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The Best 1980s British Sitcoms

Updated January 11, 2021 3.7k votes 713 voters 44.2k views29 items

List RulesVote 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.

Which 1980s British comedy show do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up!
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  • Only Fools and Horses1
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    Only Fools and Horses

    David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack

    Premiered1981

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  • Blackadder2
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    Blackadder

    Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed

    Premiered1983

    Blackadder is the name that encompasses four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along...  more

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  • Red Dwarf3
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    Red Dwarf

    Chris Barrie, Craig Charles

    Premiered1988

    Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television...  more

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  • The Young Ones4
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    The Young Ones

    Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle

    Premiered1982

    The Young Ones is a British sitcom, broadcast in the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1984 in two...  more

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  • Yes Minister5
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    Yes Minister

    Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne

    Premiered1980

    Yes, Minister (BBC2, 1980) is a political satire British sitcom. The Right Honorable James...  more

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  • 'Allo 'Allo!6
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    'Allo 'Allo!

    Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera

    Premiered1982

    'Allo 'Allo! is a BBC television sitcom broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 to 1992, comprising...  more

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  • Open All Hours7
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    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
  • The New Statesman8
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    The New Statesman

    Hugh Laurie, Rik Mayall

    Premiered1987

    The New Statesman is a British sitcom of the late 1980s and early 1990s satirising the...  more
  • It Ain't Half Hot Mum9
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    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

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  • Spitting Image10
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    Spitting Image

    Steve Coogan, Harry Enfield

    Premiered1984

    Spitting Image is a British satirical puppet show, created by Peter Fluck, Roger Law and...  more

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  • Are You Being Served?11
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    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

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  • Terry and June12
    63
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    Terry and June

    Terry Scott, June Whitfield

    Premiered1979

    Terry and June is a BBC television sitcom, which was broadcast on BBC1 from 1979 to 1987. The...  more
  • In Sickness and in Health13
    42
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    In Sickness and in Health

    Eamonn Walker, Warren Mitchell

    Premiered1985

    In Sickness and in Health is a BBC television sitcom which ran between 1985 and 1992. It was a...  more
  • Never the Twain14
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    Never the Twain

    Honor Blackman, Windsor Davies

    Premiered1981

    Never the Twain is a British sitcom that ran for eleven series from 7 September 1981 to 9...  more
  • Last of the Summer Wine15
    2
    2

    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

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  • Ever Decreasing Circles16
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    Ever Decreasing Circles

    Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton

    Premiered1984

    Ever Decreasing Circles is a British situation comedy which ran on BBC1 for four series from...  more
  • Bread17
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    Bread

    J. G. Devlin, Rita Tushingham

    Premiered1986

    Bread is a British television sitcom, written by Carla Lane, produced by the BBC and screened...  more
  • Mind Your Language18
    33
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    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
  • You Rang, M'Lord?19
    51
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    You Rang, M'Lord?

    Su Pollard, Bill Pertwee

    Premiered1988

    You Rang M'Lord? is a BBC television sitcom written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the...  more
  • Brush Strokes20
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    Brush Strokes

    Gary Waldhorn, Greg Ellis

    Premiered1986

    Brush Strokes is a British television sitcom, broadcast on BBC television from 1986 to 1991....  more
  • Hi-de-Hi!21
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    Hi-de-Hi!

    Kenneth Connor, Su Pollard

    Premiered1980

    Hi-de-Hi! is a BBC television sitcom that was shown on BBC1 from 1980 to 1988. It is set in...  more

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  • To the Manor Born22
    1
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    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
  • Desmond's23
    0
    5

    Desmond's

    Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe

    Premiered1989

    Desmond's is a British television situation comedy broadcast by Channel 4 from 1989 to 1994....  more
  • Three Up, Two Down24
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    Three Up, Two Down

    Lysette Anthony, Michael Elphick

    Premiered1985

    Three Up, Two Down is a British sitcom starring Michael Elphick and Angela Thorne that ran...  more
  • Birds of a Feather25
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    Birds of a Feather

    Linda Robson, Matt Willis

    Premiered1989

    Birds of a Feather is a British sitcom originally broadcast on BBC One from 1989 to 1998, then...  more

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