70+ British Comedies You Can Watch for Free Online (US)

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Last Updated on December 3, 2021 by Stefanie Hutson

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Not everyone can afford to constantly subscribe to half a dozen or more streaming services just to get their British TV fix – and even if you do, there are some shows that genuinely aren't available via any paid subscription services in the US right now. 

In this list, we'll take a look at a variety of British and British-adjacent (AU, CAN, etc. ) comedies you can watch on legal, free-with-ads streaming services. We do not include any of the sites with pirated shows people have stolen and uploaded. 

In case you're not familiar with some of the streaming services, we've included links for all of them here at the top:

Since our readership is almost exclusively American, these listings are based on availability in the US.

Want to watch more British TV shows for free? Check out our list of more than 600 British TV shows you can watch for free.

70+ British Comedies You Can Watch for Free Online

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50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy

50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy – 2014 to 2016 – Irish comedian Baz Ashmawy takes his septuagenarian mother on a thrill-seeking adventure around the world. IMDb TV, Filmrise

Ambassadors – 2013 – David Mitchell and Robert Webb (both of Peep Show) star in this series about employees at the British embassy in the fictional Asian country of Tazbekistan. IMDb TV, Pluto

Asylum – 2015 – Ben Miller (Death in Paradise) stars in this comedy inspired by Julian Assange’s exile in the Ecuadorean embassy. He plays Daniel Hern, a man stuck in a London embassy with an immature hacker. Both men face extradition if they decide to leave the premises. IMDb TV

At Last the 1948 Show – This sketch series preceded Monty Python's Flying Circus, and included several cast members. Tubi

Beaver Falls – 2011 to 2012 – Three British friends decide to have one last crazy summer working in an American summer camp. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Filmrise

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Big School

Big School – 2013 to 2014 – A new French teacher arrives at Greybridge School and gives the long-time Deputy Head of Science second thoughts about resigning. Pluto

Black Books – 2000 to 2004 – Bernard Black runs a bookshop, but he's not particularly good at dealing with customers. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Crackle, Filmrise

Blandings – 2013 to 2014 – This fun period comedy follows an eccentric aristocratic family and their crumbling ancestral home. It's based on the writings of PG Wodehouse, and stars Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto

Bridget & Eamon – 2016 to 2019 – Bridget and Eamon are an Irish couple living with an unknown number of children in the Midlands in the 1980s. IMDb TV, Roku Channel

Bromwell High – 2005 – This animated comedy follows a group of naughty schoolgirls at an under-funded South London secondary school. Pluto

Budgie – 1971 to 1972 – Pop star Adam Faith (Love Hurts) starred in this series about a recently released prisoner who always manages to find trouble. The first four episodes were filmed in black and white due to the ITV Colour Strike of late 1970 to early 1971. Tubi, Vudu, IMDb TV

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The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic – 2009 – This series is based on the Discworld series of novels by Terry Pratchett, and features Sean Astin as tourist Twoflower alongside Sir David Jason as wizard Rincewind. When a fire breaks out during Twoflower's holiday, the two flee the city together, beginning an interesting magical journey. IMDb TV, Vudu, Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto, Filmrise

Carters Get Rich – 2017 – This British sitcom follows a family after their child develops an app and sells it for £10 million. James van der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) appears as the wealthy CEO who buys the app and later tries to mentor the young programmer. Tubi

Crims – 2015 – This sitcom follows two young men sent to a young offenders’ institution after one got the other involved in a bank robbery without his knowledge. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi

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Doc Martin

Doc Martin – 2004 to present – Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) stars in this comedy about a brilliant but grumpy London surgeon who suddenly develops a fear of blood. He leaves his high-flying career and takes a post in a Cornish fishing village where he spent holidays as a child with his Aunt Joan. His bad attitude and lack of social skills makes it a challenge to adapt to his new life. Tubi, Crackle, Vudu, Roku Channel, Pluto

Doctor at Large – 1971 – Bill Oddie, John Cleese, Graham Clapham, and a number of other British comedy greats were involved in the script for this short-lived series about a group of newly-qualified doctors heading to work. The first six episodes were filmed in black and white due to the ITV Colour Strike of late 1970 to early 1971. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Vudu, Tubi, Pluto

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Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook in Detectorists.

Detectorists – 2014 to 2017 – Two quirky friends scan the fields of England with metal detectors, hoping for the big find that will finally let them do the gold dance. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto, Crackle, Filmrise

Drifters – 2013 to 2016 – Meg, Bunny, and Laura share a flat in Leeds and face the ups and downs of post-university life. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto, Vudu

Father Ted – 1995 to 1998 – This classic Britcom follows a group of zany priests on the fictional Craggy Island in Ireland. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto, Crackle, Filmrise, Vudu

The Fenn Street Gang – 1971 to 1973 – This spin-off of Please Sir! follows the students after they leave school. IMDb TV

Fresh Meat – 2011 to 2016 – Six young friends go off to university. Pluto, Roku Channel

Getting On – 2009 to 2012 – This dark comedy follows the residents and staff in a geriatric ward. Pluto

