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Good Neighbors 

The Good Life (original title)
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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1978   1977   1976   1975  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Richard Briers ...  Tom Good 30 episodes, 1975-1978
Felicity Kendal ...  Barbara Good 30 episodes, 1975-1978
Penelope Keith ...  Margo Leadbetter 30 episodes, 1975-1978
Paul Eddington ...  Jerry Leadbetter 30 episodes, 1975-1978
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Storyline

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 <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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English

Release Date:

4 April 1975 (UK) See more »

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Good Neighbors See more »

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Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

As a result of the huge success of The Good Life, Bill Cotton, the controller of BBC 1, promised Richard Briers, Felicity Kendall, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington shows of their own on the BBC when it ended in 1978. A year later, Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith both had huge success with their respective sitcom's Yes Minister and To The Manor Born. Felicity Kendall followed in 1981, with the less successful Solo, however Richard Briers had to wait six years before starring in Ever Decreasing Circles in 1984. See more »

Goofs

In a previous episode ("The Pagan Rite") Barbara was furious when she thought Tom had taken freelance work to help pay their bills, saying that their efforts in self-sufficiency should be all or nothing. But in "A Tug of the Forelock" she is the one who suggests they take on temporary work to afford petrol for their new vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Margo: Did I hear a dinner gong?
Tom: Not unless the chicken jumped out of the oven and banged one.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »

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The Bandolero
Written by Leslie Stuart
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Intelligent British comedy with a heart!
1 April 1999 | by Sheila-12See all my reviews

This is one of those series that give Britcoms such a good name! "Good Neighbors" (as we know it here in the states) is intelligent, funny, and extremely endearing. And who can beat the cast? Richard Briers is a very respected veteran now -- he was nominated for a Tony last year for "The Chairs" -- and he was just as talented when he was younger! Felicity Kendall is absolutely precious as his wife (I *love* her scratchy little voice!), and Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith are terrific as the snooty next-door neighbors. "Good Neighbors"/"The Good Life" is dry, but in a good way... You'll laugh out loud at this one! And it has a heart -- you'll fall in love with the Goods, and enjoy following them through their ups and downs! Do yourself a favor and check out this series!


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