British situation comedy
series, or "Britcoms", differ from other countries' sitcoms by being much, much more British
Britcoms are often quite bawdy, playing against the stereotype of British Stuffiness
. 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 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 running successful franchises well into the ground
. Thus, Fawlty Towers
was a major hit and still ended in two series. There are exceptions such as Last of the Summer Wine
, which lasted for 37 years, ending in 2010
Some British sitcoms have also become popular in Ireland, Canada
, New Zealand
or mainland Europe
. There have been several American remakes
of Britcoms, including a few successful ones: Sanford and Son
, All in the Family
and The Office
. Americans can sometimes see UK sitcoms on [adult swim]
America or IFC.
Expect to see a lot of Black Comedy
, Double Entendre
, surrealism, Deadpan Snarkers
and Refuge in Audacity
Examples are, naturally, numerous: