History Series / KeepingUpAppearances

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.
8th Jan '16 3:16:38 PM SMARTALIENQT
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-->'''Hyacinth''': It's indecent. A skirt should go to the floor.
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-->'''Hyacinth''': It's indecent. A -->'''Rose''': [during one of her many "I'll change my ways" rants] I'll get a skirt should go that goes all the way down to the floor.floor!

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-->'''Hyacinth''': It's indecent. A skirt should go to the floor.* StatusQuoIsGod: Rose continually says she'll stop pursuing married men, but it never lasts more than an episode.
27th Dec '15 11:40:03 PM wiz85
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* WhiteGloveTest: A test Hyacinth Bucket often does (yielding a very low success rate).
21st Dec '15 3:58:11 PM creepingdeath
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** Richard and Elizabeth might have been much happier people if they'd married each other.
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** Richard and Elizabeth might have been much happier people if they'd married each other. The Christmas episode has Richard and Elizabeth kissing under the mistletoe and Richard gets reprimanded by Hyacinth for trying to go back in for seconds. ** Richard was very happy to help Rose out of the car when she was wearing [[PantyShot a short skirt]] and she was happy when she had to be pressed into the back seat against Richard, who didn't mind it, either.
19th Oct '15 3:08:59 AM Solle
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Obsessed with improving her social status, Hyacinth routinely rides roughshod over everyone unlucky enough to know her, assuming they are an admiring chorus who will do whatever she wants. No matter how firmly they tell her "No," she only hears "Yes, my lady." She's also blind to the abundant evidence that her son is anything other than her idea of perfect. Her numerous schemes to improve her social status and show-off to all around her, however, are often scuttled by her own lack of intelligent thought and planning. Her husband, Richard, is long-suffering verging on sainthood. Her neighbour and reluctant confidante, Elizabeth, is a nervous wreck largely because Hyacinth routinely summons her over for coffee -- and then details how rare and valuable her china is ''just'' as Elizabeth's about to take a sip. Elizabeth's musician brother Emmet is not quite so cowed, but still hides from Hyacinth for fear that "she'll sing at me." Hyacinth tells Richard of Emmet's crush on Hyacinth. Emmet does not have a crush on Hyacinth, but instead delights in her absence and pain, and complains about her presence. Hyacinth's sisters, Daisy and Rose, are both much lower class, with a junked car permanently parked in their front garden. [[RunningGag A dog lives in the car and barks only at Hyacinth, causing her to fall onto a hedge]]. Daisy is a down-to-earth type rather in awe of Hyacinth's pretensions; Rose is the local HardDrinkingPartyGirl whose sex-life provides much of the incidental comedy -- especially her crush on Hyacinth's (very married) [[TheVicar parish vicar]]. Daisy's husband, Onslow, looks like a stereotypical lazy slob, and completely ignores all his wife's amorous efforts, but over the course of the series is revealed -- in comic contrast with Hyacinth -- as an armchair philosopher often seen reading graduate-level texts. He has a sort of survivor's bond with Richard, whom he occasionally tries to "rescue."
