There was a time when Thursday nights on NBC were the main source of well-written comedy on TV, and another when Sunday nights on Fox fought for that distinction. But now, the crown belongs to Wednesday night – it’s a jester clown in this case, but still – and it doesn’t just happen on one network anymore.

Here are the five best comedies you’ll be wise to fill your Wednesday nights with for the next few months, to at least try to keep yourself laughing until the weekend. Since Modern Family’s run on ABC has been an anchor/foundation for the midweek comedy boom, it serves as a multi-headed inspiration and won’t be seen in this list. Incidentally, we’re also hoping that ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, the ultra-rare Asian-American sitcom created by chef Eddie Huang, adds even more laughs when it debuts on February 4. But for now, Wednesday nights have never had it better.

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The Goldbergs
Created by Adam F. Goldberg, ABC’s The Goldbergs is to the 1980s as The Wonder Years was to the 1960s, but with a far more comedic bent that employs the talents of Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, George Segal and the three standout child actors. Timeless with its home videos and savvy pop culture use – that New Kids on the Block episode, right? –The Goldbergs is comedically accessible for the whole family and looks like it still has years to go before its creative highs get lost in the wood paneling.

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