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1. Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy

The wild misadventures of Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and her best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), who live in a nearly constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield

Votes: 17,217

2. Vicious (2013–2016)

23 min | Comedy

Freddie Thornhill (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart Bixby (Sir Derek Jacobi) are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly fifty years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 7,623

3. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable twelve-year-old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Maggie Smith, Gordon Jackson, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 8,052

4. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early twentieth century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 151,446

5. Let Them Eat Cake (1999)

30 min | Comedy, History

It's 1782 and welcome to the fabulous Palace of Versailles, France. Outside the gates, the peasants are on the verge of revolting (already well past vile), whilst inside lives one of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Scarborough, Lucy Punch

Votes: 620

6. The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle (2007– )

Comedy

Revolving around the life of Vivienne Vyle, a daytime TV presenter/agony aunt in the mold of Trisha, the show focuses on not only the problems of her guests but the problems Vivienne faces herself in regards to her love and home life.

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Miranda Richardson, Conleth Hill, Jason Watkins

Votes: 371

7. French and Saunders (1987– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

This BBC comedy skit show is the brainchild of longtime comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Each episode featured satire on British life, television, and parodies on big ... See full summary »

Stars: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Simon Brint, Rowland Rivron

Votes: 2,828

8. Clatterford (2006–2009)

60 min | Comedy

The comical misadventures of friends involved with a women's club. Retitled as "Clatterford" in the United States.

Stars: Sue Johnston, Dawn French, Maggie Steed, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 1,084

9. Blandings (2013–2014)

30 min | Comedy

Blandings Castle is dysfunction junction, the home of a chaotic family struggling to keep itself in order. Clarence Threepwood, Ninth Earl of Emsworth and master of Blandings Castle, yearns... See full summary »

Stars: Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders, Jack Farthing, Tim Vine

Votes: 969

10. Happy Families (1985– )

35 min | Comedy

Guy Fuddle (Ade Edmondson) lives with his grandmother (Jennifer Saunders). He has four sisters(Saunders) who were sent away from home as small children. Grandmother is now ill and she wants... See full summary »

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Stephen Fry

Votes: 122

11. The New Statesman (1987–1994)

70 min | Comedy

The ultra right-wing Alan B'Stard, the most selfish, greedy, dishonest, sadistic and sociopathic Conservative MP of them all, plots to achieve his meglomaniacal ambitions.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan, Terence Alexander

Votes: 2,114

12. The Young Ones (1982–1984)

410 min | Comedy

The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 12,731

13. Bottom (1991–1995)

30 min | Comedy

Two perpetually bored and broke flatmates waste their days in a futile struggle to get laid, earn cash, and not kill one another.

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Steven O'Donnell, Christopher Ryan

Votes: 11,140

14. Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

33 min | Short, Comedy, History

At a New Millennium Eve party, Blackadder and Baldrick test their new time machine and ping pong through history encountering famous characters and changing events rather alarmingly.

Director: Paul Weiland | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 13,602

15. Carry on Columbus (1992)

R | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Christopher Columbus believes he can find an alternative route to the far East and persuades the King and Queen of Spain to finance his expedition. But the Sultan of Turkey, who makes a ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Jim Dale, Bernard Cribbins, Maureen Lipman, Peter Richardson

Votes: 2,029

16. George & Mildred (1976–1979)

30 min | Comedy

George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House (1973)) when they receive a compulsory purchase order from the council. ... See full summary »

Stars: Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley, Sheila Fearn

Votes: 1,150

17. Grim Tales (1989–1991)

11 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Comedian and actor Rik Mayall energetically narrates a series of stories adapted from the tales written by the Brothers Grimm

Star: Rik Mayall

Votes: 181

18. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)

TV-PG | 175 min | Comedy, War

Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 45,765

19. Filthy Rich & Catflap (1987– )

204 min | Comedy

A satire about three losers: a failed actor, his sleazy agent, and a permanently drunk bodyguard.

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Michael Redfern

Votes: 1,219

20. Dangerous Brothers Present: World of Danger (1986 Video)

77 min | Comedy

The two Dangerous brothers Sir Richard and Sir Adrian host a series of mad and violent sketches

Director: Paul Jackson | Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Morwenna Banks, John Bird

Votes: 448

21. Blackadder II (1986)

TV-PG | 176 min | Comedy

In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 40,742

22. Blackadder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 33,820

23. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 87,548 | Gross: $46.41M

24. Poirot (1989–2013)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of eccentric, but sharp, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (David Suchet).

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 35,022

25. Acorn Antiques: The Musical (2006 Video)

157 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The plot revolves around the original (fictional) actors and actresses reprising their roles from the stage. However, contrary to their wishes, the experimental director adapts it into a ... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Warwick, Trevor Nunn | Stars: Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston

Votes: 89

26. Marple (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett, Isabella Parriss

Votes: 5,231

27. Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999–2001)

34 min | Comedy

A sitcom about two dreamy London roommate: gay unemployed actor Tom Farrell, whose career is going nowhere; and Linda La Hughes, who is about as attractive as a centenary nun, yet has ... See full summary »

Stars: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Beth Goddard, Rosalind Knight

Votes: 2,038

28. Dinnerladies (1998–2000)

34 min | Comedy

Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.

Stars: Victoria Wood, Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn, Shobna Gulati

Votes: 1,612

29. Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009– )

60 min | Talk-Show

Interview talk show hosted by comedian Alan Carr

Stars: Alan Carr, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden

Votes: 979

30. Harry Enfield and Chums (1994–1999)

40 min | Comedy

BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies.

Stars: Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Paul Whitehouse, Louisa Rix

Votes: 2,413

31. The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)

41 min | Comedy, Crime

Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mina Anwar, James Dreyfus, Serena Evans

Votes: 5,708

32. The Vicar of Dibley (1994–2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentricly conservative small town's church.

Stars: Dawn French, James Fleet, Trevor Peacock, Gary Waldhorn

Votes: 10,612

33. Open All Hours (1976–1985)

30 min | Comedy

Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 4,415

34. The Royle Family (1998–2012)

45 min | Comedy

A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house.

Stars: Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash

Votes: 5,948

35. The Fast Show (1994–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical British society.

Stars: Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir, Simon Day

Votes: 3,855

36. Spitting Image (1984–1996)

25 min | Comedy

A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.

Stars: Steve Nallon, Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie, Jon Glover

Votes: 1,879

37. The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)

Comedy

Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, The Fred Tomlinson Singers, John Owens

Votes: 2,678

38. Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones

Votes: 2,064

39. Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978)

30 min | Comedy

Accident-prone Frank Spencer fails to navigate the simplest tasks of daily life, while also trying to look after his wife and baby.

Stars: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Jessica Forte, Jane Hylton

Votes: 2,943

40. Steptoe and Son (1962–2016)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy

A thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ambitious and wants to better himself, but his... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton, Tim Buckland

Votes: 2,575

41. Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell

Votes: 13,100

42. Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)

TV-PG | 28 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton, Wendy Richard

Votes: 6,550

43. Little Britain (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain.

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker, Paul Putner

Votes: 20,653

44. Waiting for God (1990–1994)

30 min | Comedy

When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die. Much to the dislike of ... See full summary »

Stars: Graham Crowden, Stephanie Cole, Daniel Hill, Janine Duvitski

Votes: 1,482

45. As Time Goes By (1992–2005)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Romance

The Korean War, and a long lost letter, separate the lives of young lovers Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle, whose paths cross again by happenstance.

Stars: Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Moira Brooker, Philip Bretherton

Votes: 3,580

46. To the Manor Born (1979–2007)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Romance