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Keeping Up Appearances (1990-1995)

This has to be one of the funniest shows of all time! The series follows Hyacinth Bucket, pronounced "Bouquet," as she demonstrates her social superiority to her family, her acquaintances, and her village.

The show was created and written by Roy Clarke

Starring PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE, with the mere repertory players consisting of Josephine Tewson, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell, Mary Millar/Shirley Stelfox, David Griffin, and Clive Swift as Richard.

What are your favorite scenes? Characters? Episodes?

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by Anonymousreply 136June 9, 2024 1:38 AM

The boat scene is hilarious. Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift did their own stunts.

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by Anonymousreply 1January 8, 2024 3:02 AM

They started turning her into a Lucy like moron. Meh.

by Anonymousreply 2January 8, 2024 3:03 AM

Getting stuck on the back of a lorry

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by Anonymousreply 3January 8, 2024 3:03 AM

The scene where she makes Elizabeth park three block away from Onslow's house!

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by Anonymousreply 4January 8, 2024 3:04 AM

The one where she is stuck on the back of the lorry. And the one where Richard finally loses his shit and yells at her by the public pay phone.

by Anonymousreply 5January 8, 2024 3:07 AM

Every scene with a phone call from Sheridan.

by Anonymousreply 6January 8, 2024 3:09 AM

Sheridan was gay, right? lol

by Anonymousreply 7January 8, 2024 3:12 AM

I love this show. It didn't come on my radar until 2004 or so when I met a great friend from the UK and he turned me on to it. I feel like I know that village and all it's charm and silliness. Just watching Hyacinth at the telephone is a whole sketch on its own. Call me twee or an anglophile but I love the British comedy shows. The Catherine Tate Show is another absolute gem.

by Anonymousreply 8January 8, 2024 3:13 AM

Hyacinth's great escape from The Major

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by Anonymousreply 9January 8, 2024 3:14 AM

Bucket residence, Lady of the House speaking

by Anonymousreply 10January 8, 2024 3:14 AM

R9, looking back, it was remarkable that one of the common plot points in the first couple of seasons was Hyacinth being sexually assaulted by various men.

by Anonymousreply 11January 8, 2024 3:29 AM

A bunch or short scenes of Hyacinth being a bitch.

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by Anonymousreply 12January 8, 2024 3:47 AM

Folks mispronouncing Boo-kay.

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by Anonymousreply 13January 8, 2024 3:48 AM

Hyacinth's best one liners.

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by Anonymousreply 14January 8, 2024 3:50 AM

A good one. Tea time with Elizabeth.

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by Anonymousreply 15January 8, 2024 3:51 AM

Richard forgets their wedding anniversary.

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by Anonymousreply 16January 8, 2024 3:54 AM

It was noted that Hyacinth has very poor handwriting, especially for a woman aspiring to the upper class.

by Anonymousreply 17January 8, 2024 4:16 AM

My favorite episodes are "Driving Mrs. Fortescue" and "How to Go on Holiday Without Really Trying."

by Anonymousreply 18January 8, 2024 4:41 AM

They got the clothing spot on for middle-class women in the provinces. This is very much how homemaking wives of professional men, very much involved with church, school committees and the Rotary association, dressed in the 1980s and early 1990s.

by Anonymousreply 19January 8, 2024 6:51 AM

[quote]This has to be one of the funniest shows of all time!

It is OP. It always puts a smile on my face.

by Anonymousreply 20January 8, 2024 7:02 AM

R3 that's one of my favourite episodes too, but they are all brilliant. Onslow is my favourite character, I find him extremely relatable.

And that vicar was so fucking hot which was a nice bonus

by Anonymousreply 21January 8, 2024 8:07 AM

If Sheridan were here, he’d be appalled.

