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(BBC)   The Office beats Fawlty Towers as Brits choose the funniest sitcom of all time. Somehow, Friends beat out Monty Python on the same list   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 374
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2005-03-07 04:43:13 PM  
Another vote (not that anyone's keeping tally) for "The Office."

"We have access to the internet. But it isn't censored, is that a good or a bad thing?"
"Bad."
"Well, that's not for us to say. But I can type in, say, 'sex... fetish'. It takes a little while. There. two thousand, two hundred and thirty matches. Just click on one, at random. Aaaagh, there. 'Dutch girls must be punished for having big boobs'. Now, you don't punish anyone, Dutch or otherwise, for having big boobs."
"If anything, they should be rewarded."
"They should be EQUAL."
"Women are equal."
"I've always said that, so..."
 
2005-03-07 04:47:48 PM  
i dunno if anyone's still reading this list, but i feel that Sports Night is one of the most underrated shows ever. more of a 'dramedy', but hilarious moments and great story lines.
Also (with obligatory other great shows list): simpsons, futurama, red dwarf, curb your enthusiasm, dr. katz, and south park (part1 season 7 of south park probably the best group of shows to ever be consecutively released).
 
2005-03-07 04:55:37 PM  
i dunno if anyone's still reading this list, but i feel that Sports Night is one of the most underrated shows ever. more of a 'dramedy', but hilarious moments and great story lines.

I wholeheartedly agree. If you haven't seen Sportsnight, grab the complete series DVD, and prepare for 2.5 seasons of greatness that will be over before you want it to be.
 
2005-03-07 06:01:21 PM  
No M*A*S*H???
Travesty I tell you. That shows worst episode was funnier than the best episode of Friends.
 
2005-03-07 06:34:05 PM  
I'm with LACE VALENTINE- KUA is pretty damn funny. thank goodness for PBS and its re-airing of British sitcoms.

Does anyone remember which US cable channel used to air the Young Ones? Was it Comedy Central or VH1?

I also liked Desmond. BET used to air that back in the day.
 
2005-03-07 07:12:19 PM  
Rillion

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2005-03-07 07:17:31 PM  
Or get a region-free DVD player and PAL-capable TV.
 
2005-03-07 07:20:42 PM  
orrinbloquy, ah, I see. Cleese's comments on Letterman were in good humor. I wonder who wrote that letter?
 
2005-03-07 07:59:04 PM  
FRIENDS above Monty Python? Puh-frackin'-leese! That's like calling Star Trek better than Babylon 5 or the new Battlestar Galactica!
 
2005-03-07 08:07:04 PM  
By the way, do they get The Honeymooners is the UK? Because that's the funniest damn show in the history of television.
Nothing's even close.

1. Honeymooners
2. Simpsons
3. Seinfeld
4. The Office
 
2005-03-07 08:08:52 PM  
I don't understand all the love for "the Office"... I watched the first 4 or 5 episodes and laughed almost once. I guess the schtick is the boss thinks he's really really funny and he isn't. Ho-ho... ho-hum.

Although Gareth and the other guy were good, the rest of the show pretty much stunk.

/hoping season 2 is better since I bought the box set.
 
2005-03-07 08:25:49 PM  
Big Points to the people who mentionned:

- Young Ones
- Bottom
- Strangers with Candy
- Mr Show
- Newsradio


Great programs.. my personal top 5:

1) Simpsons - shame on all who speak bad of them now after all they have given us.. and the new stuff is still better than most.

2) Mr Show - even Monty Python is no match, Bob and David are so damn underrated.

3) South Park - Gross, yet insightful. Im still singing that "stupid spoiled whore" theme song in my head.

4) Family Guy - Everybody knows by now why this is so good.

5) Bottom - I love slapstick humor, and they do it better than anyone else (stooges included).

/goes back to watching The Young One's "flood".. I really was too.. good timing on the topic.
 
2005-03-07 08:28:52 PM  
2005-03-07 08:08:52 PM jordan_lund

I don't understand all the love for "the Office"... I watched the first 4 or 5 episodes and laughed almost once. I guess the schtick is the boss thinks he's really really funny and he isn't. Ho-ho... ho-hum.

Although Gareth and the other guy were good, the rest of the show pretty much stunk.

/hoping season 2 is better since I bought the box set.


I watched all 12 episodes and the christmas special over the last 1-2 weeks.. if you didnt like season one, don't get your hopes up.. I liked the show, but #1.. bah.
 
