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''The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin'' is a British sitcom developed from a series of novels by David Nobbs. The series stars Leonard Rossiter as Reginald "Reggie" Perrin, an advertising executive at Sunshine Desserts. Three seasons of episodes were made under this title; following Rossiter's death, a belated fourth series was made with the remaining cast under the title ''The Legacy of Reginald Perrin''.

In the 80s adapted as an American sitcom called ''Reggie!'' with Richard Mulligan in the title role, and more recently [[TheRemake remade]] as ''Reggie Perrin'', with Martin Clunes in the title role.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AllMenArePerverts: Reginald likes to fantasize about him and his secretary suggestively licking ice cream cones, of making love to her on his desk in the middle of a field, &c.. His doctor spends his downtime looking at porn in his office.
* AllForNothing: Reggie ends up exactly where he started off; stuck in a cruel and completely nonsensical world that he can no longer stand.
* AllergicToRoutine: Reginald Perrin, whose routine eventually drives him round the bend.
** He's also allergic to the season-spanning routine of destroying everything he's previously created.
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: Reginald
* BlackComedy: Although it's farcical and ridiculous, the first series especially is a catalogue of a man in the middle of a nervous breakdown.
* CampGay: Reggie becomes this in a futile effort to shock people who have become used to his eccentricities.
* CatchPhrase: Many that have entered common usage, especially in business. See MadLibsCatchPhrase below.
* CouchGag: Similarly to ''Series/FawltyTowers'', the Sunshine Desserts sign was always humourously dilapidated.
* DeadpanSnarker: Reggie.
-->"Are you trying to tell me you're providing a valuable social service?"\\
"I'm not ''trying'' to tell you, I'm succeeding. If I'd said 'I like squashy bananas' I would have been failing to say 'I am providing a valuable social service', but I didn't say 'I like squashy bananas', I said 'I am providing a valuable social service', thus succeeding brilliantly in saying 'I am providing a valuable social service'."
* DownerEnding: The series ends with Reggie on his way back to the Dorset coast, possibly to kill himself for real.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName; For Reggie 'Iolanthe'. Even worse than being embarrassing, it also makes his initials R.I.P.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Every episode of series one (except the last) ends with a despairing scream from Reginald.
* FakingTheDead: Spoofed in the opening credits, later played straight.
* GiftedlyBad: Tom's wine and advertising slogans for Grot.
-->'''Reggie''': "It ''almost'' rhymes and scans properly, that's the important thing. This is exactly what I'm paying you for."
-->'''Tom:''': "Thank you. Well, I'll just give you one more, perhaps: 'Grot is the ideal place for gifts, because they're all on one floor, so there aren't any lifts.' They aren't all of that standard, of course."
* GranolaGirl: Reggie's son-in-law, Tom, who distills his own wine, smokes brier pipes, and insists that his children be treated not as children but as "tiny adults".
* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Guy/Girl]]:
** [[AsTimeGoesBy Geoffrey Palmer]] as Reggie's brother-in-law, Jimmy.
** CJ is played by John Barron, who later had a recurring role as Sir Ian Whitchurch on ''YesMinister''
** Reggie's love-object secretary Joan later reincarnated as ditzy [[OopNorth granny Audrey]] in ''CoronationStreet''.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Reggie is quite fond of these.
* HypocriticalHumour: "I'm not a petty man..." as Reggie launches into a neurotic tirade about the tea lady refusing to save him a macaroon in 1971.
** "I didn't get where I am today by talking in cliches' from CJ
* ImagineSpot: [[MrImagination Reginald provides these all the time]].
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: After Reggie has been insulting CL, the German sales rep, since the conversation started, he finally snaps after another barb about flatulence.
* LargeHam: CJ
* LastSecondWordSwap: "... and with the coming of metrication *office phone begins ringing* I feel confident -- no, the advent, the advent of metrication -- I feel confident that the bloody phone will ring all day."
* ListingTheFormsOfDegenerates
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: Lots, which have [[MemeticMutation entered everyday use]].
--> '''CJ:''' "I didn't get where I am today by [action/behavior]"
--> '''CJ:''' "Neither I, nor Mrs CJ, have ever [action]"
--> '''Jimmy:''' "Bit of a cock-up on the ____ front"
--> '''Tom:''' "I'm not really an ____ person"
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: The premise of the show: Reggie one day decides he has had enough of being polite and trapped in his meaningless world, and starts cultivating an antisocial persona.
* {{Malaproper}}: One of the symptoms of Reggie's rapidly declining mental state.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: CJ is quite prone to these.
-->"There's no smoke without the worm turning."
* NationalStereotypes: Intentionally invoked and later subverted with Seamus Finnegan, the Irish labourer who Reggie hires as his admin officer in a pub (quaffing Guiness, naturally). A self-confessed hard-drinking lazy gambler, he soon turns out to be [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass hyper-competent]], much to Reggie's annoyance.
* [[NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat Not That There's Anything Wrong With That]]: One of the boss' toadies is MistakenForGay after overindulging at a party and does a desperate Not That There's Anything Wrong With That speech, going overboard with panic when he thinks his boss might be reading more into his use of the stock phrase "Some of my best friends are ..." than he intends.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Elizabeth, who pretends not to realise that Martin is in fact Reginald.
* PragmaticAdaptation: the TV series dropped some of the darker subplots from the books, such as Mark's disappearance, Linda and Jimmy's incestuous affair and the whole "Climthorpe Strangler" strand from the second book.
* RuleOfThree: The very first episode features three days in the life of Perrin; each repeating almost exactly the same incidents with only minor variations.
* RunningGag: Plenty, often OnceAnEpisode at least. One example is Reggie drifting into an ImagineSpot of a hippo wallowing in mud every time his mother-in-law is mentioned.
** 18 minutes late, correcting TVTropes entry, missed 7:15 train, had to wait for 7:30 train.
** I didn't get where I am today by modifying TVTropes pages for 40-year-old shows during my lunch hour!
* SeriousBusiness: The employees of Sunshine Desserts treat the most ludicrous news on various idiotic puddings with complete professionalism.
-->"Well we're beginning to make headway. Some of our mousses are holding their own in the Rhennish Palatinate, and flans are heating up in Schleswig-Holstein."
* SexySecretary: Perrin's secretary, Joan. Reginald thinks so, anyway, and often fantasizes about her with her hair (and more) down.
* ShrinkingViolet: David
* SillyWill: Perrin leaves a fortune to be shared among his friends, on the condition that they each do something sufficiently absurd.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Grot, conceived as a TakeThat to capitalism, ends up being a massive success.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Tony and David.
** Great!
** Super!
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: VERY briefly adapted into an American sitcom called ''Reggie!'' starring Richard Mulligan in the 80s at some point between his playing Burt on ''{{Soap}}'' and Dr Westin on ''EmptyNest''.
* VideoInsideFilmOutside: A prime example.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Kenny [=McBlane=], the cook from Series Three who is always muttering indeciperable gibberish and almost always weilding something very sharp in his time on-camera.
* YesMan: Whenever Reggie or CJ suggests something, [[ThoseTwoGuys Tony and David]] respectively say "Great!" and "Super!"
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