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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
Fawlty Towers 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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Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Are You Being Served? 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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Porridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Porridge 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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Dad's Army is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Dad's Army 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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The Good Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
The Good Life 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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Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Monty Python's Flying Circus 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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Open All Hours is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Open All Hours 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) 8 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added The Two Ronnies 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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Last of the Summer Wine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Last of the Summer Wine 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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George and Mildred is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
George and Mildred 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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Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em 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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Man About the House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Man About the House 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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Rising Damp 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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Till Death Us Do Part is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Till Death Us Do Part 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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Whatever Happened to the Likel... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? 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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The Fall and Rise of Reginald ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin 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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It Ain't Half Hot Mum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added It Ain't Half Hot Mum 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

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Love Thy Neighbour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Love Thy Neighbour 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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Bless This House is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Bless This House 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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Mind Your Language is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Mind Your Language 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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Only When I Laugh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
JohnHancock added Only When I Laugh Richard Wilson, James Bolam, Peter Bowles 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

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Up Pompeii! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Up Pompeii! Frankie Howerd, Elizabeth Larner, Kerry Gardner 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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The Goodies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added The Goodies Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden 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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The Liver Birds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added The Liver Birds Pauline Collins, Mollie Sugden, John Nettles The Liver Birds is a British situation comedy, set in Liverpool, North West England, which aired on BBC1 from April 1969 to January 1979, and again in 1996. It was created by Carla Lane and Myra ...more

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Doctor in the House is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added Doctor in the House Richard O'Sullivan, Martin Shaw, Ernest Clark Doctor in the House is the American collective name for seven separate British and Australian television comedy series inspired by a series of cinema films, which in turn were based on and ...more

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Happy Ever After is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Happy Ever After June Whitfield, Terry Scott, Beryl Cooke Happy Ever After is a British sitcom starring Terry Scott and June Whitfield. It aired from 1974 to 1979 and was written by John T. Chapman, Eric Merriman, Christopher Bond, John Kane and Jon ...more

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You're Only Young Twice (1971) Adrienne Corri, George Woodbridge, Peter Copley