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The Best Channel 4 TV Shows

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List of popular Channel 4 shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled Channel 4 TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best Channel 4 TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on Channel 4, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

List shows include Happy Days, Saved by the Bell and more.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Channel 4 on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite Channel 4 TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Channel 4 television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Channel 4 network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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  • 1

    The Inbetweeners

    Simon Bird, James Buckley

    PremieredDecember 7, 2009


    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 McKenzie...  more

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  • 2

    Peep Show

    David Mitchell, Robert Webb

    PremieredSeptember 19, 2003


    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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  • 3

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    PremieredDecember 4, 2011

    GenresScience fiction, Drama, Anthology

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern...  more

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  • 4

    The IT Crowd

    Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd

    PremieredFebruary 3, 2006

    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    The IT Crowd (Channel 4, 2006) is a British sitcom created by Graham Linehan. In the basement office of a corporation, the three staff members of its IT (Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, and Katherine...  more

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  • 5


    Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Alexandra Roach

    PremieredJanuary 15, 2013

    GenresDrama, Mystery, Science fiction

    Utopia is a British thriller-drama action television series that debuted on Channel 4 on 15 January 2013 and ended on 12 August 2014. The show is written by Dennis Kelly and stars Fiona...  more
  • 6


    Kaya Scodelario, Jack O'Connell

    PremieredFebruary 15, 2007


    Skins (E4, 2007) is a British teen comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain. The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and...  more

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  • 7

    Father Ted

    Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon

    PremieredApril 21, 1995


    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 Linehan...  more

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  • 8

    Fresh Meat

    Kimberley Nixon, Robert Webb


    GenresDrama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Fresh Meat is a British comedy-drama created by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, who also created Peep Show. The first episode, directed by David Kerr, was broadcast on Channel 4 on 21 September 2011,...  more
  • 9

    This Is England '86

    Joe Dempsie, Stephen Graham


    This Is England '86 is a 2010 British drama miniseries written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. A spin-off from the 2006 film This Is England, and set three years later, it focuses on the mod...  more
  • 10


    Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg

    PremieredSeptember 24, 1999


    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
  • 11

    Black Books

    Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey

    PremieredOctober 4, 2003


    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 the...  more

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  • 12

    This Is England '88

    Stephen Graham, Joe Gilgun
    This Is England '88 is a 2011 British drama miniseries written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. A spin-off from the 2006 film This Is England, it is also a sequel to the 2010 television sequel...  more
  • 13

    This Is England '90

    Joe Gilgun, Thomas Turgoose



    This Is England '90 is an upcoming British TV drama miniseries written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne. A spin-off from the 2006 film This Is England, it is also a sequel to the series This Is...  more
  • 14

    Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

    Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry

    PremieredJanuary 29, 2004

    GenresSitcom, Horror Film, Comedy, Science Fiction

    Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (Channel 4, 2004) is a British horror parody television series created by Richard Ayoade and Matthew Holness. This show within a show is a parody of 80's horror television...  more
  • 15


    William Hurt, Will Tudor

    PremieredJune 14, 2015

    GenresDrama, Science fiction

    Humans (AMC, 2015) is a science fiction television series created by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - a...  more

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  • 16

    Top Boy

    Kane Robinson, Ashley Walters

    PremieredOctober 31, 2011

    GenresDrama, Adventure

    Top Boy (Netflix, 2019) is a British television crime drama series created by Ronan Bennett, and a revival of the 2011 series. After fleeing to Jamaica, Dushane (Ashley Walters) makes a business deal...  more
  • 17

    8 Out of 10 Cats

    Rob Beckett, Aisling Bea

    PremieredJune 3, 2005

    GenresGame show, News

    8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game produced by Zeppotron for Channel 4. It was first broadcast on 3 June 2005. The show is hosted by Jimmy Carr and the current team captains...  more
  • 18

    Brass Eye

    Chris Morris, Hugh Dennis


    GenresMockumentary, Satire, Comedy

    Brass Eye is a surreal UK television series parodying the current affairs style news programming of the mid 1990s. A series of six episodes aired on Channel 4 in 1997, and a further episode in...  more

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  • 19

    The Crystal Maze

    Sandra Caron


    GenresGame show, Adventure film

    The Crystal Maze was a British game show, produced by Chatsworth Television and shown on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom between 15 February 1990 and 10 August 1995. There was one series per year,...  more
  • 20

    Green Wing

    Sally Bretton, Oliver Chris


    GenresSitcom, Comedy, Medical fiction

    Green Wing is a British sitcom set in the fictional East Hampton Hospital. It was created by the same team behind the sketch show Smack the Pony, led by Victoria Pile, and stars Tamsin Greig, Stephen...  more

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  • 21

    Grand Designs

    Grand Designs is a British television series produced by Boundless Productions and broadcast on Channel 4 which features unusual and often elaborate architectural homebuilding projects. The programme...  more
  • 22

    Da Ali G Show

    Sacha Baron Cohen

    PremieredFebruary 21, 2003

    GenresComedy, Interview

    Da Ali G Show is the name of two related satirical TV series created by and starring English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and featuring the character Ali G. The first series originally aired on Channel...  more

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  • 23

    Lock, Stock...

    Martin Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


    GenresCrime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action

    Lock, Stock... was a 2000 television series off-shoot from the 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The series was shown on Channel 4 and starred Ralph Brown, Daniel Caltagirone, Del...  more
  • 24

    Black Books

    Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey



    Black Books is a second-hand bookshop in London run by an Irishman named Bernard Black. He is probably the planet's least-suited person to run such an establishment: he makes no effort to sell,...
  • 25


    GenresSketch, Comedy

    Trigger Happy TV (Channel 4, 2000) is a hidden camera/practical joke reality television series. The show consists of host Dom Joly deliberately entering into ludicrous or embarrassing situations in...  more
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