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The Goes Wrong Show

The Goes Wrong Show – 2019 – This sitcom follows an amateur dramatic society as they perform a variety of short plays in which everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Tubi, Roku Channel, Vudu

Green Wing – 2004 to 2007 – This zany medical comedy features a largely incompetent staff that does very little actual medical work. Among the stars are Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner), Mark Heap (Friday Night Dinner), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), and Stephen Mangan (Hang-Ups, Episodes). IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Filmrise, Vudu

High & Dry – 2018 – This sitcom follows five people who find themselves trapped together on a remote island after a plane crash. Though four of them want to be rescued, the fifth is not entirely sane. Tubi

Him & Her – 2010 to 2013 – This sitcom follows a twenty-something working-class couple. The series portrays the couple with a brutal honesty that can make it a bit uncomfortable to watch, particularly if you don’t like swearing or adult situations. Pluto

Horrible Histories – 2009 to present – While designed for children, this amusing educational program is every bit as entertaining for adults. The sketches cover different parts of history, but always with a dramatic or funny take on the event. IMDb TV

LaidAustralia – 2011 to 2012 – When she realizes all her former lovers are dying in unusual ways, a young woman tries to save the remaining men. IMDb TV, Tubi, Filmrise, Roku Channel

Little Mosque on the PrairieCanada – 2007 to 2012 – When a group of Muslims rent a small Saskatchewan town’s Anglican Church to use as a mosque, it becomes clear that everyone will need to make some adjustments. IMDb TV, Tubi, Roku Channel

London Irish – 2013 – This occasionally off-colour comedy focuses on a group of Northern Irish ex-pats in the city of London. The series was written by Lisa McGee, best known as the writer and creator of Derry Girls. IMDb TV, Tubi, Roku Channel, Pluto

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Love and Marriage

Love & Marriage – 2013 – Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) stars in this series about a woman who’s had enough of her own family and moves in with her unconventional sister. IMDb TV

Lunch Monkeys – 2009 to 2011 – This comedy focuses on the administrative staff at a British law firm. IMDb TV, Tubi, Roku Channel, Filmrise

Man Stroke Woman – 2005 to 2007 – This British sketch comedy includes appearances by Nick Frost, Daisy Haggard, Nick Burns, and Amanda Abbington. Pluto, Tubi

Market ForcesNew Zealand – 1998 – This satirical comedy revolves around a group of government employees in New Zealand. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Filmrise

Men Behaving Badly – 1992 to 2014 – Two young male flatmates act like…a couple of young male flatmates. The two explore adult life and love, frequently acting like cads. Stars Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Neil Morrisey (Line of Duty), and Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek). IMDb TV, Tubi

Mind Your Language – 1977 to 1979 – This series follows Jerry Brown, an eager young teacher who takes a job teaching English to students from all over the world. IMDb TV

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Miranda Hart in the original British “Miranda”

Miranda – 2009 to 2013 – Miranda Hart stars as a lovably awkward woman who runs a joke shop with her best friend and seems to specialize in getting herself into pickles. IMDb TV, Roku Channel

Mr. Bean – 1992 to 1995 – Bumbling Mr. Bean rarely speaks and has some very peculiar ways of doing things, but it usually works out for him. Rowan Atkinson (Maigret) stars as the iconic British character. Pluto, Tubi, Vudu, Roku Channel

My Family – 2000 to 2011 – Set in Chiswick, this family sitcom was conceived as a British version of the classic American sitcom. It follows the fictional Harper family, and the central cast includes Robert Lindsay, Zoe Wanamaker, and Kris Marshall. Pluto

Only When I Laugh – 1979 to 1982 – A group of patients constantly attempt to one-up each other, driving hospital staff crazy. IMDb TV

Outnumbered – 2007 to 2014 – Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner star in this sitcom about a couple who are outnumbered by their three children. Roku Channel, Tubi

Packed to the RaftersAustralia – 2008 to 2013 – This family dramedy follows the Rafter family as they cope with the challenges of modern work, love, and family life. Tubi

Parents – 2012 – A businesswoman finds out her husband has lost their life savings on the day she loses her job, and they have to go live with her parents. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi

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Peep Show

Peep Show – 2003 to 2015 – Two dysfunctional and very different friends share a flat in London and attempt (rather poorly) to grow up. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto, Filmrise, Crackle

Pete vs. Life – 2010 to 2011 – Journalist Pete is a pretty normal guy, except that he’s constantly observed and analysed by a couple of sports commentators. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Filmrise, Pluto

Plebs – 2013 to present – Three young men make their way in Ancient Rome. Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner) is among the stars. Tubi, IMDb TV, Crackle

Plus One – 2008 – A man attempts to find a date to an ex's wedding. Tubi

Porters – 2017 to present – Simon Porter dreams of being an NHS doctor, but he’s just a porter for now. Jo Joyner (Shakespeare & Hathaway) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Unforgotten) are among the cast. Pluto, Roku Channel

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QI – Stephen Fry stars in this entertaining quiz show where contestants are more amply rewarded for interesting answers. Tubi has seasons H through K.

