Friday, 14 August 2009

Steptoe And Son


Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father (Wilfrid Brambell) who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son Harry H. Corbett) wants to better himself but his father always seems to ruin things, sometimes accidentally and other times deliberately. The two live in poverty and the father has some disgusting habits which continue to embarrass the son.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

The Rag Trade


Life in the Fenner Fashions workshop is constantly disrupted by wildcat industrial action as firebrand shop steward Paddy (Miriam Karlin) takes on penny-pinching proprietor Harold Fenner (Peter Jones) over anything and everything! It seems like every day Paddy's blowing her whistle and yelling 'everybody out!'. Poor foreman Reg (Reg Varney) is stuck in the middle of the battle, just trying to keep everyone happy - and failing miserably!

Sheila Hancock as Carole and Esma Cannon as Little Lil are amongst the workforce - as is a young Barbara Windsor. Created and written by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney (who later went on to have another hit series On The Buses with Reg Varney), The Rag Trade is a true classic which attracted enormous audiences when it was first broadcast between October and December 1961.

A nice cosy 1970's trip back in time, shame all these loveable actors no longer with us, They made TV at its best, A wonderful series, loads of laughs.

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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em


Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford) is more than just a complete klutz. Everything he touches falls apart, and he can't keep a job more than a day. The only thing that keep him going is his long-suffering wife Betty (Michele Dotrice), who somehow manages to cope with his disaster-prone life-style.

Jessica Forte, Glynn Edwards, Dick Bentley, Anthony Woodruff.

A very good laugh..
Michael Crawford is the best in comedy!
The situations are very funny...
We watch the series over and over again!!

Rising Damp


A genuine British comedy classic, the popularity of Rising Damp remains unparalleled some 25 years after the first transmission. Detailing the day-to-day events at Rigsby's dingy boarding-house in which the landlord from hell, Rupert Rigsby prowled around his dilapidated eyrie, poking his nose into his lodgers' affairs.

Don Warrington, Gabrielle Rose, Derek Newark.

In the feature length movie, Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) is still intending to make Miss Jones (Frances De La Tour) his wife but she's far more interested in the intellectual and athletic Philip (Don Warrington)...

This is one of those series that has been little repeated over the years, which is a great shame. Rigsby was the kind of man that you love to hate. Rising Damp is just plain, good humour. Nothing to offend anyone, but requiring an adult mind to catch the plays on words and innuendos, which are continual. Enjoy a trip back to the seventies with Rigsby and co.

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Fletcher's doing five years for breaking and entering. He's quick witted and never short of a trick or two to make his life that little bit easier. Lennie Godber's (Richard Beckinsale) his cellmate who Fletch often teases but also protects in a father-like way. The other two main characters are prison officers; MacKay's (Fulton Mackay) a militarily strict type, keen to adhere to the rules, while Mr Barrowclough (Brian Wilde) is almost a complete opposite and easily manipulated by Fletcher (Ronnie Barker).

This is really hilarious, if you haven't watched these series the your missing out!!!

One Foot in the Grave

Written by the great David Renwick, One foot in the grave is truly hilarious with fantastic situation comedy. The sort of things that we all can relate to ,when similar things happen to us like car repair men and sales men and the dreaded Jehovah's witnesses.Richard Wilson brilliantly plays Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) a man on a mission to try and stay sane in a crazy world. He shouts and rants with purpose while his lovely wife Margeret (Annette Crosbie)uses her tolerance to try and cope with her husband. She is wonderfully portrayed by Annett Crosbee. Margerets best friend Mrs Wareboys (Dorren Mantle) is so kind at heart but yet blindingly tack less which makes her one of the funniest characters.While the meldrews are placed in the middle of naibours of whom they cant ascape. Mr swaney (Owen Brenman) comes through and annoys Victor with his unpredictability while on the other side Patrick (Angus Desyton) and Pippa (Janine Duvitski) are desperate to move house after the daily disturbances victor has accidentally brought on them.

Use to watch this every time this was on, use to love his bad attitude, while driving his wife Margaret crazy. Really funny!!!

