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  1. Aidy

    October 15, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    If a comedy show has ever earned the “has not aged well” tag then surely it must be The Goodies. If you ever catch it on The Comedy Channel repeats you will see what I mean. Totally unfunny and toe curling television. The Young Ones would come a close second in the not ageing well stakes, I reckon.

  2. Glenn A

    October 16, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Aidy, the last series they did for the BBC was completely banal and seemed as if they’d lost their touch for being contemporary( John Travolta dance routines were so 1978, not 1980) and the humour was immature. Their peak years were 1972 to 1976, but thereafter I agree they declined and became very juvenile. Also I never found The Young Ones funny.

  3. Angryhead

    October 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Some years ago, I borrowed a ‘Goodies’ video cassette from a mate which had three or four episodes on it. This was the first time I’d seen the programme since the 80s when the trio ended up on ITV. The shows featured on the cassette were from their “classic” days on the BBC. I can’t remember all the episodes on the cassette – except for the one with the cat which ended up growing to a Godzilla-like being and then proceeding to terrorise London. I enjoyed it, although in typical BBC miserley fashion, the Goodies were forced to wrestle with cheap polystyrene sets which wobbled and looked far too fake to believe.
    I loved this show as a kid, but as is the case with childhood memories, if I was to watch those episodes again now, I’d probably end up agreeing with Aidy and Glenn A.
    The “cat” episode was quite clever. It had elements of the “juvenile” as mentioned in the comments above, but not in a way which spoiled the story. Maybe this episode was a one-off in terms of coming across as entertaining – hence why it’s always the one which gets repeated and mentioned thirty years later.

  4. Glenn A

    October 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    It was called Kitten Kong and even though the London sets look cheap now, it was quite innovative in its day. Another classic is their interpetration of Jack and the Beanstalk and the one where they do a rock concert to a group of stoned cops. However, after 1977 the standards dropped and their last BBC series was poor. Actually the LWT series I found better, esp the one where they go for a weekend at a cottage and get snowed in.

  5. bisted

    October 18, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Glenn A ….
    With regards to the cheap sets… I wasn’t referring to the Kitten Kong London sets but the actual STUDIO sets. Having watched the compilation video, I recall a certain bit where our heroes are running through a prop door, but because of it’s flimsiness, they have to slow down before running through it. By the looks of it, they got to the door quicker than rehearsed and are as such forced to slow right down and wait around a few seconds before moving again. They didn’t improvise it too well and they end up ‘hanging around’ uncomfortably. At the same time, you can hear the sound of cheap wood / plyboard as they tread closer to where the prop has been built.
    I too remember their Jack and the Beanstalk episode. Wasn’t that an extended ITV bank holiday special? Or was it on the BBC?
    Plus… Do you remember the one where they turn into mice? that was a good episode.

  6. Glenn A

    October 18, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Jack and the Beanstalk was BBC from 1973 and is a classic. Actually I was in a minority with regards to the LWT shows as they were funnier than the last series they did for the BBC, where the BBC decided to treat them like idiots and the material was poor. Another classic from the early days is the one about an infestation of Rolf Harrises.

  7. Lee James Turnock

    May 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Other classic episodes include Give Police A Chance, the Music Lovers, Scotland, the Baddies, Hospital For Hire, the Race, Invasion of the Moon Creatures, Camelot, Goodies in the Nick, Chubbie Chumps, Cunning Stunts, Rome Antics, Hype Pressure, Goodies Rule OK, It Might As Well Be String, Almost Live, Royal Command, Animals and War Babies.

  8. Arthur Nibble

    June 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Make that The Goodies OBE, although Graeme and Tim have had to wait till this year. Well done, Wonder Chaps Three!

  9. Glenn A

    March 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    The Goodies were hit and miss and now the studio bound shows look extremely cheap and come across as boring and unfunny. Best ones tend to be the early ones with more location filming and have guest stars like Michael Aspel.

  10. Richard16378

    March 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Some of the CSO used in the earlier episodes to show things behind doors & such looks very cheap these days, but this seemed to be lessen as the years went on.

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