As Time Goes By

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As Time Goes By

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Army officer Lionel Hardcastle and nurse Jean Pargetter had a three-month affair in 1953. After Lionel is posted to Korea, the two lose touch when Lionel's letter to Jean fails to get delivered. Thirty-eight years later, they meet again. A sweetly charming situation comedy that ran for nine seasons. Best enjoyed with your feet up and with a cup of tea and some custard tarts at your side.
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  • Joan Sims

    Joan Sims

    Madge (Season 2+)

    Philip Bretherton

    Philip Bretherton

    Alistair Deacon

    Judi Dench

    Judi Dench

    Jean Pargeter

    Frank Middlemass

    Frank Middlemass

    Rocky (Season 2+)

    Geoffrey Palmer

    Geoffrey Palmer

    Lionel Hardcastle

    Moira Brooker

    Moira Brooker

    Judith "Judy" Pargeter-Deacon

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Truly Worth Investing a Half-Hour Every Week.

      9.0
      I have always enjoyed the different comedy that comes in the form of a British sit-com. Most of the time I can watch an episode from any number of shows on my local PBS station and it is a self-contained half-hour of comedy that requires no explanation or looking for the next episode. Over the years I did this numerous times with As Time Goes By but I always felt like I was missing out on much of the humor.

      Then recently I realized that my local PBS was starting a fresh run of the series and I started from the beginning. Now I look forward to every episode as I have a complete history and all of the little comments which I didn't understand before now make perfect sense as I have a better understanding of Lionel, Jean and the other well written characters on the show.

      I would reccomend the series to anyone who appreciates British comedies, even if they can catch only the occasional episode, but if you have the opportunity to start from the beginning it is definetly worth investing a half-hour every week.

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    • great world wide love story

      9.5
      theres no other show like it, these days they want to just show fast meet them, and have sex with them and on to someone else shows, this show drags it out in an entaining way that draws you in to there world, if that show had started in americar it would had never even made it past season a timeless story of waiting for true love, and its hope they can get everyone on board for one special reunion, and I hate those type of specials, but I think if they can get the same writer and keep the same cast, it would be a cross.moreless
    • Intelligent, positive comedy-soap opera of sorts, with a message of love and family proving stronger than time and age. Not an "adult" show, but a grown-up one.

      9.1
      This BBC production is a throwback, of sorts, to the days of cheerful sitcoms past, in that everyone in the main cast(The Hardcastle household, plus Alistair) are witty with sparkling upper class manners or they are eccentric characters with madcap quirks, none of it grounded in any possible reality. That everyone is exceedingly well off alone is unusual, but in this case it serves only to steer the stories from meaner topics like scrounging to make a quid towards more genteel pursuits like book writing and worrying about getting a computer. I think this is mainly aimed at older people who can relate to Jean and Lionel, who are very likable and upbeat. His aged parents and housekeeper are painted with a broad brush. Their absurd obsession with American country and western music is a bit too cute and taken to extremes (Their car has Texas longhorn steer horns on the bonnet), and their servant pointlessly babbles bits of weather forecasts for sailing the Irish sea.(her vehicle of choice is a great-war era motorcycle and side car, that calls for a vintage costume when driving it.)

      The overwrought whimsy aside, the series is very easy to be caught up in, and as in the best of soap operas, one gets to have hopes and dreads for the characters from week to week. The writers paced the story of their getting to know one another and rekindling of their love after so many years, and their eventual married life perfectly, and then went on to their adventures at the same time bringing us into the love life problems of the young girls Judy and Sandy. Another thought on the "throwback" theme. This series ended in 2002, with a 2005 reunion special. There won't be many more programmes like it, where the men are manly and the women fancy that most of the time, and everyone is gentle, polite, and respects the others. That these values are sadly dying out in Britain can be seen in pretty much all other shows that make it over to America, such as ab-fab, My Family, etc. So enjoy ATGB as among the final flickers of class and taste. Cheerio.moreless
    • The best situation comedy ever broadcast in the English language in the universe...

      10
      ...and, although the ensemble cast had a great deal to do with "As Time Goes By" being, in my opinion, the acme of television comedy, and the well-told stories also helped, there is one reason why I, as well as my mother (very hard to please, she was), really loved this program - Dame Judi Dench...



      ...and Episode 16, "Living Together, But Where?" is all the proof I need to say that Dame Judi is one of the best actresses of all time. (If you want to avoid a spoiler, just watch the episode, and wait for the end.)



      After all the confusion about whom is going to move in with whom, Lionel (Geoffrey Palmer - the second reason why the program is so wonderful) suggests to Jean (Dench) that they reevaluate their relationship. After he leaves, she looks at an armchair that she had bought for him, one that didn't exactly match her decor. Jean then lowered her head almost imperceptibly. But when Judi did that, she conveyed heartbreak more vividly than anyone else I've ever seen.



      You very seldom see that in major motion pictures, much less series television - but I saw it there. And that was more than enough for "As Time Goes By" to top my personal favorites list.moreless
    • I have watched this series over and over again and I never get tired of it. Very heartwarming, the characters are developed so that the viewer cares what happens to them.moreless

      9.8
      This is a A- Quality show. There are very few series on television that appeals to the older generation, of which I am a member. Of course, any program with Judy Dench is guaranteed to be spectacular. I only wish they would film another reunion show, it's been awhile. I commend the Public Broadcasting System for showing this fine series. Also, it's easy for Americans to relate to the characters' situations. There hasn't been a British comedy series, other than my other favorite, Keeping Up Appearances, that I can completely relate to. I hope that there are more of these series in the future.moreless
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    Sitcoms, British TV