"Yes Minister" is a witty and funny portrayal of the battle of the Government and the Civil Service. The characters were highly developed and hilariously funny. The late Paul Eddington was very funny as James Hacker, a bumbling minister who is constantly at odds with his civil servant, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played masterfully by Nigel Hawthorne. Derek Fowlds was the junior civil servant, caught in the middle. This show provided perhaps an insightful and funny look behind the scenes of the British government. Each episode showed the publicity-hungry Minister trying to reform government in one way or the other, but is constantly blocked by Sir Humphrey. The storylines could ring true for the US government too. Bureaucracy is the same in any government. Yes, Minister" was very witty British political satire. Created and written by Antony Jay, this British comedy always cut it’s own political red tape, and entertained everyone.