British Comedy Shows – Top New Finds!
I discovered became addicted to British television during the pandemic. These folks are hugely talented and extremely funny. Some of the shows are nuts, and I love it!
Sometimes to throw you off I will add shows from other countries as well. Smiley on Netflix is a new Spanish gay comedy and it is fantastic!
My New Discoveries!
The Outlaws (Amazon) – A two season funny one from Stephen Merchant, highly recommend! With Christopher Walken!
Packed to the Rafters (HULU) – Six seasons an over 100 episodes of this Aussie family comedy/drama. Starring Erik Thomson from 800 Words, I fell in love with this show!
Return to the Rafters (Prime) – we needed this update for the hugely popular show!
Aftertaste (ACORN) – Erik Thomson again! He’s a nasty & haughty chef, and his niece is a brilliant pastry chef. Some amazing moments!
The Other One (Prime) – Siobhan Finneran can do no wrong. When a family man dies, his wife and daughter find out he had a whole other family not far away. Season one was good, season two, even better!
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 was the end of the series and was extraordinary in the lessons it taught about the “troubles” in Ireland during this time.
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!
Sando (Acorn) – Australian, very funny!
Monday, Monday (Acorn) – Before they were on the Miranda Hart show together, we discover her and Tom Ellis here! Very cute 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!
Birds of a Feather (VUDU Free) – Two sisters and one famous old friend. Very entertaining Comedy!
Upper Middle Bogan (Acorn) – Switched at Birth! Funny show. Aussie.
The Larkins (Acorn) – Set in the 1950’s, not my usual interest, and yet very charming and delicious!
My full list of favorite British comedies is here. Other folks have some additional favorites, but I did not love them all.
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.
I highly recommend watching Taskmaster! It now has 14 seasons and you can watch it free on YouTube (with commercials) as well as Amazon Prime. Such a great British panel show!