47 Favourite Comedy Programmes of All Time

We asked, you answered! Here are 47 of our beloved comedy programmes from across the generations - is your favourite comedy programme on the list?
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If you could only watch one favourite comedy programme for the rest of your life, what would it be?  It’s a perennial question, with no easy answer, but that didn’t stop us asking our Facebook community for their thoughts on their favourite comedy programmes of all time - and you answered in your droves!

And so, after much deliberation amongst the Spring Chicken team, we have compiled a list of 47 of the best comedy programmes ever made. Whether you're a fan of classic sitcoms or more modern comedies, there's something for everyone on this list. So get ready to laugh your socks off!

We asked you, and the results are in. Here are your 47 favourite comedy programmes of all time. Some classics, and maybe a few that some of you don’t even know about but can now try!

Either way, this will be sure to give you some ideas for what to watch next.

47. Peter Kay’s Car Share (2015)

Sitcom

Starring: Peter Kay, Sian Gibson and Paul Coleman

Two employees at a supermarket are thrown together by their company’s car-sharing scheme. The pair travel to and from work, discussing their lives.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE  Daily Motion and Prime Video

#47 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

46. Gavin and Stacey (2007)

Sitcom

Starring: James Cordon, ruth Jones and Alison Steadman

Set in South Wales and Essex, Gavin and Stacey stars Matthew Horne and Joanna Page in the titular roles and the two show writers, James Corden and Ruth Jones.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE BBC iPlayer

45. Bottom (1991)

Sitcom

Starring: Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson

Bottom follows two vulgar flatmates in Hammersmith who are jobless and have little money. The humour is crude and often involves slapstick comedy.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE Daily Motion and Prime Video

44. Cheers (1982)

Sitcom

Starring: Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson and Kirstie Alley

Set in a bar in Boston, Cheers revolves around Sam Malone, the owner and bartender of the establishment. The show boasts 28 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on All 4 and Paramonut+

#44 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

43. Early Doors (2003)

Sitcom

Starring: Craig Cash, Maxine Peake and James McAvoy

Early Doors is written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey, who both appear in the series as Joe and Duffy. Set in a pub in Stockport, the show follows this pair of best friends.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on Daily Motion

42. Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights (2001)

Sitcom

Starring: Peter Kay, Dave Spikey and Paddy McGuinness

A spin-off of an episode of That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights is a show about a working men’s club in Bolton. The three writers (Neil Fitzmaurice, Peter Kay and Dave Spikey) all-star in the show.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on Daily Motion

41. It Ain’t Half Hot Mum (1974)

Sitcom

Starring: Windsor Davies, Don Estelle and Melvyn Hughes

Set in British India, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum is a sitcom about a Pierrot troupe of the Royal Artillery written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. The show ran for 8 seasons between 1974 and 1981.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on Daily Motion

40. Are You Being Served? (1972)

Sitcom

Starring: Mollie Sugden, John Inman and Frank Thornton

This British sitcom is set in a flagship department store and follows the staff and their misdemeanours.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on Internet Archive and Roku

#40 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

39. Friends (1994)

Sitcom

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer

Revolving around a group of six friends in New York, Friends is one of the greatest loved American sitcoms ever produced. The show ran for 10 seasons from 1994 – 2004.

Where to Watch: Netflix

38. George and Mildred (1976)

Sitcom

Starring: Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy and Norman Eshley

Picking up where we left them at the end of Man About the House, George and Mildred follows the eponymous pair as they move into their new home in Hampton Wick.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on ITV Hub

#38 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

37. Miranda (2009)

Sitcom

Starring: Miranda Hart, Mandie Fletcher and Tom Ellis

Developed from a comedy radio show, Miranda follows the titular character (who owns a joke shop) and her family and friends as they deal with her buffoonery.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on BBC iPlayer

36. Red Dwarf (1988)

Sci-Fi comedy

Starring: Craig Charles, Chris Barrie and Robert Llewellyn

Set three million years from now, the main character is the last living human. His friends consist of a hologram and a strange life form that evolved from a cat.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on BBC iPlayer

35. Frasier (1993)

Sitcom

Starring: Kelsey Grammar, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce

An American sitcom running for 11 seasons, Frasier is a spinoff of Cheers. It follows Frasier Crane as he returns to Seattle, his hometown, and reconnects with his family.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE All 4

#35 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

34. The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Sitcom

Starring: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco

Following a group of scientists and their friends who live in Pasadena, California, The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom that ran for 12 seasons.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on All 4

33. Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999)

Sitcom

Starring: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus and Rosalind Knight

Following a pair of London roommates, the out-of-work actor Tom Farrell and the delusional Linda La Hughes, Gimme Gimme Gimme was written by Jonathan Harvey and developed with Kathy Burke.

