History Series / KeepingUpAppearances

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.
30th Aug '16 5:00:12 AM longWriter
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* {{Jerkass}}: Hyacinth. She does veer into JerkWithAHeartOfGold territory, albeit very rarely. The 1991 ChristmasEpisode is a good example, in which she invites all her friends and family around for a party, regardless of their social status. And for all her oppressive treatment of Richard, she does [[WellIntentionedExtremist at least mean well usually]] and treats him an affectionate demeanor despite her demands. [[StopHelpingMe Naturally, this usually only came to bite Richard in the back]] (for example, she turned down a high potential job opportunity because she didn't have the heart to leave him at home all alone, he is coherently sobbing). She also is shown to have a resented love for her slobbish relatives (particularly 'Daddy').

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* {{Jerkass}}: Hyacinth. She does veer into JerkWithAHeartOfGold territory, albeit very rarely. The 1991 ChristmasEpisode is a good example, in which she invites all her friends and family around for a party, regardless of their social status. And for all her oppressive treatment of Richard, she does [[WellIntentionedExtremist at least mean well usually]] and treats him an affectionate demeanor despite her demands. [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance Naturally, this usually only came to bite Richard in the back]] (for example, she turned down a high potential job opportunity because she didn't have the heart to leave him at home all alone, he is coherently sobbing). She also is shown to have a resented love for her slobbish relatives (particularly 'Daddy').
21st Aug '16 6:02:49 AM themisterfree
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* MissingMom: Daddy is a widower- and that's all the info we get.
18th Jun '16 9:09:39 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* {{Jerkass}}: Hyacinth. She does veer into JerkWithAHeartOfGold terriotory, albeit very rarely. The 1991 ChristmasEpisode is a good example, in which she invites all her friends and family around for a party, regardless of their social status. And for all her oppressive treatment of Richard, she does [[WellIntentionedExtremist at least mean well usually]] and treats him an affectionate demeanor despite her demands. [[StopHelpingMe Naturally, this usually only came to bite Richard in the back]] (for example, she turned down a high potential job opportunity because she didn't have the heart to leave him at home all alone, he is coherently sobbing). She also is shown to have a resented love for her slobbish relatives (particularly 'Daddy').

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* {{Jerkass}}: Hyacinth. She does veer into JerkWithAHeartOfGold terriotory, territory, albeit very rarely. The 1991 ChristmasEpisode is a good example, in which she invites all her friends and family around for a party, regardless of their social status. And for all her oppressive treatment of Richard, she does [[WellIntentionedExtremist at least mean well usually]] and treats him an affectionate demeanor despite her demands. [[StopHelpingMe Naturally, this usually only came to bite Richard in the back]] (for example, she turned down a high potential job opportunity because she didn't have the heart to leave him at home all alone, he is coherently sobbing). She also is shown to have a resented love for her slobbish relatives (particularly 'Daddy').
5th Jun '16 6:51:05 AM DoctorNemesis
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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: When Hyacinth starts to get riled up, her affected upper-crust accent will tend to slip and her natural working class accent will start to slip through.
14th Feb '16 7:41:51 PM LtFedora
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[[caption-width-right:333:The Bucket woman, inviting you to one of her candlelight suppers.]]

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[[caption-width-right:333:The Bucket woman, woman is inviting you to one of her candlelight suppers.]]
14th Feb '16 7:41:31 PM LtFedora
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[[caption-width-right:333:The Bucket woman, inviting you to one of her candlelight suppers.]]
21st Jan '16 2:35:40 AM LeedsKing
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The show centers around Hyacinth Bucket (apparently pronounced '[[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Bouquet]]', as she's [[InsistentTerminology often heard correcting people]]), social climber extraordinaire. Snobby, shallow, and blissfully unaware of how annoying she is, Hyacinth is desperately worried that she isn't upper-class enough. Which, considering her family ([[GoodBadGirl Rose]], [[FatSlob Onslow, and Daisy]]), she definitely isn't.

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The show centers revolves around Hyacinth Bucket (apparently pronounced '[[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Bouquet]]', as she's [[InsistentTerminology often heard correcting people]]), social climber extraordinaire. Snobby, shallow, and blissfully unaware of how annoying she is, Hyacinth is desperately worried that she isn't upper-class enough. Which, considering her family ([[GoodBadGirl Rose]], [[FatSlob Onslow, and Daisy]]), she definitely isn't.



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.

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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.
hard, if only to buy nice dresses for ''himself''.



'''Hyacinth:''' Completely condusive to contemplating cozy, charismatic country cottages!

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'''Hyacinth:''' Completely condusive conducive to contemplating cozy, charismatic country cottages!



* RunningGag: It's safe to say that at least 50 % of the entire show consists of running gags. They get [[PlayingWithTropes Played With]] fairly often, too.

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* RunningGag: It's safe to say that at least 50 % 50% of the entire show consists of running gags. They get [[PlayingWithTropes Played With]] fairly often, too.



** Hyacinth turns every instance of her son or father doing something unsightly into virtues. Thusly, Daddy was riding a bike buck naked because he was practicing for the biannual Senior Bike Marathon when he encountered a poor homeless person and valiantly gave away all his clothes, and so on.

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** Hyacinth turns every instance of her son or father doing something unsightly into virtues. Thusly, Daddy was riding a bike buck naked because he was practicing for the biannual bi-annual Senior Bike Marathon when he encountered a poor homeless person and valiantly gave away all his clothes, and so on.
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