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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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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


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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Peter Bowles (Richard, from To the Manor Born (1979)) was originally slated to play Jerry. However, he had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts with his other project at the time, Rumpole of the Bailey (1978). *This is unlikely as The Good Life began in 1975 and was shooting from late 1974, whereas Rumpole lof the Bailey did not begin production and transmission until three years later in 1978. See more »


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. But the operative word here is, "temporary". Tom explains to Jerry that this was not, a "permanent state" and therefore not a breech of self-sufficiency. This principle was first presented by Tom in "The Pagan Rite" where he explains taking "one job for one purpose" is an acceptable exception. See more »


Tom: I'm stronger than you are and I can pin you to the bed any time I feel like it.
Barbara: Rubbish.
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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 »


Referenced in How The Young Ones Changed Comedy (2018) See more »


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best sitcom ever !
5 July 2006 | by chasmilt777See all my reviews

This was my favorite BBC sitcom. Even though there was only 30 episodes, it ranks as my favorite among all comedies. I was so fortunate to have had access to public television growing up. Channel 13 in Dallas, Texas was the first public TV station to air "Monty Python's Flying Circus" in the U. S. (Three cheers to Eric Idle).

It was the "Good Neighbors" series that got me started in collecting and recording TV shows onto VHS tapes. One can not help but fall in love with the characters on this show. Tom and Barbara Good are the main characters who decide to live a life of total self-efficiency in the suburbs of London. It is their next door neighbors, Margo and Jerry Ledbetter, that bring in most of the laughs. They remain best of friends with the Good's even though their lifestyles become totally different.

I highly recommend this excellent British comedy. Everyone has a favorite and this show is mine. My favorite American TV sitcom is "The Bob Newhart Show". These two shows have nothing in common except that they make you laugh.

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4 April 1975 (UK) See more »

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