British Tv Comedy Gold

by nestles | created - 20 Jun 2012 | updated - 12 Jul 2012 | Public

Was trying to put a list together for Best British tv comedy. Feel free to let me know if there is any I have missed out.

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1. I'm Alan Partridge (1997–2002)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

8.5
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Alan Partridge a failed television presenter whose previous exploits had featured in the chat-show parody Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and who is now presenting a programed on local radio in Norwich.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Phil Cornwell, Simon Greenall, Felicity Montagu

Votes: 14,739

2. 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: 7,786

3. 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: 28,225

4. 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: 29,574

5. Porridge (1973–1977)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

8.3
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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.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 4,121

6. 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: 44,702

7. 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: 67,688

8. Phoenix Nights (2001–2002)

25 min | Comedy

8.4
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The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester.

Stars: Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Justin Moorhouse, Paddy McGuinness

Votes: 4,315

9. 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: 77,380

10. 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: 5,071

11. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977)

Comedy

8.3
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The Morecambe & Wise Show was a long running and massively popular sketch series starring British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, plus a string of top-name international celebrity guests (of a bygone age), like André Prévin.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Ann Hamilton, Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

Votes: 446

12. Harry Enfield and Chums (1994–1999)

40 min | Comedy

7.5
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BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies.

Stars: Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Paul Whitehouse, Louisa Rix

Votes: 1,666

13. The Fast Show (1994–2000)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.2
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UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.

Stars: Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir, Simon Day

Votes: 3,182

14. Gavin & Stacey (2007– )

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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Gavin and Stacey have been continuing their romance on-line and by telephone for the last six months. Now they want to be together but will their friends and family let them?

Stars: Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, Alison Steadman, Ruth Jones

Votes: 10,900

15. 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: 1,757

16. Only Fools and Horses.... (1981–2003)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

8.9
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Comedy that follows two brothers from London's rough Peckham estate as they wheel and deal through a number of dodgy deals as they search for the big score that'll make them millionaires.

Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Votes: 35,812

17. Pulling (2006–2009)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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Donna has a drunken revelation on her hen night and decides that she has been missing out on the single life. So with just days to go, she calls off her wedding to fiancé Karl and moves in ... See full summary »

Stars: Sharon Horgan, Tanya Franks, Rebekah Staton, Cavan Clerkin

Votes: 1,019

18. 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: 5,749

19. 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: 11,310

20. 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: 9,940

21. 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: 40,234

22. 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: 104,427

23. 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: 18,086

24. 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: 1,031

25. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.6
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A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.

Stars: Benny Hill, Henry McGee, Jackie Wright, Bob Todd

Votes: 3,539

26. French and Saunders (1987– )

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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This BBC comedy skit show is the brainchild of longtime comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Each episode would feature satire on British life, television, and parodies on big box ... See full summary »

Stars: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Simon Brint, Rowland Rivron

Votes: 2,314

27. 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: 15,504

28. 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: 1,261

29. Spaced (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

8.7
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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: 43,254

30. The Royle Family (1998–2012)

45 min | Comedy

8.1
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A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house.

Stars: Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash

Votes: 4,927

31. 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: 11,470

32. 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: 64,489

33. Not Going Out (2006– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

7.8
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The mishaps of slacker Lee, Lee's best mate Tim, Lee's long-suffering landlady and the love of Lee's life, Lucy, and Tim's well-meaning but dim-witted girlfriend Daisy.

Stars: Lee Mack, Sally Bretton, Katy Wix, Tim Vine

Votes: 4,586

34. Shameless (2004–2013)

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: 12,179

35. Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001–2011)

26 min | Comedy

7.1
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The Lives And Loves Of Five Friends In The Northern Town Of Runcorn

Stars: Will Mellor, Natalie Casey, Sheridan Smith, Kathryn Drysdale

Votes: 3,003

36. The Detectives (1993–1997)

50 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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In the never ending, high tech war against crime, Detective Constables Bob Louis and David Briggs are the Scud missiles of the police arsenal of intuition, hunches and inspired guesses... ... See full summary »

Stars: Jasper Carrott, Robert Powell, George Sewell, Frank Windsor

Votes: 935