Citizen Smith

Wolfie Smith (Robert Lindsay) is a fanatic who craves revolution. Leader of the Tooting Popular Front (a Marxist political party which numbers six members), Wolfie is a wannabe freedom fighter who likes to call himself an "urban guerilla". He wants to overthrow the Capitalist oppressors of the working class and create a fair, equal and just society (with himself in charge). While he waits for the glorious day, he plays the guitar and sings his raucous songs, dressed in a Che Guevara T-shirt and a black beret with one star on it.

Mike Grady, Hilda Braid, Tom Millan, Tony Steedman, Cheryl Hall, Peter Vaughan, George Sweeney.

Only ever seen one episode of this series, and never watched it again it wasn't my cup of tea.



Ria (Wendy Craig), 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, when the opportunity for an affair comes up she tries to decide whether she loves her husband enough to be faithful to him.

Bruce Montague, Geoffrey Palmer, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Andrew Hall, Joyce Windsor, Michael Ripper.

Didn't see much of this when growing up, but did enjoy watching this when it was on. Really thought it was funny!!!

Bless This House


In "Bless this House", we have typical British sitcom fayre; middle-class family in a domestic setting, grumpy dad, stay-at-home mum, and two "teenagers" who, like most TV teens seem a bit long in the tooth. What raises bar in BTH is, undoubtedly, the casting of Sid James as, er, Sid, a middle-aged sales rep who is continually bewildered by the behaviours of his kids- the groovy Mike (Robin Stewart) and the sweetly sexy Sally Geeson, who plays, er, Sally. Diana Coupland completes the complement in her solid portrayal of Sid's long-suffering wife Jean (Diana Coupland).

Anthony Jackson, Patsy Rowlands.

An excellent TV series, very funny, I'm a big fan of Sid James!!!

Allo Allo


René Artois is the owner and manager of a café in German-occupied France of World War II. To look at him, it's hard to believe that some women find him irresistible, something he has to work hard to hide from his wife Edith (Carmen Silvera). René's café, frequented by both the German military and the French resistance, is the focal point for the show. René's (Gorden Kaye) a bit of a coward and is stuck in the middle, trying to humor both sides. Hidden in the café are two English airmen who don't understand a word of French. Other characters include Lt. Gruber (Guy Siner), a homosexual German tank driver; Otto Flick (Richard Gibson), the evil SS officer who is always outsmarted; and Engelbert von Smallhausen (Louis Mansi), his small sidekick. René's not the only coward in town: Captain Hans Geering (Sam Kelly) and Colonel Kurt von Strohm (Richard Marner) are constantly on the defensive, along with Captain Alberto Bertorelli (Gavin Richards, Roger Kitter) of the Italian army who has a medal for servicing Fiats. Much of the farce comes from Officer Crabtree (Arthur Bostrum), an British agent disguised as a French policeman with a poor grasp of "Zee Fronch Linguige," and from René's amorous waitresses, Mimi (Sue Hodge), Yvette (Vickie Michelle), and Maria (Francesca Gonshaw).

Kim Hartman, Kristen Cooke, Rose Hill, John D Collins, Nicholas Frankau.

Never seen many episode of this series, but what I did see I thought it was really funny. This was one of my nans favourites!!!

Dad’s Army


Popular BBC comedy series set in the fictional south coast seaside town of Walmington-On-Sea during World War 2. Alternating moments of gentle character comedy with broad slapstick, it recounts the misadventures of the local voluntary defence force (or 'Home Guard') consisting of men too old or 'unfit' for military service. They are led by the pompous Mainwaring, manager of the local bank, and consist of the suave, mild-mannered Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier) , Lance-Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn), the town's butcher and an old soldier prone to hysteria, cockney spiv Walker, dour Scots undertaker Frazer (John Laurie), gentle, elderly and incontinent Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) and dim-witted mummy's boy, Pike, whose mother is 'friendly' with Wilson. They are based in the Church hall where there is much friction between Mainwaring, the effeminate Vicar, his creeping Verger and ARP Warden Hodges (the grocer) who calls Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe) 'Napoleon' and strongly dislikes him. The 80 episodes (the last 68 made in colour) have been frequently repeated, many are available on video and there was a 1971 Cinema version. A British institution, familiar to most people throughout the country.

