There are many shows about smart people that end up having ridiculously stupid humor (looking at you, Big Bang Theory!). But there are also many shows that seem stupid (at surface level) but actually have very high-brow humor. But then there’s the cream of the crop! There’s the smart shows with smart humor, but also a lot of stupid jokes. This article is about them.
Here are 10 smart shows with stupid humor!
Letterkenny is a show about Canadian hicks (think “rednecks” but in Canada). The show is very fast-paced. There’s a joke practically every 10 seconds. There’s jokes that build over several episodes, and then the punchline gets delivered in the season finale. There’s jokes that build over several seasons. But make no mistakes, there is also an incredible number of silly jokes about drinking, sex, farts, and awful puns.
Just like Letterkenny, BoJack Horseman is a show that combines high-brow humor with very stupid gags. Most of the characters in the show are animals, and the first two seasons of the show really go down the hole of making stupid puns about animals. Paparazzi birds constantly get distracted by bread. Dogs love peanut butter. Horses love sugar. Very business-oriented cats have scratchers in their office. This show is brilliant.
The Good Place
Here’s a show that takes a very simple concept (people make it into hell, but it’s presented to them as heaven), but the show runners really take the concept and run with it. There are season-length metaphors about the difference between good and bad. There are deep discussions about philosophy. But there is also an incredible amount of stupid jokes (like the fact that they can’t swear, so all the swear words come out as “ash” and “bull shirt” and “fork”).
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the pinnacle of “Smart shows about stupid people”, and honestly that’s all I have to say about this show. All the jokes are incredibly dumb, but the show is greater than the sum of its part, and the writers actually tackle some serious issues with their episode scripts.