From Newcastle Brown Ale to Pink Floyd, Americans love the cultural gifts of the British—but perhaps none so much as British television shows. These series have a long and proven history of offering up some of the most iconic dramas, documentaries, mysteries, and sitcoms. From mind-altering science fiction to political sitcoms to sketch comedies, British TV keeps the bar high for what's considered great TV.
To celebrate the rich, complex, and often humorous offerings from across the pond, Stacker looked at the best TV shows of all time released by British production companies and ranked them by IMDb user rating, ties broken by votes. To qualify, the show had to have 5,000 votes.
These series often go from being a small, centralized favorite to an enduring worldwide favorite like “Doctor Who.” Or, they instantly win people over all around the world, dominating the telly and streaming services akin to “Ted Lasso.” Either way, the influence, charm, and signature wit of British television shows is worth exploring and honoring. Here are the best British TV shows from the past and present.
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