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Nominating the best sitcom episodes of all time, for the Sitcom Showdown hall of fame. Sibling team Steve and Jeffers take turns selecting a classic sitcom ep to put the case for its inclusion, having to convince each other along the way. Let the showdown begin!
 
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Black Books gets a second nomination from Jeffers for the series 2 epsiode 'Blood', where Bernard's new bookshop restaurant, Manny's high-street ambition and Fran's relatives all go into the cooking pot to make Sitcom Luxury Pie. But will Steve find it tasty enough for the Hall of Fame? Black Books stars Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig. B…
 
The short-lived 'Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer' is brought in by Steve, to compare this USA-made historical comedy to its earlier UK rival Blackadder. Did Desmond's adventures deserve to be cancelled? It sure didn't harm the actors' careers much, as Jeffers and Steve find out when they investigate. Does Niblett hold a candle to Baldrick? Is Desm…
 
The Goodies' classic 1977 Christmas episode 'Earthanasia' is nominated by Jeffers for a Hall of Fame spot. Will the doomsday-scenario adventures of Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor be hilarious enough to convince Steve? And in any case, will the Muppets suffer? Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) c…
 
Blackadder the Third gets its inevitable nomination from Steve, who claims that the episode 'Amy and Amiability' is the greatest sitcom episode of all time! It's hard to argue against that when you look at the talents of Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton, Richard Curtis, Miranda Richardson, Tony Robinson and Hugh Laurie all combining to create a classic ma…
 
The Young Ones 1984 episode 'Nasty' is the Halloween special for 2021 in the Sitcom Showdown Hall of Fame. We enjoy some scares with Rik, Vyvyan, Neil and Mike, but hold a grudge against Alexei Sayle for crimes against live comedy! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. Licensed under a Creative Comm…
 
Trial and Error, the 2017 sitcom and murder mystery mockumentary, is nominated by Jeffers for the Hall of Fame. Will Judge Steve rule favourably on the case? Any sitcom with John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd (plus Jayma Mays and Steven Boyer) should be just fine, surely? Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyrig…
 
Seinfeld's classic Festivus episode 'The Strike' gets the Christmas nomination from Steve in 2020 for the Sitcom Showdown Hall of Fame. It's a tightly-woven tale of bagels, two-faced dates, Festivus poles and Elaine's Atomic Subs. Pull up a spot at the table with Jerry, Kramer, Elaine and George to see if they get to deck the Hall! Twitter: @Sitcom…
 
Hogan's Heroes gets a nomination by Jeffers for the 1965 episode 'German Bridge is Falling Down'. Will he need an elaborate scheme to smuggle Hogan, Klink, Schulz and the boys into the Hall of Fame? Or will Steve let Hogan's Heroes stroll right in? Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. Licensed unde…
 
Wellington Paranormal's spooky second-season opener is nominated by Steve for Halloween month 2020 and his job is to convince Jeffers that the New Zealand comedy cops can save the day. This fresh mockumentary sitcom from the minds of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi has officers Minogue and O'Leary (led by Sgt Maaka) trying to solve some coastal d…
 
David Haig becomes the third actor to be chosen for tribute in Sitcom Showdown's Hall of Fame. He is lauded for his all-time hilarious performance as Detective Inspector Grimm in The Thin Blue Line (1995) but in this podcast episode we look into 'Keeping Mum' where David co-starred with Stephanie Cole. Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blu…
 
Space Force gets a nomination from Steve who appreciates this brand-new sitcom's quality cast, sumptuous visuals and crafted scripts. But is it funny? And can its ninth episode 'It's Good to be Back on the Moon' get into the Hall of Fame? Let's see if Malkovitch, Carrell and crew have the right stuff. Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blue…
 
Married With Children gets its second nomination for 'Married With Aliens' from its fifth season. Can Al Bundy, Peg, Kelly and Bud (plus aliens) get into the Hall of Fame once again? Jeffers thinks so, but he may be high on the powerful emanations from Al's socks... Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2…
 
Mad About You is the second sitcom to have the dubious honour of being nominated for the Hall of Shame, for the episode 'Bing Bang Boom'. Steve suggests that this really does qualify as an example of a one-star episode from an otherwise much-loved sitcom. Is it possible that Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt laid an egg? Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tun…
 
What We Do in the Shadows is the sitcom nominated this time, with Steve suggesting this vampire comedy has Hall of Fame potential. Let's see if the powers of producers Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement and Paul Simms, along with a cast including Matt Berry and Natasia Demetriou, can rise to the occasion! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blue…
 
The Mighty Boosh is nominated for the Hall of Fame by Jeffers for their series one episode 'Electro' (2004). Will the adventures of Vince Noir and Howard Moon slip into the hallowed hall like a warm kitten? That's up to Steve, the spirit of sitcom. Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. Licensed unde…
 
Loved By You - the UK version of Mad About You - is selected by Steve to be inspected as part of the cross-Atlantic sitcom swap month of March 2020. Is this transplanted remake as bad as you's expect? It can't be any worse than the partially dodgy audio quality from our hosts as they try a spot of remote recording forced by lockdown... Twitter: @Si…
 
Payne, the USA version of Fawlty Towers, is Jeffers' choice this episode. In March 2020 we're looking at sitcom reworkings in other continents, and this 1999 imitation of Fawlty Towers is a notorious one, even with John Larroquette and JoBeth Williams doing the best they can. Let's find out how payne-ful it is! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune '…
 
