Great British Telly: 14 Wonderful British Comedies You Should Binge Watch This Weekend Available on Netflix or Hulu – Which One is Your Favorite?

Last week we wrote and article all about 10 British TV shows you guys should binge watch right away. It was a very popular article so we thought it would be fun to branch out and do separate articles by genre. So, this week we present 14 British Comedies You Should Binge Watch this weekend (we tried to plug shows that weren’t in last week’s list).

We have indicated where you can watch the show, some are only on Hulu or Netflix.

Rev.

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Rev. is a delightful comedy starring Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman. It’s about a Church of England priest who comes to an inner city flock in London. It’s funny, dark and magnificent. One of the finest British comedies to come out of Britain in the last few years.

Watch it on Hulu.

Pramface

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Pramface is another BBC comedy that’s a big hit in the UK. It’s about two teenagers who, in an alcohol fueled session at a party engage in relations that end up in the result of a baby. Both are woefully unprepared for parenthood as are their hapless parents. It’s delightfully funny and as the parents of two small children, we get particular delight out of this show.

Watch it on Hulu.

Miranda

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You may recognize Miranda Hart from her dramatic role on Call the Midwife, but she’s a season comedian and her show is a delight. The series is based on Hart’s semi-autobiographical writing, following a television pilot and the BBC Radio 2 comedy Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop. The various episodes revolve around this set-up and the scenarios Miranda gets herself into: Miranda (Miranda Hart) is 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and gets called ‘Sir’ once too often. She has never fitted in with her old boarding school friends, Tilly (Sally Phillips) and Fanny (Katy Wix), and finds social situations awkward, especially around men. She is a constant disappointment to her mother, Penny (Patricia Hodge), who is desperate for her to get a proper job and a husband. It’s a great show!

Watch it on Hulu

The Inbetweeners

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Warning: This show is extremely vulgar. But also amazing. The show follows the life of suburban teenager Will McKenzie (Simon Bird), and three of his friends at the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive. The episodes involved situations of school bullying, broken family life, indifferent school staff, male bonding, and largely failed sexual encounters. It’s hilarious and the use of foul language is simply amazing.

Watch it on Hulu

Come Fly With Me

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Courtesy: BBC

Come Fly with Me was a British mockumentary television comedy series created by and starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams of Little Britain fame. Narrated by Lindsay Duncan, the series launched on 25 December 2010 on BBC One and BBC One HD. A spoof of British documentaries Airport and Airline, the series follows the activity at a fictional airport and three fictional airlines: FlyLo (a low-cost airline), Our Lady Air (an Irish low-cost airline) and Great British Air (a major international British airline). Lucas and Walliams portray many of the focal airline and airport staff, as well as some passengers, whose comments and experiences are featured in one or more of the series episodes in the style of a “fly-on-the-wall documentary”.  I happen to really love airports so I really enjoyed this spoof.

It’s available on Netflix

The Vicar of Dibley

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The Vicar of Dibley is a BBC television sitcom created by Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and written for its lead actress, Dawn French, by Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, with contributions from Kit Hesketh-Harvey. It aired from 1994 to 2007. The Vicar of Dibley was set in a fictional small Oxfordshire village called Dibley, which is assigned a female vicar following the 1992 changes in the Church of England that permitted the ordination of women. The main character was an invention of Richard Curtis, but he and Dawn French extensively consulted the Revd Joy Carroll, one of the first female priests, and garnered many character traits and much information.

It’s available on Netflix.

Gavin and Stacey

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The show follows the romance between Gavin, from Billericay in Essex, and Stacey, from Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. Initially, Gavin lives with his parents, Pam and Mick, and spends his time with his best friend Smithy. Stacey lives with her widowed mother, Gwen, but is frequently visited by her Uncle Bryn and her best friend Nessa. The series follows the key moments in their relationship; as they have their first meeting, meet each other’s families, become engaged, get married, look for a house, briefly split up, look for new jobs and try to conceive. This show is really about the ensemble casts of characters and it’s a true delight.

It’s available on Netflix.

Peep Show

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This is one of Mrs. Anglotopia’s and I’s favorite shows of all time. Peep Show is a British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The television programme is written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, with additional material by Mitchell and Webb, amongst others. Peep Show follows the lives of two men from their twenties to thirties. Mark Corrigan (Mitchell), who has steady employment for most of the series, and Jeremy “Jez” Usbourne (Webb), an unemployed would-be musician, are the main characters of the show. The pair met at the fictional Dartmouth University, and now share a flat in Croydon, South London. This show was made for binge watching.

It’s available on Netflix.

Black Books

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Black Books is a British sitcom created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan that was broadcast on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2004. Starring Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig, the series is set in the eponymous London bookshop Black Books and follows the lives of its owner Bernard Black (Moran), his assistant Manny Bianco (Bailey) and their friend Fran Katzenjammer (Greig). It’s like Notting Hill but more funny and somewhat dark.

It’s available on Hulu

Coupling

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This show has often been called the British version of Friends, but that sells it rather short as the show is way more funny and way more edgy. Coupling is a British television sitcom written by Steven Moffat that aired on BBC2 from 12 May 2000 to 14 June 2004. Produced by Hartswood Films for the BBC, the show centres on the dating and sexual adventures and mishaps of six friends in their thirties, often depicting the three women and the three men each talking among themselves about the same events, but in entirely different terms. The show is somewhat based on the love life of show creator Steven Moffat – who’s more famous now as the show runner of Doctor Who (and it’s fun to spot all the Who references in the show).

