'Mrs Brown's Boys' Named 'Best Sitcom Of 21st Century', And People Are Not Impressed

The poll has sparked plenty of conversation.

23/08/2016 11:16

‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ has been named the best sitcom this century so far, in a Radio Times poll.

The BBC comedy came out top in a poll of 14,000 who picked from a shortlist of 20 other sitcoms to come out this year.

'Mrs Brown's Boys' is definitely not everyone's cup of tea

Brendan O’Carroll - who created the show and plays the titular ‘Mrs Brown’ - says: It vindicates the fans’ belief in the show. They have kept us on the air – it certainly wasn’t the reviewers.

“There is an audience out there that comedy forgot – that ‘Are You Being Served?’ audience has been left behind. Us winning this award proves that.”

Indeed, as Brendan notes, the show has received huge viewing figures over its years on the air, although reviews haven’t always been so glowing.

And despite the fact it won the Best Sitcom Of The Century title from a poll voted in by members of the public, it seems people on Twitter are less convinced of how deserving it is:

Others, meanwhile, have defended its victory, insisting that the show is deserving of the title.

‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ first began as a radio play, before making the jump to live theatre and eventually a TV sitcom in 2011.

Since then, it’s been one of the BBC’s highest-rated shows, and spawned a film, ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ in 2014, though plans for a sequel were reportedly shelved recently.

Other sitcoms to make the top five included ‘The Office’, ‘Peter Kay’s Car Share’, ‘Gavin And Stacey’ and ‘Peep Show’.

Check out the full top 20 below:

  1. ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’
  2. ‘The Office’
  3. ‘Peter Kay’s Car Share’
  4. ‘Count Arthur Strong’
  5. ‘The IT Crowd’
  6. ‘The Thick of It’
  7. ‘Gavin & Stacey’
  8. ‘Miranda’
  9. ‘Raised by Wolves’
  10. ‘Outnumbered’
  11. ‘Peep Show’
  12. ‘Black Books’
  13. ‘Green Wing’
  14. ‘The Inbetweeners’
  15. ‘Bad Education’
  16. ‘Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights’
  17. ‘Yonderland’
  18. ‘Twenty Twelve/W1A’
  19. ‘Benidorm’
  20. ‘Detectorists’
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