Good Neighbors (1975–1978)
"The Good Life" (original title)

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The perils of "escaping the rat race" and dropping out of society - to start a farm in Surbiton (and to drive Margo nuts).

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Series cast summary:
 Tom Good (30 episodes, 1975-1978)
 Barbara Good (30 episodes, 1975-1978)
Penelope Keith ...
 Margo Leadbetter (30 episodes, 1975-1978)
Paul Eddington ...
 Jerry Leadbetter (30 episodes, 1975-1978)


Tom and Barbara Good's dream is to live completely self-sufficiently. This means, among other things, raising their own vegetables and animals for food. Trouble is, they live in the suburbs. Their very conservative neighbors, the Leadbetters, look on, horrified, at this bold experiment. Written by George S. Davis <>

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4 April 1975 (UK)  »

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Self-sufficiency experts pointed out that if a couple had attempted to do things the way the Good's did, they would have failed disastrously and starved within six months. See more »


Margo: [reading from a card] "The Ooh-Aah bird is so-called because it lays square eggs." I don't understand that.
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The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »


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Stands the test of time
8 March 2005 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this show on PBS in the early 80's and loving it. However, I hadn't seen it in nearly 20 years, and wasn't sure how much of my "wonderful" memory was simply nostalgia.

So I was thrilled to discover that my local library has a few episodes on VHS, but it was with a bit of trepidation that I checked them out. Would the show be as good (unintentional pun) as I remembered? I can happily say that yes, this show stands the test of time. True, most of Jerry and Margo's wardrobe is horribly dated, and the typical American wouldn't get a few of the jokes. However, by and large this charming sitcom is still big on laughs, in a very family-friendly way (except for some light innuendo, and the occasional drink, there's virtually nothing to offend here).

Oh, and even wearing a raincoat and wellies, Felicity Kendal is still one of the loveliest ladies I've ever seen.

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