The Good Life 4 Seasons 1976

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5. Mutiny TV-Y CC

Jerry must choose between obeying Sir and pleasing Margo by attending her musical.

Starring:
Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal
Runtime:
29 minutes
Original air date:
January 9, 1976

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Product Details

Genres International, Comedy
Director John Howard Davies
Starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal
Supporting actors Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington, Reginald Marsh, Toby Page, Tony Page
Network BBC
Producers John Howard Davies
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Customer Reviews

Good humor and funny.
RALPH MANN
I loved this show when I watched it 20 years ago and really enjoy seeing it again today.
ROBERT G KESSLER
Excellent writing, great cast.
Thelbert R. Silverman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

119 of 124 people found the following review helpful By S. Fackler on February 28, 2005
Format: DVD
I can't review this specific DVD set, as it has not been released yet at this time. But I own all of these episodes on VHS, and so had to write something to encourage anyone looking at this item to purchase it.

"The Good Life" is at its base the story of Tom and Barbara Good, a happily married couple living in Surbiton, a London suburb. Tom designs toy prizes for cereal boxes until the night he decides that he and Barbara should try something new: living in an entirely self-sufficient manner. What this translates to is transforming their suburban home into a smallholding (farm).

How this happens, and the Good's adventures in farming, are only part of the humor. Tom and Barbara are funny, but it's their neighbor, Margot Leadbetter, who makes tis show really stand out. Margot's husband Jerry used to be Tom's boss, and they've all been friends for a long time. Margot is a dreadful snob, even thought deep down she truly is a good and caring friend. It's an indication of the writing quality (and the quality of Penelope Keith's performance) that while Margot could have become a caricature, she never does. Instead she is slowly revealed as a fascinating and affectionate woman who, although she thinks Tom and Barbara are crazy, nonetheless loves them and wants to be their friend.

The actors are all solid, and soldily funny, the concept cute and fertile ground for jokes, but it's the timelessness and non-gimicky friendship of the show's characters, and the solid cast, that makes "The Good Life" a classic, not just in British comedy, but all comedy. The fact that this show was selected to do a Royal Command Performance will give some indication of how enormously popular and funny it was.

If you like "Fawlty Towers," "The Office," "Father Ted," etc.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Ambrosio on June 20, 2005
Format: DVD
I've had the new DVD set for about ten days now (my local retailer had it out on the shelves a week before the official release date, I grabbed it the moment I spotted it), so I guess I will be the first to give the rundown on the set.

This is a high-quality release from BBC Video, on par with the "Fawlty Towers" and "Yes, Minister" sets. There are four single-sided discs in an attractive, colorful fold-out case -- one series (or season) per disc, plus a fourth for the 1977 Christmas special plus a few extras. I have watched about half the episodes and they are bright and clear, no problems with picture or sound quality. One odd thing: although the package is labeled "Good Neighbors", the titles on the episodes themselves say "The Good Life", the original name of the series (the music and graphics are the same).

The set is light on special features, the main feature being an interview with "cast, crew, and celebrity fans" that runs about a half hour. It is basically a highlight reel from the series, with running commentary from Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, and some other British television personalities who will probably only be familiar to residents of the UK. Nothing too profound here, just a lot of people going on about how wonderful the show was, sort of like a long promo (but still fun to watch). The only disappointment is that Felicity Kendal does not make an appearance.

Still, the most important thing is that all the episodes from series 1-3 are included, in their original broadcast order. Another reviewer mentioned that the series finale is "missing" from the set, and that is true -- none of the episodes from the fourth and final series are included, presumably because they were previously released as part of a DVD set from Acorn Media.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Library Girl on August 24, 2005
Format: DVD
Seasons 1-3 are owned by a difference production company than Season 4. So the company that owns Season 4 decided to release it on dvd in 2002. The company that owns seasons 1-3 just recently decided to release those episodes. So...yes, in order to have the complete series you will also need to purchase The Final Season (aka series 4.)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As previous reviewers have already demonstrated, this is a beloved Britcom. Blessed with a uniformly superb cast & exceptionally sharp writing, these episodes are thoroughly rewatchable; and if I have any complaint, it's only that there aren't more of them. But perhaps that's just as well: better to have a few A+ episodes than too many sub-par ones.

The ideal of self-sufficiency ... haven't we all considered it at some point or another, if only for a fleeting moment? Getting out of the rat race, making a life that's far more meaningful? OK, few of us will ever actually manage that! But we can certainly enjoy this comedic depiction of such an attempt. It does make clear just how hard a life it would be, even within the cozy confines of a TV sitcom!

And the characters themselves! I especially like that the writers didn't settle for one-dimensional cutouts. Tom Good can be a bit pushy & irritating at times, but he'd need such qualities to make the leap from vague wish to grimy reality in the first place. And his deep love for wife Barbara is plain to see, as is hers for her determined husband. Of course, Barbara herself may look like a lovely waif, but she's got plenty of backbone & fire -- Tom doesn't push her around!

Neighbors Jerry & Margot could easily have been flat characters, existing as negative foils for the Goods; instead, we get two real people, generally happy with their own way of life, genuinely puzzled by Tom & Barbara's rejection of that life -- but ultimately supportive of their friends. Margot is a special delight: not the mere snob she first appears, she's honest, loyal, and a force to be reckoned with. Despite their squabbling, it's clear that she & Jerry do love one another, and treasure their eccentric best friends.
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