Are You Being Served? Reviews & Ratings

Are You Being Served? was a long-running British sitcom broadcast from 1972 to 1985. It was set in the men's and women's department of a large fictional London store called Grace Brothers.
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Jun 28, 2015 1:38PM EDT
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So much fun to watch , from season 7 it picks up with the humour ----- Giving you that Belly wrenching laugh

So much fun to watch , from season 7 it picks up with the humour ----- Giving you that Belly wrenching laugh

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Jul 17, 2014 3:58AM EDT
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Would have to be one of the funniest shows out there - and the innuendo just makes it funnier.

Would have to be one of the funniest shows out there - and the innuendo just makes it funnier.

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Mar 17, 2017 8:03AM EDT
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Thanks to the PBS British Comedies I fell in love with this show!

Are You Being Served? featured humor based on sexual innuendo, misunderstandings, mistaken identity, farce and occasional slapstick. In addition, there were sight gags generated by outrageous costumes which the characters were sometimes required to wear for store promotions, and gaudy store displays frequently featuring malfunctioning robotic mannequins. The show is remembered for its prolific use of double entendres.

The main humorous base of the series was a merciless parody of the British class system. This permeated almost every interaction and was especially evident in the conversations between the maintenance men and the ostensibly higher-class store personnel. The episodes rarely left the store, and to parody the stereotype of the British class system, characters rarely addressed each other by their first names, even after work, instead using their formal titled names ("Mr", "Mrs", "Miss", or even "Captain"). When they did address each other by their first names, it was usually either as an aside, or often for comic effect (e.g. an underling addressing a superior).

Thanks to the PBS British Comedies I fell in love with this show!

Are You Being Served? featured humor based on sexual innuendo, misunderstandings, mistaken identity, farce and occasional slapstick. In addition, there were sight gags generated by outrageous costumes which the characters were sometimes required to wear for store promotions, and gaudy store displays frequently featuring malfunctioning robotic mannequins. The show is remembered for its prolific use of double entendres.

The main humorous base of the series was a merciless parody of the British class system. This permeated almost every interaction and was especially evident in the conversations between the maintenance men and the ostensibly higher-class store personnel. The episodes rarely left the store, and to parody the stereotype of the British class system, characters rarely addressed each other by their first names, even after work, instead using their formal titled names ("Mr", "Mrs", "Miss", or even "Captain"). When they did address each other by their first names, it was usually either as an aside, or often for comic effect (e.g. an underling addressing a superior).