This is the unreleased pilot episode for an American version of the beloved and long-running British comedy "Are You Being Served?"



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Credited cast:
Franklin Beane
Frank Beane
Mr. Johnson
Daina House ...
Ingrid (as Dana House)
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Harry Ritz ...
Mr. Beane


This is the unreleased pilot episode for an American version of the beloved and long-running British comedy "Are You Being Served?"

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5 May 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Hillerman was asked to read the part of Mr. Peacock. When he failed to show up for the reading, co-creator Jeremy Lloyd read the lines instead. He was immediately offered the role. When the pilot didn't sell, producer Garry Marshall instead offered Lloyd a part on his current series Happy Days (1974). Lloyd turned it down to pursue other projects. See more »


Frank Beane: I think we oughta have more of a German atmosphere.
John Peacock: Well, there must be some barbed wire in the hardware department.
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Remake of Are You Being Served? (1972) See more »


Beanes of Boston
(opening song)
Written by David Croft & Jeremy Lloyd
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Really Not That Bad
9 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews


From the creators of the British TV series "Are You Being Served?" (also also both write the pilot, along with two other people), comes an American version. Like other American attempts at pilots based off of British TV shows before, during, and after this, it failed. Be it this, the terrible "Red Dwarf" pilot, or the 2005 "20 Things to do Before You're 30" which didn't even get to air.

A number of the cast members look somewhat like their British counterparts, and the design and layout of the sales floor is just like the British series.

Hillerman was just right for the role and had some good lines. However, the pilot was hampered by two poor performances: that of Tom Poston, whose acting was sub par at best, and Alan Sues playing the infamous Mr. Humphries. Sues tried, but failed -- he just wasn't right for the part.

There's not much to the pilot but it has some good laughs (and some no-laughs, as well as two bad edits), so it's a little baffling why it wasn't picked up -- there was far, far worse on TV at that time. It could have easily fixed itself during a season run.

If you're fans of the original British series, you might find this a way to kill some time on the weekend, but don't expect as much from it as the British series.

And one special note to the short, but pleasant orchestral score by "Knight Rider" composer Don Peake, who shows us even ten second cues can be nice and transition scoring doesn't have to feature a drum kit and electric guitar like so many comedy series of today.

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