Top 10 British Comedies that Get Me Through Life

One of the questions that seems to frequently pop up in blog interviews is, "What's your favorite TV show?" It's a simple question with a simple answer, right?

Wrong!

At least where I'm concerned, because I never do things the easy way. The only shows I watch are British Comedies, and it's impossible for me to choose one that's my favorite. They're my life blood. Seriously.

I put them on most days while I write and do other boring shit around the house, and they're what I fall asleep to at night. (I know, the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.)

But here's the thing, I don't want to recover! They're all incredible and speak to my various moods, and I need all of them. ALL OF THEM!

So here (in no particular order because I can't handle that kind of responsibility and stress) are the top 10 British Comedies that get me through life:

  1. Father Ted (1995 – 1998) Because three Irish priests exiled on a remote island who scream “Feck!” and “Arse!” can be extremely therapeutic and beneficial to my mental health.
  2. Two’s Company (1975 – 1979) What can be better than a sarcastic, yet extremely successful American author bantering with her British butler suffering from a superiority complex? Not much, my friends. Not much. Plus, can I just say, life goals! Someday, I’m going to live in Chelsea and employ a British butler. You heard it here first.
  3. Vicious (2013 – 2016) First of all, can I say that anything with Sir Ian McKellen is never bad. Secondly, let’s just say, relationship goals! When my husband and I are in our 80’s, I hope we can bicker at each other with such mastery and precision.
  4. Still Open All Hours (2013 – Present) So, any of my friendly skin flints out there will appreciate this pick (and the original, Open All Hours). I mean, seriously, an elderly grocer, played by David Jason, who keeps his valuables in a money belt and places store bought eggs on a plate, sprinkles them with straw, and labels them “free range” so he can charge more? Golden.
  5. A Fine Romance (1981 – 1984) Dame Judi Dench. I mean, really, I don’t need to say more. But, of course, I will! The social awkwardness of this couple perfectly represents how my husband and I function on a daily basis. The fact that her love interest was played by Judi’s real-life husband, Michael Williams, makes it even better.
  6. That’s My Boy (1981 – 1986) Mollie Sugden was a comedic genius, and this show perfectly displays her awesome, raw talent. Ida takes a job as a housekeeper, only to find out it’s her son that she gave up for adoption 28 years earlier. Awkward! The thing I love about Mollie’s character in this show, is that she isn’t about to take shit from anyone, and she’s not afraid to show it! That’s my girl!
  7. One Foot in the Grave (1990 – 2001) Forced into retirement, poor Victor Meldrew just wants to find ways to fill the long hours of the day and live in a world where he doesn’t find empty crisp packets and condom wrappers in his yard. I mean, really, not much to ask. But the world’s karma seems to be against him, and anything that can go wrong will. And if that doesn’t sum up my life, I don’t know what does.
  8. The Vicar of Dibley (1994 – 2015) Just a female vicar trying to remain sane in a rural English town that’s full of lovable, yet maddening, idiots. Life. Enough said.
  9. As Time Goes By (1992 – 2005) My husband and I are young versions of Lionel and Jean. That’s all I have to say. Plus, Dame Judi Dench. Again.
  10. Bless Me, Father (1978 – 1981) The dry, witty humor and cunning plots of Father Duddleswell, played by Arthur Lowe, are brilliant. I turn to this show whenever I need some Irish wisdom, and my insides sing with the same heartwarming joy of Julie Andrews realizing the hills are alive. I am among my people.

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