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mamamia88
September 13th, 2012, 04:14 PM
I ask because I just heard about the inbetweeners and have been watching on netflix and it's really funny. Besides the office and monty python what are some other cool british comedies i should check out?

wheeze
September 13th, 2012, 04:22 PM
The IT Crowd

http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-IT-Crowd/70140450?strkid=1301741637_0_0&strackid=5926de815f8c4936_0_srl&trkid=222336

PB268
September 13th, 2012, 04:28 PM
For BRITISH comedy, my faves are...

Only Fools And Horses -- London wheeler-dealer traders.
Father Ted -- Brilliant!
Blackadder -- Set in different periods of history.
Dad's Army -- Classic WWII Home Guard comedy.
Steptoe And Son -- Rag and bone men.
Porridge -- Prison comedy.
Red Dwarf -- SciFi, with one scruff, one cat, one dead hologram and one robot.
The League Of Gentlemen -- the "We didn't burn him!" is a true classic line!
The Fast Show -- Sketch show.
Not The Nine O'Clock News -- sketch with Gerald the Gorilla is another classic.

Plenty there to Youtube and get a taste.

P.s.
Showing my age a bit ;)

mamamia88
September 13th, 2012, 04:29 PM
The IT Crowd

http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-IT-Crowd/70140450?strkid=1301741637_0_0&strackid=5926de815f8c4936_0_srl&trkid=222336

added to instant que thanks. finally using my netflix subscription again yay

m_duck
September 13th, 2012, 04:57 PM
Another vote for Red Dwarf (also on Netflix, in the UK, at least). I'll also add Fawlty Towers to the table.

majabl
September 13th, 2012, 05:01 PM
All those already mentioned! The Young Ones is great for some early 80s anarchy. Any of the Alan Partridge series are cracking too. Oh, and while I think, you might want to try Brass Eye, especially the paedophile special! Because I'm talking nonce sense.... ;-)

GreatDanton
September 13th, 2012, 05:01 PM
MR. Bean :D

evilsoup
September 13th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Blackadder -- Set in different periods of history.

SKip the first season, it's good in its way, but Blackadder II and onwards are much funnier & different in tone.

Another one to check out is Peep Show, which is a very good sitcom that also uses a first-person camera to great effect. It star David Mitchell and Robert Webb, and their sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look is also generally very funny. Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VImnpErdDzA&feature=related&noredirect=1) are two (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNo9CKmZaVA&feature=related) sketches from their show.

oldos2er
September 13th, 2012, 05:04 PM
Blackadder -- Set in different periods of history.

I would add, anything with Rowan Atkinson is worth watching.

Loved Father Ted too.

Grenage
September 13th, 2012, 05:09 PM
Father Ted is a must-watch, imho; some of the older comedies haven't aged well, but Red Dwarf is still pretty good (I'm not sure how much of that is nostalgia).

Nytram
September 13th, 2012, 05:33 PM
Bottom is quite good if you like adolescent toilet humour (it makes me laugh.)

jockyburns
September 13th, 2012, 05:47 PM
+1 for Bottom. Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson at their best. Brilliant series (and live shows) :guitar::guitar:

Another series worth watching is Rab C Nesbitt, As long as you can understand the Glaswegian accent. The Rab C series sprung from some sketches on a series called Naked Video (used to be on BBC2 in the late 80's)

mips
September 13th, 2012, 07:52 PM
Coupling (Like Friends but better but more adult content)
Allo Allo
Men Behaving Badly
My Family

Don't think those were mentioned.

Linuxratty
September 13th, 2012, 08:12 PM
Keeping Up Appearances.

KiwiNZ
September 13th, 2012, 08:23 PM
Fawlty Towers
Last of the summer wine
It Ain't half hot mum
The Vicar of Dibley
Yes Minister, Yes Prime Minister.

sisco311
September 13th, 2012, 08:39 PM
'Allo 'Allo!
A Bit of Fry & Laurie
Jeeves and Wooster
Black Books

Grenage
September 13th, 2012, 09:18 PM
(I love Black books)

I'll throw in 'The Good Life'.

Paqman
September 13th, 2012, 09:29 PM
If you're even a little bit of a nerd, check out Spaced.

Artificial Intelligence
September 13th, 2012, 09:35 PM
I like;

Black Books
Black Adder
The Young Ones
Bottom

F.G.
September 13th, 2012, 09:35 PM
(yeah, i love black books, and spaced) others good ones are:
the day today
the mighty boosh
garth marenghi's dark place
nathan barley
little britain
bellamy's people
league of gentlemen
psychoville

rg4w
September 13th, 2012, 09:39 PM
"Help"

Six episodes exist, each priceless.

Blackmag+c
September 13th, 2012, 11:35 PM
PEEP SHOW. ALL 7 series. An 8th one in a month or two!! On netflix if you want to check it out.

aussielife
September 13th, 2012, 11:54 PM
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Are You Being Served?
To the Manor Born

erind
September 14th, 2012, 12:29 AM
Adding The Benny Hill Show.