32. The Golden Girls (1985)

Sitcom

Starring: Beatrice Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan

The Golden Girls is an American sitcom about four older women living together in Miami. It stars Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime and Disney+ Apple TV

31. The Good Life (1975)

Sitcom

Starring: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendall, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington

The Good Life stars Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal as husband and wife as they attempt to become self-sufficient having reached 40. This is not always well received by the neighbours.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE Daily Motion

#31 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

30. Absolutely Fabulous (1992)

Sitcom

Starring: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and June Whitfield

Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha, Absolutely Fabulous is created around a French and Saunder’s sketch, “Modern Mother and Daughter”.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE BBC iPlayer

29. M*A*S*H (1972)

Sitcom

Starring: Alan Alda, Loreta Swit and Jamie Farr

Set during the Korean War, M*A*S*H is set in a military hospital and follows three doctors. The characters use comedy to deal with their wartime situation.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE Daily Motion

#29 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

28. The Dave Allen Show (1968)

Comedy sketch show

Starring: Dave Allen

Running from 1968 –1969 across 5 seasons, The Dave Allen Show stars the Irish comedian in a series of sketches. The show was also popular in several European countries and showcased Dave Allen’s dark comedy as the godfather of alternative comedy.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE Daily Motion

27. Hancock’s Half Hour (1956)

Sitcom

Starring: Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams

Developed from a radio show of the same name, Hancock’s Half Hour features a downtrodden comedian living in East Chem. The television series ran for 7 seasons from 1956– 61.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE Internet Archive

#27 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

26. The Benny Hill Show (1955)

Comedy sketch show

Starring: Benny Hill, Henry McGee and Bob Todd

Receiving a BAFTA for best writer, Benny Hill found immense success with this comedy show that relied heavily on slapstick and mime. There are also occasional musical performances.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE YouTube

25. Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969)

Comedy sketch show

Starring: John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin

Known for its surreal and absurd situations, this sketch show filled with risqué humour starred John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE Daily Motion

24. Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973)

Sitcom

Starring: Michale Crawford and Michelle Dotrice

This sitcom follows the husband and wife Frank and Betty as Frank tries to hold down a job. It ran for three seasons and returned in 2016 for a one-off special.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE BBC iPlayer

23. Open All Hours (1973)

Sitcom

Starring: Ronnie Barker, David Jason and Lynda Baron

Created and written by Roy Clarke, Open All Hours is set in a grocer’s shop in South Yorkshire. Ronnie Barker stars as the shop’s owner, Arkwright.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on YouTube

#23 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

22. The Two Ronnies (1971)

Comedy sketch show

Starring: Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett

Starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, this sketch show includes solo sketches, serials of sketches, and musical numbers. It aired from 1971 – 1987.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE on Daily Motion

21. The Royle Family (1998)

Sitcom

Starring: Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash and Ricky Tomlinson

With the events taking place predominantly sat around the TV in their living room, The Royle Family follows the life of a family living in Manchester. The show has won several BAFTA awards.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE BBC iPlayer

20. Blackadder (1983)

Sitcom

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Tim McInnerny

Following Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) and Baldrick (Tony Robinson) across four historical periods, the Blackadder comedy series was written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson and is frequently named among the best British shows of all time.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE Internet Archive

19. Father Ted (1995)

Sitcom

Starring: Dermot Morgan. Ardal O’Hanlon and Pauline McLynn

Father Ted follows three priests who have been exiled to Craggy Island, a remote part of Ireland, where they live with their housekeeper. The show was written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE All 4

#19 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

18. ‘Allo ‘Allo! (1982)

Sitcom

Starring: Gordon Kaye, Carmen Silvera and Guy Siner

‘Allo ‘Allo! is set in Nouvion during the German occupation of France in the Second World War and follows the life of a café owner, played by Gordon Kaye.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE BBC iPlayer

17. On the Buses (1969)

Sitcom

Starring: Reg Varney, Bob Grant and Anna Karen

On the Buses follows bus driver Stan and conductor Jack as they go about their work on the number 11 bus. Their antagonist is Inspector Blake whose strange mannerisms are frequently mocked by the protagonists.

