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Britcom about a married couple (Tom and Barbara Good) who decide to give up the rat race and become completely self-sufficient. On his 40th birthday, Tom Good gives up his job as a draughtsman in a company that makes plastic toys for boxes of breakfast cereal. Their house is paid for, so he and his wife decide to live a sustainable, simple and self-sufficient lifestyle while staying in their home in Surbiton. They dig up their gardens and convert them into allotments, growing fruit and vegetables. They buy chickens, pigs, a goat, and a rooster. The Goods generate their own electricity, attempt to make their own clothes, and barter for essentials which they cannot make themselves.
Their actions horrify their conventional, and conventionally materialistic, next-door neighbors, Margo and Jerry Leadbetter. Well, they horrify Margo. Tom's former co-worker Jerry is mostly just bemused. Hilarity Ensues. Notable for being a sitcom about Sustainability before sustainability was actually important.
Came ninth in Britains Best Sitcom.
- Acting Unnatural: In one episode, Tom and Barbara think Margo is having an affair. When Jerry walks in, Tom tells Barbara to 'be natural'. They then both stand at attention and grin like idiots.
- Annoying Laugh: Jerry. A heh. Heheheheh.
- Arrow Cam: At least one episode includes an example of 'Goat Cam:' "Geraldine! Kill!"
- Butt Monkey: Margo - Deconstructed in one episode:
Margo: I never understood jokes... so I became the butt of them.
- Catch Phrase: "Thank you very much, Jerry!"
- Christmas Episode: "Silly, But It's Fun"
- Continuity Nod: A few. The show has pretty good continuity, in particular in limiting Tom and Barbara's wardrobe. For example, in S 2 E 4, Barbara mentions Tom missing a chicken when trying to shoot it, which occurred in S 1 E 2.
- Deadpan Snarker: The whole cast, but Jerry in particular.
- Earth Mother: Barbara Good's Dimmock-like ability to grow things whilst radiating earthy sexuality. Her motherly nurturing of the other characters. Occasionally Margo has flashes of an EM personality too.
- Epunymous Title
- Everything Is Messier With Pigs
- Gargle Blaster: Tom's homemade "peapod burgundy"; one episode features the foursome getting plastered on it.
Tom: It's hurting the back of my eyes!
- George Jetson Job Security
- The Ghost: A number of Margo's acquaintances including Miss Mountshaft of the music society are talked about regularly but are never seen.
- Happily Married: Both couples fight - Jerry & Margo constantly - but have very strong relationships.
- Henpecked Husband: Jerry, although he doesn't hesitate to put his foot down when need be.
- Homemade Sweater From Hell: Traditional version in the Christmas Special (natch) but the Goods have a habit of wearing their own homemade clothes as well.
- Ho Yay: In-universe example. Tom and Jerry make a few jokey comments about being married to each other.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Margo. She may be stuck-up, but she isn't afraid to apologise when she's wrong.
- Kick the Dog: In the episode Anniversary the Goods home is burgled and instead of leaving when they couldn't find anything worth stealing they proceed to completely vandalize the interior of the house - even going as far as to rip up Tom's birthday card. The look on Barbara's face should tell you all you need to know about how pointless it was.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Subverted; both couples have active sex lives, and neither has or desires children. In one episode Jerry comments sardonically that he and Margo use so much protection they barely touch.
- Market-Based Title: As noted, it has a different name in the US.
- May-December Romance: Although it was Jerry's actor who was twenty years older than Margo's, in-show it was Tom and Barbara who sometimes gave off this vibe.
- Clues given in the show make it about a ten year split between Tom Good and Barbara. In one episode, Tom talks about how they moved into the house "a week before they were married" ten years ago. Tom and Jerry, roughly the exact same age, began at JJM at the same time at this same point. In the episode with the two hippie kids, Tom asks Barbara what she was doing "when she was that age" (the hippie girl was early 20ish) and she responded that she was "waiting for some bloke [Tom] to call me back." While they may have dated a while before they married and I don't recall if Ruth the hippie girl's exact age is given, it appears that when they married, Barbara was at least early 20s while Tom was at least 30 or very near that age.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Tom and Barbara think Margo is having an affair in one episode.
- Nobody Here but Us Chickens
- Noodle Incident: The amateur production of The Sound of Music. Margo prepares for it for a few episodes and eventually we see her getting ready to perform. The episode cuts directly to Tom, Barbara and Jerry discussing what transpired. It begins with Tom asking, "That was The Sound of Music we saw wasn't it?" and goes downhill from there.
Tom: Why did Margo sing "Maria?"
Jerry: That's the name of her character.
Tom: I know, but I thought that song came from "West Side Story".
Barbara: It did.
- Not So Above It All: Margo (occasionally).
- Poor Communication Kills: Averted in "The Windbreak War"; what looks very much like an Escalating War in the making is scotched by Jerry forcing everyone to sit down and talk through what's happened. Then they all get drunk and hit on each other.
- Pretty in Mink: Margo had a white fox wrap.
- Running Gag: Tom and Barbara's homemade wine and the effect it has on the drinkers. Jerry in particular learns to avoid it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here
Margo: They're becoming incoherent and vulgar! Jerry, do something!
Jerry: All right. [stands up] Good night. [leaves]
- She Cleans Up Nicely
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Tom and Jerry, natch.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Tom and Barbara have their moments.
- Sitcom Arch Nemesis: Jerry's business rival, the odious Snetterton.
- Stealth Pun: The two male leads are called Tom and Jerry. If memory serves, this is never mentioned in the show.
- Suburbia: It's set in Surbiton.
- Take Our Word for It: Margo's performance in The Sound of Music.
- Theme Naming: The Goods and the Leadbetters.
- Upperclass Twit: Or rather upper-middle class twits.
- UST: Jerry and Barbara, which they're both aware of but never impacts on their happy marriages; Tom and Margo to a lesser extent. Face it, if it wasn't for Margo's sensibilities the foursome would have been swinging like monkeys.
- Video Inside Film Outside
- Wrench Wench
- Yes-Man: Jerry is a cheerfully unapologetic example; in one episode as he's about to call up his boss on the phone and grovel, he whips out a comb and works over his hair.