1 Days Left to Support a Troper-Created Project : Personal Space (discuss)

YMMV / Keeping Up Appearances

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: See Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist on the main page for the standard interpretation. Hyacinth may be a highly competitive woman who constantly compared herself to her sisters. Having not received a lot of guidance in life, she's trying to live a respectable life by a set of standards cobbled together from Barbara Cartland novels and an amateur's interpretation of a Christianity she likely wasn't taught. Although she's intelligent enough to be able to see that she's out of her depth, her brittle pride makes her unteachable, because she regards a show of humility as a show of weakness—and that makes it all funny.
    • Is Richard really a saint? Or is he just an Extreme Doormat who can't be bothered to stand up to his wife? It makes the rare occasions that he does, even more notable.
    • How much does Hyacinth really love her father? While frequently critical of the rather haphazard care and lack of supervision provided by Daisy and Rose, Hyacinth never offers to care for Daddy herself, or even to share his care. In spite of being able to provide Daddy with a more materially comfortable living environment and a more "organised" household, Hyacinth does not offer to care for Daddy and gives reason such as "he makes those funny noises" and "he brings Sheridan out in a rash" or she's "rehearsing 'The Boyfriend'". She also refused to collect him from a police station, sending Richard "incognito", and once arranges him to attend afternoon tea earlier than other guests so that he will leave earlier. She might put herself across as a Daddy's Girl but she clearly loves her social climbing efforts much more.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series is very popular in Denmark. This was acknowledged in one Christmas episode, where Hyacinth and Richard briefly visited Copenhagen to board the QE2.
    • It's got a considerable fanbase in The Netherlands and Finland as well.
    • It's considered one of the iconic Britcoms in the US and Canada, thanks to PBS airing it regularly ever since it premiered. The actors who played Onslow and Daisy even shot original footage for a best-of special made for PBS. It also aired late at night on YTV, a Canadian kids network, for years.
  • Growing the Beard: Whilst Season 1 is still very entertaining, but it doesn't become a truly classic sitcom until Mary Millar takes over as Rose and David Griffin joins the cast as Emmett at the start of Season 2.
  • Heartwarming Moment: It's a small one, but there was an episode where Hyacinth was speaking to a socialite who was, somehow, even more obnoxious than she was. Said socialite flat-out insulted Onslow and Daisy; although it lasted only a second, Hyacinth's Death Glare reaction shows that in spite of all she says and does, she truly loves and cares for her family.
  • Incest Subtext: Quite a few people who got in in the middle of the show thought that Emmet and Elizabeth were a married couple because their interactions.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Emmet radiates disdain towards Hyacinth. But who can blame him?
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • In one episode late in the series, Richard gets fed up with Hyacinth hassling an innocent passer-by and forcefully orders her to stop. Hyacinth is so shocked that she wordlessly complies.
    • When they get stuck in a field in the Cruise Special, Richard tells Hyacinth to go out and push the car. She gets sprayed with mud. Adding to the Humiliation Conga of this event, Hyacinth follows it up by saying, "You'll pay for this, Richard Bucket!" and actually pronouncing the name as it's spelt. She quickly corrects herself, but it's one of the only times in the entire series she slips on her Insistent Terminology.
    • The Cruise Special was a huge moment of awesome for Onslow. He had won cruise tickets for him and Daisy. We see him with some very nice suits and he's on a higher plane than Hyacinth for once.
    • Also, somehow Hyacinth manages to get in touch with the bridge of the QE2 from the dock office, and the first officer still says, in no uncertain terms, that they cannot come back for them and it's not their fault that Hyacinth and Richard were late. Gotta admire the unflappable demeanor of the British sailor!
    • OK, we'll throw in one for Hyacinth, but just one. (This moment may also be considered a Heartwarming Moment of sorts.) At the end of the same mentioned special, she finally gets that Onslow and Daisy were not stowaways (as she's been thinking throughout the episode) but instead guests of honor because the couple won a giveaway. During the dance party, when the guests go onto the floor, Hyacinth actually goes to up to Onslow to congratulate and dance with him (albeit rather begrudgingly). As she dances alongside who is usually the last person that she wants to be around with, Hyacinth dances with Onslow more and more aggressively until the spotlight shines brightly on the two of them. They then boogie down to the song as they become the center of attention, seemingly enjoying the moment as the credits roll. Now granted, she most likely did this just for the attention, but Hyacinth actually having fun with Onslow comes across rather sweet... sort of.
    • Another instance for Hyacinth occurs when another failed scheme to a impress business figure has Richard stifled by a yob. His mate gets on his motorbike to harass an enraged Hyacinth, who clubs him off with one shot of her bag. Said businessman is so impressed by this act he gives Hyacinth an offer instead of Richard, however she gladly denies it, she couldn't bare to leave him at home all by himself (to his dismay).
  • Recycled Script: Writer Roy Clarke also did Last of the Summer Wine, and Edie in that show comes across as similar to Hyacinth—except that her attempt at an upper-class facade cracks far more easily.
  • The Woobie: Poor Richard.