Best Workplace TV Shows: With the lockdown extended, people will have to continue working from home until further notice. This means you won’t be able to meet your colleagues any time soon. While you can use apps like Zoom or Skype to communicate with them, nothing can compensate for the chai and lunch breaks you used to take with your colleagues.
Since you cannot do any of that right now, watch these TV shows on Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video and remember all the fun memories you’ve shared with your colleagues.
Best Workplace TV Shows
There are an array of popular workplace TV shows that celebrate the strange dynamics of spending eight hours a day with total strangers. Some might be relatable to the work you do, while others might just make you appreciate having a “normal” job.
1. The Office
The Office is an American mockumentary sitcom television series that depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. It presents a hilarious documentary-style look at the humorous, and sometimes poignant, foolishness that plagues the 9-to-5 world. The show established itself as a genuine hit, earning prestigious television honors.
2. Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation is a hilarious ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun. Since its premiere in 2009, the critically-acclaimed series has been included on dozens of television critics’ Top 10 lists.
Scrubs is an American medical comedy-drama television series that follows the lives of employees at the fictional Sacred Heart Hospital in California. The series was noted for its fast-paced slapstick and surreal vignettes presented mostly as the daydreams of the central character, John “J.D.” Dorian, as he makes his way through the overwhelming world of medicine, with the help of his best friend, his fellow rookie doctors and the arrogant, but brilliant attending physician he views as his mentor.
4. Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is an American comedy television series that follows the struggle of Richard Hendricks, a Silicon Valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper. The show is a relevant, often hilarious take on contemporary technology and the geeks who create it. It benefits from co-creator Mike Judge’s real-life experience as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.
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5. The IT Crowd
Set in the offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries, The IT Crowd is a British sitcom that revolves around the three staff members of its IT department: coding genius Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade), work-shy Roy Trenneman (Chris O’Dowd), and Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson), the department head/relationship manager who knows nothing about IT.
6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police procedural comedy television series that revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn’s fictional 99th Precinct, who often comes into conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). Led by the surprisingly effective pairing of Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a charming, intelligently written take on the cop show format.
Workaholics follows Blake, Adam and Ders, three friends who work together as telemarketers from 9 to 5, live together from 5 to 9 and party together 24/7. Whether they’re at their house in Rancho Cucamonga or getting ready to rage at a Renaissance Faire, the guys find trouble wherever they go.
8. Halt and Catch Fire
Set in the 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. A refreshingly well-acted period drama, Halt and Catch Fire convincingly portrays the not-too-distant past.
Billions is a complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series. Despite a lack of likable characters, Billions’ soapy melodrama and larger-than-life canvas offer plenty of repeat viewing potential.
A quirky family of employees at supersized megastore Cloud 9 tackle the day-to-day grind together. Stalwart employee Amy is trying to hold it all together despite the best efforts of her clueless manager Glenn and his iron-fisted assistant Dina. Rounding out the crew is idealist Jonah, sardonic Garrett, ambitious Mateo and sweet Cheyenne. From bright-eyed newbies and seen-it-all veterans to bumbling seasonal hires and in-it-for-life managers, they’re all working to get through another day.
11. Mad Men
Mad Men is a drama about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm’s most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper. Oozing evocative early 1960s ambiance, Mad Men is a sly, subversive look at the American workplace that radiates class, wit, and an undercurrent of disaffection.
12. 30 Rock
Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), head writer of the sketch comedy show “TGS with Tracy Jordan”, must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful television show without losing her mind. Brandishing its trademark silliness with vigor, 30 Rock hits the ground running and cements its reputation as one of the smartest, funniest comedies on television.
ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist and medical doctor Michael Crichton. The show follows the inner life of the emergency room (ER) of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and various critical issues faced by the room’s physicians and staff. Frenetic pacing, interwoven plot lines, and emotional rollercoasting is used to attempt to accurately depict the stressful environment found in an ER.
In Suits, one of Manhattan’s top corporate lawyers (Gabriel Macht) sets out to recruit a new hotshot associate and hires the only guy that impresses him, a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout (Patrick J. Adams). Though he isn’t actually a lawyer, this legal prodigy has the book smarts of a Harvard law grad and the street smarts of a hustler. However, in order to serve justice and save their jobs, both these unconventional thinkers must continue the charade. Though it’s occasionally overly wordy, Suits stimulates with drama derived from the strength of its well-developed characters’ relationships.
15. Grey’s Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy is an American medical drama television series that focuses on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending doctors as they develop into seasoned doctors while balancing personal and professional relationships. The surgical interns and their supervisors embark on a medical journey where they become part of heart-wrenching stories and make life-changing decisions in order to become the finest doctors.
No matter why you watch, if you find workplace shows entertaining, you’ll want to be sure to add these 15 shows to your binge-streaming queue. Is your favorite workplace show missing? Tell us in the comments.
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