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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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Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Porridge is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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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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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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Open All Hours is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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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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George and Mildred is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Last of the Summer Wine is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Man About the House is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Till Death Us Do Part is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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 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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Whatever Happened to the Likel... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Fall and Rise of Reginald ... is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 19 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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Love Thy Neighbour is listed (or ranked) 20 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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It Ain't Half Hot Mum is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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Mind Your Language is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Only When I Laugh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
JohnHancock added 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) 24 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
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) 25 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added 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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On the Buses is listed (or ranked) 26 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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To the Manor Born is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Steptoe and Son is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Citizen Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Robert Lindsay, Peter Vaughan, Janine Duvitski Citizen Smith is a British television sitcom. The show was written by John Sullivan, who later wrote Only Fools and Horses. The pilot was transmitted on 12 April 1977 in the Comedy Special ...more

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Doctor in the House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added 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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The Liver Birds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
NickKing added 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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Get Some In! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
jaysuscenko1471 added Tony Selby, David Janson, Gerard Ryder Get Some In! is a British sitcom about life in Royal Air Force National Service broadcast between 1975 and 1978 by Thames Television. Scripts were by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, the team behind ...more

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Terry and June is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Terry Scott, June Whitfield, Reginald Marsh Terry and June is a BBC television sitcom, which was broadcast on BBC1 from 1979 to 1987. The programme is largely a reworking of Happy Ever After, and stars Terry Scott and June Whitfield as a ...more

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Father, Dear Father is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Father, Dear Father Joyce Carey, Patrick Holt, Dawn Addams Father, Dear Father is a British television sitcom produced by Thames Television for ITV from 1968 to 1973 starring Patrick Cargill. It was subsequently made into a spin-off film of the same ...more

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Doctor at Large is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
wmh72 added Richard O'Sullivan, Ernest Clark, George Layton Doctor at Large is a British television comedy series based on a set of books by Richard Gordon about the misadventures of a group of newly qualified doctors. The series follows directly from ...more

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Not On Your Nellie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Not On Your Nellie Wendy Richard, Jack Douglas, Sue Nicholls Not On Your Nellie is a British sitcom that ran from 1974-75. It starred veteran actress Hylda Baker as Nellie Pickersgill, a Bolton woman who moves to London to help run her ailing father's ...more

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The Rag Trade (1977) is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
The Rag Trade (1977) Gillian Taylforth, Diane Langton, Miriam Karlin The Rag Trade is the 1977 revival of the British comedy series of the same name that first aired in 1961.

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The Cuckoo Waltz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
The Cuckoo Waltz Lewis Collins, Diane Keen, David Roper The Cuckoo Waltz was a British television sitcom made by Granada Television for the ITV network between 1975 and 1977 and in 1980, written by Geoffrey Lancashire, produced and directed by Bill ...more

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All Gas and Gaiters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Derek Nimmo, Ernest Clark, John Barron All Gas and Gaiters is a British television ecclesiastical sitcom which aired on BBC1 from 1966 to 1971. It was written by Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps, a husband-and-wife team who used the ...more

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Bottle Boys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
wmh72 added Bottle Boys Robin Askwith, Patrick Newell, Oscar James Bottle Boys is a British sitcom which ran for two series on ITV in 1984 and 1985. Starring Robin Askwith as football-mad milkman Dave Deacon, the series mined comedy of the broadest sort from ...more

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Happy Ever After is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
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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Please Sir! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 1970s British Sitcoms
Carol Hawkins, Deryck Guyler, Richard Warwick Please Sir! is a London Weekend Television situation comedy, created by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey and featuring actors John Alderton, Deryck Guyler, Joan Sanderson, Noel Howlett, Erik Chitty ...more