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YMMV / The Benny Hill Show

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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Much to the puzzlement of the British (at least at first), many of whom regard Benny Hill with a reaction somewhere between discomfort and disgust, The Benny Hill Show was (and, in some cases, still is) very popular in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Australia, France, Italy, Finland, and Romania, among other countries. The show has not aged well in its native Britain, but remains popular overseas.
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  • Memetic Mutation: Setting a chase scene (or anything, really) to the show's theme song by Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax".
  • Never Live It Down: Many Americans still associate British humor primarily with Benny Hill (after Monty Python, of course). The Brits definitely do not; his programmes have not been re-run on terrestrial television since 1992, or on cable or satellite since 1999. However, that's not to say he's entirely despised:
    • In 2006, Channel 4 aired a documentary called Is Benny Hill Still Funny? in which a cross-section of adults too young to remember the series when it was still on the air watched a half-hour compilation of sketches. Not only did they find them funny (the "Wishing Well" sketch featuring an appearance by David Prowse was the group's favourite), they didn't find them particularly offensive.
    • In the "France" episode of QI (which originally aired in January 2009), Phill Jupitus notes that Stephen Fry's beret and glasses make him look like Hill, and the two plunge into a brief, appreciative retrospective.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Hill's Asian characters (often wearing thick glasses, and always speaking in a comically exaggerated Chinese accent) were controversial even at the time, and completely cringe-inducing now. note 
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    • Many of the jokes that are judged as sexist today were considered much more acceptable in the seventies. Though even at the time it got quite a few accusations about this, to which Benny's typical response was that it was always the men who looked like idiots and they never succeeded in catching the girls they were chasing.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: "Yakety Sax" will forever be known as "The Benny Hill Theme".


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