4 actually hilarious comedy series to watch on Netflix instead of Tires

GIRLS5EVA. (L to R) Paula Pell as Gloria and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Wickie in Episode 306 of GIRLS5EVA. Cr. Alyssa Longchamp/Netflix © 2023
GIRLS5EVA. (L to R) Paula Pell as Gloria and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Wickie in Episode 306 of GIRLS5EVA. Cr. Alyssa Longchamp/Netflix © 2023 /

A few days before the Shane Gillis comedy series Tires made its premiere on Netflix, the streaming service renewed the workplace comedy for a second season. The day after its premiere on May 23, Tires debuted in the No. 1 spot of the daily top 10 in the United States. Obviously, Netflix saw the show becoming a hit coming, but that doesn't mean its sense of humor will be for everyone.

If you decide to give Tires a shot and discover it's not what you're looking for in a comedy series, don't worry. Netflix has plenty more comedy series in its ranks that either have similar workplace sensibilities or just simply have a more universal (and less abrasive) sense of humor. Girls5eva, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Upshaws, and The Mindy Project are the comedies to watch on Netflix right now.

Let's get things started with the underrated darling that deserves the world, at least six seasons, and multiple Emmy nominations and wins, Girls5eva.


GIRLS5EVA. (L to R) Sara Bareilles as Dawn and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Wickie in Episode 301 of GIRLS5EVA. Cr. Emily V. Aragones/Netflix © 2023 /

As long I have the floor, I will always preach the good word on Girls5eva. The perpetually underrated sitcom comes from creator Meredith Scardino and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the team behind 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Telling the hilarious tale of a former '90s girl group looking to make a comeback over 20 years later, Girls5eva moved from Peacock to Netflix for its third season. Unfortunately, it didn't make as big of a splash as Tires, but its praise from critics (97% on Rotten Tomatoes) far outweighs that of Gillis' comedy (45% so far).

Not to sound too biased, but as a fan I guess that I am, Girls5eva is just so smart and has a sneaky emotional gravity. While on the surface it seems like a colorful and silly show full of weird bits and gags, it's also so precise with its joke telling. There are a lot of jokes, but it's never overstuffed. Fey and co. have put in the hours learning the perfect comedy rhythm, and the cast has that rhythm down to a perfect, cosmic science. It's not too late to discover the hilarity and greatness that awaits will all three seasons of Girls5eva on Netflix. (Fingers crossed for season 4!)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Want to stay in the workplace comedy lane but want to shed the sheen of cringe 2000s offensive comedy? Brooklyn Nine-Nine might be one of the downright funniest and delightful modern workplace comedies. Andy Samberg's happy-go-lucky detective Jake Peralta could have veered into Shane (the Tires character) territory with a very dated mentality and penchant for pestering his coworkers to a fault, but he's actually endearing and sticks up for his friends instead of putting them down. Right now, Netflix only has four seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but it's a great place to start!

The Upshaws

The Upshaws. (L to R) Mike Epps as Bennie, Kim Fields as Regina in episode 502 of The Upshaws. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024 /

For a bit of an edge to sitcom, give one of Netflix's most popular (but somehow still underrated) original comedy series a shot. The Upshaws stars Mike Epps, Kim Fields, and Wanda Sykes, and though it's a family sitcom, it has real bite. The show tackles the relatable issues the family goes through without losing a second of its sense of humor, and the characters also really give each other a good roast, again without losing its heart or alienating the audience. Before the sitcom returns for its sixth part, get into all five hilarious parts and get your laughs.

The Mindy Project

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Another workplace comedy, The Mindy Project comes from The Office writer and costar Mindy Kaling, who obviously also stars in the show bearing her name. Tires was heavily influenced by the bolder early seasons of The Office, which makes The Mindy Project a natural progression. Kaling plays the unlucky in love Dr. Lahiri as she continuously searches for her rom-com ending. The character's a bit rough around the edges, self-involved, and says what most wouldn't. She's the true embodiment of an unlikable-on-paper character that's oddly easy to love and root for. While all six seasons are still streaming on Netflix, watch or rewatch the consistently funny show now!