Carl.Spackler
September 14th, 2012, 12:44 AM
Adding The Benny Hill Show.

Awww Yea!

Benny and Jackie and crew!

Daphne from Frasier (Jane Leeves) was even in an episode or two.

sisco311
September 14th, 2012, 01:17 AM
Misfits

fontis
September 14th, 2012, 01:32 AM
Black Adder (Seasons 1,2,3,4,xmas special, back and forth)
Fawlty Towers (John Cleese is just amazing in this)
Monty Python
Allo Allo
Keeping up appearances
The Thin Blue Line
Mr.Bean


These are absolutely hilarious and must see!

mr john
September 14th, 2012, 04:08 AM
"Desmonds" - It's about Jamaicans who move to London and open a barber shop. Probably my favourite.
IT Crowd
Father Ted

mamamia88
September 14th, 2012, 04:12 AM
If you're even a little bit of a nerd, check out Spaced.
is that the one with simon peg? i'll have to check that out shaun of the dead and run fatboy run are hilarious

BlinkinCat
September 14th, 2012, 04:24 AM
Out of the past -

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore

):P

steve161
September 14th, 2012, 04:49 AM
What, no mention of Ab Fab? And, out of the past, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

PB268
September 14th, 2012, 07:13 AM
Fawlty Towers
Last of the summer wine
It Ain't half hot mum
The Vicar of Dibley
Yes Minister, Yes Prime Minister.
Nice list. Would say summer wine is a bit low key, but none the worse for it.

robbie 348
September 14th, 2012, 07:30 AM
Reginald Perrin is a must see. Also, check out men behaving badly.

Paqman
September 14th, 2012, 09:55 AM
is that the one with simon peg? i'll have to check that out shaun of the dead and run fatboy run are hilarious

That's the one. Low budget thing done for Channel 4, but all the better for it. Watch and count the Star Wars references.

IMO Simon Pegg's career has just gone steadily downhill since this.

majabl
September 14th, 2012, 10:03 AM
Ahhhhhhhhhhh - how on earth did I forget to mention the sublime Spaced?!?!

Jakin
September 14th, 2012, 10:06 AM
I watched Coupling back in 2001-2002 good show, they made an american version- quite terrible...

mips
September 14th, 2012, 10:30 AM
What, no mention of Ab Fab? And, out of the past, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

Sweety darling, it's fabulous darling!

I loved that show.

smartboyhw
September 14th, 2012, 01:26 PM
Er Mr.Bean I think.

Nytram
September 14th, 2012, 02:46 PM
Another oldie but still funny Rising damp.

Also I don't think anyone has mentioned One foot in the grave.

mips
September 14th, 2012, 03:09 PM
My Hero starring Dougal from Father Ted.

Artificial Intelligence
September 14th, 2012, 05:10 PM
Seems I'm the only one who likes 'Young Ones' (from the 80's).

http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=224134&stc=1&d=1347638845
The Punker Rocker, the hippie, the yuppie and the anarkist living together.
If you like Bottom, you'll properly like this one as well.

fontis
September 14th, 2012, 06:34 PM
Black Adder (Seasons 1,2,3,4,xmas special, back and forth)
Fawlty Towers (John Cleese is just amazing in this)
Monty Python
Allo Allo
Keeping up appearances
The Thin Blue Line
Mr.Bean


These are absolutely hilarious and must see!

Oh snap I forgot to add Little Britain :D

steve161
September 14th, 2012, 07:39 PM
French and Saunders was also funny as hell.

tea for one
September 14th, 2012, 09:36 PM
Good evening

I looked through the recommendations and I didn't see:-

Green Wing

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/green-wing

It's one of those shows that are character driven.

One episode, in isolation, is difficult to follow but when you understand the characters, it is rewarding.

ojdon
September 14th, 2012, 10:04 PM
Ah man! Everyone else has mentions some right classics. Definitely echoing spaced especially if you like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (From Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul films).

There has been a few funny comedies in recent years, not sure if it's what you are looking for but I've enjoyed:

Friday night dinner (Because I swear someone has been spying on my family!!)

Bad Education (Don't think the first series has ended yet but I found it very funny since it reminds me of one of my classes from high school).

ads2996
September 14th, 2012, 10:08 PM
Eddie Izzard is a very good comedian.

ubiquitin.jf
September 15th, 2012, 10:56 AM
Green Wing!

And if you're not easily offended, Peep Show.

Sylos
September 15th, 2012, 11:09 AM
"Punt and Dennis" anyone?

One foot in the Grave
Phoenix Nights
Max and Paddys Road to Nowhere
Im Alan Partridge
The Brittas Empire
Spitting Image (may be difficult to watch as its topical satire)
Nevermind the Buzzcocks (panel Show)
QI (panel show)

motorcity909
September 15th, 2012, 11:26 AM
Just back on BBC2 for it's fourth and final series - The Thick of It.