Rovers – 2016 – This working-class comedy centers around the people who spend time at the Redbridge Rovers Football Club. IMDb TV, Pluto, Filmrise, Crackle

The Royal Bodyguard – 2011 to 2012 – Follow the exploits of Captain Guy Hubble, a fictional ex-guardsman who now works as a Royal Bodyguard after saving the queen’s life on the day of the State Opening of Parliament. Sir David Jason stars. Tubi, Roku Channel

Sam’s Game – 2001 – This short-lived comedy starred TV presenter Davina McCall as Sam, a single woman living in a London flat over a High Street shop. To help pay the rent, she illegally sublets to Alex (comedian Ed Byrne), an Irishman who seems to find no end of troubles. IMDb TV

Smack the Pony – 2003 – This British sketch comedy features an all-female cast, including Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan, and Sally Phillips. Tubi

Some Girls – 2012 to 2014 – This sitcom follows a group of teenage girls who live in the same South London housing estate. Roku Channel, Tubi

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Spaced – 1999 to 2001 – To get an affordable flat in North London, two young people pretend to be a couple. Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Jessica Hynes (There She Goes) star. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Tubi, Filmrise

Spitting Image – 2020 – Based on the 1984 series of the same name, this controversial series revives the old format by creating puppet caricatures of contemporary celebrities and public figures. Crackle

Spy – 2011 to 2012 – When a man loses his self-esteem and the respect of his loved son, he has to take drastic action to get it back. He applies for a job as a civil servant, but accidentally applies to become a spy. Tubi, Roku Channel

Step DaveNew Zealand – 2014 to 2015 – A young slacker in New Zealand meets the woman of his dreams, only to realize she's 15 years older than him and comes with major baggage. IMDb TV, Filmrise, Roku Channel, Tubi

Still StandingCanada – 2015 – Comedian Jonny Harris embarks on a road trip around Canada, finding the humor in small and remote towns. IMDb TV, Pluto, Tubi

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Switch – 2012 – In this short-lived supernatural comedy, a group of young witches lives it up in the big city. IMDb TV, Vudu

Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal – 2010 – This adaptation of Pratchett's novel sees con man Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) caught by the law and given two choices: suffer a painful death, or take over a derelict post office. Also starring David Suchet (Poirot), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), and Claire Foy (The Crown). IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Filmrise

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather – 2006 – The Hogfather has gone missing on Hogswatch, and Death must take his place. IMDb TV, Vudu, Tubi, Pluto, Filmrise

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That's My Boy

That's My Boy – 1981 to 1986 – Mollie Sugden (Are You Being Served?) visits an employment agency and quickly finds herself under the employ of the son she gave up for adoption years earlier. IMDb TV

Threesome – 2011 – A straight couple and their gay friend live together happily until one sordid night changes their lives forever. Pluto

Timewasters – 2017 to 2019 – This sitcom follows a struggling South London jazz band after they find themselves transported to 1920s London. They soon find it’s a tough time to be young and black. IMDb TV

Trollied – 2011 to 2018 – Jason Watkins (McDonald & Dodds) stars as Gavin Strong, a mild-mannered supermarket manager who is utterly dedicated to his job (even though no one around him shares his dedication). Pluto, Roku Channel

Two's Company – 1975 to 1979 – This sitcom follows the relationship between an American woman and a British gentleman. IMDb TV

Vicious – 2013 to 2016 – Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi star as an aging gay couple with a hilariously snarky love/hate relationship. The two live together in a Covent Garden flat, entertaining frequent guests, hoping for Freddie’s big acting break, and checking to make sure their elderly dog is still alive. Tubi

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Martin Clunes in Warren

Warren – 2019 – In this offbeat Lancashire-based comedy, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as an impatient and unsuccessful driving instructor who has recently moved in with his partner and her teenage sons. Unfortunately, it wasn’t renewed for a second series. Roku Channel, IMDb TV, Tubi

WestsideNew Zealand – 2015 to 2017 – This prequel to Outrageous Fortune is set between 1974 and 1979, and it recounts stories of crime and passion in Auckland. IMDb TV, Roku Channel

Whites – 2010 – Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) stars as a chef in a posh country hotel. Tubi, IMDb TV

White Van Man – 2011 – Will Mellor (No Offence) and Georgia Moffett (The Bill) are among the stars of this sitcom about a terribly incompetent handyman and his assistant. IMDb TV, Roku Channel, Pluto, Tubi

Whose Line Is It Anyway? – 1988 to 1999 – While the US has since made its own version, this is the original Whose Line, the show where four performers create characters, songs, and scenes on the spot based on prompts they receive from the host or audience. Roku Channel, Tubi

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You, Me, & Them

You, Me, & Them – 2013 to 2015 – Anthony Head and Eve Myles star in this sitcom about an age gap romance. Tubi, Roku Channel

The Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star – 1998 – A young Gerard Butler (P.S. I Love You) stars in this series about a young Glasgow band trying to get their big break. Tubi


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