Hunker down for a solid three hours of clips and talking heads, counting down the 50 best sitcoms of all time, as decided by a viewer vote. A limited roster of actors, comedians and journos pop up repeatedly with soundbites that aren't always insightful, but there are flecks of gold: Ardal O'Hanlon's paean to The Royle Family is joyous, and Shelley Long's paean to Ted Danson is... a bit scary actually.
The constant flicking from UK to US and from recent to classic means boredom never sets in, and the list holds surprises, too. Two British sitcoms from the 1980s are shock inclusions in the top ten. As for the top spot, it has to be Fawlty Towers... doesn't it?Jack Seale, Radio Times, 31st December 2014