Steve Poole's Favourite Comedy Shows

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1. '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: 22,603

2. 2point4 Children (1991–1999)

40 min | Comedy

2point4 Children is a BBC television sitcom that was created and written by Andrew Marshall. It follows the lives of the Porters; a seemingly average family whose world is frequently turned... See full summary »

Stars: Belinda Lang, Gary Olsen, Julia Hills, John Pickard

Votes: 981

3. A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987–1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton, Geoffrey McGivern

Votes: 8,656

4. A Kick Up the Eighties (1981–1984)

30 min | Comedy

Sketch show that originally explored a theme each week (work, death, sex).

Stars: Ron Bain, Miriam Margolyes, Roger Sloman, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 50

6. A Sharp Intake of Breath (1977–1981)

30 min | Comedy

British sitcom in which happy-go-lucky character Peter Barnes comically and haphazardly tries to deal with the daily frustrations his life throws at him.

Stars: David Jason, Jacqueline Clarke, Richard Wilson, Alun Armstrong

Votes: 78

7. 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: 17,194

8. All Gas and Gaiters (1966–1971)

30 min | Comedy

Clerical comedy centered on hapless curate Mervyn Noote.

Stars: Robertson Hare, William Mervyn, Derek Nimmo, John Barron

Votes: 42

9. Alas Smith & Jones (1984–1998)

30 min | Comedy

Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones present a series of short (often tasteless, always scathing) sketches about modern life and the stupidity and gullibility of those who believe in it.

Stars: Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Sarah Alexander

Votes: 1,398

10. Andy Capp (1988– )

30 min | Comedy

Andy is an out-of-work layabout who only wants to have a drink and read the racing news. This leaves his long-suffering wife Flo as the sole breadwinner.

Stars: James Bolam, Paula Tilbrook, Susan Brown, John Arthur

Votes: 35

11. 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: 6,535

12. 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: 3,576

13. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Düsseldorf. We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind.

Stars: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately

Votes: 2,668

14. Beadle's About (1986–1996)

30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

Elaborate tricks involving actors are played on members of the public who have been set up by friends or family.

Stars: Jeremy Beadle, John Leeson, Flavia Brilli, Tony McHale

Votes: 122

15. Birds of a Feather (1989–2019)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy

Comedy series following the lives of sisters Tracey and Sharon who are left to fend for themselves after their husbands are arrested for armed robbery.

Stars: Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Alun Lewis

Votes: 1,597

17. 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: 45,694

18. Blankety Blank (1979–2016)

30 min | Game-Show

Comedy game show with celebrity guests and cheap prizes.

Stars: Les Dawson, Terry Wogan, Paul O'Grady, Lorraine Chase

Votes: 140

19. Bless Me Father (1978–1981)

30 min | Comedy

"Bless Me Father" is a 21-episode British sitcom that ran from 1978 to 1981. A gentle and impish look at Catholic life in post-war suburban Britain, the series follows the adventures and ... See full summary »

Stars: Arthur Lowe, Daniel Abineri, Gabrielle Daye, Patrick McAlinney

Votes: 139

20. Bless This House (1971–1976)

30 min | Comedy

Bless This House centres on life in Birch Avenue, Putney, where travelling stationery salesman Sid Abbott (Sidney James) and his wife Jean (Diana Coupland) live with their teenagers: Mike (... See full summary »

Stars: Sidney James, Diana Coupland, Robin Stewart, Sally Geeson

Votes: 716

21. Bootsie and Snudge (1960–1974)

30 min | Comedy

Former Sergeant Major Claude Snudge meets up with Corporal Bootsie when they both start work at an exclusive Gentlemen's Club.

Stars: Alfie Bass, Bill Fraser, Robert Dorning, Clive Dunn

Votes: 28

22. Bread (1986–1991)

70 min | Comedy

The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Boht, Nick Conway, Jonathon Morris, Kenneth Waller

Votes: 964

23. British Men Behaving Badly (1992–2014)

45 min | Comedy

Two early thirties best friends live together while having completely different personalities. While their girlfriends try to help them take on more responsibilities the boys seldom respond well and usually end up drinking together.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash, Neil Morrissey

Votes: 6,811

24. Brush Strokes (1986–1991)

30 min | Comedy

Jacko is a house painter who "appreciates" women. He sees the best in each one of them and they in turn, like him. Will he find true love? Will he settle down as he gets older?

