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The Good Life

The Good Life

BBC One 1975

The Good Life stars Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal as Tom and Barbara Good, a middle class suburban couple who on Tom's 40th birthday decide to turn their Surbiton home into a self sufficient allotment. They grow their own food, keep farm animals and have sold or bartered all of their electrical appliances as they have no electricity. This creates friction with their best friends and next door neighbours, the Leadbetters (Jerry and Margo) played by Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith. But even though the Goods have lowered the tone of the neighbourhood in the Leadbetters eyes they still can't help but be best of friends. The show was known as Good Neighbors when it aired in the US.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Good Life

The Good Life - S4E7

#1 - Anniversary (Season 4 - Episode 7)

Although troubles beset them, the Goods are still glad that they've followed the path of self-sufficiency. Jerry thinks he's failed to succeed Andy as head of JJM. Margo installs a burglar alarm system, but the Goods think they've no need of one, as they've nothing left to steal.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 14 votes.

The Good Life - S2E1

#2 - Just My Bill (Season 2 - Episode 1)

The Goods are faced with paying their rates bill (local property tax). They try to sell their harvest surplus to raise money, but it proves more difficult than Tom imagines.

The episode was rated 8.33 from 27 votes.

The Good Life - S4E1

#3 - Away From It All (Season 4 - Episode 1)

When the poor harvest and other tribulations of life get to the Goods, the Leadbetters suggest they go away on a short break, and volunteer to look after things while they're away. But can they be trusted?

The episode was rated 8.23 from 13 votes.

The Good Life - S1E5

#4 - The Thing in the Cellar (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Tom puts the finishing touches to their own electricity generator in the cellar, which runs on their animals' waste. He then goes fishing with Jerry, and decides to store the surplus in the freezer, until the generator plays up...

The episode was rated 8.20 from 35 votes.

The Good Life - S4E4

#5 - The Weaver's Tale (Season 4 - Episode 4)

When Margo buys a spinning wheel, Tom buys a loom so that the Goods can borrow the spinning wheel and make their own clothes. However, Barbara has just convinced Jerry to forbid Margo to spend any more money, and the spinning wheel purchase is canceled. It looks like the loom is a white elephant.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 11 votes.

The Good Life - S1E6

#6 - The Pagan Rite (Season 1 - Episode 6)

In order to pay for a treat for Barbara, Tom takes a short contract from his old firm, and tries to keep it a secret from her - but his plan is foiled when he fails to account for Margo's nosiness.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 27 votes.

The Good Life - S4E5

#7 - Suit Yourself (Season 4 - Episode 5)

The Goods obtain some sheep fleeces, make their own vegetable dyes, and start making their own clothes using their loom. Jerry's boss decides to retire, and invites three potential successors to dinner to choose who to appoint.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 16 votes.

The Good Life - S1E1

#8 - Plough Your Own Furrow (Season 1 - Episode 1)

After he has celebrated his 40th birthday Tom decides that he is unhappy with his life style so he packs his job in, farms his large garden and becomes self sufficient.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 42 votes.

The Good Life - S2E4

#9 - The Day Peace Broke Out (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Leeks start to go missing from the front garden, and Tom initially suspects Margo. When he discovers the real culprit, he takes the law into his own hands, but ends up in deeper trouble than the thief.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 17 votes.

The Good Life - S1E4

#10 - Pig's Lib (Season 1 - Episode 4)

The Goods continue their bartering with local suppliers, but Barbara has a misunderstanding while negotiating with the window-cleaner. They then add a pair of pigs in a sty to their back garden, at which Margo is so appalled she brings in the chairman of the local residents' association to persuade them out of it, but is unsuccessful. However, when one escapes into the Leadbetter's garden, she can only be mollified by getting rid of it.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 33 votes.

The Good Life - S2E3
#11 - Mr Fix-It
Season 2 - Episode 3

A journalist writes a freelance article on the Goods and their way of life. Margo tries to muscle in to promote her forthcoming amateur dramatics production. Jerry obtains quantities of free merchandise for the Goods, on the grounds that the article is to appear in a national Sunday newspaper.

The episode was rated from 29 votes.
The Good Life - S2E2
#12 - The Guru of Surbiton
Season 2 - Episode 2

The Goods take in a student couple for a week, to help them with the work on the smallholding. The couple rapidly become infatuated with the Goods and their way of life. When they decide to buy the other house next door, to start a commune with similar aims, Margo becomes incensed.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
The Good Life - S3E3
#13 - A Tug of the Forelock
Season 3 - Episode 3

The need for some means of transport to replace the broken trolley causes Tom to modify the rotavator. To pay for its fuel, the Goods decide to take temporary work as domestic staff... with the Leadbetters.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
The Good Life - S2E6
#14 - Home Sweet Home
Season 2 - Episode 6

A boar-walker visits the Goods' remaining pig, and recommends they move to a larger smallholding that he knows is for sale. Neither Tom nor Barbara can think of a good reason not to go, but neither really wants to.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
The Good Life - S3E1
#15 - The Early Birds
Season 3 - Episode 1

The pressure of work sowing the new season's crops requires the Goods to make the most of the daylight hours. The disturbance of their early morning work sours their friendship with the Leadbetters, and their attempts to go to bed early meet with a variety of frustrations.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
The Good Life - S1E3
#16 - The Weaker Sex?
Season 1 - Episode 3

Tom buys an old-fashioned range for their kitchen from a passing rag-and-bone man, but Barbara becomes irate when she ends up doing most of the hard work to get it ready for use, while he tries to make a system for scaring the birds off their crops.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.
The Good Life - S4E6
#17 - Sweet and Sour Charity
Season 4 - Episode 6

Tom sets his eye on the contents of the other neighbors' heating oil tank when they move out. Barbara just manages to convince him that it would be stealing. Then they get permission to take it.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
The Good Life - S2E5
#18 - Mutiny
Season 2 - Episode 5

Jerry refuses to put up a foreign businessman visiting the company, as it would interfere with Margo's performances as Maria in a local amateur production of The Sound of Music, and he is consequently sacked. The Goods try to get him reinstated.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
The Good Life - S3E6
#19 - Whose Fleas are These?
Season 3 - Episode 6

The Goods find they have fleas, which they initially believe are from their animals. Then they remember that they have just been next door to the Leadbetters.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
The Good Life - S1E2
#20 - Say Little Hen...
Season 1 - Episode 2

The Goods install the first chickens in their chicken coop, but they prove slow to lay their first eggs. Incensed by the condescension of the Leadbetters when they are invited to dinner together with Tom's former boss & his wife, the Goods decide to sacrifice one of the chickens to make a show of their not being as poor as the Leadbetters think.

The episode was rated from 29 votes.

Last updated: oct 26, 2020


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