Best of Britcoms / British Comedy TV Series

This list won't be for everybody, but if you have similar taste in humour, you might like these...

In no particular order after 10...

Thank you for the kind comments, Alan, Saff, Gary, Linda, Aria, Harsh, Michael-Scott, & Lori.

Gary, I'm grateful for your suggestion of 'George & Mildred'; watched some on YTb and absolutely love it! As for 'Robin's Nest', it was already in my list of 'British Comedies', but not 'Best of'. I'd never heard of 'Return of Shelly' and could not easily find any samples/previews online, but have added it to my list of 'British Comedies'...

Linda, thank you for your reminder about 'Waiting for God', it is wonderful; I tend to prefer the earlier episodes over the later, but it is always enjoyable!

Aria, thanks, 'Red Dwarf' is a guilty pleasure...

Harsh, I've never had the pleasure of watching 'Inbetweeners'; will give it a go soon, thanks!

Thanks, Michael-Scott; I bet you're referring to 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie'? It's included in my list of 'British Comedies'. I've enjoyed what little I've caught of this, and am a big fan of Stephen's and Hugh's other works [particularly 'Jeeves and Wooster' & 'Black Adder Goes Forth'].

Lori, Thanks for a great list of Britcoms! I've enjoyed some of these [particularly 'Outnumbered'] and they are all included in my "British Comedy TV Series / Britcoms" list, but not in my "Best of..." list.
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1.
The IT Crowd (2006 TV Series)
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The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation. (25 mins.)
 
2.
Coupling (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Six best friends talk about all aspects of sex and relationships on their never-ending quest to find true love. (30 mins.)
 
3.
'Allo 'Allo! (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In WW2 France, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene. (45 mins.)
 
4.
Black Books (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers... (25 mins.)
 
5.
The Vicar of Dibley (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentricly conservative small town's church. (60 mins.)
 
6.
The Young Ones (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain. (410 mins.)
 
7.
Are You Being Served? Again! (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The staff of the defunct Grace Brothers department store reunite to run a rural hotel. (26 mins.)
 
8.
The Thin Blue Line (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (41 mins.)
 
9.
Extras (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment. (30 mins.)
 
10.
Which Way to the War (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
In the Western Desert of World War II, a party of British "Desert Rat" soldiers and a party of Australian soldiers are holed up in a remote building, when an ambulance of Italian "nurses" arrives. (30 mins.)
Director: Roy Gould
“ This was only a pilot; shame it wasn't allowed to develop...!

Very difficult to find; was once available on the 'David Croft' site [c.2007-9] in three parts, but no longer [as of 02/13]...

Highly recommended for Lloyd & Croft fans, fans of WWII comedies in general ['Allo, Allo', 'Dad's Army', 'Hogan's Heroes', 'McHale's Navy', etc...], as well as 'Simon Baker Denny' fans... ” - L P
 
11.
Moone Boy (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Martin Moone is a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend Sean to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky small-town Irish family circa 1990. (23 mins.)
 
12.
Are You Being Served? (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store. (28 mins.)
 
13.
FM (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
O'Dowd is Lindsay Carol, a DJ on a hip radio station Skin FM. Urbane and witty on air, off-air he's a shambles... (30 mins.)
 
14.
Last of the Summer Wine (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly. (30 mins.)
 
15.
Miranda (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Socially inept Miranda always gets into awkward situations; working in her joke shop with best friend Stevie, being hounded by her pushy mother, and especially when she's around her crush Gary. (30 mins.)
 
16.
My Hero (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Thermoman is a multiple-powered superhero who originates from the planet Ultron. In an attempt to do his best to fit in with life on earth, he creates the human alias of George Sunday. (30 mins.)
 
17.
Clone (2008 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
“ Too bad it was only one series... ” - L P
 
18.
Blackadder Goes Forth (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war. (175 mins.)
“ My favorite 'Black Adder'... ” - L P
 
19.
Still Game (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Cult Scottish comedy about the lives of two OAP's Jack and Victor and their views on how it used to be in the old days and how bad it is now in the fictional town of Craiglang. (30 mins.)
 
20.
Fawlty Towers (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. (30 mins.)
 
21.
Vexed (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two Detectives Jack and Georgina who share chemistry but have complicated personal lives. (60 mins.)
 
22.
Bottom (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Edward and Richard are best buddies living off the government doing nothing more than having a good time and breaking stuff. (30 mins.)
 
23.
Father Ted (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Crazy sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems! (25 mins.)
 
24.
As Time Goes By (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Korean War and a long lost letter separate the lives of young lovers Jean and Lionel, whose paths cross again by happenstance. (60 mins.)
 
25.
Keeping Up Appearances (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (60 mins.)
 
26.
Brotherly Love (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
 
27.
British Men Behaving Badly (1992 TV Series)
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This comedy series is all about two mates, Gary and Tony who share a two bedroom home. They are grown men who act like a couple of drunk two year olds... (45 mins.)
 
28.
Doc Martin (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Trials and tribulations of a socially challenged doctor in Cornwall, England (50 mins.)
 
29.
Spy (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Tim is in a custody battle with his ex-wife, when he quits his job. He applies for a job as a civil servant doing data entry, but discovers during the job interview that he has been offered a job as a trainee spy for MI5. (30 mins.)
 
