Top 10: Comedy Series

Yes, it’s another Top 10.

Because Top 10s are entertaining for readers…and because I’ve done little this week aside from sleep and watch my favourite TV programmes. I’m feeling a lot better though, and credit should be given to my husband for letting me sleep; Lauren for making a lovely dinner and performing babysitting duties; and the below TV series.

Most of these clips have “strong language” – because it is clever and, more importantly, funny.

1. Peep Show

The Point Of View shots allow you to be fully immersed in some of the most cringe-worthy moments on TV.

 

2. Nathan Barley

Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker’s observations on scenesters. Genius.

 

3. Alan Partridge.

One of the finest characters created in comedy, thanks to Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. The dialogue is brilliant throughout, though this one also includes Chris Morris, and is therefore compulsory viewing.

 

4. Modern Family

One family, three households, great comedy.

 

5. Extras

For the Ricky Gervais-Stephen Merchant partnership, the brilliant Ashley Jensen, and the lengths that some well-known actors are prepared to go to for comedy. I salute you.

 

6. Gavin and Stacey

The couple in the title are the least funny and interesting characters of the programme. Fortunately, the characters around them more than make up for this and James Corden and Ruth Jones are brilliant dialogue writers.

 

7. Royle Family

More of the family theme and this time its northerners, yes! Every character in some way reminds me of someone in my family. Liz Smith is fantastic as Nanna.

 

8. The Inbetweeners

Takes me right back to school days and last week.

 

9. Nighty Night

For dark comedy lovers. Written by Julia Davis, the first series about a narcissistic sociopath is evil genius.

 

10. The Office

Obviously. And strangely, I have no preference between the UK or US version. This clip is from the UK training day.

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