3 Netflix comedies we won’t miss in 2023 (because they weren’t that funny)

Blockbuster. (L to R) Melissa Fumero as Eliza, Randall Park as Timmy in Blockbuster. Cr. Ricardo Hubbs/Netflix © 2022
Blockbuster. (L to R) Melissa Fumero as Eliza, Randall Park as Timmy in Blockbuster. Cr. Ricardo Hubbs/Netflix © 2022 /
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Netflix has established itself as a major player in the entertainment industry over the years and has gained a reputation for producing hit original comedies that have been well-received by audiences worldwide. A prime example of this is Orange is the New Black, which ran for seven seasons and was widely praised for its diverse cast, complex characters, and sharp humor which helped it take home a variety of awards during its run including four Emmys and five Screen Actors Guild Awards.

In recent years, Netflix has continued to deliver standout comedies, including Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a quirky, offbeat comedy about an optimistic young woman reclaiming her life after breaking free from a doomsday cult, and Dead to Me, a dark comedy about a quirky friendship between two women. The platform has also provided a platform for new and established comedic talents, such as Grace and Frankie, a comedy starring legends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and Big Mouth, a raunchy animated comedy that explores the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

One of the keys to Netflix’s success in the comedy genre is its willingness to take risks and embrace new and innovative storytelling methods. The company has invested heavily in original content, allowing for a diverse range of voices and perspectives to be heard on its platform. This approach has resulted in a robust lineup of original Netflix comedies.

While Netflix has gifted us with some amazing comedies over the years, it’s also had its fair share of equally entertaining comedies that just didn’t quite stick the landing. This list can be a complicated one and will vary by the viewer, but when it comes to recent comedy flops there are definitely a few that stand out more than others. In fact, we’d be lying if we said we’re going to miss any of the comedies on this list today…

Netflix comedies that weren’t funny (and won’t be missed in 2023)

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PRETTY SMART (L to R) EMILY OSMENT as CHELSEA in episode 104 of PRETTY SMART Cr. TYLER GOLDEN/NETFLIX © 2021 /

Pretty Smart

On paper, Pretty Smart seemed to have all the makings to be a breakout hit for Netflix. The series followed a “book-smart young woman who discovers she has a lot to learn about happiness when she’s forced to move in with her bubbly sister and three roommates,” and featured an amazing cast led by the criminally underrated Emily Osment. Sadly, it was definitely not up to the standard we had come to know and expect from Netflix comedies.

Where the show failed most was its overreliance upon attempting to use out-of-date stereotypes to carry its key narratives, ultimately leading to a show that made us cringe more than it ever made us laugh.

It’s a shame the writing missed the mark because we would have loved to see Osment establish herself on Netflix, and she was the one good thing the show had to offer. But hey, we’ll keep holding out hope that a new, funnier comedy vehicle might come Osment’s way someday that will bring her back into the Netflix orbit.

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Blockbuster. (L to R) Melissa Fumero as Eliza, Randall Park as Timmy in Blockbuster. Cr. Ricardo Hubbs/Netflix © 2022 /

Blockbuster

Like Pretty Smart, it looked like Netflix had found a potential hit when it first announced its workplace comedy Blockbuster. 

As the title hints, the series was set at — you guessed it — Blockbuster, following a hardworking manager and his fight to “keep his video store open and staff happy amid competition and complicated feelings.” Add Randall Park and Melissa Fumero to the mix and Netflix should have had a breakout hit. Sadly, that couldn’t be further from reality.

While the show attempts to use the nostalgia of the once iconic video store chain to deliver a charming workplace comedy, it fails miserably at its attempt. The jokes are about a cheap as the video rentals we all raced out to back in the day and the show’s cancellation was of no surprise to audiences

Rotten Tomatoes sums it up best, “Be kind, rewind, and chuck it into the return bin.”

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Photo: SPACE FORCE – Season 1 – Courtesy of Aaron Epstein/Netflix /

Space Force

“A four-star general begrudgingly teams up with an eccentric scientist to get the U.S. military’s newest agency — Space Force — ready for lift-off,” that is the promise of what Netflix hoped to deliver in this comedy featuring a truly incredible cast led by Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow, Ben Schwartz, Jimmy O. Yang, John Malkovich, Tawny Newsome, and Fred Willard.

The series had a lot of promise, but then we watched the first season and it was quickly made clear the show wasn’t going to fulfill the promises it lured us in with. After a panned first season, the show was to undergo massive changes in hopes of improving upon its shortcomings and performing a soft reboot. Sadly, Netlfix didn’t seem to learn from the mistake so it’s past with season 2 being even more unwatchable than the first.

Season 2 saw the show losing its sense of direction even further, again wasting its incredible cast.  Space Force is a show we’ve been trying to forget ever since we watched and one we definitely won’t be missing.

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