Comedy series make for the easiest TV to watch. They’re not too deep, you don’t have to follow them and you can dive in half way through an episode and pick up the general gist.
After a long day at work, they offer the perfect way to unwind as you make your tea and start to settle into the evening. But, what is the greatest comedy series of all time?
We can’t definitively pick the greatest, but we have picked our top five to get you started:
How many times have you seen the ‘Pivot’ scene, Joey with the turkey on his head or Rachael, Monica and Phoebe watching TV in their wedding dresses? Probably more times than you can count! And, you will watch them again, and again… and again. For that reason, Friends simply could not be left off this list.
Only Fools and Horses
‘This time next year, we’ll be millionaires.’ Only Fools and Horses is a British comedy classic and a staple of family TV at Christmas. With one liners galore, vaguely relatable story lines and a cast you can warm to, the show continues to gain fans of all ages, and is often cited by writers, actors and comedians as a major influence on modern work.
Written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in the early noughties, The Office only aired for two series but left a lasting impression. The show, which was eventually made into an American adaptation, saw Gervais play David Brent, a boss who believed himself to be empathetic and politically correct – he was the exact opposite, and found himself reviled by his staff and co-workers.
Matt Groening changed the view of cartoons when The Simpsons first aired in the late 80s, proving that they’re not just for kids. The Simpson’s ability to mix everyday family issues with wild over the top, fanciful ideas has made it a favourite with people of all ages for almost thirty years, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
The alternative comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, is set in different historical periods that feature the ill-fated exploits of the mean-spirited Edmund Blackadder and his dim sidekick Baldrick. The show ran for six years between 1983 and 1989, before returning for a number of one off specials due to popular demand. 30 years on, Blackadder continues to inspire.
These five comedy series will all offer hours of entertainment, and their easy to watch appeal makes them perfect for lazy days on the sofa!