The 8 Best British Comedies on Netflix

Philip Bates Updated 10-03-2020

The USA has its fair share of great comedy shows, but the British take on the genre is an altogether different experience. If you want to indulge in the UK’s eccentricities, awkwardness, and wit, here are the best British comedies to watch on Netflix.


1. Extras

After the success of The Office, a lot was resting on Ricky Gervais’ and Stephen Merchant’s next major venture. Could the comedians deliver a series that was the equal to the mockumentary that arguably changed the TV landscape forever?

Fortunately, Extras proved that they weren’t one-hit-wonders. In fact, some corners of the internet think Extras is even better than The Office.

Andy Millman tries to get fame and fortune, working his way up from being a supporting artist to getting his name in lights. Along the way, he mixes with the stars and discovers they’re not as brilliant as Hollywood paints them.

Extras features a who’s who of the big screen, with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, David Tennant, Samuel L. Jackson, Daniel Radcliffe, and the late David Bowie all playing twisted versions of themselves.

2. Cuckoo

This show is barmy. You may already know its leading man, Greg Davies, from his role as Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners. He’s one of the best-known British comedians, and the ideal choice for the lead, Ken Thompson. Ken is driven to the edge by his son-in-law, played in the first season by Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg.


When Thompson’s daughter, Rachel (Tamla Kari, then Esther Smith) returns from her gap year, she brings along her new husband, Dale. He’s a loud, laissez-faire American who brings out the worst in the uptight family unit he finds himself in.

Cuckoo gained a lot of press for its second season after Samberg proved too busy to film more episodes. Twilight star Taylor Lautner subsequently replaced Samberg as Dale’s illegitimate son in the second season. For the fifth season, Lautner’s absence is filled by Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings And A Funeral) as Ivy, Ken’s wealthy half-sister with sinister designs.

3. Dad’s Army

Dad’s Army is a true British classic. Broadcast from 1968 to 1977, the series swiftly became recognized as one of the best British comedy TV shows. So much so that writers, Jimmy Perry and David Croft, are considered comedic legends.

Dad’s Army focuses on the fictional Walmington-On-Sea home guard as they prepare for German invasion during World War II.


In lesser hands, the conflict’s seriousness could have overshadowed the sitcom’s whimsy and ridiculousness. Fortunately, the clever writing and hilarious performances—including Arthur Lowe (Coronation Street), John Le Mesurier (The Italian Job), and Clive Dunn (The Avengers)—make this a charming, witty, and joyous show.

It ran for 80 episodes across nine seasons, so is a great British comedy show to binge-watch!

4. Episodes

Have you ever wondered what Brits think Hollywood is really like? Episodes takes that notion, adds in Friends star, Matt LeBlanc, and questions “the American dream”.

Tamsin Greig (Black Books) and Stephen Mangan (I’m Alan Partridge) play married writing team, Bev and Sean, who dream of hitting the big time in the US. After their sitcom wins a BAFTA, they’re sent to America to remake it, albeit with LeBlanc unsuitably cast as the lead.


The whole cast is strong, but LeBlanc really makes this worthwhile. He’s very happy to tear down any idealized version of himself people may have, and instead poke fun, transforming his good nature into a hideous distortion.

5. Last Tango in Halifax

If you’re searching for shows like Doc Martin—the ever-popular series that’s sadly now missing from Netflix—then Last Tango in Halifax is a strong contender.

It’s a much-loved show which beautifully treads the line between comedy and drama. We consider it to be one of the best comedies on Netflix you may have overlooked The 15 Best Comedies on Netflix You Might Have Overlooked Everyone knows the big-name comedy shows---The Office, Friends, Arrested Development, etc---but there are some lesser-known comedies to watch on Netflix you may have missed so far... Read More .

Celia (Anne Reid) and Alan (Derek Jacobi) are former childhood sweethearts whose lives went in very different directions. Now in their 70s, they get back in touch and discover that their love for each other is still there. They form the anchor for the narrative, which veers off to explore the experiences of their families, as mindsets clash and societal boundaries butt heads.


6. After Life

There are tonnes of great shows exclusive to the streaming service. There are even some cancelled Netflix Originals worth watching. After Life, though, hasn’t suffered the same fate as Daredevil, Sense8, or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Its first season was such a success, a second was quickly commissioned.

