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Funniest British Comedies

Updated on June 20, 2012

Funniest British Comedies on TV

Do you like to have a laugh? Come on in and see list and sample videos on the funniest British comedies shown on TV. Over the years, the British have produced some of the funniest comedy shows around.

They are different to the American comedies with a weird sense of humor. I have enjoyed old British comedies for many years and enjoy watching the repeats.

Below you find a list of the funniest British comedies and some trailers for you to watch and enjoy.

I also made an American funniest comedy site as well. Just click the link.

The picture came from Hilarious Magical T.V. Remote Prank

Fawlty Towers

This to me has to be an all time favorite when it comes to British comedy. Unfortunately there only ever made 12 episodes of them.

Picture on the right comes from CC flickr

This most hilarious comedy was created by funny man John Cleese and Cooney Booth. It is about a husband and wife running a hotel. Basil Fawlty ( John Cleese) is the rudest and obnoxious hotel owner there is. Not only argues with wife Sybil ( Prunellia Scales ) but also with Manuel the spanish waiter who struggles with basic english( Andrew Sachs) and Polly the house maid( Connie Booth ).

If you watch closely you will notice that the sign at start of the show is misspelled every time in a different way.


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Fawlty Towers was created in 1975 and a second series was produced in 1979 which became the last series. It has become a classic and it is loved by many.

Fawlty Towers Trailers

This is just to give you a little taste of this wonderful comedy series

Mr Bean

This is running a close 2nd to me.

Photo Courtesy of CC Flikr

Mr. Bean first appeared on TV on the 1st of January 1990. Like Faulty Towers not many episodes were produced in fact only 14 were made. These were shown between 1990 and the end of 1995.

Shortly after that one more episode was made ("Hair by Mr. Bean of London"), as a video exclusive released on 15 November 1995.

Rowan Atkinson developed the MR Bean character in his university time and became a widely love series watched by millions of people.

The Characters:

Mr. Bean, played by Rowan Atkinson, is a kid in a grown up body and with not too much trouble gets into plenty of it. The thing that is most fascinating is the fact that there is rarely a word spoken and yet the expressions on Mr. Beans face and the situations he finds himself in are hilarious.

Teddy played by a teddy bear and is Mr. Beans best friend. He treats the teddy like it was alive and this makes for some funny moments during the show.

Mr. Bean's car a British Leyland Mini 1000, is used in a number of episodes to display Mr. Beans ingenuity in what can be done with a small car.

Irma Gobb is Mr. Beans girlfriend and treats her more like a friend then a girlfriend. It is quite funny to see Mr. Bean getting a little jealous in one episode.

2002 saw the first of 26 half-hour episodes of an animated series of Mr. Bean hour episodes. It was very much in line with the original Mr. Bean, but added a couple more characters to it.

Mrs. Wicket is Mr. Beans landlady and she hasn’t got much time for anything or anybody except for her one eyed cat.

Scrapper the one eye cat hates Mr. Bean and try’s to get home into trouble whenever it can. Come to think of it Scrapper hates all humans except Mrs. Wicket. She has the tin opener.

Three wheeler is there to be run of the road when ever possible.

Mr. Bean has his own facebook site with over 15 Million fans and over 15000 likes for that page.

There is also a Mr. Bean Website you can visit. The link is provided as:

Mr. Beans Website

Mr Bean Samples

Available DVD's from Amazon

Here are some DVD's from the MR Bean series.

Allo Allo

Rene and crew very funny.

Allo Allo samples from Youtube

Allo Allo DVD's

Here are the first 4 series of this comedy and the complete set.

Gimme Gimme Gimme

Possibly not so well known British comedy, but it was hilarious to watch. There were only 3 series made( 1999- 2001) and 2 specials of which one was the Millennium special: 1999 and the other Comic Relief special: 2001

This comedy evolves around 2 flat mates Linda and Tom. Both enjoy the company of men, which makes them a very funny odd couple.

Linda La Hughes played by Kathy Burke is a boorish, unattractive middle aged lady thinking that she is a stunner.

Tom Farrell played by James Dreyfus is a 30-year-old openly gay, wannabe (but bad) actor who has only had small roles on TV and on stage.

Gimme Gimme Gimme Video clips

If you never heard of it or seen this show, then let me show you and give you a little taste on how funny this show was.

