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Top 10 British sitcoms ever

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Jackson Neil

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 6:44pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 341 posts

1. Black Adder
2. Fawlty Towers
3. I'm Alan Partridge
4. Black Books
5. Father Ted
6. Rising Damp
7. Men Behaving Badly
8. The Office
9. Peep Show
10. 15 Storeys High

1 & 2 are undisputed best, in my opinion.

HM's: Steptoe and Son, The Young Ones, Royle Family, Porridge, Red Dwarf, OFAH (grandad years), Grass.

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Jack Massey

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 7:12pm
  • England
  • 2,965 posts

1. Dad's Army
2. Citizen Smith
3. On the Buses
4. Last of the Summer Wine (the early episodes)
5. Till Death us do Part
6. Steptoe & Son
7. Fawlty Towers
8. Two in Clover
9. Porridge
10. One Foot in the Grave.

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Jackson Neil

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 7:21pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 341 posts

Interesting list. I like a cluster of the ones you mentioned, but am either not too keen on the rest (hate Summer Wine) of haven't seen a great deal regarding some of them.

Steptoe was great, I'd forgotten about it: on revison it might squeeze into my 10 somewhere, though I would be at odds to leave out anything else. Citizen Smith wasn't bad, never that fond of Dad's Army mind you. Suprised you have Fawlty and Porridge so low and no BlackAdder, but it's all bout the opinions.

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Deferenz

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 7:48pm [Edited]
  • West Sussex, England
  • 778 posts

Comedy is very subjective and I think every person on this site would produce a different top ten if asked. There is a large number of what I would term 'solid' sitcoms that have been produced over the decades that could all make a play for being termed 'the best' for one reason or another. The difficulty is trying to narrow them down which is extremely difficult. How does a person pick what is best when the shows quality in term of writing, acting and production is all excellent and on a par? I think ultimately the answer comes down to simple personal preference.

Anyway, here is my top 10:-

1. The Young Ones
2. Fawlty Towers
3. Yes Minister / Yes, Prime Minister
4. Bottom
5. Absolutely Fabulous
6. The Office
7. Red Dwarf
8. Are You Being Served?
9. The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin
10. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Def.

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chipolata

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 7:55pm
  • England
  • 30,079 posts

1. I'm Alan Partridge
2. Fawlty Towers
3. Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister
4. The Office
5. Spaced
6. Father Ted
7. Porridge
8. Only Fools and Horses
9. Peep Show
10. Steptoe and Son

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john lucas 101

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 7:56pm
  • England
  • 7,098 posts

1. Bottle Boys
2. Oh no, It's Selwyn Froggit
3. On the Buses
4. Home to Roost
5. Bender's Truth
6. Mind Your Language
7. Cowboys
8. Nathan Barley
9. The Piglett Files
10. The Big Hatters

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Aaron

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 8:11pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,670 posts

Now that is what I call a controversial list!

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Jackson Neil

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 8:18pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 341 posts

Good calls on Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and The Young Ones. I enjoy both.

Regarding the latter I think a comedy that defined its era so much and was always a product of the 'Thatcherite 80s' was always destined to be dated by now. However, I still quite enjoy watching it nonetheless, it should be judged on what it was - which was a breath of fresh air at the time and a great sitcom.

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Deferenz

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 8:29pm [Edited]
  • West Sussex, England
  • 778 posts
Quote: Jackson Neil @ February 19 2009, 3:18 PM GMT

Good calls on Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and The Young Ones. I enjoy both.

Regarding the latter I think a comedy that defined its era so much and was always a product of the 'Thatcherite 80s' was always destined to be dated by now. However, I still quite enjoy watching it nonetheless, it should be judged on what it was - which was a breath of fresh air at the time and a great sitcom.


I'm sure you didn't mean it as such, and it's probably just the way I'm reading it, but the above actually seems a little condesending. :(

Def.

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NickTheDon

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 9:23pm
  • Brighton, England
  • 1,348 posts

Yum, I like making lists. All personal preference, but here goes:

1. Blackadder
2. The Office
3. I'm Alan Partridge
4. Peep Show
5. Bottom
6. Only Fools and Horses
7. Gavin & Stacey
8. Spaced
9. Porridge
10. Black Books

Bound to have forgotten something though, I did this pretty quickly.

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miss jaffacake

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 11:17pm
  • Royston Vasey, England
  • 206 posts

I feel like a freak for not liking Fawlty Towers at all.

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Nil Putters

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 11:24pm
  • A galaxy far, far away or, England
  • 28,689 posts

You are.

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Blenkinsop

  • Thursday 19th February 2009, 11:42pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,014 posts

My go! My go!

Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads
Hancock's Half Hour
Steptoe & Son
Father Ted
Fawlty Towers
Blackadder
The Office (entire canon)
The Partridge trilogy (see the office cheating a bit I know)
The Royle Family
Still Game

And for me - close but no ceegar:

Lead Balloon
Gavin and Stacey
Porridge
Dad's Army
Yes Minister / Prime Minister
Reggie Perrin

10 ain't enough really

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backofthenet

  • Friday 20th February 2009, 12:29am
  • England
  • 7 posts

1 The Office (Nothing else comes close)
2 Extras
3 I'm Alan Partridge
4 Peep Show
5 Game On
6 Spaced
7 Green Wing
8 Blackadder
9 Porridge
10 Red Dwarf