Well, this is the same thread where someone said:
which is baffling. The only thing those four series have in common is that they’re all British. If somebody can explain to me how “Are You Being Served?” and “The Benny Hill Show” are inherently better than the “insipid Hollywood comedy,” I’d love to hear it. They’re both broad parody and lowbrow sex gags, about as shallow as they come. Who’s the one being snobbish here?
Sure, Monty Python and Blackadder were full of ridiculously silly stuff. But that’s not all they were about. The humor comes from all over the place; in the same sketch, or at least the same episode, you were just as likely to see references to history, philosophy, or literature as you were to see topless women running around or poopie jokes. They could be silly, but they proved over and over again that they could be more than silly. If Monty Python were going to do a joke about Mrs. Slocum’s pussy, they’d have a lot of other stuff going on too; they wouldn’t act as if that were the pinnacle of comedy.
I think “Are You Being Served?” and “The Benny Hill Show” are completely stupid. That’s not to say that they’re completely worthless; they shoot low, just to make people laugh, and for a lot of people, it works. But I object to the idea that this lowbrow humor is inherently superior to “Hollywood” sitcoms, just because they deliver their sex jokes with an accent and extra u’s.