The UK has produced so many quality TV dramas, incredible documentaries, and classic comedies over the years that any “best of” list can barely scrape the surface. But if you’ve stumbled across a few British shows on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, or any other streaming platform recently, and are looking for some new things to add to your list, allow me to help. As POPSUGAR’s resident British “telly” addict, I’ve binged my way through my fair share of BBC drama, ITV comedy, and cult Channel 4 shows. This list combines some of the best modern shows and fellow editor recs, with a few of my personal favorite retro classics, to bring you 55 must-see shows from the UK archives. Whether you’re looking for light entertainment, a dark drama, or an irreverent comedy, there will no doubt be something on this list to suit you!
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes, Amanda Prahl, and Gemma Cartwright