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The Best British Comedy Series Ever  

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List Rules Vote up the best British comedies that have aired on television.

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. Other series, such as Peep Show, are Channel 4 classics that is worth hunting down. And, of course, there are the British comedy series, such as The Office and Shameless, that have been remade for Amerian audiences.

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

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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs
Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made. The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of ...more
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Keeping Up Appearances is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes, Clive Swift
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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Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more
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Are You Being Served? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton
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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Doc Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice
Doc Martin is a British television medical comedy drama series. Dr Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), a brilliant and successful vascular surgeon at Imperial College London, develops haemophobia ...more
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The IT Crowd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson
The IT Crowd is a British sitcom by Channel 4, written by Graham Linehan, produced by Ash Atalla and starring Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry. The "IT" ...more
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Black Books is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig
Black Books is a British sitcom created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2004. Starring Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig, the series is set in ...more
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The Vicar of Dibley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Dawn French, Liz Smith, Emma Chambers
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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Father Ted is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Morgan, Pauline McLynn
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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Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha
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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'Allo 'Allo! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook
The Office is a mockumentary that was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 9 July 2001. Created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the programme is ...more
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Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
edmoore added 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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The Inbetweeners is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Greg Davies, Blake Harrison
The Inbetweeners is a British sitcom that originally aired on E4 from 2008 to 2010. Created and written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, the show followed the life of suburban teenager Will ...more
15
Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
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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Last of the Summer Wine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman, Kathy Staff
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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Peep Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King
Peep Show is a British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The television programme is written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, with additional material by Mitchell and Webb, amongst ...more
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Fleabag is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford
Fleabag (BBC Three, 2016) is a six-part British comedy series about Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London.
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New Tricks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
James Bolam, Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman
New Tricks is a British procedural comedy-drama that follows the work of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service. Originally led by DSI Sandra ...more
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Miranda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Miranda Hart, Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis
Miranda is a British television sitcom written by and starring comedian Miranda Hart. It originally aired on BBC Two from 9 November 2009 and later on BBC One until 1 January 2015, lasting three ...more
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Derry Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland
Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Features the personal exploits of a 16 year old girl, her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 90s.
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman
The Avengers is a spy-fi British television series created in the 1960s. The Avengers initially focused on Dr. David Keel and his assistant John Steed. Hendry left after the first series and ...more
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Last Tango in Halifax is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker
Last Tango in Halifax is a British romantic drama series that started airing on BBC One on 20 November 2012. The series was written by Sally Wainwright, who was inspired by witnessing the ...more
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Detectorists is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Lucy Benjamin
Detectorists (BBC Four, 2014) is a British single-camera television comedy series created by Mackenzie Crook. The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, Amndy (Crook) and Lance (Toby Jones), ...more
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The Mighty Boosh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best British Comedy Series Ever
Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding
The Mighty Boosh is a British comedy television show created by Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and others. The Mighty Boosh is a comic fantasy containing humour and pop-culture references. ...more