MY favourite SITCOMS EVER!

by khunkrumark | created - 22 Feb 2017 | updated - 17 Apr 2018 | Public

I'm an old white man - this is my OPINION! (Listed in order of my preference!)

This is a list of Sit-Coms (situation comedies) NOT comedy shows and sketch shows... which is why there are a few obvious titles missing.

(The Two Ronnies/Morecambe & Wise/Monty Python/The Dick Emery Show, Dave Allen, etc, are not Sit-Coms.)

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1. Filthy Rich & Catflap (1987)

204 min | Comedy

A satire about three losers: a failed actor, his sleazy agent, and a permanently drunk bodyguard.

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Michael Redfern

Votes: 1,334

In my opinion - the most important, most under-rated and most watchable sitcom ever made. Only 6 episodes, this brilliant program tears apart the 'middle of the road' state of comedy in the UK and sticks a massive finger up its arse! Ben Elton's finest hour!

2. Bottom (1991–1995)

30 min | Comedy

Two perpetually bored and broke flatmates waste their days in a futile struggle to get laid, earn cash, and not kill one another.

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Steven O'Donnell, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 12,124

This probably would have been my life if I hadn't emigrated! For those of us now slipping through middle age, this sitcom conjures up the best of the '90s.

3. I'm Alan Partridge (1997–2002)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Alan Partridge, a failed television presenter, is now presenting a programme on local radio in Norwich. He desperately tries to revive his broadcasting career.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Simon Greenall, Felicity Montagu, Phil Cornwell

Votes: 19,190

Britain's favorite unfiltered character is comedic genius.

4. The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)

30 min | Comedy, Crime

Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mina Anwar, James Dreyfus, Serena Evans

Votes: 6,389

More Ben Elton and yet more underrated British comedy. Heartwarming tales of a dedicated and officious Inspector versus all the other coppers he works with! David Haig steals this show as D.I. Derek Grim.

5. Blackadder the Third (1987)

TV-PG | 180 min | Comedy

In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Helen Atkinson Wood

Votes: 41,833

The third series is the best of the four Blackadder outings, I think.

6. Blackadder II (1986)

TV-PG | 176 min | Comedy

In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 44,010

The second series of Blackadder is the second best of the four!

7. 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: 87,063

Well, what can you say! A genius at work!

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

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy

Alan Partridge hosts his own chat show on the BBC. He insults and belittles almost all of his guests and is humiliated by the rest.

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

Votes: 6,226

Brilliant (if predictable and formulaic) show featuring Alan at his unfiltered best. It's a shame the same actors played on every show. Oh well.

9. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 102,154

THE groundbreaking 'mockumentary' which gave hope to all downtrodden white, privileged, middle-aged, white men!

10. Early Doors (2003–2004)

30 min | Comedy

The show centres on pub landlord Ken (John Henshaw), especially his preoccupation with his daughter Melanie (Christine Bottomley), and his nervous relationship with barmaid Tanya (Susan ... See full summary »

Stars: John Henshaw, Rita May, Mark Benton, Craig Cash

Votes: 1,544

If you like my list of favorite British comedy programs then THIS program should be on your list, too. Early Doors slipped under the radar, but it's a beautiful slice of life.PLEASE find a way to watch this forgotten masterpiece.

11. The Young Ones (1982–1984)

TV-14 | 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: 13,808

The lunatic and surreal adventures of students in Thatcher's Britain. It changed British comedy and was replayed out every day in sixth form rooms across Britain!

12. Dad's Army (1968–1977)

30 min | Comedy, War

A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 5,837

Probably the best round up of characters and actors in any British sit-com. No wonder it's still played on the BBC and no wonder it still crushes the competition every Christmas!

13. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 13,218

As true and as relevant today as it was decades ago. Brilliant writing and first-rate actors bring laughs to the corridors of power.

14. Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 10,158

As true and as relevant today as it was decades ago. Brilliant writing and first-rate actors bring laughs to the corridors of power. Even better than it's predecessor?

15. Open All Hours (1976–1985)

30 min | Comedy

Arkwright is a miserly and eccentric shopkeeper with a stammer, who longs to marry his lifelong love Nurse Gladys. He runs a small town grocery store along with his errand boy and nephew, Granville and a particularly dangerous till.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 4,912

A gentle look back in time at a shopkeeper's battle with an errant errand boy, a state registered nurse and a violent cash register!

