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Looking for Something to Watch? British Comedy-Like Shows on Hulu Plus

Updated on February 9, 2014



There seems to be a resurrection of British Television all over the place. There are many popular British shows on Hulu Plus and Netflix such as Sherlock, the staple Dr. Who and the Fall that all quite good and fun to watch and definitely must sees. In addition, Downton Abbey is quite popular on PBS in America. Everywhere you go, someone is watching some British television somewhere.

When looking around for something to watch on Hulu Plus, I have come across three shows that I would definitely recommend for some of light viewing. If you are a fan of British Comedy, Hulu Plus is quite the place to binge watch one comedy after another. Popular shows are available including the Office (UK version), Mr. Bean and Absolutely Fabulous of course. However, there are also many shows available that you may have not heard of before and that are not a part of the American BBC rotation or available on PBS. The three shows that I have outlined are not all British but definitely have a British comedy-like feel to them so they are all included as the same genre.

Three Shows to Watch

  • Rev. is a very funny show about a liberal Church of England Vicar who runs a church full of misfits – drunks, drug addicts and more. You might recognize a guest appearance by Ralph Fiennes as the Bishop of London and certainly Geoffrey Palmer as the Vicar’s Father-in-Law who was in As Time Goes By and other BBC shows. The first two seasons are available now, 13 episodes of funniness. The third season is about to air shortly. I think this one is my favorite.
  • The Book Group is only 2 seasons, 12 episodes and really from Scotland not England. This comedy is about an American living in Glasgow who starts a book club in order to make new friends. Despite their differences, this group of readers, which includes a few footballers wives believe it or not, develops a strong bond and goes through many relationship mishaps. This might not be the best show on Hulu but it gets marks for being different and some of the characters are likable and so you just want to see how it all turns out.
  • The Librarians is actually Australian but it has a BBC feel to the show. The complete series is available right now with all 3 seasons of the only 20 episodes. It centers on a not-so political correct Librarian and her motley crew of staff that includes a drug dealer and former postal clerk doing community service for postal theft, as well as Dawn who had an accident that left her wheelchair bound yet Frances still expects her to shelve the books at the top. The biggest event at the Library is Book Week. Definitely, it is a much funnier show than I am describing for you here. The Australian accents are much easier for many Americans to understand who might not be used to viewing UK comedy and have a hard time understanding heavy British accents.

The shows I have listed above are ones I have personally watched. I have added the Misfits and some Simon Pegg shows like Green Wing and Peep Show to my watch list, as I have heard that they are all quite good. There are simply just too many shows for me to watch at one time, as I still have to go to work!

Hope you take a peek to see if you like any of these shows and please let me know of any similar type shows that you think I should watch.

The Librarians


Adam's Bible Test - Rev. - Episode 1 Preview - BBC Two


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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Truthfornow, if you like the Aussie show Librarians you may enjoy A very Moody Christmas and there is another series with 'The Moodies' but I'm not sure of the name. I think the show is from the same creators as the Librarians though and more recent.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I don't have a television, as quite frankly, I don't have time for it, but some of these look like a real hoot. I used to like 'Are You Being Served?'

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      The video of the Rev is funny. I will have to look for this one. We watch several BBC shows such as Car Trends, Dr Who, Star Trek shows, and the older episodes of Are You Being Served. The comedy is wonderful. Thanks for the information on what is new on British TV.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Hey thanks for the comments. As you can see, I haven't been writing, but I have been watching too much tv lol. Rev. is quite funny and so check it out @AliciaC and @always exploring. I will have to check out those other Aussie shows you mentioned @Jodah because I love the Librarians so.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the review. I like British-style shows, and these three sound interesting - especially Rev. I'll look for all of the shows.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I had to click funny, i watched the Rev. video. Funny! I never watch British shows, but perhaps i should. They all sound interesting. Thank's for the info.....

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi truthfornow, I am Australian so I am familiar with the Librarians, and as I actually used to work in a Library I found it quite hilarious. I love British shows, both drama, sci fi and comedy. The ones you mentioned are good, Dr Who, Sherlock and Rev. I enjoy them all. Other's I can recommend are: Silent Witness, Black Books, Outnumbered(a hilarious family comedy), My Family, and Death In Paradise. There are a host of good Aussie shows but that's for another time. Interesting hub, voted up.