Political satire at it's sharpest with some of the greatest swearing every broadcast.

Malcolm Tucker will be listed alongside Del Boy and Blackadder as a legend of British comedy.

The writer of The Thick of It, Armando Iannucci, has also recently done a 'US version' called Veep, set in the Vice Presidents office. Damn good too.

mips
September 18th, 2012, 10:46 AM
If you wan't to watch some stand-up comedy have a look at Live at the Apollo & Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

I hosed myself last night when I caught a bit about Google Earth and how great it is :lolflag:

Google- michael mcintyre google earth




.

Face-Ache
September 19th, 2012, 12:47 AM
They're showing 'Mrs Browns Boys' on TV here in New Zealand at the moment, and i'm really enjoying it. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and is very funny.

Blackadder is also a classic. He was too much of a snivelling wimp in the first season, but as mentioned elsewhere, from 2 onwards, it's fantastic. Shame they never made the 5th series - apparently based on a heavy metal band called Blackadder, with Baldrik drumming, as a bald drummer named Bald Rik. Could have been awesome.

paulemony
September 19th, 2012, 12:54 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/'Allo_'Allo!

mips
September 19th, 2012, 09:31 AM
Oh something else that is cool is a program called "QI" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QI

It's a quiz/game show but it's really funny and well worth watching.

The host of the show, Stephen Fry, also happens to be a big open source supporter.

mr john
September 21st, 2012, 05:11 AM
The Young Ones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y6PSibEW3o

Desmonds

Alan Patrige

Blackmag+c
September 23rd, 2012, 10:55 PM
I have to second somebodies previous recommendation of 'The Thick of it'.

Malcolm Tucker has almost become an iconic comic character, in my opinion at least.

eddier
September 24th, 2012, 02:46 AM
The Vicar of Dibley.

Dawn French at her best! With an equally good supporting cast.

eddie

3rdalbum
September 24th, 2012, 12:19 PM
The Two Ronnies
Variety show featuring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbet, two very talented and well-known comedians in their own right. I especially love each of their monologues, and their "news" sections at the start and finish are hilarious.

The Vicar of Dibley
A modern female vicar joins a small community full of lovable oddballs. Very, very funny. They didn't make many episodes of this so it's good to check out over the course of a weekend.

Man About The House
Made in the 1970s, during a time when the show's premise of a man sharing a house with two women was just starting to become accepted. Also very funny.

George and Mildred
MATH spinoff - only got good in the second series IMHO. The two title characters have a real comic chemistry.

Men Behaving Badly
Iconic show of the 1990s. I know people who still quote this show, even today.

Are You Being Served
The antics of shop assistants in a struggling department store; you've probably heard the catchphrases from Mr Humphries "I'm free!" and Mrs Slocombe "Has anyone seen my *****?".

Goodnight Sweetheart
It's about a man who finds a road that leads into wartime London, and he starts leading two lives. Not as funny as the other shows I mentioned, but quite an interesting premise and it doesn't fall into "paradox storylines" or "sci-fi" too much.

Lucretius
September 24th, 2012, 12:50 PM
The Office

(Original British Version)

fyfe54
September 24th, 2012, 01:14 PM
"Porridge" starring Ronnie Barker
Hilarious

BlinkinCat
September 24th, 2012, 01:18 PM
"Porridge" starring Ronnie Barker
Hilarious

+1


& The Goodies - another old one - :P

bob-linux-user
September 24th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Did anybody mention "Not the nine o'clock news" ?

BlinkinCat
September 24th, 2012, 01:23 PM
Did anybody mention "Not the nine o'clock news" ?


Yes #3

Excellent - :lolflag:

stalkingwolf
September 24th, 2012, 02:45 PM
another vote for Benny Hill. He could make me laugh as much as Robin Williams can.

The Cog
October 5th, 2012, 10:49 PM
I just watched the first episode of the latest series of Red Dwarf (on Dave). Excellent! The script is just as good as the early stuff, and they even kept the old theme tune.

Face-Ache
October 5th, 2012, 11:46 PM
Did anybody mention "Not the nine o'clock news" ?

I had a 'Not the nine o'clock news' book a few years ago, boy it was hilarious.

On the cover, it had a picture of a Middle-Eastern looking guy, with the words "Is the shah really dead? see page 32", and on page 32, right at the bottom in very small type it said "Cover Story; Yes".

I love dry humour.

boydrice
October 6th, 2012, 07:26 AM
PEEP SHOW. ALL 7 series. An 8th one in a month or two!! On netflix if you want to check it out.

+1 the best show ever.

MdMax
October 6th, 2012, 10:26 AM
The IT Crowd

http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-IT-Crowd/70140450?strkid=1301741637_0_0&strackid=5926de815f8c4936_0_srl&trkid=222336

Awesome ! ;)