8.0/10
2,337
22 user 2 critic

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).
Reviews
Popularity
4,320 ( 1,037)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1   Unknown  
1978   1977   1976   1975  
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

To the Manor Born (1979–2007)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De ... See full summary »

Stars: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne
Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–1989)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Martin is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organised around the neighbourhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does he is driving his long ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton, Peter Egan
Butterflies (1978–1983)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ria, a happily married suburban housewife, reaches the age where she feels as if life is passing her by. Being taken for granted by her butterfly collecting dentist husband doesn't help. So... See full summary »

Stars: Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Bruce Montague
Hi-de-Hi! (1980–1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Comic goings on in this series set in an English holiday camp called Maplins. The title comes from the camp's greeting, which the staff are meant to say with enthusiasm but all too often ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Jeffrey Holland
Just Good Friends (1983–1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The series followed the wavering relationship between two ex-lovers, Penny Warrender, a secretary for an advertising firm, and Vincent Pinner, an ex ice cream salesman turned turf ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Nicholas, Jan Francis, Sylvia Kay
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Disillusioned after a long career at Sunshine Desserts, Perrin goes through a mid-life crisis and fakes his own death. Returning in disguise after various attempts at finding a 'new life', ... See full summary »

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Pauline Yates, John Barron
Brush Strokes (1986–1991)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jacko is a house painter who "appreciates" women. He sees the best in each one of them and they in turn, like him. Will he find true love? Will he settle down as he gets older?

Stars: Karl Howman, Mike Walling, Jackie Lye
Citizen Smith (1977–1980)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Wolfie Smith is an unemployed dreamer from Tooting, London, a self-proclaimed urban guerrilla who aspires to be like his hero Che Guevara. He leads a small group called the Tooting Popular ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Mike Grady, Hilda Braid
Only When I Laugh (1979–1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff.

Stars: James Bolam, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli
Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton
Porridge (1974–1977)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Zany antics and sketches by the anarchic camp comic.

Stars: Kenny Everett, Cleo Rocos, Sheila Steafel
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Neighbors See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although this is Richard Briers' most celebrated sitcom, he said that he never liked the character of Tom Good, feeling that he was a selfish bully who forced his wife into giving up her lifestyle and doing what he wanted regardless of the personal cost. He actually preferred Ever Decreasing Circles (1984) as a series. 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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Greatest Ever Sitcoms (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bandolero
Written by Leslie Stuart
Performed by Peter Dawson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Another Classic Britcom! 4 C.B.E.'s!
2 March 2004 | by SylSee all my reviews

When I heard of Good Neighbors, I didn't think much of it. Then when they began airing it after Waiting for God on WLIW Long Island last year. I became enchanted by a star cast, Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, and the late Paul Eddington. Paul, Richard, and Felicity have been honoured with a C.B.E.(Commander of the British Empire). Richard and Penelope also received the O.B.E.(Officer of the British Empire) and now have C.B.E.'s as well. It's so amusing to watch these four talented actors at work. Richard and Felicity's roles as Tom and Barbara Good are wnderfully portrayed with such charm. Felicity has such a wonderful musing face to watch on screen. You can't take your eyes off her. No wonder Richard Briers is one of Kenneth Branagh's favorite actors. He is simply likable. Paul and Penelope's Margot play their neighbors who prefer offices and modern technology to Tom and Barbara's new lifestyle of pigs and crops. You wouldn't know it if you knew that Penelope actually is an avid gardener herself and lives in Surrey from her performance as the socialite, Margot Ledbetter. Good Neighbours actually had a command performance for the Royal Family who were big fans of the show. No wonder, it's a great show.


18 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed