By now, everyone who reads this blog knows of my manic obsession with T.V shows. The obsession began with a little show called ‘Small Wonder’ that I used to watch growing up, I’m positive half of you wouldn’t have even heard of it. Gradually I began to secretly watch the scandalous lives of the famous Forrester family in ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ and before I knew it, I was hooked to every show that was playing on the tele. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s there wasn’t too many genres to choose from, today however, the situation is a lot different.
One of the shows I most loved watching was the British sit-com ‘Keeping up Appearances’. I have such fond memories of sitting with my folks; eating dinner and watching the crazy antics of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet, mind you!) unfold. It’s a pity that the show doesn’t air anymore, but there are plenty of episodes on You Tube that one can easily download.
For those of you who haven’t watched this show, it tells the story of Hyacinth Bucket, a 50 something British home maker who is constantly trying to move up the social ladder. She keeps persistently telling everyone how expensive everything she owns is and she does everything to her ability so people don’t find out about her middle class family upbringing. She adores her sister Violet, who married a wealthy transvestite and has “a swimming pool, Mercedes, and room for a pony.” But she’ll do anything to hide her bankrupt relatives: her wacked-out father, sloppy romantic sister Daisy (Judy Cornwell) and promiscuous sister Rose (Mary Millar), who has a new boyfriend for every episode. Not to mention Daisy’s couch potato hubby Onslow (Geoffrey Hughes).
‘Keeping up Appearances’ is one of those British comedies most people would pass up based on the description itself. However, passing this classic show up would be a mistake. Inspite of its clichéd jokes and sometimes predictable story lines, it is without a doubt, one of the funniest shows I have ever come across and is by far so much funnier than most of the sitcoms ever made.
It has often been said that typical British comedies are an acquired taste – most people tend to either love them or hate them. Undoubtedly, some shows present a better introduction to this genre than others. ‘Keeping up Appearances’ is probably one of the best examples of a show that offers an excellent initiation into the complicated world of British society.
Today when more than half of the modern world is trying to keep up with the lives and scripted loves of the Kardashians, I strongly recommend that you take a break from the trashy thirty something’s on T.V and allow this dysfunctional T.V family to regale you with clean humor and good old fashioned entertainment!
Simply put, ‘Keeping up Appearances’ is a stroke of genius in sit-com production and I recommend it highly if you’re looking to have a good laugh on a lazy Saturday afternoon.