Where to Watch: Watch or FREE ITV Hub

#17 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

16. Keeping Up Appearances (1990)

Sitcom

Starring: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift and Josephine Tewson

Created and written by Roy Clarke, Keeping Up Appearances follows Hyacinth Bucket, a social-climbing and snobby woman obsessed with appearing upper class.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE Daily Motion

15. One Foot in the Grave (1990)

Sitcom

Starring: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie and Angus Deayton

This sitcom centres on Victor a moaning retiree, and his wife Margaret. Victor faces several unfortunate circumstances, many of which are his own creation.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE UKTV Play

14. Till Death Do Us Part (1965)

Sitcom

Starring: Warren Mitchell, Una Stubbs and Tony Booth

Following the Garnett family from the East End, Till Death Do Us Part ran for 7 series, with the main character Alf Garnett becoming a well-known British character, played by Warren Mitchell in various guises until his death.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE BBC iPlayer

#14 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

13. Mrs Brown’s Boys (2011)

Sitcom

Starring: Brendan O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney and Eilish O’Carroll

Starring Brendan O’Carroll as Agnes Brown, Mrs Brown’s Boys is an Irish sitcom that follows a boisterous mother of six. The show often breaks the fourth wall and it is notoriously silly.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE  Daily Motion

12. The Vicar of Dibley (1994)

Sitcom

Starring: Dawn French, Emma Chambers and Roger Lloyd Pack

Set in a village in Oxfordshire, The Vicar of Dibley follows the lively Geraldine Granger, one of the first appointed female vicars in England as she comes up against the town’s conservative nature.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE Daily Motion

11. Rising Damp (1974)

Sitcom

Starring: Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour and Richard Beckinsale

Set in a shabby bedsit, Leonard Rossiter plays the landlord Rupert Rigsby in this four-series long British sitcom. The tenants give Rigsby a run for his money and undermine his prejudices.

Where to Watch: Watch for FREE  ITV Hub

#11 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

10. Porridge (1974)

Sitcom

Porridge follows Norman Fletcher and Lennie Godber during their time in prison in Cumberland. The show was revived in 2016 with the same name.

Where to watch: iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Apple TV

Starring: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale

Running: 1974 – 77

#10 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

9. Dad’s Army (1968)

Sitcom

Set during the Second World War, Dad’s Army follows members of the Home Guard as they prepare for a German invasion. A feature film of Dad’s Army was also made.

Where to watch: BritBox, Now TV, Amazon Prime

Starring: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn

Running: 1968 - 77

8. Last of the Summer Wine (1973)

Sitcom

Set in West Yorkshire, Last of the Summer Wine follows three old men who get up to escapades unusual for men of their age. The show ran for 31 seasons.

Where to watch: UKTV Play

Starring: Peter Sallis, Bill Owen, Kathy Staff

Running: 1973 - 2010

7. Dinnerladies (1998)

Sitcom

Set in a canteen in Manchester, this show centres around the workers and regular customers of the canteen, particularly Brenda Furlong (portrayed by Victoria Wood).

Where to watch: BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime

Starring: Victoria Wood, Andrew Dunn

Running: 1998 - 2000

6. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968)

Sketch comedy

Comedy sketch show by the double-act Morecambe and Wise, consisting of 9 series. The show was a roaring success featuring several celebrity cameos.

Where to watch: Now TV

Starring: Eric Morcambe, Ernie Wise

Running: 1968 - 77

#6 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

5. Love Thy Neighbour (1972)

Sitcom

Based on two couples who live next door to each other, one white and one black. The show ran for eight seasons and whilst it is definitely ‘of its time’ it still consistently makes favourite comedy lists.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Starring: Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper

Running: 1972 - 76

4. Steptoe and Son (1962)

Sitcom

A comedy about a rag-and-bone business in Shepherd’s Bush, run by a father-and-son duo. The tension between the pair offers comedic value.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Starring: Harry H Corbett, Wilfrid Brambell, Joanna Lumley

Running: 1962 - 74

#4 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

3. Still Game (2002)

Scottish sitcom

A new kid on the block! This series follows two Glaswegian pensioners, Jack and Victor. The show ran for nine seasons, originally only available in Scotland but spreading across the UK following its success a a favourite comedy programme in the old style.

Where to watch: Netflix, Just Watch

Starring: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Jane McCarry

Running: 2002 - 2019

2. Fawlty Towers (1975)

Sitcom, farce

Fawlty Towers is set in a hotel in Torquay and follows the farcical events that occur while running the establishment. Though only two series were made, Fawlty Towers was named the best-ever British TV sitcom by the Radio Times and is often on favourite comedy lists.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, BritBox

Starring: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

Running: 1975 - 1979

#2 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

1. Only Fools and Horses (1981)

Sitcom

Set in Peckham with David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst as brothers, Only Fools and Horses was voted Britain’s Best Sitcom in 2004 in a BBC poll. The series follows the brothers’ zany attempts to become millionaires. Only Fools and Horses regularly appears in top favourite comedy programme lists with good reason.

Where to watch: BritBox

Starring: David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst

Running: 1981 – 2003

#1 Favourite Comedy Programme of All Time

So, there you have it –our list of 47 favourite comedy programmes of all time.

What makes a favourite comedy show? Is it the clever writing, the lovable characters or the ability to make you laugh until you cry?

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