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The Best 1980s British Sitcoms 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite UK comedy shows that aired in the '80s

These are the best 1980s British sitcoms, ranked from best to worst by user votes.  From some top 80s British comedy shows that were full of silly slapstick comedy,  to others that contained politically incorrect humor. A few of the funniest 1980s British sitcoms were even adapted into American TV shows later on after becoming cult classics.

What programs will you find on this best 1980s British sitcoms list? Blackadder's all-star cast, including Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry and Rik Mayall, helped it to become a huge hit upon its 1983 premiere. Taking place in different eras with each series allowed this funny 80s British comedy TV show to generate timeless laughs. The Young Ones is another good show that aired on British television in the 1980s.

After premiering in 1981, Only Fools and Horses went on to become a very successful sitcom throughout its nine season run. Other good programs that are featured on this top 1980s British sitcoms list include 'Allo 'Allo, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Bread.

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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber

Premiered: 1981

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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Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray

Premiered: 1983

Blackadder is the name that encompasses four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along with several one-off instalments. All television episodes starred Rowan Atkinson as the anti-hero ...more

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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

Premiered: 1988

Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1993 and from 1997 to 1999, and on Dave ...more

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The Young Ones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle, Ade Edmondson

Premiered: 1982

The Young Ones is a British sitcom, broadcast in the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1984 in two six-part series. Shown on BBC2, it featured anarchic, offbeat humour which helped bring alternative ...more

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'Allo 'Allo! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle

Premiered: 1982

'Allo 'Allo! is a BBC television sitcom broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 to 1992, comprising eighty-five episodes. A repeat is aired in the 'Afternoon Classics' on BBC2 since 27 March 2015. The story ...more

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Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds

Premiered: 1980

Yes, Minister (BBC2, 1980) is a political satire British sitcom. The Right Honorable James Hacker (Paul Eddington) has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration ...more

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Open All Hours is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
David Jason, Ronnie Barker, Stephanie Cole

Premiered: 1973

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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Spitting Image is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Chris Trend added Steve Coogan, Harry Enfield, John Sessions

Premiered: 1984

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Terry and June is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Terry Scott, June Whitfield, Reginald Marsh

Premiered: 1979

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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Brush Strokes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Gary Waldhorn, Greg Ellis, Christopher Ellison

Premiered: 1986

Brush Strokes is a British television sitcom, broadcast on BBC television from 1986 to 1991. Written by Esmonde and Larbey and set in South London, it depicted the amorous adventures of a ...more

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Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton

Premiered: 1972

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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It Ain't Half Hot Mum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes, Michael Bates

Premiered: 1974

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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Hi-de-Hi! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Kenneth Connor, Su Pollard, Paul Shane

Premiered: 1980

Hi-de-Hi! is a BBC television sitcom that was shown on BBC1 from 1980 to 1988. It is set in Maplins, a fictional holiday camp, during 1959 and the early 1960s. It was written by Jimmy Perry and ...more

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The New Statesman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Hugh Laurie, Rik Mayall, Paul O'Grady

Premiered: 1987

The New Statesman is a British sitcom of the late 1980s and early 1990s satirising the Conservative government of the time. It was written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran at the request of, ...more

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Bread is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Bread J. G. Devlin, Rita Tushingham, Gilly Coman

Premiered: 1986

Bread is a British television sitcom, written by Carla Lane, produced by the BBC and screened on BBC1 from 1 May 1986 to 3 November 1991. The series focused on the devoutly-Catholic and extended ...more

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Ever Decreasing Circles ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton, Peter Egan

Premiered: 1984

Ever Decreasing Circles is a British situation comedy which ran on BBC1 for four series from 1984 to 1989. It was written by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, and it reunited them with Richard ...more

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In Sickness and in Healt... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Eamonn Walker, Warren Mitchell, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 1985

In Sickness and in Health is a BBC television sitcom which ran between 1985 and 1992. It was a sequel to the highly successful Till Death Us Do Part, which ran between 1966 and 1975, and Till ...more
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You Rang, M'Lord? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Su Pollard, Bill Pertwee, Paul Shane

Premiered: 1988

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Birds of a Feather is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Linda Robson, Matt Willis, Pauline Quirke

Premiered: 1989

Birds of a Feather is a British sitcom originally broadcast on BBC One from 1989 to 1998, then revived on ITV in 2014. Starring Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, and Lesley Joseph, it was created by ...more

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Three Up, Two Down is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Lysette Anthony, Michael Elphick, Angela Thorne

Premiered: 1985

Three Up, Two Down is a British sitcom starring Michael Elphick and Angela Thorne that ran from 1985 to 1989. It was written by Richard Ommanney.
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Never the Twain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Honor Blackman, Windsor Davies, Donald Sinden

Premiered: 1981

Never the Twain is a British sitcom that ran for eleven series from 7 September 1981 to 9 October 1991. It was created by Johnnie Mortimer, and was the only sitcom he ever created without his ...more
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Mind Your Language is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Mind Your Language Jamila Massey, Fran├žoise Pascal, Dino Shafeek

Premiered: 1977

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Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
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Premiered: 1981

Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of ...more
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Bottle Boys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Bottle Boys Robin Askwith, Patrick Newell, Oscar James

Premiered: 1984

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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Take a Letter, Mr. Jones... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
John Inman, Miriam Margolyes, Rula Lenska

Premiered: 1981

Take a Letter, Mr. Jones was a short-lived British sitcom from Southern Television starring John Inman and Rula Lenska which aired in 1981.