Comedy that still works
Some comedy ages really badly as the Allo, Allo thread proves.
What do you think has aged well?
Can I suggest:
Porridge – ok a bit of the language is not very 2021, but the underlying humour is good.
Yes, Minister – the ties are terrible, the jokes excellent.
But what else?Posted 11 months ago
Frasier, is still very good.Posted 11 months ago
Porridge, Black Adder and Father Ted are comedies that I can still watch, along with the earlier Only Fools and Horses.
When i watch it now i realised just how daft The Fast Show was, but i think because it was popular when i was 20/21 it still makes me laugh.Posted 11 months ago
Still enjoy a spot of Red Dwarf!Posted 11 months ago
Fawlty towers,steptoe & son also Hancocks Half hour have aged very well. Vic and bob is timeless for me and still game is an all time favourite that I think I will happily watch in years to come.Posted 11 months ago
8 Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown still works for me…Posted 11 months ago
Not TV but I saw Simon Munnery reprise his Alan Parker character at a recent comedy festival. First saw him do this character around 1990 at university. It was superb, highlight of the weekend. Still relevant political humour.Posted 11 months ago
I must have had a sense of humour bypass – the only ones mentioned I found funny even at the time are Porridge and Still game – Blackadder, only fools, Fawlty towers especially purile and unfunny even then
Porridge is utterly brilliant ” a quiet night in” – how can you have half an hour of humour that is just to blokes locked in a cell overnight?Posted 11 months ago
Phoenix Nights is 20 years old now…
Bottom?Posted 11 months agoPosted 11 months ago
I’ve vanished down a bit of a ‘Taxi’ hole on YouTube since that other thread. Amazing how well it’s aged.Posted 11 months ago
Dad’s ArmyPosted 11 months ago
Reginald Perrin.Posted 11 months ago
Porridge and Yes Minister/Prime are classics. Probably my favourites. Black adder is good.Posted 11 months ago
Porridge still creases me up. Fawlty Towers used to but now It’s cringeworthy, Only Fools & Horses is still hilarious as is Dad’s Army.Posted 11 months ago
Now where’s Morecombe & Wise when you need them? & Tommy Cooper cracked me up before he even spoke!
Porridge has always amazed me at how well it lasts, I think it’s the understated performances.Posted 11 months ago
Cheers makes for some pretty good comfort viewing!
Father Ted, Flight of the Concords, The Mighty Boosh, Dark Place and Black Books for me. All depends on what you find funny though I guess. Only Fools and Porridge do nothing for mePosted 11 months ago
The Good LifePosted 11 months ago
Everyone who’s ever worked in an office can identify with Reggie
The Thick of It looks less like like satire and more like an instruction manual nowadays. I find myself viewing everything that happens through the prism of it. Its difficult not to when you’re watching shit like this..
— David (@Zero_4) August 27, 2021
I’m sorry I haven’t a clue (ok that’s cheating a bit)Posted 11 months ago
No mention yet for Vicar Of Dibley?
Great characters, brilliant script.
OK, so probably not pushing the boundaries of the sit-com genre, but always watchable.Posted 11 months ago
Still gamePosted 11 months ago
From things my kids laugh at – Porridge, Blackadder, Yes (Prime) Minister, Vicar of Dibley, Dave Allen, even Allo Allo, ironically enough.
I have to confess to still laughing at Friends more than is appropriate, especially the first 4 series
Edit – forgotten Father Ted!Posted 11 months ago
Spaced – watched it many many many times and still laugh at the bits I remember and still pick out new lines etcPosted 11 months ago
Partridge. Not sure about him being back on the telly but Mid Morning Matters was gold.Posted 11 months ago
Hilarious! I forgot about that one! We binge watched the lot in one go I think.Posted 11 months ago
OFaHorses for the win. Cracking my mono-syllabic 15yr old up at the moment. Also Slackbladder, Father Ted, Red Dwarf, Friends (I know), Spaced is a good call. Faulty Towers always. Yes Minister/Prime Minister for sure. Porridge. The Brittas Empire (not really). Aware that I’m repeating, all of the above really.
Recently watched Stir Crazy which I looooved back in the day. Not only was it painfully unfunny, it annoyed me (specifically Gene Wilder and Richard Prior running around screaming) so much I had to turn it offPosted 11 months ago
Peep show is as wrong as ever. I watched the lot again through lockdown, and it’s the work of unbridled genius
Posted 11 months ago
15 story’s high
PullingPosted 11 months ago
Spaced, Black Books, still find the Fast Show funny after all those years, went back to Green Wing the other day when I was bored. Nuts and far too many ad breaks on More4 but still amusing.Posted 11 months ago
Gasman, one of the best Bottom episodes. I love where they go on about putting him on a bus.Posted 11 months ago
re-hashed repeats aside, Currently I think HIGNFY and QI are the only properly funny things on TV.. Ranganation is also very funny on occasion.Posted 11 months ago
Black books is a good shout. I always found Only Fools and Horses tediously unfunny, and I don’t think I ever got through a whole episode without either falling asleep or going to do something else. Not that I’ve tried to watch that many episodes. Mighty Boosh was good, and Friday Night Dinner. I did laugh at Fawlty Towers but find it too cringe-inducing now. Maybe I missed it but I haven’t seen anyone mention Red Dwarf?Posted 11 months ago
The Royle Family always ends up on in our house.Posted 11 months ago
Early Doors is always a winner too.Posted 11 months ago
No love for Green Wing?Posted 11 months ago
I only discovered ‘Still Game’ during the first lockdown. Absolutely brilliant comedy.Posted 11 months ago
Mrs Browns Boys?
Oh sorry, I though the thread was titled ‘comedy that never worked’Posted 11 months ago
Black Books and Father Ted are great shouts.Posted 11 months ago
I enjoyed some of the episodes of Coupling, some very clever writing at times.
The League of Gentlemen, Royston Vasey.Posted 11 months ago
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