BEST BRITISH COMEDY SERIES': My Top 100 Pom-Coms

by NozinAroun81 | created - 18 Aug 2012 | updated - 26 Sep 2014 | Public

PLEASE NOTE: The first 20 titles are my top 20 in alphabetical order... and therefore no particular order. It's way too hard to play favourites. The main reason that I compiled the list this way is because whichever title is #1 on the list will instantly become the thumbnail for the list... and I really don't want the thumbnail to be ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS... because it's a bit gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that :p Real men are totally allowed to enjoy Ab Fab. Let's face it, essentially it's about two middle-aged women who love getting drunk and/or high. What's not to like? ;D

I'm constantly probing Pom-Com's that may or may not prove to be worthy of my precious list. Whenever I discover a new gem, the first ones to be omitted from this list will be the old shows that don't really stand the test of time, the shows that were tragically axed after only one series and the shows featuring Rik & Ade that only made the list because I'm a die-hard fan of THE YOUNG ONES who was clutching at straws and who would probably turn gay for Rik & Ade... if only I could manage to prod a blokes bottom without instantly throwing up all over his back. You heard me! This is what happens when you watch too much BOTTOM. Particularly the BOTTOM LIVE's. You start writing the kind of "jokes" that would make Quagmire from FAMILY GUY or Jay from THE INBETWEENERS go, "EWWWWW! That's a bit much isn't it?!" :p

I look forward to your comments and/or criticisms... whether they're constructive or not. I'm also very keen to receive suggestions for my list. If you recommend it, I promise to give it a fair crack asap. Having said that, please read my comments at the end of the list before commenting, criticising, suggesting and/or having a go at me for including the likes of Frank Spencer whilst excluding the likes of Hyacinth Bucket :p

How's my diction/literacy? Call 1800 DROP OUT! Here, have a few more misplaced commas, overused quotation marks and dots to indicate slight pauses followed by an extra emoticon ...",",",... :D

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1. The Black Adder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

8.1
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In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 29,772

MY TOP 20

Obviously I'm referring to "The Whole Damn Dynasty" and not just the first series... although for the record, I'd just like to say that the first series was nowhere near as bad as Ben Elton seems to think it was. Bladder and Balders may not have found their feet at that point, but it still had more charisma in its pinky toe than Mad Gerald had in his entire body. I can certainly understand why it wasn't better received in my neck of the woods. The Seven Network Australia were loosely involved in its production and when they broadcast it in Australia, they butchered several minutes worth of each episode to make way for bloody ads! Luckily I had a video... and in this day and age, if you asked an Aussie if they'd ever heard of Blackadder and they said either "No I haven't" or "Yes I have and I think it's $h!+", that'd be like finding a gold filling in a hens' gob... or a straight female/homosexual male who passionately hates GLEE :p

BALDRICK: Boom Boom... Boom Boom... BLACKADDER: Boom Boom Boom?! BALDRICK: How did you guess, sir? GEORGE: I say, sir that is spooky!

2. Black Books (2000–2004)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

8.5
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Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Paul Beech

Votes: 45,582

MY TOP 20

My mum and I were channel-hopping one night when we stumbled upon a new Pom-Com with 2 guys and a girl we were unfamiliar with. It was the episode where Bernard and Manny accidentally guzzle the Pope's wine and Fran's date turns out to be a f(l)op (S1.E3). We both pissed ourselves consistently, fell in love with the humour instantly and purchased the 1st series on DVD the very next day. We soon realised that Bernard, Fran & Manny were far from being one hit wonders. The fact that a guy in his late teens and a woman in her late 50's laughed every 25 seconds for 25 minutes speaks volumes ;)

BERNARD: No one's willing to admit that wine doesn't actually have a taste! MANNY: But you can't taste anything! You smoke a bajillion cigarettes a day! What's that you're eating? BERNARD: It's some sort of delicious biscuit. MANNY: It's a coaster. BERNARD: Is it? Are there any more?

3. Coupling (2000–2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

8.6
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Six best friends talk about all aspects of sex and relationships on their never-ending quest to find true love.

Stars: Jack Davenport, Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Kate Isitt

Votes: 37,946

MY TOP 20

Hopefully you won't be discouraged if I refer to COUPLING as a more risque Pommy answer to FRIENDS. It's also the show that tenderly filled the gaping void between MEN BEHAVING BADLY and PEEP SHOW. "Scary" Jeff Murdoch is without a doubt the real scene-stealer and unfortunately he's absent from the 4th and final series... probably because his agent advised him to ask for the current balance of Ted Danson's savings account per episode. However the 4th series makes you realise just how well-drawn the other 5 characters are and Jeff's replacement, Oliver also has his fair share of moments.

When introducing a friend to the joys of COUPLING, I highly recommend the 5th episode of series 1 where Jeff chats up a Hebrew Goddess or the 1st episode of series 2 where Jeff accidentally tells a girl that he only has one leg... as you do. Steve and Susan really shine in the episode where Steve attempts to propose and the episode where he pretends to be an Aussie called Bruce and she pretends to be a French bitch called Giselle. Patrick and Sally really shine in the episode where Steve accidentally sees Sally's bottom and the episode with Madame Butterfly and Spider-man. As for Jane... she just generally shines... regardless of the fact that she's a shallow, self-satisfied simpleton.

"CLEFT?!"

4. Extras (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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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.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

Votes: 44,944

MY TOP 20

"What's E.T. short for?

Because he's only got little legs."

EXTRAS just barely beat THE OFFICE to a place in my Top 20. The main reason that the former pipped the latter at the post (and believe me it was a photo-finish) is the breakthrough performance of a lanky, goggle-eyed freak known as Stephen Merchant. After watching the bonus features on THE OFFICE DVD's (yeah... I'm one of those nerds), I couldn't understand why Steve didn't portray Gareth (all due respect to Mackenzie) or at least another recurring character instead of appearing for a mere minute or two in only one episode. I could tell that he was equally as talented as Ricky... and I was right! Special mentions should also go to Barry From Eastenders and every other celebrity who contributed along the way. Having said that (Curb Your Enthusiasm reference), the REAL main reason that EXTRAS pipped THE OFFICE at the post is because I've always wanted to be "Famous"... without having to "Kill A Prostitute"!

5. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.8
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Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 68,420

MY TOP 20

A little-known gem :p

"ZOOM! What was that? That was your life mate. Oh, that was quick. Do I get another? Sorry mate, that's your lot. Back to the world of dreams."

6. Fresh Meat (2011– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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A comedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far, university.

Stars: Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Charlotte Ritchie

Votes: 11,643

MY TOP 20

It's pretty rape :p My Facebook chums Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain, who created the modern masterpiece PEEP SHOW and the piss-funny film FOUR LIONS, also conceived and gave birth to this stupendously brilliant comedy series about a group of British university students who share a house (No points for originality :p). I recently bumped NIGHTY NIGHT from my top 20 in favo(u)r of FRESH MEAT because after watching the 3rd series I realised that there's much more to love. Sorry Julia.

7. Green Wing (2004–2007)

65 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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Funky hospital-based sketch-comedy-drama type show.

Stars: Sally Bretton, Oliver Chris, Olivia Colman, Michelle Gomez

Votes: 9,429

MY TOP 20

2 words... MARK and HEAP! Not to mention everyone else who ever uttered a single syllable in this (arguably) Pommy answer to SCRUBS. Much like COUPLING is (arguably) the Pommy answer to FRIENDS. Discuss...

