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List Rules 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 English comedies 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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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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2,476 825
Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Blackadder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray

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2,121 1,150
Keeping Up Appearances is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Keeping Up Appearances Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes, Clive Swift

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1,946 1,028
Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Are You Being Served? Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton

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1,823 760
Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Monty Python's Flying Circus Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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2,027 569
Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Only Fools and Horses David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber

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1,756 798
Father Ted is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Father Ted Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Morgan, Pauline McLynn

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1,651 708
The Vicar of Dibley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Vicar of Dibley Dawn French, Liz Smith, Emma Chambers

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1,878 840
The IT Crowd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The IT Crowd Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson

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1,397 813
Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Red Dwarf Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

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1,766 541
Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
VanessaHawelu added Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

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1,427 902
Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

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1,263 935
The Office is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Office Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

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1,273 607
'Allo 'Allo! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
'Allo 'Allo! Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle

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1,048 620
The Young Ones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Young Ones Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle, Ade Edmondson

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1,206 730
Black Books is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Black Books Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig

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1,053 518
As Time Goes By is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
alanviets added As Time Goes By Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Moira Brooker

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1,175 663
The Inbetweeners is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Inbetweeners Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Greg Davies, Blake Harrison

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950 482
Dad's Army is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Dad's Army Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn

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997 449
One Foot in the Grave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
One Foot in the Grave Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Angus Deayton

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934 481
Open All Hours is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Open All Hours David Jason, Ronnie Barker, Stephanie Cole

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1,084 632
Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Yes Minister Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds

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998 724
Peep Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Peep Show David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King

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847 435
Porridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Porridge Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay

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858 532
The Thin Blue Line is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Thin Blue Line Rowan Atkinson, Mark Addy, James Dreyfus

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856 741
Coupling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Coupling Gina Bellman, Jack Davenport, Sarah Alexander

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756 558
Jeeves and Wooster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Jeeves and Wooster Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws

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638 653
I'm Alan Partridge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
I'm Alan Partridge Steve Coogan, Phil Cornwell, Simon Greenall

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711 540
Men Behaving Badly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Men Behaving Badly Rob Schneider, Dina Spybey-Waters, Ron Eldard

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759 422
Blackadder's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Blackadder's Christmas Carol Rowan Atkinson, Rony Robinson, Stephen Fry

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713 491
Bottom is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Bottom Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Steven O'Donnell

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650 382
Steptoe and Son is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Steptoe and Son Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton

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654 561
My Family is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
My Family Robert Lindsay, Zoƫ Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson

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644 488
A Bit of Fry and Laurie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
A Bit of Fry and Laurie Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton

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676 505
To the Manor Born is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
To the Manor Born Penelope Keith, Alexander Armstrong, Angela Thorne

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630 553
Spaced is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
PeteBoyle added Spaced Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin

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768 558
On the Buses is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
On the Buses Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis, Cicely Courtneidge

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612 483
The Royle Family is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Royle Family Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne

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775 423
The Benny Hill Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Erik the Redd added The Benny Hill Show Benny Hill, Nicholas Parsons, Patricia Hayes

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567 344
Waiting for God is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
MelissaFennell added Waiting for God Stephanie Cole, Graham Crowden, Janine Duvitski

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677 485
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em Michael Crawford, Dick Bentley, Michele Dotrice

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717 443
The Good Life is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
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809 519
Little Britain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
VanessaHawelu added Little Britain Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker

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598 521
Gavin & Stacey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Gavin & Stacey Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, Alison Steadman

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765 639
Mrs. Brown's Boys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Mrs. Brown's Boys Brendan O'Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Dermot O'Neill

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803 603
Miranda is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Miranda Miranda Hart, Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis

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397 487
The Mighty Boosh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Booksflavia added The Mighty Boosh Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding

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561 553
Extras is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Extras Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant

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637 361
Last of the Summer Wine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
BobEqualityGreen added Last of the Summer Wine Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman, Kathy Staff

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451 451
Outnumbered is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Outnumbered Samantha Bond, Hugh Dennis, Anna Skellern