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?

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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Rob Brydon & Tom Jones plan

Rob Brydon & Tom Jones plan

Rob Brydon is set to host a BBC Children in Need concert featuring comedy about Sir Tom Jones. Read

Taskmaster interviews

Taskmaster interviews

The comedians involved in new channel Dave show Taskmaster talk about taking part in the bizarre challenges. Read

Crackanory - Series 3

Crackanory - Series 3

Dave has confirmed the commissioning of Crackanory Series 3, with star readers set to include Christopher Lloyd. Read

Robert Lindsay sitcom

Robert Lindsay sitcom

Robert Lindsay and Maureen Lipman will head up the cast of Bull, a TV sitcom set in an antiques shop. Read

Hank Zipzer Series 3

Hank Zipzer Series 3

Happy Days star Henry Winkler is to return to CBBC for a third series of Hank Zipzer. Read

Kunt And The Gang interview

Kunt And The Gang interview

Kunt And The Gang - the musical comedy act delivers 'songs of questionable taste' - talks about his career. Read

You're Back In The Room

You're Back In The Room

Phillip Schofield will return to ITV with four new episodes of comedy game show You're Back In The Room. Read

The Naked Stand-Up

The Naked Stand-Up

Glory Pearl explains why she will be performing her Edinburgh Fringe shows totally naked. Read

Spitting Image to return?

Spitting Image to return?

Spitting Image producer John Lloyd says he wants to bring back the satirical puppet format, maybe as an online show. Read

Reading & Leeds preview

Reading & Leeds preview

Milton Jones, Katherine Ryan and Seann Walsh, amongst the many comedians at Reading and Leeds festivals. Read

Bluestone 42 ends

Bluestone 42 ends

The writers of the army-based BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42 have confirmed that the sitcom has ended. Read

Absolutely back on Radio 4

Absolutely back on Radio 4

Absolutely, the comedy sketch group who starred in their own Channel 4 show, are making a series for Radio 4. Read

Who has the best poster?

Who has the best poster?

You can vote for which of this year's Edinburgh shows has the best poster. The winning show will get cash. Read

Big School ends

Big School ends

Big School, the sitcom created by David Walliams, has ended. The star is now working on a sketch show. Read

Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing

The hit comedy panel show podcast is back for a fifth series, with guests including Katherine Ryan. Listen

Greg James interview

Greg James interview

Radio 1 DJ Greg James talks to BCG about how proud he is to have written his own BBC sitcom pilot. Read

Grindah and Beats interview

Grindah and Beats interview

Grindah and Beats, the main two characters in BBC mockumentary People Just Do Nothing, talk to BCG: Read

Yonderland interview

Yonderland interview

The cast of Yonderland talk about the return of the fantasy comedy series, and the labels put on their show. Read

Blog: Creating Fishbowl

Blog: Creating Fishbowl

Writer Andrew Mettam lists out seven reasons why his sitcom pilot Fishbowl is great, but he can't take credit. Read

New sitcom Rovers

New sitcom Rovers

Sky1 is making Rovers, a sitcom set in the clubhouse of a lower league football club. Sue Johnston stars. Read

Agatha Raisin to return

Agatha Raisin to return

Ashley Jensen will return to Sky1 for 8 more episodes of Agatha Raisin, the show based MC Beaton's books. Read

Very British Problems on TV

Very British Problems on TV

The popular Twitter feed 'Very British Problems' has been given a three-part TV series by Channel 4. Read

The Brittas Empire returns

The Brittas Empire returns

Chris Barrie has revealed that a new episode of the leisure centre sitcom The Brittas Empire is being written. Read

Hypnotic prank show pilot

Hypnotic prank show pilot

Channel 4 has ordered Look Into My Eyes, a comedic prank show starring 21 year-old hypnotist Archie Manners. Read

Shirley Ghostman is back

Shirley Ghostman is back

Marc Wootton is bringing back his psychic character Shirley Ghostman for two live shows this October. Read

Audible creates 5 sitcoms

Audible creates 5 sitcoms

Audible, the company that sells audio downloads, has produced five British sitcom pilots for free. Read

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Here's a new podcast series in which James Cary and Dave Cohen talk about the art of sitcom writing. Listen

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern, the comedy series starring Simon Day as an art rocker, has been given a third series by BBC Four. Read

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore, the creator of Cabin Pressure, is working on a series called The John Finnemore Project. Read

The John Dredge Show

The John Dredge Show

Series 4 of the insanely silly podcast series has now launched. Check out this funny and surreal sketch show. Listen