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by Anonymousreply 22January 8, 2024 8:35 AM

Is it streaming anywhere?

by Anonymousreply 23January 8, 2024 8:49 AM

R23 on Britbox.

by Anonymousreply 24January 8, 2024 9:10 AM

"Richard, Sheridan, and his best friend Steve are no longer speaking. Probably over the rent. He moved out"

or some such hilarity

by Anonymousreply 25January 8, 2024 10:04 AM

There’s a Hyacinth Bouquet account on Facebook where Hyacinth, Richard, Daisy, Onslow, Elizabeth, Emmet, and Sheridan interact with each other. It’s hilarious!

by Anonymousreply 26January 8, 2024 10:21 AM

When a stranger calls!

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by Anonymousreply 27January 8, 2024 10:39 AM

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. “Bouquet” you say?

by Anonymousreply 28January 8, 2024 12:33 PM

R25 Sheridan’s best friend is Tarquin.

by Anonymousreply 29January 8, 2024 12:35 PM

Was the Bucket woman a Brexiteer?

by Anonymousreply 30January 8, 2024 12:38 PM

Does one’s Royal Doulton tea set feature hand painted periwinkles, r30?

by Anonymousreply 31January 8, 2024 1:12 PM

What nationality is Tarquin?

by Anonymousreply 32January 8, 2024 1:25 PM

Patricia Routledge is one of the greatest comedy actresses of all time!

by Anonymousreply 33January 8, 2024 1:52 PM

Richard and Hyacinth getting stuck in the kitchen

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by Anonymousreply 34January 8, 2024 1:56 PM

Everyone looked liked a real person in this show

by Anonymousreply 35January 8, 2024 1:57 PM

R2 You are right that this show was, at its core, I Love Lucy. A woman with plans and schemes who ends up "slipping on the banana peel" as Routledge herself put it. It took that basic premise and added the very British tradition of social climbing and produced a hit. Routledge was not only a very good actress but a good "clown" with physical comedy and wordsmithing. If you go on Youtube you can watch her dramatic work, which is very good.

by Anonymousreply 36January 8, 2024 2:07 PM

I’ve always loved this hilarious parody. It’s so on the nose.

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by Anonymousreply 37January 8, 2024 8:39 PM

If the part had been decent she would have made a great Queen Mother in 5/6 of The Crown.

by Anonymousreply 38January 8, 2024 8:46 PM

She deserves to be recognized with Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, etc.

by Anonymousreply 39January 8, 2024 10:41 PM

I always wondered if Elizabeth really liked Hyacinth

by Anonymousreply 40January 9, 2024 12:22 AM

r40 She didn't really have any nerves, her dropping the cups was just her psychologically torturing Hyacinth.

by Anonymousreply 41January 9, 2024 12:25 AM

R41 She was sweet and understanding, too. I think she felt bad for Hyacinth, but she also liked her.

by Anonymousreply 42January 9, 2024 1:43 AM

Tell that to the husband buried in the garden

by Anonymousreply 43January 9, 2024 1:43 AM

He was in Saudi Arabia

by Anonymousreply 44January 9, 2024 1:44 AM

You're just sucking the humour out of this thread, aren't you?

by Anonymousreply 45January 9, 2024 2:21 AM

A visit to the Bucket residence:

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by Anonymousreply 46January 9, 2024 2:53 AM

Patricia Routledge on Desert Island Discs. 1999.

Her choices included Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Holst, Elgar, Beethoven, and Schubert.

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by Anonymousreply 47January 9, 2024 2:54 AM

“Mendelssohn, I think.”

“It’s Chopin!”

“Of course, some ignoramus walking by said it was Mendelsshon! Coffee at eleven, bring Emmett.”

by Anonymousreply 48January 9, 2024 3:06 AM

Are DL folk aware that Hyacinth is one of the family? Her LT partner was The Right Honorable Betty Boothroyd, Speaker of the House of Commons.

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by Anonymousreply 49January 9, 2024 3:15 AM

r48 It was Brahms

by Anonymousreply 50January 9, 2024 3:32 AM

Any scene with that dishy Vicar!

by Anonymousreply 51January 9, 2024 3:40 AM

She does r39. This poignant 1982 piece shows what a brilliant actress she is. It’s worth a watch if you haven’t seen it.

