British comedy was arguably at its peak in the 1990s, with one hit show after the next, which were easily exported across the pond, and beyond. Shows like "Keeping Up Appearances", "Mr. Bean", "Absolutely Fabulous", "The Vicar of Dibley", etc., etc. Which shows would you include on the list of top 1990s British sitcoms?
90s British Comedy
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Top in my book:%0D %0D Chef
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"One Foot in the Grave."
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If you're in the US, this is the first generation of UK comedies that were given a mass audience. You would include 'Men Behaving Badly' and 'Chalk'.
'The Young Ones', 'Black Adder', and 'Red Dwarf' were 80s comedies that built upon Monty Python.
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The League of Gentlemen (1999-2002)%0D %0D The Royle Family (1998-2000)%0D %0D This Life (a drama, but a funny one)(1996-1997)%0D %0D Keeping Up Appearances (1990-1995)
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The fast Show
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The League of Gentlemen%0D %0D Spaced
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"Mrs Merton and Malcolm" (the BBC only produced 6 episodes, but they were great.)
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French and Saunders should be added!
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Bottom (Rik Mayall/Adrian Edmonson)
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Loved Men Behaving Badly
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Certainly Abfab. Was the British version of The Office done in the 90's or was it the aughts? At any rate I loved it. As time goes by wasnt the 90's either but I loved Dame Judy Dench in it.
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BBC America ran some episodes of a show called Hippies. It was pretty funny.
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Was "Ideal" from the 90s? I saw a couple of episodes once and thought it was great. Then never saw it anywhere again.
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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! featuring Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus as two of the most unsavory and unlikable sitcom characters in history (and they're fantastic!)
I also really like French & Saunders in their pre-French revolution sitcom "Let Them Eat Cake" but it didn't do so well with audiences.
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"Let Them Eat Cake" was awesome! I brought it up on here awhile back, but was shot down by a bunch of bitchy queens who disagreed with its awesomeness. Oh well.
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I liked "Kiss Me Kate" with Caroline Quentin. She played a shrink in a small office with a posse of various oddballs.
John Cleese guest starred in one.
It didn't have the usual bumps and grinds of a BBC comedy, and was set in Nottingham, which may or may not be the reason everyone was clearly depressed.
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Vic and Bob. Probably wouldn't go down too well in the US, but one of the funniest things ever.
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I love "Allo! Allo!" Rene was the most wanted man in Occupied France: women wanted his body, the Resistance wanted his brain, and the Nazis want his sausage!%0D %0D Some of the pre-90s Britcoms are my favorites:%0D %0D "Bless Me Father" with Arthur Lowe and Daniel Abineri%0D %0D "The Good Neighbors" with Felicity Kendal and Penelope Keith.
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Vicar of Dibley
The best of all, though, was the sketch show that French and Saunders did before AbFab and Dibley. Their parodies were hilarious; Gilbert and George, the two ballerinas ("You know you've made it in ballet when you have a pudding named after you"), the two opera stars (singing "I Should Be So Lucky'), and best of all, their famous "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" parody ("She's sleeping now...").
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Fawlty Towers is still funny.
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Fawlty Towers is from the 70s, not the 90s.
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As Time Goes By (Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer)
Waiting for God (Stephanie Cole and Graham Crowden)
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Only Fools & Horses was the most brilliant Britcom in the 90's but I don't think it was ever shown in the US. It was certainly never bought by WNET or WLIW here in NY, they always preferred what became known as "fitted kitchen" sitcoms.
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I've tried to "get" [italic]As Time Goes By,[/italic] but I've never found it anything but deadly dull. Likewise for [italic]To the Manor Born.[/italic]
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Whoops -- [italic]TTMB[/italic] was an early-'80s sitcom ...
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A British friend loaned me all the Only Fools & Horses episodes. Funny stuff but that apartment was atrocious.
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The best was Absolute Power with Stephen Fry
I also liked My Hero for its silliness. I love Ardal O'Hanlon.
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Yes. Of course. British comedy was at its peak thanks to the Vicar of Dibley and Mr. Bean. In the 1990s.
I can think of nothing to add.
