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30 min Comedy, Fantasy, Horror. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives. With pleasure! Stars: The big final party brings more talk of Kathryn’s racism, while Madison and Austin continue to flirt and spar. Craig Charles, You’d think creating chaos out of simple situations would exercise its appeal after a few episodes, but clearly you’ve never seen Atkinson use an escalator. Derek Fowlds, © 2021 Vox Media, LLC. 30 min The series may maintain a melancholic aura, but Bernard is mostly a goofy dude who invites Jehovah’s Witnesses into his home to avoid doing taxes. How many classic British comedies have you watched? Paul Ford, Comedy. Funny enough, the further these Blackadders progress in the millennium, the weaker their prominence becomes in society. Master Sergeant Bilko, regularly helped by the soldiers at Fort Baxter's motor pool, spends little time performing his duties by constantly trying to obtain money through various get-rich-quick scams and promotions. Come for what eventually became Gervais’s most iconic character, and stay for a young Martin Freeman giving googly-eyes to the receptionist. Charlie Cooper, Ashley Jensen, Stars: Richard Dixon, Stars: Shazad Latif, 21 min Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. James Bolam, Comedy. Olivia Colman, TV-14 See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. Still, Del Boy’s unwavering dedication to one day becoming a member of the millionaire club to support his family keeps his younger brother, grandfather, and later uncle from turning their backs, the occasional black-market scuffle be damned. Go ahead and diagnose her, viewers! Comedy. Chris O'Dowd, Comedy. Felix Dexter, The crux of Ab Fab is that Edina, a PR rep, and Patsy, a floating fashion director of some sort, just want to evade responsibilities and have a bloody good time with their elite circle of London enablers, much to the chagrin of Edina’s increasingly bitter daughter. Comedy. You know how fickle 20-somethings can be. | | | | | A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II. Justin Moorhouse, Britain doesn’t come off looking so hot, but that’s not really the point, innit? | | Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. Neil Morrissey, 70 min Stars: Comedy. | 24 min Stewart Lee, | Rodney Bewes, https://www.listsworld.com/the-best-british-comedy-series-of-all-time Some might be surprised to learn that the original, Ricky Gervais–fronted Office only spanned 12 episodes, but even more surprising is the sheer amount of putting-the-fun-in-dysfunction antics always plaguing the gang’s paper company. James Buckley, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy. Rob Delaney jumped from Twitter jokester to bona fide acting jokester with Catastrophe, which intimately follows the aftermath of a weeklong bang fest between an American man and Irish woman (Sharon Horgan) due to a pregnancy from their many, many trysts. Stars: There is a British TV channel called GOLD (Go On Laugh Daily) and it shows British comedy shows all day, every day. — Fathers Ted, Dougal, and Jack try to make the best of their new surroundings, although that mostly includes dodging their overbearing parochial housekeeper and trying to assert their dominance over an annoying Father from another island. score: 31 of 61 (51%) required scores: 1, 11, 24, 40, 51 list stats leaders vote Vote print comments. 30 min Big brother is a television show made in the UK, where contestants take part in a challenge to see who will last the longest in the Big brother house, The winner will take home a large cash prize while the losers take home nothing. Stars: Comedy. Harry H. Corbett, TV-PG Samantha Womack, Ricky Tomlinson, Christopher Ettridge, Stars: Streaming online 24/7 on two great channels, BritCom 1 & 2. (Example: “Bomb dogs” being released in London by the IRA, causing mass chaos in the city.) Mackenzie Crook, Matthew Holness, A diverse group of “freshers” meet at a university and have the (dis)pleasure of sharing a house with each other as they navigate their way through the dreaded first year. | We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind. Sorry to the Aunties Who Weren’t Invited to Riz Ahmed’s Secret Wedding, All the Celebrities Who Have Received the COVID-19 Vaccine. The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. Stars: Let us repeat: paper company! Phil Daniels, Rik Mayall, Stars: Is this a sitcom or a drama? Stars: TV version of the popular BBC radio show of the same name, with Tony Hancock as the modern man of the world (in his own eyes). Even if you have only the faintest understanding of British comedy, you’d know that David Mitchell and Robert Webb have reigned — completely reigned — over the small screen with their never-ending supply of witticisms and cheek since the early aughts. Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause’s Divorce Is Finally Final, It Makes Total Sense We’re All Into Sea Shanties Now, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion Keep You Up All Night With Ari’s ‘34+35’ Remix, Emma Thompson to Hurl You Over the Fence in Netflix’s. | 30 min Perhaps we’d see a vast uptick in Roman Catholic devotees if all priests were as delightful as the ones in Father Ted, who roam the fictional Craggy Island with iron-silly fists and even sillier backstories. Stars: Al Murray, 29 min | Despite rarely making a sale in his envy-inducing London bookshop — à la Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, but with 50 percent more grime — Black Books’ misanthropic lead Bernard Black comfortably manages to keep to his daily routine of smoking, drinking, and berating customers with limited interruption, eschewing unnecessary contact with anyone who isn’t his two friends. George Cole, Stars: Three misfit priests and their housekeeper live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland that it seems to be. And a side of Marlboros! Stars: Wodehouse’s Jeeves canon with Jeeves and Wooster. Dennis Waterman, The pair were married for fifty years prior to the television legend’s death in 2003. Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. Phil Silvers, 2. Stars: The terrible, no good, very bad decisions of Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) might make you feel better about your sporadically ill-advised life choices, especially since the duo makes all of those amphetamine cocktails and cigarettes, look, well, simply fabulous. But mind you, I’m Alan Partridge’s protagonist doesn’t even have that much fame — as we find out in the premiere, he’s banished by the BBC due to a medley of offences and is forced to set up shop in the dull city of Norwich, barely hanging on to his sanity with his (1) graveyard time slot and (2) lack of listeners. Just don’t be deceived, dear literati. Frank Thornton, Anna Karen, Feel free to think of your own! Consider rumors of Gomez’s upcoming Spanish-language music confirmed. Stars: Not British, but it's so good it could be! Ricky Gervais, In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time. The series is set in a Hospital in Romford, which is situated over the gates of Hell. Rowan Atkinson’s reign as a British comedy scion officially began with Blackadder, a four-season sitcom woven together as a bizarro “historical” anthology. Matt King, Look, we get it. You\'ll receive the next newsletter in your inbox. Peter Capaldi, Such is the quality of the best British shows that the likes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Sherlock, and The I.T. | When the Church of England finally entered the modern age in 1992 by allowing female ministers to be ordained, the BBC smartly found a way to capitalize on humor that could emerge from such a situation: by creating The Vicar of Dibley, a sitcom that finds a rambunctious lady vicar with a penchant for chocolate (Dawn French, a true comedy icon) taking up shop in a rural village that appears, at first, to be the worst possible village for her personality and holy talents. The fake-news snowflakes might go nuts if this type of thing aired in 2018, but who are we to judge. As a means of putting together a guide to the finest telly the Brits have to offer, Vulture has compiled what we consider to be 25 of the best comedies that have premiered since Basil Fawlty’s farewell — paying special attention to their influence, innovation, and critical acclaim in the evolution of modern comedy as we know it. British Comedy Radio plays the very best British radio comedy shows from the past 75 years. Martin Freeman, Glynn Edwards, Half of the time, anyway. Two early thirties best friends live together while having completely different personalities. Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. Not that the man himself would ever admit to that. Caroline Quentin, It’s an “epic odyssey of romance, war, drug addiction, and crime” directed by the Russo brothers and starring Spidey. Robert Daws. Prior to the concept of “satirical news program” picking up steam in America, The Day Today served as a six-episode master class on how a show could create an effective template for parodying, well, just about everything going on in the news. Old Woman (2) Parody (2) Priest (2) Psychotronic Series (2) Radio (2) Religion (2) Roommate (2) Singing (2) Slob (2) Son (2) Squalor (2) Surreal (2) Tea (2) Twenty Something (2) United Kingdom (2) Village (2) Violence … David Mitchell, Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Düsseldorf. While Terry is trying his hardest to satisfy ... See full summary », Stars: | So funny, in fact, that it’s guaranteed to make your stomach clench so hard that it basically doubles as doing crunches? 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. avg. (It’s important to note that Jessica Hynes was also a co-creator and had equal involvement with the men.) If you aren’t familiar with British comedy series, they can catch you off guard. Tamsin Greig, You’ve Broken Selena’s Sacred Heart for the Last Time In New. | Helen Atkinson Wood. A spoof of the well known This Morning With Richard & Judy, by Lee and Herring. TV-PG But through all her fourth-wall-breaking narrations and nods is someone using the noirest of black humor to cope with a profound loss, the loss of which, however voyeuristically, we get to reap the comedic rewards of in its aftermath. Sorry.) Why Are the Backstreet Boys Tweeting About QAnon? Anything with Hattie Jacques in must be good! A list of the greatest British comedy TV shows ever. 25 min Terence Alexander, TV-14 Tim Healy, Patrick Marber, Two siblings share their Friday night dinners at their parents home and, somehow, something always goes wrong. Matt Berry, Hugh Laurie, Nigel Hawthorne, | George Camiller, The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester. Hyacinth’s husband, bless his heart, somehow deals with all of this nonsense, even if that means conceding to this new surname pronunciation or indulging her frequent dinner parties to impress the neighbors. David Jason, Where to stream: Hulu This supremely addictive crime thriller, produced by BBC America, stars Sandra Oh as an intelligence agent obsessed with female serial killers. score: 31 of 61 (51%) required scores: 1, 11, 24, 40, 51 list stats leaders vote Vote print comments. 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