Ian Lavender, James Beck, Bill Pertwee, Bud Flanagan (Voice Only), Edward Sinclair, Frank Williams, Colin Bean.

Not a big fan of Dad's Army, but have watched it a few times.

On the Buses


The trials and tribulations of bus driver Stan and his conductor Jack unfold in this weekly comedy. The bain of their working life is Inspector Blake who'll do anything to make their lives a misery... and does. Stan (Reg Varney) and Jack (Bob Grant) are a couple of "jack-the-lads" who are not averse to clocking a bit of crumpet here and there, but "Blakey" (Stephen Lewis) is constantly dampening their ardor.

Anna Karen, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins, Glen Whitter, Cicely Courtneidge.

Use to watch this all the time, still do if on TV. If you looking for a great laugh look no further, this is none stop laughing all the way through!!!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Are You being Served?


This quintessentially British sitcom is about Grace Brothers, a department store in London which is owned and kept traditional, almost pre-war (e.g. precise dress code for ladies frills and gentlemen's hats according to rank), by two brothers who look old enough to have fought in the Boer war but rarely appear, as most scenes play on one floor where Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold (Nicholas Smith) is the executive (meaning he enjoys an endless parade of foxy but stupid secretaries) in charge of management while his dignified floor walker, Captain Stephen Peacock (Frank Thornton), has daily charge over two small sales teams. The fat and bossy, implicitly man-hungry widow Mrs. Betty Slocombe (Mollie Sugden) supervises the attractive Miss Shirley Brahms (Wendy Richards) (with a terribly common Cockney accent) -with first choice of customers, on commission- the sale of women's clothes and accessories; the sales star at the gentleman's side is Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humpries (John Inman), an implied closet-gay true gentleman, whose successive superiors are first obviously nearly retired Mr. Ernest Grainger and later formerly independent Mr. Grosman (Milo Sperber) while the successive cheeky juniors are Mr. Dick Lucas (Trevor Bannister) and Mr. Bert Spooner (Mike Berry). A regular visitor, and the only manual laborer but apparently best paid, is union representative Mr. Mash. Their interaction with each-other and the customers is quite formal in principle, but turns out comical in practice.

Every time I watch this I just can't stop myself from laughing. Good old fashioned British comedy. An excellent watch!!!

Only Fools and Horses


Hugely successful British comedy about of two streetwise London brothers: Del (David Jason) and Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst). In early years they shared their council flat with 'Grandad' (until the death of actor 'Lennard Pierce' ) later to be replaced by 'Uncle Albert' (Buster Merryfield), a WWII Navy veteran with an anecdote for any occasion. Del and Rodney are best described as lovable and harmless black market traders; they buy and (try to) sell almost anything and many an episode is based around some faulty/stolen stock bought by Del. As with other comedies from writer John Sullivan, the humor is devilishly engineered so as not to telegraph the jokes before the punchlines and there's always a strong cast of support characters. The series has won countless awards and ratings battles. Roger Lloyd-Pack, John Challis, Kenneth MacDonald.

Surely the best BBC comedy ever for sheer development alone if nothing else. David Jason is undoubtedly Britain's finest TV actor after John Thaw (and better than many UK film actors) and Lyndhurst is an excellent partner. Great to watch if you have yet watched it!!!

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Father Ted


Have mercy on poor Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan). He has so much to contend with when it comes to dealing with the folks of Craggy Island, Ireland. There's Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O'Hanlon), who is as dimwitted as they come; and then there is Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) who lives for the simple pleasures of life (sleeping, drinking, and swearing). Ted tries to bring stability to his congregation as well as the surreal townspeople of Craggy Island. Pauline McLynn.

A classic comedy program with side splitting laughter guaranteed from every episode . The best comedy of the 1990's without a doubt .

