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The Best British Comedy Series Ever

Updated November 19, 2020 28.8k votes 2.7k voters 69.4k views150 items

List RulesVote 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 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 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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  • 1
    Only Fools and Horses
    506
    156

    Only Fools and Horses

    David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack

    Premiered1981

    Only Fools and Horses is a British television situation comedy created and written by John... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Fawlty Towers
    786
    285

    Fawlty Towers

    John Cleese, Prunella Scales

    Premiered1975

    Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979.... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Blackadder
    596
    224

    Blackadder

    Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed

    Premiered1983

    Blackadder is the name that encompasses four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Father Ted
    481
    187

    Father Ted

    Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Morgan

    Premiered1995

    Father Ted is a sitcom that was produced by independent production company Hat Trick... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Monty Python's Flying Circus
    578
    248

    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Graham Chapman, John Cleese

    Premiered1969

    Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Mr. Bean
    238
    72

    Mr. Bean

    Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll

    Premiered1990

    Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Inbetweeners
    540
    242

    The Inbetweeners

    Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Greg Davies

    Premiered2008

    The Inbetweeners is a British sitcom that originally aired on E4 from 2008 to 2010. Created... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Office
    544
    253

    The Office

    Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2001

    The Office (BBC Two, 2001) is a British television mockumentary sitcom created, written, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Peep Show
    457
    205

    Peep Show

    David Mitchell, Robert Webb

    Premiered2003

    Peep Show is a British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The television... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The IT Crowd
    635
    312

    The IT Crowd

    Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade

    Premiered2006

    The IT Crowd (Channel 4, 2006) is a British sitcom created by Graham Linehan. In the basement... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Red Dwarf
    389
    172

    Red Dwarf

    Chris Barrie, Craig Charles

    Premiered1988

    Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Yes Minister
    177
    54

    Yes Minister

    Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne

    Premiered1980

    Yes, Minister (BBC2, 1980) is a political satire British sitcom. The Right Honorable James... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Porridge
    138
    31

    Porridge

    Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde

    Premiered1974

    Porridge is a British situation comedy broadcast on BBC1 from 1974 to 1977, running for three... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Vicar of Dibley
    417
    201

    The Vicar of Dibley

    Dawn French, Liz Smith

    Premiered1994

    The Vicar of Dibley is a BBC television situation comedy created by Richard Curtis and written... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Dad's Army
    138
    32

    Dad's Army

    Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier

    Premiered1968

    Dad's Army is a BBC television sitcom about the British Home Guard during the Second World... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Black Books
    385
    186

    Black Books

    Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey

    Premiered2000

    Black Books is a British sitcom created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan that was broadcast... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Keeping Up Appearances
    490
    254

    Keeping Up Appearances

    Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes

    Premiered1990

    Keeping Up Appearances is a BBC television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Are You Being Served?
    444
    228

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Young Ones
    248
    106

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Two Ronnies
    120
    25

    The Two Ronnies

    Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett

    Premiered1971

    The Two Ronnies is a BBC television comedy sketch show created by Bill Cotton for the BBC,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    'Allo 'Allo!
    335
    162

    'Allo 'Allo!

    Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera

    Premiered1982

    'Allo 'Allo! is a BBC television sitcom broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 to 1992, comprising... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Open All Hours
    120
    30

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Absolutely Fabulous
    378
    206

    Absolutely Fabulous

    Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley

    Premiered1992

    Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by Jennifer... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Derry Girls
    340
    195

    Derry Girls

    Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan

    Premiered2018

    Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Erin (Saoirse-Monica... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Yes, Prime Minister
    92
    21

    Yes, Prime Minister

    Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne

    Premiered1986

    Yes Minister is a political satire British sitcom written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.... more on Wikipedia