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by Anonymousreply 52January 9, 2024 4:56 AM

The vicar WAS dishy. Were we supposed to buy that Emmett was really a STRAIGHT divorcee?

by Anonymousreply 53January 9, 2024 4:57 AM

The dishy vicar in bed with another man!

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by Anonymousreply 54January 9, 2024 5:02 AM

It is a frightening extrapolation of I love Lucy translated to England. Right down to a gay Little Ricky. Richard and Lucille the retirement years. Boom chickie boom, Hyacinth.

by Anonymousreply 55January 9, 2024 5:28 AM

One of my all-time favourites!

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by Anonymousreply 56January 9, 2024 6:33 AM

One of my all-time favourites!

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by Anonymousreply 57January 9, 2024 6:33 AM

Fuck me, I apologize for the double post. But I love that sequence at the links.

by Anonymousreply 58January 9, 2024 6:34 AM

It's worth posting twice R58!

by Anonymousreply 59January 9, 2024 8:15 AM

He really was a dishy vicar:

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by Anonymousreply 60January 9, 2024 8:17 AM

They should do a reboot with 50-something Sheridan trying to maintain his mummy's legacy and standards much to his husband Tarquin's eternal dismay.

by Anonymousreply 61January 9, 2024 9:35 AM

R56 / R57 - that's a good one. And, having her kiss Richard at the end is such a lovely touch. A sober Hyacinth would never show such a public display of affection.

by Anonymousreply 62January 9, 2024 9:56 AM

Apparently Keeping Up Appearances is the most widely globally syndicated BBC show in history. Hopefully our elderlez made a... bucket of money off of its incredible afterlife.

by Anonymousreply 63January 9, 2024 9:57 AM

Rose and the Dishy Vicar -comedy gold

by Anonymousreply 64January 9, 2024 10:09 AM

We never saw Sheridan did we?

by Anonymousreply 65January 9, 2024 10:12 AM

No, just the back of his head getting into a taxi R65. But that’s what makes it magic — Sheridan is exactly like you picture in your head! Just like Maris on Frasier.

by Anonymousreply 66January 9, 2024 10:24 AM

One of my favourite Hyacinth quotes is:

"If there's one thing I can't stand it's snobbery and one-upishness. People who try to pretend they're superior. Makes it so much harder for those of us who really are."

by Anonymousreply 67January 9, 2024 10:40 AM

R61, Sheridan could open the equivalent of an English Bates Hotel with Hyacinth forever holding a teacup.

by Anonymousreply 68January 9, 2024 11:59 AM

It was a great achievement by Routledge and a funny cast.

I feel like my PBS station only ever got the rights to about 10 episodes because I always end up seeing the same ones!

Also, I need the dishy vicar inside me quite deeply.

by Anonymousreply 69January 9, 2024 12:54 PM

R61 Don't like it. Wouldn't watch.

by Anonymousreply 70January 9, 2024 1:49 PM

I think Keeping Up Appearances is better than I Love Lucy

by Anonymousreply 71January 9, 2024 1:54 PM

I think it's one of those programmes where - no matter how many times you've seen an episode - you can still get enjoyment out of watching it again.

Plus it brings back memories for me. Both from when it was originally on telly here in the 90s (I remember it being on Sunday evenings and being allowed to watch it before being sent off to bed), but also because my Grandparents were a similar age to Hyacinth and Richard and their house was very similar, so it brings back memories of visiting them in the early to mid 90s. (Luckily my Grandma wasn't anything like Hyacinth!)

