Anyone like this show? It's old. I looked it up after watching a few episodes on youtube and it started in 1972! A year before I was born. Even though it's old it's kinda funny. I like the old lady, Mrs. Slocomb and the old man, Mr. Graniger. They are hilarious.
Are You Being Served?
|by Anonymous||reply 106||12/31/2015|
I like it, but not as much as Keeping Up Appearances.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||04/23/2013|
I love this show and "on this I am unanimous"
|by Anonymous||reply 2||04/23/2013|
If you like your humor flavored with liberal doses of homophobia and racism, you can't go wrong with this one.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||04/23/2013|
How funny ... I just started watching this gem again on YT.
Despite its bawdy racy humour, it is still so innocent. And perfectly cast.
And there just isn't anything funnier ever than "German Week".
|by Anonymous||reply 4||04/23/2013|
Is the show available to stream anywhere?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||04/23/2013|
I'd love to see outtakes of the show ... although the show seemed to keep some of its flubs in the finished edit. It isn't uncommon to see the actors laughing (or trying not to) or looking off camera. You can even see the microphone overhead pop into view every now and then.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/23/2013|
They never managed to find a suitable replacement for Grainger. Tebbs was a strange bumbling old man without Grainger's little-boy charm, Goldberg lasted longest as a suitable presence that parodied the sterotypical Jew, Klein and the other one were the worst.
I hated Mike Berry's Mr. Spooner.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||04/23/2013|
Not streamed anywhere I can find. Although keeping up appearances is on Netflix and amazon.
I did see on amazon you can rent the Are YouBeing Served the Movie from 1976.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||04/23/2013|
It's the reason I buy Austin Reed menswear!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||04/23/2013|
OP, you really just discovered that show? I am 24 and I've known of the show forever. PBS has been showing reruns for years- along with other older UK sitcoms.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||04/23/2013|
I adored Mr. Humphries, I do not care that he was a stereotypical character, he was the most intelligent, wise, and hilarious on that show.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||04/23/2013|
Mr. Humphries was years ahead of any TV character in the USA as a flamboyant man who was also shown as an active homosexual, not merely a sexless sissy or a married priss. He was an accepted member of the group, one of the "good guys" who the audience is expected to laugh WITH not always just AT.
The closest thing we had here was Jody in SOAP and they ended up marrying HIM off to a woman!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||04/24/2013|
My most adored sitcom ever. Every character was adored by me. I flew to England twice to see John Inman's christmas pantomimes in Woking, 97 & 98. I met Inman at the Pentagon Mall in VA in 95. He was a delight and didn't disappoint. If there is an afterlife, John and Mollie are high on my list of look-ups.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||04/24/2013|
r14 His homosexuality was only inferred. I don't see how it was revolutionary.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||04/24/2013|
"You're lucky to have me at all, Captain Peacock. I had to thaw me pussy out before I came."
|by Anonymous||reply 18||04/24/2013|
"Sittin' on my jibbo, toyin' with my couscous!"
|by Anonymous||reply 19||04/24/2013|
r16, it was for the time. You're thinking in present terms. It actually took America a couple of more decades to give us a Jack McFarland as a major flaming character on a popular hit sitcom.
The mere fact that everyone seemed to accept Humphries as an equal was revolutionary enough. Straight Lucas was buddy-buddy with him. There were snide homophobic remarks that were met with Humphries' raised eyebrows and rolling eyes, but it was in good humour. I am convinced AYBS started to help open the doors for bringing the homosexual into the mainstream.
But everything was danced around. I remember a particular episode when the department were on a committee interviewing replacements for Tebbs' position (which went to Goldberg), and a particularly queeny candidate was accepted by everyone else but rejected by Humphries. When asked why, he retorted "We don't want that kind around here." Very funny. The audience and viewer got the irony and hyprocrisy.
The show's creator/writer David Croft actually once claimed that Humphries was not homosexual, but a typical British mommy's boy. I don't know if he was safeguarding the show from criticism, or if they decided to take the character more into flaming territory as it became more propular with audiences.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||04/24/2013|
Uggghhhhh. Hideous stuff, John Inman always lied and said he personally wasn't gay. There was never any admission that the character he played was gay. The show had way too many homophobic incidents and remarks. The scriptwriter lied and sait the caracter easn't ay. And it presented a stereotype of a shallow, screaming, predatory, abusive homosexual. This shiw did nothing to make gays more accepted, it was vile.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||04/24/2013|
RA DA DA DA DA!
|by Anonymous||reply 22||04/24/2013|
I've posted this before but thought it deserved another mention ...
