Several years ago, the BBC embarked on the daunting task of determining Britain’s Best Sitcom through a poll where people could argue their case and then identify and vote for their favorite British situation comedy of all-time. To no one’s surprise, Only Fools and Horses emerged at the overall winner with almost 350,000 votes. You can find the list of the final “Top-10” here.
Personally, I think this would be an impossible task from a voting standpoint. How can you rank Blackadder over Fawlty Towers as both are as close to perfection as you can get. How can Black Books be 58th and As Time Goes By end up 29th? Again, an impossible task. Unfortunately, I would vote for 26, #1 entries and label them 1A, 1B, 1C and so on through to 1Z. Then you can go with #27 on through #100.
If you’re playing along at home, two things jumped out as interesting to note. One, KERA/Dallas has run 48 of the top-100 series as voted on by the UK British comedy fan base and two, Monty Python’s Flying Circus did not make the top-100 list. Can’t tell you that this was solely due to that these are “sitcoms” and not sketch shows, but I’m guessing that’s why.
Given the attached link of top-100, what series do you think would be #1 and why?