30.
My Family (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Comedy about Ben, a dentist, and his family. They don't exactly get along well. (50 mins.)
 
31.
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Lives And Loves Of Fives Friends In The Northern Town Of Runcorn (26 mins.)
 
32.
Dad's Army (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During WW2,in a fictional British seaside town,a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepares for an imminent German invasion. (30 mins.)
 
33.
To the Manor Born (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to... (30 mins.)
 
34.
The Benny Hill Show (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour. (30 mins.)
 
35.
The Detectives (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the never ending, high tech war against crime, Detective Constables Bob Louis and David Briggs are... (50 mins.)
 
36.
Good Neighbors (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The perils of "escaping the rat race" and dropping out of society - to start a farm in Surbiton (and to drive Margo nuts). (28 mins.)
 
37.
Only Fools and Horses.... (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Classic comedy following the misadventures of two Wheeler Dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires. (95 mins.)
 
38.
Wild West (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mary Trewednack lives above her post office in the Cornish village of St. Gweep, with her neurotic partner Angela... (30 mins.)
 
39.
Mind Your Language (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Barry Evans plays a put-upon language teacher who tries to make a living by teaching English to immigrants... (30 mins.)
 
40.
Hippies (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1969 London, the editor of an underground magazine and his friends get into wacky situations. (30 mins.)
 
41.
How Do You Want Me? (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ian has recently eloped with country girl Lisa. The have moved from London back to her hometown Snowle, and comedy ensues. (30 mins.)
 
42.
Dinnerladies (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen. (34 mins.)
 
43.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama... (60 mins.)
Director: Anthony Garner
 
44.
Teachers (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Comedy drama that follows the exploits of school staff both inside and out of the classroom. (50 mins.)
 
45.
Fortysomething (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Paul Slippery (Hugh Laurie), a forty-something doctor, lives with his wife Estelle and three sex-obsessed sons Rory... (60 mins.)
 
46.
Twenty Twelve (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The team responsible for organizing the 2012 Olympics in London face many challenges. (30 mins.)
 
47.
The Army Game (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The exploits of a bunch of army conscripts. (30 mins.)
Director: Eric Fawcett
 
48.
The Old Guys (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two retired gentleman share a house together , always competing for the affections of their attractive neighbour Sally
 
49.
Goodnight Sweetheart (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mr Gary Sparrow is an ordinary bloke with an extraordinary life. By day, a very bored and uninspired TV repairman but by night, an accidental time traveler. (30 mins.)
 
50.
Open All Hours (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low... (30 mins.)
 
51.
Jeeves and Wooster (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Bertram Wooster, a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet, Jeeves, to get him out. (55 mins.)
 
52.
Waiting for God (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a feisty old woman who complains... (30 mins.)
 
53.
Hello Ladies (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A gawky Englishman comes to Los Angeles to find the woman of his dreams. (29 mins.)
 
54.
The Invisibles (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Known as the inivibles, in the 1980s Maurice Riley and Syd Woolsey, were master burglars. But now they... (60 mins.)
 
55.
Red Dwarf (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf. (30 mins.)
 
56.
Grass (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
57.
Are You Being Served in Australia? (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When Mr. Humphries takes over as head of the mens-wear department at Bone Brothers in Australia, his... (25 mins.)
 
58.
George & Mildred (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House)... (30 mins.)
 
59.
World of Pub (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Barry and Garry run a pub in the West End of London. Each week their friend, certified cockney geezer Dodgy Phil... (30 mins.)
 
60.
Girls on Top (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Four women who are nothing alike end up living together in a flat in England. (30 mins.)
 
61.
On the Up (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Self-made millionaire Tony Carpenter struggles his way through life, dealing with a snooty wife, troublesome daughter, opinionated mother and quirky domestic staff. (30 mins.)
 
62.
Detectorists (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to disturb the tedium by unearthing the fortune of a lifetime. (30 mins.)
Director: Mackenzie Crook
 
63.
Chickens (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Comedy sitcom set in a small English village during the first world war. It follows three young men who are not on the front line, but fighting each other.
 
64.
Trivia (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The show focuses on the captain of a pub quiz team - a man who knows it all but has learnt nothing....
 
65.
Outnumbered (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A part-improvised comedy about a couple bringing up their three young children. (30 mins.)
 
66.
Murder Most Horrid (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Dawn French stars in this dark and twisted comedy series, in which she plays a different character embroiled in murder, in each hilarious episode.
 
67.
The High Life (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A strangely, short-lived Scottish sitcom chronicling the eccentric passengers and crew of a fictional small airline operating out of Prestwick Airport. Notable for some very surreal comedy and the all singing, all dancing titles. (30 mins.)
 
68.
Rab C. Nesbitt (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Rab C. Nesbitt is lowlife scum (and proud of it) in Glasgow, Scotland who spends his time drinking in his local and speaking to the camera about the state of society as he sees it. (50 mins.)
Director: Ron Bain
 
69.
Absolutely (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Comedy sketch show. (30 mins.)
 
70.
Up the Women (2013 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of Suffragists band together to spread the word; but they need to learn their own lessons first. (30 mins.)
 
71.
On the Buses (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but... (88 mins.)
Director: Harry Booth
 
72.
On the Buses (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (30 mins.)