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Keeping up Appearance is a British comedy starring Patricia Routledge as the annoying and outrageously hysterical Hyacinth. Hyacinth is married to Richard who is always overshadowed by her demands. Hyacinths only goal in life is to gain the acclaim she believes she is due from her neighbors. While the couple actually resides in a modest home in a average community Hyacinth always believes herself to be in the same company as the well to do. She goes to great lengths to impress the people she comes in contact with by mentioning her latest acquisition or her imagined association with some high class person.

Hyacinth has three other sisters which also have been named after flowers. Rose, Violet and Daisy add their own personal touches to the stories in this show. Daisy is married to Onslow who appears to have no actual job other than sitting in front of the TV drinking beer. The house Daisy and Onslow live in is usually filled with clutter and has a broken down car sitting in the drive. Rose lives with Daisy and Onslow as does the father of all four girls. Their father is extremely senile and has a tendency to wander off and get in trouble with the law. Rose is somewhat lose with her affections toward men which adds a different type of comedic angle to the show.

Hyacinth and Richard live next door to Elizabeth and her brother Emmet. Hyacinth is constantly dragging Elizabeth over to her house so she has someone she can announce her latest triumphs too. She treats Elizabeth as someone who is below her social status, which makes Elizabeth extremely nervous. A running gag in the series is that poor Elizabeth can never hold a cup of tea at Hyacinths without spilling. While Hyacinth has exaggerated images of her status in the community, her sister Violet is actually extremely rich, which Hyacinth never ceases to boast about. Hyacinth also has a son who is away at college, but who calls home frequently to ask for money.

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BBC
6 Seasons, 46 Episodes
Comedy
8.6/10
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Keeping up Appearances Full Episode Guide

  • Hyacinth decides to organize and direct a local pageant titled "Our Town in the Civil War." She also, naturally, casts herself in the starring role of Queen Henrietta Maria and coerces various members of her family to play assorted Cavaliers and Roundheads. The Church Hall is soon in pandemonium.

  • A minor fungal infection of the feet leaves Richard walking like Long John Silver. Hyacinth prefers to let everyone think it's gout, a more aristocratic ailment. Meanwhile, she's been planning a new kitchen and discussing color choices with the vicar. "When you have to choose between Angel Gabriel Blue and Lucifer Grey, you need a spiritual advisor!" Daisy informs Hyacinth that someone other than Daddy has been found in his bed.

  • Hyacinth buys tickets for a holiday cruise on the QE2 so that she can hobnob with a better class of people. After loading their matching set of executive luggage with the genuine leather embellishments and initials into the car, Richard heads for Southampton, via the scenic route, which causes them to miss the boat. Fortunately, they manage to book a flight to Copenhagen and pick up the luxury liner there. Little does Hyacinth know, Onslow has won tickets for that very same trip.

  • Hyacinth invites Richard's boss and family to the church social. After being coaxed into wearing a Santa costume, Richard goes next door where Emmet plies him with Christmas spirit, leaving him in no condition to drive or play Mr. Claus. Donning the costume herself, Hyacinth arrives at the church social where a drunken Daddy is making passes at the parish ladies, and Onslow, Daisy and Rose have come to collect him. To make matters worse, Onslow succumbs to a case of mistaken identity that results in him kissing Hyacinth under the mistletoe, twice!

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