COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE
Total runtime: Dealer’s choice
Watch on: Netflix
Jerry Seinfeld has made 10 seasons of this web series, which originally aired on Crackle before recently moving to Netflix, where the stand-alone episodes have been reorganized from seasons into “categories” like “Light & Sweet” and “Late Night Espresso” -- so you can build your own binge adventure. The premise is simple: Seinfeld picks up the funnyman (or woman) of the week in a rare automobile and drives them to a destination where they proceed to wax philosophical about comedy, life, etc. Just as Alec Baldwin makes a surprisingly poignant celebrity interviewer in his WNYC radio show, here Seinfeld gets his subjects to open up in a way that only someone who shares the same rarified air can. These aren’t hard-hitting questions, but there’s a certain pleasure in seeing the veteran comedian reflect on his Seinfeld days with Larry David, or pal around with Obama at the White House. Every season (sorry, “category”) has great episodes, but if you need a place to start, replicate the Season 6 lineup, which delivers nostalgia with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, poignancy with Trevor Noah, and straight-up hilarity with Stephen Colbert.