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The Best 1990s British Sitcoms 

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Updated October 17, 2019 2.8k votes 465 voters 22.2k views 36 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite UK comedy shows that aired in the '90s

These are the best 1990s British sitcoms, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 1990s British sitcoms were a truly diverse crowd. Some top 90s British comedy shows were full of slapstick comedy, while others contained a smarter variety of humor. A few of the funniest 1990s British sitcoms were even adapted into American TV shows later on.

What programs will you find on this best 1990s British sitcoms list? Without a doubt, one of the best 90s British comedy shows has to be I'm Alan Partridge, which premiered in 1997. Steve Coogan's portrayal of the title character helped to earn the show two BAFTA Awards during its run. Father Ted is another good show that aired on British television in the 1990s.

For some female-driven comedy, it doesn't get much better than the hilarious series Absolutely Fabulous, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. Other good shows that appear on this top 1990s British sitcoms list include Men Behaving Badly, Keeping Up Appearances and The Royle Family.

So which 90s British comedy show is your favorite? Give the best series a thumbs up and share some of your favorite episodes in the comments section.

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Father Ted is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Morgan, Pauline McLynn

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: Channel 4

Father Ted is a sitcom that was produced by independent production company Hat Trick Productions for British broadcaster Channel 4. Written jointly by Irish writers Arthur Mathews and Graham ...more

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Keeping Up Appearances ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes, Clive Swift

Premiered: 1990

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

Keeping Up Appearances is a BBC television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC, centred on the life of eccentric social climber Hyacinth Bucket, who insists that her surname is ...more

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One Foot in the Grave is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Angus Deayton

Premiered: 1990

Network: BBC One

One Foot in the Grave is a British BBC television sitcom series written by David Renwick. The show ran for six series, plus seven Christmas specials and two Comic Relief sketches, over an ...more

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Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: Comedy Central, BBC America, BBC One, Logo, Oxygen

Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by Jennifer Saunders, based on an original idea by her and Dawn French, and written by Saunders, who plays the ...more

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The Vicar of Dibley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Dawn French, Liz Smith, Emma Chambers

Premiered: 1994

Network: BBC One

The Vicar of Dibley is a BBC television situation comedy created by Richard Curtis and written for actress, Dawn French, by Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, with contributions from Kit ...more

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Men Behaving Badly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Rob Schneider, Dina Spybey-Waters, Ron Eldard

Premiered: 1992

Number of Episodes: 42

Network: BBC One

Men Behaving Badly is a British sitcom that was created and written by Simon Nye. It follows the lives of Gary Strang and his flatmates, Dermot Povey and Tony Smart. It was first broadcast on ...more

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The Royle Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne

Premiered: 1998

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

The Royle Family is a British television sitcom produced by Granada Productions for the BBC, which ran for three series between 1998 and 2000, and specials from 2006 to 2012. It centres on the ...more

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'Allo 'Allo! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 85

Network: BBC One

'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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I'm Alan Partridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Steve Coogan, Phil Cornwell, Simon Greenall

Premiered: 1997

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

I'm Alan Partridge is a BBC situation comedy starring Steve Coogan, of which two series of six episodes each were produced — the first in 1997 and the second in 2002. The series followed the ...more

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Bottom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Steven O'Donnell

Premiered: 1991

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, Gold, Dave

Bottom is a British sitcom television series that originally aired on BBC2 between 1991 and 1995. It was written by and starred comic duo Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall as Eddie and Richie, two ...more

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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, Dave

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 Brittas Empire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Chris Barrie, Harriet Thorpe, Michael Burns

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 53

Network: BBC One

The Brittas Empire was a British sitcom created and originally written by Andrew Norriss and Richard Fegen. Chris Barrie played Gordon Brittas, the well-meaning but incompetent manager of ...more
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As Time Goes By is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Moira Brooker

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: BBC One

As Time Goes By is a British romantic sitcom that aired on BBC One from 1992 to 2002, with reunion specials in 2005. Starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, it follows the relationship between ...more

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Last of the Summer Wine ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman, Kathy Staff

Premiered: 1973

Number of Seasons: 30

Number of Episodes: 295

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD

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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Goodnight Sweetheart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Michelle Holmes, Nicholas Lyndhurst, David Ryall

Premiered: 1993

Number of Episodes: 58

Network: BBC One

Goodnight Sweetheart is a British sitcom that ran for six series on BBC1 from 1993 to 1999. It stars Nicholas Lyndhurst as Gary Sparrow, an accidental time traveller who leads a double life ...more
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Desmond's is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe, Ram John Holder

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: Channel 4

Desmond's is a British television situation comedy broadcast by Channel 4 from 1989 to 1994. With 71 episodes, Desmond's became Channel 4's longest-running sitcom. The first series was shot in ...more
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Game On is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Samantha Zoe Womack, Ben Chaplin, Crispin Bonham-Carter

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Game On, also titled Game On! and Game-On was a British sitcom which ran for three series, and aired on BBC2 from 1995 to 1998. The central characters are three childhood friends from Herne Bay ...more
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Waiting for God is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Stephanie Cole, Graham Crowden, Janine Duvitski

Premiered: 1990

Number of Episodes: 47

Network: BBC One

Waiting for God is a British sitcom that ran on BBC1 from 1990 to 1994 starring Graham Crowden as Tom and Stephanie Cole as Diana, two spirited residents of a retirement home who spend their ...more
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Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton

Premiered: 1972

Number of Episodes: 69

Network: BBC One

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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To the Manor Born is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
To the Manor Born Penelope Keith, Alexander Armstrong, Angela Thorne

Premiered: 1979

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

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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Spaced is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin

Premiered: 1999

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: Channel 4

Spaced is a British television sitcom written by and starring Jessica Stevenson and Simon Pegg, and directed by Edgar Wright. Two series of seven episodes each were broadcast in 1999 and 2001 on ...more

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Drop the Dead Donkey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Drop the Dead Donkey Sarah Alexander, Sara Stewart, Susannah Doyle

Premiered: 1990

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Channel 4

Drop the Dead Donkey is a situation comedy that first aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom between 1990 and 1998. It is set in the offices of "GlobeLink News", a fictional TV news ...more

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Bread is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Bread J. G. Devlin, Rita Tushingham, Gilly Coman

Premiered: 1986

Number of Episodes: 74

Network: BBC One

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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Gimme Gimme Gimme is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Beth Goddard

Premiered: 1999

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

Gimme Gimme Gimme is a BBC television situation comedy by Tiger Aspect Productions that was first aired in three series from 1999 to 2001. It was written by Jonathan Harvey, who developed the ...more
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The League of Gentlemen ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s British Sitcoms
Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 19

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

The League of Gentlemen is a quartet of British dark comedy writer–performers, formed in 1995 by Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. The television programme for ...more

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