‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ has been voted the best sitcom of the century

It beat the likes of 'The Office' and 'Peep Show' to the top spot

Mrs Brown’s Boys has been voted the best sitcom of the 21st century so far.

The BBC One comedy came out top of an online poll in which 14,000 people had their say.

Some critics described the show as “the worst sitcom ever made“, as the Guardian notes, but Radio Times readers seem to disagree.

The programme beat the likes of The Office, Peep Show, The Thick Of It and The IT Crowd to the top spot, and creator Brendan O’Carroll said the victory “vindicates the fans’ belief in the show”.

“They have kept us on the air – it certainly wasn’t the reviewers,” he said.

“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.”

The list of 20 sitcoms was compiled from a shortlist of 40, which were chosen by Radio Times critics and experts from the British Film Institute.

The Office finished in second place, while The IT Crowd, The Thick Of It and Gavin And Stacey finished in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

The full top 20 is as follows:

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