Comedy

‘Allo ‘Allo

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) 55 x 30 minute episodes 26 x 25 minute episodes 3 x 45 minute episodes 1 x 35 minute episode "Listen very carefully, I shall say zees only once" "Good Moaning" - The time is 1940, the place a cafe in the small town of Nouvion(...)

13 Queens Boulevard

1 9 7 9 (USA) 9 x 30 minute episodes Originally to have been titled Five Women, this short-lived comedy series starring Eileen Brennan was originally meant to be about five women who live in the same garden apartment complex in Queens, New York. Their husbands would be heard in the next room or on the phone,(...)

2 Point 4 Children

2 Point 4 Children

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 9 (UK) 56 x 40 minute episodes When Andrew Marshall's 2 Point 4 Children first hit British screens it was compared to Roseanne (1988), primarily because of Gary Olsen's burly build as lumberjack-shirted Ben Porter. Like Roseanne, it survived the recasting of the eldest daughter and had occasional lapses into surrealism. But there(...)

227

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) 116 x 30 minute episodes 227 first aired in September 1985 and ran for five seasons on NBC before its final episode in July 1990. Based on a play of the same name, this situation-comedy was set around an apartment building (number 227) in a racially-mixed neighbourhood(...)

3rd Rock From the Sun

1 9 9 6 - 2 0 0 1 (USA) A surprise hit of the 1996-1997 season, 3rd Rock From The Sun surprised most of the critics who had made sport of its improbable premise when it became an audience favourite and made it into the top-30 Nielsen rated shows in its first year. Four aliens had arrived(...)

9 To 5

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 3 (USA) 1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 8 (USA) 85 x 30 minute episodes Based on characters created by Patricia Resnick for the 1980 motion picture of the same name. The series followed three secretaries, Doralee, Judy and Violet, as they waged office warfare (while trying not(...)

A Bit Of Fry and Laurie

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 5 (UK) Amidst the 'alternative' comedy chaos of the 1980's, A Bit Of Fry & Laurie arrived almost unnoticed on 13 January 1989 (following a one-off pilot in 1987). Unlike The Young Ones, it had no ambitions to tear up the rule book of comedy but simply to present funny, surreal(...)

A Class By Himself

1 9 7 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes On the crest of a wave with his Dad's Army role, John Le Mesurier starred in this rare networked sitcom from HTV - the Wales and West of England ITV franchise. He was cast as Lord Bleasham (pronounced 'Blessem'), an eccentric peer living in the family seat (yes,(...)

A Different World

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) 142 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute episode A spin-off from The Cosby Show in which Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) left the Cosby home to attend the predominantly black Hillman College in Georgia - her parents' alma mater. Her attempts to adjust to life away from(...)

A Fine Romance

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) 26 x 25 minute episodes Laura Dalton is a translator by profession: brainy, content to accept that she's single, entering middle-age with dignity and her own agenda. Reluctantly - because she knows that her younger sister Helen and her husband Phil are incurable matchmakers - she(...)

A Gentleman’s Club

1 9 8 8 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes The staid, faded elegance of a gentleman's club was the setting for this BBC sitcom from Richard Gordon, creator of the Doctor series of novels, films and TV series. The fictitious Albany club, situated off Pall Mall, "up steps worn by five generations of gentlemanly leather", was based(...)

A J Wentworth, BA

1 9 8 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This Thames comedy was Arthur Lowe's last television series, made shortly before his death on 16 April 1982 and screened posthumously. The role was just right for him, combining a gentle humour with the subtle blend of bumble, pleasant foolishness, earnestness and pomposity that Lowe had so(...)

A Kick Up The Eighties

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 8 2 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes This sketch show from BBC Scotland mined the same iconoclastic post-punk humour as Not The Nine O'Clock News and Who Dares Wins. It featured a host of up-and-coming talent, including Tracey Ullman and Robbie Coltrane, but  Rik Mayall's monologues as opinionated, brain-dead Brummie Kevin(...)

A Life Of Bliss

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) George Cole starred in the successful carry-over of this 30-minute comedy series from radio to television, playing the part of David Bliss, a gullible young bachelor prone to verbal gaffes and jumping to incorrect conclusions. His pet dog, Psyche, was 'voiced' by animal impersonator Percy Edwards.(...)

A Little Bit Of Wisdom

1 9 7 4 - 1 9 7 6 (UK) 20 x 30 minute episodes Norman Wisdom starred (again) as the little man who could never get things right. This time he was causing havoc in a city hospital, helping out a needy friend, and Bible-thumping on behalf of a charlatan Vicar. One episode provoked complaints when(...)

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