16. 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: 2,326

Lowlife scheming landlord battles loneliness by upsetting his tenants. Yes, Miss Jones! Wonderfully racist!

17. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)

TV-PG | 175 min | Comedy, War

Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 49,548

The only reason this isn't higher on the list is because the horrible laughter track makes it almost unwatchable. But if you can get past that, it's brilliant, Darling!

18. Extras (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

Votes: 54,144

Gervais and Merchant successfully jump from humble office surroundings to the glamorous world of showbiz. For me, the friendship between Andy and Maggie is the show's greatest strength.

19. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976–1979)

30 min | Comedy

Disillusioned after a long career at Sunshine Desserts, Perrin goes through a mid-life crisis and fakes his own death. Returning in disguise after various attempts at finding a 'new life', ... See full summary »

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Pauline Yates, John Barron, Sue Nicholls

Votes: 1,761

The brilliant Leonard Rossiter takes on the world at Sunshine Desserts.

20. Porridge (1974–1977)

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: 5,600

Oh, Richard Beckinsale, what we missed out on because of your rubbish ticker. Great cast of characters doing time in the echoey chambers of an old Victorian prison.

21. The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

Follows four friends and their antics during their final years of school.

Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas

Votes: 82,047

Probably the best of 'young comedy' made in recent times, at least for me. These kids are on a tear as they invent their own language to get around not being able to swear on the telly! Brilliant adventures.

22. Man About the House (1973–1976)

30 min | Comedy

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

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

Votes: 1,234

Innocent and flirty TV fare as a man shares a flat with two girls. Excellent writing kept this series afloat longer than most of the other fluff that came out around this time. The Ropers, living downstairs, made sure they didn't enjoy themselves too much! A heartwarming treasure.

23. 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: 674

Influential TV series from the '60s, because of brilliant writing and the real sense of how England was changing at this time, especially in the depressed, post-industrial north.

24. The Good Life (1975–1978)

28 min | Comedy

The perils of "escaping the rat race" and dropping out of society - to start a farm in Surbiton (and to drive Margo nuts).

Stars: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington

Votes: 3,096

Good fun with the silly, middle-class characters who embodied everything it was to be (and not be) living in the home counties in the 70s. The excellent cast brings this to life as the stories sometimes seem a bit forced and unrealistic.

25. The Vicar of Dibley (1994–2020)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentricly conservative small town's church.

Stars: Dawn French, James Fleet, Trevor Peacock, Gary Waldhorn

Votes: 12,415

Richard Curtis doing what he does best... creating a romantic and insane world of little England! Marmite cake, anyone? No, no, no, no... yes!

26. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)

30 min | Comedy

Terry and Bob from The Likely Lads (1964) continue their life after Terry arrives home from serving in the Army to discover that Bob is about to marry his girlfriend Thelma. Can Thelma lead... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth, Sheila Fearn

Votes: 1,075

This reboot picks up from when the self-absorbed Terry comes back from the army to find out his mate, Bob, is getting married and taking life a lot more seriously. As with the '60s episodes, the comedy is played through the understated drama of a changing country.

27. Bless This House (1971–1976)

30 min | Comedy

Bless This House presents 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, Robin Stewart, Sally Geeson

Votes: 868

Doesn't hold up very well today, but I still love it because of Sid James.

28. On the Buses (1969–1973)

30 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Anna Karen, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Reg Varney

Votes: 2,033

Another British comedy that is a lot more than the sum of its parts! Deliciously sexist adventures of a couple of men who were a lot older than they should have been!

29. Red Dwarf (1988– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Adventure, 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: 33,134

This sci-fi comedy ran for too long but at least the first few series were brilliantly written and great fun to watch.

30. The Brittas Empire (1991–1997)

30 min | Comedy

Gordon Brittas is the manager of the Whitbury-Newtown Leisure Centre. Despite his good intentions, everything seems to go wrong when he's around, despite the best efforts of the center staff and his long-suffering wife, Helen.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Harriet Thorpe, Michael Burns, Tim Marriott

Votes: 2,923

Insane adventures of an unbearable health center manager who drives everyone bonkers!

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