The 25 Best British Comedies from 2000 – 2019

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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

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 StreamingSeries 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

The IT Crowd – 2006 to 2013 – Deep in the bowels of a large and faceless corporation’s shiny HQ lurks…the IT Crowd. Complete Series DVD | S1-5 Streaming | Netflix Streaming

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 DVDS1-3 Streaming

Gavin & Stacey

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 SpecialComplete 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

Coupling – 2000 to 2004 – Six friends explore life and love in London. Series 1 DVD | Complete Series DVD | Complete Series Streaming

Miranda – Awkward, socially-inept Miranda does her best to get through life with a good sense of fun and humour. S1-3 Streaming HERE | Series 1-3 + Finale 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

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 DVDNetflix 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

Peep Show – 2003 to 2015 – Two dysfunctional friends share a flat in Croydon, London. Streaming HERESeries 1 DVD | Series 1-9 DVD | Series 9 DVDS1-8 Streaming Alternative

Boomers – 2014 to present – A group of friends adjusts to retirement life – freedom, spare time, funerals, and more. Series 1 DVD | S1-2 Streaming

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

Green Wing – 2004 to 2007 – A hilariously strange medical show where nothing terribly medical actually happens. S1-2Streaming | Complete Series DVD

Not Going Out

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 

Rev –  2010 to 2014 – Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman star in this comedy about a vicar and his wife in a run-down parish in a rough part of London. S1-3 Streaming | Complete Series 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

Upstart Crow – 2016 to present – The life and times of a younger, pre-fame William Shakespeare. S1-3 Streaming | Series 1 DVD

The Job Lot – 2013 to present – Sarah Hadland of Miranda stars in this comedy about the employees in a job centre in the Midlands. Series 1-3 Streaming | Series 1 DVD

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

Flowers – 2016 to present – This dark comedy about an eccentric British family stars Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt.  Series 1 DVD | S1-2 Streaming HERE

 

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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8 Comments

  1. Faulty Towers was great, but I’m loving Raised by Wolves right now (in Florida). Unfortunately not that many episodes of each!

  2. I really liked the comedy “Nighty Night”, which was on BBC3, back when it was still an over-the-air broadcast channel.
    It only lasted for 1 or 2 series.
    “Nighty Night” is probably a bit too “out there” for most Americans who are fans of traditional UK television. (I say that as a middle-middle-aged midwestern American who lived in the UK in the 90s and 00s.)
    It was written by and starred Julia Davis (I think she’s married to one of the guys from Mighty Boosh – Julian Barratt, I think), also starring Angus Deayton (not the author, but the British actor who used to be the host of the weekly BBC news “quiz show” “Have I Got News for You”).

  3. Apart from one or two on your list I wouldn’t watch any of them. Shows the decline of comedy in the last 20 years

  4. Raised by Wolves, was so disappointed they didn’t get another season. Outnumbered is also among my all-time favourites.

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