Comedy and nostalgia is a good combination.

by Anonymousreply 72January 9, 2024 2:12 PM

[quote] I think Keeping Up Appearances is better than I Love Lucy

The sound you just heard is 400 eldergays SHRIEKING in anger and confusion

by Anonymousreply 73January 9, 2024 4:18 PM

There's an episode where a workman is leaning against his truck. It is the largest bulge I'd ever seen. Sent my gayling heart aflutter.

by Anonymousreply 74January 9, 2024 4:37 PM

[quote]Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift did their own stunts

No they didn't. Just watch the scene, it's clearly not them in the water, and the credits include two stunt performers

by Anonymousreply 75January 9, 2024 6:33 PM

R75 Maybe not the boat scene, but almost everything else they did!

by Anonymousreply 76January 9, 2024 10:54 PM

Riparian actors?

by Anonymousreply 77January 9, 2024 11:16 PM

"You know me, Richard, I haven't got a snobbish bone in my body."

by Anonymousreply 78January 10, 2024 2:27 AM

R74 I shall seek out the bulging man with zeal!

by Anonymousreply 79January 10, 2024 4:01 AM

I remember the word 'riparian' being used on a University course I did and it immediately brought to mind that KUA episode. Heh.

by Anonymousreply 80January 10, 2024 9:48 AM

such a funny episode!

by Anonymousreply 81May 18, 2024 2:41 AM

R74, R79 It’s the episode where Liz and Hyacinth go to volunteer at the charity show with Mrs. Councilor Neugent. Along the way Hyacinth has to stop by and stop daddy from getting married. The son of daddy’s fiancée is unloading a truck with the guy with the HUGE bulge.

by Anonymousreply 82May 18, 2024 2:46 AM

I love that on DL we discuss the same beloved things over and over again, just like an episode of Keeping Up Appearances repeats the same formula every episode.

by Anonymousreply 83May 18, 2024 2:48 AM

R83 not true! What is the formula?

by Anonymousreply 84May 18, 2024 3:05 AM

I like the one when the old lady shakes while holding a tea cup.

by Anonymousreply 85May 18, 2024 3:40 AM

I'd dash the Royal Doulton with the hand-painted periwinkles off the table then rip the Dishy Vicar's pants off and give him and rough and horny blowjob, right in the middle of the Hyacinth's Candlelight Supper!

by Anonymousreply 86May 19, 2024 9:38 AM

Apparently it was suggested towards the end of the run that the Dishy Vicar be revealed as Hyacinth's secret love child, borne to an aristocrat when Hy worked as his maid when she was a teenager. The idea didn't fly as the BBC said "We already have EastEnders for that!".

by Anonymousreply 87May 19, 2024 10:00 AM

As if Hyacinth would ever be a maid even as a teenager. She's far too snobby and desperate to be viewed as upper middle class to ever be seen doing that.

by Anonymousreply 88May 19, 2024 10:18 AM

R88 you obviously haven't seen the prequel where Hyacinth was... a maid!

How do you think her social pretentions developed?

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by Anonymousreply 89May 19, 2024 10:24 AM

R29- There’s a road in NYC called the Sheridan Expressway and every time I drive by it I think of Keeping Up Appearances.

by Anonymousreply 90May 19, 2024 12:57 PM

It really is the best sitcom with regards to acting and writing. There are other shows with better writing, but they don’t quite match with acting ability. Re: One Foot in the Grave.

by Anonymousreply 91May 19, 2024 1:24 PM

I was in Catholic primary school when KUA was released and a lot of stay at mothers, of English and Irish background, dressed like Hyacinth. (Or they strolled around the neighbourhood in pastel nylon jogging suits with little white sneakers.)

They had similar houses and furnishings, in similarly drab lower middle-class commuter suburbs and their husbands had council or night school or phone company jobs.

