The best British sitcoms of all time (in my very humble opinion)

10. Blackadder (BBC, 1983–1989)

The cast of Blackadder Goes Fourth, the final series.

9. Keeping Up Appearances (BBC, 1990–1995)

The cast of Keeping Up Appearances.
  • “It’s Bouquet”,
  • “The Bouquet residence, lady of the house speaking”,
  • Elisabeth spilling coffee every time the phone rings,
  • Onslow’s backfiring car
  • Onslow’s dog startling Hyacinth into the hedge.

8. Mrs. Brown’s Boys (BBC, 2011-present)

The cast of Mrs. Brown’s Boys.

7. Only Fools and Horses (BBC, 1981–2003)

The fantastic cast of Only Fools and Horses: Del Boy and Rodney with their partners Raquel and Cassandra and their uncle Albert.

6. Not Going Out (BBC, 2006-present)

The later cast of Not Going Out, with Lee, Lucy and their children, Lucy’s parents, their friends Toby and Anna and Lee’s dad Frank played by the late Bobby Ball.

5. Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4, 2011–2020)

The Goodmans and their disconcertingly strange neighbour Jim with his dog Milson.

4. Father Ted (Channel 4, 1995–1998)

The residents of Craggy Island Parochial House: Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O’Hanlon), Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) and Mrs Doyle (Pauline McLynn).

3. The Royle Family (BBC, 1998–2000; 2006–2012)

The nation’s favourite couch potatoes: the Royle family.

2. Fawlty Towers (BBC, 1975–1979)

Comedy that has aged like fine wine.

1. One Foot in the Grave (BBC, 1990–2000)

Misunderstood grumpy old man Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) and his long-suffering wife Margaret (Annette Crosbie)

Honourable Mentions

In Sickness and In Health (BBC, 1985–1992)

Warren Mitchell as the indomitable bigot Alf Garnett.

Green Wing (Channel 4, 2004–2007)

The insane cast members of Green Wing.

ChuckleVision (CBBC, 1987–2009)

“Hellooooo!” — the catastrophe prone Chuckle Brothers graced our screens with laughter for over 20 years.

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