The Best British Sitcoms of All Time TV Programs
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The Best British Sitcoms of All Time

List Criteria: Episodic comedy shows that initially debuted on British television

Funniest British TV shows ever produced, ranked by worldwide comedy fans. British sitcoms - or "Britcoms" as they are sometimes called in the US - are known for their crisp dialogue, biting wit and sardonic look at modern life in the UK. Shows like "The Office" (which inspired the US series), "Are You Being Served" and "Absolutely Fabulous" present traditional settings and scenes, but populated by outlandish, even demented, eccentrics, some of whom have become among the nation's most iconic characters. (Both David Brent of "The Office" and Basil Fawlty of "Fawlty Towers" have been voted near the top of Ranker's "Funniest TV Characters of All Time" list.)

Additionally, though US sitcoms tend to take one of a few reliable formats - a traditional three-camera set-up in front of a studio audience, say, or the "mockumentary" style of shows like "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" - British sitcoms tend towards the more experimental and daring. "Blackadder," for example, sets each new season in a different time period, with relations of the original two characters: Blackadder and Baldrick. "Peep Show" as well tells a rather familiar story about two wacky roommates, but through a unique POV perspective, with the actors performing largely in voice-over.

What are the best British comedy series? Numerous British shows on this list - as from the obvious "The Office" - have inspired American remakes, though the vast majority of these - such as the US versions of "Fawlty Towers" and "Men Behaving Badly" - have not met with similar success across the pond.
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    the people's #1 John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

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    most listed Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson

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    John Inman, Frank Thornton, Mollie Sugden

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    Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes, Clive Swift

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    John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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    Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis

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    Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nigel Hawthorne, Paul Eddington, Derek Fowlds

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Coogan, David Schneider, Amelia Bullmore

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    Gina Bellman, Jack Davenport, Sarah Alexander

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    ranked low on reranks Rowan Atkinson, Mark Addy, James Dreyfus

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks David Jason, Ronnie Barker, Barbara Flynn

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Zoë Wanamaker, Robert Lindsay, Daniela Denby-Ashe

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    ranked low on reranks & added by VanessaHawelu Rowan Atkinson, Rupert Vansittart, Howard Goodall

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    ranked low on reranks Tony Robinson, Robbie Coltrane, Miriam Margolyes

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    Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn

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    added by VanessaHawelu Tom Baker, Anthony Head, David Walliams

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    Richard Wilson, Angus Deayton, Janine Duvitski

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    Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry

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    Justine Bateman, Anna Gunn, Greg Proops

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    David Jason, Ronnie Barker, Christopher Biggins

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    Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, David Walliams

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    added by alanviets Judi Dench, Joan Sims, Geoffrey Palmer

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    Alexander Armstrong, Peter Bowles, Penelope Keith

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    Michael Crawford, Dick Bentley, Patrick McAlinney

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    added by Leslie2 Richard Briers, Paul Eddington, Felicity Kendal British sitcom produced by the BBC that ran from 1975 to 1978. It was written by Bob Larbey ...

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    Miranda Hart, Adrian Scarborough, Sally Phillips

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    Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson, Steven O'Donnell

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    Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry

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    Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen

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    Liz Smith, Sheridan Smith, Caroline Aherne

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    Jennifer Gibney, Gary Hollywood, Sorcha Cusack

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    Reg Varney, Cicely Courtneidge, Bob Grant

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    Rob Brydon, James Corden, Joanna Page

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    Leonard Rossiter, Richard Beckinsale, Frances de la Tour

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    Stephen Merchant, Nick Frost, Sarah Alexander

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kenneth Connor, Paul Shane, Leslie Dwyer

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