We live in a world of TV excess, and Netflix has gotten a little gluttonous about it. The streaming site is bloated with good television — and it's not just that there's a lot of content. It's that the content is too long. Free from the confines of network scheduling, Netflix episodes can run as long as a small movie. 13 Reasons Why season 2 was a full thirteen hours! Bingeing television is wonderful, but the going gets tough when the episodes take as long as a short flight.
Enter: The Comedy Lineup, one of Netflix's newest Originals. The show arranges itself like a comedy club lineup: Each comic gets 15 minutes on stage, and there are only eight comedians. Binge the entire series — which, mind you, will grow later this year — and it will only take you two hours. This is gateway drug comedy, low commitment and easygoing. It's, for lack of a better term, summertime comedy.
Plus, Netflix appears to have struck gold with the format. (Even though the series cost a pretty penny — Paste reported that each comic earned around $26,000 for their efforts.) With just 15 minutes, comics jettison the material they don't need, skipping ahead to the important work. The result is sleek, fun, unapologetic comedy.