One of the best shows of the 70's. Starring graeme garden bill oddie and tim brook taylor as three people who claim to do anything anytime anywherebill the loonie rebel graeme the mad professer and tim the true brit. they get into all sorts of scrapes including fighting a giant cat called kitten kong becoming lighthouse keepers who accidentally launch the lighthouse off into space even one where bill learns the acient art of ecky thump where you whack some one on the back of the head with a black pudding and not to mention the beanstalk that one was good.
Bill, Tim and Grame, the Goodies really took thier "we do anything any time" motto to heart to create some classic comedy moments by getting themselves into all manner of outlandish predicaments. From fighting the ministry of poloution (who planed to jump start the economy by poluting it them putting it right, to ball room dancing, being matador to a bobcat with a mind of its own, finding lost tribe in suburban britain and waging their own war against apartide policies in south Africa with aparthieight, the Goodies where never short of a laugh. With slap stack hummor and some comedy that would be politically incorrect today they'll bring a smile to your dial.
Yeah, yeah, Monty Python always gets all the claim and praise, but everyone forgets about this show. If you ask anybody, well people my age where I live they think you're talking about the Stephen Spielberg movie about the kids looking for treasure. You'll be surprised if you see this and you're opinions about comedy television from any country will change dramatically. If you've gone tired of Python, try this show on for size, try to find it where you can, it is extremely scarce, but worth looking for and you have an opportunity to see it I suggest you do.
Put simply, The Goodies was a live-action version of a typical Warner Bros cartoon, replete with speeded-up footage, film trickery and violent slapstick. The characters bore the same names as the players and were caricature exaggerations of their real selves, hence Tim was the respectable establishment figure, an effete man who grew into a manic royalist; Graeme was the scatty, back-room boffin, the inventor of all manner of weird devices; and Bill was an aggressive, earthy, hairy individual who eventually tended towards environmentalism, socialism and feminism. Each week the three climbed aboard and promptly fell off their customised bicycle for three (the 'Trandem') before remounting to pedal off to their task.
Initially there was a traditional sitcom element to the shows, the characters starting off each episode in their huge all-encompassing office suite, where they would be employed by someone to undertake a difficult task. Later, though, the format became diffused and in the show's classic period, 1973-76, it was a joyous, unrestrained, lightly satirical festival of visual humour, with models, special effects, explosions, giant props and camera tricks combining to produce a variety of fast-paced wild antics rarely seen since the heyday of the slapstick silent movies. The plots always veered towards the surreal and very often storylines lurched off-course to explore unrelated areas, just to get laughs. And most of the time it worked. Most episodes also included one or a few mock TV advertisements, which delightfully sent up the genre.
In 1981 The Goodies switched from the BBC to ITV and presented a Christmas special, Snow White 2 (which crossed the Snow White story with Star Wars), and the following month they launched a show on the commercial channel. Although it had some good moments - especially a clever parody of the paranormal investigation series The Mysterious World Of Arthur C Clarke, in which the Goodies searched for the mythical Arthur C Clarke - this was a disappointing venture, lacking the undisciplined anarchy that had characterised their finest BBC episodes. After this, the trio decided to call it a day.
To the bemusement and irritation of its many admirers, The Goodies did not enjoy the frequent repeats and tributes enjoyed by a number of its contemporary comedy successes. Fans muttered darkly about a conspiracy to keep the show from the screen, and eventually even the three Goodies themselves mused publicly why they seemed to be 'out of favour' with the BBC top brass. Finally, at Christmas 2005, they returned for a fine reunion special which linked classic clips with newly-scripted material and an excellent documentary material tracing the show's background.
I first saw this show ages ago as a kid and loved it.
Just a few months ago I got the DVDs and still love the show. The classic is Kitten Kong. It's silly and fun and has some great word plays and visual silliness. Highly recommended for kids as well as adults.
It's out on DVD in both the UK and Australia. There's also a DVD here in the US. If you want the complete series, you'll have to buy the two sets out in the UK or Australia, AND get the US one as well. Why? Because that one has one episode that's not on either of the other two sets. :) Clever ain't it?
