Now before I spent a decade or so living in the UK, the British sitcoms I had been exposed to were some of the older classics they used to play over here on BBC America or PBS. Namely Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, Absolutely Fabulous, Are You Being Served, and Keeping Up Appearances.
I loved Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, and Absolutely Fabulous more than the others I admit, maybe because they were a little newer, I understood them a little better, though sometimes some of the cultural references went over my head, as well as some of the humor. It was only while I was living in the UK, completely submerged in the culture that I was able to truly appreciate these shows and their cleverness, not to mention completely understand the humor.
|Martin Freeman as Tim, and Lucy Davis as Dawn in The Office.|
Now I'm not saying I don't enjoy American sitcoms. I have plenty of favorites, but American sitcoms aren't written the same way--obviously. Anyway, I'm not going to get into the differences here, merely share some of my favorites. I won't get into the old British classics, because they're a whole other kettle of fish. Trying to dissect British sitcoms from the 70s is not an easy task (Carry On...?).
For me, some of the characters in many of these sitcoms are so memorable, that years later I remember who they are, their names, and the great things about them. Why is that impressive? Because if you ask me what I had for lunch yesterday, I wouldn't be able to tell you. I have a terrible memory, and have very little control over what remains inside and what drifts away, just ask anyone who knows me. So the fact that these characters stay with me, really means something to me. Now, onto the shows.
One of my ultimate favorites: Black Books
That Mitchell & Webb Look
Ricky Gervais' Extras (a show about a film extra trying to make it big)
Other great Brit sitcoms to check out:
Peep Show from award winning David Mitchell and Robert Webb. I love these guys.Where as That Mitchell & Webb Look is a comedy sketch show, Peep Show is an actual series, and it's fantastic.
Armstrong & Miller: Terribly British and terribly funny. Love the chav RAF pilots.
Panel shows: QI hosted by the amazing Stephen Fry. Loads of fun.
8 out of 10 Cats hosted by the funny Jimmy Carr, and I love team leader Sean Lock.
Never Mind the Buzzcocks fantastic music quiz type game show with guests from the music industry, movies, and TV.
Classic comedy duo: French & Saunders. Their movie parodies were the best.
x Charlie x