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Obsessed with improving her social status, Hyacinth routinely rides roughshod over everyone unlucky enough to know her, assuming they are an admiring chorus who will do whatever she wants. No matter how firmly they tell her "No," she only hears "Yes, my lady." She's also blind to the abundant evidence that her son is anything other than her idea of perfect. Her numerous schemes to improve her social status and show-off to all around her, however, are often scuttled by her own lack of intelligent thought and planning. planning. Her husband, Richard, is long-suffering verging on sainthood. Her neighbour and reluctant confidante, Elizabeth, is a nervous wreck largely because Hyacinth routinely summons her over for coffee -- and then details how rare and valuable her china is ''just'' as Elizabeth's about to take a sip. Elizabeth's musician brother Emmet is not quite so cowed, but still hides from Hyacinth for fear that "she'll sing at me." Hyacinth tells Richard of Emmet's crush on Hyacinth. Emmet does not have a crush on Hyacinth, but instead delights in her absence and pain, and complains about her presence. sainthood. Hyacinth's sisters, Daisy and Rose, are both much lower class, with a junked car permanently parked in their front garden. [[RunningGag A dog lives in the car and barks only at Hyacinth, causing her to fall onto a hedge]]. Daisy is a down-to-earth type rather in awe of Hyacinth's pretensions; Rose is the local HardDrinkingPartyGirl whose sex-life provides much of the incidental comedy -- especially her crush on Hyacinth's (very married) [[TheVicar parish vicar]]. Daisy's husband, Onslow, looks like a stereotypical lazy slob, and completely ignores all his wife's amorous efforts, but over the course of the series is revealed -- in comic contrast with Hyacinth -- as an armchair philosopher often seen reading graduate-level texts. He has a sort of survivor's bond with Richard, whom he occasionally tries to "rescue."
6th Aug '15 8:44:17 AM libertpaulian
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* ASimplePlan: Hyacinth's schemes to climb up the social ladder.
21st Apr '15 5:55:01 AM Jaguar1983
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* CloudCuckoolander: Hyacinth just has no idea how hard a time she's giving everyone, or that people generally either fear her or laugh at her, and most of all, that all of her efforts to appear upper-class only indifinitely underline her very common standing.
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* CloudCuckoolander: Hyacinth just has no idea how hard a time she's giving everyone, or that people generally either fear her or laugh at her, and most of all, that all of her efforts to appear upper-class only indifinitely underline her very common standing.
21st Apr '15 5:53:45 AM Jaguar1983
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* CloudCuckoolander: Hyacinth just has no idea how hard time she's giving everyone, or that people generally either fear her or laugh at her, and most of all, that all of her efforts to appear upper-class only indifinitely underline her very common standing.
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* CloudCuckoolander: Hyacinth just has no idea how hard a time she's giving everyone, or that people generally either fear her or laugh at her, and most of all, that all of her efforts to appear upper-class only indifinitely underline her very common standing.
21st Apr '15 5:49:55 AM Jaguar1983
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Removed extraneous word.
Hyacinth's other sisters, Daisy and Rose, are both much lower class, with a junked car permanently parked in their front garden. [[RunningGag A dog lives in the car and barks only at Hyacinth, causing her to fall onto a hedge]]. Daisy is a down-to-earth type rather in awe of Hyacinth's pretensions; Rose is the local HardDrinkingPartyGirl whose sex-life provides much of the incidental comedy -- especially her crush on Hyacinth's (very married) [[TheVicar parish vicar]]. Daisy's husband, Onslow, looks like a stereotypical lazy slob, and completely ignores all his wife's amorous efforts, but over the course of the series is revealed -- in comic contrast with Hyacinth -- as an armchair philosopher often seen reading graduate-level texts. He has a sort of survivor's bond with Richard, whom he occasionally tries to "rescue."
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Hyacinth's other sisters, Daisy and Rose, are both much lower class, with a junked car permanently parked in their front garden. [[RunningGag A dog lives in the car and barks only at Hyacinth, causing her to fall onto a hedge]]. Daisy is a down-to-earth type rather in awe of Hyacinth's pretensions; Rose is the local HardDrinkingPartyGirl whose sex-life provides much of the incidental comedy -- especially her crush on Hyacinth's (very married) [[TheVicar parish vicar]]. Daisy's husband, Onslow, looks like a stereotypical lazy slob, and completely ignores all his wife's amorous efforts, but over the course of the series is revealed -- in comic contrast with Hyacinth -- as an armchair philosopher often seen reading graduate-level texts. He has a sort of survivor's bond with Richard, whom he occasionally tries to "rescue."
19th Apr '15 11:09:34 PM tenryufan
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* TheOtherDarrin: Rose was played by Shirley Stelfox in the first series and then by Mary Millar in all later series.
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