Best 50 English Shows in the Past 20 Years!

Mostly from the 2000's.
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1.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions. (45 mins.)
 
2.
The Office (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives. (30 mins.)
 
3.
Our Friends in the North (1996 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends - Nicky, Geordie, Mary and Tosker... (623 mins.)
 
4.
Little Britain (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain. (29 mins.)
 
5.
MI-5 (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization. (60 mins.)
 
6.
The IT Crowd (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation. (25 mins.)
 
7.
Being Human (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost try to live together and get along. (60 mins.)
 
8.
The Catherine Tate Show (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Skits by Catherine Tate and her comedy troupe. (30 mins.)
 
9.
Shameless (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits... (90 mins.)
Director: David Evans
 
10.
Extras (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment. (30 mins.)
 
11.
Life on Mars (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers. (60 mins.)
 
12.
Spaced (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford. (25 mins.)
 
13.
Bodies (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young registrar, Rob Lake starts work under established gynecologist Roger Hurley whom he finds to be an affable man. All is not as it first appears, however, and Lake soon develops grave misgivings about his boss and his methods. (60 mins.)
 
14.
Smack the Pony (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three female comics perform sketches dealing with a wide variety of topics, from irritating flatmates to workplace issues to people who pretend to be ill to get free things or special treatment. (24 mins.)
 
15.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic. (90 mins.)
 
16.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Based on the popular diary of the anonymous sex worker known only as Belle de Jour. (30 mins.)
 
17.
Clocking Off (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Interconnected dramas about the lives of a group of workers at a Manchester textile factory, with each episode focusing on the home life of a different character. (55 mins.)
 
18.
People Like Us (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
19.
The Street (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Series of one-off dramas, each focusing on a different house within the same street. (60 mins.)
 
20.
Green Wing (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Funky hospital-based sketch-comedy-drama type show. (65 mins.)
 
21.
Ashes to Ashes (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
DCI Gene Hunt swaps the Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro and joins the London Metropolitan Police to deal with the 'Southern Nancy' criminal scum. (60 mins.)
 
22.
Wild West (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Mary Trewednack lives above her post office in the Cornish village of St. Gweep, with her neurotic partner Angela... (30 mins.)
 
23.
Wallander (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A TV program centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop. (90 mins.)
 
24.
The Thick of It (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs, is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants. (29 mins.)
 
25.
Stanton Blues (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(50 mins.)
 
26.
Outnumbered (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A part-improvised comedy about a couple bringing up their three young children. (30 mins.)
 
27.
Cutting It (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Drama about the bitter rivalries, professional and personal, between the workers of the Henshall-Ferraday hair salon in Manchester. (59 mins.)
 
28.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A mix of music, comedy and celebrity chat hosted by fast-witted comic Jonathan Ross. (60 mins.)
 
29.
Big Train (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A British sketch comedy show where people in ordinary situations suddenly find themselves in absurd situations. (30 mins.)
 
30.
Teachers (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Comedy drama that follows the exploits of school staff both inside and out of the classroom. (50 mins.)
 
31.
Father Ted (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Crazy sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems! (25 mins.)
 
32.
Jeeves and Wooster (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Bertram Wooster, a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet, Jeeves, to get him out. (55 mins.)
 
33.
New Tricks (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Three retired police officers are drafted in to solve cold cases, with a touch of comedy and drama (60 mins.)
 
34.
The Friday Night Project (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(48 mins.)
 
35.
Torchwood (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. (50 mins.)
 
36.
Peep Show (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life. (25 mins.)
 
37.
Law & Order: UK (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
UK version of the long-running U.S. TV drama that tells the stories of two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. (46 mins.)
 
38.
Da Ali G Show (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Hipster Ali G. interviews a variety of guests from the world of crime prevention, drug enforcement and... (30 mins.)
 
39.
Hotel Babylon (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
At a posh urban hotel, the love lives and whims of its wealthy guests are attended to by hard-working staff who have their own troubles with love. (60 mins.)
 
40.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
 
41.
Misfits (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers. (60 mins.)
 
42.
The Royle Family (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house. (45 mins.)
 
43.
The Lakes (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Danny Kavanagh leaves Liverpool for the Lake District, finding work at a hotel and love with a local girl named Emma... (374 mins.)
 
44.
Top Gear (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The hosts talk about everything car-related. From new cars to how they're fueled, this show has it all. (60 mins.)
 
45.
The Graham Norton Show (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Irish comedian Graham Norton hosts his very own talk show. (60 mins.)
 
46.
Cracker (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An abrasively eccentric forensic psychologist aids in the solving of difficult police cases. (100 mins.)
 
47.
The Paul O'Grady Show (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Paul O'Grady and star guests liven up teatime with comedy and chat. (45 mins.)
 
48.
Help (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A psychiatrist who helps various people (30 mins.)
 
49.
Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Sketches on the themes of class and gender, with the occasional spoof thrown in. (30 mins.)
 
50.
Conviction (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When the body of a murdered 12 year old girl is found in a skate park on the street where she lives the local police storm into action... (59 mins.)