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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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2,519 850
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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2,163 1,186
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

4
1,980 1,055
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

5
1,856 784
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

6
1,796 811
Father Ted is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Father Ted Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Morgan, Pauline McLynn

7
2,085 577
Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Only Fools and Horses David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber

8
1,690 729
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

9
1,927 852
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

10
1,455 921
Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Absolutely Fabulous Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

11
1,418 831
Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Red Dwarf Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

12
1,798 558
Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
VanessaHawelu added Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler

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1,295 949
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

14
1,296 619
'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

15
1,229 744
Black Books is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Black Books Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig

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1,065 631
The Young Ones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Young Ones Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle, Ade Edmondson

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1,076 527
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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1,022 454
One Foot in the Grave is listed (or ranked) 18 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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1,205 674
The Inbetweeners is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Inbetweeners Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Greg Davies, Blake Harrison

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963 491
Dad's Army is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Dad's Army Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn

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1,022 736
Peep Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Peep Show David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King

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1,099 641
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

23
944 488
Open All Hours is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Open All Hours David Jason, Ronnie Barker, Stephanie Cole

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862 440
Porridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Porridge Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay

25
768 567
Jeeves and Wooster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Jeeves and Wooster Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws

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872 545
The Thin Blue Line is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Thin Blue Line Rowan Atkinson, Mark Addy, James Dreyfus

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866 757
Coupling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Coupling Gina Bellman, Jack Davenport, Sarah Alexander

28
650 662
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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726 549
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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770 430
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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725 499
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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793 433
The Benny Hill Show is listed (or ranked) 32 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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580 353
Waiting for God is listed (or ranked) 33 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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688 516
To the Manor Born is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
To the Manor Born Penelope Keith, Alexander Armstrong, Angela Thorne

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665 390
Steptoe and Son is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Steptoe and Son Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton

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659 497
A Bit of Fry and Laurie is listed (or ranked) 36 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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644 561
Spaced is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
PeteBoyle added Spaced Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin

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662 570
My Family is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
My Family Robert Lindsay, Zoƫ Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson

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778 565
On the Buses is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
On the Buses Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis, Cicely Courtneidge

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733 452
The Good Life is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Leslie2 added The Good Life Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith - British sitcom produced by the BBC that ran from 1975 to 1978. It was written by Bob Larbey and John Esmonde. In 2004, it came 9th in Britain's Best Sitcom. In the United States, it aired on various PBS stations under the title ...

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623 490
The Royle Family is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
The Royle Family Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne

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692 492
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is listed (or ranked) 42 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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826 530
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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612 530
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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779 652
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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819 614
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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406 496
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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576 561
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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646 369
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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462 459
Outnumbered is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best British Sitcoms of All Time
Outnumbered Samantha Bond, Hugh Dennis, Anna Skellern