This is the digitally restored pilot episode. The original color version was lost due to the widespread practice of wiping videotape, and all that existed for years was the black-and-white kinescope. Video wizards at the BBC restored the color using signal information ("dot crawl") embedded in the film.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||04/24/2013|
Love the show like I love Benny Hill. It is of its time.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||04/24/2013|
Benny Hill seemed all about boobies! Mega- yawn ...
|by Anonymous||reply 25||04/24/2013|
Was Benny Hill the show where a Robin Hood type guy was stealing lupins (flowers) from the rich and giving the lupins to the poor?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||04/24/2013|
"Kinda" OP? Really? How's that GED working out for you?
And R3 would know farce if it hit her in the face with a pie. (Preferably using Minny's chocolate pie recipe.)
|by Anonymous||reply 27||04/24/2013|
Wow r21, you must be a blast to be around.
God, get a fucking sense of humour.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||04/24/2013|
Was brought up on AYBS, Benny Hill, Monty Python, and other British sitcoms. Loved them and would take them anyday over the shit we get today disguised as comedy.
And I have not turned into a self-loathing gay for it.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||04/24/2013|
No r-26, that was Monty Python.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||04/24/2013|
"The last time I was late, a brave fireman had to climb out of my bedroom window, and risk his life on a narrow ledge trying to grab hold of my pussy."
|by Anonymous||reply 31||04/24/2013|
Great show--simpler times.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||04/24/2013|
"I respond to no man's finger!"
|by Anonymous||reply 33||04/24/2013|
R28, I notice you didn't or couldn't dispute any of my reasons for not liking the show. I grew up with it on TV and it stank, it was offensive and damaging to gays, and I'm not obliged to find it funny. Which says nothing about my sense of humour.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||04/24/2013|
R34, I understand your exasperation with Inman and the show's creators for being coy about Mr. Humphries' gayness. You have to consider that when Inman was a young man in the UK, adults could be imprisoned for having consensual same-sex relations in a private location. You can hardly fault a gay man reared in so repressive an atmosphere for not fully trusting that he could be an outspoken endorser of homosexuality without losing his career. The very concept of "gay rights" was still in its infancy before the AIDS crisis changed everything.
As with Liberace, many of Inman's most devoted fans were older women who felt maternally toward him. Inman came to fame somewhat late in life. The fear of losing his sudden fame was probably very real to him. It was so obvious that his character was a flaming homosexual, why not humor the deluded fools who felt it necessary to believe otherwise? Inman "cried all the way to the bank" the way Liberace did too. He paved the way for Julian Clary and others.
I can laugh at the gay slurs in this show because I think they are no worse than any of the age-, class-, and gender-based humor aimed at any of the other characters. I think it's delightful that a blazingly obvious homosexual is just one of the gang in a series from this era.
It is surprising the jokes about Mrs. Slocombe's pussy are used in a family-friendly show in the UK. Those and other ribald remarks would be considered offensive on network prime-time in the US. Funny how America was introduced to this lowest-common-denominator series via our "cultural and educational" public network.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||04/24/2013|
[quote]I can laugh at the gay slurs in this show because I think they are no worse than any of the age-, class-, and gender-based humor aimed at any of the other characters. I think it's delightful that a blazingly obvious homosexual is just one of the gang in a series from this era.
Thank you. It's amazing to view the stupidity of people who attack any comic who uses gays in a joke but don't even notice jokes about age, class, intellect, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||04/24/2013|
I've been watching it since I was in college (I'm 40) and it still has appeal. It's dated but that what makes it so fun. Campy fun at that.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||04/24/2013|
I have every episode of "AYBS" as well as the movie they made and the sequel "Grace & Favour" better known in the USA by the dumbed down title "Are You Being Served Again".
The initial series was supposed to center around good looking Mr. Lucas, but from episode one it was clear the breakout character would be Mr. Humphries.
Many people aren't aware that Arthur Brough (Mr. Grainger) gave many actors in the UK their starts (including Trevor Banister who played Mr. Lucas)in his long running Arthur Brough Players repertory theater.
