by Christy Nicholas

I love British comedies. I grew up watching them, and I seek them out today. Some are incredibly cheesy to the point of moldiness, and others are simply brilliant. I’ve compiled a list of them for you here!  (Caveat: Not all of these are comedies, nor are all British. Some are Irish, etc.)

  • Absolutely Fabulous – silly fun, two women who never grew past the 1960s
  • After You’ve Gone – is good, but not as good as My Family for dysfunctional family
  • Alfresco – sketch comedy with Robbie Coltrane, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson – all before they were famous
  • ‘Allo ‘Allo – a bit odd, set during WWII
  • Are you Being Served – the epitome of Britcom for me
  • As Time Goes By – My parents story, or pretty close. Judi Dench is awesome.
  • Ballykissangel – Irish town meets English priest. Hilarity ensues.
  • A Bit of Fry and Laurie – Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. Nuff said.
  • Black Adder – Rowan Atkinson at his sarcastic best
  • Brother Cadfael – lovely historical mysteries with Derek Jacobi
  • The Celts – Documentary that made Enya’s music famous
  • Chef! – you thought Gordon Ramsay was bad?
  • Coupling – Like Friends, but funny and with more sex.
  • Doctor Who – No description needed
  • Doc Martin – a country doctor afraid of blood, and no social skill whatsoever
  • Father Ted – bumbling Irish priests on a small island.
  • Fawlty Towers – John Cleese. Nothing more needed.
  • French & Saunders – Vicar of Dibley meets AbFab
  • Good Neighbors – a young(ish) couple decide to live off the land – while living in the suburbs.
  • Hamish MacBeth – Dr. Rush from SGU is a cop in the highlands of Scotland. With an attitude.
  • Hold the Sunset – new comedy with John Cleese
  • Hotel Babylon – 5 Star hotel in London – the inside view
  • Horatio Horn blower – History on the High Seas
  • I, Claudius – Derek Jacobi again, fantastic series of ancient Rome.
  • Jeeves and Wooster – More Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry
  • Little Britain – Silly, toilet humor for the very British. Narrated by Tom Baker
  • Lovejoy – Antique dealer/rogue
  • Last of the Summer Wine – A group of old men try to have fun in their autumn days
  • Michael Palin’s travel vids – He brings travel to life
  • Monarch of the Glen – My favorite series ever. Highlands of Scotland.
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus – true silliness as only the Brits can do it.
  • Mr. Bean – Sort of a BritMime
  • My Family – Dysfunctional family – hilarious
  • One Foot in the Grave – Old man complains about forced retirement to anyone who will listen
  • Red Dwarf – Space Britcom with human cats
  • Rosemary and Thyme – Two gardeners find lots of murderers.
  • Roar! – Celtic historical – sort of (Heath Ledger)
  • Rome – great rendition of Julius Caesar’s time
  • Sharpe’s series – fantastic series of Napoleonic wars (Sean Bean)
  • Shaun the Sheep – claymation, very funny
  • Sherlock Holmes – any version will do.
  • Strange – defrocked priest turned demon hunter
  • Thin Blue Line – More Rowan Atkinson – as a cop, this time.
  • Torchwood. – Chasing aliens in Cardiff
  • The Tudors. – Another great historical series (mostly)
  • Upstart Crow – David Mitchell plays Shakespeare before he was famous
  • Vicar of Dibley – hilarity from Dawn French as a female vicar in a very small town
  • Waiting for God – Fantastic! Sarcastic wit and silliness
  • Yes, Minister – amusing, not required, Britcom about the Prime Minister
  • The Young Ones – early Britcom silliness

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