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[quote]The best of all, though, was the sketch show that French and Saunders did before AbFab and Dibley.
They continued to create sketches even after AbFab. Their parodies of Titanic and the new Star Wars were sublime.
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'Whoops There Goes My Mimsy!' with Su Pollard and John Nettles. (Theme tune by Ronnie Hazlehurst).
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Shite. Mine weren't from the 90s. Never mind. Still good shows, though.
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Only Fools and Horses was an 80s show.
'Allo! 'Allo! was a cringeworthy example of bad British 80s comedy. The same 3-4 tired jokes repeated ad nauseam. It makes Three's Company seem like high art.
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Birds Of A Feather
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R28, I haven't actually met you, but you're the first person I've ever encountered who enjoyed 'My Hero'.
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Keeping Up Appearances is by far my favorite, then Absolutely Fabulous, and Vicar of Dibley.
It wasn't filmed in the 1990s, but Are You Being Served? is my third favorite.
Moreover, As Time Goes By is dreadful.
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I still like "Red Dwarf."
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The Thin Blue Line
Murder Most Horrid
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I was 10 years old, R35.
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R36 here. I left out Waiting For God. I loved Stephanie Cole in this.
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Absolutely Fabulous- Hurt myself laughing at the Morocco episode...among others.
Father Ted- Too Damn Funny
Blackadder= Elizabethan year are funnnyy
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"Brass". It's a fucking hilarious sendup of a BBC serial set in the 1920s about a rich mining owning family and their workers. I used to laugh every time I saw the matriarch's hair, marcelled into Art Deco zig zags.
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British "comedy" and drama are the most over things ever!
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most over things ever! = most over rated things ever!
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I agree that the 90s had some good shows, but there are also some good things coming out more recently.%0D %0D I love "Gavin & Stacey". Ruth Jones is hilarious. And Alison Steadman ain't bad in it either ("Oh my prince"). Those two along with James Corden also did "Fat Friends".%0D %0D Even though it was short-lived, I liked "Monday, Monday". Fay Ripley does great work in that.%0D %0D From the 90's "Barbara" is decent. She's a less obnoxious Roseanne.%0D %0D And in the 00s I enjoyed the first season of "My Hero". How can you resist Geraldine McNulty's Mrs. Raven? But it really fell off after the first season. By the time the baby came, he was the only funny thing about the show.
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If we're going to start delving into 00s, you cannot not mention "Coupling".
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Hated GAVIN & STACEY. Cutesy and way up its own ass. Steadman is always good in everything she does, though.
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The one problem with Gavin & Stacey was that the two lead characters took a back seat to the supporting characters. The leads weren't nearly as interesting as the other characters.
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Another vote for Father Ted. It knocked Fawlty Towers off as my favorite sitcom.
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R33 - Actually, Allo Allo has stood the test of time quite well...%0D %0D Watch it again (and get past the repetitive stuff) and there are some real gems in there.%0D %0D
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Freddie and Max, with Anne Bancroft and Charlotte Coleman, very early in the 90s but not aired in the US until just after Coleman's untimely death.
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DOnt forget RED DWARF!!! True it began in the 80's but it was mainly popular in the 90's.
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The Comic Strip, The Comic Strip Presents... and then The Young Ones started it all in the early '80s. It's all gone a bit shit now, with too much "clever" obtuse stuff. But, those guys were punk.
For the best stuff, check out The Comic Strip Presents... and The Young Ones on YouTube. They had everyone of that era.
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Are you Being Served was from when? The 80s? It was the only one we got and we were all addicted to it. Mrs. Slocum and her pussy. LOVED it.
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To The Manor Born in the 80s
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2000, but the best one in years: Human Remains
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No love for "Mulberry" ?
Loved the star, Geraldine McEwan.
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Jennifer Saunders promised a movie version of AbFab, a year ago. She said first she'd do 3 new episodes of the show (which have aired) and then a movie. Wonder if anything's going to happen with that. I hope she at least keeps her promise by making a movie length tv special, like The Last Shout.
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AbFab and Father Ted top my list.
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Down With This Sort of Thing
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Never get sick of watching the dinner table discussion of Lesbian Spank Inferno. Absolute classic comedy.
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