British [[SitCom situation comedy]] series, or "Britcoms", differ from other countries' sitcoms by being much, ''much'' [[CaptainObvious more British]].

Britcoms are often quite bawdy, playing against the stereotype of BritishStuffiness. The typical Britcom takes a negative worldview, with the lead characters usually lonely, miserable, doomed to failure or just plain weird.

The standard length for a UK TV "season" (called a "series" in the UK) is [[BritishBrevity 6 to 8 episodes]]. British shows tend to be written by just one or two people, often long term collaborators such as Galton and Simpson.

UK production companies will usually let a show end when it's over, rather than [[FranchiseZombie running successful franchises well into the ground]]. Thus, ''Series/FawltyTowers'' was a major hit and still ended in two series. There are exceptions such as ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'', which lasted for 37 years, [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10218448.stm ending in 2010]].

Some British sitcoms have also become popular in Ireland, [[http://obritanada.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/the-comforting-sound-of-british-sitcoms/ Canada]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_sitcom#Australia Australia]], [[http://www.comedycentral.co.nz/shows/british-block/ New Zealand]] or [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1581253/BBCs-Allo-Allo-TV-sitcom-sold-to-Germany.html mainland Europe]]. There have been several [[ForeignRemake American remakes]] of Britcoms, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_sitcom#United_States including a few successful ones:]] ''SanfordAndSon'', ''AllInTheFamily'' and ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]''. Americans can sometimes see UK sitcoms on Creator/AdultSwim, Creator/{{PBS}} stations, [[TheBBC BBC]] America or IFC.

Expect to see a lot of BlackComedy, DoubleEntendre, {{Understatement}}, CringeComedy, surrealism, {{Deadpan Snarker}}s and RefugeInAudacity.

Examples are, naturally, numerous:
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!!Examples:
[[index]]
* Series/TwoPointFourChildren
* Series/FifteenStoreysHigh
* Series/AbsolutelyFabulous
* Series/AbsolutePower
* Series/AlloAllo
* Series/AreYouBeingServed
* Series/AsTimeGoesBy
* Series/BadEducation
* Series/BirdsOfAFeather
* Series/{{Blackadder}}
* Series/BlackBooks
* Series/{{BlessMeFather}}
* Series/{{Bluestone 42}}
* Series/TheBookGroup
* Series/{{Bottom}}
* Series/{{Brass}}
* Series/{{Bread}}
* Series/TheBrittasEmpire
* Radio/CabinPressure
* Series/{{Chef}}
* Series/{{Chelmsford 123}}
* Series/CitizenSmith
* Series/{{Coupling}}
* [[Series/CmonMidffild C'Mon Midffîld]]
* Series/TheCreatives
* Series/{{Cuckoo}}
* Series/DadsArmy
* Series/DearJohn
* Series/{{Desmonds}}
* Series/DoctorInTheHouse
* Series/DropTheDeadDonkey
* Series/EverDecreasingCircles
* Series/{{Extras}}
* Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin
* Series/FatherTed (set in Ireland and created by Irish people, but produced by Channel 4)
* Series/FawltyTowers
* Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap
* Series/AFineRomance
* Series/{{Fortysomething}}
* Series/FridayNightDinner
* Series/GavinAndStacey
* Series/GeorgeAndMildred
* Series/GetSomeIn
* Series/GettingOn
* Series/TheGoodLife
* Half of Series/TheGoodies
* Series/GoodnightSweetheart
* Radio/GoodnessGraciousMe
* Series/GrandmasHouse
* Series/TheGreatOutdoors
* Series/HiDeHi
* Radio/HancocksHalfHour
* Series/HimAndHer
* Series/{{Hounded}}
* Series/HowDoYouWantMe
* Series/HowNotToLiveYourLife
* Series/ImAlanPartridge
* Radio/InAndOutOfTheKitchen
* Series/TheInbetweeners
* Series/TheITCrowd
* Series/ItAintHalfHotMum
* Series/KeepingUpAppearances
* Series/{{KYTV}}
* Series/LastOfTheSummerWine
* Series/LeadBalloon
* Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen
* Series/LetThemEatCake
* LoveThyNeighbour
* Series/ManAboutTheHouse
* Series/MayToDecember
* Series/MenBehavingBadly
* Series/MindYourLanguage
* Series/{{Miranda}}
* Series/{{Mongrels}}
* Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus
* Series/MySpyFamily
* Series/TheNewStatesman
* Series/NoHeroics
* Series/NotGoingOut
* Series/{{The Office|UK}}
* Series/OhDrBeeching
* Series/TheOldGuys
* Series/OnTheBuses
* Series/OneFootInTheGrave
* Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses
* Series/OpenAllHours
* Series/{{Outnumbered}}
* {{Radio/Party}}
* Series/PeepShow
* Series/{{Pets}}
* Series/PhoneShop
* Series/{{Plebs}}
* Series/PleaseSir
* Series/{{Porridge}}
* Series/{{Pramface}}
* Series/PrivateSchulz
* Series/RabCNesbitt
* Series/RedDwarf
* Series/{{Rev}}
* Series/RogerAndValHaveJustGotIn
* Series/TheRoyleFamily
* Series/{{Sirens}}
* Series/SoHauntMe
* Series/SomeGirls
* Series/SomeMothersDoAveEm
* Series/{{Spaced}}
* Series/SteptoeAndSon
* Series/SuburbanShootout
* Series/SurgicalSpirit
* Series/{{Sykes}}
* Series/TheThickOfIt
* Series/TheThinBlueLine
* Series/TimeGentlemenPlease
* Series/ToastOfLondon
* Series/ToTheManorBorn
* Series/TheTrip
* Series/{{Trollied}}
* Series/TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps
* Series/UpPompeii
* Series/UpTheWomen
* Series/TheVicarOfDibley
* Series/{{Vicious}}
* Series/WaitingForGod
* Series/{{Watching}}
* Series/{{Whites}}
* Series/TheWrongMans
* Series/YesMinister
* Series/YouRangMLord
* Series/{{Youngers}}
* Series/TheYoungOnes
[[/index]]

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