Best Britcoms of all time?

In no order:

Fawlty Towers
Monty Python (First 3 series)
Young Ones
New Statesman
League Of Gentlemen
The Day Today (why is this not more popular?)

Cannot possibly forget Keeping Up Appearances.

The Young Ones
Monty Python

I also like Coupling. Great stuff in that series. I like Father Ted, but it doesn’t really have an “edge”. I think my favourite is The Young Ones.

One in every lifetime
Comes a love like this…

Of course, that should have been Once in every lifetime…

It’s hard to have one’s computer on the floor and the keyboard in one’s lap.

Forgive the double post, but I cannot believe that I was going to forget The Office. What was I thinking?!

I meant to put The Office in there.

Father Ted is also very good, but it has the tendency to switch between a fairly unharmful style of comedy to a some fairly edgy things (Father Larry Duff, the Holy Stone), and the transition is not too well done.

Two of my favorites, not yet mentioned:

Are You Being Served?
The Vicar of Dibley

The Office. One of the best programmes of recent years.
League Of Gentlemen


I can’t believe no one has mentioned Red Dwarf!

Of the shows mentioned so far, I am completely unfamiliar with the following (not all Britcoms get aired in the States, not even on PBS):

Young Ones
New Statesman
League of Gentlemen
The Day Today
Father Ted
The Vicar of Dibley
Keeping Up Appearances

Can anyone tell me anything about any of these? Which is the one about the soccer hooligans? (“You don’t have the cobbles!”)

Phoenix Nights
I’m Alan Partridge
Brass Eye

Steptoe & Son

Hancock’s Half Hour (and Hancock)

Men Behaving Badly



Only Fools and Horses

Open All Hours

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  1. Fawlty Towers
  2. Jeeves and Wooster
  3. Yes Minister/Prime Minister

Murder Most Horrid. That is all.

I forgot to mention The Goodies.

Also, if you are a fan of British comedy you’d do well to check out BBC7. You can listen to the shows over the internet with RealPlayer or Windows Media Player.

Most of the good ones have already been taken, but I always had a soft spot for Citizen Smith (Robert Lindsay as the Trotskyist leader of the Tooting Popular Front, membership: 3). Also the sketch shows Not the Nine O’Clock News and A Bit of Fry & Laurie (well, the first two series, anyway).

:smack: how could I forget The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin ? Pure genius.

Good lord, you’re right!

Red Dwarf is excellent.

Does Comic Strip count as a series? Man, I’d love to get The Beat Generation on DVD or tape. (I have Bad News Tour and Eat The Rich.)

A friend introduced me to The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin last year. I’ve seen the first two series (of three), Leonard Rossiter gave one of the best comedic performances I’ve seen on screen. Not being a Brit I’m sure I missed some of the social satire, still I found the characters and dialogue hilarious.

Fawlty Towers
Only Fools and Horses (1980s only)
Jeeves and Wooster
Red Dwarf