History Series / TheGoodLife

18th Oct '16 2:50:44 PM roxana
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* EpicFail: Tom tries to shoot a chicken with an air pistol. He misses from six inches away.

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* EpicFail: Tom tries to shoot a chicken with an air pistol. He misses from six inches away. On the other hand he does scare it into (finally) laying an egg!



** When asked about it later Margo confesses that at that point she might have done anything... and begins to laugh finally seeing the funny side of the disaster.



* {{Suburbia}}: It's set in Surbiton.

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* {{Suburbia}}: It's set in Surbiton. Which Americans will be astonished to learn is a real place.
19th Jul '16 3:34:32 PM NateTheGreat
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** "The Happy Event": When their sow gives birth to a runt, Tom is all for letting it die because that's what you do with runs. Barbara is not happy with how "[his] efficiency has become [his] god" and the Leadbetters are disgusted with the callousness. Ends up with an emergency run to the hospital for some oxygen, with the help of a constable.

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** "The Happy Event": When their sow gives birth to a runt, Tom is all for letting it die because that's what you do with runs.runts. Barbara is not happy with how "[his] efficiency has become [his] god" and the Leadbetters are disgusted with the callousness. Ends up with an emergency run to the hospital for some oxygen, with the help of a constable.
11th Jun '16 10:32:21 PM PaulA
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Known as ''GoodNeighbors'' in the US because Creator/{{NBC}} had an unrelated one season series called "The Good Life" a couple years before.

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Known as ''GoodNeighbors'' ''Good Neighbors'' in the US because Creator/{{NBC}} had an unrelated one season series called "The Good Life" a couple years before.
11th Jun '16 10:28:00 PM PaulA
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* MayDecemberRomance: Although Paul Eddington (Jerry) was thirteen years older than Penelope Keith (Margo), in-show it was Tom and Barbara who usually gave off this vibe. Clues given in the show make it about a ten-year split between them. 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 same age, began at JJM at the same time at this 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, it appears that Barbara was at least early 20s while Tom was at least 30 or very near that age.
11th Jun '16 10:25:54 PM PaulA
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* AlmostFamousName: One episode revolves around Tom and Barbara being interviewed by a newspaper that turns out, after they've told everyone they know, to be a low-circulation student paper with a similar name to the famous national paper they thought they would be appearing in.



* LawOfInverseFertility: 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.

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* LawOfInverseFertility: Subverted; Averted; 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.
12th Dec '15 4:43:04 PM jormis29
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** Barbara's first attempts to barter to [[PizzaBoySpecialDelivery pay the window-cleaner's bill]] turn into this, partly because of the recent success of ''[[AwfulBritishSexComedy Confessions of a Window-Cleaner]]'' and similar films. In this case, [[spoiler: the milkman is so abashed by his mistake he leaves without taking payment... and ''then'' Barbara realises what he must have thought she was suggesting.]]

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** Barbara's first attempts to barter to [[PizzaBoySpecialDelivery pay the window-cleaner's bill]] turn into this, partly because of the recent success of ''[[AwfulBritishSexComedy Confessions of a Window-Cleaner]]'' ''Film/ConfessionsOfAWindowCleaner'' and similar films. In this case, [[spoiler: the milkman is so abashed by his mistake he leaves without taking payment... and ''then'' Barbara realises what he must have thought she was suggesting.]]
18th Sep '15 3:53:34 AM Danesh
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Margo and Jerry go on holiday, Tom does his back out ''and'' a freak storm hits Surbiton the week the Goods need to get their first harvest in at the end of series one.
17th Feb '15 12:38:51 PM TheLyniezian
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* RummageSaleReject: Both the Goods have run into this trope due to their need to make-do-and-mend; in Barbara's case (one example being repurposed trousers with one leg the wrong colour!) this is much to the concern of Margot; in Tom's, he had to sell his suit to buy his wife a "posh frock" and make amends, thus turning up to a little gathering in a dinner-jacket and totally inappropriate trousers.
8th Feb '15 3:35:03 AM passivesmoking
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* VitriolicBestBuds: The Leadbetters' relationship with the Goods pretty much amounts to this, especially Margo. They constantly criticise Tom and Barbara for their choice of lifestyle, but when it comes down to it they're in fact also their staunchest defenders.
1st Feb '15 8:27:14 AM mhnospa
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* StealthPun: The two male leads are called WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry. This is never mentioned in the show.

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* StealthPun: The two male leads are called WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry. This is never mentioned in the show. They are also Mr Good and Mr. 'Better.
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