The Greatest British Comedy TV Shows Of All Time

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1. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 69,419

2. 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: 87,260

3. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family

Bumbling, childlike Mr. Bean has trouble completing the simplest of tasks in day-to-day life, but his perseverance and resourcefulness frequently allow him to find ingenious ways around problems.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler, Matthew Ashforde

Votes: 107,046

4. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978)

30 min | Comedy

Accident-prone Frank Spencer fails to navigate the simplest tasks of daily life, while also trying to look after his wife and baby.

Stars: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Jessica Forte, Jane Hylton

Votes: 3,350

5. Spitting Image (1984–1996)

25 min | Comedy

A satire show using puppets that are caricatures of major public figures.

Stars: Steve Nallon, Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie, Jon Glover

Votes: 2,163

6. Horrid Henry (2006– )

TV-Y7 | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

For Horrid Henry, life is just not fair! He feels that the rest of the world is against him and he wages a constant war against the tyranny of adults. Like any headstrong young boy, he is ... See full summary »

Stars: Lizzie Waterworth, Tamsin Heatley, Emma Tate, Aidan Cook

Votes: 744

7. Up Pompeii! (1969–1970)

30 min | Comedy, History

Lurcio is a much-put-upon slave in the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. More often than not, Lurcio finds himself keeping his owner's family members apart, in order to keep them together.

Stars: Frankie Howerd, Elizabeth Larner, Kerry Gardner, Jeanne Mockford

Votes: 290

8. 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 and search for the big score that'll make them millionaires.

Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Votes: 47,518

9. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.

Stars: Benny Hill, Henry McGee, Jackie Wright, Bob Todd

Votes: 4,629

10. The Goodies (1970–1982)

30 min | Comedy

The adventures of a crazy trio, whose motto is "we do anything, anytime, anywhere".

Stars: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Corbet Woodall

Votes: 1,517

11. 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: 12,461

12. 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: 33,244

13. The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)

Comedy

This long-running BBC comedy show consisted of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, The Fred Tomlinson Singers, John Owens

Votes: 3,042

14. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (1985)

26 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a nerdish teenage boy as recorded in his personal diary.

Stars: Gian Sammarco, Stephen Moore, Bill Fraser, Lindsey Stagg

Votes: 446

15. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987)

26 min | Comedy

Continuation of the rites of passage comedy drama about spotty teenager Adrian Mole. Set in the early 1980s, Adrian's mother and father are back together but while they are trying for a ... See full summary »

Stars: Gian Sammarco, Natasha Bell, Su Elliot, Doris Hare

Votes: 137

16. Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (2001)

30 min | Comedy

The world's most uncomfortably awkward deluded intellectual teenager is grown up and battling the late 1990s.

Stars: Stephen Mangan, Alison Steadman, Harry Tomes, Alexander De'Ath

Votes: 128

17. 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: 1,246

18. 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: 5,866

19. The Lovers (1970–1971)

30 min | Comedy

The ups-and-downs of a young courting couple's relationship.

Stars: Paula Wilcox, Richard Beckinsale, Joan Scott, Robin Nedwell

Votes: 74

20. George & Mildred (1976–1979)

30 min | Comedy

George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House (1973)) when they receive a compulsory purchase order from the council. ... See full summary »

Stars: Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley, Sheila Fearn

Votes: 1,349

21. Robin's Nest (1977–1981)

30 min | Comedy

Now a qualified chef, Robin from "Man About the House" (1973) sets up home with his girlfriend, and a business with his girlfriend's father.

Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Tessa Wyatt, Tony Britton, David Kelly

Votes: 711

22. 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: 3,110

23. 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: 13,861

24. 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: 12,173

25. Blackadder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 36,596

26. 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: 44,109

27. 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: 41,931

28. 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: 49,661

29. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Surreal British comedy in which Vince Noir and Howard Moon have adventures filled with oddball characters while working as Zoo Keepers, before pursuing a musical career and running a second-hand shop.

Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher

Votes: 21,002

30. Shameless (2004–2013)

TV-MA | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The lives and relationships of a group of siblings and their estranged father Frank Gallagher on a rough Manchester estate.

Stars: David Threlfall, Rebecca Atkinson, Alice Barry, Nicky Evans

Votes: 15,603

31. 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: 6,418

32. 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: 585

33. 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: 2,051

34. Steptoe and Son (1962–1974)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy

British sitcom about a father and son rag-and-bone business in London. The intergenerational divide between the miserly Steptoe and his ambitious son results in comedy, drama and tragedy.

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

Votes: 2,885

35. Ripping Yarns (1976–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy

This show is a collection of tales that make for "ripping good" television. Sir Michael Palin played a different lead character in each yarn.

Stars: Michael Palin, Charles McKeown, Barbara New, David Griffin

Votes: 1,390

36. Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell

Votes: 14,618

37. Hancock's Half Hour (1956–1960)

30 min | Comedy

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). Sid James is there to bring him back to earth.

Stars: Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Johnny Vyvyan, Alec Bregonzi

Votes: 488

38. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977)

Comedy

The Morecambe & Wise Show was a long running and massively popular sketch series starring British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, plus a string of top-name international celebrity guests (of a bygone age), like André Prévin.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Ann Hamilton, Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

Votes: 793

39. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978–1983)

30 min | Comedy

The Morecambe and Wise Show was a comedy sketch show originally broadcast by BBC television and the third TV series by English comedy double-act Morecambe and Wise.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Frank Coda, Gemma Craven

Votes: 856

40. Peep Show (2003–2015)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Olivia Colman

Votes: 55,094

41. 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: 82,212

42. A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987–1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton, Geoffrey McGivern

Votes: 9,141

43. Miss Jones and Son (1977– )

30 min | Comedy

The trials and tribulations of a young woman who suddenly finds herself a single mother,

Stars: Paula Wilcox, Christopher Beeny, Luke Steensil, Cass Allen

Votes: 29

44. And Mother Makes Three (1971–1973)

30 min | Comedy

Sally Harrison is a harassed, well-meaning but scatterbrained young widow doing her best to bring up two boisterous sons.

Stars: Wendy Craig, Valerie Lush, Robin Davies, David Parfitt

Votes: 52

45. ...And Mother Makes Five (1974–1976)

30 min | Comedy

Newly remarried Sally Redway (formerly Harrison) finds that her children, now augmented by the daughter of her new husband, may be a little older, but are just as troublesome as before.

Stars: Wendy Craig, Richard Coleman, Robin Davies, David Parfitt

Votes: 44

46. Shirley's World (1971–1972)

30 min | Comedy

Shirley Logan (Shirley MacLaine) is a globe-trotting magazine writer-photographer and Dennis Croft (John Gregson), her London based editor.

Stars: Shirley MacLaine, John Gregson, Kim Smith, Burt Kwouk

Votes: 39

47. Father, Dear Father (1968–1973)

30 min | Comedy

6.7