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?
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.