8. Ideal (2005–2011)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Moz is a drug dealer and has very strange clientele who come and go from his flat.

Stars: Johnny Vegas, Graham Duff, Nicola Reynolds, Tom Goodman-Hill

Votes: 2,137

MY TOP 20

Much like a stoner, this series takes a while to get going. Once you reach the 2nd last episode of the 1st series where Moz (Johnny Vegas) utters the immortal words, "We should take Craig out", I guarantee you'll be addicted... whether you're a stoner or not. The good news is that there are 6 whole series' of the show and it gets more addictive as it goes. The bad news is that it was axed and they wouldn't even allow the ultra scrummy Graham Duff to wrap it up with a 7th series or at least a feature-length special. Whoever made that decision seriously needs to be axed!

"Kids are like farts. You hate other peoples but you relish your own."

9. The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

8.4
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Follows four friends and their antics during their final years of school.

Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas

Votes: 65,131

MY TOP 20

Down under, in my great brown land, the 5 most popular Pom-Com's of the 21st century (particularly amongst the "Young Adult" demographic) are undoubtedly BLACK BOOKS, THE IT CROWD, LITTLE BRITAIN, THE OFFICE and a very risque series about a foursome of randy teenage lads that made the AMERICAN PIE movies look like utter $h!+ (which let's face it, isn't very hard). The popularity of Will, Simon, Jay & Neil in my neck of the woods is not only due to their instant appeal, but also due to the fact that the networks actually gave them a decent run on Aussie commercial networks instead of airing each episode once (at the most) in late time slots that constantly changed without warning. If only GREEN WING and PEEP SHOW had enjoyed similar treatment!

"So just to be clear... that's AMBULANCE... or MUMMY!"

10. The IT Crowd (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

8.6
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The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry

Votes: 105,452

MY TOP 20

Knock Knock Knock "Penny". Knock Knock Knock "All Of My Friends". This show is quite funny... and in my opinion, the main reason for the well-deserved success of THE BIG BANG THEORY is due to the fact that the Yanks merely pinched a hint of THE IT CROWD's essence instead of insulting our intelligence with a blatant rip-off. If only they'd done that with the likes of FAWLTY TOWERS, MEN BEHAVING BADLY and RED DWARF, they MIGHT have had hits on their hands. Much in the same way that the Pom's (arguably) pinched a hint of FRIENDS to create COUPLING and a hint of SCRUBS to create GREEN WING. Discuss... :p

If you're introducing a friend to the joys of Roy, Moss, Jen, Richmond & the Reynholm's, I highly recommend the 4th episode of series 1 where Jen upsets the delicate eco-system by opening "The Red Door" or the 1st episode of series 2 where they attend "GAY: The Musical". You're friend will... ahem... never look back ;D

"I'M DISABLED!"

11. The League of Gentlemen (1999–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Horror

8.4
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An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.

Stars: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Jeremy Dyson

Votes: 8,242

MY TOP 20

These platonic bum-chums of the LITTLE BRITAIN guys certainly gave Matt and David some stiff competition with their remarkably dark sense of super-intelligent silliness. There's also a movie, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN'S APOCALYPSE, that many of my fellow LOG fans didn't know about. What would they do without me?

"How many killings are there?" "LOADS!"

12. Little Britain (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

7.7
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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.

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker, Paul Putner

Votes: 18,199

MY TOP 20

It cost me AUS$130 to see these guys perform live on stage. They originally intended on doing 2 shows in Western Australia, but they instantly sold out, so they added 2 more... then 2 more... then 2 more... then 2 more... then 2 more... then 2 more for a total of 14. How many Comedians can boast ticket sales like that? If Bill Bailey and Dylan Moran joined forces for a tour... they MIGHT be able to compete. Even THE INBETWEENERS LIVE would be lucky to score audiences of that magnitude. If Kurt Cobain came back from the dead for one last world tour with Dave and Krist... they MIGHT make Matt and David feel a bit inadequate. Failing that, I'd like to see any entertainer of any kind try to steal LITTLE BRITAIN's well-deserved crown. Nuff said? It's also important to note that as they approached Perth International Airport to embark on their journey home... it was a bit like when Graham Chapman died and Michael Palin said, "No more Python!" Hmmm... wait a minute... Matt and David realising that it's the end of an era... as they approach an AIRPORT. Funny that ;) Actually they might've flown to Japan before going home and if so, all I can say in my defense is, "Martin Clunes. Martin Clunes. Chinky. Chinky. Martin Clunes." :p

"I look a pillock."

13. British Men Behaving Badly (1992–2014)

45 min | Comedy

7.7
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Two early thirties best friends live together while having completely different personalities. While their girlfriends try to help them take on more responsibilities the boys seldom respond well and usually end up drinking together.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash, Neil Morrissey

Votes: 5,790

MY TOP 20

If you've never experienced the joys of MEN BEHAVING BADLY... you must live outside of the United Kingdom or something! That's the only half-decent excuse I can think of. I was originally exposed to Gary and Tony's antics when I happened to catch the episode where Mr Strang has a mid-life crisis and drags everyone to a rave. I suddenly found myself looking back at the likes of MONTY PYTHON, FAWLTY TOWERS, THE YOUNG ONES, BLACKADDER, RED DWARF and countless other Pom-Coms before asking myself, "Why can't the Yanks write consistently classic comedy as brilliantly as their British counterparts?" Then I pulled my head out of my arse (ass) and asked myself why the Poms can't transfer their talents to the big screen like their American counterparts. Then I started to wonder whether or not space really is the final frontier. What if there's space... then space... then space... and then suddenly milk and oh no I've gone cross-eyed!

"I was just wondering what car rubbish is."

14. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

8.4
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Vince Noir and Howard Moon have surreal adventures while working at a Zoo run by the deranged Bob Fossil (in series 1) and pursuing a career as musicians and living with the mystic Naboo ... See full summary »

Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher

Votes: 17,591

MY TOP 20

It's not everyone's cup of tea... but if you put 2 tabs of acid in the cup it should really hit the spot. Whether or not you end up being sectioned by your loved ones as a result is utterly irrelevant ;) In fact I have a theory that Julian and Noel created THE MIGHTY BOOSH whilst watching THE GOODIES on LSD. That is my theory. It is mine. I own it and what it is too :p

"I took a s**t on a gravestone once. Right on it!"

15. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.9
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The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 51,613

MY TOP 20

It should be mandatory for schools around the globe to force-feed AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT and PARROT SKETCH NOT INCLUDED to their students! I have spoken... and I hit the ball first time and there it was in the back of the net!

I bet you thought I was gonna say HOLY GRAIL and LIFE OF BRIAN, didn't ya? I would never be that predictable. Someone might watch HOLY GRAIL and see Graham Chapman deliberately poorly pretending to ride a horse whilst Terry G deliberately poorly bangs coconuts together and they could be forgiven for saying, "Stop that! It's silly!" Someone could find the controversial subject matter of LIFE OF BRIAN and/or the gratuitous exposure of Mr Chapman's bell-end (which hardly serves as a revelation for his character) to be "A Bit Much". However... regardless of how reserved a person might be... The Ministry Of Silly Walks, The Five Minute Argument, How Not To Be Seen, Just A Pair Of Panties Then Please, Shut Up You Silly Bitch It's Only A Bit Of Fun and countless other sketches will always be overwhelmingly hilarious to anyone who isn't dead inside.