2005-03-07 08:56:58 PM  
British comedy isn't more sophisticated than American comedy and I can understand why Americans get pissed off at people saying that it is.

Only The Office has really broken new ground in the last forty years. Most programmes still rely on the tired sitcom/sketch show formula and fill it up with predictable gags.

Little Britain is the latest example of this moronic trend. I hate it, it is possibly the most overrated show ever.

What have been the funniest shows over the past ten years? In my opinion The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park have pushed more boundaries AND been funnier than any UK programme in that timescale.

Honourable mentions however muct go to Spaced and Peep Show.

And I'm with all the love for The Young Ones in this thread. Possibly the best UK comedy evar (along with The Office?).
 
2005-03-07 09:04:12 PM  
I think alot of good shows have been mentioned. I know I will be looking up a few that I have not heard of. Everybody should use this as an chance to discover another great comedy. That said I must cast my votes for the shows missing from the list. they are AB FAB, Mr Bean, Kids In the Hall, Red Green, Whose line is it anyway and if u are lucky enough to have seen Good Neighbors u will never forget Margo
 
2005-03-07 09:24:31 PM  
I was just watching the Young Ones and Alan Partridge clips on that bbc site

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/articles/i/imalanpartridge_7771765.shtml)

Good stuff!

'Well Sonja, that was classic intercourse...So uh, so thanks.'
 
2005-03-07 09:26:49 PM  
Hebalo

"...lot of hatred for Friends here today. I suspect much of it is either because it's cool to hate Friends, or because it was so well liked by the public.

It was well liked by 56% of the public, i.e. females and homosexuals. Ask any heterosexual male who doesn't

a) live with mommy
b) own a cat

what they thought of it. That show has single-handedly killed dating, because now women will only go out with men their friends have already slept with, or knew someone who slept with them or knew someone who knew....

I'm 30 years old and feel like I'm dating within those crappity-assed high-school cliques again.

Bollocks

/fark.co.uk is available!
 
2005-03-07 09:31:38 PM  
Kick_the_baby
I've heard it said that the reason Brit shows aren't shown on primetime network is that it's against the law to show foreign -produced shows on network TV in the US. Hence Monty Python, Red Dwarf...you name it have aired on PBS or minority networks such as BBC America.

Not true. Monty Python actually aired on ABC (and ABC got sued for editing the episodes). The Prisoner aired on CBS. The reason other British shows aired on PBS is because nobody else wanted it. And BBC America is obivously going to horde what they can to make money off of their own shows.
 
2005-03-08 12:56:22 AM  
Damn near funniest momment in TV evar:
(paraphrasing) FUNNY? MOT FUNNY? I'LL SHOW YOU FUNNY!!!! Who's this, then?
When Basil puts his finger over his mouth(immitating Hitler), and then starts goose-stepping....then makes the turn...
That's some damn funny stuff right there. "The Germans" is one of the funniest things I've seen on TV. Evar.
 
2005-03-08 02:58:38 AM  
Team leader dont mean anything mate.
Excuse me, it means Im the leader of a team.
No it doesn't-its a title someones given you to get you to do something they dont want to do, for free. Right? Its like making a div kid at school milk monitor. No one respects it.
I think they do.
No they dont Gareth.
Er, yes they do, because if people were rude to me then I used to give them their milk last, so it was warm.

Pure farking genius.
 
2005-03-08 05:25:43 AM  
What, no Marion & Geoff?

Also, although it's been mentioned, Look Around You is the funniest, most innovative thing on TV right now. But you really have to be British, with experience of British programming in the '70s and early '80s to appreciate it.
 
2005-03-08 09:13:45 AM  
Well, everything I like has been pretty much mentioned here already I gues,
But I haven't seen anyone mention "not the nine o clock news" wich was also brilliant, and I kinda like the new comedy they got on the BBC called "help" atleast its better as little britain, wich got lame after the first season, when they lost the smart jokes and went with the " haha puke on little children/ohnoes the disabled guy can actually walk " kind of gags, wich apparently is more appealing to the British public :/
 
2005-03-08 06:20:50 PM  
Hebalo: With you guys on the 'Sports Night' thing. Sorkin is a hell of a writer.
 
2005-03-08 08:28:05 PM  
Black Adder should be number one, and Monty-Python shouldn't even be on the list since that was a sketch comedy show, not a situation comedy show.
 
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