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Laughing at Life with ’70s British Sitcoms

Welcome back to My 70’s TV Childhood! In this episode, we dive into the world of British sitcoms during the vibrant 1970s, a truly iconic era for television comedy that left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape.

The 1970s brought us a plethora of sitcoms, each mirroring the quirks and changes in British society. Shows like “Man About the House” and “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” stood out not just for their humour but also for the ways they depicted the British temperament and social norms of the time.

Man About the House broke new ground with its progressive premise of a man sharing a flat with two women, challenging the conventional British norms of the time. The show cleverly navigated the complexities of this living arrangement with humour and wit, creating comedic situations that questioned traditional gender roles and mores. Its popularity led to two successful spin-offs, further cementing its impact on British TV.

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em offered a different kind of laughter, with Michael Crawford playing the accident-prone Frank Spencer, whose well-meaning bungles led to endless mishaps. This show was beloved for its slapstick humour and the endearing nature of its hapless protagonist, resonating with anyone who ever felt a bit out of their depth. It humorously highlighted the challenges of everyday life, from job hunting to navigating the trials of marriage, all amplified by Frank’s clumsy antics.

These sitcoms were a response to and a reflection of the changing times. From the economic struggles to the shifting social mores, these shows allowed audiences to laugh at the absurdity of life.

What’s your favourite ’70s sitcom? Do you recall the laughter and the characters that felt almost like part of the family? I invite you to share your memories and thoughts about how these sitcoms might have mirrored your own experiences or those of your community.

Join us next week as we continue exploring the rich tapestry of ’70s television, and remember to like, rate, and review wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Take care,

Oliver

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  1. Russ

    Another great episode. my list was very similar to yours with The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs (with David Jason), The Upchat Line (John Alderton and Robin Nedwell) and Oneupmanship (Richard Briers), the three that I named that were different to yours. As for the shows you talked about we always watched On The Buses my Granddad was a bus conductor on London Transport (but nothing like Jack) and so it was must watch and I recall the adults all laughing (I probably did too), but I have the same feelings as you about the programme now. I have recently watched MAH again and found it still pleasantly amusing though not laugh out loud funny and George & Mildred and Bless this House is much the same. Some Mothers was hilarious when I was young, but now it is unwatchable. Others from the 70s that I think that stood the test of time, are Shelley which still makes me laugh now and A sharp intake of breath which was an excellent vehicle for David Jason. I would also give mention to 1 US sitcom that was on here in the 70s, M A S H, which in my opinion is just one the greatest TV progs ever made and also a BBC series with an american comedian – The Kelly Montieth Show which was part sitcom part sketch show but a show that I have very fond memories of.

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