"Oh, Mollusks. I thought you said bacon."

16. Peep Show (2003–2015)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

8.6
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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.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Olivia Colman

Votes: 40,708

MY TOP 20

When I take over the world, the first thing I'll do is force everyone over the age of 13 to discover "The El Dude Brothers". When it comes to Pom-Coms that are far too consistently hilarious for their own good and should appeal equally to both males and females aged 13 to 130, 3 shows instantly spring to mind. They are MEN BEHAVING BADLY, COUPLING and PEEP SHOW. I try not to be too opinionated with my descriptions on this list... but if you don't like those shows... particularly the latter... YOU HAVE SERIOUSLY MAJOR MALFUNCTIONS! I've half a mind to have you sectioned. The way PEEP SHOW is written is inconceivably impeccable, the way the cast carry their characters is constantly classic and as for the way it's filmed... it's beyond brain-bogglingly brilliant. I HAVE SPOKEN! :p

"I'm just a statue. A dirty, filthy statue!"

17. Red Dwarf (1988– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.4
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The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn

Votes: 28,468

MY TOP 20

It's like I've always said... If you're going to be a sci-fi nerd... at least have a sense of humour about it.

Please don't judge it by the 1st series alone. It really finds its groove by the 3rd series and most die-hard Dwarfers will bore each other stupid arguing about whether series 5 or 6 is the best. In my opinion series 5 is the best... but what the hell do I know? I actually enjoyed RETURN OF THE JEDI more than EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and the only STAR TREK I've ever watched is JJ Abrams' recent remake... because I'm a fan of LOST... and because Simon Pegg is in it :p

Check out RED DWARF: THE NEXT DIRECTIVE on Facebook.

18. Spaced (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

8.6
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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.

Stars: Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin, Nick Frost

Votes: 43,514

MY TOP 20

A stepping stone for many of Britain's finest comic talent including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost & Edgar Wright, the trio who gave us their "Three Cornetto Flavours Trilogy" which includes such crowd-pleasing modern classics as, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ and THE WORLD'S END. This show is jam-packed with more pop culture references than Seth "FAMILY GUY" MacFarlane could possibly bash out in a whole decade. The episodes are a well-crafted string of independent forms... like sausages.

19. That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2010)

Comedy

8.0
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A comedy sketch show featuring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, James Bachman, Mark Evans

Votes: 6,854

MY TOP 20

When I first discovered these titan's of comedy, I laughed so hard that I'm lucky I didn't pi$$ myself, $hi+ myself and cum at the same time.

THE MITCHELL & WEBB SITUATION is also a MUST SEE!

20. The Young Ones (1982–1984)

410 min | Comedy

8.2
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The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 11,383

MY TOP 20

A show for young adults, made by young adults and concentrating on all the things that young adults are interested in... like sex, violence & lentils. THE YOUNG ONES is actually MY #1 TV SHOW OF ALL TIME because it began my love affair with Pom-Coms. If I never discovered NEVERMIND by NIRVANA, I probably would've ended up being one of those people who conformed to "Popular Music" and simply enjoyed whatever tunes happened to be in the charts at the time. Or god forbid I might've gotten into mindless Rap, Hip-Hop & Doof-Doof crap instead of mindless Grunge, Punk & Very Metal crap. Similarly if I never discovered The People's Poet, The Punk, The Hippie & The Cool Person, I might've ended up watching all the American crap that the Aussie networks told us to watch instead of developing a mind of my own. I owe the discovery of both Kurt Cobain AND Rik Mayall to my best mate Matt. Since then I've returned the favour by introducing him to every other show on this list as a reward. We've also been known to impeccably impersonate Rik and Ade at the best and worst of times, usually with me as Rik and Matt as Ade. Surprisingly... we also manage to get laid... occasionally. I don't care if you believe me or not :p

"We would've brought Harry but... we don't know anyone called Harry."

21. Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy

8.2
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The wild misadventures of Edina Monsoon and her best friend Patsy Stone, who live in a near-constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield

Votes: 15,598

With all due respect to the eternally fabulous Jennifer Saunders and friends... the series went downhill after series 3. They peaked around the episode entitled "Sex" where they attempt an orgy. By the time I reached "Ab Fab At 20", I couldn't help but feel that I'd be enjoying the show much more if I was either gay or a wealthy, middle-aged British woman who's desperate to hang out with Madonna & Elton. Having said that, I did enjoy the fact that Saffy did time as "Top Dog" of the local slammer and the whole scenario of Patsy getting her birth certificate. "I'm a person." :D Bo & Marshall were ball-bouncingly funny when they first appeared in the episode entitled "Birthday"... but now they're just cringe-worthy. And even though I love the bloody arse off of Jane Horrocks... I remember when Bubble was funny! As for Katie Grin... she literally hurts my teeth! On the plus side, the friction between Patsy & Saffy never fails to amuse, June Whitfield never gets old and Mrs Edmondson will always be one of the funniest females in history. Once again... I HAVE SPOKEN! ;p

"Eddie... Eddie... Eddie... don't ever make me a cup of tea!"

22. Alas Smith & Jones (1984–1998)

30 min | Comedy

7.5
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Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones present a series of short (often tasteless, always scathing) sketches about modern life and the stupidity and gullibility of those who believe in it.

Stars: Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Sarah Alexander

Votes: 1,052

Remember WILT? That was a good film... as far as I can remember :p

23. An Idiot Abroad (2010–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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Brit Karl Pilkington has led a sheltered life. Not having done any traveling, he enjoys living within the comforts of what he knows, basically that being what is purely British. As such, ... See full summary »

Stars: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Luke Campbell

Votes: 26,116

Just because it's technically a "Travel Show" doesn't necessarily mean that it can't simultaneously qualify as a "Comedy Series" :p

As Karl himself would say, "Bulls**t! You're talking Bulls**t!"

24. The Armstrong and Miller Show (2007– )

Comedy

7.5
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A series of comedy sketches with Alex Armstrong and Ben Miller.

Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Ben Miller, Jim Howick, Katherine Jakeways

Votes: 636

Isn't it?

25. Benidorm (2007– )

30 min | Comedy

7.4
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Follow holidaymakers at the Solana Resort in Benidorm. Hilarity ensues as guests try to get value for their Euros.

Stars: Jake Canuso, Janine Duvitski, Elsie Kelly, Sheila Reid

Votes: 2,653

It's a bit hit & miss... but the awesome cast ensures that it's mainly hits.

26. Big School (2013– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

6.8
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Deputy Head of Science, Mr Church has been at Greybridge School for 15 years. He is about to resign after a dramatic experiment. However, the arrival of the new French teacher changes everything.

Stars: David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Philip Glenister, Frances de la Tour

Votes: 1,321

David "Little Britain" Walliams writes and stars in this hilarious new series set in a typical British high school. It mainly focuses on the faculty, specifically a daggy science teacher called Keith Church (David Walliams) who develops a crush on the new French teacher, Sarah Postern (Catherine Tate). All of the main characters have their fair share of funny moments and by the 6th episode I'm sure you will come to appreciate them all. Rumour has it that a 2nd series has been given the green light.