Go on, Go on, Go on.



'Roseanne' (Roseanne) is the story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parent's in Law. A classic sitcom, the story circles around the Connor family - a family of five (DJ (Michael Fishman), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Alicia Goranson), Roseanne and Dan (John Goodman). The household's mother, Roseanne, is being accompanied in her quest to keep the family together by her sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and various friends over the years. Jonny Galecki .

Roseanne was a very funny program.
A family based comedy this program covered every family situation and drama possible, but with a comedy twist that was funny yet informed people, for example when DJ the only son started his teenage years and "the things" teenage boys do, also the time Roseanne's sister Jackie was the victim of household violence. Even through these subjects you could still keep laughing.

The Nanny


Fran Fine (Fran Drescher), a whiny, nasal-voiced Jewish woman from Flushing, New York, has just been fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. She ends up selling cosmetics in Manhattan. This takes her to the home of Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy), a rich, widowed English Broadway producer. She is mistaken to be applying for the job of nanny to Maxwell's three children and is hired for that purpose. She becomes quite attached to the children, Maggie (Nicholle Tom), Brighton (Benjamin Salisbury), and Grace (Madeline Zima), and becomes great friends with the butler, Niles (Daniel Davis). There is sexual tension between her and Mr. Sheffield, which is complicated by the fact that his partner, C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane), likes him.

Still watch this when its on, really find this funny.

My Two Dads

When Marcy Bradford dies, she leaves her teen-age daughter Nicole (Staci Keanan) in the custody of a father she has never met; or rather, two fathers - Michael (Paul Reiser), a straight and formal man; and Joey (Greg Evigan), a wild artist. Both were Marcy's former boyfriends, and together, they provide a unique balance of parenting skills for young Nicole.
Florence Stanley, Giovanni Ribisi, Dick Butkus.

Use to watch this when I was younger, great for teens.

The Osbournes


Each episode shows us scenes from the real life of a typical multimillionaire middle-aged heavy-metal rock star with two teenagers, a shopaholic wife that's the real head of the house, a large stable of unruly pets, and some of the many people they meet up with. Events include teen daughter Kelly secretly getting a tattoo; run-ins with noisy neighbors; and preparations for a concert tour.

Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne.

Excellent entertainment, have all series on DVD. Really hilarious had my husband and I in stitches.



Misanthropic Dr. John Becker (Ted Danson) runs a clinic in New York City. He is assisted by super-capable Margaret Wyborn (Hattie Winston) and less-than-capable Linda (Shawnee Smith), who's only kept on because no one else can stand the doctor. Becker's best (some would say only) friend is the blind Jake Malinak (Alex Desert), who runs a newsstand in the diner across the street. The diner used to be run by Reggie Kostas (Terry Farrell), but it has been taken over by Chris Conner (Nancy Travis), a lady whom Becker fluctuates between loathing and being attracted to. The diner is also frequented by Robert Benito, who is universally known as Bob (Saverio Guerra) and is the super at Becker's apartment (much to the doctor's regret).

Haven't really seen much of this show but what I have seen I really like it, and intend to watch more and more!!!

Two And A Half Men


The Harper brothers Charlie (Charlie Sheen) and Alan (Jon Cryer) are almost opposites but form a great team. After years they had little in common except their dislike for their mundane, maternally cold but domineering mother Evelyn, Allan, a compulsively neat chiropractor and control-freak, is thrown out by his manipulative wife Judith (Marin Hinkle)who nevertheless gets him to pay for everything and do most jobs in the house. Charlie, a freelance jingle composer in a luxurious beach-house and irresistible Casanova who rarely gets up before brunch around noon, puts him up 'temporarily' with his son Jake (Angus T. Jones), a lazy fat school kid who shuttles between his parents. This starts off the sitcom around their conflicting lifestyles, such as how to raise the boy (who now has an efficient, caring dad for the boring stuff while having a ball with his fun-loving sugar uncle who teaches him boyish things), be moralistic or have fun, a stickler or popular, what's a 'white' lie... Other fairly regular characters include Charlie's fat cleaning lady Bertha (Conchata Ferrell) and his rich, obsessively infatuated neighbor-girl Rose who often sneaks in. (Holland Taylor), (Melanie Lynskey)

Really funny series, I think Angus is really funny in this, along side Charlie Sheen. One of my favourites!!!

