Only Fools and Horses and Friends are the TV shows Brits are most likely to watch on repeat, new survey shows

The poll by Brightcove found that 87 per cent of the nation have re-watched their favourite episodes from a show after stumbling across them on TV or streaming services online.

Nearly half of all Brits admitted to viewing their most-loved series again from start to finish despite knowing how the show will end.

Only Fools and Horses, which was initially broadcast in 1981, came out top of the list, closely followed by World War II series Dad's Army.

American comedy Friends ended up in third, with Blackadder, Mr Bean, car-show Top Gear and The Simpsons also featuring in the top 10.

And seven in 10 credited streaming services as an easy way to watch old programmes from start to finish, with many adults happy to pay for a service to view their top picks.

Other comedies including Fawlty Towers, Gavin and Stacey and Absolutely Fabulous, which all first aired over a decade ago, also make appearances throughout the top 50.

However, more recent shows including Family Guy, Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones feature on the list alongside their retro equivalents.

Some of these shows make up the six hours of average viewing time online for British adults, with sitcom fans normally watching an average of three episodes they have already seen each month.

Top 50 shows Brits watch on repeat

1.     Only Fools and Horses

2.     Dad's Army

3.     Friends

4.     Fawlty Towers

5.     Blackadder

6.     Mr Bean

7.     The Inbetweeners

8.     The Simpsons

9.     The Good Life

10.  Top Gear

11.  Blue Planet

12.  Big Bang Theory

13.  Men Behaving Badly

14.  Gavin and Stacey

15.  Absolutely Fabulous

16.  The Office

17.  Last of the Summer Wine

18.  Little Britain

19.  The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

20.  Frasier

21.  Doctor Who

22.  Family Guy

23.  Come Dine with Me

24.  Benidorm

25.  Game of Thrones

26.  Miranda

27.  Location, Location, Location

28.  American Dad

29.  Sex and the City

30.  Harry Enfield and Chums

31.  Two and a Half Men

32.  Alan Partridge

33.  South Park

34.  How I Met Your Mother

35.  Life on Mars

36.  SpongeBob Square Pants

37.  Will and Grace

38.  Peep Show

39.  Scrubs

40.  The A -Team

41.  Buffy The Vampire Slayer

42.  The Fast Show

43.  Everybody Loves Raymond

44.  Desperate Housewives

45.  Peaky Blinders

46.  Don't Tell the Bride

47.  Shameless

48.  Skins

49.  Luther

50.  Grey's Anatomy

While on in 10 admitted to watching sitcoms on the loo, a staggering 15 per cent of people said they'd turned down a social event as they were so engrossed by old TV shows.

Streaming services are behind the drive, claims Brightcove: "Many shows we once loved but thought we’d never see on our screens again are only a click away to watch whenever we want.

"It even means popular shows from the 80s and 90s are now being viewed by a whole new audience, many of which weren’t even born when they were first aired."

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