Father Ted Named Second Best Sitcom of All Time

A collective hurrah can be faintly heard across Ireland as Father Ted, a classic Irish-based TV sitcom is named second best of all time.

The news comes to the great delight of Ted fans who somehow, two decades later, can quite literally quote each line verbatim.

The sitcom list, which includes TV classics such as I’m Alan Partridge, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder and Only Fools and Horses ranks the TV shows from 20 to number one.

Father Ted

Father Ted is a British-Irish TV sitcom which follows the life, mishaps and adventures of three priests and their housekeeper in their home on (the fictional) Craggy Island, off the coast of Ireland.

The eponymous Father Ted (played by legendary Irish comedian Dermot Morgan) drives the narrative, while his comrades Father Dougal McGuire (played by Ardal O’Hanlon), Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) and housekeeper Mrs Doyle (played by Pauline McLynn) offer endless skits, sketches and laughs.

While the show only ran for three series during the mid to late 1990s, Father Ted has left a lasting imprint on the Irish and international comedy circuit with die-hard fans still as common as ever.

The Panel

The Radio Times conducted the survey, and ranks were listed by a panel of 42 top comedy experts who know a thing or two about their craft.

The list included 20 British comedies with Father Ted as the second best sit-com of all time.

We all know really, however, Father Ted is Irish through and through. Not only is it supposed to be set in Ireland but it also was written by Irish writers and starred Irish actors.

But what this means is that the humble, old-school Irish TV series, Father Ted, was ranked ahead of big comedy names such as Peep Show, The Office and Absolutely Fabulous.

Panel experts included writers Mathews, Linehan and Richard Curtis, as well as Barry Cryer and Alison Graham.

Graham went on to say, “When we find a comedy that does make us laugh, that brings a quick hit of joy into our lives, and we treasure it forever.”

“In our memories, great comedies are pearls that become more burnished and beautiful through the years. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.”

The Ranks

20. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

19. Detectorists

18. The Good Life

17. Gavin & Stacey

16. The Young Ones

15. The Fall and the Rise of Reginald Perrin

14. The Vicar of Dibley

13. Peep Show

12. The Office

11. The Thick of It

10. Dinnerladies

9. Absolutely Fabulous

8. The Royal Family

7. Porridge

6. Only Fools and Horses

5. Dad’s Army

4. Blackadder

3. I’m Alan Partridge

2. Father Ted

1. Fawlty Towers