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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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Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Blackadder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray 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) 2 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Red Dwarf Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules 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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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Only Fools and Horses 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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Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Yes Minister Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds Yes, Minister is a TV program

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'Allo 'Allo! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
'Allo 'Allo! Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle '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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Spitting Image is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Chris Trend added Spitting Image Steve Coogan, Harry Enfield, John Sessions Spitting Image is a British satirical puppet show, created by Peter Fluck, Roger Law and Martin Lambie-Nairn. The series was produced by 'Spitting Image Productions' for Central Independent ...more

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The Young Ones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
The Young Ones Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle, Ade Edmondson 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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Brush Strokes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Brush Strokes Gary Waldhorn, Greg Ellis, Christopher Ellison 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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Bread is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Bread J. G. Devlin, Rita Tushingham, Gilly Coman 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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It Ain't Half Hot Mum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
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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The New Statesman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
The New Statesman Hugh Laurie, Rik Mayall, Paul O'Grady 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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You Rang, M'Lord? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
You Rang, M'Lord? Su Pollard, Bill Pertwee, Paul Shane You Rang M'Lord? is a BBC television sitcom written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the creators of Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Hi-de-Hi! It was broadcast between 1990 and 1993 on the ...more

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Ever Decreasing Circles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Ever Decreasing Circles Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton, Peter Egan 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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Sorry! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
MichaelD00 added Sorry! Ronnie Corbett, Barbara Lott, William Moore 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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Birds of a Feather is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Birds of a Feather Linda Robson, Matt Willis, Pauline Quirke 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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Terry and June is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Terry and June 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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Victoria Wood As Seen On TV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Victoria Wood As Seen On TV Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Celia Imrie Victoria Wood As Seen On TV was a British comedy sketch series starring comedian Victoria Wood, with Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Susie Blake and Patricia Routledge. The show was ...more

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Three Up, Two Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Three Up, Two Down Lysette Anthony, Michael Elphick, Angela Thorne 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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Girls On Top is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Chris Trend added Girls On Top Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Tracey Ullman Girls on Top is a British ITV sitcom, broadcast in 1985 and 1986, and made by Witzend for the ITV contractor Central Independent Television. It stars Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and ...more

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The Dame Edna Experience is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Chris Trend added The Dame Edna Experience Barry Humphries, Emily Perry, Emily Perry The Dame Edna Experience is a British television comedy talk-show hosted by Dame Edna Everage. It ran for twelve regular episodes on ITV, plus two Christmas specials.

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Happy Families is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Happy Families Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Jennifer Saunders Happy Families is a rural comedy drama written by Ben Elton which was a BBC series first broadcast in 1985. It recounts the tale of the dysfunctional Fuddle family. It stars Jennifer Saunders as ...more

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Dombey and Son is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s British Sitcoms
Dombey and Son Julian Glover, Lysette Anthony Dombey and Son is a television mini-series produced by the BBC in 1983. It was based on the book Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens. It was adapted by James Andrew Hall and directed by Rodney