Video clip 1:TV Series - Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (Opening)

The opening of the British comedy series Gimme Gimme Gimme with the first scenes of the first episode. This is just a taste of the funny situations 2 flat mates can find them self in.

The next is a series of 4 video clips:Gimme Gimme Gimme (Millenium) [1/4] to [4/4]

if you can't watch them all at once come back and watch just a little bit at the time

Gimme Gimme Gimme DVD Set's

Here are the DVD's to that series available from Amazon.

Keeping up Apperances

Mrs Bucket, what a woman or more likely pain in the butt but very funny

Keeping up Apperances Video clips

Here are some video of this funny British comedy series

Video clip 1:Keeping Up Appearances Bloopers

Here are funny bloopers from this series and you should get a laugh out of this if you already know a little about this comedy.

Video clip 2:Keeping Up Appearances: The Best Moments - Part 1

The first part is on the water where both end up .......not telling.

The next is on the water again and guess what....... things happen again ........ still not telling

This then followed by a few other funny things which happened to poor Elizabeth

Keeping up Apperances DVD

Very funny and is a nice collection to have. I have got it myself.

Yes Minister

Politicians at their best. This series turns to go on later as Yes Prime Minister.

Are You Being Served?

Talk about old fashion service in a department store

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      Cara 5 years ago

      The Blackadder comedies are favourites in our house.

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Fawlty Towers and Mr Bean are among the best British comedies that have been done in my opinion. I have featured this page on my British comedy Lens "Classic English Comedy TV Shows"

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Last of the Summer WIne is the oldest/longest running British comedy I've heard, but don't know if it's true.

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      momsfunny 6 years ago

      great lens! Mr. Beans a man of no words, really great comedy and keeping up apperances really lives up to its name.

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      hntrssthmpsn 6 years ago

      Fawlty Towers was a family favorite at my house when I was a kid. Hadn't thought about that show in years... thanks for the reminder!

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Must confess I'm not a big follower of British comedies other than the Office, but the few times I've seen Absolutely Fabulous I was definitely chuckling outloud.

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Must confess I'm not a big follower of British comedies other than the Office, but the few times I've seen Absolutely Fabulous I was definitely chuckling outloud.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nicely done, all classics. I featured this on my Classic Britich Television Comedies page.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      Hilarious clip from Fawlty Towers! I love John Cleese...Great lens!

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      I liked this lens before I got my wings, and had to pop back in and bless it! Thanks for bringing back memories and laughs. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi Wolfie how is it in Bendigo, I live in Victor Harbor South Australia. Fawlty Towers is my favourite, but now it's Doc Martin, I don't know if it is suppose to be a comedy but it makes me laugh, he's such a stuffed shirt

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      feelfit 6 years ago

      Great lens...Fawlty Towers is my favorite.

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      Wyrdcrow 6 years ago

      I love this lens. My favourites are League of Gentleman (a local comedy, for local people ...) and Blackadder.

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      Lisa Morris 6 years ago

      This is a great lens. My favorite show has always been "Mr. Bean", makes me laugh everytime.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a terrific lens. My vote is for Mr. Bean, there is nothing like Mr. Bean.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      there are some real clasics here, made me chuckle lots....Great Lens thanks for sharing

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      paydayadvanceuk 6 years ago

      Mr. Bean would be number 1! It's so funny!

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      PamelaDW 6 years ago

      You have some real gems here. I'd add newer shows like Smack the Pony and Green Wing to my list.

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      crstnblue 6 years ago

      Nice lens, perfect for Sunday morning!

      Now, I better look for some of Mr. Bean's short movies - so simple and ingenious! - to enjoy a long coffee break : ))

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Mr Bean. is really hilarious. Nice lens!

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      Mistl 6 years ago

      Monthy Python the fish slapping dance is forever ingrained in my memory as the most hilarious thing ever to be shown on television.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My vote for funniest British comedy goes to Mr. Bean as I haven't seen too much of the others. Rowan Atkinson is hilarious in the show, but I've never found him very funny in any of the movies I've seen him in.

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      MyTimeAlone 6 years ago

      The internet is great. I love the fact that an Australian can post a best of list on British and American comedy. Thanks for checking out my lens and keep up the good work.

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      Andy-Po 6 years ago

      Great lens and an excellent selection of British comedies.

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      bhthanks 6 years ago

      The British know how to make great comedies! Thanks for sharing them!