If you haven't seen the spin-off "Grace & Favour" which was produced 7 years after AYBS ceased production, you should look it up. The central cast members, (Sugden, Inman, Brahms, Peacock, Rumbold & young Mr. Grace's secretary) inherit an old country house hotel after young Mr. Grace dies while swimming with his secretary after her top popped off. They all move to the country and live together in the manor house which Mr. Rumbold has been appointed manager (much to the disgust of the others once they find out) because their retirement money has not ended up providing much of a life for them, and they end up only getting £60 each per month. They all end up working as hotel staff (when they have guests) because Rumbold pissed the former staff off when he arrived and they all quit. It only lasted 2 seasons but it's a joy to watch.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||04/24/2013|
I find it funny sometimes, but it was very lowbrow and repetitive. God, how many episodes were there that featured the entire cast dressed up in funny costumes? The show got tedious for me very fast.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||04/24/2013|
Who the fuck gives a crap if the show was offensive or not. It was damn funny. Are you seriously going to squabble over the merits of a 40-year-old sitcom? Has it come to that?
|by Anonymous||reply 40||04/24/2013|
OP are your initials RD?
|by Anonymous||reply 41||04/24/2013|
Thank you R40! I could not agree more with you. It is a 40 year old British comedy that is enjoyable for the characters and some very witty dialogue. Jeeze Louise.........watch it or don't folks, but don't make more out of it than it really is. It is just fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||04/24/2013|
Episode one of the "Grace and Favor" revival that R38 was talking about:
|by Anonymous||reply 43||04/24/2013|
r23, thanks for that pilot episode. Most of the characters were already well in place, and you can see the opportunity for growth in each of them.
And it was a shock to see how young Mrs Slocombe was in the early years!
|by Anonymous||reply 44||04/25/2013|
Love Mrs. Slocombe and Mr. Humphries--two of the greatest sitcom characters ever!
Anyone who bitches about this show is, as Mrs. Slocombe would say, as "weak as water!"
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/08/2014|
I've never understood gay men who object to Mr. Humphries. He was both the most beloved character among the other characters working in the department store on the show, and the most beloved character among TV viewers--he was a kind, loyal, and funny man. Objecting to him as being stereotyped misses the point, since he confounded the worst stereotype that gay men are despicable and unlovable.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/08/2014|
Accomodations MUST BE MADE FOR MY PUSSY!
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/08/2014|
[quote]I've never understood gay men who object to Mr. Humphries.
Perhaps it's because they see Mr. Humphries when they look in the mirror.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||09/08/2014|
Mr. Humphries always seemed to have a unique, "innocent" explanation about his various private pleasures and situations. At no time did he ever admit that he was homosexual. The audience was in on the joke, and we loved it all the more. John Inman really did outshine his castmates.
Favorite name on "Grace and Favor"? Mr. Moleturd. Much to Mrs. Slocombe's displeasure.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||09/09/2014|
The closest that Mr. Humphries comes to outing himself is the episode with the transit strike and they all have to stay overnight in the store. Mr. Humphries and Mrs. Slocumbe are sharing a bed in the furniture department and she asks if he sleeps “as nature intended” (in the nude). He responds, “I’ve never done anything as nature intended.”
(Again, you have to put this in context with the times.)
|by Anonymous||reply 50||09/09/2014|
R23's link no longer exists...I want to see it.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||09/09/2014|
I prefer the old chestnut, "Are you being Shaved?"
|by Anonymous||reply 52||09/09/2014|
New link for R51:
|by Anonymous||reply 53||09/09/2014|
Yes, I do! I love that show.
...Uh, except for Mr Humphries. I just to ignore all the bits with him in. Why? Because he's a disgusting queer. Yeah-yeah, they throw that in... because they have to have the "diversity". They have to show "Oh we love everybody"....
|by Anonymous||reply 54||09/09/2014|
As far as I'm concerned, Mr. Humphreys can go jumphreys!
|by Anonymous||reply 55||09/10/2014|
Great show. That era was the best, so many scripted comedies. Enough with the fake reality crap.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||09/10/2014|
Molly Sugden and John Inman - especially Inman - made Are You Being Served into a Brit comedy classic. Talent such as theirs is exceedingly rare.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/10/2014|
The bald, jug-eared Nicholas Smith, who played Mr. Rumbold, is the only surviving member of the original cast. Though he looked older, he was only thirty-eight when the show premiered in 1972.
Mr. Tebbs was retired on air because James Hayter, the actor who played him, did commercial voice-overs for a product called Mr. Kipling's Cakes. The company disliked his participation on the bawdy lowbrow TV show. They offered him three times his BBC salary to quit AYBS? and continue to be the voice of their product. Being old and no fool, he took the bigger paycheck for the easier job.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||09/10/2014|
I like episode with Joanna Lumley as the perfume girl.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/10/2014|
Who keeps bumping old threads? That being said, just loved this show. I even enjoyed after the department store owner left them his country home and they moved in to try and run the farm.
