Fawlty Towers! Extras! The Office! Ab Fab! Father Ted! Inbetweeners! Peep Show! Monty Python! Mighty Boosh! Gavin & Stacey! Sound familiar? Most likely. These are the British comedies everyone who loves a little bit of British comedy has watched and wants you to watch. But there are some unknown (or really not that unknown, but less praised) gems out there waiting for you to discover them, and I am here to get you on the right track. Here are the five British comedies I believe everyone should watch:
Before ‘Community’ became the current epitome of pop-culture referencing, ‘Spaced’ had done many of the things ‘Community’ did, 10 years before.
‘Spaced’ tells the story of Tim and Daisy, two people who meet at the lowest moment of their lives (one homeless, another broken up with) and decide to pretend to be a couple in order to get a flat together. Of course, as we get to know them, we get to know their new neighbors and best friends.
Pretty standard, right? Well, you could say so, except this show is bizarre. It pays homages in every shot, in every line of dialogue, in every set. If you buy this edition of the DVD you’ll be able to turn on a reference guide that goes so fast you won’t have time to catch them all.
As I mentioned above, everything current comedies are doing these days, ‘Spaced’ did way before. Robot fights? ‘Spaced’ had them. Finger gun battles? ‘Spaced’ had them. Paintball? Yup, ‘Spaced’ did it first.
Directed by Edgar Wright and written by Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes (now Stevenson) way before Shaun of the Dead and The Cornetto Trilogy, this is probably Edgar’s most brilliantly directed project and a masterpiece in its own right. Continue reading 5 British Sitcoms Everyone Should Watch