27. A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987–1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton, Geoffrey McGivern

Votes: 7,853

"Hold the Newsreader's nose squarely Waiter or friendly milk will countermand my trousers." Perfectly ordinary words... but never before said in that precise order.

Yours Sincerely, Peter Cuminmyear

28. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.9
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An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 191,583

The only thing I can VAGUELY compare BLACK MIRROR to would be COMIC STRIP PRESENTS. Essentially it's a bunch of stand-alone short stories that have nothing to do with each other... at this stage. If I say, "Are you familiar with the works of Charlie Brooker?" and you say, "Who?"... I PITY YOU! Then again, I also envy you because I wish I could erase the likes of BLACK MIRROR, A TOUCH OF CLOTH and WEEKLY WIPE from my memory and re-enjoy them for the first time... like in RED DWARF when Holly erased all the Agatha Christie novels from his memory :D

SIDE NOTE: I just removed 'ALLO! 'ALLO! in favo(u)r of this. From this list... not my memory... obviously.

29. Blunder (2006– )

22 min | Comedy

3.8
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A Channel 4 Friday night comedy sketch show starring David Mitchell, Rhys Thomas and Tom Meeten.

Stars: Nina Conti, Simon Farnaby, Tom Meeten, David Mitchell

Votes: 95

BLUNDER and BRUISER go hand-in-hand as 2 of the most highly underrated British sketch shows that helped numerous Pom-Com legends to wedge their feet firmly in the door of stardom. Just because these 2 shows were never given the time of day down under, doesn't necessarily mean they were $h!+ :p

30. Bottom (1991–1995)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Edward and Richard are best buddies living off the government doing nothing more than having a good time and breaking stuff.

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Steven O'Donnell, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 10,016

As much as I love BOTTOM with all of my heart and all of my soul and all of my... you know, THE YOUNG ONES beat BOTTOM to my Top 20 because it began my love affair with not only Rik & Ade, but with British Comedy in general. It was a stiff decision, much like THE OFFICE and EXTRAS, but alas one of them had to come out 2nd best. Technically BOTTOM should win because there's so much more to enjoy such as the 5 brilliant BOTTOM LIVE's and Richie & Eddie's big screen debut, GUEST HOUSE PARADISO featuring an unforgettable stint by Vincent Cassel (BLACK SWAN, CRIMSON RIVERS, DERAILED and IRREVERSIBLE) with unmissable early-ish performances by Bill Nighy (THE BOAT THAT ROCKED, LOVE ACTUALLY, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and UNDERWORLD), Simon Pegg (HOT FUZZ, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE IV, PAUL and STAR TREK) and his SHAUN OF THE DEAD love interest, Kate Ashfield. The last 10-15 minutes where all the guests are vomiting is a tiny little bit *beep* but the rest of it is a tiny little bit beyond brilliant. Just being honest :p

"They can't treat me like this! My mother used to make sandwiches for the Hammersmith Conservative Association!"

31. Brass Eye (1997–2001)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

8.7
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Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan

Votes: 7,744

Chris Morris is God (subject to exaggeration)

32. The Brittas Empire (1991–1997)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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Gordon Brittas is the manager of the Whitbury-Newtown Leisure Centre. Despite his ambition and good intentions, everything seems to go wrong when he's around, despite the best efforts of ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Barrie, Harriet Thorpe, Michael Burns, Tim Marriott

Votes: 1,930

Gordon just barely made the list by the skin of his teeth... even though I'm almost certain that along with the likes of 'ALLO! 'ALLO!, ARE YOU BEING SERVED? and (potentially) FATHER TED... THE BRITTAS EMPIRE probably served as inspiration for Andy Millman's "WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS" :p

33. Bruiser (2000)

29 min | Comedy

7.2
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A series of short sketches from some of Britain's comedy kings including David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Coleman and Martin Freeman.

Stars: Olivia Colman, Matthew Holness, Charlotte Hudson, Martin Freeman

Votes: 310

BLUNDER and BRUISER go hand-in-hand as 2 of the most highly underrated British sketch shows that helped numerous Pom-Com legends to wedge their feet firmly in the door of stardom. Just because these 2 shows were never given the time of day down under, doesn't necessarily mean they were $h!+ :p

34. The Catherine Tate Show (2004–2009)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

7.3
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Sketches by Catherine Tate and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Catherine Tate, Mathew Horne, Niky Wardley, Derren Litten

Votes: 2,979

Catherine Tate isn't funny?! HOW VERY DARE YOU?!

35. Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe (2013– )

Comedy

8.5
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Charlie Brooker Highlights The Weeks News In A Comic Fashion.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Diane Morgan, Al Campbell, Doug Stanhope

Votes: 946

CUNK: Die Hard 5 looks really good with the helicopter and the explosions that look really hot and all the big guns that Bruce uses to kill the bad guys with. At least I think they're bad guys... otherwise he's a f@#*ing murderer!

36. Come Fly with Me (2010–2011)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

7.5
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The Little Britain team parodies the various types of characters associated with life in a major British airport. That includes flight and ground staff from regular - and low budget ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Lindsay Duncan, Sally Rogers

Votes: 5,377

This is what happens when Matt & David get bored s**tless of LITTLE BRITAIN. Funny thing is... it's just as good as LITTLE BRITAIN, if not arguably better. Much like PSYCHOVILLE is arguably just as good as THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN. Discuss...

37. The Comic Strip Presents... (1982– )

Comedy

8.0
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A series of self contained TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous films, literature, and generally everyone in sight.

Stars: Peter Richardson, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Nigel Planer

Votes: 902

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to fans of THE YOUNG ONES and anyone who ever appeared in THE YOUNG ONES, particularly Ade, Rik, Nigel, Alexei, French, Saunders and Coltrane. I often wish I was wearing two hats so I could take them off to Peter & Pete. I also often wish that I could've had a chat with Ben Elton and Peter Richardson in 1983. That would've been quite a penis envy face-off ;)

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE; Five Go Mad In Dorset, Five Go Mad On Mescalin, Five Go Mad In Rehab, War, The Beat Generation, Dirty Movie, Bad News Tour, More Bad News, A Fistful Of Traveler's Cheques, Gino: Full Story & Pics, Eddie Monsoon: A Life, Mr Jolly Lives Next Door, Consuela (The New Mrs Saunders), The Supergrass, Les Dogs, Spaghetti Hoops, Gregory: Diary Of A Nutcase, Four Men In A Car, Four Men In A Plane, Sex Actually and The Hunt For Tony Blair.

My Top 10 (alphabetical):

  • Bad News Tour/More Bad News (Counts as 1)
  • The Beat Generation
  • Consuela aka The New Mrs Saunders
  • Dirty Movie
  • Eddie Monsoon: A Life
  • A Fistful Of Traveler's Cheques
  • Four Men In A Car/Four Men In A Plane (Counts as 1)
  • Gregory: Diary Of A Nutcase
  • Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
  • The Supergrass

38. Cracker (1993–1996)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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An abrasively eccentric forensic psychologist aids in the solving of difficult police cases.

Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville, Kieran O'Brien, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 4,573

Along with DOC MARTIN and DOCTOR WHO, this is one of the more unusual entries on this list, but all 3 of them are here to stay and with bloody good reason. Dr Fitz is indeed a cracker! Essentially it's an intense Drama/Thriller series... but Coltrane carries a crime show like no other. His character is nothing short of comedy gold! I feel sorry for anyone who has never experienced the 1st episode of series 2 featuring Robert Carlyle as... ummm... I won't spoil it. Not to downplay the brilliance of series 1, but the episode I'm referring to is when it REALLY starts getting good. It sets in motion a chain of events that makes for extremely addictive and ultimately rewarding viewing.

TRIVIA: Yes! Robbie Coltrane is Hagrid from HARRY POTTER (:s) and the more observant of you might also spot the late, great Lily Potter as Fitz's lust interest, Panhandle ;)

39. Cuckoo (II) (2012– )

30 min | Comedy

7.4
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Cuckoo is every parent's worst nightmare - a slacker full of outlandish, New Age ideas.

Stars: Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale, Tyger Drew-Honey, Kenneth Collard

Votes: 4,519

Whether you're a fan of THE INBETWEENERS or not, this show should be at the top of your to-do-list, especially if you've got a hard-on for SNL's Andy Samberg aka "That Hot Rod/Jizz In My Pants Guy". It also stars Greg Davies (Mr Phil Gilbert from The Inbetweeners) and Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Dirk Gently & Racherrr... Emily from Friends).

SIDE NOTE: I removed the Rik Mayall vehicle known as BELIEVE NOTHING in favo(u)r of this little beauty.

40. Dangerous Brothers Present: World of Danger (1986 Video)

77 min

7.6
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The two Dangerous brothers Sir Richard and Sir Adrian host a series of mad and violent sketches

Director: Paul Jackson | Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Morwenna Banks, John Bird

Votes: 399

ADE DROPS HIS GUTS. RIK: What have you been eating? ADE: Doggy-Doo. RIK: Doggy-Doo?! ADE: Yeah, I did it for a bet. RIK: A bet?! ADE: Yeah, I thought, "I bet that tastes disgusting", and it did.

41. Death in Paradise (2011– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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A British inspector is transferred to Saint-Marie's police department, but he hates the sun, sea, and sand. The series follow his investigations into murders on the island. Later series see another British DI head the investigative team.

Stars: Danny John-Jules, Elizabeth Bourgine, Don Warrington, Kris Marshall

Votes: 8,916

Ben Miller sure can pick 'em. Special shout-out to my virtual chum Danny John-Jules (Cat from Red Dwarf) for not "unfriending" me considering how often I ride his fabulous coattails ;D

42. Derek (2012–2014)
Episode: Pilot (2012)

35 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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When a documentary team visits the retirement home where he works,kindly,simple, middle-aged Derek is delighted as he loves reality TV - especially Secret Millionaire - and has 35,000 ... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Gervais | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, Karl Pilkington, David Earl

Votes: 2,328

Normal.

MY DEREK REVIEW: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2616280/reviews-2

43. Dirk Gently (2010–2012)

58 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Holistic detective Gently relies on the universe to unravel mysteries based on the 'interconnectedness of all things'.

Stars: Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd, Lisa Jackson, Jason Watkins

Votes: 2,208

Bit unorthodox. Bit brilliant.

44. Doc Martin (2004– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.3
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The trials and tribulations of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a socially challenged doctor who moves from London to the picturesque village of Port Wenn in Cornwall.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom

Votes: 8,695

Along with CRACKER and DOCTOR WHO, this is one of the more unusual entries on this list, but all 3 of them are here to stay and with bloody good reason. Admittedly Doc Martin (which when adopting the correct Cornish accent is pronounced "Doc Marrrten" :p) is a tad more drama than comedy, but I consider it funny enough to make the list. Particularly the episodes with Ben Miller. I kinda prefer the original movie-length DOC MARTIN's where he was more like his character in SAVING GRACE (which not only starred... but was actually written by THE Craig Ferguson who portrayed the personification of Lister's Confidence in RED DWARF and went on to become THE host of America's THE LATE LATE SHOW). Doctor Martin Bamford had an AMERICAN BEAUTY-style mid-life crisis, with a re-invigorated love of marijuana and even an AMERICAN BEAUTY-style musical score before he eventually became Doctor Martin Ellingham (an anagram of the series creator's surname, Minghella). With all due respect to THE Hugh Laurie... both incarnations of Doc Martin piss all over HOUSE M.D.! And with all due respect to THE Ted Danson... who I believe has gone from strength to strength to strength over the past decade... don't even get me started on BECKER :p

45. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.7
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The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender, and his/her companions.

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

Votes: 168,274

Along with CRACKER and DOC MARTIN, this is one of the more unusual entries on this list, but all 3 of them are here to stay and with bloody good reason. I'm dead serious when I say that I haven't finished watching series 6 yet because Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) sexually frustrates the living $hi+ out of me! Ginger's aren't meant to be that gorgeous. I bet she's even capable of gaining a tan and controlling her temper. That'd be just typical of that bitch! (Btw my bestest/oldest mate is ginger... so I'm allowed to mock his kind :D)

It loses one star because I'm sick to death of watching the Doctor kill "The Last Dalek In The Universe"! Although... I must admit to being beyond terrified when they decided to release the next generation of Dalek's... in a variety of different colours!!! Thank God for sofas hey?!

46. Episodes (2011– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

7.8
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British writer-producers Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan), have a wonderful marriage and a hit TV series to their credit. Things couldn't be better. Until Merc ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, John Pankow

Votes: 27,838

BIT OF A GREY AREA :p

Specifically catered to people like me who live in predominantly English-speaking countries and have always considered British comedies to be far superior to American comedies... or vice versa. It's also specifically catered to people who are Yankees and don't understand Pommy humo(u)r... or specifically catered to Poms who don't understand why Yanks create crap sit-coms and crapper Yankee versions of British sit-coms. Whether or not you enjoyed FRIENDS and regardless of whether or not you've ever heard of Tamsin Greig and/or Stephen Mangan... EPISODES is the show for you! My only qualm is that Matt LeBlanc doesn't lock his stalker, Labia (Sophie Rundle from The Adventures Of Merlin), in his basement and go BOXING HELENA on her arse (ass). Gimme 24 hours alone with that chick and she'd be taking out a restraining order against me! If she broke into my Hollywood home and stood in my kitchen wearing nothing but flimsy knickers, I'd raise hell and high water to turn us both into vampires just so I could tap that loopy little lust monster til the end of days! I'm not buying his actions! Shyeah right LeBlanc! ZIFF! :p

Btw I created a Facebook page for her. THE "OFFICIAL" SOPHIE RUNDLE: https://www.facebook.com/SophieRundlePage

47. Father Ted (1995–1998)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

8.6
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Crazy sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems!

Stars: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Votes: 29,841

I reckon this probably falls under the same category as 'ALLO 'ALLO!, ARE YOU BEING SERVED? & THE BRITTAS EMPIRE. It's a tad too "WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS"... but it's still better than the vast majority of American sitcoms. I wonder if they forced Graham Linehan to work with someone who was "Too Gay".

48. Filthy Rich & Catflap (1987– )

204 min | Comedy

7.2
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A satire about three losers: a failed actor, his sleazy agent and a permanently drunk bodyguard.

