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The Best 1970s British Sitcoms

Updated December 5, 2019 13.1k votes 2.1k voters 126.4k views42 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Fawlty Towers

    John Cleese, Prunella Scales

    Premiered1975

    Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Porridge
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    124

    Porridge

    Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde

    Premiered1974

    Porridge is a British situation comedy broadcast on BBC1 from 1974 to 1977, running for three... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Dad's Army
    414
    155

    Dad's Army

    Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier

    Premiered1968

    Dad's Army is a BBC television sitcom about the British Home Guard during the Second World... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Only Fools and Horses
    252
    53

    Only Fools and Horses

    David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack

    Premiered1981

    Only Fools and Horses is a British television situation comedy created and written by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Are You Being Served?
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    247

    Are You Being Served?

    Mollie Sugden, John Inman

    Premiered1972

    Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    The Good Life
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    160

    The Good Life

    Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal

    Premiered1975

    The Good Life is a British sitcom, produced by BBC television. It ran from 1975 to 1978 and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Open All Hours
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    155

    Open All Hours

    David Jason, Ronnie Barker

    Premiered1973

    Open All Hours is a BBC television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Monty Python's Flying Circus
    335
    163

    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Graham Chapman, John Cleese

    Premiered1969

    Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Steptoe and Son
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    45

    Steptoe and Son

    Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett

    Premiered1962

    Steptoe and Son is a British sitcom written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    To the Manor Born
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    53

    To the Manor Born

    Penelope Keith, Alexander Armstrong

    Premiered1979

    To the Manor Born is a BBC television sitcom that first aired on BBC1 from 1979 to 1981. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
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    151

    Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

    James Bolam, Rodney Bewes

    Premiered1973

    Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? is a British sitcom which was broadcast between 9... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
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    168

    Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

    Michael Crawford, Dick Bentley

    Premiered1973

    Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is a BBC television sitcom, written by Raymond Allen and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    George and Mildred
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    161

    George and Mildred

    Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy

    Premiered1976

    George and Mildred was a British sitcom produced by Thames Television that aired from 1976 to... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    The Two Ronnies
    317
    129

    The Two Ronnies

    Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett

    Premiered1971

    The Two Ronnies is a BBC television comedy sketch show created by Bill Cotton for the BBC,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    On the Buses
    177
    56

    On the Buses

    Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis

    Premiered1969

    On the Buses is a British sitcom created by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney, broadcast in the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Till Death Us Do Part
    235
    145

    Till Death Us Do Part

    Warren Mitchell, Una Stubbs

    Premiered1965

    Till Death Us Do Part is a British television sitcom that aired on BBC1 from 1965 to 1975.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Man About the House
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    148

    Man About the House

    Richard O'Sullivan, Yootha Joyce

    Premiered1973

    Man About the House is a British sitcom starring Richard O'Sullivan, Sally Thomsett, and Paula... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Last of the Summer Wine
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    204

    Last of the Summer Wine

    Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman

    Premiered1973

    Last of the Summer Wine is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke that was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Mind Your Language
    225
    154

    Mind Your Language

    Jamila Massey, Françoise Pascal

    Premiered1977

    Mind Your Language is a British comedy television series which premiered on ITV in late-1977.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
    230
    144

    The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

    Leonard Rossiter, Geoffrey Palmer

    Premiered1976

    The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is a series of novels that developed into a British... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Love Thy Neighbour
    241
    153

    Love Thy Neighbour

    Rudolph Walker, Kate Williams

    Premiered1972

    Love Thy Neighbour is a British sitcom, which was transmitted from 13 April 1972 until 22... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Citizen Smith
    123
    45

    Citizen Smith

    Robert Lindsay, Peter Vaughan

    Premiered1977

    Citizen Smith is a British television sitcom. The show was written by John Sullivan, who later... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Bless This House
    228
    121

    Bless This House

    Sid James, Patsy Rowlands

    Premiered1971

    Bless This House is a British sitcom that aired on ITV from 2 February 1971 to 22 April 1976.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    It Ain't Half Hot Mum
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    127

    It Ain't Half Hot Mum

    Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes

    Premiered1974

    It Ain't Half Hot Mum is a BBC television sitcom, about the adventures of a Royal Artillery... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Goodies
    228
    129

    The Goodies

    Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor

    Premiered1970

    The Goodies is a British television comedy series shown in the 1970s and early 1980s. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button