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"Good Neighbors" (AKA "The Good Life") (1975)

I re-watched the Complete Series 1-3. A suburban couple Tom and Barbara Good (Richard Briers & Felicity Kendal) decide to turn their suburban home into a self sufficient farm. Much to the dismay of their neighbors Jerry and Margo Leadbetter (Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith).

Looking at it now I can see how Tom and Barbara would never have survived if not for Jerry and Margo. On the other hand it turns out that Tom and Barbara are the only one's willing to stand by Jerry and Margo when Jerry lost his job.

I watched this show on TV when I was young and it's amazing how many of my ideas about what makes a good life and true friendship are reflected here. I'm a bit disappointed I have never made my homestead. On the other hand I probably wouldn't have been able to do it. The show does depict the hard work, sacrifice, and risk involved. It's just that Tom and Barbara always overcome their problems in the end.

There was another BBC TV show from the same time period "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin " about a man who opens a business selling useless things. He called it "Grot". He would come into work late every morning and give his secretary some outlandish excuse for the delay. It is similar to "Good Neighbors" in that both are critical of middle class corporate work/life.

"Turn on, tune in, drop out"

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