It’s a typical Ricky Gervais premise: Tony’s world is turned upside-down by the death of his wife. This makes him look at life in a different way; he’s now determined to say and do whatever he feels like, regardless of it hurting others. In response to this, his family and friends attempt to turn him into a better person.

It’s a grim topic, but dealt with well through dry humor and an endearing, dissonant optimism.

7. Monty Python’s Flying Circus

And now for something completely different… If you really want to take a trip through the looking glass, Monty Python is for you.

You’ll probably have seen the franchise’s films, notably Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979). If so, you’ll know what you’re in for from the original TV series. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin wonderfully satirize the British establishment through this surreal sketch show.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and remains a milestone in TV history.

8. W1A

Many classic sitcoms like Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, The Thin Blue Line, and Only Fools and Horses were broadcast on the BBC. And one of the reasons it’s such an important institution is its ability to make fun of itself. W1A is a prime example of that.

The series began as Twenty-Twelve, a tongue-in-cheek mockumentary about organizing the London 2012 Olympics. The spoof proved so popular, the BBC used the same strong cast—including Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Jessica Hynes (Spaced), and Jason Watkins (Nativity!)—to joke about its own branding, jargon, and high-profile disputes.

Narrated by Doctor Who’s David Tennant, W1A also features a number of celebrity cameos, including controversial novelist Salman Rushdie, actor Samuel West, and mathematics whiz Carol Vorderman.

What Are Your Favorite British Comedies on Netflix?

If you’re searching for funny British shows on Netflix, there’s something here for everyone. Hopefully, you’ll invest in a few and use them as entry points for other great British comedies, such as Are You Being Served?, As Time Goes By, and Fawlty Towers.

If you’re looking for more ways to stream British TV, consider BritBox and Acorn TV. And be sure to read our article pitting BritBox versus Acorn TV BritBox vs. Acorn TV: Which Is Better for Streaming British TV? Between BritBox and Acorn TV, you can stream the best British TV content. But which one should you subscribe to? Which is better? Read More to decide which of these is the best option for you.

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  1. Jan
    April 25, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Are You Being Served. My all time favorite. Have watched it multiple times and it never gets old.

  2. Kurt Roesler
    April 24, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Wow I can't believe no one mention the funniest British comedy I've ever seen in my life have been laughing to tears everyone forget about Ab Fab absolutely fabulous with Patsy and Eddie and their drunk antics number one in my book followed by Monty Python the good neighbors in the old classic Fawlty Towers but for me the number one comedy not necessarily even British the number one comedy of all absolutely fabulous if you've never heard of it you've got to see it hilarious but only the Brits can do love it

  3. VeRn
    February 10, 2018 at 8:38 am

    The IT Crowd.

    One of the greatest shows ever! So sad that they are not making more episodes!

  4. poproc
    December 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    IT Crowd

    That show is the best!!

    Monty Python


  5. David
    December 24, 2017 at 10:17 am

    On the Buses, Please Sir, The Good Life, all the Doctor in the House series, Minder, even Benny Hill, Steptoe, 2 Ronnie's, Porridge, ..... There's so many

  6. aj
    December 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Keeping up appearances will always be my favorite britcoms.

  7. Anne Ogilvie
    November 26, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, and Peter Seller's Pink Panther movies are still ridiculously funny no matter how many times you watch them. My favourite T-shirt is from The Ministry of Funny Walks (Monty Python).
    Lately I LOL at Would I Lie to You, The Graham Norton Show, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

  8. Erda
    November 24, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Loved 'Dad's Army'.

  9. AlanG
    October 7, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I loved Are You Being Served and really hope Doc Martin continues past Season 9. Have just found On the Buses, Dinner Ladies and a real favorite Dad's Army. Am looking for a way to stream Wild West (BBC 2002), it looks good but I can't find it streaming anywhere.
    American television has been mostly trash for at least 30 years.

  10. Victoria
    October 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Miranda made me literally roll on the floor laughing. The Wrong Mans with James Corden is hilarious. And Moone Boy with Chris O'Dowd is wonderful.

  11. Chuck U Farley
    September 11, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Missing the classic "Are You Being Served"

  12. Bruce Johnston
    September 11, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Are you being served? is, and has always been, my favorite British comedy. Too bad it's no longer on any station I've found!!!

