British Comedy TV Series I've Seen (Past & Present)

by drthunderboltlight | created - 01 May 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

These are all the ones I've seen that I really liked or half way liked.

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1. Bootsie and Snudge (1960–1974)

30 min | Comedy

Former Sergeant Major Claude Snudge meets up with Corporal Bootsie when they both start work at an exclusive Gentlemen's Club.

Stars: Alfie Bass, Bill Fraser, Robert Dorning, Clive Dunn

Votes: 28

The majority of the surviving episodes of series 1 & 2.

2. Steptoe and Son (1962–2016)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy

A thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ambitious and wants to better himself, but his... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton, Tim Buckland

Votes: 2,544

3. The Likely Lads (1964–1966)

30 min | Comedy

The adventures of two "likely lads" ostensibly set in the North East of England (but filmed in Willesden Junction, London). Terry and Bob have been friends since childhood. Bob is the ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Don McKillop, Bartlett Mullins

Votes: 649

Only the surviving episodes

4. Till Death Us Do Part (1965–1975)

TV-PG | 40 min | Comedy

A working-class Cockney bigot with a biased and experienced opinion of everything shares them bluntly and carelessly.

Stars: Warren Mitchell, Anthony Booth, Una Stubbs, Dandy Nichols

Votes: 766

Mainly series 4-7 in color

5. No, That's Me Over Here! (1967–1970)

30 min | Comedy

No That's Me Over Here sees Ronnie battling the relentless forces of time whilst struggling to keep his place in a ruthless suburban status race. Bewildered by office politics, rapidly ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Corbett, Rosemary Leach, Henry McGee, Ivor Dean

Votes: 12

Only series 3

6. On the Buses (1969–1973)

30 min | Comedy

Jack-the-lad bus driver and conductor Stan and Jack enjoy the female employees more than their work and Inspector Blake is relentless in his attempts to make their lives a misery.

Stars: Anna Karen, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Reg Varney

Votes: 1,800

7. Curry & Chips (1969– )

30 min | Comedy

A Pakistani Irishman Kevin O'Grady arrives in England and joins the workforce at a novelty objects manufacturers. He also shares digs with his factory manager. He quickly becomes bemused ... See full summary »

Stars: Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, Kenny Lynch, Norman Rossington

Votes: 101

8. For the Love of Ada (1970–1971)

30 min | Comedy

Irene Handl and Wilfred Pickles are two senior citizens who find that as romance blossoms, so too does emotional turmoil. The series gently charts the relationship between Yorkshireman ... See full summary »

Stars: Irene Handl, Wilfred Pickles, Barbara Mitchell, Jack Smethurst

Votes: 51

9. Bless This House (1971–1976)

30 min | Comedy

Bless This House centres on life in Birch Avenue, Putney, where travelling stationery salesman Sid Abbott (Sidney James) and his wife Jean (Diana Coupland) live with their teenagers: Mike (... See full summary »

Stars: Sidney James, Diana Coupland, Robin Stewart, Sally Geeson

Votes: 709

10. Love Thy Neighbour (1972–1976)

30 min | Comedy

A white working-class socialist has his world turned upside down when an educated black man moves in next door.

Stars: Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper, Kate Williams

Votes: 468

11. Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.

Stars: Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman, Kathy Staff, Robert Fyfe

Votes: 2,421

Still watching

12. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)

30 min | Comedy

Terry and Bob from The Likely Lads (1964) continue their life after Terry arrives home from serving in the Army to discover that Bob is about to marry his girlfriend Thelma. Can Thelma lead... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth, Sheila Fearn

Votes: 1,016

13. Casanova '73 (1973– )

30 min | Comedy

PR man Henry loves his wife, but can't help being a serial womanizer. In order to keep his marriage together, he leads a double life, but never manages to avoid the most awkward, farcical situations imaginable.

Stars: Leslie Phillips, Jan Holden, Yolande Turner, Elvi Hale

Votes: 26

14. Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)

TV-PG | 28 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton, Wendy Richard

Votes: 6,481

Minus the pilot

15. Spring & Autumn (1972–1976)

30 min | Comedy

Jimmy is an older man in the Autumn of his years who takes Young boy Charlie under his wing.

Stars: Jimmy Jewel, Charlie Hawkins, Larry Martyn, June Barry

Votes: 18

16. The Prince of Denmark (1974– )

30 min | Comedy

Ronnie Corbett finds himself a publican when screen wife Rosemary Leach inherits "The Prince of Denmark".

Stars: Ronnie Corbett, Rosemary Leach, David Warwick, Michael Nightingale

Votes: 6

17. Thick as Thieves (1974– )

30 min | Comedy

House burglar George Dobbs returns home from three years in prison to find his best friend has moved into his house with his wife. But loving them both in different ways, he doesn't have the heart to turn either of them out.

Stars: Bob Hoskins, John Thaw, Pat Ashton, Johnny Briggs

Votes: 30

18. Don't Drink the Water (1974–1975)

30 min | Comedy

This short lived sequel to "On the Buses" saw Blakey move to Spain with his sister.

Stars: Stephen Lewis, Pat Coombs, Derek Griffiths, Frank Coda

Votes: 65

19. Rising Damp (1974–1978)

30 min | Comedy

Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly and racist landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 2,031

20. Porridge (1974–1977)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 5,019

21. The Wackers (1975– )

30 min | Comedy

Billy Clarkson tries to settle back into family life after being away for two years.

