YMMV / The Goon Show

  • Acceptable Political Targets: While politicians in general are treated, well, about as well as anything in the show, there's this exchange from "The Last Goon Show Of All":
    Grytpype: (to Moriarty) You can't tell the difference between a lump on the head and margarine! The leadership of the Conservative Party is yours for the asking!
  • Acceptable Targets: Milligan had a special loathing for authority, bureaucracy and anything impersonal (such as advertising) which derived from such things, and especially in early shows he took swing at those targets.
  • Anvilicious: Some shows, especially early ones, contain extended Take Thats against things Milligan disliked, such as advertising. As it became more surreal, it became more of its own universe in which such things either didn't exist or couldn't possibly be taken seriously.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jokes about how "that is why this show will never be televised" after a scene in which it's implied someone's naked, etc... the show was eventually televised, albeit with puppets.
    • Also, Count Jim Moriarty's name.
      • This was, of course, an intentional parody of the original James Moriarty's name, but to be fair, nobody had ever seriously called him Jim until Sherlock.
  • Memetic Mutation: A pre-internet example - "Lurgi" remains a common British word for generic illness and is sometimes used by children instead of 'tag' in schoolyard games.
  • Once Acceptable Targets: There are jokes about singer and occasional guest cast member Ray Ellington being black that, while obviously made with his consent, tend to raise modern eyebrows - e.g. another character is blackened in a Harmless Explosion and is promptly mistaken for Ellington. Even at the time, the show was criticized for being anti-Semitic with regards to minor Jewish characters/bystanders such as show business agent Lew (ironically, Sellers, who was half-Jewish, usually played those roles).
    • And then there's Yakamoto in "Napoleon's Piano". "What's he do?" "Nothing, he's just here to lend colour to the scene."
    • "How on earth shall we defeat him?" "I've found a chink in his armour!" "Those Chinese get everywhere."
    • "Tonight's programme comes to you from an Arab stench recuperating centre in Stoke Poges."
    • At least two scripts have this uncomfortable gag:
      (ch-CHING of a cash register)
      Bloodnok: Ah, the Jewish piano.

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