Special Report

50 Best Live Action Sitcoms of All Time

Source: Courtesy of BBC One

20. Ghosts
> Series run: 2019-Present
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 8,370
> Cast: Lolly Adefope, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas

Films such as “Beetlejuice” and “The Rocky Horror Show” helped inspire the tone and narrative of this clever British sitcom. When not haunting the newest owners of an abandoned country home, a group of ghosts squabble amongst themselves. It was recently adapted into an American series of the same name.

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19. Derry Girls
> Series run: 2018-Present
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 25,650
> Cast: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

A 16-year-old girl and her best friends come of age against the tumultuous backdrop of early 1990s Ireland. New Statesman critic Anna Leszkiewicz praises the show’s ability to move “between pitch-perfect depictions of teenage female experience, brazen sexual humour, knowing political references and shrewd observations.”

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18. The Office
> Series run: 2001-2003
> IMDb user rating: 8.5/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 104,344
> Cast: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Before the wildly popular NBC sitcom, there came this British mockumentary of the same name. Co-created by and starring Ricky Gervais, it chronicles the daily lives of employees at a fledgling paper company. This is cringeworthy comedy at its best.

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17. Trailer Park Boys
> Series run: 2001-2018
> IMDb user rating: 8.5/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 39,633
> Cast: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth

Welcome to Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where three petty criminals hop from one hairbrained scheme to the next. Their ongoing exploits are the subject of not just this TV mockumentary, but Christmas specials, feature films, and an animated spin-off as well.

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16. Peep Show
> Series run: 2003-2015
> IMDb user rating: 8.6/10
> No. of IMDb votes: 56,181
> Cast: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Olivia Colman

Twenty-somethings Mark and Jez put the “odd” in odd couple in this acclaimed British sitcom. It makes clever use of POV shots and internal voice-overs while dispensing with classic dry humor. While never a ratings smash, it earned a loyal cult following over time.

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