History Series / KeepingUpAppearances

21st Aug '17 4:09:19 PM Aurelian
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* StrictlyFormula: Most episodes have the same basic template. Hyacinth will have a new scheme to help her climb the social ladder. A neighbour/postman/milkman will approach the house and unsuccessfully try to avoid Hyacinth. Elizabeth will be invited to coffee (during which she will smash a cup) and she and Emmet (and sometimes TheVicar) will be roped in to Hyacinth's scheme. Hyacinth will get a phone call from her son or her rich sister. There'll be a couple of scenes at the home of her ObnoxiousInLaws, who will later show up to embarrass Hyacinth. Rose will have a new boyfriend. Daddy will be doing something weird. The episode will finish with Hyacinth's plan GoneHorriblyWrong and she'll end up falling in a river, getting covered in mud or being chased by something.

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* StrictlyFormula: Most episodes have the same basic template.template, unsurprisingly given the number of RunningGags. Hyacinth will have a new scheme to help her climb the social ladder. A neighbour/postman/milkman will approach the house and unsuccessfully try to avoid Hyacinth. Elizabeth will be invited to coffee (during which she will smash a cup) and she cup). Richard, Elizabeth and Emmet (and sometimes TheVicar) will be roped in to assist with Hyacinth's scheme. She and Richard will go for a drive somewhere. Hyacinth will get a phone call from her son or son, one of her rich sister. siblings or a Chinese restaurant. There'll be a couple of scenes at the home of involving her ObnoxiousInLaws, who will later show up to embarrass Hyacinth. Rose will have a new be infatuated with her latest boyfriend. Daddy will be doing something weird. his usual bizarre antics. The episode will finish with Hyacinth's plan GoneHorriblyWrong and she'll probably end up falling in a river, getting covered in mud or being chased by something.
21st Aug '17 3:49:44 PM Aurelian
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* ObnoxiousInLaws: How Hyacinth sees Onslow. While he is a LazyBum and a FatSlob, he's actually quite likeable and most people seem to prefer him to Hyacinth.
18th Aug '17 1:58:22 PM Aurelian
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* StrictlyFormula: Most episodes have the same basic template. Hyacinth will have a new scheme to help her climb the social ladder. A neighbour/postman/milkman will approach the house and unsuccessfully try to avoid Hyacinth. Elizabeth will be invited to coffee (during which she will smash a cup) and she and Emmet (and sometimes TheVicar) will be roped in to Hyacinth's scheme. Hyacinth will get a phone call from her son or her rich sister. There'll be a couple of scenes at the home of her ObnoxiousInLaws, who will later show up to embarrass Hyacinth. Rose will have a new boyfriend. Daddy will be doing something weird. The episode will finish with Hyacinth's plan GoneHorriblyWrong and she'll end up falling in a river, getting covered in mud or being chased by something.
24th Jul '17 6:53:52 AM Farnham
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* SelectiveObliviousness: The source of much of the show's comedy. There are occasional hints that Hyacinth knows full well what other people think of her, or that her last name ''really is'' pronounced "Bucket", or that her son is gay, but just refuses to accept them due to her {{Pride}}.

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* SelectiveObliviousness: The source of much of the show's comedy. There are occasional hints that Hyacinth knows full well what other people think of her, or that her last name ''really is'' pronounced "Bucket", or that her son is gay, or that her father is nothing but a senile old lecher (who was also a perpetually drunken wastrel in his younger days) but just refuses to accept them due to her {{Pride}}.
24th Jul '17 6:44:39 AM Farnham
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* HeroicBSOD: The one time Richard ever dares to speak up to her, Hyacinth shuts down completely and mindlessly does what he asks without protest...for a little while. (Bystanders, who either knew Hyacinth or happened to witness her immediate behavior, applauded and suggested Richard deserved a medal.)

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* HeroicBSOD: The one time Richard ever dares to speak up to her, Hyacinth shuts down completely and mindlessly does what he asks without protest...protest, even opening the door to her side of the car ''herself'' rather than wait for Richard to open it for her as she always does... for a little while. while (Bystanders, who either knew Hyacinth or happened to witness her immediate behavior, applauded and suggested Richard deserved a medal.)medal).
15th Apr '17 8:38:33 AM Darkmage7280
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25th Feb '17 7:53:15 AM libertpaulian
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* TheGhost: Hyacinth and Richard's son Sheridan, who is mentioned in almost every episode, and who phones regularly to ask for money, yet is never actually seen. Also, Elizabeth's husband, who is working abroad. Hyacinth's other sister Violet, who is married to "turf accountant" Bruce, started out as a ghost but became an occasional on-screen character for the final season.