King of Queens


Taking place in Rego Park, Queens, New York, a blue-collar married couple, Doug (Kevin James), a deliveryman, and Carrie (Leah Remini), a secretary at a law firm, who both live with Carrie's oddball father, Arthur (Jerry Stiller), try to make the best of what they got while trying to make their marriage somewhat normal and getting through tiny problems that they have together, even the occasional run-in with Carrie's father.

Victor Willims, Patton Oswalt, Gary Valentine, Nicole Sullivan, Merrin Dungey, Larry Romano.

A really funny comedy, watch this every time its on, a great laugh!!!

Everybody Loves Raymond


Ray Barone seemingly has it all. A wonderful wife, a beautiful family, a great job, a nice house on Long Island. There's only one problem. His obnoxious parents (who live across the street) and his jealous brother are always getting in the way.

Ray Romano, Doris Roberts, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Peter Boyle, Madylin Sweeten, Sawyer Sweeten, Sullivan Sweeten, Monica Horan.

My all time favourite, must of seen every episode about 10 times. I just love it, still watch it today, (one just finishes now) if you haven't yet seen it, I recommend you watch it. You'll be hooked!!!

Crosby Show


Long-running popular comedy television series about the Huxtable family. Doctor Heathcliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) and Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad), a happily married couple, are raising their children (Sondra (Sabrina Le Beauf), Denise (Lisa Bonet), Theodore (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), Vanessa (Tempestt Bledsoe), and Rudy (Keshia Knight Pulliam) The two oldest daughters eventually live successful adult lives and get married (Sondra to Elvin (Geoffrey Owens) and Denise to Martin). As the children get older, the family gets larger and, to the chagrin of Cliff, keep on coming back home when he wants them to move out and live on their own for good. (Raven-Symone), (Earle Hyman).

Use to watch this all the time when I was growing up, it was really funny, it gave my family many laughs.
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The young executive of an advertisement agency, Darrin Stephens marries a beautiful woman, Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery). On their honeymoon, Sam discloses a secret to him: she is a witch with magic powers. He makes her promise him that she will live like a mortal, without using witchcraft and spells in their lives, but sometimes she uses her magic to help Darrin (Dick York) and herself. Sam's mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead) does not accept her mortal son-in-law, hates him and can hardly say his name correctly. In the suburb of Morning Glory Circle, where they live, their curious next-door neighbor Gladys Kravitz (Sandra Gould) suspect Samantha, but can never prove the weird situations she sees to her husband Abner Kravitz. Darrin works in the McMahon and Tate ad agency with Larry Tate (David White), who is married to Louise Tate (Kasey Rogers). Samantha frequently receives her witch aunts in her house, specially her sweet old Aunt Clara (Marion Lorne).

Use to watch this when I was growing up, always had me in stitches!!!

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I Love Lucy


Lucille Bell
Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred (William Frawley) and Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance). The first major show to be put on film rather than kinescope.

A great classic sitecom from the 50's

Married With Children


The Bundys are a stereotypical "white trash" American family. Al is a shoe salesman who is fond of frequently reliving his doubtful 15 seconds of fame on the football field. Al is terrified of the all-to-frequent amorous advances his ditsy wife Peggy, a woman who must spend most of Al's wages at the salon and the mall. They have two children: Kelly, the stunning but superficial party animal, and Bud, who is too wrapped up in himself to realize his goal of "scoring" with a girl.

Ed O'Neill, David Faustino, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Ted Ginley.

I haven't seen this in years, but I always remember it as being very funny. Ed O'Neill is really funny!!!

