The Radio Times' Top 20 British Sitcoms


Let's Go Champ
May 17, 2013
Newcastle upon Tyne
Seems like an alright generic list, most of those shows were before my time though. The first comedy I found genuinely hilarious was The Office and that defined what was funny for me. Most older comedy I struggle to get into and only find amusing at best

i thought quite a few of those were soaps/dramas tbh.

the old school one with hyacinth bucket (pronounced bouquet)
garth's dark place
the one with glasses comedian(shaun?) living in a newx block with a half retarded chinese lad.
red mother fucking dwarf
the one in a countryside pub, mighta been called last orders.
I love Darkplace. Very niche though, most people won't have heard of it
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May 17, 2013
Any one ever watch operation good guys about the police done in a serious documentary type style but actually a comedy. Pre dates the office by a number if years. Used to crack me up.
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Mar 31, 2017
was rab c nesbitt big in scotland?
Belongs on the list, I reckon - always loved this episode, especially the line at 22 minutes

Phoenix Nights also deserves a shout - not a fan of present day Peter Kay, but that was fantastic. Black Books too - and both were wrapped up before they got stale, unlike the sad state Only Fools and Horses descended into.
Jun 6, 2012
Inbetweeners is a good shout, actually. Better than most of the pish on that list.
The Inbetweeners was just a vanilla rehash of Bottom with irritating cunt kids and a guy who looks like an inflated Rik Mayall instead of the real thing.
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Jul 25, 2012
Never knew Vicar of Dibley was rated(?) so highly.
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May 24, 2013
Emain Macha
"The list was voted for by a panel of 42 comedy experts..."
  1. Fawlty Towers
  2. Father Ted
  3. I'm Alan Partridge
  4. Blackadder
  5. Dad's Army
  6. Only Fools and Horses
  7. Porridge
  8. The Royle Family
  9. Absolutely Fabulous
  10. Dinnerladies
  11. The Thick of It
  12. The Office
  13. Peep Show
  14. The Vicar of Dibley
  15. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
  16. The Young Ones
  17. Gavin & Stacey
  18. The Good Life
  19. Detectorists
  20. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
No Benny Hill?

No Dave Allen ?

No Steptoe and son ?

No two Ronnies ?

Too many omissions.
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Jun 4, 2012
Never knew Vicar of Dibley was rated(?) so highly.
It isn't by most people. Let's be honest, the experts decided they needed to include several female comics and iconic British comedians, so we get one Dawn French sitcom, one Jennier Saunders sitcom, one Victoria Wood sitcom and then the predictable top spot for Fawlty Towers with a good smattering of the old ones (Porridge, Dad's Army, The Good Life) to make sure the icons are in there.

There's no excuse for having fucking Dinnerladies above The Office. In fact, there's no excuse for having The Office outside of the top five...being at 12 renders the list a farce. I