My mother, who worked full time as a doctor, was too busy to go to morning teas and committees, and wore more stylish clothing, was hated by most of them, haha.

by Anonymousreply 92May 19, 2024 4:18 PM

Hyacinth is exhausting. Why did Richard marry her?

by Anonymousreply 93May 19, 2024 4:21 PM

Show sucked. The bucket lady acts uppity, the bucket lady's family embarrasses her. The bucket lady's neighbor tries to avoid her. Can't. Has a nervous cup of tea. There. Every episode.

by Anonymousreply 94May 19, 2024 4:26 PM

R94 Maybe, but it is the lengths she goes to avoid her family that make HER embarrass HERSELF way more than they would have.

by Anonymousreply 95May 19, 2024 4:28 PM

Onslow and Hyacinth dancing on the Queen Elizabeth II is hysterical

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by Anonymousreply 96May 19, 2024 4:29 PM

On a tour of PBS stations, Josephine Tewson (Elizabeth) said series ended because "Pat felt they had exhausted plots" and some had been done more than once.

by Anonymousreply 97May 19, 2024 4:31 PM

r7 So was his Mummy, in real life.

by Anonymousreply 98May 19, 2024 4:57 PM

R29, A half-block from The Stonewall is Sheridan Square.

by Anonymousreply 99May 19, 2024 4:59 PM

R75, and we know she didn't ride the horse that galloped all over.

by Anonymousreply 100May 19, 2024 5:04 PM

[quote] Hyacinth is exhausting. Why did Richard marry her?

Perfect homemaker, spotless house, food on the table, corporate entertainer, supported his career, energetic.

Of course you knew she became the monster she was after Sheridan was born.

If she were 30% less loud Richard probably wouldn’t have been too unhappy.

by Anonymousreply 101May 19, 2024 5:08 PM

It’s such a cultural criticism. Shows from that era had a lot of teachable moments through comedy. It’s a taboo in that culture to appear to be striving for anything. I’m not saying it’s wrong to be grateful for what one has but “know your place” is too extreme of a policy because it’s not sustainable. The empty talentless strivers and the cynical gatekeepers are both holding things back

by Anonymousreply 102May 19, 2024 5:51 PM

R94 the nervous cup of tea is about a neighbor that is so psychologically stressed because she has chosen to keep her dislike of her neighbors a secret. The lying makes the neighbors not trust each other. It’s completely self inflicted misery because she has to keep up appearances. The neighbors that are judging hyacinth are just as bad for being hilariously fake! What a joke!

by Anonymousreply 103May 19, 2024 5:57 PM

R93 Hyacinth wasn't like that when she was young. She was ambitious but unsure of herself. It was only after she hit her 40s that she became a snob

by Anonymousreply 104May 19, 2024 6:24 PM

I noticed when I was in Canada 20 years ago a lot of the suburban women dressed like Hyacinth.

by Anonymousreply 105May 19, 2024 8:08 PM

...And/or Elizabeth.

by Anonymousreply 106May 19, 2024 8:08 PM

I was watching some old UK show called Boomers out of pure boredom. They characters did seem rather begrudging of one old friend's new life in Spain. They couldn't be happy for him but bemoaned how uppity he'd be and boasting of how wonderful Spain was, R102. Most Americans are happy for other people. Well, not magat types but normal people.

by Anonymousreply 107May 19, 2024 8:41 PM

Did suburban women really dress that frumpy?

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by Anonymousreply 109May 19, 2024 9:07 PM

[quote] I was watching some old UK show called Boomers out of pure boredom. They characters did seem rather begrudging of one old friend's new life in Spain. They couldn't be happy for him but bemoaned how uppity he'd be and boasting of how wonderful Spain was, [R102]. Most Americans are happy for other people. Well, not magat types but normal people.

Watch early episodes of Come Dine With Me UK. People are constantly triggered, nay, actually offended, by people of their own class who serve more expensive or unfamiliar foods.

by Anonymousreply 110May 20, 2024 11:43 AM

I always imagined a crossover where Hyacinth's cousin comes to visit from Australia. Said cousin turns out to be Dame Edna Everage accompanied by Madge Allsop and Sir Les Patterson. Hilarity ensues.

by Anonymousreply 111May 20, 2024 1:41 PM

I always thought Patricia Routledge would be a great Miss Marple

by Anonymousreply 112May 20, 2024 7:41 PM

I liked As Time Goes By so much better. Much more adult show.

by Anonymousreply 113May 20, 2024 10:52 PM

Maybe it's common in British acting, but I could never imagine an American actress (or actor for that matter) performing the physical comedy that Routledge did.

