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The British have given us so much in the way of entertainment: Monty Python, Downton Abbey, almost every actor currently playing a quintessentially American superhero, The Office, Shakespeare… The list goes on and on.
In the 200-plus years since we parted ways with our English
overlords friends, it’s become pretty clear that our national senses of humor have diverged greatly. The result? Well, for every Breaking Bad or 30 Rock we send over there, the U.K. lobs back some equally brilliant fare.
We could tumble entirely through the looking glass (Alice in Wonderland: also an Englishman’s gift) to present the all-encompassing British television canon, but we know you don’t want to spend the rest of your life watching everything from Fawlty Towers to The Young Ones. That’s why we’ve pared down this list to feature the best Brit shows you can dive into binge-watching right away.