  13. Robin Gabbert
    September 8, 2017 at 4:30 am

    My husband & I adore One Foot in the Grave! We've seen every episode, including the Christmas episodes. Also the absolute funniest show ever, the IT Crowd!

    • Barrie Campbell
      January 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      I love that show. I think Larry David must too, as the premise of his "Curb Your Enthusiasm" , a well-meaning man innocently bumbling and stumbling into ridiculous situations that get quickly out of control, is very similar. Victor Meldrew and his long-suffering wife are among the most wonderful comedic characters ever.

  14. Bob Herrick
    September 5, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    British TV is, " Number One, along with being the Best"!!!! I love it!!! I even own an "all Region DVD player, as we collect British TV on DVD, which unfortunately is region 2, the states & Canada are "Region 1". I have subscribed to "Britbox" and we play it to death!

    Now, there is one British TV show, which I wish Britbox would add to their play list, as the show is an "all time" classic TV show, and that show is; "All Creature Great and Small". That show was & still is "Awesome"!!! So, Britbox, "PLEASE", put it on your wonderful TV schedule!

    As well, please add; "My Family", Coupling, and "After You've Gone". Two other "GREAT" British Comedies, with a "GREAT" acting staff.

    Thank you!

    • Marylou
      October 3, 2018 at 3:42 am

      Also would like to see My Family. Understand it is really good.

  15. Marna
    August 11, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I absolutely LOVE "The Vicar of Dibley." I've seen every episode multiple times and still enjoy it when I watch again.

  16. sharon Baumer
    July 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    A long time series ( 37 yrs ) of Last of the Summer wine will always be my favorite !!!!! thank goodness its available on dvds the states now. I am slowly buying each vintage year. I watch them over and over. Roy Clarke is a brilliant writer and the producer/directors an everyone that did anything at all in the making of this series , did an ecellant job.. all the actors/actress's are the BEST !!!!!

  17. Bryan
    July 26, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Really... 8 seasons of pure genius and that's the clip you choose for Peep Show?? Jeremy isn't even in it.

  18. Randolph Carter
    March 21, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Fawlty Towers, Are You Being Served, Red Dwarf, Black Adder, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, Snuff Box, Black Books, Young Ones, On the Buses, Father Ted, way too many weren't on this list.

    • Squalle
      June 22, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Are You Being Served was one of the greatest shows EVER!

  19. George
    March 12, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Another early favorite was, "Yes, Minister" which then became, "Yes Prime Minister." This was a spoof on the Thatcher government, with truth that is still relevant today. What was funny then is scary today.

  20. George
    March 12, 2017 at 5:59 am

    "Last of the Summer Wine" is my long term favorite. This show ran for over 30 years, probably the longest running comedy in world history. I think Peter Sallis was there from beginning to end. I didn't get into the early shows much, but it grew on me. Compo was my favorite character, and I liked the years with Truly Truelove. My 2nd fav was "Waiting for God".

  21. Esther Nairn
    January 22, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Green Wing was superb. Michelle Gomez is hysterical!

    • Philip Bates
      January 31, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      I've never seen it, but may give it a try. Gomez is very funny in Doctor Who too; don't know if you watch that? Thanks for commenting!

  22. Dg
    December 24, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Still Game....it is hilarious.

    • Jen Bouissey
      September 14, 2017 at 7:22 am

      i love it!!

  23. Maria
    December 17, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Coupling is the funniest comedy TV show i have ever seen in any country... How come its not the first one mentioned? I can't imagine. Fawlty towers was also good.

  24. Doc
    November 11, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    If you loved Doc Martin, please check out "Death in Paradise"!

    • Philip Bates
      January 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Absolutely! Death in Paradise was on this list originally, but it just didn't make the final cut - not based on how great it is (I love it), but because the word count was swelling too much! Are you enjoying the latest series?

  25. Anonymous
    August 29, 2016 at 9:55 am

    All these are so funny .............

  26. Shawn Adam
    August 27, 2016 at 2:26 am

    I have always loved 'One Foot In The Grave' and 'Are You Being Served?'. One I did not see mentioned is 'The Catherine Tate Show'. Catherine's character, Nan, is the best.

  27. Keith Smith
    August 26, 2016 at 1:41 am

    I'm waiting for the return of Red Dwarf which is/was funny as hell.

