28 Addicting British TV Shows Everyone Needs To Watch ~ Rosa Pasquarella

1. The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off

BBC

What the deal is: A delicious baking competition focused on traditional British sweets. Do not watch on an empty stomach. 

Where you can watch it: YouTube 

Suggested by kaleidoscopemind.

2. Man Stroke Woman

Man Stroke Woman

BBC

What the deal is: A sketch comedy show with sharp writing and a stellar cast. You may recognize Nick Frost and Ben Crompton from Shaun of the Dead and Game of Thrones respectively.

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by April Hiller, Facebook.

3. QI

QI

BBC

What the deal is: QI is a quiz show jam-packed with British banter. The show teaches you that pretty much everything you’ve ever learned is wrong. Who doesn’t love that?!

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by lucycuscrew.

4. 8 Out of 10 Cats

8 Out of 10 Cats

Channel 4

What the deal is: 8 Out of 10 Cats is a quiz show where two teams of three try and guess which world events were most talked about that week.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Cecily Bohanek, Facebook.

5. Bad Education

Bad Education

BBC

What the deal is: Jack Whitehall stars as a posh teacher with an unruly class of misfits. The show, written by Whitehall, also features Matthew Horne (Gavin and Stacey). 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Adrienne Enderle, Facebook.

6. Poldark

Poldark

BBC

What the deal is: The story follows a British soldier, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner), as he returns home to England after the Revolutionary War only to discover the love of his life has married his cousin.

Where Americans can watch it: PBS

Suggested by Amanda-Rae Prescott, Facebook.

7. The Last Leg

The Last Leg

Channel 4

What the deal is: Touted as the show with “three guys with four legs,” the show originated as companion to Para Olympics coverage (two of the hosts have only one leg). It continues today as an alternate talk platform to discuss current events as well as showcasing comedy.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Chris Topher, Facebook.

8. Mock the Week

Mock the Week

BBC / Angst Production

What the deal is: A weekly round-up that does just as the title suggests. Comedians are given news stories and improvise a stand up set around it.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Mabel D’Souza, Facebook.

9. Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You

BBC

What the deal is: Celebrities and politicians from all walks of life gather on this panel show to discuss, debate, and satirize the hottest news stories and events. One of the original British panel shows, Have I Got News For You has been running for over 25 years. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Chris Topher, Facebook.

10. The League of Gentlemen

The League of Gentlemen

BBC

What the deal is: A sketch comedy show that centers around the ongoings of a small, countryside town in England. The cast of three transforms into dozens of unique, quirky characters, and covers a grittier version of the UK than most Americans are used to.

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Kayla Elizabeth Mowbray, Facebook.

11. In The Flesh

In The Flesh

Des Willie / BBC/Des Willie

What the deal is: Set in a post-zombie-apocalyptic Britain, the story follows a teenaged boy with PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome…he’s a zombie) as he attempts to reacclimatize to “normal” society. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by agataxo.

12. Gogglebox

Gogglebox

Channel 4

What the deal is: A TV show about people watching TV shows. How’s that for a mindfuck?

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Kat Marchant, Facebook.

13. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

Channel 4

What the deal is: The show is a horror-parody created by Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) and Matthew Holness. It is presented as a found tape from the 1980s, and follows a horror writer (Holness) and his publisher (Ayoade). 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Ollie Testament, Facebook.

14. Cuckoo

Cuckoo

BBC

What the deal is: Cuckoo follows an average British family whose lives are changed when their daughter returns from her gap year married to an American loser (Samberg).

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Frances Parra, Facebook.

15. Miranda

Miranda

BBC

What the deal is: Created, written by, and starring Miranda Hart, the show follows the comedy of errors that is Hart’s life. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Lindsay Pencek, Facebook.

16. Snuff Box

Snuff Box

BBC

What the deal is: Set in a gentlemen’s club for hangmen, the show features sketch comedy, gallows humor, and even time travel. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Dick Jackman, Facebook.

17. Utopia

Utopia

Channel 4

What the deal is: A group of people discovers the unpublished sequel of a book that accurately predicted massive disasters of the past century. 

Where Americans can watch it: It’s available on Blu-Ray via Amazon, but may only play on certain Blu-Ray devices. 

Suggested by Brodie Leaumont, Facebook.

18. Plebs

Plebs

ITV2

What the deal is: Set in ancient Rome, Plebs follows three lower class men as they attempt to navigate life as adults. As can be expected, hilarity ensues.

Where Americans can watch it: It’s available on DVD via Amazon, but not in US-DVD format.

Suggested by beerchen.

19. Friday Night Dinner

Friday Night Dinner

Channel 4

What the deal is: Friday Night Dinner captures the chaos of family get-togethers as the Goodmans gather weekly to celebrate Shabbat. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube 

Suggested by Dana Isaly, Facebook.

20. Black Books

Black Books

Channel 4

What the deal is: A rapidly deteriorating book store run by a trio of drunk messes tries to stay afloat as the age of the internet begins to take over. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Lauren Keller, Facebook.

21. Catastrophe

Catastrophe

Channel 4

What the deal is: American comedian, Rob Delaney takes a business trip to the UK and leaves a little piece of himself behind (a baby in Sharon Hogan).

Where Americans can watch it: Amazon Instant Video

Suggested by Tali Meirav, Facebook.

22. Outnumbered

Outnumbered

BBC / Hat Trick

What the deal is: Outnumbered features a middle-class London family with three rambunctious children and two overworked parents trying to make ends meet.

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by troyarsenian.

23. Goodness Gracious Me

Goodness Gracious Me

BBC

What the deal is: This radio-play to television adaptation features sketch comedy from British Indians dealing to the cultural differences they face daily.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Aafiya Gul, Facebook.

24. Big Train

Big Train

BBC

What the deal is: Often compared to Monty PythonBig Train produced major laughs from greats such as Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Catherine Tate (Doctor Who). 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by annieh48d6aae1e.

25. Pulling

Pulling

BBC

What the deal is: Pulling is a female-driven comedy that follows the not-so-glamorous lives of three best friends as they try to navigate through their quarter-life crisis. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by shopreine.

26. Vicious

Vicious

ITV

What the deal is: Sirs Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi play an older gay couple who have been together for upwards of 50 years. Need we say more? 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube, Netflix DVD

Suggested by Mimi Oluwafemi, Facebook.

27. Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat

Channel 4

What the deal is: Fresh Meat revolves around a mis-matched group of university students forced to live together in the same off-campus housing due to their late application. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Laura K.

28. My Mad Fat Diary

My Mad Fat Diary

E4

What the deal is: Set in the ’90s, the show follows a young woman who is trying to live a normal teenaged life as she struggles with weight, sense of self, and mental health. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by tvwatcher301.

 

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