Travis Skaalgard
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Obviously capitalism touches everything, but there is still a lot of good comedy you can enjoy. I don’t remember much bad stuff in:

  • Futurama
  • King of the Hill (with the exception of like, two episodes)
  • Office Space
  • Bob’s Burgers

Oh, and if you like video games, Brütal Legend is like, hilarious and literally about unionizing workers against their masters in a fantasy heavy-metal-album-cover setting.

@BlackLotus
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Great recs. Inline with these is Rick and Morty. Sometimes some toxic takes, but overall decent.

Travis Skaalgard
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I also really like Rick and Morty but I figured this wasn’t a popular opinion among leftists, so I left it out, lol.

@14specks
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The show is pretty solid, the fan base is pretty toxic though (or was when it first got popular)

Dan Harmon is known not to be the biggest fan of the show’s fans himself. The biggest mark against the show is Justin Roiland not backing unionized writers (iirc), but having a dipshit cocreator doesnt disqualify a show imo

@Wild
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And to be clear, I absolutely agree that capitalism touches everything but I’m just looking for something to watch without it getting on my nerves :)

Travis Skaalgard
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I get it, definitely! I just remember these shows and movies not bothering me too much. I’ll probably have more recs as I think about it over the day.

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Thanks for the recs!

@BlackLotus
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Bo Burnham’s special called “Inside” is pretty good. Not perfect and a bit defeatist depending on how you interpret it.

@14specks
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I mean there are definitely parts that could be considered “propaganda”, although I’m being pedantic about it since I know what OP really means by that.

Great special nonetheless lol

@zksmk
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The title of the thread is a bit confusing, but I can recommend The Good Place, Community ( first three seasons) and Futurama (most of it) as quality shows.

@BrownNote
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Can you please elaborate, or at least give an example of a “propaganda filled” show/movie?

Bob’s Burgers is one show I must recommend.

@Wild
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Basically something a leftist can easily enjoy

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I think a better way to phrase the question would be more like “What are some comedy shows/movies that have neutral or Left themes?” (I think you can edit post titles if you think my advice is any good ;) )

Anyway a couple recommendations I’d have are:

  • Malcolm in the Middle: A great show about boys coming of age, if you grew up male with a lot of male cousins/brothers you’ll definitely relate to a lot of the humor. If you’ve seen Breaking Bad, it might be a bit jarring to see Bryan Cranston is a comedic role at first, but the contrast between Hal and Walter White is why he’s considered a great actor these days.

  • Atlanta: Incredibly funny show by Donald Glover about a Soundcloud rapper coming up in fame and fortune on the back of a one-hit wonder. It has a lot of (decent) racial commentary and satire built in, but not everything is centered on that either.

  • Community: Has a lot of self-referential and meta-humor that builds up over the seasons. Not very political. Seasons 1-3 are considered great TV, but others are very hit and miss (you can read about the history of the show to find out why).

  • Bojack Horseman: Based on a lot of “dark humor” and themes about depression and mental/emotional health. Depends on your personal mental state, but I really enjoyed watching it while I was fairly depressed myself. May not be the healthiest viewing for everybody though.

  • Sound of Your Heart: NOT the “reboot” (both are on Netflix). Korean sketch comedy series. Since it’s from another culture I think they can get away with certain things that are really funny, but would be considered “slapsticky” or “cheap” in an American or British show where I’d have higher expectations. Distant enough from anglo-american culture that politics shouldn’t be an issue.

Travis Skaalgard
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Malcolm in the Middle is great, especially given that it has a very, VERY working-class setting (though more appropriate to the late 90s and early 2000s than today).

Community is also great, pretty neutral, as is Bojack Horseman, though I can have a hard time sympathizing with rich assholes.

@14specks
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Ya the sad horse show isn’t for everyone. The thing that keeps it decent at least is that there’s not really any redemption for Bojack at any point so it’s not like he’s ever the “good guy”

Travis Skaalgard
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I disagree, I think it does a good job of painting him as a complicated, multi-faceted human being by the end and not just “an asshole,” though he is an asshole. Especially when he gets his shit together toward the end, and then ends up going to prison.

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+1 for Atlanta. I was in awe of the Freddy Perkins episode.

@adrianmalacoda
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Always Sunny in Philadelphia is good as long as you keep in mind that the protagonists are the bad guys.

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