Last Call: What are your favorite British comedies?

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

I always hear parents complaining about how their sweet babies are growing up too fast, and I don’t really understand this because babies are annoying and not the least bit interesting. My sons are 11 and 12, and while they smell terrible and are not really cute anymore, they’re exponentially more awesome than they were when they were babies.


Case in point: they are finally old enough to share my love of British comedy, and genuinely find them funny. I started them off with Father Ted about a year ago, and am slowly getting them into Monty Python’s Flying Circus—it’s easy to love Spam and Gumbys, but they’re still not old enough to understand 19th century German philosophy or the art of summarizing Proust.

Currently we’ve been watching The Mighty Boosh, and Horrible Histories is almost always playing on our TV for background noise. I think this Friday we’ll be watching The Pink Panther for our weekly family movie night. What else should I be putting on their required viewing list?

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Lord of the Ducks

Derry Girls - It is on Netflix, it is great (you may need the subtitles on)

Some Girls - Derry Girls meets Skins

Peepshow - So odd, so good.

Miranda - Watch it. Love it. Miranda Hart is bloody brilliant. If you like Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s stuff (Fleabag, Crashing) you’ll probably like this.

My Hero - Stupid Superhero show that reminds me of Mork and Mindy

A Bit of Fry & Laurie - A Classic. Watch it.

Little Brittan - Odd and wonderfully accurate

Bad Education - This is one to watch is you like Jack Whitehall or A.P. Bio

Flea Bag - Watch it. Love it. Phoebe Waller-Bridge got all the awards for a reason.

Not a comedy per se, but watch The Graham Norton Show.

Classics you probably know of/others probably mentioned:

The IT Crowd - Noel is in this. Full Goth Noel is in this. All the tech memes come from this show

Coupling - So funny. Watch it.

The Office - the OG

Ab Fab - If you don’t know of Ab Fab, you don’t deserve Ab Fab

Da Ali G Show - Borat and rest before they got big

Keeping up Appearances - Classic

Faulty Towers - Classic

Blackadder - Classic

Spaced - Classic

Red Dwarf - Classic

Mr Bean - Classic