3rd Rock from the Sun


A group of aliens has come to Earth to learn about its population, customs, etc. To avoid detection, they have taken on human form which gives them human emotions, physical needs etc. WITHOUT the understanding of what they mean or the inhibitions normally present in humans. Their leader takes the position of a college professor, their military expert as his sister, their intelligence expert, supposedly oldest of group takes form of his teenage son. The uninhibited reactions turn everyday events into unusual situations.

John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jane Curtin, Wayne Knight.

Only these bunch of talented actors could pull off this off. Aliens, living on Earth, in human bodies, struggling to cope. But they pull it off and then some. It never boring and always sooo funny.



When her husband, Judah (Jefferey Dean Morgan), dies of a sudden heart attack while out with his ten-year-old son, Shane (Alexander Gould), Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) finds herself in a financial crisis. With no other option available to her, she turns to Conrad Shepard (Romany Malco) and his family to sell cannabis, using a fake bakery to move the goods. Aided by her wayward black-sheep brother-in-law, Andy (Justin Kirk) (Judah's younger brother), she struggles to keep her new means of bill-solving secret from suspicious PTA members and her nosy neighbors as well as from her children, Shane and his teenage brother, Silas (Hunter Parrish). Coping without Judah as the patriarch of the family reflects in the Botwins, especially Shane, who is going through the painful process of growing up without his dad, with Andy as the reluctant and rather poor substitute for father-and-son topics that go with growing up.

Kevin Mealon, Elizabeth Perkins, Allie Grant, Andy Milder, Tonye Patano, Indigo, Maulik Pancholy, Guillermo Diaz, Demian Bichir.

Weeds one of the best series that I've watched. It is clever, really funny and very pleasant to watch. I am just looking forward to watching more, really a great series. If you haven't watched it you are really missing out on a great laugh!!!!!

The Love Boat


Love is in the air...Well, not only in the air but also in the sea! Passengers who search for romantic nights aboard a beautiful ship traveling to tropical or mysterious countries, decide to pass their vacation aboard the "Love Boat" where Gopher (Fred Grandy), Dr.Adam (Bernie Kopell), Isaac (Ted Lange), Julie (Lauren Tewes) and Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) try their best to please them and sometimes help them fall in love. Things are not always so easy but in the end love wins and everybody leaves the dreamboat satisfied...

I thought this was a great sitcom when I was growing up, but now I think its a bit corny.

Robins Nest


Robin is a qualified chef and together with his girlfriend, Vicky (Tessa Wyatt), he wants to open up a bistro, but without the finances to do it he must turn to his disapproving father to help out. Together with his father and Vicky, and a one-armed Irishman with a criminal record to do the washing up, they open up, Robin's Nest.

Tony Britton, David Kelly.

Fairly funny spin-off for Richard O'Sullivan from 'Man about the House'. Really like this sitcom, you cant beat the old ones there the best, funnier that some of the ones out today!
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Sunday, 9 August 2009

The Beverly Hillbillies


Meet the Clampett clan - There's Jed (Buddy Ebsen), a kind and sensible man turned millionaire, though not as imbocilic as the others, things happen around him without he knowing it; Granny (Irene Ryan) - old and senile, paranoid, and always certain she knows how to deal with a situation; Elly May (Donna Douglas) - Incredibly beautiful but awful naive! And Jethro Bodine (Max Baer Jr) - the stupid nephew of Jed. He's a strong as he is dumb; and Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bailey), a greedy banker who will do anything to keep the Clampett money in his bank, even if he has to hurt other people. Anyway, they've struck oil, gotten millions of dollars, move into a giant mansion, but still live like hillbillies: they still dress in tattered ragged clothes with rope belts, and Granny still makes soap the old fashion way, and Jethro tries to woo the women with his manly ways, but he's actually only acting like a real idiot, and doesn't even realize it.

The hillbillies have bought smiles to all our faces when it use to be on tv. What a pity they don't programs like this anymore.

