Allo' Allo'!

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  • 1982
  • 9 Seasons

Allo' Allo' is a British sitcom that aired on BBC One from 1982 to 1992. The show, set in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, tells the story of a French café owner, René Artois (Gorden Kaye), who becomes involved in various plots to aid the French Resistance and help Allied soldiers escape.

René's café, which is located in the fictional town of Nouvion, serves as a front for the Resistance's activities. René, who is married but has a roving eye, finds himself caught in a complicated love triangle with his wife, Edith (Carmen Silvera), and his waitresses, Yvette (Vicki Michelle) and Maria (Francesca Gonshaw). Meanwhile, the local German military commander, Colonel von Strohm (Richard Marner), and his bumbling assistant, Lieutenant Gruber (Guy Siner), are constantly scheming to steal a valuable painting from the café that they plan to sell for their own profit.

Other recurring characters include Michelle (Kirsten Cooke), a member of the Resistance who frequently enlists René's help; Crabtree (Arthur Bostrom), a British spy posing as a gendarme who speaks terrible French; and the Italian captain, Alberto Bertorelli (Gavin Richards), who has a tendency to break into song at inappropriate times.

The show is known for its farcical humor, slapstick comedy, and use of catchphrases such as "Good moaning" and "Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once." The characters often find themselves in ridiculous situations, such as hiding in a fridge or dressing up as nuns in order to escape from the Germans.

Despite its lighthearted tone, Allo' Allo' also tackles serious themes such as the hardships of life under occupation, the dangers faced by Resistance fighters, and the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime. The show has been criticized by some for its portrayal of Germans as one-dimensional villains, but others argue that the stereotypical characters are meant to be satirical and that the show should be viewed in the context of its time.

Allo' Allo' was a commercial and critical success, with millions of viewers tuning in each week and the show being broadcast in over 60 countries. It spawned a number of catchphrase-based spin-offs and adaptations, including a stage play and a board game. The show's popularity also led to the creation of other sitcoms set in wartime Europe, such as 'Allo 'Allo!'s spiritual successor 'Secret Army' and the BBC's 'Allo 'Allo!'-inspired 'Oh, Doctor Beeching!'.

Despite its popularity, the show has also faced criticism in recent years for its use of potentially offensive stereotypes and its portrayal of sexual harassment and infidelity as comedic. However, many viewers continue to enjoy the show for its nostalgic and escapist qualities.

In conclusion, Allo' Allo' is a classic British sitcom that combines farcical humor with serious themes and explores life under occupation during World War II. Its colorful characters and iconic catchphrases have become embedded in pop culture and the show remains a beloved favorite of many viewers.

Allo' Allo'! is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (87 episodes). The series first aired on December 30, 1982.

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A Winkle in Time
6. A Winkle in Time
December 14, 1992
Allied troops are now approaching Nouvion. The two British airmen, who've been shot down again, arrive back at the caf?. Next day, the Allies finally arrive in the village. Colonel Von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber disguise themselves as Britsh airmen but are arrested. Herr Flick and Von Smallhausen try to escape in a midget submarine but are also captured. Ren? is given a medal by the Allies. The scene shifts to the 'present'. Gruber, now a rich international art dealer, pays a visit to the caf? accompanied by Helga. The missing painting of the 'Fallen Madonna' finally comes to light when an arm is accidentally broken off the statue of Ren? outside the caf?. While everyone is arguing over the painting, Ren? makes yet another attempt to elope with Yvette.
A Fishy Sendoff
5. A Fishy Sendoff
December 7, 1992
General Von Klinkerhoffen takes Colonel Von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber out to play golf. While they are playing, they discuss the plot to kill Hitler. Herr Flick eavesdrops on part of the conversation using a bugged golf club. Later, he intercepts the exploding picture frame at the station, thinking it's the painting of the 'Fallen Madonna'. Ren? and company reach the coast, where they find that the Allies are landing.
The Fishmonger Float
4. The Fishmonger Float
November 30, 1992
Michelle tries to send important microfilm to England via a homing pigeon, but fails. Instead, new plans call for the group to sail to England with the film on a motorized float under the guise of the annual fishmonger's parade. Von Klinkerhoffen tells Gruber and Von Strohm of his plans to assassinate Hitler with an exploding picture frame. Flick and Von Smallhousen kidnap Mimi and Yvette, using their clothes and keys to enter the caf? to search for the painting.
Ren? Artois Is Still Dead
3. Ren? Artois Is Still Dead
November 23, 1992
Michelle decides to smuggle Ren? to England, since the Germans still think that he's dead. A parade through the town is being held in Ren?'s memory. Ren? disguises himself as Officer Crabtree so that he can get to the town museum to hide until he can catch the plane to England. When the planned trip falls through, Ren? decides to give himself up to the Germans. He pretends that he has amnesia caused by the explosion at the windmill.
A Tour de France (aka Missing and Presumed Dead)
2. A Tour de France (aka Missing and Presumed Dead)
November 16, 1992
Ren? is now a 'love slave' to the girls of the Communist R?sistance. Meanwhile, it's assumed that he was killed when the windmill was blown up. Monsieur Alphonse has been comissioned to make a statue of him for the town square. Ren? escapes from the Communist R?sistance and heads for the caf? disguised as an elk. He's shot by the Germans, who are out on a hunting trip.
Fighting with Windmills
1. Fighting with Windmills
November 9, 1992
Colonel Von Strohm and Lieutenant Gruber fail to escape to Spain. Ren? suggests that they hide in a local windmill and pretend to have been kidnapped. General Von Klinkerhoffen has ordered the windmill to be used for target practice by the German artillery. Ren? rescues the two German officers and is then captured by the Communist R?sistance. Herr Flick has had plastic surgery as part of his plan to escape being captured by the Allies.
Where to Watch Allo' Allo'!
Allo' Allo'! is available for streaming on the BBC One website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Allo' Allo'! on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 30, 1982