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Your top TV sitcoms


Surprised nobody’s done this yet as a companion to Jim’s movie thread. I think Jim’s right that comedy works better on TV than in a movie. None of the movies in my list in the other thread has made me cry with laughter the way things like this can at their best:

Dad’s Army
Allo Allo
Are you Being Served
Fawlty Towers
Steptoe & Son

I make no apologies for them all being 30+ years old – if there had been anything that funny since I would include it, but there hasn’t been :stuck_out_tongue: (Some good sketch shows, not many good sitcoms.)


Oh, far too many to name really. Off the top of my head:

Yes, Minister/Prime Minister
Father Ted
Fawlty Towers
Black Books
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Arrested Development
One Foot in the Grave
Only Fools and Horses
Red Dwarf
The Office
The Young Ones
The IT Crowd
I’m Alan Partridge
Peep Show


Frasier - greatest comedy of all time I think
Father Ted - best British sitcom
The UK Office
Always Sunny
Arrested Development


Agree with a lot of Dave’s. Weirdly, the only one on Jim’s list I have ever watched is Father Ted (which is great and would make my top 10 if not top 5).


Bob’s Burgers
Rick & Morty
Venture Brothers
You’re The Worst
Fawlty Towers


It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is one I’ve started recently and enjoy, but apparently I haven’t got to the really good stuff yet (we’re still early in season two).


Arrested Developement
Robot Chicken
The Odd Couple
Three’s Company
The Brady Bunch
The Greatest American Hero


How on Earth did I not mention The Simpsons?! Definitely up there.


Friends (seasons 1 thru about the middle of 4 are really great, everything after than tarnishes it)
Archer (except season 5)
Community (except season 4)
30 Rock
The Simpsons (til the end of Weinstein and Oakley’s tenure)
Venture Bros
Red Dwarf
South Park
Family Guy
Newsradio (if you tune out Andy Dick)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The Looney Tunes Show


I don’t watch a lot of TV sitcoms, but the ones that I really liked are:

Father Ted
Fawlty Towers
The IT Crowd
Blackadder (specifically Blackadder The Second)
Flight of the Conchords
Black Books

And I quite like Community but am hampered by the fact that my wife hates it. She’s not keen on 30 Rock either, so I don’t see much of either.

Not really a sitcom as such, but Ripping Yarns is brilliant as well.


My comedy tastes tend to be on the surreal and absurdist side, so as much as I’ve tried and admire the craft I don’t really laugh at US ones as they are mainly about wisecracks, exceptions for the cartoons like South Park and Adult Swim stuff.

My favourite ever sitcom only got a pilot, The Weekenders, where Phil Oakey from the Human League was selling meat products to aliens.

I also think the first series of Blackadder is the best one, which nobody else agrees with, not even the ones who wrote it. :smile:


I agree!


Two of us!


I realise that I’m deviating from the topic a bit (not the first time, won’t be the last), but have you ever listened to John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme on BBC Radio 4? If you haven’t, it might be your cup of tea.


I haven’t and I shall now give it a go, cheers Simon.


There should be episodes available on IPlayer or (coughs surreptitiously) on Youtube.

I have explained to my wife that when I die, I expect her to lead the chorus of Thank you Captain Dinosaur at the funeral.


Malcolm in the Middle
Grounded For Life
Red Dwarf
That 70’s Show


Souvenir Programme is brilliant - a very high ‘hit rate’ for a sketch show - and Cabin Pressure is superb (I only didn’t mention it earlier because it’s a radio sitcom and not a TV one).


My wife and I still play Yellow car. It is sort of compulsive once you start.


In no particular order, these are the ones that stick with me:

The Simpsons (through season 8 or 9, decent after that, but a slow spiral downward)
Get Smart
All in the Family (would never be made by one of the network stations today)
Park and Rec
30 Rock
Scrubs (first 3 or 4 seasons)
Flight of the Conchords
King of the Hill
I Love Lucy
The Bob Newhart Show (the original, with Bob as the psychiatrist)

I do love Rick and Morty, but haven’t watched season 2 yet.