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Michael Redfern

Votes: 1,055

Did I mention that I'm a huge fan of THE YOUNG ONES? :p

"Your Honour! I wandered into a garden... under the impression that it was my garden... and when I saw the women's underthings hanging on the line... I naturally assumed that they were my wife's... and began gathering them in for her. The fact that I live in a high-rise flat... and am not married... is purely circumstantial evidence and therefore inadmissable!" SIR PERVY PETER SPURTY

49. Friday Night Dinner (2011– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy

8.0
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Two siblings share their Friday night dinners at their parents home and, somehow, something always goes wrong.

Stars: Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Paul Ritter, Tom Rosenthal

Votes: 6,147

S**T ON IT!

50. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

8.5
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This parody series is an unearthed 80s horror/drama, complete with poor production values, awful dialogue and hilarious violence. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell.

Stars: Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Alice Lowe

Votes: 13,206

Maggots... maggots... maggots... maggots... ... ... maggots!

51. The Goodies (1970–1982)

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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The Goodies are a three man agency whose brief is to do 'anything, anytime'. This gave the series carte blanche to do whatsoever it pleased, with a cartoon-like surrealism and a heavy ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Corbet Woodall

Votes: 987

Before THE YOUNG ONES... ...Before LOOK AROUND YOU... ...Before THE MIGHTY BOOSH... ...Before THIS IS JINSY... ...After MONTY PYTHON... ...There was only one show that was sooo ridiculously random and stupendously silly that it could only have been conceived by genuine geniuses! AND YOU CAN QUOTE ME!

52. Hale and Pace (1988–1998)

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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Hale and Pace is a sketch-based British comedy show. The terms "Good Taste" and "Politically Correct" are obviously totally unknown to the writers.

Stars: Gareth Hale, Norman Pace, Melanie Kilburn, Regina Freedman

Votes: 389

...AND I'm a huge fan of anyone who ever had anything to do with THE YOUNG ONES. I saw Hale & Pace perform live on stage once. Gareth walked through the audience and strolled right past me. I swear! He was literally an inch away from my kneecap. True Story! :p

53. Happy Families (1985– )

35 min | Comedy

7.2
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Guy Fuddle (Ade Edmondson) lives with his grandmother (Jennifer Saunders). He has four sisters(Saunders) who were sent away from home as small children. Grandmother is now ill and she wants... See full summary »

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Stephen Fry

Votes: 105

Sadly there's only one series. This is due to the fact that Ben Elton only ever intended to write one series. Producer Paul Jackson kept a slot in BBC's schedule for a 2nd series... knowing full well that Ben never intended on writing a 2nd series. Paul did this so that he could take a risk on a new series that only had a slim chance of succeeding. That show ended up being none other than RED DWARF! True Story!

"You must understand Madeliene! I need a good snog... and a bang!"

54. Hardware (2003–2004)

30 min | Comedy

7.1
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The series revolves around the store staff as they engage in a daily wisecrack battle with packs of DIY obsessed clients.

Stars: Martin Freeman, Peter Serafinowicz, Ken Morley, Susan Earl

Votes: 328

An underrated gem from the writer of MEN BEHAVING BADLY and WILD WEST.

55. Hello Ladies (2013– )

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

7.5
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A gawky Englishman comes to Los Angeles to find the woman of his dreams.

Stars: Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods, Nate Torrence, Kevin Weisman

Votes: 10,116

I BLOODY LOVE THIS LANKY, GOGGLE-EYED FREAK! Stephen Merchant's new series is based on his 2012 stand up show of the same name. I can really relate to Merchant's character Stuart Pritchard, a deeply shallow sensitive new age guy who is desperately seeking love... with a supermodel obviously. Derek and Hello Ladies are definitely my two favourite new shows of 2013. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

56. Horrible Histories (2009–2018)

Comedy, Family, History

8.8
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A group of British comedians show the sides of history they don't teach you in school. From the 'Savage Stone Age' to the 'Troublesome 20th Century', you see the full side to history.

Stars: Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas

Votes: 2,562

It's kids stuff really... but it's awesome kids stuff!

57. Hyperdrive (2006–2007)

29 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.7
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A sci-fi British comedy about the adventures of Her Majesty's Ship Camden Lock in the year 2151. It's mission: to convince alien governments to relocate their businesses to Britain. The odd... See full summary »

Stars: Nick Frost, Kevin Eldon, Miranda Hart, Dan Antopolski

Votes: 1,809

Nowhere near as good as RED DWARF... but the stellar cast ensure that Cecil & Riley's Space Opera is well worth a bash.

58. Inside No. 9 (2014– )

30 min | Comedy

8.5
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Anthology series which mixes dark humor with genres like crime, horror or drama. The show invites viewers into some very different No.9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Rosie Cavaliero, Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Votes: 5,080

The League Of Gentlemen follow up Psychoville with several unsettling nuggets of comedy gold.

59. Is It Bill Bailey? (1998– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.0
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Stand-up and sketch show from the bastion of bewilderment.

Stars: Bill Bailey, Simon Pegg, Forbes Masson, Geraldine McNulty

Votes: 220

If you've seen Bill Bailey's stand up gigs, you've already seen at least 60% of the material in this show, but the other 40% is a must-see for every die hard fan of "The Mecha For Those With No Agenda".

60. Clatterford (2006–2009)

60 min | Comedy

7.6
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The comical misadventures of friends involved with a women's club. Retitled as "Clatterford" in the United States.

Stars: Sue Johnston, Dawn French, Maggie Steed, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 1,021

The cast alone should speak for itself.

61. Kevin Turvey Investigates (1981 Video)

43 min | Comedy

8.3
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The Mad Kevin Turvey has been hired by the BBC to investigate things but rather than investigate 'norma'l things Kev decides to investigate stupidly bizarre things (like he does) and his ... See full summary »

Directors: Colin Gilbert, Tom Gutteridge | Star: Rik Mayall

Votes: 156

Even though it's just a collection of shorts and it will probably be omitted from this list in the near future to make way for something fresher and longer lasting than Hermoine Granger's hyman, I believe it deserves a mention because Kevin Turvey is the undisputed king of "Going Off On A Tangent". It has nothing to do with the fact that I have an inexplicable hetero hard-on for that Drop Dead Fred guy. You know the one? The one who managed to build an enviable career via top notch gags regarding snot and masturbation :p

62. Let Them Eat Cake (1999)

30 min | Comedy, History

8.2
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It's 1782 and welcome to the fabulous Palace of Versailles, France. Outside the gates, the peasants are on the verge of revolting (already well past vile), whilst inside lives one of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Scarborough, Lucy Punch

Votes: 553

The short-lived female version of Slackbladder... very vaguely. It deserves a mensh but it'll probably be omitted from this list in favour of something better very soon, mainly because there's only one series :p

63. Life's Too Short (2011–2013)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

7.5
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The show centers on Warwick Davis in his day-to-day life, complete with the frustrations he faces.

Stars: Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Rosamund Hanson

Votes: 12,223

Time Bandits?

No, I wasn't in Time Bandits.

F@#% OFF YOU C@#%!!!

64. Look Around You (2002–2005)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.5
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A parody of educational programs. Just don't believe anything in the show is true.

Stars: Peter Serafinowicz, Nigel Lambert, Robert Popper, James Serafinowicz

Votes: 2,180

Random as F@#%!

