When it comes to comedies, it’s tough to beat the British. They’ve produced some of the best classic TV comedies. Kids who grew up in the 1980s and ’90s will remember rolling on the floor with laughter while watching shows such as ‘Allo ‘Allo!, Fawlty Towers, Black Adder and Jeeves and Wooster. If you’re hankering for British humour, check out this list of modern and classic TV shows that are current streaming.

‘Sex Education’

This engaging series follows young Otis Milburn, a socially awkward teenager with an often overbearing mother who is also a sex therapist. A series of events lead to Otis becoming a sex therapist himself for his high-school classmates. Read our review of season two here.
Creator: Laurie Nunn
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa
Seasons: 2
Streaming on: Netflix

‘The Inbetweeners’

The Inbetweeners (pictured above) follows Will, Simon, Jay and Neil as they go from being teenagers to adults, one hilarious incident at a time. The series showcases everything from the manner in which they deal with divorce in the family and making new friends to bullying and underage drinking.
Creators: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
Cast: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison
Seasons: 3
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Citizen Khan’

Drawing inspiration from the sitcoms of the 1970s, this show offers a witty take on what it’s like to be a Muslim in modern Britain. The show focuses on the lives of a British Muslim family living in Sparkhill, Birmingham. The narrative focuses on Mr Khan, a self-appointed Muslim community leader, his wife Razia Khan (who really wears the pants in the house) and their rebellious daughters Shazia and Alia.
Creator: Adil Ray
Cast: Adil Ray, Shobu Kapoor, Bhavna Limbachia, Maya Sondhi
Seasons: 5
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

‘Coupling’

Dating. Relationships. Sexual attractiveness. Coupling is a show that explores all of that and more, through the lives of six best friends in an endless search for true love. It’s also about couples and the baggage that each one inadvertently carries along with them. Even though it released in 2000, it remains a memorable British television show.
Creator: Steven Moffat
Cast: Jack Davenport, Sarah Alexander, Gina Bellman
Seasons: 4
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

‘The IT crowd’

Two tech nerds quietly work far, far below the stylish offices of Reynholm Industries. To their assistance (or so they think) comes a new HOD who knows little to nothing about computers. This hilarious series cleverly calls out the fact that an office’s IT department gets very little respect.
Creator: Graham Linehan
Cast: Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson
Seasons: 5
Streaming on: Netflix

‘After Life’

Former ‘nice guy’ Tony turns into a gruff and tough guy in the wake of his wife’s death. He takes it upon himself to punish the world for her death by doing and saying exactly what he pleases. Ricky Gervais plays the darkly funny misanthrope.
Creator: Ricky Gervais
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Tony Way
Seasons: 2
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Yes Minister’

This classic British sitcom that was aired in 1980 is all about the trials and tribulations of James Hacker, a British cabinet minister in the Department of Administrative Affairs at Whitehall. Hacker wishes to bring about reforms, but his plans are nearly always thwarted by Sir Humphrey Appleby, the crafty Permanent Secretary of the Department. The show was followed in 1986 by the sequel Yes, Prime Minister, in which Hacker is promoted to the PM’s post.
Creators: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
Cast: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott
Seasons: 3
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

‘Fleabag’

Adapted from creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning play, the show follows ‘Fleabag’, a bitter, grief-stricken woman living in London. Fleabag is smart alecky, selfish, often nasty and she tries hard to keep a guilty secret from unravelling her life.
Creator: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman, Bill Paterson, Andrew Scott
Seasons: 2
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video