The Top 50 British TV Sitcoms

Below is a list of the top 50 British TV sitcoms. This list was determined using the results from a massive public poll conducted in 2004 by BBC2. Like pretty much any countdown voted for by the public, the results should be taken with a pinch of salt. For example, this particular poll seems to un-fairly favour modern sitcoms and BBC shows.

The Top 50 British Sitcoms

1Only Fools And Horses

Only Fools And Horses

Peckham market trader Derek Trotter and his brother Rodney are always on the lookout for the best way to make a bit of easy cash.

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2Blackadder

Blackadder

The Blackadder dynasty has run through English history since time immemorial, seemingly always hampered by a Baldrick, and often a Percy and Melchett.

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3The Vicar Of Dibley

The Vicar Of Dibley

Geraldine Grainger is the jolly, down-to-earth female vicar of Dibley, a small country village inhabited by oddballs. After overcoming the town's initial shock at her gender Geraldine helps to improve the village.

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4Dad's Army

Dad's Army

Beloved sitcom about the struggles of a Home Guard platoon during World War II who are fighting incompetence, age and pomposity more than Nazis.

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5Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers

One of Britain's best-loved sitcoms. Hotel owner Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) is a man of infinite rudeness with a rabid dislike of almost all guests.

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6Yes Minister

Yes Minister

Political satire in which well-meaning MP Jim Hacker has a fast introduction to the world of Whitehall and struggles against the Civil Service.

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7Porridge

Porridge

Ronnie Barker stars as Norman Stanley Fletcher, trying to keep his nose clean and guiding his young 'roomie' Godber, whilst residing in HMP Slade.

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8Open All Hours

Open All Hours

Mean-yet-loveable northern shopkeeper Arkwright is allergic to spending money - much to the trouble of his put-upon nephew and sole employee Granville.

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9The Good Life

The Good Life

After Tom Good becomes dissilusioned with his life, he packs in his job and he and his wife attempt to live a completely self-sufficient life in suburbia.

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10One Foot In The Grave

One Foot In The Grave

The grumpy complainer and accident prone Victor Meldrew takes early retirement and finds he has far too much time on his hands. His long suffering wife and neighbours just have to grin and bear it.

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11Father Ted

Father Ted

Fathers Ted Crilly, Dougal McGuire and Jack Hackett are the inept priests of Craggy Island, banished from the mainland in various circumstances.

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12Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances

Suburban snob Hyacinth Bucket devotes her time to monitoring 'standards' and attempting to impress 'influential' people.

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13'Allo 'Allo!

'Allo 'Allo!

René Artois, proprietor of Café René in Nazi-occupied France, struggles to keep the business running whilst keeping the resistance and the army happy.

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14Last Of The Summer Wine

Last Of The Summer Wine

Gentle sitcom following a group of pensioners living in Yorkshire. This show is Britain's longest-running comedy programme.

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15Steptoe And Son

Steptoe And Son

Albert Steptoe and his son Harold run a rag and bone business. Harold wants to move on in the world and leave home but his plans are always thwarted.

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16Men Behaving Badly

Men Behaving Badly

Gary and his lodger Tony like their alcohol, women and lazing about. Dorothy and Deborah are their long-suffering other halves.

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17Absolutely Fabulous

Absolutely Fabulous

Public relations maven Edina and best friend Patsy drive sensible daughter Saffron up the wall with their self-absorbed, substance-abusing escapades.

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18Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf

Science fiction sitcom based in space. The crew aboard the damaged mining spaceship Red Dwarf are doomed to drift in space for the rest of eternity.

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19The Royle Family

The Royle Family

The Royles are a family of couch potatoes who watch television in their dirty living room whilst chatting, arguing, and drinking copious amounts of tea and alcohol.

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20Are You Being Served?

Are You Being Served? (1972)

Sitcom set in London department store Grace Bros., where the Ladies' Intimate Apparel and Men's Ready To Wear departments are forced to share a floor.

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21To The Manor Born

To The Manor Born

Riches-to-rags-to-riches romantic tale of Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, forced to sell her beloved stately home to pay off her late husband's debts.

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22Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Accident-prone Frank Spencer creates havoc wherever he goes; wife Betty can only stand by and watch as he ruins everything.

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23The Likely Lads

The Likely Lads

Bob and Terry are two lads from the North East with contrasting desires and ambitions - except when it comes to chatting up girls.

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24My Family

My Family

A long-running, high rating BBC One sitcom about an average middle class family. Stars Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker.

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25The Office

The Office (2001)

A BBC documentary team film the office of David Brent, manager from hell: he's tactless and talentless, yet somehow thinks everyone loves him.

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26Drop The Dead Donkey

Drop The Dead Donkey

Sitcom set at Globelink News, a TV news station which is ordered to start taking a sensationalist stance to the news by its new owner.

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27Rising Damp

Rising Damp

Rupert Rigsby is the grubby landlord of a seedy boarding house. His put-upon tenants inclue students Philip and Alan, and the glamourous Miss Jones.

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28dinnerladies

dinnerladies

The day-to-day work lives of the kitchen staff in a factory canteen. The staff are managed by Tony who is in love with dinnerlady Bren.

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29As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By

Lionel and Jean were young lovers until accidentally losing touch. Years later they meet again by chance and unexpectedly rekindle their romance.

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30Hancock's Half Hour

Hancock's Half Hour

Tony Hancock stars in Galton & Simpson's comic masterpiece, with his delusions of grandeur and acquaintances at the root of his every downfall.

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31The Young Ones

The Young Ones

Hippie Neil, nerdy Cliff Richard-obsessed Rick, psychopathic punk Vyvyan and smooth Mike share a squalid and collapsing student house together.

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32Till Death Us Do Part

Till Death Us Do Part

Opinionated Alf Garnett regularly reels off a string of misinformed, bigoted, reactionary opinions each week - his long-suffering wife Else mostly turns a deaf ear.

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33Butterflies

Butterflies

Sitcom following dissatisfied housewife Ria Parkinson as she considers embarking on an exciting romantic affair with successful businessman Leonard.

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34The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

Police sitcom about fastidious Inspector Raymond Fowler, his array of uniformed officers, and the oafish CID Inspector Grim.

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35The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin

The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin

Mid-life crisis sitcom about a bored executive who fakes his own suicide and seeks to reinvent himself in a desperate search for purpose & contentment.

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36Phoenix Nights

Phoenix Nights

Bad-tempered, wheelchair-bound Brian Potter runs a struggling Bolton social club called The Phoenix.

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37Waiting For God

Waiting For God

Sitcom about two elderly delinquents determined to grow old disgracefully at the Bayview Retirement Home.

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38Birds Of A Feather

Birds Of A Feather (1989)

Sitcom about a pair of mis-matched sisters and their glamorous friend, who all live together in Essex.

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39Bread

Bread

Liverpudlian Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life, with plenty of dodgy deals and government handouts to help.

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40Hi-De-Hi!

Hi-De-Hi!

Fun and frolics at a branch of Maplin's Holiday Camp where the guests are the last thing on the mind of the staff.

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41The League Of Gentlemen

The League Of Gentlemen

Royston Vasey is a grim frightening isolated Northern community where dark, perverted and horrifying things happen behind closed doors, strangers are certainly not welcome. The townsfolk are all odd, from the transsexual taxi driver to the wife kidnapping circus owner Papa Lazarou.

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42I'm Alan Partridge

I'm Alan Partridge

Deluded, insincere, tactless and largely talentless TV chat show host Alan Partridge is reduced to hosting a back-water local radio show.

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43Just Good Friends

Just Good Friends

Vince and Penny were about to get married when he got cold feet and left her waiting at the church. Five years later they bump into each other again.

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442point4 Children

2point4 Children

The Porters seem to be a perfectly average bunch - mum, dad, son and daughter. This family, however, are anything but ordinary.

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45Bottom

Bottom

Richie Richard and Eddie Hitler are a couple of rude, disgusting, anti-social and regularly violent losers who share a grubby flat in Hammersmith.

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46It Ain't Half Hot Mum

It Ain't Half Hot Mum

India, 1944 - a Royal Artillery Concert Party try to avoid going in to action by performing for the troops with their brand of camp entertainment!.

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47The Brittas Empire

The Brittas Empire

Despite his ambition and good intentions, everything seems to go wrong when Gordon Brittas, manager of Whitbury-Newtown Leisure Centre, is around.

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48Gimme Gimme Gimme

Gimme Gimme Gimme

Repulsive, overweight, loudmouth cretin Linda La Hughes shares a flat with Tom Farrell, an extremely camp gay man: both are obsessed with men.

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49Rab C. Nesbitt

Rab C. Nesbitt

Long-running Scottish sitcom starring Gregor Fisher as Rab C Nesbitt, a rude, dirty, lazy, foul-mouthed, sexist alcoholic.

