Created by Ben Falcone, ‘God’s Favorite Idiot‘ is a fantasy comedy series that revolves around Clark, a mid-level tech-support employee. After being struck by lightning from an angelic clouds, his life changes. He then becomes able to glow. His glowing abilities are something that his coworkers and girlfriend Amily have seen. They believe that Clark is now related with God. Their ridiculous speculations are confirmed when an angel reveals that Clark is God’s messenger and the chosen one to prevent the upcoming apocalypse in order to save humankind.
The foreboding setting of an apocalypse just lurking around the corner is tackled by the involvement of several religious elements, such as God’s messenger and angels. The comedic narrative, coupled with the uncertainty of Clark’s ability to actually prevent the world from ending, makes for an interesting watch. The series is filled with interesting themes and keeps the viewers engaged. You might also enjoy other comedy shows like the ones we have listed below. You can watch most of these shows like ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’ on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu.
7. Reaper (2007-2009)
Created by the duo of Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, ‘Reaper’ is an adventure comedy series that follows Sam Oliver, who leads quite a regular life. His 21st birthday is marked by a dramatic turn in events. He discovers that his parents sold their souls to the devil long before he was even born. As a bounty hunter, he must collect souls who have fled from Hell and work for the devil. Much like ‘God’s Favorite Idiot,’ there are several religious connotations throughout the series, be it of the angel or the devil.
6. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009).
Created by Bryan Fuller, ‘Pushing Daisies’ is a comedy-drama series that chronicles the magical journey of Ned, a pastry chef who has the ability to bring dead people back to life with just his touch. This ability has its own set of limitations. Chuck’s childhood crush is resurrected and Ned uses his unique ability to solve murder cases with Chuck, Emerson (a private investigator) and Olive (a coworker). The characters of Ned and Clark from ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’ have several similarities between them — they both work regular jobs and get gifted with God-like abilities which they use for the greater good of society. This is the link between the two series.
5. Miracle Workers (2019)
Based on his own novel ‘What in God’s Name’ and short story ‘Revolution,’ Simon Rich created ‘Miracle Workers,’ which is an anthology comedy series, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Set in the offices of Heavens Inc, the narrative of the comedy series follows two low-level angels who attempt to change God’s plans to annihilate the Earth once and for all. They bet their boss they can make two human beings fall in love. It is considered impossible. The theme of the apocalypse and the involvement of angels is what ties ‘Miracle Workers’ with ‘God’s Favorite Idiot.’
4. God Friended me (2018-2020).
‘God Friended Me‘ is a comedy-drama series created by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt that follows the life of Miles Finer — a podcaster and an atheist. One day, God requests him to be a friend on Facebook. His belief system and life are thrown off the rails. After Miles accepts the request, his account begins to suggest Miles friends. These are people in Miles’ home town who need some help. Much like ‘God’s Favorite Idiot,’ ‘God Friended Me’ involves the element of God, who makes the protagonist do some good for the betterment of humankind.
3. Kevin (Probably), Saves the World (2017-2018).
Created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ is a fantasy comedy-drama series that revolves around a directionless and down-on-his-luck man named Kevin. His life is turned upside down when he moves in with Amy, his twin sister and her child. A celestial being named Yvette approaches him with a mission for him: to save the entire world. In both ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ and ‘God’s Favorite Idiot,’ one of the main themes is that of a mere mortal being tasked with the responsibility of saving the world from the perils that the future holds.
2. The Good Place (2016-2020).
Created by Michael Schur, ‘The Good Things’ is a fantasy comedy series that revolves around the afterlife of Eleanor, a dead saleswoman who used to lead an unethical and corrupt life. After her death, Eleanor is welcomed into a Heaven-like location, the Good Place. She knows well that she doesn’t deserve to be there, but nevertheless, tries to capitalize on the mistake and hide her imperfect and immoral past by attempting to become a better person. Despite the differences in the stories, both comedy shows feature a religious theme.
1. Good Omens (2019-2022)
Based on the eponymous novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, ‘Good Omens‘ is a fantasy comedy series created by Neil Gaiman that involves a demon named Crowley and an angel named Aziraphale. Both longtime friends form an unlikely team in order to stop the coming Armageddon. Although ‘Good Omens’ doesn’t involve a mortal character getting the responsibility of saving the world, there are several other similarities that link it with ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’ such as the theme of angels and devils, and the approaching end of the world.
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