The Best Dark Comedy TV Shows on BritBox
Finding a good Dark Comedy TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Dark Comedy TV shows of all time streaming on BritBox.
1. Inside No. 9
What it's about: An anthology of darkly comic twisted tales, each one taking place behind a door marked 'number 9'.
Where to Watch: 23 episodes (96%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, BritBox & Shudder). 8 episodes (33%) are available to rent or buy from $0.50 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).
What it's about: Blackadder is the name that encompassed four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along with several one-off instalments. All television episodes starred Rowan Atkinson as anti-hero Edmund Blackadder and Tony Robinson as Blackadder's dogsbody, Baldrick. Each series was set in a different historical period with the two protagonists accompanied by different characters, though several reappear in one series or another, for example Melchett and Lord Flashheart.The first series titled The Black Adder was written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, while subsequent episodes were written by Curtis and Ben Elton. The shows were produced by John Lloyd. In 2000 the fourth series, Blackadder Goes Forth, ranked at 16 in the "100 Greatest British Television Programmes", a list created by the British Film Institute. Also in the 2004 TV poll to find "Britain's Best Sitcom", Blackadder was voted the second-best British sitcom of all time, topped by Only Fools and Horses. It was also ranked as the 20th-best TV show of all time by Empire magazine.
Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 24 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).
3. The League of Gentlemen
What it's about: The League of Gentlemen is a British comedy television series that premiered on BBC Two in 1999. The show is set in Royston Vasey, a fictional town in Northern England based on Bacup, Lancashire. It follows the lives of dozens of bizarre townspeople, most of whom are played by three of the show's four writers—Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith—who, along with Jeremy Dyson, formed the League of Gentlemen comedy troupe in 1995. The series originally aired for three series from 1999 until 2002 followed by a film in 2005. A three-part revival mini-series was broadcast in December 2017 to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary.
Where to Watch: 21 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 18 episodes (86%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).
4. One Foot in the Grave
What it's about: One Foot in the Grave is a BBC television sitcom series The series features the exploits of Victor Meldrew and his long-suffering wife, Margaret. The programmes invariably deal with Meldrew's battle against the problems he creates for himself. Living in a typical household in an unnamed English suburb, Victor takes involuntary early retirement. His various efforts to keep himself busy, while encountering various misfortunes and misunderstandings are the themes of the sitcom. The series was largely filmed on location in Walkford, near New Milton in Hampshire, although several clues show that the series may have been set in Hampshire – possibly Winchester. Despite its traditional production, the series supplants its domestic sitcom setting with elements of black humour and surrealism.
Where to Watch: 20 episodes (56%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).
What it's about: Psychoville is a British dark comedy television . Pemberton and Shearsmith each play numerous characters, with Dawn French and Jason Tompkins in additional starring roles.
Where to Watch: 13 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).