  28. Anonymous
    August 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Doc Martin, Miranda, Little Britain, Detectorists, [REggie Perrin, Waiting for God, As Time Goes By, A Fine Romance, Simply Fabulous (not sure these are on NetFlix any more)].

  29. Ed
    August 25, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    A lot mentioned already that I watch (Red Dwarf, One Foot in The Grave, etc.) but Last Of The Summer Wine, As Time Goes By, and Are You Being Served are also great comedies to watch.

    • Ed
      September 10, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Forgot to mention... "Mrs Browns Boys.

  30. Robert
    August 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Little Britain. the Vicar of Dibley....yeah, they're old but still funny!

  31. jon
    August 25, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Some more: One Foot in the Grave (was it mentioned?), To the Manor Born. IT Crowd was already mentioned, and I'm also surprised it didn't make the top 8, for sure. Black Adder. Goodness, not Black Adder.... how???

  32. Andrew
    August 25, 2016 at 3:09 am

    My second-favorite Brit comedy (behind Python, of course) has to be "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin", starring the late great Leonard Rossiter. Dating from the 70's but worth seeking out. Third in line is "Chef!". Very funny and clever.

  33. tim
    August 25, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Green Wing! One of my all time favorites.

    • Esther Nairn
      January 22, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Green Wing was superb! Michelle Gomez is hysterical!

  34. SepticSceptic
    August 25, 2016 at 12:03 am

    The Strangerers, written by Rob Guest
    Fawlty Towers of course.
    Black Adder series

    • Interociter Operator
      September 4, 2016 at 4:20 am

      Monty Python (naturally)
      Fawlty Towers
      Black Adder
      Are You Being Served

  35. Bob
    August 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    How did you not include the IT Crowd?!!!

    • Eric
      August 25, 2016 at 12:19 am


      • Leo
        August 25, 2016 at 3:07 am


    • Interociter Operator
      September 4, 2016 at 4:13 am

      + 3 !!!
      I miss you Mozz!
      Just say no to Tapas!

      • Tim Lewallen
        September 11, 2017 at 1:49 pm


        So brilliant. I watch the entire series two or three times a year.

        • DO
          September 14, 2017 at 3:48 am


      • Jen Bouissey
        September 14, 2017 at 7:23 am


    • Philip Bates
      January 31, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      It WAS in the longlist... but I'm afraid I've not watched enough to give proper judgement. There's always time, though!

  36. Anonymous
    August 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I only discovered Detectorists on Netflix and missed it on it's original run here in the UK.
    It is a very subtle comedy that many will not fully appreciate, but it found a special place in my heart.

    Not sure if these are on international Nexflix but there are many British comedies that should be required viewing including RED DWARF, Anything with ALAN PARTRIDGE, and QI.

    If Netflix ever gets the rights to TASKMASTER (shown on Dave here in the UK), I'm sure the world would thank them as it has been the funniest, side splitting "game show" I have ever seen.

  37. Anonymous
    August 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I have seen at least one episode of all of these and i have been amused zero times. A great deal of British humor is grounded in being socially uncomfortable. It's too painful a subject for me to find any of it funny.I can't stand the American version of the Office or Curb Your Enthusiasm either, for much the same reason.

    I like Monty Pytho and I did enjoy The Bugle, John Oliver's podcast, but I'm at a loss to think of any other contemporary sources of British made humor in visual media.

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      It's a shame to hear that you have found any British comedy to your liking. We do have a vast spectrum of comedy going back decades and I'm positive there would something that you find hilarious.
      From the YOUNG ONES to ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE, there is a comedy for everyone.
      I recommend a hour or two on Youtube searching for British humour would provide you some amazing shows you may never had heard off.

      Don't write us off... :O)

        December 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm


        • Fitzsip
          December 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm

          It may no longer be available in your area. Shows do tend to leave Netflix due to contract rights etc.... Try Youtube searches for full episodes.
          There are tons out there, or if you have access, the BBCs website should have plenty of episodes you can watch.

  38. Peter
    August 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    You are forgetting Man Down, Friday Night Dinner, any of the Partridge series.

  39. Jon
    August 24, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Smegging Red Dwarf!!!

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2016 at 3:48 am

      I heard that Red Dwarf is getting a smegging 11th season!!!

  40. El Smith
    August 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    You missed an Coupling, one of the best UK comedies ever!