What’s funnier than a bunch of bizarre priests and their clumsy housekeeper who loves tea? Well, barely anything. Hence why this is my number one.
Father Ted is one of those comedy shows that always seems to be on a channel somewhere, and no matter the episode, I’ll end up roaring with laughter. I adore this show on a magical level, and it’s definitely hard to top.
2) Blackadder (1983 - 1989)
Rowan Atkinson at his finest. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Mr Bean, but Blackadder is just spectacular. Fast paced, sarcastic and hilarious, it’s another show that I can always just pick up and burst out laughing at. One of the most interest aspects of the show though is the different era per series, however keeping the same amazing cast. Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Tony Robinson’s characters also having a special place in my heart due to the antics and hilarity.
3) Fawlty Towers (1975 - 1979)
The quintessential British comedy sitcom. I don’t want to say too much about this, because if you have never seen it, shame on you.
4) Black Books (2000 - 2004)
Quite simply one of the greatest, but shortest, sitcoms ever created. Anyone who has actually seen this show has regarded it as one of their favourites of all time for good reason. Black Books follows the character of Bernard Black, the owner of a shoddy and sticky bookshop, and lacks all regard or care for people. The majority of the comedy is derived from Bernard’s two ‘friends’ who attempt to make his lifestyle more socially acceptable, much to his despair. I truly recommend checking out this show, but be prepared to be annoyed that there isn’t more!
5) Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973 - 1978)
Probably one of the favourite comedy shows I watch with my Grandfather. Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em follows the character of Frank, a childish, often moronic and insanely clumsy individual who only wants best for his family, although all he does is infuriate and anger people. A show with amazing catchphrases and hilarious situations, I simply adore this show.
6) Dads Army (1968 - 1977)
An amazing comedy focused on the Home Guard during the Second World War, the Home Guard were the volunteer army of those deemed ineligible for military service, usually due to age. The majority of the comedy derives from the pure uselessness of the group, and their lack of contribution to the war effort. The humour is often subtle and hilarious, I’d recommend it to anyone, I love it.
7) Porridge (1974 - 1977)
Ronnie Barker was one of the penultimate lords of comedy, that is all.
Porridge follows the goings on in the prison HMP Slade, following the character of Fletcher and his cellmate, an inmate serving his first sentence who Fletcher takes under his wing. The characters are strong and well written, as well as having amazing comedic timing and execution. The majority of the comedy comes from the interactions between the prisoners, as well as their relationships to the guards. It’s a show with a lot of heart and a lot of fun.
8) Red Dwarf (1988 - ?)
Sci-Fi and sitcom, a bizarre genre hybrid that was an amazing gamble, but alas paid off incredibly well for Red Dwarf. The show follows the interesting cast of characters aboard the ‘Red Dwarf’ ship, all of whom are odd and interesting in their own ways. Unfortunately, I would not do the show justice if I were to attempt to describe the plot, so I shall urge you to check it out yourself. Trust me when I say this is an amazing show though.
9) Only Fools And Horses (1981 - 2003)
One of the longest running and most popular sitcoms in Britain, for good reason might I add. The show primarily follows the family of Del-Boy, Rodney and their Granddad (who is later replaced by Uncle Albert due to the unfortunate passing of the actor). The show is set in Peckham, a district in the south east of London, known for it’s working class citizens, the comedy mainly deriving from the vast array of occurring characters, as well as Del-Boy’s constant attempts of quick-rich schemes, with his main catchphrase being, “this time next year, we’ll be millionaires”. The show is a lot of fun, and the characters are all well written and performed and it has truly earned its cemented place as being one of the best in British history.
10) Outnumbered (2007 - 2014)
Literally the most hilarious ‘family’ in Britain. Holy crap, I adore this show. The show is centred around a middle-class family who live in West London, the parents of whom, are ‘outnumbered’ by their 3 children. Jake, the typical teen, Ben, the hyperactive and strange child, and Karen, the oddly sarcastic child with a lot of questions, and a lot of answers. In essence, it’s a great show with hilarious situations, Karen and Ben being the funniest and most interesting parts of the show in all honesty. Even though it’s number 10 in my list, it’s amazing and I think everyone should attempt to watch this show.
And that comes to the end of my list, have I missed anything? What are your top 10 British Sitcoms?