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      Excellent lens and what a comprehensive list of British comedies!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love comedies, nothing like having a really good laugh. When I was still in Goa, India we used to watch many British comedies and one of my favourites was "Mind Your Language". At the moment, I'm in Canada and my current favourite is The Big Bang Theory :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love comedies! Great lens...

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      Rob Hemphill 6 years ago from Ireland

      Just loved Fawlty Towers, who didn't? Porridge with Ronnie Barker was another really great unmissable comedy. So many fantastic shows from the 70's and 80's.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Grew up on a good dose of 'Are you being served' and 'Mind your Language'! Enjoyed many a Brit comedy and like your impressive list here! :)

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      healthandsick 6 years ago

      Mr. Bean is my favorite ..

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      Mr. Bean is a good one.

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      APackageAtTheDoor 6 years ago

      Bless Me Father and Gavin and Stacy are two of our favorites.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lots of good stuff.

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      bo-abo 6 years ago

      mr bean is not listed? i like mr. bean :D

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      BusinessSarah 6 years ago

      AWESOME list!! I hope you don't mind that I added a bit of my own :) British comedy is my JAM. Loved the lens!

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      British humor is definitely different than American humor. I like British humor in books more than on TV, like Douglas Adams. Fun lens

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      You seem to have forgotten my favorite - Peep Show! I watched all the episodes on Hulu, I don't know if it available on DVD. It is about two roommates, Mark and Jeremy and as well as seeing what they do we can hear their thoughts. I think the actors have worked together for a long time.

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      TZiggy 6 years ago

      Monty Python is classic. Can't be better than those!

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      They are all so funny I grew up on these classics and still watch them. Only Fools and Horses is one of my favourites. Modern British comedy is also very funny, league of gentlemen and spaced are brilliantly written. Great lens some cool clips.

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      mivvy 6 years ago

      Allo Allo is my all time favourite

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love British comedy. My all time favorite is Blackadder--Love that show! I haven't seen some of these--will have to look into them.. Nice job on this lens! I'll add it to the Featured Lenses on my Blackadder lens.

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Great lens! My favourite British comedy programs now are "Mock the Week"; "8 Out of 10 Cats" and "Q.I." :)

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      NevermoreShirts 6 years ago

      I haven't watched a few of these - but I love British comedy. Definitely need to put them on my list - also, I need to find some classic Mr. Bean. :)

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      @BobBlackUK: thank you for your comment. still building the lens.

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      BobBlackUK 6 years ago

      I thought you'd missed Dad's Army, but it's there. I've bumped it up the list. Nice lens.

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      Morgannafay 6 years ago

      I love most of the shows you listed, my favorite being keeping up appearances <3 But, my second favorite I find to be the most underrated in British comedy and that's Blackadder! I'm so glad netflix finally has it on the list. WHOOT! I've always loved the tar out of Bennyhill too! So, I think you covered all of my faves. I may have one itching the back of my mind that I'm just not thinking of though.

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cool Lens! My favourite has to be Only Fools and Horses though.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      No Dad's Army?

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      ananimoss2 6 years ago

      I love British comedies when I understand what they say! I always liked Monty Python. Took forever to understand the jokes... Benny Hill was late night treat, and Mr. Bean is amusingly hopeless!

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      @anonymous: hi and thanks for looking. the whole idea of this lens is to bring back memories, hopefully good ones. the clips are just there to give people a chance to have good laugh.

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      @bosieboy: thanks and i'll add this to the list.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I remembered several of these and sure enjoyed seeing them again! Glad I browsed upon your lens, if you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      bosieboy 6 years ago

      Only Fools And Horses should be at the top of this list!

      Nice lens, Squidlike from me.

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      @pamadra: yes they have and i love still watching repeats and dvd's

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      pamadra 6 years ago

      I agree, I used to watch Benny Hill all the time, the Brits have a way about them don't they?

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      HalloweenRecipes 6 years ago

      Benny Hill was hysterical...and so different from anything we had seen at that point in America. The Brits have such a wonderful way with comedy.

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      msbaby 6 years ago

      I love British films as well as television series, drama as well as comedy. I just finished all of the episodes of Bramwell and am now working my way through 31 episodes of Doc Martin dreading when I reach the end! Thanks for giving me a list of others to look forward to.

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      @TheBestGadgets: i'll add more to it, but there are some made after 1980 already. i think this will be a big list by the time i'm finished. thank you for your comment

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      TheBestGadgets 6 years ago

      Yes, I think you've forgotten anything made after 1980