7. 'The Young Ones'
Britain's first generation to grow up in the shadow of Monty Python produced this lawless smash-up of proto-Portlandia subcultural criticism that satirized the punks, hippies and activists at Scumbag College with a loving hand. Growing from punkcentric movement of British "alternative comedy" (unlike punk, this time the Brits beat the U.S. to the punch!), every type of comedy was fair game — sitcom conventions, pure slapstick, absurdism, flashes of "subliminal messages" or just an excuse to get Motörhead to play in a living room.—CHRISTOPHER R. WEINGARTEN