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90s British Comedy

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?

by Anonymousreply 6210/12/2012

Top in my book:%0D %0D Chef

by Anonymousreply 107/18/2011

"One Foot in the Grave."

by Anonymousreply 207/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 307/18/2011

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)

by Anonymousreply 407/18/2011

The fast Show

by Anonymousreply 507/18/2011

The League of Gentlemen%0D %0D Spaced

by Anonymousreply 607/18/2011

"Mrs Merton and Malcolm" (the BBC only produced 6 episodes, but they were great.)

by Anonymousreply 707/18/2011

French and Saunders should be added!

by Anonymousreply 807/18/2011

Bottom (Rik Mayall/Adrian Edmonson)

by Anonymousreply 907/18/2011

Loved Men Behaving Badly

Black Adder

by Anonymousreply 1007/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1107/18/2011

BBC America ran some episodes of a show called Hippies. It was pretty funny.

by Anonymousreply 1207/18/2011

Was "Ideal" from the 90s? I saw a couple of episodes once and thought it was great. Then never saw it anywhere again.

by Anonymousreply 1307/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1407/18/2011

"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.

by Anonymousreply 1507/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1707/18/2011

Vic and Bob. Probably wouldn't go down too well in the US, but one of the funniest things ever.

by Anonymousreply 1807/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1907/18/2011

Absolutely Fabulous

Father Ted

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...").

by Anonymousreply 2007/18/2011

Fawlty Towers is still funny.

by Anonymousreply 2107/18/2011

Fawlty Towers is from the 70s, not the 90s.

by Anonymousreply 2207/18/2011

As Time Goes By (Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer)

Waiting for God (Stephanie Cole and Graham Crowden)

by Anonymousreply 2307/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 2407/18/2011

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]

by Anonymousreply 2507/18/2011

Whoops -- [italic]TTMB[/italic] was an early-'80s sitcom ...

by Anonymousreply 2607/18/2011

A British friend loaned me all the Only Fools & Horses episodes. Funny stuff but that apartment was atrocious.

by Anonymousreply 2707/18/2011

The best was Absolute Power with Stephen Fry

I also liked My Hero for its silliness. I love Ardal O'Hanlon.

by Anonymousreply 2807/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 2907/18/2011

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3007/18/2011

'Whoops There Goes My Mimsy!' with Su Pollard and John Nettles. (Theme tune by Ronnie Hazlehurst).


by Anonymousreply 3107/18/2011

Shite. Mine weren't from the 90s. Never mind. Still good shows, though.

by Anonymousreply 3207/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 3307/18/2011


Birds Of A Feather

2point4 Children

by Anonymousreply 3407/18/2011

R28, I haven't actually met you, but you're the first person I've ever encountered who enjoyed 'My Hero'.

by Anonymousreply 3507/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 3607/18/2011

I still like "Red Dwarf."

by Anonymousreply 3707/18/2011

The Thin Blue Line

Murder Most Horrid

by Anonymousreply 3807/18/2011

I was 10 years old, R35.

by Anonymousreply 3907/18/2011

R36 here. I left out Waiting For God. I loved Stephanie Cole in this.

by Anonymousreply 4007/18/2011

Absolutely Fabulous- Hurt myself laughing at the Morocco episode...among others.

Father Ted- Too Damn Funny

Blackadder= Elizabethan year are funnnyy

by Anonymousreply 4107/18/2011

"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.

by Anonymousreply 4207/18/2011

British "comedy" and drama are the most over things ever!

by Anonymousreply 4307/18/2011

most over things ever! = most over rated things ever!

by Anonymousreply 4407/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 4507/18/2011

If we're going to start delving into 00s, you cannot not mention "Coupling".

by Anonymousreply 4607/18/2011

Hated GAVIN & STACEY. Cutesy and way up its own ass. Steadman is always good in everything she does, though.

by Anonymousreply 4707/18/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 4807/18/2011

Another vote for Father Ted. It knocked Fawlty Towers off as my favorite sitcom.

by Anonymousreply 4907/19/2011

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

by Anonymousreply 5007/19/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 5107/19/2011

DOnt forget RED DWARF!!! True it began in the 80's but it was mainly popular in the 90's.

by Anonymousreply 5210/11/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5310/11/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5410/11/2012

To The Manor Born in the 80s

by Anonymousreply 5510/11/2012

R8, "Bop-a-doo-eee-ooo"

by Anonymousreply 5610/11/2012

2000, but the best one in years: Human Remains

by Anonymousreply 5710/11/2012

No love for "Mulberry" ?

Loved the star, Geraldine McEwan.

by Anonymousreply 5810/11/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5910/11/2012

AbFab and Father Ted top my list.

by Anonymousreply 6010/11/2012

Careful Now

Down With This Sort of Thing

by Anonymousreply 6110/11/2012


Never get sick of watching the dinner table discussion of Lesbian Spank Inferno. Absolute classic comedy.

by Anonymousreply 6210/12/2012
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