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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
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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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4 April 1975 (UK) See more »

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Good Neighbors See more »

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(30 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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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 »

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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 »

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Tom: [calls through the letterbox] Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!
Margo: Tom!
[pauses]
Margo: *What* is that?
Tom: It's two dustbins on a trolley.
Margo: I can see it's two dustbins on a trolley and when I asked you the question it was a rhetorical one which does not need a direct answer as you knew very well in the first place.
Tom: Oh. You make me hold my breath when you do those long sentences, Margo.
Margo: What *is* it?
Tom: It's two rhetorical dustbins on a rhetorical trolley.
Margo: Then will you kindly remove them from my crazy ...
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Classic, everlasting comedy.
20 February 2007 | by mazunderscoreSee all my reviews

The idea of people being self sufficient was talked about quite a bit in the 70's and there were people who really did it like the Goods.

The reason in the show the Goods could afford to live in their house is that they owned it and didn't have to pay rent. If you think, even in the show, the life they led was easy, you obviously haven't watched much of it at all because it was anything but.

The Goods ran into problems in just about EVERY episode, but the point was doing it for different reasons ~ a challenge, to feel alive, back to basics, to not have to answer to any body...etc. They were down-to-earth, happy, smart and had a sense of humor.

In those ways I find the show really inspiring and intelligent. As for the comedy, the characters once again provide this with their amazing dynamic.

Managing to get four of Britain's best comedic actors at the time together in one show was perfect.

Tom with his cheeky boyish wit, strength and determination. Barbara with her logical intelligence, resourcefulness and feisty charm. Jerry with his cheeky chuckle, free spirited but at times stern nature and his protectiveness towards Tom and Barbara. Margo with her incessant need for a good social standing, strong sense of friendship and almost innocent nature when it comes to certain things like sex.

These character were more than just one dimensional faceless general characters. They all had different sides to them. Margo acted differently with Barbara than she would with Tom and at times her and Jerry, although having their problems did seem very much in love and one could very much see why they were together. Tom and Barbara's relationship was very much equal, with Barbara getting just as much say in what the couple did as Tom.

Tom was sweet and lovable and funny and Barbara was cute and supportive. The four of them went together very well and made a dynamic that wasn't necessarily hilarious, but it was interesting, intelligent and made me giggle. Not only that but the show is full of double entendres and innuendo! Everything from tame bondage to wife swapping is eluded to through the series!! Hahaha.

I'm realize that comedy, more than anything, is subjective but you really should look at this show closer.


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