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp will take over from Sandi Toksvig as the new host of The News Quiz when it returns. Read

Not Safe For Work interviews

Not Safe For Work interviews

The cast of Channel 4's new office-based comedy drama Not Safe For Work talk about making the show. Read

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley is working on a new show for Sky Television. Thought to be a sitcom, the title is Harmony. Read

Missing Hancocks to return

Missing Hancocks to return

Radio 4 has given the greenlight for five more lost Hancock's Half Hour episodes to be re-recorded this July. Read

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams is reportedly working on a sitcom based around a TV talent show, inspired by Britain's Got Talent. Read

Bernard Righton's Gold show

Bernard Righton's Gold show

John Thomson, in character as Bernard Righton, will present an archive stand-up show on TV channel Gold. Read

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney, the star of My Mad Fat Diary, talks about the final series of the comedy drama. Read

Work in progress gigs

Work in progress gigs

Si Hawkins explains why he often enjoys work-in-progress stand-up gigs more than the resultant polished tour show. Read

Catastrophe a global hit

Catastrophe a global hit

Catastrophe, the sitcom created by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, has been sold to TV stations across the world. Read

Gein's Family Giftshop

Gein's Family Giftshop

Sketch group Gein's Family Giftshop talk to BCG ahead of recording their first radio series. Get free tickets too: Read

Comedy Awards to move

Comedy Awards to move

It has been confirmed The British Comedy Awards are leaving Channel 4, to move to a new network this December. Read

Nick Frost's memoir

Nick Frost's memoir

Nick Frost's is writing a book about his life. Truths, Half Truths and Utter Bullshit will be released in October. Read

Hoff The Record blog

Hoff The Record blog

What's it like working on a sitcom with David Hasselhoff? Here's a blog from Hoff The Record actor Fergus Craig: Read

Mind reading and comedy

Mind reading and comedy

Mind-reading performer Colin Cloud explains how the worlds of 'people reading' and comedy are similar. Read

Julie Bower: So Awkward

Julie Bower: So Awkward

Julie Bower, the creator of new CBBC sitcom So Awkward, talks about how the show was developed. Read

10 first date checks

10 first date checks

Maddy Anholt provides a checklist of the top ten things you need to know about your possible future spouse. Read

Shush! comes to Radio 4

Shush! comes to Radio 4

Radio 4 is making Shush!, a sitcom set in a library. The show will star Morwenna Banks and Rebecca Front. Read

Prof Brian Cox panel show

Prof Brian Cox panel show

BBC Two is to pilot Six Degrees, a science-based comedy panel show. Professor Brian Cox will host it. Read

RHLSTP with Bob Mortimer

RHLSTP with Bob Mortimer

Bob Mortimer is the first guest on the new series of Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Listen

Episodes Series 5

Episodes Series 5

Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan, gets another series. Read

CBeebies orders 2 comedies

CBeebies orders 2 comedies

CBeebies is making Go Jetters and Spot Bots, two animated series which aim to teach children via sketches. Read

Drifters gets a 3rd series

Drifters gets a 3rd series

Drifters, the E4 sitcom about three young women struggling to find good jobs, is to return for a third series. Read

Raised By Wolves Series 2

Raised By Wolves Series 2

Channel 4 has ordered a second series of Caitlin and Caroline Moran's sitcom Raised By Wolves. Read

Angela Barnes radio series

Angela Barnes radio series

Radio 4 has ordered a four-part stand-up series from 2011 BBC New Comedy Award winner Angela Barnes. Read

So On & So Forth interview

So On & So Forth interview

An interview with So On & So Forth, the comedy group behind the new Radio 4 sketch show series. Read

Safeword for ITV2

Safeword for ITV2

Rick Edwards will host new ITV2 panel show Safeword with team captains Katherine Ryan & David Morgan. Read

Paul O'Grady interview

Paul O'Grady interview

Paul O'Grady, who is presenting Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man, talks about how he knew the star. Read

Doc Martin US remake

Doc Martin US remake

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman is developing a US adaptation of hit ITV comedy drama Doc Martin. Read

Lee Mack interview

Lee Mack interview

Lee Mack talks about the future of his hit BBC sitcom Not Going Out in this honest and open in-depth interview. Read

Brotherhood cast interview

Brotherhood cast interview

The cast of Brotherhood, including Sarah Hadland, Johnny Flynn and Ellie Taylor, talk about the show. Read