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Standing the test of time - British comedy

I have been going back through my favourite British sitcoms/comedies and trying to work out in my opinion what has stood the test of time;

Allo Allo
To the Manor Born
Are you Being served?
Mapp and Lucia
Only Fools and Horses
The Good Life
Waiting for God
Waiting for Henry
As Time Goes By

Anyone else got any favourites?

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Dad's Army
Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers
The Young Ones

Young ones was a bit studenty for me... That was before I was one of those poor dishevelled skint individuals

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

This is a generational thing, I think; we'll be coming out with the ones that were best when we were 12-15.

I think that's one I need to watch as I never saw it the first time round

Yes, Minister/Prime Minister

Edited at 2013-05-03 09:11 pm (UTC)

True. But really don't like the reboot.

I haven't seen any of that. But we've watched a few episodes of the original in the last year and they are still very funny.

Dad's Army
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads
early Last of the Summer Wine (very bitter)
early radio Navy Lark
Steptoe and Son
Ladies of Letters

I'm with you - especially Ladies of Letters

To The Manor Born??!!
And Only Fools and Horses went downhill over time.

The High Life (which, I grant you, has only retained its youthful bloom because it was kind of crap to start with)


Father Ted (the great exception to the rule that the stuff you watched at a formative age happens coincidentally to be objectively better than everything before or since)

Vicious has been going a full week, and is no worse than it started.

I loved to the Manor Born. Only fools and horses more for the catchphrases than anything else. Never saw Nightingales. Loved Father Ted. Disappointed by Vicious - it felt dated.

Father Ted is interestingly revealing when applied to people who are strongly religious. Within my (too-small) sample, people who go out and evangelise don't find it funny at all, and are somewhat upset by it. Whereas people who are relaxed in their religion find it hilarious and use its catchphrases.

Porridge still works well, but I don't think that anything else with Ronnie Barker stands the test of time.

That's why I left Open all hours off the list.

Mapp & Lucia is on your list twice. Unless that's an indication of how much you liked it :)

True - I loved it. There's so much venom in that genteel comedy.

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