A survey has revealed that Only Fools And Horses is Britain’s favourite sitcom.
For those who are unfamiliar with the immensely popular television series – although I am not sure how any Brit could have avoided it – the show ran from 1981 to 2003 and followed rogue traders Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert.
Audiences loved to see the adventures Trotter’s Independent Traders, so it is no wonder that it topped the poll with more than a third of the vote.
Conducted by Samsung, the survey asked 2,000 Brits what their favourite sitcom was to celebrate World Television Day.
Spokesman Steve Mitchell said:
World Television Day is a great time to look back on some of the great shows we have watched in 2017 but also reflect on some of our favourite series of all time.
It’s great to see old classics, such as Only Fools & Horses, still entertaining the nation years after they were made.
The popular show beat the John Cleese classic Fawlty Towers which came in at second place and Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder which took third.
The 1970s fan favourite Dad’s Army took fourth place, a comedy which followed Captain Mainwaring’s mismatched group of World War II Home Guard volunteers.
Channel 4 hit Father Ted, a comedy which followed hapless priests Ted, Dougal and Jack around Craggy Island, took fifth place despite having some of the best jokes ever written.
In my opinion this sitcom should have taken the top spot purely for the scene which sees a group of priests trapped in ‘Ireland’s largest lingerie section’.
If you are not laughing yourself to tears as you watch the terrified priests try and navigate their way through the mountains of bras and knickers, well you clearly have no sense of humour.
It isn’t just old classics that came top in the survey though as Britain has plenty of love for more modern sitcoms too.
Noughties hit The Inbetweeners, a comedy which followed a group of awkward teenagers in their pursuit of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, took sixth place while the BBC’s Gavin and Stacey came eighth.
The sitcom created by James Corden and Ruth Jones saw millions of Brits fall in love with the young Stacey from Barry Island and the charming Essex boy Gavin as they found each other.
Mrs Brown’s Boys, which features Ireland’s Brendan O’Connell in his drag persona Agnes Brown came ninth, and Dawn French’s The Vicar of Dibley completed the top ten.
The top 20 is filled with a mixture of modern hits and old classics from recently revived sci-fi spoof Red Dwarf to Channel 4‘s cringe-worthy Peep Show, starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
You can check out Britain’s top 20 sitcoms here:
- Only Fools and Horses
- Fawlty Towers
- Dad’s Army
- Father Ted
- The Inbetweeners
- Gavin and Stacey
- Mrs Brown’s Boys
- Vicar of Dibley
- Red Dwarf
- The Royle Family
- One Foot in the Grave
- Absolutely Fabulous
- The Office
- The Young Ones
- Steptoe and Son
- Peep Show
- Yes Minister
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.