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For such a small place, the United Kingdom produces an incredible amount of great comedy. We've tried to put together best British comedy lists before, and they always end up getting unbearably long – so we decided to limit ourselves to shows that started after the year 2000 (which is why you won't see classics like Are You Being Served? or Keeping Up Appearances).
We've gathered what we feel are the top 25 British comedies of the post-2000 era, along with details on where you can watch them. If you decide you get one that's only available on DVD, please keep in mind that many of the hard-to-find shows are only available on UK-encoded DVDs. That means you'll need a (relatively cheap) region-free DVD player to watch them. Some computer DVD drives work, too.
The 25 Best British Comedies of 2000-2019
Friday Night Dinner – 2001 to present – The secular Jewish Goodman family can never seem to have a calm and uneventful Shabbat dinner, especially with neighbor Jim around. Full Series Streaming | Series 1 | Series 2 | Series 3 | Series 4 DVD
Trollied – 2011 to present – There’s never a dull moment at the Warrington Valco grocery store, where the only ones crazier than the staff…are the management. Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | Series 1-3 DVD | Series 4 DVD| Series 5 DVD | Series 6 DVD | Series 7 DVD
Detectorists – 2014 to present – Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crooks star as two eccentric but lovable metal detectorists in search of treasure and good fun in rural Essex. Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | S1-3 Streaming
Gavin & Stacey – 2007 to 2010 – After meeting on the internet, Welsh Stacey and Essex-based Gavin decide to meet up in London. What follows is a story of young love and quirky loved ones. Update: After nearly a decade away, there's going to be a Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special! Complete Series DVD | S1-3 Streaming
Inbetweeners – 2008 to 2010 – The occasionally off-colour exploits of four British teenagers who are just barely about “freak” status in their school. S1-3 Streaming | Complete Series DVD | Movies 1 & 2 | Netflix Streaming
The Office – 2001 to 2003 – Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant created this groundbreaking comedy series in which a documentary crew follows the staff in the fictitious Wernham Hogg Paper Company. Also starts Mackenzie Crook of Detectorists fame. Streaming HERE
The Worst Week of My Life – 2004 to 2007 – Ben Miller and Sarah Alexander star in this hilarious and cringe-y comedy about a guy who can't seem to get anything right, and the woman who loves him. S1-3 Streaming HERE | Series 1-3 DVD
Fleabag – 2016 to 1029 – Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars in this edgy comedy about a traumatized young woman trying to make some sense of her life. If you weren't sold on it from Season 1, definitely try the second. Waller-Bridge's writing has matured considerably since S1, and it's much more upbeat and pleasant than the first. Streaming HERE
Still Game – 2002 to present – Scottish pensioners Jack and Victor enjoy complaining about modern life and reminiscing about the good old days in fictional Craiglang. S1-6 DVD | Series 7 DVD | Netflix Streaming
Plebs – 2013 to present – Three young men try to make their way in the world – in the suburbs of ancient Rome. Fans of Friday Night Dinner will appreciate seeing Tom Rosenthal in this one. Streaming HERE | Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | Complete Series (1-3) DVD
Black Books – 2000 to 2004 – Bernard Black is a misanthropic bookshop owner who spends his time with his stressed accountant Manny and his best friend Fran, owner of a gift shop next door. Series 1 DVD | Complete Series DVD | Complete Series Streaming
Doc Martin – 2004 to present – This one isn't a traditional comedy, but it definitely contains a healthy dose of it. After developing a sudden fear of blood, socially awkward Doc Martin leaves surgery and becomes a doctor in a small seaside village. Seasons 1-6 + Movies |Season 7 DVD | S1-8 Streaming
Not Going Out – 2006 to present – Lee Mack and Tim Vine star in this comedy about the mishaps of a group of friends in London. Also starts Miranda Hart. Series 1-7 DVD
Mum – 2016 to present – After the death of her husband, a woman tries to move on. Her crazy family doesn't always make it easy. S1-2 Streaming
Mrs. Brown's Boys – 2013 to present – The ridiculous ongoing saga of a loud-mouthed Irish woman and all the various ways she meddles in the lives of those around her, especially her 6 children. Series 1-3 DVD
What are Your Favorite British Comedies?
Have we missed your favorite post-2000 British comedy series? Let us know your picks in the comments!
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After founding I Heart British TV in 2016 as a resource for her granny, Stefanie has grown I Heart British TV into a resource that serves millions of British TV fans every year. When not writing posts or editing contributions to the site, you can probably find her working on the latest print edition of the British TV Streaming Guide.