Sitcoms 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.

Do you have a favorite 70s British comedy TV show? Take a look at this list and vote your favorites up to the top by giving them a thumbs up.
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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
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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Porridge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay
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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Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton
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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280 117
Dad's Army is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn
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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279 111
The Good Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith
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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249 112
Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
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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Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale
Rising Damp is a British sitcom produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV. ITV originally broadcast the programme from 1974 until 1978. It was adapted for television by Eric Chappell from his ...more
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Open All Hours is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
David Jason, Ronnie Barker, Stephanie Cole
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 Two Ronnies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett
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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183 107
Man About the House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Richard O'Sullivan, Yootha Joyce, Sally Thomsett
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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George and Mildred is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley
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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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
wmh72 added David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber
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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178 101
Whatever Happened to the Likel... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth
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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Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Michael Crawford, Dick Bentley, Michele Dotrice
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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226 141
Last of the Summer Wine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman, Kathy Staff
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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162 107
Till Death Us Do Part is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Warren Mitchell, Una Stubbs, Antony Booth
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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Bless This House
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Steptoe and Son is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton
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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150 109
The Fall and Rise of Reginald ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Leonard Rossiter, Geoffrey Palmer, Sue Nicholls
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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Bless This House is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Sid James, Patsy Rowlands, Sally Geeson
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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157 107
Love Thy Neighbour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Rudolph Walker, Kate Williams, Nina Baden-Semper
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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To the Manor Born is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Penelope Keith, Alexander Armstrong, Angela Thorne
To the Manor Born is a BBC television sitcom that first aired on BBC1 from 1979 to 1981. A special edition appeared in 2007. Starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, the first 20 episodes and ...more
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Mind Your Language is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Jamila Massey, Françoise Pascal, Dino Shafeek
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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On the Buses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis, Cicely Courtneidge
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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It Ain't Half Hot Mum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes, Michael Bates
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