Sitcoms - One thing we do very well

List of top 20 British Sitcoms, and when applicable where they have been copied and made into an American version.
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1.
Only Fools and Horses.... (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Classic comedy following the misadventures of two Wheeler Dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires. (95 mins.)
“ Nothing is comparable. This is where the term "wheeler dealer" hails from. Too many moments of sheer brilliance, including the 'Trotters Independent Traders Reliant Robin (AKA the TIT Mobile) and - that Batman and Robin scene. David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst at their finest. Surprised that this has not been copied yet, but sure it's in the pipeline. ” - PJ Harris
 
2.
Fawlty Towers (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. (30 mins.)
“ Cleese as the madcap hotel proprietor on the Cornish riviera (Torquay must have loved the advertising). The inter-relationship between Basil, Sybil and Manuel is so worth the watch. Classic comedy. ” - PJ Harris
 
3.
Steptoe and Son (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Classic 1960s British comedy series about a thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father... (45 mins.)
“ Shepherds Bush 'Rag And Bone' father and son classic comedy. Although dated now, so many moments of brilliance. One episode the old man (played by Wilfred Brambles) is making a pie for dinner whilst Harold (Harry H. Corbett) is out on the rounds. I spat my coffee across the table and nearly choked as he first smoothes down the pastry edges with his dirty old fingerless gloves on, and then the piece de resistance, took out his false teeth and used them to crimp the edge down. So so funny in it's time. Steptoe and Son's (1962) storyline was heavily used / copied for the American Sanford and Son (1972). ” - PJ Harris
 
4.
The Black Adder (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother. (195 mins.)
“ Like a stain on the eiderdown of English history, the Blackadder family has been present at some of the greatest events in our nation's past. We join their tale in the late 1400s, with Edmund Plantagenat, alias 'The Black Adder', the weasley 'spare' son of King Richard IV. En route to the dawn of the new millennium in 2000, we bump into Lords and Sirs of the dynasty including those from the times of King Charles I, Prince George in Regency England, the Captain Blackadder of World War I, and Elizabeth I's favourite Lord. Ben Elton excelled, and it stood the test of time, finally finishing in WW1. Acerbic, sharp and classic English sarcastic humour, has so many well known comedy actors (Dr House is in here). ” - PJ Harris
 
5.
Absolutely Fabulous (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Edina Monsoon and her best friend Patsy drive Eddie's sensible daughter, Saffron, up the wall with their... (45 mins.)
“ Eddy and Patsy, wealthy PR executive and hanger on best friend in the 'silver spoony' bourgeois (in the posh sense) whose lives are interlinked into the "Darling" social society, which means they don't have to work - pretending to is good enough! Classic Jennifer Saunders, and when it first ran seeing the former glamour girl Joanna Lumley send herself up as the chain smoking, alcoholic Patsy was sheer brilliance. ” - PJ Harris
 
6.
Rising Damp (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants. (30 mins.)
“ The late, great Leonard Rossiter (who can forget that old Campari Ad with Joan Collins) who went on to star in 'The Fall and Rise of Reginal Perrin'. Rigsby, the cowardly live-in landlord of the shabbiest boarding house ever, and his boarders, including Richard Beckinsale who went on to "Porridge" fame before so tragically dying at a very young age - father of Kate Beckinsale of Van Helsing / Underworld fame. Stands the test of time, except the haircuts and clothes! ” - PJ Harris
 
7.
Till Death Us Do Part (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A working-class Cockney bigot with a biased and expirienced opinion of everything shares them bluntly and almost carelessly. (40 mins.)
“ Warren Mitchell plays Alf Garnett, a working-class bigot whose only loyalties are to the Queen, the Conservative Party and West Ham United FC. He is constantly at war with his "silly old moo" of a wife, his daughter and his son-in-law, the "Scouse git". In the age of political correctness this would make most people choke, and good old Mary Whitehouse got in there on the moral band wagon (remember she actually managed to get the BBC to stop playing Chuck Berry's "My Ding-A-Ling"!!). Over the top, anarchistic, and very funny. Til Death Us Do Part (1965) was taken and the storyline used for the American follow up 'All In The Family' (1968). Archie Bunker would have choked at Alf Garnett! ” - PJ Harris
 
8.
Open All Hours (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low... (30 mins.)
“ Arkwright the money grabbing, tight fisted corner shop proprieter, his errand boy Granville (a young David Jason before Fools And Horse fame) and the ever elusive 'fiancee' District Nurse, Gladys Emanuel who Ronnie Barker could never get his hands on. Not that he should have had any fingers left using "that" old cash register. The money making schemes, the love lorn Granville and that brass band music are truly priceless. Ronnie Barker was already known as a comedy sketch comedian hosting a show with his partner Ronnie Corbett, and who then went on to 'Porridge' and 'Going Straight'. ” - PJ Harris
 
9.
British Men Behaving Badly (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This comedy series is all about two mates, Gary and Tony who share a two bedroom home. They are grown men who act like a couple of drunk two year olds... (45 mins.)
“ Gary and Tony (Martin Clunes and Neil Morrisey) as the two 'lads' that shared a flat and wouldn't grow up, with the two long suffering girlfriends and the heroine fantasy workship of Kylie Minogue. She should be so lucky. 90's humour and 'laddism' at it's best (now which men "didn't" like this?). Made in 1992, was copied in 1996 and made into a US equivalent (by now there was no attempt to even change the name) and I saw an episode. Oh dear! ” - PJ Harris
 
10.
The Vicar of Dibley (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentricly conservative small town's church. (60 mins.)
“ Dawn French (of French and Saunders fame) has one of those expressionble faces that you want to laugh as soon as you see her. In this she's Geraldine Grainger the jolly 'female' vicar of a small country village called Dibley which is inhabited by errr, well - typical English village really, let's just say interesting characters.

