British comedy

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

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

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

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

Votes: 53,479

2. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

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: 70,497

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

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

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: 37,213

4. The Black Adder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

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: 30,360

5. The Young Ones (1982–1984)

410 min | Comedy

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: 11,591

6. The Day Today (1994– )

30 min | Comedy

A spoof of the British style of news broadcasting - including ridiculous stories, patronising vox pops, offensively hard-hitting research and a sports presenter clearly struggling for metaphors.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front

Votes: 3,974

7. Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994–1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

A mock of a TV show where the host is rude to many of his guests.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber, Steve Brown

Votes: 4,685

8. Father Ted (1995–1998)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

Three misfit priests and their housekeeper live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland that it seems to be.

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

Votes: 30,666

9. Brass Eye (1997–2001)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

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

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

Votes: 8,013

10. I'm Alan Partridge (1997–2002)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

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: 15,304

11. The Royle Family (1998–2012)

45 min | Comedy

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: 5,111

12. The League of Gentlemen (1999–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Horror

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: 8,550

13. Spaced (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

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: 44,278

14. Black Books (2000–2004)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.

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

Votes: 46,605

15. Coupling (2000–2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

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: 38,536

16. Jam (2000)

24 min | Comedy

A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Amelia Bullmore, David Cann, Julia Davis

Votes: 1,820

17. Marion & Geoff (2000–2003)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Keith is a taxi driver who records a monologue on his video camera, which relates the story of his failed marriage after his wife Marion left him for her work colleague, Geoff.

Stars: Rob Brydon, Regina Freedman, Stuart Maconie

Votes: 322

18. Phoenix Nights (2001–2002)

25 min | Comedy

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: 4,476

19. Look Around You (2002–2005)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

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: 2,212

20. Little Britain (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

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: 18,558

21. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

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: 17,864

22. My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 (2002)

12 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Disaster after disaster, an already frail man descends into madness after his talking dog announces that he is actually his defence lawyer.

Director: Christopher Morris | Stars: Paddy Considine, Miranda Pleasence, Simon Greenall, Richard Lumsden

Votes: 1,025

23. Peep Show (2003–2015)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

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: 41,946

24. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

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: 13,465

25. Ideal (2005–2011)

30 min | Comedy

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: 2,192

26. Nathan Barley (2005)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

After publishing a rant about 'idiots' - frantically hip, ignorant scenesters - Dan Ashcroft finds these same people embracing him as his idol and his nerves constantly tested by his biggest fan, moronic scene personality Nathan Barley.

Stars: Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan, Spencer Brown

Votes: 3,214

27. Saxondale (2006–2007)

30 min | Comedy

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: 2,399

28. Screenwipe (2006–2009)

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy

Satirical TV show critique.

Stars: Charlie Brooker, Al Campbell, David Firth, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace

Votes: 1,852

29. Snuff Box (2006– )

30 min | Comedy

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: 2,264

30. Psychoville (2009–2011)

30 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

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: 5,343

31. Come Fly with Me (2010–2011)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

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: 5,560

32. The Trip (2010– )

TV-14 | 172 min | Comedy

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: 5,252