During the pandemic I discovered and then became addicted to, British television, more specifically, British comedy. These folks are hugely talented and extremely funny. Some of the shows are nuts, and I love it!
These shows are perfect for binging at any time! The first three listed are more familiar to the American audience, the rest are mostly on the streaming channels form Britain that are available in the US.
You have all heard about Ted Lasso on Apple TV by now. Season one was great, and then wham, season two was even better!
Sex Education on Netflix was very good, it took me a few episodes to get into it, love Gillian Anderson with her native British tongue! And then wham, season three was even better than the previous two.
Derry Girls on Netflix is terrific, and you may need to put on the subtitles to understand the Derry, Ireland accent. Season three is highly anticipated and should premiere in early 2022. As the girls are aging out of high school, this is the last season, and I got a sneak peak on a British site, it is AMAZING!
British Comedy TV Shows – Other Outstanding discoveries:
Benidorm (Brit Box)– In the last century, travel agents in Britain came up with the idea to offer all-inclusive packages to Spanish towns on the beach. Benidorm is one such city, and this 10 season series spoofs some of the folks you might see in your less than three-star hotels. This show is hugely funny, occasionally bordering on the outrageously hilarious. Rewatching the entire 10 season, it is that good.
Mrs. Brown’s Boys (pictured above, and also on Brit Box) – is another top pick, a show I watch multiple times. I discovered this from little vignettes that I stumbled upon on my Facebook video tab. I subscribed to Brit Box just to see all the seasons. Hysterically funny and heartwarming at the same time. They just added a Halloween special, and there is a Christmas special on its way. There is also a related talk show hosted by the daughter’s character, this is found on youtube.
This next list are shows that I discovered in the last year, and absolutely love:
Ackley Bridge (Acorn) – This drama/comedy is fantastic! Season Four is new, we are waiting for it to stream!
Mount Pleasant (Acorn) – Six seasons, and fantastic. Took a few episodes, then I became completely invested in the characters and the plot lines. Loved this show!
Not Going Out (Peacock) – Lee Mack writes and stars in this and he is a great comedian. Also, Miranda Hart was here for a few seasons!
Agatha Raisin (Acorn) – murders weekly in the Cotswold! Funny and entertaining, season four is coming!
Sando (Acorn) – Australian, very funny!
The Madame Blanc Mysteries (Acorn) – You know her from Mt. Pleasant, you know him from Benidorm, and guess who is from Mrs. Brown’s Boys! I totally enjoyed this show.
Vicious – Free on Tubi. Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as a bitchy gay couple. The script wrote itself, nothing special, but brilliantly funny!
You, Me & Them (Acorn) – Eve Myles (Torchwood) and Anthony Head (Buffy, The Vampire Slayer) co-star in this funny two season series about an older man and a younger woman’s relationship, and their judgmental families.
Edge of Heaven (BritBox) – cute comedy on Amazon Prime. And Rose Tyler’s mom is in it!
Shakespeare & Hathaway (Acorn) – Charming PI’s, solving one mystery per episode. Easy to binge and enjoy! She was the Principal in Ackley Bridge.
Threesome (Prime) – Funny comedy, two seasons, I enjoyed it!
GHOSTS (HBOMax) – The British version is funny!
Death in Paradise – (BritBox) Is a police drama/comedy set in the Caribbean. It is fun and funny, as well as charming. Currently binging season 10 as they are working on season 11, and a spin-off with a past detective!!
Living The Dream (Prime) – They leave England and buy an RV park in Orlando. Very enjoyable!
Ten Percent! (Acorn) – This is the British version of the French show, Call My Agent. It’s very good, different enough to not be an exact copy, and the British stars that make appearances are perfect!
800 Words (Acorn) – AN Australian show about a writer whose column must be 800 words. I resisted watching this show and then quickly fell in love! It is wonderful, a heartwarming family show, some drama, some comedy, it is just wonderful!
My full list of favorite British comedies is here. Other folks have some additional favorites, but I did not love them all.
And don’t forget, British comedians are brilliantly funny, and they do panel shows over there, and they are genius! Would I Lie To You, Countdown, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and others. They are addictive! See more here.