Can we get a round of applause for the British Broadcasting Corporation? The Brits are using their publicly funded network to produce one droll, absurdist comedy series after another and exporting them to the U.S. There’s been a good run of these in the past 10 years, and many of them are freely available online.
The exception is The Mighty Boosh, of which the first three seasons were just released on DVD and iTunes, and are airing on Sunday nights on Adult Swim. To celebrate the release, I’ve run the best episodes of my favorite British comedies through The Amazing Droll-O-Meter (patent pending) to produce the Matrix of U.S. Watchability.
Simply find the quadrant that best fits your Composite Humour Watchability Quotient Profile and you’ll find the perfect show to suit your tastes!
Like NBC’s The Office but much funnier. And, uh, first.
Available on DVD and Netflix Watch Now
Like Scrubs but dirtier and English-er. And no Zach Braff!
Available on Hulu (exclusively, I think)
From the “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” guys, before they were big stars.
Available on Hulu and DVD
The IT Crowd
Your company’s IT department, but with British accents so they’re way funnier.
Available on DVD, iTunes, and Netflix Watch Now
The Mighty Boosh
Madcap adventures of two English zookeepers. Probably even more entertaining if you’re high
Available on DVD, iTunes, and on Adult Swim
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
90 percent unwatchable, 10 percent Funniest Thing You’ve Ever Seen.
Available on DVD, Netflix Watch Now, and iTunes.
I’m sure I’m leaving some out; fill them in yourselves!