Stars: Ken Jones, Sheila Fay, Alison Steadman, Keith Chegwin

Votes: 23

22. Good Neighbors (1975–1978)

28 min | Comedy

The perils of "escaping the rat race" and dropping out of society - to start a farm in Surbiton (and to drive Margo nuts).

Stars: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington

Votes: 2,551

23. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 79,494

24. Open All Hours (1976–1985)

30 min | Comedy

Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 4,373

26. Lucky Feller (1975– )

30 min | Comedy

Shorty Mepstead, a shy plumber lives in South London with his mother and brother, ladies' man Randolph.

Stars: David Jason, Cheryl Hall, Peter Armitage, Pat Heywood

Votes: 76

27. George & Mildred (1976–1979)

30 min | Comedy

George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House (1973)) when they receive a compulsory purchase order from the council. ... See full summary »

Stars: Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley, Sheila Fearn

Votes: 1,144

28. A Sharp Intake of Breath (1977–1981)

30 min | Comedy

British sitcom in which happy-go-lucky character Peter Barnes comically and haphazardly tries to deal with the daily frustrations his life throws at him.

Stars: David Jason, Jacqueline Clarke, Richard Wilson, Alun Armstrong

Votes: 77

29. Odd Man Out (1977– )

30 min | Comedy

Neville Sutcliffe (John Inman) leaves the safety of his Blackpool fish and chip shop to take over his deceased father's seaside rock factory in Littlehampton with his step-sister Dorothy.

Stars: John Inman, Josephine Tewson, Peter Butterworth, Avril Angers

Votes: 45

30. The Other One (1977–1979)

30 min | Comedy

Two passengers meet in reception at Gatwick airport. Although unknown to each other, they find they are on the same flight and staying in the same hotel. Two characters as different as ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Briers, Michael Gambon, Michael Chesden, Jill Kerman

Votes: 40

31. Going Straight (1978– )

30 min | Comedy

Following his release from Slade prison, Fletcher tries to stick to the straight and narrow, but it isn't easy.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Patricia Brake, Richard Beckinsale, Nicholas Lyndhurst

Votes: 964

32. Shelley (1979–1983)

30 min | Comedy

James Shelley, an educated, sardonic, permanently unemployed "professional freelance layabout," has many battles with authority, the tax-man, his landlady and his girlfriend Fran.

Stars: Hywel Bennett, Belinda Sinclair, Josephine Tewson, Garfield Morgan

Votes: 212

33. Terry and June (1979–1987)

30 min | Comedy

Terry and June Medford are a middle aged couple who find the trials of life more difficult as they try to succeed in their daily lives.

Stars: Terry Scott, June Whitfield, Reginald Marsh, Rosemary Frankau

Votes: 333

34. Only When I Laugh (1979–1982)

30 min | Comedy

A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff.

Stars: James Bolam, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli, Richard Wilson

Votes: 730

35. Sorry! (1981–1988)

30 min | Comedy

A 41 year old man is unable to leave home because of his domineering mother.

Stars: Ronnie Corbett, Barbara Lott, William Moore, Marguerite Hardiman

Votes: 367

36. Till Death... (1981– )

30 min | Comedy

Alf and Elsie Garnett retire to Eastbourne, so Rita and Michael Jr. become the main characters who try to keep Alf out of trouble.

Stars: Warren Mitchell, Dandy Nichols, Patricia Hayes, Una Stubbs

Votes: 30

37. Take a Letter Mr. Jones (1981– )

30 min | Comedy

This series follows the misadventures of Joan Warner, a top business executive as she battles the sexual politics of big business and the general ineptness of her staff. She is aided in her... See full summary »

Stars: John Inman, Rula Lenska, Gina Maher, Joan Blackham

Votes: 62

38. Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

Comedy that follows two brothers from London's rough Peckham estate as they wheel and deal through a number of dodgy deals and search for the big score that'll make them millionaires.

Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Votes: 43,015

39. That's My Boy (1981–1986)

30 min | Comedy

Molly Sugden goes to her employment agency, only to find herself with a new job, for her son Shane she gave up for adoption years ago. This series shows how Molly gave up her son - and the miracle of fate bringing them back together.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, Christopher Blake, Jennifer Lonsdale, Harold Goodwin

Votes: 140

40. Goodbye, Mr. Kent (1982– )

30 min | Comedy

Richard Briers stars as layabout journalist Travis Kent who weasels his way into lodging at Victoria (Hannah Gordon's) house.

Stars: Richard Briers, Hannah Gordon, Talla Hayes, John Barcroft

Votes: 8

41. Blackadder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 33,626

42. Cuffy (1983– )

30 min | Comedy

Further adventures of Cuffy, the tramp from the village of Shillingbury.

Stars: Bernard Cribbins, Jack Douglas, Linda Hayden, Nigel Lambert

Votes: 14

43. Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–1989)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Martin Bryce (Richard Briers) is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organized around the neighborhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does, he ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton, Peter Egan, Stanley Lebor

Votes: 831

44. Fresh Fields (1984–1986)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

Popular British sitcom about a middle-aged, suburban couple, William and Hester Field. Hester is suffering 'empty-nest syndrome' after their two children have grown-up so she keeps trying to find new hobbies and interests.

Stars: Julia McKenzie, Anton Rodgers, Ann Beach, Fanny Rowe

Votes: 237

45. In Sickness and in Health (1985–1992)

30 min | Comedy

Alf and Else are getting old, Rita's left home, Else's confined to a wheelchair. Alf must now do battle with the Social Security system.

Stars: Warren Mitchell, Carmel McSharry, Arthur English, Ken Campbell

Votes: 546

46. Girls on Top (1985–1986)

30 min | Comedy