They were a perfect ensemble cast with excellent writers.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||09/10/2014|
My pussy and I have been watching this show since WGBH in Boston first started airing it in the late 1980s. It was and still is hilarious and it is way better and funnier than the garbage of today (Modern Family is so unfunny).
|by Anonymous||reply 61||09/10/2014|
In England they call cats, pussy. I wonder if the writers knew in America it has another meaning?
|by Anonymous||reply 62||12/26/2015|
The homophobic British press used to tear into John Inman (Mr. Humphries) in the 80s.
It was disgusting.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||12/26/2015|
After 40 years still one of the funniest Britcoms.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||12/26/2015|
I loved Mr Humphries's and Mr Lucas's buddy-ship.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||12/26/2015|
As a singer, John Inman was a threat to Rod Stewart.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||12/26/2015|
Mollie Sugden had some of the best comedic timing ever in a sitcom.
I loved the episode where they worked late and she had to call her neighbor Mr. Akbar in order to feed her cat.
"Mr. Akbar? Mrs. Slocombe here, your neighbor. I was hoping you could do me a favor. Please go next door, squat down, and look through my letterbox..."
"And if you see my pussy..."
|by Anonymous||reply 67||12/26/2015|
Joanna Lumley was married to producer/writer Jeremy Lloyd. She appeared three times.
Actress Wendy Richard went from the high pitched voice skinny bird on AYBS to the low voiced vicious matriarch Pauline Fowler on EastEnders.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||12/26/2015|
[quote]Mr. Humphries was years ahead of any TV character in the USA as a flamboyant man who was also shown as an active homosexual
Active? He was as passive as they come! (Well, GREEK passive, anyway!)
|by Anonymous||reply 69||12/26/2015|
Love this show.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||12/27/2015|
“You know, animals are very psychic. I mean, the least sign of danger and my pussy’s hair stands on end.”
|by Anonymous||reply 71||12/27/2015|
“Well, the central heating broke down. I had to light the oven and hold my pussy in front.”
|by Anonymous||reply 72||12/27/2015|
"If there are any leftovers, my pussy gobbles them up in a flash.”
|by Anonymous||reply 73||12/27/2015|
“Mr. Humphries, would you hold my pussy while I alight?”
|by Anonymous||reply 74||12/27/2015|
"If I'm not home on the stroke of six, my pussy goes mad!"
|by Anonymous||reply 75||12/27/2015|
Nicholas Smith, who played Mr. Rumbold, was the only cast member still alive. Sadly, he died just last week.
Th-th-th-th....that's all, folks.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||12/27/2015|
This was a brilliantly funny show. And any gay who was offended by Humphries I would never want to associate with in any way, shape or form. People with no sense of humor suck.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||12/27/2015|
I love this show in part because it's old fashioned. I love how they have a cafeteria in the store, one of the funniest eps is when they work in there. They have an employee talent show and Christmas parties and take tea breaks and get pay packets and pensions. They call each other by last names. A whole different world.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||12/27/2015|
[quote]Nicholas Smith, who played Mr. Rumbold, was the only cast member still alive. Sadly, he died just last week.
Isn't Mr. Spooner still alive and kicking?
|by Anonymous||reply 79||12/27/2015|
Yes he is.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||12/27/2015|
There really is a case contextually for the Mr Humphreys character being seen as a force for good (35 ), (46) but also shows how times have changed in the fact that humor can no longer be used in such a way .... I witnessed a Facebook argument about a subplot of Kimmie Schmidt ( spoiler alert here ) and the Jane Krakowski character's Native American roots ,which in the show she is ashamed of and has ( as a person who can pass for white ) distanced herself from. It's played for comedy) but has real pathos and you're never in any doubt that she is sad and misguided.....you can imagine how it went down on social media...
|by Anonymous||reply 81||12/27/2015|
Any gay offended by Mr. Humphries/Inman needs to grow the fuck up. It was the 1970s. Few people were shouting "I'm gay" to the public and all of you keyboard warriors would've handled your careers the same way Inman did.
Jesus, get over yourselves.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||12/27/2015|
Mr Lucas was born in 1934 and Mr Humphries was born in 1935, but Lucas was supposed to be a lot younger.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||12/27/2015|
Really!? Good Lord, they were only one year apart!? GTFO
|by Anonymous||reply 84||12/27/2015|
The characters in AYBS are all from British Music Hall stereotypes. The old battle axe, the sexy bird, the young Lothario, the pompous military man, the bumbling old man and the mincing prisspot. We in America didn't have that tradition and so don't recognize the stereotypes, but the British wouldn't have batted an eye about Mr. Humphries.
