The 10 Best Shows You Can Watch In Under 30 Minutes Right Now


Television shows that hover around the 30-minute mark are incredibly easy to binge-watch. Half-hour shows are quick and plot points are easy to remember, making it simple to zip through entire seasons in just one afternoon.

The most appealing part about half-hour shows? There are a ton of series worth revisiting or getting into. From classic sitcoms like Friends to groundbreaking family dramas like Transparent, shows that rarely exceed the 30-minute mark are varied and pack a lot in each episode. Some, like the short-lived but essential Party Down, ended after one or two seasons, meaning you can watch an entire show in a day. Others run for years, like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, giving fans something to look forward to for months on end.

We rounded up the very best 10 shows you can watch in 30 minutes below.


The FXX animated spy comedy follows secret agent Sterling Archer, and his host of co-workers who tend to blur the lines on appropriate workplace behavior.

Where to watch: Stream the first seven seasons on Netflix. Season 8 wrapped up in May.


Created by and starring 30 Rock writer and Community star Donald Glover, Atlanta is a critically acclaimed comedy-drama series that follows Earn (Glover) an aspiring manager trying to help his rapper cousin reach stardom. Glover wanted to give people “Twin Peaks with rappers” and the result is a hilarious and moving show.

Where to watch: Stream season 1 Hulu. Season 2 of Atlanta is expected to premiere in 2018.

BoJack Horseman

Interested in the story of a washed-up, depressed actor who can’t maintain any relationships? Enter fan favorite BoJack, a horse who reached peak fame with a Full House-style show Horsin’ Around in the ’90s and hasn’t been able to quite find happiness since.

Where to watch: Stream the first four seasons on Netflix.

Broad City

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s refreshing Broad City follows the zany leading ladies as they stumble their way through life in New York City. Despite the self-sabotage, the best friends always manage keep each other grounded.

Where to watch: Stream the first three seasons on Hulu. Season 4 is currently airing on Comedy Central.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Starring Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg along with an ensemble that includes Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz and Terry Crews, the comedy Brooklyn Nine-Ninechronicles the working lives of a group of detectives in a fictional Brooklyn police precinct.

Where to watch: Stream the first four seasons on Hulu. The fifth season is currently airing on Fox.


Catastrophe upends the typical rom-com structure. Stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney play an Irish teacher and an American ad exec who must reunite after their short fling results in a pregnancy. Follow along for an honest, darkly funny look at a modern relationship.

Where to watch: Stream the first three seasons on Amazon Video. The show has been renewed for a fourth season, expected to premiere in 2018.

Chewing Gum

Spun out of the experiences of writer and star Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum takes viewers to estate life in London, where Coel’s Tracey does everything she can to lose her virginity. Bawdy and laugh-out-loud funny, Chewing Gum is a light watch, with only two seasons so far.

Where to watch: Stream seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix.


Dan Harmon’s Community follows a study group of students with very different intentions at Colorado’s fictional Glendale Community College. The show has given way to several whimsical, high-concept episodes a pretty rad secret handshake and this very relatable GIF. Plus, you can catch Donald Glover before his Atlanta days.

Where to watch: Stream all six seasons on Hulu.


Sarah Jessica Parker stars with Thomas Haden Church in Divorce, another Sharon Horgan-created comedy, which revels in the painfully funny moments that happen after the parents decide they’re calling it quits. This is no Carrie Bradshaw in the suburbs. Expect things to get delightfully dark.

Where to watch: Stream season 1 on HBO Now or HBO GO. Season 2 comes to HBO in January 2018.

Documentary Now!

Documentary and comedy fans can rejoice in Documentary Now!, which delivers thorough parodies of classic documentaries, making excellent use of the talents of Saturday Night Live alumni Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. Notable episodes include riffs on Grey Gardens and Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Where to watch: Stream seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix.

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