funniest British comedy sitcoms/series (imo) "excluding animated"

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1. 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: 35,819

2. 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: 2,309

3. 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: 77,391

4. 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: 67,707

5. Mind Your Language (1977–1986)

30 min | Comedy

8.9
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Barry Evans plays a put-upon language teacher who tries to make a living by teaching English to immigrants. With pupils from India, France, China, and many other countries, his lessons do ... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Evans, George Camiller, Jacki Harding, Zara Nutley

Votes: 4,530

6. 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

7. George & Mildred (1976–1979)

30 min | Comedy

7.1
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George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House (1973)) when they receive a compulsory purchase order from the council. ... See full summary »

Stars: Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley, Sheila Fearn

Votes: 905

8. 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

9. One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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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.

Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle, Owen Brenman

Votes: 4,274

10. Russell Howard's Good News (2009– )

60 min | Comedy

7.7
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British comedian Russell Howard shares his views on the topical news of the previous week.

Stars: Russell Howard, Colin Hoult, Steve Hall, Steve Williams

Votes: 1,986

11. 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: 75,522

12. 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: 1,449

13. Terry and June (1979–1987)

30 min | Comedy

6.3
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Terry Scott and June Whitfield star as Terry and June Medford. Both of them are middle-aged and finds the trials of life are more difficult as they try to succeed in their daily lives.

Stars: Terry Scott, June Whitfield, Reginald Marsh, Rosemary Frankau

Votes: 245

14. Only When I Laugh (1981)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Marsha Mason, Kristy McNichol, James Coco, Joan Hackett

Votes: 1,009 | Gross: $25.78M

15. Dad's Army (1968–1977)

30 min | Comedy, War

8.1
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A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 4,300

16. Have I Got News for You (1990– )

29 min | Comedy, Game-Show

8.1
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Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Angus Deayton, Alexander Armstrong

Votes: 3,571

17. Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

7.8
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A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell

Votes: 11,088

18. Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)

TV-PG | 28 min | Comedy

8.1
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The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton, Wendy Richard

Votes: 5,507

19. An Idiot Abroad (2010–2013)

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: 25,964

20. Bless This House (1971–1976)

30 min | Comedy

7.0
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Bless This House centres on life in Birch Avenue, Putney, where travelling stationery salesman Sid Abbott (Sidney James) and his wife Jean (Diana Coupland) live with their teenagers: Mike (... See full summary »

Stars: Sidney James, Diana Coupland, Sally Geeson, Robin Stewart

Votes: 534

21. Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999–2001)

34 min | Comedy

7.5
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A sitcom about two dreamy roommates in London. Gay unemployed actor Tom Farrell, whose career is going nowhere, and Linda La Hughes, who is about as attractive as a centenary nun, yet has ... See full summary »

Stars: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Beth Goddard, Rosalind Knight

Votes: 1,627

22. 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: 5,750

23. Goodness Gracious Me (1998–2015)

45 min | Comedy

8.4
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A British sketch comedy that explores the integration of Indian and British cultures through a series of satires,musicals and skits.

Stars: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Kulvinder Ghir, Nina Wadia

Votes: 862

24. 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: 14,742

25. On the Buses (1969–1973)

30 min | Comedy

7.1
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Jack-the-lad bus driver and conductor Stan and Jack enjoy the female employees more than their work and Inspector Blake is relentless in his attempts to make their lives a misery.

Stars: Anna Karen, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Reg Varney

Votes: 1,532

26. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

8.7
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The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 8,901

27. 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: 4,123

28. The Likely Lads (1976)

90 min | Comedy

6.7
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Terry is divorced from his German wife and has a Finnish girlfriend Christina. At Thelma's suggestion they join her and Bob on a caravan holiday but due to a mishap the men get separated ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth, Mary Tamm

Votes: 844

29. 2point4 Children (1991–1999)

40 min | Comedy

7.1
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2point4 Children is a BBC television sitcom that was created and written by Andrew Marshall. It follows the lives of the Porters; a seemingly average family whose world is frequently turned... See full summary »

Stars: Belinda Lang, Gary Olsen, Julia Hills, John Pickard

Votes: 592

30. 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: 7,459

31. 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: 7,072

32. 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: 29,527

33. 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: 3,631

34. Birds of a Feather (1989–2018)

75 min | Comedy

6.5
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Comedy series following the lives of sisters Tracey and Sharon who are left to fend for themselves after their husbands are arrested for armed robbery.

Stars: Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Alun Lewis

Votes: 1,094

35. 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: 9,062