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The Best British Comedy Shows, Ranked

Updated April 28, 2021 41.3k votes 3.7k voters 98.6k views160 items

List RulesVote up your favorite funny British shows and BBC comedies.

British comedies might be some of the funniest shows on either side of the pond. The humor is just different than American comedies, and there's something refreshing about it that makes them extra fun to watch. If you’ve been looking for the best British comedies that are funny even across the cultural gap, this list of the best British comedy series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue and what older shows you might need to hunt down and watch immediately.

Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, many newer British comedies are available to watch even in The States. Both the more recent Derry Girls and Catastrophe are comedies of British origin that are ready to stream and considered some of the best British sitcoms of the past decade. Other series, such as Peep Show, are Channel 4 classics worth hunting down. And, of course, there are the British comedy series, such as The Office and Shameless, that have been remade for American audiences.

Which British shows bring the laughs? Vote up the best British comedies, then vote down the comedies from England that don't even garner even a dry chuckle.

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    Fawlty Towers

    Andrew Sachs, John Cleese
    Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979....  more

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    Only Fools and Horses

    Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber
    Only Fools and Horses is a British television situation comedy created and written by John...  more

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    #44 of 51 The Greatest TV Shows About Brothers#27 of 52 The Best TV Shows Set In London

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    Blackadder

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

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    #30 of 33 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh#42 of 94 The Best Period Piece TV Shows

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    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Graham Chapman, Eric Idle
    Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David...  more

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    #12 of 240 The Best BBC One Shows#9 of 48 Really Stupid Shows That Are Actually For Smart People

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    The Inbetweeners

    Emily Head, Greg Davies
    The Inbetweeners is a British sitcom that originally aired on E4 from 2008 to 2010. Created...  more

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    #2 of 23 The Best E4 Shows#106 of 145 The Best High School TV Shows

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    Father Ted

    Conor Evans, Charles Simon
    Father Ted is a sitcom that was produced by independent production company Hat Trick...  more

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    Mr. Bean

    Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll
    Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger...  more

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    Porridge

    Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde
    Porridge is a British situation comedy broadcast on BBC1 from 1974 to 1977, running for three...  more

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    #2 of 39 The Best British Sitcoms Of The '70s#22 of 31 The Greatest TV Shows About Prison

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    The IT Crowd

    Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd
    The IT Crowd (Channel 4, 2006) is a British sitcom created by Graham Linehan. In the basement...  more

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    Red Dwarf

    Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules
    Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television...  more

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    #223 of 293 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#234 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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    The Office

    Ricky Gervais, Mackenzie Crook
    The Office (BBC Two, 2001) is a British television mockumentary sitcom created, written, and...  more

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    Peep Show

    Matt King, Robert Webb
    Peep Show is a British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The television...  more

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    Keeping Up Appearances

    Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes
    Keeping Up Appearances is a BBC television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the...  more

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    #123 of 301 The Best Female-Led TV Shows#251 of 466 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    Are You Being Served?

    Alfie Bass, Frank Thornton
    Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft,...  more

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    #26 of 46 Great Comedy Shows About the Workplace and Co-Workers#17 of 29 The Best 1970s Spin-Off TV Shows

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    The Vicar of Dibley

    Roger Lloyd-Pack, James Fleet
    The Vicar of Dibley is a BBC television situation comedy created by Richard Curtis and written...  more
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    Dad's Army

    Arthur Lowe, Ian Lavender
    Dad's Army is a BBC television sitcom about the British Home Guard during the Second World...  more

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    Yes Minister

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

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    #21 of 39 The Best Political Drama TV Shows#52 of 81 The Best Satire TV Shows

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    Absolutely Fabulous

    Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha
    Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by Jennifer...  more

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    The Young Ones

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

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    #2 of 18 Underrated British Comedies To Watch When You're Tired Of Watching 'The Office' Again#109 of 119 The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale

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    The Two Ronnies

    Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett
    The Two Ronnies is a BBC television comedy sketch show created by Bill Cotton for the BBC,...  more

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    #277 of 298 The Best Duos of All Time#29 of 137 The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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    'Allo 'Allo!

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

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    #121 of 124 TV Shows with the Hottest Casts#15 of 67 The Greatest Period TV Shows Set in the '40s

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    Black Books

    Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey
    Black Books is a British sitcom created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan that was broadcast...  more

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    Open All Hours

    Lynda Baron, Stephanie Cole
    Open All Hours is a BBC television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It...  more

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    #7 of 29 The Best British Sitcoms Of The '80s#4 of 19 The Best TV Shows Set In A Shop

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    Yes, Prime Minister

    Paul Eddington, Derek Fowlds
    Yes Minister is a political satire British sitcom written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn....  more
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    One Foot in the Grave

    Doreen Mantle, Owen Brenman
    One Foot in the Grave is a British BBC television sitcom series written by David Renwick. The...  more

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