10 Classic British TV Shows

Thursday, January 20 by Spyder Collins

These 10 classic British TV shows are some of the best in class. British TV qA always endearing to Americans. With our fascination with our friends across the pond, it is only natural we would engage in their TV shows as well. Sit back and take a read on the 10 classic British TV shows, which many of are still available today.

  1. “Fawlty Towers” (1975 to 1979) This hilarious British sitcom is a wonderful look at a husband and wife who are the proprietors of an English hotel. "Fawlty Towers" provides another stage for the comic brilliance of John Cleese and Connie Booth.
  2. “Doctor Who” (1963 to 1989 and reintroduced in 2005 to present) A monstrously popular science-fiction television series that has provided wonder and awe to a generation of viewers. Doctor Who is a time traveler whose adventures have taken him through the ages. This is a timeless classic and, for many, is the best in television ever.
  3. “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (1969 to 1974) A cult classic and the catalyst for countless years for comedy and entertainment. "Monty Python" is simply comic genius at its best. Though it only ran for a short time, this British TV show is hailed as one of the best TV shows in British history.
  4. “Parkinson” (1971 to 2007) Although the show went on hiatus on several occasions through the years, "Parkinson" is one of the longest running British TV shows in history. This smart and often controversial British talk show tackled all topics.
  5. “Dad’s Army” (1968 to 1977) Proclaimed a top British TV sitcom, "Dad’s Army" documents a comical look at the home guard (national guard) in a fictitious English seaside town. Witty and humorous and written by two of Britain’s best comic minds (Jimmy Perry and David Croft).
  6. “Absolutely Fabulous” (1992 to present) chronicles two women that value things more than substance. A dark look into British life is portrayed on this classic British TV show. "AF "is a very well written show that has captured a wide fan base within Britain and in America as well.
  7. “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” (1998 to present) Yes, this American generated game show is a British TV show phenomenon with over 600 episodes produced and aired. This game show gives a very interesting look into British TV and those things that the Brits hold as entertaining.
  8. “Hancock’s Half Hour” (1956 to 1966) First finding success as a radio broadcast, "Hancock" discovered an adoring presence on British TV in 1956. The sitcom follows the life and times of Hancock, a down on his luck comedian.
  9. “Only Fools and Horses” (1981 to 2003) Perhaps the best of the best in British TV sitcoms. This long running series is beloved in Britain and carried on for over two decades. Spawning several spin offs and inspiring movie adaptations, "Only Fools and Horses" has continued to be an influence on British TV.
  10. “Benny Hill” (1969 to 1989) Sketch comedy mixed with (what some would call) smut combines a entertaining and comedic genius with sex. This is a two decade riot and sex driven sitcom that put British TV on its ass and is still in reruns today.