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The Best 1970s British Sitcoms 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite UK comedy shows that aired in the '70s.

These are the best 1970s British sitcoms, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some top 70s British comedy shows are full of silly slapstick comedy, while others veered more towards politically incorrect humor. A few of the funniest 1970s British sitcoms were even adapted into American TV shows.

What programs will you find on this best 1970s British sitcoms list? Fawlty Towers was a favorite comedy show among critics and fans. John Cleese starred as Basil Fawlty throughout the series run from 1975 – 1979. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? is another good show that aired on British television in the 1970s.

Serving time in prison never seemed funnier than when it was portrayed on the BBC1 comedy show Porridge. Other good series that appear on this top 1970s British sitcoms list include Last of the Summer Wine, Man About the House and The Good Life.

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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

Premiered: 1975

Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made. The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of ...more
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Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton

Premiered: 1972

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC. The series follows the ...more
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Porridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay

Premiered: 1974

Porridge is a British situation comedy broadcast on BBC1 from 1974 to 1977, running for three series, two Christmas specials and a feature film also titled Porridge. Written by Dick Clement and ...more
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Dad's Army is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn

Premiered: 1968

Dad's Army is a BBC television sitcom about the British Home Guard during the Second World War. It was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on BBC television from 1968 to 1977. ...more
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Open All Hours is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
David Jason, Ronnie Barker, Stephanie Cole

Premiered: 1973

Open All Hours is a BBC television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme ...more
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The Good Life is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith

Premiered: 1975

The Good Life is a British sitcom, produced by BBC television. It ran from 1975 to 1978 and was written by Bob Larbey and John Esmonde. Opening with the midlife crisis faced by Tom Good, a ...more
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Monty Python's Flying Ci... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Premiered: 1969

Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more
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Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em Michael Crawford, Dick Bentley, Michele Dotrice

Premiered: 1973

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is a BBC television sitcom, written by Raymond Allen and starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice. It was first broadcast in 1973 and ran for three series, ending ...more
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George and Mildred is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
George and Mildred Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley

Premiered: 1976

George and Mildred was a British sitcom produced by Thames Television that aired from 1976 to 1979. It was a spin-off from Man About the House and starred Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce as an ...more
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Last of the Summer Wine ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman, Kathy Staff

Premiered: 1973

Last of the Summer Wine is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke that was originally broadcast on the BBC. Last of the Summer Wine premiered as an episode of Comedy Playhouse on 4 ...more
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Whatever Happened to the... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth

Premiered: 1973

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? is a British sitcom which was broadcast between 9 January 1973 and 9 April 1974 on BBC1. It was the colour sequel to the mid-1960s hit The Likely Lads. It ...more
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Man About the House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Richard O'Sullivan, Yootha Joyce, Sally Thomsett

Premiered: 1973

Man About the House is a British sitcom starring Richard O'Sullivan, Sally Thomsett, and Paula Wilcox with Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy, that was broadcast for six series on ITV from 15 August ...more
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Till Death Us Do Part is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Warren Mitchell, Una Stubbs, Antony Booth

Premiered: 1965

Till Death Us Do Part is a British television sitcom that aired on BBC1 from 1965 to 1975. First airing as a Comedy Playhouse pilot, the show aired in seven series until 1975. Six years later, ...more
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The Two Ronnies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett

Premiered: 1971

The Two Ronnies is a BBC television comedy sketch show created by Bill Cotton for the BBC, which aired on BBC1 from 1971 to 1987. It featured the double act of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, ...more
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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
wmh72 added David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber

Premiered: 1981

Only Fools and Horses is a British television situation comedy created and written by John Sullivan. Seven series were originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom from 1981 to 1991, ...more
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Mind Your Language is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Mind Your Language Jamila Massey, Françoise Pascal, Dino Shafeek

Premiered: 1977

Mind Your Language is a British comedy television series which premiered on ITV in late-1977. Produced by London Weekend Television and directed by Stuart Allen, the show is set in an adult ...more
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The Fall and Rise of Reg... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Leonard Rossiter, Geoffrey Palmer, Sue Nicholls

Premiered: 1976

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is a series of novels that developed into a British sitcom starring Leonard Rossiter in the title role. Both the books and television series were written by ...more
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Love Thy Neighbour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Rudolph Walker, Kate Williams, Nina Baden-Semper

Premiered: 1972

Love Thy Neighbour is a British sitcom, which was transmitted from 13 April 1972 until 22 January 1976, spanning eight series. The sitcom was produced by Thames Television for the ITV network. ...more
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Steptoe and Son is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Steptoe and Son Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton

Premiered: 1962

Steptoe and Son is a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about a father-and-son rag-and-bone business. They live on Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherd's Bush, ...more
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It Ain't Half Hot Mum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes, Michael Bates

Premiered: 1974

It Ain't Half Hot Mum is a BBC television sitcom, about the adventures of a Royal Artillery Concert Party, broadcast on the BBC between 1974 and 1981, and written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. ...more
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Bless This House is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Sid James, Patsy Rowlands, Sally Geeson

Premiered: 1971

Bless This House is a British sitcom that aired on ITV from 2 February 1971 to 22 April 1976. Starring Sid James and Diana Coupland, it was created by Vince Powell and Harry Driver, but mainly ...more
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The Goodies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden

Premiered: 1970

The Goodies is a British television comedy series shown in the 1970s and early 1980s. The series, which combines surreal sketches and situation comedy, was broadcast by BBC 2 from 1970 until ...more
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Up Pompeii! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Frankie Howerd, Elizabeth Larner, Kerry Gardner

Premiered: 1969

Up Pompeii! is a British television comedy series broadcast between 1969 and 1970, starring Frankie Howerd. The first series was written by Talbot Rothwell, a scriptwriter for the Carry On ...more
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On the Buses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis, Cicely Courtneidge

Premiered: 1969

On the Buses is a British sitcom created by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney, broadcast in the United Kingdom from 1969 to 1973. It spawned three feature spin off films and a stage version based ...more
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Only When I Laugh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
JohnHancock added Richard Wilson, James Bolam, Peter Bowles

Premiered: 1979

Only When I Laugh was a British television sitcom made by Yorkshire Television for ITV. It aired between 29 October 1979 and 16 December 1982 and was set in the ward of an NHS hospital. The ...more