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Good Neighbors 

The Good Life (original title)
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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1978   1977   1976   1975  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Richard Briers ...  Tom Good 30 episodes, 1975-1978
Felicity Kendal ...  Barbara Good 30 episodes, 1975-1978
Penelope Keith ...  Margo Leadbetter 30 episodes, 1975-1978
Paul Eddington ...  Jerry Leadbetter 30 episodes, 1975-1978
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Storyline

Tom and Barbara Good's dream is to live completely self-sufficiently. This means, among other things, raising their own vegetables and animals for food. Trouble is, they live in the suburbs. Their very conservative neighbors, the Leadbetters, look on, horrified, at this bold experiment. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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English

Release Date:

4 April 1975 (UK) See more »

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Good Neighbors See more »

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Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

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). See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Margo: Road cleaning, I shall pay. Street lighting, I shall pay. Ground rent, I shall pay. But when it comes to the drain in front of my house, I shall not. Because it is blocked up and overflowing.
Mr. Squires - Clerk: I shall make a note of that.
Margo: You will do more than that, Mr. Squires. You will have a plumber on my door step at nine o'clock tomorrow morning with a plunger in his hand, or you will not get a penny.
Mr. Squires - Clerk: Just who do you think you are, Mrs. Ledbetter?
Margo: I am the silent majority.
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Stands the test of time
8 March 2005 | by ejsawyerSee all my reviews

I remember watching this show on PBS in the early 80's and loving it. However, I hadn't seen it in nearly 20 years, and wasn't sure how much of my "wonderful" memory was simply nostalgia.

So I was thrilled to discover that my local library has a few episodes on VHS, but it was with a bit of trepidation that I checked them out. Would the show be as good (unintentional pun) as I remembered? I can happily say that yes, this show stands the test of time. True, most of Jerry and Margo's wardrobe is horribly dated, and the typical American wouldn't get a few of the jokes. However, by and large this charming sitcom is still big on laughs, in a very family-friendly way (except for some light innuendo, and the occasional drink, there's virtually nothing to offend here).

Oh, and even wearing a raincoat and wellies, Felicity Kendal is still one of the loveliest ladies I've ever seen.


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