comedy about hipsters is mild but meant for adults.

Network: IFC (2011)
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A.P. Bio

age 14+

Mature humor, iffy role models in school-set comedy.

Network: NBC (2018)
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

age 14+

Lighthearted cop comedy serves up laughs and diversity.

Network: Fox (2013)
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Community

age 14+

College comedy's wit trumps some stereotyping.

Network: NBC (2009)
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Documentary Now!

age 14+

Drugs, cursing, mock violence on hilarious spoof series.

Network: IFC (2015)
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In Living Color

age 14+

Razor-sharp '90s humor has too much bite for kids.

Network: BET, Syndicated (1990)
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The IT Crowd

age 14+

Geeks rule in silly British sitcom about corporate culture.

Network: IFC (2006)
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