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#1 of 35 Old 08-24-2010, 10:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I absolutely enjoy British Comedys the other day I found this show that I use to watch in the 90s, called Keeping Up Appearance. British Comedys are so mellow yet they are able to get their humor across without being so extra. I mean look at Mr. Bean.

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My absolute favourite British comedy has got to be "Phoenix Nights." I'm not sure I'd call it mellow, though! Milk-spurting-out-your-nose funny, maybe!
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my faves are Ab Fab and Red Dwarf

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I know we'd be more then likely talking about adult humour here but Ive laughed out loud just as much at my kids tv shows. Im an american living in britain. My faves are Horrible Histories, while not actually meant to be a comedy show it is hilarious. The other fave is Sorry Ive Got No Head. There is nothing like the british sense of humour. I find it more genuinely funny and not as forced as the american tv sense of humour.


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My all time favorite.......The Young Ones!!!
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I am a huge Monty Python fan, but I really fell for AbFab and Father Ted. Hilarious!

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Two of my favorite shows are Coupling and Extras. Some of the funniest shows ever

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The IT Crowd. You can instant watch it on Netflix. It is uproariously funny.
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I am a huge fan of british comedies.

i dont have tv or cable.

dont know if i am dating myself but here are my favs. i havent seen a new one in AGES.
yes minister
yes prime minister (these two are my favs. i love the tongue in cheek wit)
are you being served
sorry
fawlty towers

i know there are others but cant remember them.

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The Vicar of Dibley is my favorite

I also love Red Dwarf and the IT Crowd is one of the greatest.

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There is nothing like the british sense of humour. I find it more genuinely funny and not as forced as the american tv sense of humour.

Good stuff.
ooooooooooooh TY for this now i can share this with my dd. she would love horrible histories. last year her favourite movie was Young Victoria.

i just love the wit.

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I like a lot of the more British comedies that air on PBS, but there are some other I like as well:

Keeping Up Appearances
Are You Being Served
Mr. Bean
The Office
Extras (Is that even considered a British comedy?)
Absolutely Fabulous
Spaced

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I love Fawlty Towers, Red Dwarf and Doctor Who (although the latter isn't a comedy comedy).

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Dr Who has become something we simply cannot miss in our home. I think we need a tardis smilie actually.
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Thank goodness someone mentioned Spaced with Simon Pegg. It has to be one of the funniest shows I've ever seen. In fact, we've been re-watching it for the 3rd or 4th time in the last couple of weeks.

If you like Simon Pegg and have enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and other movies of his, you'll like this.

The trouble with all of the British shows we like is that, for some reason, my husband has a really hard time understanding some British accents. Hello, they are speaking ENGLISH, the same language we speak. So, I either have to translate, or we spend A LOT of time rewinding. I swear the man needs subtitles to watch anything British!
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I love british comedys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Red dwarf(have watched ALL 9 ...they are all on netflix btw)
Vicar of dibley(again , Netflix has her too!)
love father ted
men behaving badly
phoenix nights and spin off max and paddy

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Black Books (my FAVORITE!)
Coupling
Little Britian
The Office
Catherine Tate
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Fry and Laurie!!
and Jeeves & Wooster!!

Love Keeping up Appearances and Fawlty Towers. I liked the general concept of AbFab but it was so raunch I just couldn't tolerate it after a while.

Chef was good. I loved that one.

I think Dr. Who has enough clever humor in it to at least be partially comedy.
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The IT Crowd. You can instant watch it on Netflix. It is uproariously funny.
The kids love it. It makes dh wince a little, because he worked in IT for years, and he says it's more like a documentary to him

The kids also love The Mighty Boosh. Personally, I think it's meant to be watched while stoned - and I have told them that. If you like surreal, odd, bent stories, check it out.

Not a comedy, but I just watched Sherlock, the updated version of Sherlock Holmes set in modern London. Sounds blasphemous, but the adaptation was really well done, the actors are very good, and the whole production is excellent, with some terrific camera techniques.
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I just started (and finished) watching Coupling thanks to this thread- I am in love with that show! the only downside is that there are so few episodes.

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My family loves:

The Mighty Boosh
Snuff Box
Ab Fab / French and Saunders
Red Dwarf
The Young Ones
The IT Crowd
The Vicar of Dibley
Black Books
Little Britain
Catherine Tate
The Good life
Blackadder
The Goodies
Ripping Yarns

I used to find Birds of a Feather really funny.

We also love Dr Who but I wouldn't call it a comedy.

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The IT Crowd. You can instant watch it on Netflix. It is uproariously funny.


What other British comedies do you like? DH and I recently discovered The IT Crowd on Netflix, but there are only 18 episodes (hoping season four will become available soon) and we've watched them all. I usually find British comedy funny, but not hysterical. The IT Crowd has actually made me physically fall over laughing, and the same for dh. I occasionally hate myself for laughing (or at least think I should), but it's just too funny. I'm hoping I can find something else that makes me laugh so hard.


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It will be out on DVD in March and I'm not sure how long we'll have to wait for Netflix.  I think BBC got it right when they make small series rather than long seasons where shows often get stuck and boring. 


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Misfits! We have been watching this on Hulu. There are 5 episodes up and a new one comes on each monday. It has some language, so beware..

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Not sure if Doc Martin qualifies as a comedy, but it's at least a dramedy. A friend of mine turned me on to it after we'd gone through all the Coupling and IT Crowd episodes. We really enjoyed it.

 

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everybody mentioned good ones...

irish not british, more a drama than a comedy but still pretty fun-- ballykissangel. 


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A film, not a television show (but I watched it on t.v., so hopefully it counts), that I recently watched was Death at a Funeral. For some reason, I was not at all interested when it was released a few years ago, but I caught it on Netflix and enjoyed it.  

 

N.B. I think there was a Hollywood re-make a year or two after the British release. I haven't seen it, so can't comment on how well it was done.

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I'm British so I guess my views on things are different, but I love The Inbetweeners, Spaced, The IT Crowd, Peep Show, The Royle Family, The Thick of It, Sherlock (although not technically a comedy).  The Inbetweeners can make me cry with laughter, but I think that's because I grew up in England and the characters are exactly like the boys I went to school with.  My American husband is non-plussed by the whole thing.

 

Strangely, I cannot stand Keeping Up Appearances or AbFab, and Benny Hill makes me feel ill.


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We just started watching Friday Night Dinner on BBC America.  Super funny!

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