65. Man Down (2013– )

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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Dan (Davies) is a childish idiot trapped in an adult's life, helped along by his uniquely dysfunctional best friends, Jo (Conaty) and Brian (Wozniak). His inability to navigate the simplest... See full summary »

Stars: Greg Davies, Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Gwyneth Powell

Votes: 1,317

I'm a 32 year-old man-child and the fact that Rik Mayall is old enough to convincingly portray Greg Davies' dad makes me feel old. I wonder how Rik feels about that :p

BRIAN: You asked me which one of the Muppets my wife's vagina most looked like! DAN: I know... and you said Gonzo. All purple... all messy thick tufts.

66. Man Stroke Woman (2005–2007)

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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British comedy sketch show by 6 well known comedy actors/actresses

Stars: Amanda Abbington, Ben Crompton, Daisy Haggard, Meredith MacNeill

Votes: 689

If you, the Jury, find my client guilty... then I will think that you are all... gay. That's right! And I will point at you on the street... and I'll say, "Look at that gay! Look at those gays! They're properly gay! It's obvious!" Is that what you want? To be a gay jury... of gays? I rest my case."

67. Misfits (2009–2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers.

Stars: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha

Votes: 81,245

Okay... so it's technically a "Sci-Fi Drama Series"... but it's piss-funny!

"SAVE ME BARRY!"

68. The Mitchell and Webb Situation (2001)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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The legendary comedy duo's first outrageous sketch show, which launched both of their careers

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Gus Brown

Votes: 1,275

It's hit and miss... and hit and hit and hit and hit and hit and miss. Just try not to focus on Mitchell's bulbous eyes or Webb's shark-like teeth :p

MALE ADDICT: Do you want some more heroin? FEMALE ADDICT: Not for me thanks. It goes straight to my bottom. MALE ADDICT: Really? FEMALE ADDICT: Yeah, I haven't had a $hi+ for 3 weeks.

69. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)

TV-G | 350 min | Comedy, Family

8.5
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Life is a difficult challenge for Mr Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverance is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler, Matthew Ashforde

Votes: 76,630

Who else?

70. My Family (2000–2011)

50 min | Comedy

7.6
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Comedy about Ben, a dentist, and his family. They don't exactly get along well.

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson, Daniela Denby-Ashe

Votes: 7,502

It has its fair share of moments :p

71. Nighty Night (2004–2005)

30 min | Comedy

8.1
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While telling her husband he's dying, Jill sets her sights on the next door neighbour, Don. And torments his wife, who suffers from MS.

Stars: Julia Davis, Angus Deayton, Rebecca Front, Ruth Jones

Votes: 1,775

Mark Gatiss' twitch never gets old and Steve Coogan's protege, Julia Davis certainly gave Gervais and Merchant a run for their money when it came to "Squirm-Inducing Awkward Humour" with her break-out black comedy. Angus Deayton (The Other Man in Rowan Atkinson's One Man Show) is in fine form, Rebecca Front is almost too apathetically pathetic (or do I mean pathetically apathetic) for her own good and Ruth Jones (Myfanwy from Little Britain) will take your breath away. Not to mention the countless cameos by classic comedy actors such as Marc Wootton who impeccably deliver such corkers as... "He describes his personality as Scottish."

72. Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012– )

30 min | Comedy

6.4
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The Adventures Of Noel And His Friends Smooth, Andy Warhol And Dolly.

Stars: Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Dolly Wells, Tom Meeten

Votes: 1,929

I love you a bit.

73. Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)

25 min | Comedy

8.0
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British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones

Votes: 1,728

ALL HAIL ALTERNATIVE CARPARK!

74. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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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.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 78,104

If you want the rainbow... you gotta put up with the rain. You know which "Philosopher" said that? Dolly Parton! And people say she's just a big pair of tits.

75. Open All Hours (1973–1985)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 3,673

Invokes nostalgia in me like no other.

76. Outnumbered (2007–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A part-improvised comedy about a couple bringing up their three young children.

Stars: Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner, Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche

Votes: 7,127

It's definitely worth a look... especially if you're one of those sad sacks who actually loves their kids :p

77. Pete Versus Life (2010– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Pete, a journalist, is an average bloke, but what sets him apart is that his life is observed, analysed and commented on by two sports commentators.

Stars: Rafe Spall, Simon Greenall, Ian Kirkby, Pippa Duffy

Votes: 621

Rafe... ... ... Ralph... ... ... Rafe... ... ... Ralph. It has nothing to do with the quality of the show... but surely you can see the point I'm trying to make. (Insert Tongue-Sticking-Out-Emoticon Here)

78. The Peter Serafinowicz Show (2007– )

Comedy

8.1
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Piza. Birthday pie. Pints 'o cream. Potato grids. Pork cylinders. Artificial bacon (facon). Large macs. You name it.

Stars: Peter Serafinowicz, Paul Putner, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Bronagh Gallagher

Votes: 795

DUKE'S BARRELL CHEESE! Nuff Said? No? Need more? How about the fact that whenever I show the 1st episode of this to anyone I've ever met, they all say the same thing. "This guy is REALLY good. How many seasons are there? ONLY ONE?! That's F@#%ED!!!" Whoever axed THE PETER SERAFINOWICZ SHOW seriously needs to be axed!

79. PhoneShop (2009– )

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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The antics of the dysfunctional staff of Sutton branch of a mobile phone retailer.

Stars: Emma Fryer, Tom Bennett, Andrew Brooke, Javone Prince

Votes: 1,806

Emma Fryer is my special friend... on Facebook. Bless her. Oh... and the show's pretty good ;)

80. Psychoville (2009–2011)

30 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

8.0
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A group of seemingly unrelated strangers all receive a mysterious note stating "I know what you did," which sends their lives into a downward spiral.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Daniel Kaluuya, Daisy Haggard

Votes: 5,151

It's all good, but the Halloween Special is the real TREAT.

81. Reggie Perrin (2009– )

30 min | Comedy

6.3
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Reggie Perrin has a cushy job as head of innovation in a men's body care products firm, but philosophically hates meaningless office life. He's equally unhappy with commuting, his dull ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Clunes, Fay Ripley, Lucy Liemann, Jim Howick

Votes: 519

Much like the earlier incarnation of DOC MARTIN, Reginald is also very "Lester Burnham in AMERICAN BEAUTY". Vaguely.

82. Saxondale (2006–2007)

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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Tommy Saxondale is an ex-roadie with anger management issues and his own pest control business in Stevenage. Having survived a hostile divorce, Tommy now lives with his girlfriend Magz. ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Coogan, James Bachman, Rasmus Hardiker, Ruth Jones

Votes: 2,375

CLASSIC COOGAN! A BABY COW PRODUCTION about an aging Rocker/Roadie with serious anger management issues called Tommy Saxondale who runs his own Pest Control business. He often lives in the past... but he's also ashamed to admit that in recent years his priorities have somewhat changed.

83. Shameless (2004–2013)

TV-MA | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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The lives and relationships of a group of siblings and their estranged father Frank Gallagher on a rough Manchester estate.

Stars: David Threlfall, Rebecca Atkinson, Alice Barry, Nicky Evans

Votes: 12,269

The American version actually has its fair share of moments too. So for those of you who are keeping count, that makes 2 decent American rip-offs of brilliant British shows out of approx 200 pathetic attempts over the years. THE OFFICE and SHAMELESS. I'm not overlooking anything am I? LITTLE BRITAIN USA doesn't count :p

84. The Sketch Show (2001–2003)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Sketch comedy series featuring a range of different humour styles.