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50Goodnight Sweetheart

Goodnight Sweetheart

Whilst walking around the East End, TV repairman Gary Sparrow is transported back to 1940 where he begins to live a second life.

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Inside No. 9 - Series 3

Inside No. 9 - Series 3

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Cold Feet - Series 6

Cold Feet - Series 6

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Citizen Khan Series 5

Citizen Khan Series 5

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Boy Meets Girl Series 2

Boy Meets Girl Series 2

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Steve Coogan is Stan Laurel

Steve Coogan is Stan Laurel

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Michael McIntyre's new show

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BBC One has confirmed that Michael McIntyre will return to the channel later this year with a brand new series. Read

Shaun The Sheep at Oscars?

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The Shaun The Sheep Movie has been nominated for Best Animated Feature in the 2016 Academy Awards. Read

Fags, Mags & Bags is back

Fags, Mags & Bags is back

Fags, Mags & Bags, Radio 4's sitcom set in a Scots-Asian corner shop, is to return for a sixth series. Read

Channel 4 gets Loaded

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E4's Foreign Bodies

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E4 has ordered Foreign Bodies, a comedy drama about a gang of travellers embarking on a trip around Asia. Read

Simon Callow in The Rebel

Simon Callow in The Rebel

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ITV orders Doc Martin 8

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Tracey Ullman's Show 2?

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Tracey Ullman's Show looks set to return for a second series, with both the BBC and the star up for making more. Read

Crashing interview

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of Channel 4's Crashing, talks about the comedy drama here. Read

Missing Dad's Army animated

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Michael McIntyre tops DVDs

Michael McIntyre tops DVDs

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BBC2 wants new topical show

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BBC Two is looking for a comedy variety format, with Saturday Night Live one of the shows named as an example. Read

Birds Of A Feather interview

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Cariad Lloyd interview

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Jessie Cave doodles

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It's Not Rocket Science

It's Not Rocket Science

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Tinkershrimp & Dutch

Tinkershrimp & Dutch

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Sofie Hagen interview

Sofie Hagen interview

From messed-up, Westlife-obsessed teen to an Edinburgh award winner, Sofie Hagen has come a long way. Read

Russell Brand: Santa letter

Russell Brand: Santa letter

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Sunny D gets a full series

Sunny D gets a full series

Sunny D, the sitcom pilot written by and starring comedian Dane Baptiste, has been given a full series by BBC Three. Read

New Vicious special

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Josh - Series 2

Josh - Series 2

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Not Going Out sequel plans

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Royal Family soap opera

Royal Family soap opera

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New Morgana Robinson show

New Morgana Robinson show

Morgana Robinson's new sketch show of impressions for BBC Two has been ordered for a full series. Read

Top 20 Christmas gags

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Julia Davis: Robin's Test

Julia Davis: Robin's Test

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Rose d'Or Awards 2015

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Stephen Fry, Psychobitches, Catastrophe, The Graham Norton Show and Newsjack have won Rose d'Or Awards. Read

Weirdos for Christmas #1

Weirdos for Christmas #1

Ahead of their Christmas panto, the Weirdos comedy collective select their favourite festive songs. Read

BBC2 gets Upstart Crow

BBC2 gets Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow, written by Ben Elton, will focus on William Shakespeare. David Mitchell will star as the Bard. Read

ITV2 gets impossible again

ITV2 gets impossible again

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Tripped interviews

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Crackanory interviews

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Grotto @ The HoHo Theatre

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A festive comedy club has popped up in London in an old city institution. Here's some pictures from the launch. Read

Uncle - Series 3

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BBC Three sitcom Uncle is to return for a third series, with Nick Helm and Elliot Speller-Gillott both returning. Read

Ann Summers comedy drama

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Chewing Gum - Series 2

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Sue Perkins panel show

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BBC2 has announced Insert Name Here. Sue Perkins hosts, with captains Richard Osman and Josh Widdicombe. Read

Fawlty Towers live

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Sky Arts Christmas specials

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Russell Kane interview

Russell Kane interview

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Leicester Comedy Festival

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Yuriko Kotani wins award

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Cold Feet back for Series 6

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Broadcast Awards nominees

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Max & Ivan's map

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Katherine Ryan interview

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Dapper Laughs interview

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Warren Mitchell - RIP

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Noel Fielding interview

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