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Mrs Brown's Boys (S1 Generic: Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown)

Mrs Brown’s Boys named ‘Best Sitcom of the 21st Century’

Mrs Brown’s Boys has been named the best sitcom of the 21st century.

In a poll compiled by Radio Times critics and members of the British Film Institute, 14,000 people had their say and ranked the BBC One comedy ahead of the likes of Gavin and Stacey and The Office.

Brendan O’Carroll, star and creator of Mrs Brown’s Boys, expressed his thoughts on claiming the title. “Lost for words… and that doesn’t happen to me very often,” he said.

“Myself and Jenny [Jennifer Gibney, his wife and co-star] are dancing around the living room. I can die happy now… but I’ll take my time.”

O’Carroll also emphasised that their success “vindicates the fans’ belief in the show.” He added that “they have kept us on the air – it certainly wasn’t the reviewers.”

Mrs Brown’s Boys first aired in 2011. It has since spanned three series’ and numerous specials including a live episode recently. It was also adapted into a film in 2014 and a live show has been toured across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

The Office, the creation of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, came in second on the poll. Peter Kay’s Car Share ranked third, and is one of the most recent comedies that appear in the top 20. Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights also made an appearance in the list, at number 16.

The top 20 comedies:

  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

What do you make of the result? Is your favourite comedy on the list? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @CelebMix.

Written by Katrina Rees

I'm Katrina, or Kat to pretty much everyone. I'm an editor for CelebMix, a content writer, a boyband lover and an all round music fanatic.
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