The Goodneighboring Podcast
August 18, 2016 8:40 AM   Subscribe

The Goodneighboring Podcast
A podcast about the popular 1970s BBC comedy The Good Life (known in the US as Good Neighbors).

Running from 1975 to 1978, the BBCs The Good Life starred Richard Briers, Felicity Kendall, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington as neighbors living in the London suburb of Surbiton. Unsatisfied with his position in the rat race and facing midlife, Tom Good (Briers) is inspired to quit his job and try his hand at self-sufficiency. He and his wife Barbara (Kendall) experience the foibles, challenges and rewards of suburban self-sufficiency. Their next door neighbors Margot and Jerry (Keith and Eddington) are sometimes shocked as the Goods tear up their lawn, keep chickens, a goat and pigs and generally defy the tone of the neighborhood, but ultimately grow closer over the course of thirty hilarious half-hour episodes.

Thirty years later and facing our own midlife, my friend Theresa (from second grade!) and myself re-watch the show and find new insights in an old favorite. We reflect on the influence the show might have had on our own lives when it was broadcast on American public television in the early 80s as Good Neighbors. Picking it apart with a more critical eye, we touch on 70s politics, gender relations, television criticism, 70s fashion, self-sufficiency and the "back-to-the-land" movement, Thatcherism, goat milking, urban chickens, British vs. American English, and much more.

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Role: Contributor and audio engineer
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