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Best Classic Comedy Series

While the British are known for their lack of emotion, they can deliver a laugh when it comes to comedy. Moreover, they aren't afraid of letting loose and getting controversial when it comes to jokes. With British comedy gaining popularity, you might not know where to begin. Here's a look at some of the best comedy series. Best Classic Comedy Series


Blackadder includes four series of a British sitcom, together with numerous one-off installments. The funny, history-based comedy revolves around characters that in every season appear in different historical periods.

The antihero Edmund Blackadder is the show's major focus and his ill-fated misadventures with his likable sidekick-Baldrick. Every series is set in a different period with the two characters accompanied by various characters, though several of them reappear in one series or the other. The show was a great hit and remains popular to date.

The Office

The series centers on the daily goings-on in the office of a paper firm in England. While the concept doesn't sound ground-breaking, the minute it hit the screens it was revolutionary. The series was a hit with critics and audiences and was to some extent a pioneer in mockumentary series. Additionally, it paved the way for excellent comedies of a similar style, for instance, The Thick Of It.

Fawlty Towers

In spite of being old, the comedy remains a favorite in Britain. The comedy ran between 1975 and 1979 and its comedy and chaos fascinated the British audience. John Cleese who headed the cast remains a comedy legend and national hero in the UK.

The comedy is about a hotel operated by Basil Fawlty whose clumsiness and incompetence continuously gets him into dilemmas and mishaps. The series features a range of funny characters and its use of slapstick humor and dry wit will make you chuckle.

While numerous people recognize only a handful of British comedies, there's a wide range of shows you might not know where to begin. Thankfully, this list offers a great place to start.

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