Classic Jamaican Sitcoms You May Not Know About

There is humor in Caribbean stories and they were well represented on the screens of the U.K. and Jamaican between the 1980s and 1990s.


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During the 1980s to the 1990s, Jamaican audiences flock to their television sets across the island to watch the latest episodes of popular situation comedy series.  The shows stars actors that hailed from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and more.

  1. 1 Titus In Town


    The lead character in this 1990s JBC hit comedy series was brought to life by Jamaican actor Glen Campbell.  It was written by writer/producer/director Patrick Browne was also involved in other projects like Diana, River Bottom, Class of 73, Love Games and many more.  This series follows Glen Campbells characters antics from country to town and usually influenced by is friend Sleepy, played by Clive Anderson who was from town.

  2. 2 Oliver At Large


    Oliver Samuels plays a fictional version of himself in this classic comedy on JBC.  It was one of the most popular series on the network.  It follows the antics of Oliver and several other characters including Dorrene Samuels and Volier Johnson.

  3. 3 Claffy


    Due to the success of Oliver At Large an the popularity of the Claffy character, a new spinoff series was ordered and Volier Johnson continued the adventures of Claffy.

  4. 4 Chef


    Although this was not a JBC production, the series was popular in Jamaica because the main character played by Lenny Henry was of Jamaican descent.  His father was played by none other than Oliver Samuels.  It was about a famous chef in the U.K. named Garret Blackstock who struggles with dividing his time with his restaurant and his wife Janice.  It was a hilarious representative of abrasive culunary insults based on humorous situations in the kitchen now popularized by none other than world renowned chef Gordon Ramsey. 

  5. 5 Desmond's


    Like Chef this series was based in the U.K.  but instead about a group of people from the Caribbean in a barbershop.  Most of the characters were predominatly Guyanese, Trinidadian and Jamaicans.  The show ran from 1989 to 1994 with 71 episodes.  It became Channel 4's longest running sitcom at the time.  The first season was shot in 1988 and started broadcasting in January 1989.  


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