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My Family


British comedy series about the Harper family. Father Ben (Robert Linsay) is a dentist who'd like to see his children move out of the house as soon as possible because all he wants is peace and quiet. His wife Susan (Zoe Wanamaker). His eldest son Nick (Kris Marshall) - who later on in the series does move out - is a complete idiot and a no-good who can't hold on to any of the various jobs he has. Daughter Janey (Daniela Denby-Ashe) is very shallow and not very picky when it comes to boys while son Michael (Gabriel Thomson) is way too smart for Ben and doesn't feel the need to communicate much with his father. His curious wife Susan clearly makes all the decisions in the household. Later on in the series Ben gets an assistant at work, goofy and naive Roger (Keiron Self), and when Janey finally moves out, no-brainer Abbi (Soibhan Hayes) moves in, while Janey keeps visiting, sometimes bringing along her little son, Kenzo (Tayler Marshall). So much for Ben's peace and quiet.

Really Love this show, makes me laugh every time I watch it. One of my all time favourites.

Family Ties


Family Ties was a hugely successful American family sitcom which ran from 1982 to 1989. The series starred Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter-Birney and Michael Grossas.

Loving parents Steven (Michael Gross) and Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter Birney) raise their children with open hearts and open minds. Growing up in the 1960s, Mum and Dad share a liberal point of view, and guide their family with the ideals and convictions of flower power! Their offspring, however, have different ideas. Eldest son Alex P. Keaton (Micheal J. Fox) is an over-achieving, hard-core Republican, and clashes with his parents at every turn. Mallory (Justine Bateman) is a fashion-loving, boy crazy teen struggling through high school, while little sister Jennifer (Tina Yothers) is the precocious tomboy who always speaks her mind. Together, they share the moments that make them laugh, make them cry... and make them family.

The main reason for watching this is Micheal Fox. Why do otherwise reasonable programmes spend so much air time on the supposedly original or cute things that kids say? Well, because they're designed for kids really.

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With its witty dialogue, sophisticated character development, and classic slapstick situations, FRASIER is perhaps best described as the thinking man's FRIENDS. Taking centre stage is pompous radio psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), whose phone-in show serves as much an outlet for his neuroses, as it does a public service for the people of Seattle. Clever intersecting storylines feature a brilliant ensemble cast, including his prim and proper brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce), their gruff retired-cop father Martin (John Mahoney), live-in home care worker Daphne (Jane Leeves), brassy radio producer Roz (Teri Gilpin), and a charismatic Jack Russell terrier named Eddie, with whom Frasier has regular staring contests but never wins. This collection includes the show's pilot episode through to its eleventh series finale, and every episode in between.

Really a great series, haven't yet seen them all myself but looking forward to catching up!!!

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Korea, 1950. They were a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit stationed three miles from the front. Incoming helicopters full of wounded brought the horrors of war to them daily and sometimes bullets flew right outside the operating room door. Hilarity and hijinks were all that kept them sane.

Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, William Christopher, Harry Morgan, Mike Farrell.

Now journey back to that special place where friendships were forged, laughter was found and drinks were served.

This is a great classic sitcom, one of the best of the 70's.



The definition of comfort television is this: you want to go where you know everybody's name. And you're always glad you came. Cheers is open for business once again in this set that contains all 22 episodes of the first, and best, season of the show that inherited Taxi's mantle as television's best ensemble-driven workplace comedy.

It can be instructive to return to a long-running series' more humble beginnings. Ted Danson. While Cheers got drunk on farce in its later years, it began life as a much more grounded human comedy. In these inaugural episodes, the action does not stray from the Boston bar owned by Sam Malone, a washed-up baseball player three years sober. The straws that stir the drink are the supporting players: Nick Colasanto as addled Coach; Rhea Perlman, the Thelma Ritter of her generation, as surly and fertile waitress Carla; George Wendt as quintessential barfly Norm; and John Ratzenberger as Cliff, the bar know-it-all ready with "little-known facts" (and blessedly far from the pathetic blowhard his character would evolve into).

This series was one of the best in the history of TV! Series one has a rocky start but it kicks off in a big way after them. A really great series if you haven't yet seen it.

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