NewsRadio gets its second nomination for the Hall of Fame, thanks to Jeffers putting up the festive episode 'Xmas Story' from season 2. Steve gets to decide whether the Christmas adventures of Dave Nelson, Lisa Miller, Jimmy James, Matthew and the crew of WNYX will be able to deck the Hall with bouts of funny. Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'B…
 
3rd Rock From the Sun is nominated by Jeffers, who believes this 1990s alien-based yet Earth-bound sitcom is a Hall of Fame lock. Series 1, episode 10 (Truth or Dick) is selected for scrutiny by Steve, whose vague memories of 3rd Rock are generally positive, so this could mean success for Dick, Sally, Harry and Tommy! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme…
 
A 'Night Court' Halloween episode is selected by Steve, to check out the un-spooky legal adventures of Judge Harry, Bull and the lawyers. It's a little funny and a lot emotional when Harry's cheeky urchin pal Leon returns to the fold and turns things upside down! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015…
 
Victor Meldrew's exploits go under the microscope in this episode of Sitcom Showdown, as One Foot In The Grave is nominated by Steve for the Hall of Fame. Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. Thanks texasradiofish!…
 
Julia Sawalha is inducted into the Hall of Fame in the second of our two-part 'actor' specials. We illustrate Julia's range and talent by comparing her role as Saffy in Absolutely Fabulous with her turn as Janet Wilson in the 2000 sitcom Time Gentlemen Please. Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. L…
 
Allo Allo is nominated by Jeffers for its 1987 episode 'Pretty Maids All in a Row'. Will this high-stakes comedy's incompatibility with the Sitcom Showdown format work against it? Or will Steve be so confused by 'Allo 'Allo's complex chicanery and sauciness that it'll roll unopposed into the Hall of Fame? There's also some at about David Croft sitc…
 
Steve nominates a 1970s hidden gem from the UK called 'I Didn't Know You Cared' and it's anti-adventures from the Brandon family's life in South Yorkshire. Will this bleak-ish comedy win over Jeffers and make it into the Hall of Fame? Let's see if Carter and his elders (created by Peter Tinniswood) have what it takes! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme…
 
Upstart Crow is nominated by Jeffers, potentially giving Ben Elton his 6th entry into the Hall of Fame. Will Steve approve of David Mitchell's turn as Shakespeare? If music be the food of theatre, play on... We also discuss Liza Tarbuck's dad 'Tarby', the merits of Upstart Crow vs Blackadder and much more. Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy…
 
Get A Life, the early 1990s cult classic starring Chris Elliott, is nominated for the Hall of Fame this time around for the episode 'Chris's Brain Starts Working'. Does this cheap, stupid surreal comedy of craziness have a shot? Well, like Chris in this episode showing a rare glimpse of intelligence, perhaps this nomination might get lucky. Twitter…
 
A look back at the many sitcoms we've covered, listing a lot of top-fives to celebrate the 50th ep of Sitcom Showdown! The top 5 gags, top 5 sitcom episodes (by audience vote, by host and by downloads) the best writers and MUCH MUCH MORE. Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. Licensed under a Creati…
 
Blackadder Goes Forth is the second of our listener-nominated shows for Hall of Fame consideration and we've selected 'Corporal Punishment' to go on trial. Naturally it's all a formality, because not even the the haplessness of Baldrick and George could keep this sitcom classic out of the Hall! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by t…
 
'Sorry!' the classic 1980s Ronnie Corbett sitcom is the podcast's first listener nomination, with Steve putting the case, after winning a coin toss. But can this tale of a 40-something Librarian and his batty family make the Hall of Fame? Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. Licensed under a Creati…
 
Schitt's Creek is nominated by Steve, who hopes that this Canadian sitcom (starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara) will get into the Hall of Fame for the season 2 episode 'Lawn Signs'. Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license.…
 
Swiss Toni is nominated by Jeffers, for the series 2 episode 'The Troubleshooter' with guest star Olivia Colman joining Charlie Higson and the crew. Can this 2004 tale of a second-hand car salesman make it into the Hall of Fame? Or is Jeffers trying to sell Steve a lemon? Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyr…
 
The IT Crowd makes it into the Hall of Fame this time around, nominated by Steve for the series 4 episode 'The Final Countdown'. Continuing the run of success for Graham Linehan, the antics of Moss (Richard Ayode), Jen (Katherine Parkinson) and Roy (Chris O'Dowd) go down like a nice warm tnetennba! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' …
 
House of Fools is nominated by Jeffers, a show that features some of the Hall of Fame's favourite comedy stars (Matt Berry, Dan Skinner) so this wacky UK sitcom should stand a good chance ... but of course it depends on Steve's reaction to all its inherent craziness. Let's see if Vic and Bob and the crew can blow his mind! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown …
 
Miranda is nominated by Steve in the second Xmas ep for 2018, hoping her 'Perfect Christmas' will make it into the hall of fame. Jeffers finds Miranda to be marmite, so will he love it or hate it this Christmas? Download to find out! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. Licensed under a Creative Co…
 
Mother and Son's 1985 episode 'Christmas Drinks' is nominated by Jeffers, putting this top-shelf Australian comedy up for a spot in the Hall of Fame. Will Steve respond with a confirmation, buoyed by nostalgia and the Christmas spirit? Let's hope so! Twitter: @SitcomShowdown Theme tune 'Billy Blues' by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2015. Licensed un…
 
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