Stars: Karl Howman, Mike Walling, Jackie Lye, Howard Lew Lewis

Votes: 633

25. Butterflies (1978–1983)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

Ria, a happily married suburban housewife, reaches the age where she feels as if life is passing her by. Being taken for granted by her butterfly collecting dentist husband doesn't help. So... See full summary »

Stars: Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Bruce Montague, Nicholas Lyndhurst

Votes: 889

26. Canned Carrott (1990– )

30 min | Comedy

Jasper Carrott presents half an hour of stand-up (or rather, sit-down) comedy, interspersed with sketches from Punt and Dennis, comedy sketch serial The Detectives, and Wiggy's guide to life - plus the adverts.

Stars: Jasper Carrott, Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Nosher Powell

Votes: 47

28. Citizen Smith (1977–1980)

30 min | Comedy

Wolfie Smith is an unemployed dreamer from Tooting, London, a self-proclaimed urban guerrilla who aspires to be like his hero Che Guevara. He leads a small group called the Tooting Popular ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Mike Grady, Hilda Braid, Tony Millan

Votes: 773

29. Dad's Army (1968–1977)

30 min | Comedy, War

A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 5,230

30. Dave Allen (1990– )

30 min | Comedy

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Star: Dave Allen

Votes: 26

31. Dave Allen at Large (1971–1979)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy show by Irish comedian

Stars: Dave Allen, Michael Sharvell-Martin, Jacqueline Clarke, Ronnie Brody

Votes: 306

32. Duty Free (1984–1986)

30 min | Comedy

David and Amy are on holiday in Spain, where they meet Robert and Linda, who are also holidaymakers. David and Linda spend their holiday trying to find some time alone together away from their spouses.

Stars: Keith Barron, Gwen Taylor, Joanna Van Gyseghem, Neil Stacy

Votes: 205

33. Doctor at Large (1971– )

30 min | Comedy

Following his student misadventures in Doctor in the House (1969), Michael Upton (Barry Evans) starts out on an equally fun-filled but disaster-prone solo career. He moves through a variety... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Evans, George Layton, Geoffrey Davies, Richard O'Sullivan

Votes: 193

34. Dear John (1986–1987)

45 min | Comedy

John Lacey comes home one evening to discover a letter from his wife (starting with "Dear John" - hence the title) telling him that she is leaving him. Lonely and now divorced, the series ... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Bates, Peter Blake, Peter Denyer, Rachel Bell

Votes: 385

35. Doctor at Sea (1974)

30 min | Comedy

The continuing adventures of the boys from "Doctor In The House", "Doctor At Large" and "Doctor In Charge". When Dick (Geoffrey Davies) finally gets himself the sack from St Swithin's, ... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, Ernest Clark, John Grieve

Votes: 50

36. Albert! (1969– )

25 min | Comedy

"Albert Courtenay" (Rodney Bewes) a 24-year-old innocent northern lad relocates to London and manages to earn a basic living, but romanticises and exaggerates his success and experiences in euphemistic letters home to his mum.

Stars: Rodney Bewes, Garfield Morgan, Sheila White, Geraldine Newman

Votes: 9

37. Doctor at the Top (1991– )

30 min | Comedy

An update of the classic seventies "Doctor" comedies.

Stars: Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, George Layton, Roger Sloman

Votes: 42

38. Doctor in Charge (1972–1973)

30 min | Comedy

The continuing misadventures of Duncan Waring (Robin Nedwell), Dick Stuart-Clark (Geoffrey Davies) and Paul Collier (George Layton) see them move further up the promotion ladder, but no ... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Nedwell, George Layton, Geoffrey Davies, Ernest Clark

Votes: 112

39. Doctor in the House (1969–1970)

30 min | Comedy

"Doctor in the House" follows the misadventures of medical students Michael Upton, Duncan Waring, Paul Collier and Dick Stuart-Clark. The lads basically mean well, but their habits of ... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Evans, Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, George Layton

Votes: 303

40. Doctor on the Go (1975–1977)

30 min | Comedy

Duncan (Robin Nedwell) and Dick (Geoffrey Davies) return from their escapades on the MS Begonia ('"Doctor at Sea" (1974)') and manage to wangle new jobs at St Swithin's Hospital. ... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, Ernest Clark, Andrew Knox

Votes: 60

45. Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–1989)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Martin Bryce (Richard Briers) is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organized around the neighborhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does, he ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton, Peter Egan, Stanley Lebor

Votes: 840