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As Time Goes By (1992)
Long-time TV watcher of American TV
Someone said on the board here that Americans love this show because of the steady diet of slop the American television industry feeds us. That may well be true; I am almost 48 years old and have watched television since I was a child, with the exception of the early to late 80's, when I didn't own a TV (for obvious reasons).
Maybe if I grew up on BBC programs I wouldn't give "As Time Goes By" such high marks. But in my book, it is better than any comedy ever shown on forty years of American TV. Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench are the best couple in a comedy I have ever seen. They are funny, sexy, and believable.
My highest praise is this: It inspires me to higher ideals of personal behavior. These are honorable characters, in sometimes challenging situations, using grace, good humor, selflessness (sometimes) and good will to resolve their problems. Could this be why this show enjoys such a fervently adoring following? Because some of us would actually like to be give something to aim toward in our entertainment? Wouldn't be the worst thing.