History Series / AreYouBeingServed

14th Jan '17 10:35:56 AM Exxolon
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In classic BritCom tradition, the episodes generally had relatively little in the way of plot. Individual episode storylines were largely a framing device to deliver a rapid-fire series of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]], typically dealing with the reactions (or [[LawOfDisproportionateResponse over-reactions]]) of the staff to the latest management scheme, or tension between the Ladies' and Gentlemen's departments. Almost every episode in later seasons ended with the characters dressing up in silly outfits. The show rarely strayed beyond the department floor, and almost never left the confines of the store itself.

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In classic BritCom tradition, the episodes generally had relatively little in the way of plot. Individual episode storylines were largely a framing device to deliver a rapid-fire series of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]], typically dealing with the reactions (or [[LawOfDisproportionateResponse over-reactions]]) of the staff to the latest management scheme, or tension between the Ladies' and Gentlemen's departments. Almost every episode in later seasons ended with the characters dressing up in silly outfits. The show rarely strayed beyond the department floor, and almost never left the confines of the store itself.
itself. A one-off revival with an all new cast was broadcast in August 2016.
2nd Dec '16 4:55:29 AM Anodyne
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** The episode also starts with Mr. Harman singing the [[TropeNamer George Gershwin song of that name]].
15th Aug '16 6:32:49 PM mlsmithca
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* CampStraight: Mr. Humpries. WordOfGod from John Inman supported this.

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* CampStraight: Mr. Humpries. Humphries may be over-the-top effeminate in his voice and mannerisms, but WordOfGod from John Inman supported this.confirms that he is interested in women (mostly).



** "Are you free?"
** "I'm free!"
** "You've all done very well!"
** "Thank you, Mr. Grace!"
** "Glass of water for Mr. Grainger."
** "And I am unanimous in that."
** "Weak as water!"
** "They'll ride up with wear."
** "That will do, Miss Brahms."

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** "Are The signature exchange for one character (usually Captain Peacock) to get the attention of another is to ask, "[Character's name], are you free?"
**
free?" Mr Humphries' delivery of "I'm free!"
free!" also appears at least once in almost every episode.
** Any visit from Young Mr Grace will conclude with him waving his walking stick (as his valet, Godard - or his nurse in later series - tries to keep him from falling over) and exclaiming, "You've all done very well!"
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well!" To which the staff unenthusiastically mutter, "Thank you, Mr Grace," while bowing.
** Whenever something happens to give Mr Grainger a shock,
Mr. Grace!"
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Lucas will call, "Glass of water for Mr. Mr Grainger."
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** Mrs Slocombe's preferred concluding phrase for any sort of ultimatum is, "And I am unanimous in that."
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" Meanwhile, if the male characters hesitate in stepping forward when the situation calls for action, she will angrily mutter, "Weak as water!"
water!"
** Whatever the ill-fitting part of the item of clothing the staff have just sold, they will invariably assure the customer, "They'll ride up with wear."
" (Acknowledged in several episodes to be pure fiction intended solely to complete the sale.)
** If one character, usually Mrs Slocombe, gets uncomfortable with the conversational tangent pursued by Miss Brahms, she will be cut off with a simple "That will do, Miss Brahms."



** Upper-level male staff are entitled to wear a [[SeriousBusiness red carnation]] (and '''not''' a variegated color as Captain Peacock found out the [[LaserGuidedKarma hard way]] in "The Old Order Changes."

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** Upper-level male staff are entitled to wear a [[SeriousBusiness red carnation]] (and '''not''' a variegated color as Captain Peacock found out the [[LaserGuidedKarma hard way]] in "The Old Order Changes."Changes").
2nd Jun '16 11:50:39 PM JepMasta
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* ProfessionalWrestling: "The Hero" involves an early public recognition of {{kayfabe}}, where Mr Franco from Sports Equipment (played by 60s-70s English pro wrestling star Jackie Pallo) coaches Mr Humphries (whose reasons for being in the ring are too complicated to explain) while wrestling him (setting himself up as the heel and Mr Humphries as the face).

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* ProfessionalWrestling: "The Hero" involves an early public recognition of {{kayfabe}}, where Mr Franco from Sports Equipment (played by 60s-70s English pro wrestling star "Mr. TV" Jackie Pallo) coaches Mr Humphries (whose reasons for being in the ring are too complicated to explain) while wrestling him (setting himself up as the heel and Mr Humphries as the face).
2nd Jun '16 7:13:57 PM Drcynic24
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** Whereas Mr. Harman played this role straight, it was subverted by the original character, Mr. Mash. On the rare occasion that Mash actually attempted such things, he usually would fail (such as his role in trying to get a fairer coffee break).
20th Feb '16 8:03:25 PM WillDraco
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-->'''Peacock:''' I was on the front line! Sometimes with constant shelling!
-->'''Brahms:''' And when the peas was done he'd have to get on with the potatoes.
13th Jan '16 5:15:17 PM kittenmommy
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** Mr. Humphries answering the phone (in an obviously fake very deep voice): "Menswear."
13th Jan '16 5:14:05 PM kittenmommy
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* CampStraight: Mr. Humpries. WordOfGod from John Inman supported this.
21st Oct '15 10:59:14 AM Morgenthaler
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US viewers know this show from its near-universal syndication on public television stations. In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': ''OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', while running a fake public TV pledge drive as a moneymaking scam, Pearl Forrester identifies footage of Mike and the Bots as a clip from ''Are You Being Served''.

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US viewers know this show from its near-universal syndication on public television stations. In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': ''OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', while running a fake public TV pledge drive as a moneymaking scam, Pearl Forrester identifies footage of Mike and the Bots as a clip from ''Are You Being Served''.
2nd Oct '15 1:13:03 PM Berrenta
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* AlmightyJanitor: Mr Harman is multitalented and, therefore, frequently helps, [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs in various roles]], the Ladies and Gents staff members (getting extra pay for it doesn't hurt, either). His powers are highly evident in "Take-over," when he finds out about the plot point "emptying the waste-paper basket" and comes up with his own plan for saving the firm.

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* AlmightyJanitor: Mr Harman is multitalented and, therefore, frequently helps, [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands in various roles]], the Ladies and Gents staff members (getting extra pay for it doesn't hurt, either). His powers are highly evident in "Take-over," when he finds out about the plot point "emptying the waste-paper basket" and comes up with his own plan for saving the firm.
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