Absolutely Fabulous

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  • TV-14
  • 1992
  • 9 Seasons
  • 8.2  (21,399)

Absolutely Fabulous, often referred to as Ab Fab, is a British sitcom that aired from 1992 to 2012. Created by Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French, the show follows the lives of two best friends, Edina Monsoon (Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), who are in their 40s and 50s respectively, and are constantly chasing after the latest fashion trends, celebrity gossip, and hip lifestyle trends.

The show is set in London and begins with Edina's career as a public relations executive, which is constantly failing. She is always on the hunt for her next big break in the PR world, but inevitably ends up making a mess of everything she touches. Her personal life is also a shambles, with two difficult children, a terrible ex-husband and a mother (June Whitfield) who thinks she's a disappointment.

Patsy is Edina's best friend and partner in crime. A former model turned magazine editor, Patsy is always ready to party, smoke, and drink heavily. The duo's decadent ways and sharp wit make for hilarious hijinks and unconventional adventures, leading them into situations where they get in over their heads. They are brash, unapologetic, and always on the lookout for their next fix of champagne, designer clothes or wild parties.

Edina's daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha) is the complete opposite to her mother, practical and sensible. She's exasperated by her mother's irresponsibility, recklessness, and tendency to ignore the consequences of her actions. She wants to escape from her family's disreputable reputation, and often finds herself at odds with Edina and Patsy, who are determined to stay cool and trendy no matter their age.

The show makes fun of the fashion industry, consumerism, and the upper-class society while playing around with gender norms and the role of women in society. It has an inherently cynical tone that often reflects a satirical view of contemporary life, particularly the superficiality of modern culture.

The show was famous for its recurring cast of characters, including Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Edina's ditzy personal assistant, Magda (Kathy Burke), Patsy's foul-mouthed assistant, and Marshall and Bo (Christopher Ryan and Mo Gaffney), Edina's gay/bisexual friends.

The comedy relied heavily on Jennifer Saunders' deadpan humor and acid wit, mixed with the antics of Joanna Lumley's over-the-top character. The show quickly became a cult classic in the UK and internationally, praised for its clever writing, sharp humor, and unique characters.

Despite its popularity, the show was not immune to criticism from some feminists who saw the characters' obsession with weight and youth as promoting harmful stereotypes. However, others lauded the show for its depiction of powerful women who were unapologetic about their desires and demands.

In conclusion, Absolutely Fabulous is a classic, quirky show that follows the adventures of two eccentric women who dare to live life on their own terms. With its slapstick humor, biting satire, and colorful characters, it remains a beloved cult classic that has captured audiences' imaginations for decades.

Absolutely Fabulous is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (43 episodes). The series first aired on November 12, 1992.

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1. Absolutely Fabulous, Olympic Special
January 1, 2012
Even the London 2012 Olympics aren't safe from the disgraceful duo of Eddy and Patsy.
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  • Premiere Date
    November 12, 1992
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (21,399)