British comedies?

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  1. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    I think British comedies are great, much better than the comedies on TV here in the US.

    My favorites are:

    • Thin Blue Line
    • Father Ted
    • Vicar of Dibley
    • Fawlty Towers
    • As Time Goes By
    • IT Crowd
    • Red Dwarf
    • Mr. Bean
    • Are You Being Served?

    What are some current British comedies? I'd like to watch more but they're rare here in the US, though I could likely find them on Netflix or iTunes.
     
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    I get a huge kick out of Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge character.
     
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    Others that come to mind would include Blackadder, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Monty Python.
     
  4. bbrks macrumors 65816

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    What about the classics like '' Monty Python Flying Circus'' and ''Fools and Horses''.
    Best ever :)
     
  5. ardchoille50 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Oh, yes, Monty Python is also a favorite :) I'll have to look into Blackadder.
     
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    And, let us not forget Yes Minister. (And Yes Prime Minister). Personal favourites of mine.
     
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    Don't judge it by the first Series.
     
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    True.

    The second, third and fourth series were a lot better.
     
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    Peep Show, Open All Hours, Coupling, inbetweeners, Mrs. Brown's Boys, Outnumbered, Still Game, Three Up Two Down, Citizen Khan, The League of Gentlemen.

    How about radio comedies?
    Cabin Pressure and Fags, Mags, and Bags are great!
     
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    League of Gentlemen…
    Best ever.

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    Oh I don't know, I quite like the unpolishedness (if that's a word) and the pudding basin haircuts. :)
     
  11. bradl macrumors 68040

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    wow.. 10 posts in, and not a single mention of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. ;)

    BL.
     
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    More a game show than a comedy series.
    But if you do want a funny game show you have to check out QI.


    OMG!!
    How could I forget The Office and Extras?!?!
     
  13. bradl macrumors 68040

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    True. I'll have to look that one up..

    Also.. while a bit dated (as if Yes, Minister isn't), Ab Fab would fit: Absolutely Fabulous.

    BL.
     
  14. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Downton Abbey.

    Most folks will see it as a British period drama depicting a bygone era with pathos, bathos, and hints of eros.

    However, it can also be seen as a subtle social satire of said bygone era, with veiled references on how a past ethos intrudes on the present day, how struggles from a century ago are ongoing, and so on. One can also take some of its tragic moments as gallows humor or darkly comedic commentary about current times.

    Yes, I have an odd sense of humor.
     
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    Ahh, well, let's not forget The Goon Show!
     
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    Another oldie I liked was The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (late 1970's).
     
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    Everything mentioned here is great with a few exceptions. Don't forget Harry Enfield and The Fast Show.
     
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    Ah, yes, absolutely brilliant. And, 'Grot'.

    Actually, I thought 'Grot' was one of the funniest things I had ever seen and the visual jokes were sublime.
     
  21. ardchoille50 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wowsers, lots to check out. Thank you all! :)
     
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    • Are You Being Served?
    • Dad's Army
    • It Ain't Half Hot Mum
    • Hi-de-Hi!
    • You Rang, M'Lord?
    • The Thin Blue Line
    • 2 point 4 Children
    • Inside No. 9
     
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    • Black Books
    • Coupling
    • IT Crowd
    • Dr Horribles House of Horrible
     
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    Not the Nine O'Clock News - as well as many of those mentioned so far.
     
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