Good Neighbors (1975–1978)

TV Series   |    |  Comedy

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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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5 July 2006 | chasmilt777
| best sitcom ever !
This was my favorite BBC sitcom. Even though there was only 30 episodes, it ranks as my favorite among all comedies. I was so fortunate to have had access to public television growing up. Channel 13 in Dallas, Texas was the first public TV station to air "Monty Python's Flying Circus" in the U. S. (Three cheers to Eric Idle).

It was the "Good Neighbors" series that got me started in collecting and recording TV shows onto VHS tapes. One can not help but fall in love with the characters on this show. Tom and Barbara Good are the main characters who decide to live a life of total self-efficiency in the suburbs of London. It is their next door neighbors, Margo and Jerry Ledbetter, that bring in most of the laughs. They remain best of friends with the Good's even though their lifestyles become totally different.

I highly recommend this excellent British comedy. Everyone has a favorite and this show is mine. My favorite American TV sitcom is "The Bob Newhart Show". These two shows have nothing in common except that they make you laugh.

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In the US, this series was broadcast under the title "The Good Neighbors" to avoid confusion with the short-lived series The Good Life (1971), even though that show was off the air almost three years before this one began. The opening titles were reworked by the BBC art department so that the title even includes the same flower, bird, and bee as the original. To make things even more confusing, when the series was released on US home video, the outer box had the "Good Neighbors" title, but the shows on the tape had the "Good Life" titles (they were from the BBC masters, simply re-encoded to NTSC video).


Tom: Come on, Margo. Get your hat on.
Margo: This is the "Daily Mirror".
Jerry: Please, have the "Telegraph".
Margo: Thank you.


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. But the operative word here is, "temporary". Tom explains to Jerry that this was not, a "permanent state" and therefore not a breech of self-sufficiency. This principle was first presented by Tom in "The Pagan Rite" where he explains taking "one job for one purpose" is an acceptable exception.

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


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Written by
Leslie Stuart
Performed by Peter Dawson


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