Butterflies (1978–1983)

TV Series   |    |  Comedy, Romance

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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 »

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  • Wendy Craig in Butterflies (1978)
  • Wendy Craig and Bruce Montague in Butterflies (1978)
  • Geoffrey Palmer in Butterflies (1978)
  • Wendy Craig in Butterflies (1978)
  • Wendy Craig in Butterflies (1978)
  • Andrew Hall in Butterflies (1978)

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11 July 2004 | budikavlan
| Good example of its type
British comedies tend to fall into one of two main types: the quiet, introspective, usually romantic study and the farcical social satire. Settings, characters, and concepts vary but certain characteristics place the vast majority of shows into one of the two categories. Butterflies is perhaps the epitomé of the first type.

The scripts are very verbal, including long interior monologues by the main character Ria, a basically happy but unsettled housewife curious about what she might have missed out on when she embarked on a thoroughly conventional life. When she meets a successful but clumsy and emotionally accessible businessman (who makes his interest in her quite clear), she toys with the idea of finding out what the other path might have offered.

The acting and scripts are always on the money, which makes one's reaction to the show almost entirely a personal one: I was neither blown away by it nor turned off. My mother, on the other hand, adored this show. I think the degree to which one identifies with Ria's dilemma is the most important factor in determining one's reaction to Butterflies.

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Comedy | Romance

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