The Goodies is not a situation comedy. A situation comedy is where the characters are in the same situation every episode. Although usually the "situation" on this show is that The Goodies are hired to do a job, in actual fact, anything can happen - and it usually does.
Mad scientist Graeme Garden (he's not always a scientist, but is a doctor of some sort in real life), upper-class royalist Tim Brooke-Taylor and scruffy "working class" would-be-hero Bill Oddie are called on to perform all sorts of tasks, from preventing the theft of Brittain's beloved Crown Jewels to rescuing the world from rabbits hell-bent on domination!
The show has a lot of dodgy special effects, and half the humour is derived from these, particularly in the case of the best known episode "Kitten Kong" in which London is terrorised by a giant white kitten named Twinkles.That episode even won an award at Montreaux in 1972.
Running from 1970 to 1980 for a total of eight series on BBC (and then a further series for London Weekend Television in 1981, first and last screened in Australia in 1982), it has stood the test of time, even with references to the "then" Prime Ministers of England.
This is my personal #1 faveourite show of all time so I'm going to end this review by saying that if you haven't seen it, expect to see "The Three Stooges" meets "Charlie Chaplin" meets "Brois Karloff" meets "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck" in full colour. Anything else I could say would just be fanboy-style blubbering!
The online fanclub www.goodiesruleok.com will give you all the information you need. It's based in Australia (correct me if I'm wrong) and Tim Broke-Taylor is a regular contributor (again, correct me if I'm wrong).
The Goodies is like no show I've ever seen before.It is like they have an idea for an episode, and then throw every concievable chance of a laugh at it. Nothing is too weird for the Goodies, whether it be battling a giant kitten, shutting down the Boy Scouts or trying to stop an outbreak of Rolf Harrises.
The small premise for the Goodies are that they are three guys who take on any task that someone assigns to them. They are like troubleshooters, but they often end up creating more trouble. The three Goodies (using the same names as in real-life) are Tim Brooke-Taylor, the nancy-boy wuss who is a patriot who wants to do the task "for Queen and country", Graeme Garden, the scientific one, who is like the unofficial leader, and Bill Oddie, the crass, skirt-chasing one who often gets on Tim's nerves. Each episode, they take on a task. Often, anything and everything happens. This is great because it avoids predictability. You never know what will happen next. The thing is too, that there are so many opportunities for laughs that you can watch them repeatedly, and laugh at different things each time.
In short, I recommend this show. If you want something a little different and silly, and suspend belief, you will find a show to enjoy for many viewings.
How many live action cartoons can you name? That question would have someone stuck for a while as the Goodies was either the only one, or the only one worth watching.
When they aren't showcasing slapstick comedy, they're using stupid humour to gain at least 5 moments of laughter per minute which is pretty amazing.
The Goodies are the absolute favouite thats one show That Graeme Garden,Bill Oddie & Tim Brooke-Taylor will always remember for maby also i'm sorry i'll read that again for the radio, but main thing be The Goodies :)
The Goodies Original Master tapes should be cleaned up for future releases. wonder how therir surviving
in the BBC Vault obsually UK TV got new copies a few years ago as their not the ABC tv ones
I'd like to see on their 3rd dvd , Goodies in the nick, Cecily, Give Police a chance, Snooze,
The Baddies,U-Friend or UFo, Charity Bounce
This is one of the funnyest shows on (or that was on) tv.
The comedy is gold and most of the sketches of much better than anything on tv today.And i think tv today is very funny! Start showing it again!
Why dont they bring back The Goodies?!
It has the best sketches and jokes ive ever seen. It was made in the 60's and the episodes live up to today's standards! Each episode makes you laugh out loud and no matter how many times you watch an episode it dosent get any less funny.
Each character is unique and everyone has a favourite weather its Tim,Graeme or Bill. It's also great to see Bill Oddie when he was young!
Every episode has a great storyline and always get's better and better.
They should start showing it again right now!
Some people know im a comedy fan andthis is one of the best by far. I have both DVD sets and laught all the time. My fave (And yours too) has to be "The End". The name Rastus Watermelon makes me laugh every time. They ran out of money at that time but i liked it. Goodies: fun and laughter all the time.
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