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1. 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: 2,494

Still the best British sitcom of all time.

2. Hancock's Half Hour (1956–1960)

30 min | Comedy

TV version of the popular BBC radio show of the same name, with Tony Hancock as the modern man of the world (in his own eyes). Sid James is there to bring him back to earth.

Stars: Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Johnny Vyvyan, Alec Bregonzi

Votes: 436

A landmark in British comedy.

3. Hancock (1961)

25 min | Comedy

Comedian Tony Hancock stars, in this BBC situation comedy TV series, as Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock, a down-at-heel comedian living in East Cheam.

Stars: Tony Hancock, Hugh Lloyd, June Whitfield, Gwenda Ewen

Votes: 125

5. 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: 4,926

6. 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: 4,289

7. Dad's Army (1968–1977)

30 min | Comedy, War

A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 5,090

8. It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981)

30 min | Comedy, War

The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.

Stars: Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes, Donald Hewlett, Don Estelle

Votes: 1,120

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: 682

10. 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: 1,772

11. Two in Clover (1969–1970)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy series about two frustrated office workers who decide to leave behind their nine to five lifestyle for the simpler life of living in the countryside and running a farm.

Stars: Sidney James, Victor Spinetti, Bill Pertwee, Victor Platt

Votes: 49

12. George and the Dragon (1966–1968)

30 min | Comedy

Colonel Maynard has a problem when it comes to housekeepers - his chauffeur. George has an eye for the ladies, and his behaviour has seen sixteen housekeepers hand in their resignations. ... See full summary »

Stars: Peggy Mount, Sidney James, John Le Mesurier, Keith Marsh

Votes: 65

13. Citizen James (1960–1962)

30 min | Comedy

In the first series of this comedy programme, Sid James played a rather immoral man whose schemes invariably don't work out. In the second and third series, his character become more sympathetic and well-intentioned.

Stars: Sidney James, Sydney Tafler, Ronnie Brody, Bob Todd

Votes: 27

14. 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: 78,466

15. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 62,055

16. Ripping Yarns (1976–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy

Ripping Yarns is a collection of tales that make for 'ripping good' television. Michael Palin plays a different lead character in each yarn.

Stars: Michael Palin, Charles McKeown, Barbara New, David Griffin

Votes: 1,182

17. 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: 1,010

18. 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: 642

19. Bottom (1991–1995)

30 min | Comedy

Two perpetually bored and broke flatmates waste their days in a futile struggle to get laid, earn cash, and not kill one another.

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Steven O'Donnell, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 10,989

20. Blackadder II (1986)

TV-PG | 176 min | Comedy

In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 39,979

21. 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: 33,232

22. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)

TV-PG | 175 min | Comedy, War

Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 44,860

23. Blackadder the Third (1987)

TV-PG | 180 min | Comedy

In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Helen Atkinson Wood

Votes: 38,203

24. The Detectives (1993–1997)

50 min | Comedy, Crime

In the never ending, high tech war against crime, Detective Constables Bob Louis and David Briggs are the Scud missiles of the police arsenal of intuition, hunches and inspired guesses... ... See full summary »

Stars: Jasper Carrott, Robert Powell, George Sewell, Frank Windsor

Votes: 1,205

25. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977)

Comedy

The Morecambe & Wise Show was a long running and massively popular sketch series starring British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, plus a string of top-name international celebrity guests (of a bygone age), like André Prévin.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Ann Hamilton, Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

Votes: 635

26. The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)

Comedy

Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, The Fred Tomlinson Singers, John Owens

Votes: 2,574

27. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)

TV-G | 350 min | Comedy, Family

Bumbling, childlike Mr. Bean has trouble completing the simplest of tasks in day-to-day life, but his perseverance and resourcefulness frequently allow him to find ingenious ways around problems.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler, Matthew Ashforde

Votes: 91,763

28. The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)

41 min | Comedy, Crime

Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mina Anwar, James Dreyfus, Serena Evans

Votes: 5,584

29. Bless Me Father (1978–1981)

30 min | Comedy

"Bless Me Father" is a 21-episode British sitcom that ran from 1978 to 1981. A gentle and impish look at Catholic life in post-war suburban Britain, the series follows the adventures and ... See full summary »

Stars: Arthur Lowe, Daniel Abineri, Gabrielle Daye, Patrick McAlinney

Votes: 137

31. 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: 6,394

32. Are You Being Served? Again! (1992–1993)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

The staff of the defunct Grace Brothers department store reunite to run a rural hotel.

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

Votes: 1,081

33. Bread (1986–1991)

70 min | Comedy

The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Boht, Nick Conway, Jonathon Morris, Kenneth Waller

Votes: 917

36. Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones

Votes: 2,023

37. The Young Ones (1982–1984)

410 min | Comedy

The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 12,520

38. The New Statesman (1987–1994)

70 min | Comedy

The ultra right-wing Alan B'Stard, the most selfish, greedy, dishonest, sadistic and sociopathic Conservative MP of them all, plots to achieve his meglomaniacal ambitions.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Terence Alexander

Votes: 2,077

39. The Larkins (1958–1964)

30 min | Comedy

66 Sycamore Street is home to the Larkins. Alf refuses to believe that he's henpecked. Ada's determined to make sure that he is. Joyce still lives at home with her unsuccessful writer of a ... See full summary »

Stars: Peggy Mount, David Kossoff, Barbara Mitchell, Ronan O'Casey

Votes: 32

40. Doctor in the House (1969–1970)

30 min | Comedy

"Doctor in the House" follows the misadventures of medical students Michael Upton, Duncan Waring, Paul Collier and Dick Stuart-Clark. The lads basically mean well, but their habits of ... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Evans, Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, George Layton

Votes: 294

41. Please Sir! (1968–1972)

30 min | Comedy

A hapless but caring teacher tries to control his class of unruly kids. The teacher sees much good and potential in his pupils, much to the dismay of his fellow teachers who have lost hope ... See full summary »

Stars: Deryck Guyler, Noel Howlett, Joan Sanderson, Richard Davies

Votes: 249

42. The Fenn Street Gang (1971–1973)

30 min | Comedy

The lives and adventures of the pupils of class 5C from 'Please Sir', after they have left Fenn Street School .

Stars: Peter Cleall, David Barry, Carol Hawkins, Peter Denyer

Votes: 62

43. 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: 458

44. 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: 757

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: 539

46. 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: 945

47. The Magnificent Evans (1984– )

30 min | Comedy

Plantagenet Evans played by Ronnie Barker is a photographer who lives in sin with his mistress and is driven around by his simple chauffeur. The series only lasted for one season of six ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Sharon Morgan, Dickie Arnold, Myfanwy Talog

Votes: 42

48. Clarence (1988– )

30 min | Comedy

7.5