It’s available on Netflix.

Red Dwarf

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As a bit of a sci-fi geek, Red Dwarf is one of my favorites. Red Dwarf tells the adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

It’s available on Netflix.

Hyperdrive

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Hyperdrive is a British television science fiction sitcom broadcast by BBC Two in 2006 and 2007. The working title was Full Power. In a 2008 interview, Kevin Eldon commented that he considered a third series was unlikely to be commissioned. Set in 2151 and 2152, it follows the crew of HMS Camden Lock as they stumble through their heroic mission to protect British interests in a changing galaxy. This show is a who’s who of British comedy as it stars Nick Frost and Miranda Hart, amongst others. It’s delightfully funny.

It’s available on Netflix.

The Thick of It

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This is a great show for those interested in the mess that is politics. It’s one of our favorites and stars an ensemble cast of inept British government apparatchiks who attempt to mostly save their own butts. The star of the show is by far Malcolm Tucker played brilliantly by Peter Capaldi (who will be playing Doctor Who later this year). His ability to swear is a gift and like The Inbetweeners above, you will hear swear words used in a way you never thought possible. It’s a fantastic show and an excellent insight in modern British politics.

It’s available on Hulu.

Which one is your favorite? Which one should we have included on this list (be sure to tell everyone where they can watch it).

Comments

  1. avatarValarie says

    Black Books is my favorite! Happy to see it made your list. It’s also worth visiting the book shop in Bloomsbury that provides it’s exterior, because it still looks exactly the same (only it’s called Collinge & Clark instead of Black Books).

  2. avatar says

    Although I agree with nearly all of your choices (not a fan of Coupling or The Thick of It), here’s yet another favorite British comedy list that doesn’t include Friday Night Dinner! In fact, it doesn’t even include the PBS staple Keeping Up Appearances!

  3. avatar says

    The IT Crowd!!! (Netflix) Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, and Katherine Parkinson make such a great comedic team. Greenwing is great show too, but not streaming any longer as far as I can tell…

  4. avatardebster says

    Book Group — Anne Dudek in the beginning of her career, and the formidable Michelle Gomez, also found in Green Wing, starring a most brilliant ensemble of Britain’s best comedians, including Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan and Olivia Colman.

  5. avatar says

    I binge-watch Vicar of Dibley and Red Dwarf at least three times a year if not more. Another of my favourite binges is As Time Goes By, one of the best series ever to come out of Britain in my opinion. Unfortunately it’s not available on Netflix.

  6. avatarMax R. says

    Also: Only Fools and Horses, Fawlty Towers, One Foot in the Grave, The IT Crowd, and Absolutely Fabulous.

    I’ll always choose Only Fools and Horses over any thing else. lol

  7. avatarAnon says

    Black Books is one of my favorites. I’ve watched it more times than I can count! But IT Crowd is higher up on my list for sure.

    I heard yesterday that Red Dwarf is getting another series!

  8. avatarAmy Fspot says

    The Young Ones is a fave of mine back when MTV used to show it on Sunday nights along with Monty Python (early 80s). AbFab and Green Wing are two of my faves not listed. I have watched The Thick of It countless times… love some Malcolm and Jamie… I just found your Anglotopia site and I’m really enjoying it!

  9. avatar says

    Did anyone here watch the show “THE WRONG MANs” with James Corden and Mathew Baynton? It’s a brillant show! I guess is available on HULU.

  10. avatarLuAnn Mujica says

    Vicar of Dibley is my all-time fav from the list with Miranda in second. Both have so many laugh out loud moments in every show. And thanks for the recommendations of the rest! Now I know what I am watching this weekend. :)

  11. avatarLiz says

    I think Fresh Meat is amazing. The characters and their interactions are terrific. And I believe it just landed a spot on HULU.
    Also The IT Crowd is awesome. I think British comedy is kind of difficult for a non-Brit, like me, to understand and laugh with, but I believe The IT Crowd is one of these shows that can be universally loved. Also on HULU :)

  12. avatar says

    I love Vicar of Dibley and watch just when I need a good laugh!! Also love As Time Goes By, Red Dwarf, and Waiting for God. Would love to watch Miranda — lover as Chummy on Call the Midwives.

  13. avatarMelissa says

    The IT Crowd should absolutely be on this list. I’ve watched each episode at least 2-3 times and they still kill me. Hilarious.

  14. avatarTinaSuz says

    Agreed with about half of these. Some of the others I’ve not seen, but will now look for them. What about ‘My Family’ and ‘Blackadder’? ‘Black Books’, ‘Red Dwarf’ and ‘Coupling’ (especially series 1-3) are amazing. Couldn’t get into ‘The Inbetweeners’. BBCA has all but stopped broadcasting comedies :/ I only keep that tier now for ‘Doctor Who’.

  15. avatarash says

    Don’t forget Bottom, Young Ones, blackadder, faulty towers and the new statesman (the best tv character of all time) and woo to the vicar of dibley

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