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  1. Bazinga! MJPollard's Avatar
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    Originally Posted by tgpo
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    Wow dude, you get a lot more shows than we do. Are you being served is on every now and then, but not on a regualr basis. Absolutly Fabulous was on for less than a season. Mr Bean has had the longest run. He was on HBO, then PBS.
    Well, to be fair, I'm including past and present. Right now, my PBS station (Detroit) is showing Are You Being Served, Keeping Up Appearances, and Chef, with Red Dwarf and Mr. Bean smuggled in every now and then. Absolutely Fabulous is still shown on Comedy Central every now and then. Monty Python and Benny Hill, sadly, are nowhere to be found these days except on BBC America, which doesn't really count.
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  2. Is BBC America a cable channel you have to pay for.
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    Had to vote for Faulty Towers.

    Grew up on Monty Python and dad was a great British Comedy fan - took me to see many of the "Carry On" movies when I was a kid. I was too young for the rating but dad always figured that the language wasn't rough and what's wrong with a few boobies...

    Many on your list are (or were) available here in Canada - Faulty Towers is a classic and my favorite.
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    Originally Posted by Craig Tucker
    Is BBC America a cable channel you have to pay for.
    I think it's a satalite station or a digital cable station. One of those.
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  5. Its the Young Ones or Absolutely Fabulous for me...

    Originally Posted by tgpo
    I think it's a satalite station or a digital cable station. One of those.
    We get BBC America on DirecTV. A diamond in the rough, if you asked me. We need the Sky Sports channels also!
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    1.Only Fools and Horses Del'boy ("He who dares, wins") is king!!
    The dialogue and the characters are unbeatable!
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    2. Monty Python
    3. Fawlty Towers
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  7. That was funny when they were dressed as Batman and Robin running through the streets of Peckham.
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  8. black adder and monty python are grate.
    but i voted for black adder.
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    Craig,

    I tried to list all I've seen broadcast in U.S. (above), but by memory - by no means definitive.

    BBC America is news to me! :cO Didn't exist when I was last there. All there was to show BritSits was PBS (which shows different programs depending on what State or region you live in) and some on Comedy Central.

    You might be aware that sometimes U.S. takes original BritSits and rather than showing those eps, tries to redo the whole thing with an American cast. There was a U.S. version of Men Behaving Badly, but it didn't last long. I think the longest running was the one with John Ritter living with 2 female roommates called "Three's Company" that was copied from (I think) "Robin's Nest"?

    Probably lots more, but my memory's failing me at the mo.
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  10. Originally Posted by Gees
    You might be aware that sometimes U.S. takes original BritSits and rather than showing those eps, tries to redo the whole thing with an American cast.
    Whose Line Is It Anyway. They did a little better on this one than some prervious attempts, as mentioned before.
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  11. Originally Posted by indolikaa
    Originally Posted by Gees
    You might be aware that sometimes U.S. takes original BritSits and rather than showing those eps, tries to redo the whole thing with an American cast.
    Whose Line Is It Anyway. They did a little better on this one than some prervious attempts, as mentioned before.
    Perhaps because it is improvisation, no script to meddle with.
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  12. Why has everybody forgotten "Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy", one of the all time greats? Just answer me one question, what's 42? <g>
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    Originally Posted by tgpo
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    Is BBC America a cable channel you have to pay for.
    I think it's a satalite station or a digital cable station. One of those.
    I guess it depends on the cable system. In my area, it's on Comcast digital cable or on satellite. Other cable systems might include it in their non-digital premium packages. Confusion is the price we pay for having competing cable monopolies.
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    I voted Farty Towels, but would have voted for Bottom if it was an option...
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  16. If Benny Hill was an option i would have a harder choice, its very excellent made. I voted Black Adder, its WAY better than Mr. Bean in my opinion, my #2 would be Fawlty Towers. Monthy Python is too old for me now, but i loved it when i was younger. Another cool one was Hale and Pace.
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    Just answer me one question, what's 42?
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  18. Norman Stanley Fletcher gets my vote! I even have the pilot "Prisoner & Escort" on tape. I think that Ronnie Barker had the right idea to get out of showbiz when he was on top, rather than go the way of David Jason and flog a dead horse (litterally!!) with OFAH, now 6 years past its sell by date.
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    You have to remember in the states, we don't get the best british comedies, just the cheapest. Also, 3 in 4 americans are genetically incapable of understanding british humor, much less laughing at it (the sexual education class scene in Monty Pythons the meaning of life: you could hear critics chirping in the theater, while I laughed so hard I fell out of my seat).

    Whose line is it anyway has it's moments also. Are you being served is so old!!!! but still funny. Some other drama's are still comedies to me :P
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    Where is Benny Hill?!?

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    Does anyone actually still find Benny Hill funny ?
    Yes,we Yanks have a wierd sense of humor.
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  21. Anyone mention AbFab? They had a few funny ones and the Dr. Who spoofs were mildly funny (curse of fatal death). Can't get all too many in south FL outside of hours of Eastenders and So Graham.
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    I like Mr. Bean best.
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    This is a bit off topic, because this British show was not a comedy. But I liked it anyway. Do any of you remember Cell Block H?
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  24. Originally Posted by cplevel42
    This is a bit off topic, because this British show was not a comedy. But I liked it anyway. Do any of you remember Cell Block H?
    Prisoner:Cell block H...wasn't that the show that had scantily clad women in prison?I believe it was an Australian show.
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    Originally Posted by MOVIEGEEK
    Originally Posted by cplevel42
    This is a bit off topic, because this British show was not a comedy. But I liked it anyway. Do any of you remember Cell Block H?
    Prisoner:Cell block H...wasn't that the show that had scantily clad women in prison?I believe it was an Australian show.
    Sounds like that show OZ. I saw one episode, and it was just guys in jail and naked chicks. 8)
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    So if you're including defunct shows like Monty P, your poll should be "Best British Comedys of all time".

    Living in the US, I too haven't seen many of the shows listed. The Office is OK, but COUPLING is my current favorite, even including American comedys!

    It's so good they're actually bringing it to a major US network (NBC). Of course, in true US fashion, they're going to destroy it by re-filming it using US actors.

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    Contrary to what was posted by someone else, The Office IS shown in the US, on BBC America.

    BBC America is a cable/satellite channel, like USA Network or the Sci-Fi Channel. It's been available for a little over a year.
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  29. All British television shows are "defunct" so to speak -- for them, a *long* run is six episodes (such shows as Dr. Who notwishstanding).

    That said, the best one of all time is "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin". Available on VHS but not on DVD, sadly. And starring the late, great, Leonard Rossiter.
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