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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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4   3   2   1   Unknown  
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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UK

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English

Release Date:

4 April 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Neighbors See more »

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Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

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). 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: Road cleaning, I shall pay. Street lighting, I shall pay. Ground rent, I shall pay. But when it comes to the drain in front of my house, I shall not. Because it is blocked up and overflowing.
Mr. Squires - Clerk: I shall make a note of that.
Margo: You will do more than that, Mr. Squires. You will have a plumber on my door step at nine o'clock tomorrow morning with a plunger in his hand, or you will not get a penny.
Mr. Squires - Clerk: Just who do you think you are, Mrs. Ledbetter?
Margo: I am the silent majority.
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Those where the days!
18 August 2001 | by jonathandoe_se7enSee all my reviews

In the seventies, television was good, and The Good Life (1975-1978) is no exception. It's a dry, pleasant and warm British situation comedy about an everyday man who decides on his 40th birthday to quit his job and become self-sufficient. The reason this comedy works better than most is down to its brilliant casting, all of the actors have such a believable chemistry. From Tom and Barbara Good (the fantastic Richard Briers and the lovely Felicity Kendall) to Jerry and Margot Ledbetter (the equally great coupling of Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith). The characters are so likeable, you can't help but warn to this show, it's funny, inoffensive and most of all happy, the kind of show that will lift you're spirits and put a smile on you're face. (Incidentally for a show that is so happy, the final episode is actually quite depressing and emotional a bit of a downer. But that aside you can still watch all the other episodes). This is great comedy with great actors that adds up to a true television classic...


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