The Best British Sitcoms Of The '70s

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Vote up your favorite UK comedy shows that aired between 1970 and 1979.

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 comedies.

What British 1970s TV comedies will you find on this 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 list of the top 1970s British comedies include old British sitcoms Last of the Summer Wine, Man About the House and The Good Life.

Do you have favorite British comedy TV shows from the '70s? Take a look at this list and vote your favorites up to the top.

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  • Fawlty Towers
    John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Connie Booth
    1,154 votes
    • Premiered: September 19, 1975

    A brilliantly crafted farce, Fawlty Towers stars the incomparable John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the perpetually flustered and hapless hotel manager. With only twelve episodes in its two-series run, this sitcom is a masterclass in comedic timing and features strong performances from all cast members, including Prunella Scales as Sybil Fawlty and Andrew Sachs as the bumbling waiter Manuel. Today, it remains a timeless classic and one of the most beloved British comedies.

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  • Steptoe and Son

    Steptoe and Son

    Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett
    377 votes
    • Premiered: January 5, 1962

    This gritty comedy-drama centres on father-and-son rag-and-bone men Albert (Wilfrid Brambell) and Harold Steptoe (Harry H. Corbett), whose bitter relationship drives the show's dark humour. The cleverly written dynamic between the characters often results in hilarious misunderstandings, allowing both actors to shine with emotional depth. By challenging traditional sitcom tropes, Steptoe and Son paved the way for future British comedies.

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  • Dad's Army
    Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn
    727 votes
    • Premiered: July 31, 1968

    Spanning nine series and earning numerous accolades, Dad's Army is a gem amongst British sitcoms that follows Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier), and their motley crew of Home Guard soldiers during World War II. Combining slapstick comedy with witty dialogue, this enduring show captures both national pride and government incompetence at their finest. It continues to captivate audiences with its perfect blend of nostalgia and good-natured humour.

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  • Porridge
    Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay
    717 votes
    • Premiered: September 5, 1974

    Set within the confines of HM Slade Prison, Porridge is led by Ronnie Barker's iconic portrayal of inmate Norman Stanley Fletcher. This BAFTA-winning series balances humour with heartwarming moments while addressing prison life's harsh realities. With unforgettable supporting characters like Lennie Godber (Richard Beckinsale) adding to its authenticity, Porridge remains a poignant yet entertaining snapshot of 1970s Britain.

  • Are You Being Served?
    Trevor Bannister, John Inman, Wendy Richard
    1,020 votes
    • Premiered: September 8, 1972

    An ensemble sitcom set in a department store, Are You Being Served? features an unforgettable cast of eccentric characters led by the charmingly snobbish Mrs Slocombe (Mollie Sugden) and her colourful wigs. From innuendos to hilarious customer interactions, this long-running series showcases British humour at its finest. Its enduring popularity has even led to a recent revival and several stage adaptations.

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  • The Good Life
    Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith
    651 votes
    • Premiered: April 4, 1975

    This socially relevant sitcom follows Tom (Richard Briers) and Barbara Good (Felicity Kendal), a suburban couple who decide to live self-sufficiently. Exploring themes of environmentalism and counter-culture, The Good Life is both entertaining and thought-provoking, thanks in part to the excellent chemistry between its leads. It remains popular today for its blend of comedy, warmth, and social commentary.