“Keeping up Appearances”
I have to mention this show because I am definitely a new fan. I just happened to catch it on Netflix one night while I was bored looking for something to watch. This show had me right from the get go! Absolutely hilarious and the acting is magnificent. The woman who plays Hyacinth Bucket, (pronounced Bouquet according to her,) is nothing short of amazing. She is hilarious and it never feels like she is over doing it. You really believe her character portrayal and you laugh so hard at the Husband Richard’s reactions.
“Keeping up Appearances” reminds me a lot of “All in the Family.” But instead of the male being the dominate figure in the house hold, it is now the woman. Richard just goes with the flow, trying to avoid Hyacinth and her crazy antics.
Hyacinth is your typical neighborhood snob. She thinks she is better than everyone else and likes everyone to know how well to do she is. She loves to drop names of other rich people she knows. She also loves to talk about her sister who married a rich guy and has a mercedes and a hot tub. Hyacinth is all about her image and will stop at nothing to make herself look superior to others. She even makes Richard wear a tie when he is gardening, worrying about anyone who may see him walking by.
Now one of the big obstacles in Hyacinth’s life is dodging her lower class sister and her sloppy brother in law. Every time Hyacinth has a party or someone important over, her low class family seems to show up to embarrass her. Now I didn’t find the low class family to be that funny and they got old quick, but trust me, Hyacinth runs the show and carries it also.
You also can’t forget the neighbor Daisy and her brother Emmet, the muscician. The relationship between Hyacinth and the neighbors is hilarious. Daisy and Emmet try their hardest to avoid Hyacinth and her candlelit dinners with her fancy china. But every episode Daisy ends up having to go over for coffee, where she always seems to spill the coffee every time. You would think the ongoing joke would get old, but trust me it doesn’t. It gets funnier every time.
Then there is Hyacinth and Emmet. Hyacinth soon finds out Emmet is a concert pianist. Well, Hyacinth believes herself to be quite the singer. So every time Emmet sees her she breaks into a full out, high pitched song. This freaks out Emmet and every episode he is always trying to get out of the house without Hyacinth seeing him. But every time he inevitably fails.
Then when the show seems to be getting a little old and dull, the writers go ahead and retire Richard. This brings life back to the show just like Kitty did in “That 70′s Show,” when she goes through menopause. Richard is petrified of retirement because he knows he will have to be around his insane wife all the time. But unfortunately he can’t avoid it and is stuck with her. You will laugh your ass off when you see how he tries to avoid her by working in the garden. But somehow he ends up roped in all her insanity which sends him through a kind of midlife crisis. When Richard retires, the show gets insane with all kinds of funny scenes. Hyacinth and Richard tend to go on more journeys and you see a lot more slap stick comedy, which both actors are brilliant at.
Check out a few episodes of “Keeping up Appearances!” Trust me, you won’t want to stop watching. This is definitely a new favorite show for me, even though it took me 20 year after it aired to discover it. This show is hilarious, the writing is phenomenal and most of all, the characters are nothing short of genius. “Keeping up Appearances” is a modern show that really captures the humor we loved in the 70′s and puts a little spin on it.
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