Best TV Shows Of Yesterday

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1. Still Game (2002– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

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 area of Glasgow, Craiglang.

Stars: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Paul Riley, Gavin Mitchell

Votes: 4,131

2. Open All Hours (1973–1985)

30 min | Comedy

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: 3,991

3. The High Life (1994–1995)

30 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Ryecart

Votes: 320

4. Steptoe and Son (1962–2016)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy

A thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ambitious and wants to better himself, but his... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton, Tim Buckland

Votes: 2,270

5. On the Buses (1971)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Booth | Stars: Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins, Anna Karen

Votes: 1,384

6. 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: 38,934

7. Bless This House (1971–1976)

30 min | Comedy

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: 598

8. 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: 73,419

9. Red Dwarf (1988– )

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

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: 30,242

10. Man About the House (1973–1976)

30 min | Comedy

One morning after a particularly wild party, Chrissy and Jo wake up to find Robin sleeping in their bath. He needs a place to live, they need a flatmate that can cook, so they decide to let... See full summary »

Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett, Yootha Joyce

Votes: 908

11. Prospects (1986– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Prospects is a comedy drama series originally shown on Channel 4. The 12 episodes followed two East End 'geezer' characters - Jimmy 'Pincy' Pince played by Gary Olsen and Billy 'Bill' ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Olsen, Brian Bovell, Peter Lovstrom, Chrissie Cotterill

Votes: 130

Set on London's Isle of Dogs, it is the story of everyday life for two lovable rogues who have dreams of being successful entrepreneurs. But something always goes wrong. It will appeal to anyone who likes Minder.

12. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama, poignancy and drunkenness. In series 1, the lads head to Germany seeking work, and... See full summary »

Stars: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately

Votes: 2,436

Fred Moffatt runs a struggling engineering firm. Supported by his ineffectual secretary Betty, he spends his time between, trying to avoid his creditors, the tax man, the bank manager, and indeed anyone who might want him to pay for anything,. Then there’s Harry, his radical union shop steward whose interest is in parting Moffatt from as much money as possible to better pay his members.

14. Porridge (1973–1977)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

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: 4,560

15. 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: 31,802

16. Love Thy Neighbour (1972–1976)

30 min | Comedy

A white working-class socialist has his world turned upside down when an educated black man moves in next door.

Stars: Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper, Kate Williams

Votes: 404

17. Fantasy Island (1977–1984)

TV-G | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Accounts of visitors to a unique resort island in the Pacific Ocean that can fulfill literally any fantasy requested, but rarely turn out as expected.

Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett, Wendy Schaal

Votes: 5,535

18. Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks", since "in all the trains and banks ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel, Dennis Fimple

Votes: 1,383

19. Citizen Smith (1977–1980)

30 min | Comedy

Wolfie Smith is an unemployed dreamer from Tooting, London, a self-proclaimed urban guerrilla who aspires to be like his hero Che Guevara. He leads a small group called the Tooting Popular ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Mike Grady, Hilda Braid, Tony Millan

Votes: 639

20. Rising Damp (1974–1978)

30 min | Comedy

Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly and racist landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 1,855

21. Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.

Stars: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Votes: 18,699

22. Boys from the Blackstuff (1982– )

50 min | Drama

Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatcher's Britain.

Stars: Michael Angelis, Bernard Hill, Alan Igbon, Peter Kerrigan

Votes: 921

23. Please Sir! (1968–1972)

30 min | Comedy

A hapless but caring teacher tries to control his class of unruly kids. The teacher sees much good and potential in his pupils, much to the dismay of his fellow teachers who have lost hope ... See full summary »

Stars: Deryck Guyler, Noel Howlett, Joan Sanderson, Richard Davies

Votes: 231

24. The Liver Birds (1969–1996)

30 min | Comedy

The lives and loves of Beryl Hennessey and Sandra Hutchinson, two young, single women sharing a flat in Liverpool.

Stars: Nerys Hughes, Polly James, Mollie Sugden, Elizabeth Estensen

Votes: 174

25. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 45,626

26. The Likely Lads (1964–1966)

30 min | Comedy

The adventures of two "likely lads" ostensibly set in the North East of England (but filmed in Willesden Junction, London). Terry and Bob have been friends since childhood. Bob is the ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Don McKillop, Bartlett Mullins

Votes: 616

27. Taxi (1978–1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

Votes: 9,891

28. Going Straight (1978– )

30 min | Comedy

Following his release from Slade prison, Fletcher tries to stick to the straight and narrow, but it isn't easy.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Patricia Brake, Richard Beckinsale, Nicholas Lyndhurst

Votes: 860

29. Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt (1974–1978)

30 min | Comedy

Selwyn Froggitt, a well read clumsy buffoon smashes his way through his sleepy Yorkshire village of Scarsdale.

Stars: Bill Maynard, Megs Jenkins, Robert Keegan, Richard Davies

Votes: 102

30. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Sergeant Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas U.S. Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base, tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. ... See full summary »

Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Allan Melvin

Votes: 1,199

31. Life on Mars (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

Stars: John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews

Votes: 26,361

32. It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981)

30 min | Comedy, War

The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.

Stars: Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes, Donald Hewlett, Don Estelle

Votes: 996

33. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton

Votes: 5,931



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