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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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The Inbetweeners is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Greg Davies, Blake Harrison

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

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

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Peep Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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 ...more

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The IT Crowd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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 ...more

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Utopia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
bigcraig added Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, 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

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Father Ted is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Morgan, Pauline McLynn

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Skins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Comedy-drama

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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Black Books is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Fresh Meat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Fresh Meat Kimberley Nixon, Robert Webb, Joe Thomas

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, 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 ...more

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This Is England '86 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Joe Dempsie, Stephen Graham, Joe Gilgun

Premiered: 2010

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
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Spaced is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Humans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
bigcraig added Manpreet Bachu, Emily Berrington, Ruth Bradley

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Sci-Fi

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' - ...more
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This Is England '90 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Joe Gilgun, Thomas Turgoose

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Drama

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
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This Is England '88 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Stephen Graham, Joe Gilgun, Thomas Turgoose
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
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Green Wing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Sally Bretton, Oliver Chris, Olivia Colman

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, 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, ...more

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Da Ali G Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Sacha Baron Cohen, Buzz Aldrin, Arthur Danto

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Satire, Comedy

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 ...more

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8 Out of 10 Cats is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, John Pohlhammer

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Game show, Panel game, Comedy

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 ...more

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Top Boy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Shone Romulus

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

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 ...more
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The Crystal Maze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Sandra Caron

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Game 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 ...more
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Brass Eye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Chris Morris, Hugh Dennis, Alexander Armstrong

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Mockumentary, 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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Grand Designs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Grand Designs

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television, Home improvement

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 ...more
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Back Books is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Black Books Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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, ...more
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Come Dine With Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Game show, Cooking show, Reality television

Come Dine with Me is a popular Channel 4 television programme shown in the United Kingdom, produced by ITV Studios and as of 2013, Shiver Productions and first broadcast in January 2005. The ...more
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PhoneShop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Emma Fryer, Tom Bennett, Andrew Brooke

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Comedy

PhoneShop is a British sitcom that was first broadcast on Channel 4 as a television pilot on 13 November 2009, as part of the channel's Comedy Showcase season of comedy pilots. It was then ...more
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The Ricky Gervais Show ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Channel 4 TV Shows
Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Animated series

The Ricky Gervais Show is a British-American cartoon series produced for and broadcast by HBO and Channel 4. The series is an animated version of the popular British audio podcasts and ...more

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