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 Ria / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Ben / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Leonard / ... (28 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Ruby (26 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Thomas (19 episodes, 1978-1983)
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Ria, a happily married suburban housewife, reaches the age where she feels as if life is passing her by. Being taken for granted by her butterfly collecting dentist husband doesn't help. So, when the opportunity for an affair comes up she tries to decide whether she loves her husband enough to be faithful to him. Written by Dave Smith <dave@stat.colostate.edu>

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At the beginning of the fourth and final series, Ria and Ben have been married for 23 years. See more »

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Ben Parkinson: Must we have all these things blaring at us - I start every day in a state of deep shock.
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Featured in Comedy Connections: Butterflies (2003) See more »

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Adagio in G minor
Written by Tomaso Albinoni
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An acquired taste
17 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Looking back over the past 28 years (since my first exposure to the show), all i can say is: Once you get it-it will stay with you forever. I remember my initial reaction being: 1) annoyingly overacted, 2)under produced 3) unlikeable characters

Well, two years later I watched some episodes again and didn't find it nearly as annoying. A year later I was able to catch the entire series from the beginning and quickly became engrossed in it's bittersweet tale of human fault and perspectives on happiness. Yes, the show has a style that is not for everybody, and I'm sure the dated production value would be hard to deal with now. But, I still think about the show at least once a month with a vague teary eyed longing for what seemed like simpler times...

BTW I am a married man...(for all who think this is a show for females)


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