Go watch, it's very very funny, as you would expect from Jennifer. ” - PJ Harris
 
11.
Suburban Shootout (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(22 mins.)
Director: Gordon Anderson
“ Not very well known, and I stumbled over this by mistake one evening, and could not stop laughing. In a prim, stereotypically Surrey like (well-to-do) English village, with the housewives holding tea parties, village fetes, and fighting each other with sub machine guns whilst dealing drugs, racketeering and any being involved in any other vices that are possible, all under the facade of the sweet English rose scenario. Very underated, and very very funny. ” - PJ Harris
 
12.
'Allo 'Allo! (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In WW2 France, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene. (45 mins.)
“ Occupied France. A small village café, run by René Artois (Gordon Kaye)and his wife, Edith. But all is not as it seems at Café René, for the proprietor is the unwitting and unwilling hero of the French resistance; codename Nighthawk.
René struggles through the war, treading a dangerous line between the French resistance, the communist resistance and the occupying German forces, in order to keep his business afloat and his person out of a coffin. Not to mention keeping his affairs with each of his two waitresses hidden from the other - and certainly hidden from his wife! The double-entendres, epic. Amazingly funny. ” - PJ Harris
 
13.
Citizen Smith (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Wolfie Smith is an unemployed dreamer from Tooting London, a self proclaimed Urban Guerilla who aspires to be like his hero Che Guevara... (30 mins.)
“ John Sullivan wrote this before 'Fools and Horses', a very young Robert Linsday as Wolfie Smith, the Che Guevara loving unemployed "Urban Guerilla" of Tooting Broadway. Forgotten but much loved, 'Power To The People!' ” - PJ Harris
 
14.
My Family (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Comedy about Ben, a dentist, and his family. They don't exactly get along well. (50 mins.)
“ An older Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wannamaker. Ben a dentist, his wife and his dysfunctional family. ” - PJ Harris
 
15.
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 David Brent as they continue their daily lives. (30 mins.)
“ Ricky Gervais playing David Brent as the talentless, tactless egocentrical office manager, as filmed by a BBC documentary team. Produced in 2001, the American version of the same name was released 2005. ” - PJ Harris
 
16.
Bless This House (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Bless This House centres on life in Birch Avenue, Putney, where travelling stationery salesman Sid Abbott... (30 mins.)
“ What can I say, it had to be here because of that 'Carry-On' man Sid James! Bless This House centres around travelling stationery salesman Sid Abbott, and his wife Jean live with their teenage children, Mike, who is fresh from art college and more preoccupied with protests than finding a job, and Sally, a trendy schoolgirl. The children are 18 and 16 years old at the start of the series. Sid and Jean constantly battle to comprehend the permissive ways of the new generation and are usually out of touch. Their neighbours and best friends are Trevor and his wife Betty. Very 70's, and yes, a tad dated - but when you hear Sid Jameses laugh, nuff said! ” - PJ Harris
 
17.
Porridge (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system. (45 mins.)
“ Doing Porridge (doing time). Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale. Set inside Slade Prison the comedy focuses on repeat, habitual criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher (Barker). Fletcher is smart, witty, cunning and charismatic, sharing his cell with Lenny Godber (Beckinsale) a first offender to who he imparts his pearls of wisdom. Slade is run by the strict Scottish head 'screw' Mr Mackay who has help from the gullible Mr Barrowclough (who Fletcher exploits). ” - PJ Harris
 
18.
One Foot in the Grave (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margeret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with neighbors. (90 mins.)
“ Miserable Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) takes early retirement and has too much time on his hands, getting into all sorts of predicaments unintentionally and accompanied by his long suffering wife played by Annette Crosby. ” - PJ Harris
 
19.
The New Statesman (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a parody of 1980s Conservatism, Rik Mayall is Alan B'Stard MP, the most machiavellian Tory of them all. (70 mins.)
“ Rik Mayal as Alan B'Stard in a satirisation of the Conservative party of the period. Mayall plays the wealthy, selfish, greedy, dishonest, devious, lecherous, sadistic ultra-right-wing Conservative back bencher perfectly. 'The Young Ones' influence being so very evident. Brilliant! ” - PJ Harris
 
20.
Man About the House (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
One morning after a particularly wild party, Chrissy and Jo wake up to find Robin sleeping in their bath... (30 mins.)
“ 70's Sitcom starring Richard O'Sullivan (who later went on to do the spin-off Robin's Nest) as a single man sharing with two very attractive female flat mates (Sally Thomset and Paula Wilcox) who pretend 'Robin' is gay to allay any unusual interest from the landords, George and Mildred Roper (later also a spin-off comedy of it's own). Made in 1973, it was copied in the US in 1976 as 'Three's Company' starring John Ritter as Jack Tripper in an identical story line. ” - PJ Harris