And I love how when Mr. Humphries answers the phone, he lowers his voice, "Menswear." This show had so many funny moments like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||12/27/2015|
That's why I think Mr Spooner never worked, he was eight years younger than Humphries. Also none of the Grainger replacements ever really worked either. The guy who replaced the first handyman was OK but not as good and Old Mr Grace was a disaster. Young Mr Grace was awesome but the Old Mr Grace was a young guy made up to look old and he was a disaster.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||12/27/2015|
This was a great show, but Trevor Bannister was horribly miscast as Mr Lucas.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||12/27/2015|
I never understood why the store seemed to be open from 9am - 5pm, isn't everyone working during those times?
|by Anonymous||reply 88||12/27/2015|
R88, obviously including the staff of GB. Trade Unions held great sway in the 1970s so that relatively few retail staff worked unsociable hours. Banks also tended to shut at lunchtimes and this was in the era before cash machines. Women (aka housewives) did the bulk of shopping, including buying clothes for their husbands.
Even now, most department stores shut at 5:30pm outside of London, except on Thursdays, which has the status of 'long shopping day' where some stores keep open until 8pm.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||12/27/2015|
Still shocked we haven't gotten a pron parody called "Are You Being Serviced?" yet.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||12/28/2015|
With Luke Adams as Mr. Humphries. And Michael Lucas as Mrs. Slocombe.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||12/28/2015|
Jeffrey Dahmer had a show called Are You Being Severed?
|by Anonymous||reply 92||12/28/2015|
[quote]Still shocked we haven't gotten a pron parody called "Are You Being Serviced?" yet.
I assume it's because porn producers think their demographic doesn't watch Britcoms and wouldn't get the reference.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||12/28/2015|
Remember the time when Mr Humphries came into work dressed funny?
|by Anonymous||reply 94||12/28/2015|
Ha ha, R92 !! I love it!
How do they know that Jeffrey Dahmer smoked?
They found lots of butts under his bed.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||12/28/2015|
Mrs Brahms was OK the first year and rapidly went downhill. When they brought her back for Are You Being Served Again, she looked worse than Mrs Pussy or whatever her name was.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||12/28/2015|
Did you ever see her on EastEnders? Yikes!
|by Anonymous||reply 97||12/30/2015|
[quote]Did you ever see her on EastEnders? Yikes!
The first time I ever saw EastEnders was in 2002. I couldn't believe that was Miss Brahms. It looked and sounded nothing like her. Wendy Richard must have been smoking 10 packs a day and drinking a gallon of vodka.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||12/30/2015|
My first real job was in 1979 in a bank. The bank manager was an out (to his friends) gay guy. In the bank, he was so far in the closet the soles of his shoes could only be seen with binoculars.
This guy was gayer than Gay Gayerson. He had a lot of the effeminate gestures of Mr Humphries. A lot of the staff partied together after hours, so everybody knew about his personal life. But when it came to interactions with management, no way would he have come out. Not if you wanted to keep your job in those days. He brought a beard to every office party. She was not remotely his type, they displayed no affection. She was an acquaintance. Everyone understood that he had to do this. It was part of having a job at a conservative company.
Don't be too hard on the show or the characters because they act this way. It was taken for granted that this was the way to handle things back then.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||12/31/2015|
I loved AYBS! Whoever said the German Week episode was great, was right. It's not quite as funny to me as Keeping Up Appearances, but it was my second favorite of all of the British comedies at the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||12/31/2015|
These shows didn't seem as repetitive to viewers when they first came out because the BBC only produced them in short batches of six to twelve episodes at a time, often with years in between batches. An American show with the same number of episodes would have only run two or three seasons. But AYBS appeared intermittently from 1972 to 1981.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||12/31/2015|
Don't worry if the sleeves are too long. You'll find they ride up with wear.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||12/31/2015|
Mr. Goldberg was such a stereotype about J's being obsessed with money that it was offensive. The Milo Sperber replacement (forget the character's name) was BEYOND pathetic. Spooner was cute.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||12/31/2015|
[quote]Mr. Goldberg was such a stereotype about J's being obsessed with money that it was offensive.
Any man of the Jewish persuasion who has a devil-may-care attitude toward money is welcome to throw coins at my pussy.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||12/31/2015|
[quote]The first time I ever saw EastEnders was in 2002. I couldn't believe that was Miss Brahms.
You couldn't believe a woman had aged in 30 years?
|by Anonymous||reply 105||12/31/2015|
[quote]You couldn't believe a woman had aged in 30 years?
Not to the point of being completely unrecognizable. Her face changed and so did her voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||12/31/2015|