I thought I’d make a list of Britcoms and other British series I like, with a short description. Here you go!
Absolutely Fabulous – silly fun, two women who never grew past the 1960s
After You’ve Gone – is good, but not as good as My Family for dysfunctional family
‘Allo ‘Allo – a bit odd, set during WWII
Are you Being Served – the epitome of Britcom for me
As Time Goes By – My parents story, or pretty close. Judi Dench is awesome.
Ballykissangel – Irish town meets English priest. Hilarity ensues.
A Bit of Fry and Laurie – Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. Nuff said.
Black Adder – Rowan Atkinson at his sarcastic best
Black Books – a horrible Irish man runs a book store, but hates EVERYONE. Think Basil Fawlty in a London bookstore.
Brother Cadfael – lovely historical mysteries with Derek Jacobi
The Celts – Documentary that made Enya’s music famous
Chef! – you thought Gordon Ramsay was bad?
Coupling – Like Friends, but funny and with more sex.
Doctor Who – No description needed
Doc Martin – a country doctor afraid of blood, and no social skill whatsoever
Father Ted – bumbling Irish priests on a small island.
Fawlty Towers – John Cleese. Nothing more needed.
French & Saunders – Vicar of Dibley meets AbFab
Good Neighbors – a young(ish) couple decide to live off the land – while living in the suburbs.
Hamish MacBeth – Dr. Rush from SGU is a cop in the highlands of Scotland. With an attitude.
Hotel Babylon – 5 Star hotel in London – the inside view
Horatio Horn blower – History on the High Seas
I, Claudius – Derek Jacobi again, fantastic series of ancient Rome.
Jeeves and Wooster – More Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry
Keeping up Appearances – Mrs. Bucket (pronounced boo-KAY!) wants to be seen as posh.
Little Britain – Silly, toilet humor for the very British. Narrated by Tom Baker
Lovejoy – Antique dealer/rogue
Last of the Summer Wine – A group of old men try to have fun in their autumn days
Michael Palin’s travel vids – He brings travel to life
Monarch of the Glen – My favorite series ever. Highlands of Scotland.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus – true silliness as only the Brits can do it.
Mr. Bean – Sort of a BritMime
My Family – Dysfunctional family – hilarious
One Foot in the Grave – Old man complains about forced retirement to anyone who will listen
Outlander – not a Britcom, but a show definitely worth watching! British WWII nurse goes back in time 200 years in Scotland
Outnumbered – a family with three children, too smart for their parents!
Red Dwarf – Space Britcom with human cats
Rosemary and Thyme – Two gardeners find lots of murderers.
Roar! – Celtic historical – sort of (Heath Ledger)
Rome – great rendition of Julius Caesar’s time (not British, but had to be included)
Sharpe’s series – fantastic series of Napoleonic wars (Sean Bean)
Shaun the Sheep – claymation, very funny
Sherlock Holmes – any version will do.
Slings and Arrows – OK, it’s Canadian, not British. But great show about a Shakespearean group!
The I.T. Crowd – IT geeks vs. the world.
Thin Blue Line – More Rowan Atkinson – as a cop, this time.
Torchwood. – Chasing aliens in Cardiff
The Tudors. – Another great historical series (mostly)
Vicar of Dibley – hilarity from Dawn French as a female vicar in a very small town
Waiting for God – Fantastic! Sarcastic wit and silliness
Yes, Minister – amusing, not required, Britcom about the Prime Minister
The Young Ones – early Britcom silliness
There are others I have come across, others I haven’t seen, etc.
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– Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland
– Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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