Wow an American version of the BBC comedy classic DAD`S ARMY ! What a masterstroke of stupidity , it`s a bit like making an American version of FAWLTY TOWERS or a British version of MARRIED WITH CHILDREN who in their right minds would do that ? Oh hold on somebody has on both the latter counts
There`s two things you should know . One is that both Britain the country and Britain the sit-com are divided by the class system , this is what makes DAD`S ARMY and umpteen other Brit sit-coms work . There`s a third thing you should also know and that is America prides itself on being a classless society . Worked out where this comedy pilot might fall down ? So instead of a middle class bank manager credited with some authority looking down his nose at his peers the jokes in REAR GUARD* tend to bounce off ethnic divides with a Jewish equivelent of Arthur Lowe telling his sargeant that " You can take the man out of the olive oil but you`ll never take the olive oil out of the man "
But don`t panic people this never went to a full series . Strange too that the script is directly culled from the DAD`S ARMY episode about the captured U-boat . If you`ve seen the source episode you won`t need me to tell you how flat everything is in comparison here . Nice to know someone at the TV studio ran up the white flag before anymore atrocities were committed
* I wonder if the show was named after Cpl Jones catchphrase " They don`t like it up`em sir " ?
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