To do it in her 60s? More impressive still.

by Anonymousreply 114May 20, 2024 10:57 PM

There were funny moments but i cant say i find this a very good tv show. The same jokes were repeated ad nauseum In every episode, i dont recall a show doing that ever. It was somewhat strange as the premise was good and the actors also, so I don’t understand why they couldn’t like, have other jokes, aplot, whatever. Bit the same thing every fucking time was bad.

by Anonymousreply 115May 20, 2024 10:58 PM

R114 Ever hear of Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance?

by Anonymousreply 116May 21, 2024 1:09 AM

I enjoyed the show. Not as much as 'Are You Being Served", but it was funny. I must admit I found myself hating Richard for being such a wuss and not resorting to slapping Hyacinth's face a few times. Hyacinth was one of those people who should have had regular ass whippings when she was growing up. Beat some of that arrogance out of her.

by Anonymousreply 117May 21, 2024 1:13 AM

Can’t decide…. The time the vicar dove behind something to hide from Hyacinth, exclaiming, “It’s that Bucket woman!” -or- The time Sheridan called home asking for money because he simply had to buy some silk pajamas.

by Anonymousreply 118May 21, 2024 1:18 AM

The opening credits always reminds of John Waters’ Desperate Living.

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by Anonymousreply 119May 21, 2024 1:21 AM

I loved the show. It wasn't perfect (the vicar's wife was unfunny, for ex.) and I think they repeated joke lines too much ("room for a pony"), but Routledge was great and the premise was just funny.

by Anonymousreply 120May 21, 2024 1:21 AM

Well, thanks to you whores, I just rewatched the first four episodes. I like Onslow, Daisy and Rose the best.

How did the dishy vicar get paired with such a frumpy, plain wife?

by Anonymousreply 121May 21, 2024 3:05 AM

R121 where di you watch them?

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by Anonymousreply 123May 21, 2024 4:07 AM

It’s on Britbox, along with all of the other shows mentioned in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 124May 21, 2024 4:51 AM

Used to be on local PBS stations for free. Now you have to pay for it. I guess that's progress.

by Anonymousreply 125May 21, 2024 12:01 PM

Britbox R122.

by Anonymousreply 126May 21, 2024 1:38 PM

Clive Swift had a dramatic role in A Passage to India

by Anonymousreply 127May 21, 2024 1:40 PM

Clive Swift sure was a bitter old man.

by Anonymousreply 128May 21, 2024 5:28 PM

I believe that the larger scandal of the show was that Hyacinth's Double Glazed Avignon, was not what the set decorators placed on the table. It is obvious that KUA was not expected to be anything but a single season filler and nobody spent the cash to lay out a correct Hyacinth pretentious table. No mention of Fish Knives or the vermeil used in the opening.

Talk about suspending disbelief!

by Anonymousreply 129May 22, 2024 10:34 AM

^Proof Hyacinths exist in real life.

by Anonymousreply 130May 22, 2024 12:09 PM

If you look at production, the show aired 5-10 episodes once a year or once every other year.

In streaming, you notice the same jokes, but if you were watching in Summer1993 and the next show wasn’t until Fall 1995, the repeated jokes make sense.

by Anonymousreply 131May 22, 2024 2:36 PM

R130 I love you

by Anonymousreply 132May 23, 2024 1:13 AM

R132, begone varlet.

. R129

by Anonymousreply 133May 23, 2024 2:33 AM

KUA worked because it played on the "Lucy" trope (she tries a scheme and fails spectacularly) but had good writing and an excellent lead performer.

by Anonymousreply 134June 8, 2024 5:55 PM

Which is exactly why the Nanny also worked. R134

by Anonymousreply 135June 8, 2024 6:02 PM

Tarquin is the name of Laurence Olivier’s oldest son.

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