British comedies are my favorites. They have been since before the States. Readers of the Eccentric's blog, I recommend you start watching them now! Unfamiliar, let me give you a few of my faves to start you off:
- Blackadder; 4 series, English for seasons, about an aristocrat who finds himself in historical situations that involve getting over on his betters. It stars Rowan Atkinson, famous for his portrayal of Mr. Bean also guesting on 2 series is Hugh Laurie, famous in America for House, MD.
- Are You Being Served; 4 series, I think. It is about a few store clerks that mix business with their personal lives. Their boss is a Hugh Hefner type with a dicky heart.
- Jeeves and Wooster: 4 series about an aristocrat and his extremely crafty valet, Jeeves. Excellent 1920s wardrobe and props, filmed in several estates. Based on a P.G. Wodehouse book and stars Hugh Laurie, Dr. House again, and Stephen Fry.
- Yes, Minister/Yes, Prime Minister: 5 series, 3 Yes, Minister & 2 Yes, Prime Minister. It star Paul Eddinton as a Minister with some very entertaining staff members. His 2 secretaries, the supporting cast, play off of him to great results. It is a political comedy and still rings satirically true today as it did in the '80s. Watchers of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert Shows will love it.
So, rent these, borrow them, or purchase them. To sample, search on you tube; Black Adder is really easy to find given its immense popularity.