“Fawlty Towers” was broadcast on BBC2 in two six episode series (1975 and 1979). The sitcom centers on the operation of a fictional hotel in the town of Torquay. The owner is the rude and eccentric Basil Fawlty.
3. Pets: used to have a cat called Cinderbones George Marwood but he had to go live with a close friend when we moved interstate
4. Last Song I Listened To: a mashup of The Beatle’s Come Together and Lorde’s Royals
Favorite TV Shows: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (2016), Dirk Gently (2012), Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Nana, Shadowhunters, Brooklyn 99, Wolf Hall, Black Books, Peep Show, Fawlty Towers, The Thick Of It, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, old-school Glee, anything narrated by Neil Degrasse Tyson or David Attemborough
6. First Fandom: the first thing I was a fan of was The Lord of the Rings (novels). Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was the first piece of media I wrote fanfiction for, even if I didn’t recognize it as fanfiction at the time. The first thing I was actively part of a fandom for was probably Glee though (and boy oh boy, was that a learning experience and a half)
7. Hobbies: doing weights classes and vinyasa yoga, board games with friends, but also I’ve got a toddler and I’m working full-time so my hobbies are generally things like taking showers and flailing on Tumblr and drinking tea silently
8. Books I’m Currently Reading: working my way steadily through all of alison weir’s historic biographies, they’re well-written and easy to read and hugely informative, and I can go a couple of days without picking them up and still not lose my train of thought
yessss to all of them! me and my dad watch only fools and horses too (that’s one of my favourites) and ooo also try out, blackadder, fawlty towers, the royale family, ab fab & the vicar of dibley! it’s brilliant and hilarious haha! �� they’re pretty much comedy gold over here haha xD
O_O So many to watch! I will definitely give all of them a look. *Most likely this weekend while I stuff food in my face* Can’t forget the classic Mr. Bean too. I loved finding those episodes on Youtube and watching him weird people out. I seriously just love British humor. It’s dry and sarcastic but it’s goofy at the same time. Kind of like me *giggles*
Pets: no joke, like sixteen chickens and two dogs and seven cats. It’s great.
Last song I listened to: Manifest Destiny by Guster!!!! I’m using this song as an anthem for 2017 and I would recommend to anyone. It makes me so happy honestly
Favorite TV shows: I mean, your basic BBC, like Doctor Who and Sherlock and stuff. I also love Voltron, parks and recreation, HIMYM, the office, Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, Please Like Me, and Fawlty Towers. I haven’t actually watched anything in a while but these are the ones I would hardcore rewatch if I had a weekend and sixteen bowls of popcorn.
Hobbies: I teach yoga (not, like, as a job, but I’m certified and teach a class), and I’m an artist so I do a lot of art, and writing, playing computer games, animating, reading, Dungeons and Dragons (yeah, laugh it up), and playing piano. Actually, if I’m really honest, that last one I haven’t done in a while but it’s on my list of things to do with 2017. *crosses fingers*
Books I’m currently reading: All American Boys and Wolf by Wolf, and I’m sure there are piles of books that I haven’t finished yet and forgot about. Instead, I’ll just list a few that I want to read: The Neon Bible, The Only Pirate at the Party, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Princess Diarist.
It’s safe to say Tom Hiddleston is still Comic-Con’s No. 1 boyfriend.
The Kong: Skull Island star stepped onstage in Hall H to a standing ovation and Saturday’s panel had to pause every few moments for this exchange: Someone in the crowd: “I LOVE YOU, TOM!” Hiddleston: “I love you, too.”
“First of all, it’s very nice to see you all. Thank you for the warm welcome,” Hiddleston told his adoring fans.
The first trailer for the Godzilla counterpart – premiered at Con – is chock full of action, explosions and one seriously enormous gorilla. Hiddleston revealed shooting the movie was often as intense as it seems onscreen.
“I remember one night we were filming until about two in the morning in a rain forest in Australia,” he said. “At the end of the night, we realized there was a snake in the monitor tent. And they have some dangerous snakes in Australia!”
It was co-star Brie Larson who won the Q&A portion of the presentation, though, when a fan asked what the cast likes to geek out over and Hiddleston drew a blank. Larson asked, “Are you Pokémon Go-ing?”
“I’m not,” he demurred, before offering up this answer, which has to be the most Tom Hiddleston-y answer ever, “Sometimes when I’m sick I go and re-watch all the Fawlty Towers.”