best comedy series

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1. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 80,442

2. 'Allo 'Allo! (1982–1992)

45 min | Comedy, History, War

In France during World War II, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another's true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.

Stars: Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner

Votes: 22,696

3. 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: 34,030

4. 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: 40,983

5. Blackadder the Third (1987)

TV-PG | 180 min | Comedy

In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Helen Atkinson Wood

Votes: 39,116

6. Married... with Children (1987–1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse

Votes: 92,973

7. 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: 46,034

8. 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: 13,185

9. Mr. Bean (1990–1995)

TV-G | 350 min | Comedy, Family

Bumbling, childlike Mr. Bean has trouble completing the simplest of tasks in day-to-day life, but his perseverance and resourcefulness frequently allow him to find ingenious ways around problems.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler, Matthew Ashforde

Votes: 94,842

10. In Living Color (1990–2006)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 9,118

11. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 238,749

12. Beavis and Butt-Head (1993–2011)

TV-14 | 15 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

Animated MTV series about two teenage heavy-metal music fans who occasionally do idiotic things because they're bored. For them, everything is "cool" or "sucks."

Stars: Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Kristofor Brown, Tracy Grandstaff

Votes: 26,519

13. 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: 3,889

14. 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: 5,737

15. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the third planet from the sun.

Stars: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart

Votes: 44,848

16. The Chris Rock Show (1997–2000)

TV-MA | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

America's funniest comedian in a less than PC setting. It's hilarious !

Stars: Chris Rock, Grandmaster Flash, Monteria Ivey, Wanda Sykes

Votes: 628

17. South Park (1997– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall

Votes: 316,906

18. How Do You Want Me? (1998–1999)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Ian has recently eloped with country girl Lisa. The have moved from London back to her hometown Snowle, and comedy ensues.

Stars: Dylan Moran, Charlotte Coleman, Emma Chambers, Frank Finlay

Votes: 413

19. So Graham Norton (1998–2002)

50 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Outrageous late-night talk show with celebrity guests, shocking audience confessions and bizarre internet sites.

Stars: Graham Norton, Kevan Allen, Miles O'Keeffe, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 319

20. That '70s Show (1998–2006)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin.

Stars: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson

Votes: 146,836

21. Family Guy (1999– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 293,687

22. Da Ali G Show (2000–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen appears as Ali G, a rapper-wannabe from Staines. Ali G has his own TV show, where he interviews people on serious subjects. They're not aware that Ali G is just a... See full summary »

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Ellington, T.N.T. Crew

Votes: 15,186

23. Black Books (2000–2004)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.

Stars: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Paul Beech

Votes: 51,594

24. Coupling (2000–2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Six best friends talk about all aspects of sex and relationships on their never-ending quest to find true love.

Stars: Jack Davenport, Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Kate Isitt

Votes: 41,444

25. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself into with his friends and complete strangers.

Stars: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman

Votes: 94,306

26. Bo' Selecta! (2002–2004)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy involving celebrity stalker Avid Merrion, and a whole host of "celebrities".

Stars: Leigh Francis, Patsy Kensit, Karen Hayley, Craig Phillips

Votes: 1,362

27. Arrested Development (2003– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett

Votes: 265,208

28. 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: 20,776

29. QI (2003– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Sandi Toksvig is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.

Stars: Alan Davies, Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Phill Jupitus

Votes: 28,595

30. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Music

Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Rudy Rush, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 50,011

31. Het eiland (2004–2005)

35 min | Comedy

Michel, Guido and Frankie have been co-workers and close friends for years. But when their boss gets fired, Guido gets a promotion and is replaced by the odd Alain Vandam. No normal day ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Focketyn, Wim Opbrouck, Dirk van Dijck, Tom Van Dyck

Votes: 2,269

32. Extras (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

Votes: 50,542

33. Mock the Week (2005– )

TV-14 | 29 min | Comedy, Game-Show

A comedic look at current events.

Stars: Dara O Briain, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons, Ed Byrne

Votes: 7,180

34. The Office (2005–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

Stars: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 345,214

35. The Graham Norton Show (2007– )

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

Irish comedian Graham Norton hosts his very own chat show, which includes chatting to A-list celebrities, the very famous Red Chair game, live music, lots of jokes and fun from Graham and the celebrities themselves.

Stars: Graham Norton, Ricky Gervais, Jack Whitehall, Judi Dench

Votes: 9,476

36. The Sarah Silverman Program. (2007–2010)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Sarah Silverman stars as Sarah Silverman, an unemployed single woman who still behaves like a child. Sarah depends in everything on her sister (played by her real sister Laura). Sarah is ... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee

Votes: 7,042

37. Him & Her (2010–2013)

28 min | Comedy

An acutely observed, forensically honest, warts-and-all look at a working-class couple in their mid-20s.

Stars: Russell Tovey, Sarah Solemani, Joe Wilkinson, Kerry Howard

Votes: 3,767

38. Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights (2010– )

Comedy

Frankie Boyle delivers a mix of stand-up and sketches in an uncompromisingly controversial fashion.

Stars: Frankie Boyle, Jim Muir, Tom Stade, Robert Florence

Votes: 449

40. Fresh Meat (2011–2016)

TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far, university.

Stars: Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Charlotte Ritchie

Votes: 14,545

42. The Natives (2015– )

45 min | Drama

Famous stand-up comedian Freddy De Vadder flees to a picturesque village called Bevergem. Why? Nobody knows. He doesn't talk about it. The contrast between him and the grotesque residents ... See full summary »

Stars: Piet De Praitere, Bart Vanneste, Wim Willaert, Maaike Cafmeyer

Votes: 801



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