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The Good Life Comedy Sitcom

Updated on January 4, 2011

The Good Life Sitcom

The Good Life is a situational comedy that was aired in the 1970's in Britain. This British comedy is still a very popular show today and happens to be one of my favorite British comedies. I have seen every episode and still enjoy re-watching this fantastic comedy.

The good life Tom and Barbara Good trying to achieve self sufficiency. The neighbors Jerry and Margo Leadbetter are the conservative friends who do not understand Tom and Barbara but love them none the less.

On Toms 40th birthday he is not longer able to take his job seriously. Making plastic toys for breakfast cereals no longer gives a feeling of purpose. He decides to quit the job and become self sufficient.

Barbara shows her amazing support and love by taking to the dream of becoming self sufficient in a way most house wife's of the day would not likely accept. Her good humor and energy are easy to fall in love with, lucky Tom.

This show in Britain was a bit of a star maker. Felicity Kendal who plays Barbara Good became the object of many a teenage crush.

The Good Life Adventures

Becoming self sufficient in the suburbs is no easy task if Tom and Barbara make good examples of the attempt. They use their back garden as a vegetable allotment to grow soft fruits and veg. They then take on chickens, pigs and a goat for additional foods both to eat and to sell. Paying tax rates and other bills make self sufficiency quite difficult.

One of my favorite episodes is when the pig is having her babies. One of the babies is a runt and Jerry and Barbara rush to the hospital to get oxygen and are stopped by a policeman for speeding. The police officer winds up helping get the oxygen and is happy when the baby pig is saved.

The good life adventures usually work out in this pleasing and friendly way, by engaging bystanders to want to see the self sufficient life work for Tom and Barbara. Margo is the perfect example, most episodes have her upset by some project of the Goods only to wind up helping in her own way.

Margo is actually a character of real note. She is the stereotypical upper middle class suburbanite. She never really gets the joke (the Christmas episode really shows how lovable she is for this inability to get the joke) . Margo worries over appearances and how things will look. While she loves Tom and Barbara she has all the patience of a nun talking to an atheist. She honestly does not seem to understand wanting more from life then to look good in the eyes of her peers. The real popularity of Margo is in how people can laugh at the upper classes without being nasty about it.

The Good Life is a great example of gentle British humor and I think it has a little something for everyone. I urge you to check it out, even tho it is an older show it maintains a classic sense of being relevant even if the clothing styles are a bit out of date.

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    • Trish_M profile image

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Ah, yes ~ a lovely warm programme. Good stars in it, too. Thanks for reminding me of this one :)

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      7 years ago from London UK

      Winsome - Glad to have helped give you a diversion from writing! haha

      I just love the show, the time is the 1970's but aside from the fashion it is kinda timeless. Be careful or you will be hooked :D LOL

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      Winsome 

      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Well now you've done it, yet another wonderful British sitcom to watch. When will I find time to write? heh heh

      It sounds like a perfect feel good kind of show with attractive actors and plenty to laugh at. I will watch an episode tonight! Thanks for the introduction. =:)

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      7 years ago from London UK

      AliciaC - Thanks for the comment, I agree the show is really clever and funny. I really was glad my husband (British) told me I should watch this one, I fell in love with it haha!

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved “The Good Life.” I watched it in Canada, where it was called “The Good Neighbours.” I started watching the show because it reminded me of Britain, where I was born, but I soon loved it because it was such a funny and clever show.

    • kirstenblog profile imageAUTHOR

      kirstenblog 

      7 years ago from London UK

      A.A. Zavala - I love "Are you being served?" that is one funny show! Glad to have given you a good new one to check out! I will be doing a few more of my favorite shows here on hubpages so you might find more gems as I get them written :D

      The Old Firm - Summer!?!? Goodness we are freezing at the moment LOL. I would love to have Barbara round to help out with the self sufficiency stuff, she always took it all with great humor.

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      The Old Firm 

      7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Hi there kirstenblog,

      The Good Life was one of my favourite comedies when it first ran here, and the several re-runs since then.

      I'm sitting here looking out the window at my garden in the warm summer morning drizzle thinking that I should have planted my spuds yesterday, where the 'ells a Barbara when you need her?

      Cheers,

      TOF

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I enjoy British comedies. In America I watch "Keeping Up Appearences" and " Are You being Served". I will look for episodes of this show so I can add another to watch. Thanks for sharing.

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