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* TheGhost: Hyacinth and Richard's son Sheridan, who is mentioned in almost every episode, and who phones regularly to ask for money, yet is never actually seen. Also, Elizabeth's husband, who is working abroad.abroad, which has led some in the KUA fandom to question whether or not Elizabeth even has a husband. Hyacinth's other sister Violet, who is married to "turf accountant" Bruce, started out as a ghost but became an occasional on-screen character for the final season.
28th Jan '17 8:38:11 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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As well as running gags, the series employs a more subtle sliding scale to wealth, social status, and marital happiness - the poorest and unmarried sister, Rose, seems to be the happiest and also has the most active sex life. Daisy and Onslow seem to have a happy enough marriage despite their lack of social standing. Hyacinth and Richard are middle-class, with a testy but caring relationship. And Violet and Bruce are the most wealthy, but have a terrible marriage. Similarly, the three husbands have a sliding scale of laziness, with Onslow the worst, then Richard, who blithely accepts his wife's decisions without protest, while Bruce works very hard, if only to buy nice dresses for ''himself''.

Came twelfth in ''Series/BritainsBestSitcom''.

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As well as running gags, the series employs a more subtle sliding scale to wealth, social status, and marital happiness - the poorest and unmarried sister, Rose, seems to be the happiest and also has the most active sex life. Daisy and Onslow seem to have a happy enough marriage despite their lack of social standing. Hyacinth and Richard are middle-class, with a testy but caring relationship. And Violet and Bruce are the most wealthy, but have a terrible marriage. Similarly, the three husbands have a sliding scale of laziness, with Onslow the worst, then Richard, who blithely accepts his wife's decisions without protest, while Bruce works very hard, if only to buy nice dresses for ''himself''.

''himself.''

Came twelfth in ''Series/BritainsBestSitcom''.
''Series/BritainsBestSitcom.''



* AmusementPark: Hyacinth takes some elderly people to one for 'charitable purposes'. You're not fooling anyone Hyacinth, one glimpse of you grinning on the merry-go-round and we've learned [[HiddenDepths you actually love fun fairs.]]

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* AmusementPark: In "The Senior Citizen's Outing" episode, Hyacinth takes some elderly people to one for 'charitable purposes'. You're not fooling anyone Hyacinth, one glimpse of you grinning on the merry-go-round and we've learned [[HiddenDepths you actually love fun fairs.]]
3rd Sep '16 11:43:14 AM missmoon
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* ((Prequel}}: A one-off special, ''Young Hyacinth'', takes place in the 1950s. The special gives a justification for Hyacinth's attempts at social climbing: she and her sisters grew up in near-poverty, and Daddy spent most of his wages on alcohol. When she landed a job as a maid for one of the local gentry, she starts harboring ambitions of rising above her station. Daisy frequently poke holes in Hyacinth's fantasies and has taken over Daddy's original job as a canal lock operator while he was off getting stinking drunk.

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* ((Prequel}}: {{Prequel}}: A 2016 one-off special, ''Young Hyacinth'', takes place in the 1950s. The special gives a justification for Hyacinth's attempts at social climbing: she and her sisters the family grew up in near-poverty, and near-poverty as Daddy spent most of his wages on alcohol. When she landed a job as a maid for one of the local gentry, she starts harboring ambitions of rising above her station. station and attempts to pass Daddy's alcoholism as an old war wound affecting him. Daisy frequently poke holes in Hyacinth's fantasies and has taken is forced to take over Daddy's original job as a canal lock bridge operator while he was off getting stinking drunk. drunk when he was supposed to be selling brushes.
2nd Sep '16 5:10:27 PM missmoon
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* ((Prequel}}: A one-off special, ''Young Hyacinth'', takes place in the 1950s. The special gives a justification for Hyacinth's attempts at social climbing: she and her sisters grew up in near-poverty, and Daddy spent most of his wages on alcohol. When she landed a job as a maid for one of the local gentry, she starts harboring ambitions of rising above her station. Daisy frequently poke holes in Hyacinth's fantasies and has taken over Daddy's original job as a canal lock operator while he was off getting stinking drunk.
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