Are you as much a fan of some of the British sitcoms as I am? Admittedly British humor is different from what most Americans watch. I find it to be a very “dry” humor but I really like the fact that with few exceptions most of the British comedy shows are much cleaner and less provocative in nature that many of the American comedies available today. I can watch them with my children in the room without needing to monitor the subject matter very closely.
There are quite a few popular sitcoms from Britain that have made quite an impression in the U.S. Most people are aware of Are You Being Served, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and a few other classics but there are many shows that are just as interesting that you may not have heard of before.
Blackadder is a very funny comedy starring Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) that is set in the 1400’s. In some polls it is rated as the #1 comedy of all time. The Vicar of Dibley is about a female vicar (preacher) in a town full of oddballs. It is quite amusing in my opinion. Then there’s other classics such as Fawlty Towers (starring John Clease of Monty Python), Last of the Summer Wine starring Frank Thornton (Captain Peacock from Are You Being Served?), Keeping Up Appearances and the ultra successful As Time Goes By.
If you enjoy more family oriented TV and a good laugh there are many great TV shows from Britain that you will like but the ones mentioned above are a great place to start. You can go to http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/top/ to see a top 50 list of British sitcoms that may also interest you. I’d like to hear about your favorite or any recommendations you can make to my readers as well. My #1 is, of course, Are You Being Served? “Are you free?”!