Stars: Lee Mack, Jim Tavaré, Karen Taylor, Tim Vine

Votes: 418

On tomorrow night's program, we ask the question... is llama bad?

85. Skins (2007–2013)

TV-MA | 46 min | Drama

8.2
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The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures.

Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Hannah Murray, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

Votes: 64,736

I miss Cassie :(

86. The Smoking Room (2004–2005)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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A British comedy set in the smoking room of a workplace.

Stars: Robert Webb, Jeremy Swift, Nadine Marshall, Paula Wilcox

Votes: 695

An Underrated Gem. Like many of the best Brit-Com's ever made, it's all about the classic characters and the brilliant banter.

"YOU'D SMASH IT!"

87. Snuff Box (2006– )

30 min | Comedy

8.1
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Two hangmen (Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher) compete for women, money and happiness, venturing deeper in the ocean of depravity than any friends should in a whiskey-fuelled, cross-cultural friendship.

Stars: Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher, Terry Wade, Alan Ford

Votes: 2,220

Berry AND Fulcher. Nuff Said?

88. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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Accident-prone Frank Spencer fails to navigate the simplest tasks of daily life, while also trying to look after his wife and baby.

Stars: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Jessica Forte, Jane Hylton

Votes: 2,333

FRANK SPENCER: ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... I'm a man.

He took the words right outta my mouth :p

89. The Strangerers (2000)

60 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.9
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Aliens in human form land on Earth to carry out a secret mission, and when the Supervisor is decapitated, the two bumbling Cadets have no idea what the mission entails. With a mixture of ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Williams, Jack Docherty, Sarah Alexander, Mark Heap

Votes: 134

Rob Grant (Red Dwarf) created this overwhelmingly brilliant and tragically short-lived masterpiece. Look it up on YouTube and/or like the Facebook Page.

90. Teenage Kicks (2008– )

30 min | Comedy

5.8
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During the last two decades, aging punk rocker Vernon, has spent much of his time in the pub whilst living off his high-flying wife! Now, following a particularly nasty divorce, middle-aged... See full summary »

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Ed Coleman, Laura Aikman, Jonathan Chan-Pensley

Votes: 168

It HAD Potential.

"BLOODY WOMEN! They're only ever after one thing... ... ... but they'll never tell you what it is!"

91. The Thick of It (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

8.7
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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.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 15,042

I removed THE NEW STATESMAN in favour of THE THICK OF IT. I didn't think anyone would mind :p

92. The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)

41 min | Comedy, Crime

7.5
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Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mina Anwar, James Dreyfus, Serena Evans

Votes: 4,931

Hugely Underrated! People were far too eager to compare it to BLACKADDER just because it's written by Elton and starring Atkinson. That's like comparing... ummm... something that's written by a certain person and starring a certain person and not liking it as much because it's not the same show :p What if people didn't like FAWLTY TOWERS because John Cleese isn't random enough and there are no cartoons in it? Or what if people didn't like A FISH CALLED WANDA because Archie Leech was less of an uptight stress-head than Basil Fawlty and Michael Palin wasn't well-spoken enough? Surely the nicest man in England would never assist dirty rotten scoundrels to rob a bank?! THE DEFENSE RESTS! :p

"I've arranged for the women's... machine... to be moved. The women's machine... ... ... the... mechanized... purveyor of... ... ...purificatory dressings. SWABS!"

*Search YouTube for "Rowan Atkinson Swabs" ;)

93. This Is Jinsy (2010– )

30 min | Comedy, Musical

6.7
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The series follows Arbiter Maven (the 17th Arbiter and 'Wearer of the Hat') and Operative Sporall (nice hair and 'Wearer of the Beige Suit') as they keep a close eye on the 791 residents of... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Bran, Justin Chubb, Geoffrey McGivern, Alice Lowe

Votes: 631

I've only just discovered this show. It does my bloody head in... AND I LOVE IT! More random than MONTY PYTHON, THE GOODIES, THE YOUNG ONES, LOOK AROUND YOU and THE MIGHTY BOOSH rolled into one.

94. A Touch of Cloth (2012– )

Action, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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DCI Jack Cloth and DC Anne Oldman are paired to investigate a series of grisly murders done by a devious killer.

Stars: John Hannah, Suranne Jones, Navin Chowdhry, Adrian Bower

Votes: 2,800

If you don't fall instantly in love with Cloth... there's something seriously wrong with you!

SIDE NOTE: See also BLACK MIRROR and WEEKLY WIPE.

95. The Trip (2010– )

TV-14 | 172 min | Comedy

8.1
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82 Metascore

Steve is asked to review restaurants for the UK's Observer who is joined on a working road trip by his friend Rob who fills in at the last minute when Coogan's romantic relationship falls apart.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson, Claire Keelan

Votes: 5,081

Featuring the guy who got blown-up near the start of TROPIC THUNDER and the dude from *THE WORST WEEK OF MY LIFE trying to out-funny each other. How can it fail :p

*Please don't comment that Rob Brydon wasn't in THE WORST WEEK OF MY LIFE. It's an in-joke for QI fans ;D

96. The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)

Comedy

7.9
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Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, The Fred Tomlinson Singers, John Owens

Votes: 2,069

No description required!

97. The Vicar of Dibley (1994–2007)

60 min | Comedy

8.0
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A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentricly conservative small town's church.

Stars: Dawn French, James Fleet, Trevor Peacock, Gary Waldhorn

Votes: 9,147

No. No. No. No. No. YES! On the surface it looks like Dawn French, the guy from FOUR WEDDINGS & A FUNERAL, *the chick from NOTTING HILL and several old farts sitting around a table discussing their church... but you won't need to scratch the surface very hard to find yet another masterpiece by Sir Dick Curtis.

*Yes... I'm well aware that the chick from NOTTING HILL was never sitting around the table... which I always found to be a little odd. Shouldn't the Verger attend these meetings? What's up with that Curtis? I assume that you did your fact-checking :p

98. Whites (2010– )

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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The story of the executive chef at a country house hotel.

Stars: Alan Davies, Darren Boyd, Katherine Parkinson, Stephen Wight

Votes: 1,303

Whoever decided not to commission this show for at least a second series should be axed!

99. Wild West (2002–2004)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.6
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Mary Trewednack lives above her post office in the Cornish village of St. Gweep, with her neurotic partner Angela. Lesbians until something better comes along. Witchcraft and wife-swapping ... See full summary »

Stars: Catherine Tate, David Bradley, Sean Foley, Richard Mylan

Votes: 200

What is it about shows set in little Cornish-ish villages that appeals to me? Not that there's anything wrong with that :p

100. The Worst Week of My Life (2004–2006)

29 min | Comedy

8.0
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Only one week to go before the marriage of Howard and Mel which quickly escalates into the week from Hell. The series follows the bumbling Howard as he lurches from one appallingly ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Miller, Sarah Alexander, Alison Steadman, Geoffrey Whitehead

Votes: 1,457

A Classic Comedy Series that's like the British answer to MEET THE PARENTS.

"Any idea how to get an engagement ring out of a dead dog set in concrete?"