Are You Being Served?

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  • TV-PG
  • 1973
  • 10 Seasons
  • 8.0  (9,193)

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom from the 1970s and 80s, starring the iconic cast of Mollie Sugden, John Inman, and Frank Thornton. The show premiered in 1972 and ran for 10 seasons until 1985, becoming a beloved classic of British television. The show is set in the fictional London department store of Grace Brothers, where we follow the daily antics of the staff on the sales floor. The ensemble cast includes the flamboyant and overtly camp Mr. Humphries (played by Inman), the overbearing and sometimes scary Mrs. Slocombe (Sugden), and the droll and sarcastic Captain Peacock (Thornton). Other regular characters include the hapless Mr. Lucas (Trevor Bannister), the mousy Miss Brahms (Wendy Richard), and the sweet-natured manager Mr. Grainger (Arthur Brough).

The show follows the employees of Grace Brothers as they navigate their daily routines, from dealing with difficult customers to organizing trade shows and staff outings. The relationships between the characters are central to the show's humor, with the different personalities often clashing and creating misunderstandings.

One of the show's most memorable features is its use of double entendres and innuendo, with Mrs. Slocombe's references to her "pussy" (referring to her cat) becoming a running gag throughout the series. Mr. Humphries' flamboyant mannerisms and catchphrases, such as "I'm free!" and "Are you being served?", have also become iconic moments in British television history.

The show's humor is often broad and slapstick, with the physical comedy of the characters often resulting in hilarious mishaps and calamities. However, the show also has a heart, with the characters' personal lives and struggles explored in a realistic and often touching way.

One of the show's strengths is its longevity, with the core cast remaining largely unchanged throughout its run. This familiarity allowed the characters to become beloved by audiences and ensured that the chemistry between them remained strong.

Are You Being Served? has been a cultural touchstone in British television history, with its influence still being felt today. The show is a perfect representation of the classic British sitcom, with its mix of humor, heart, and memorable characters.

In conclusion, Are You Being Served? is a classic sitcom that has stood the test of time. Its memorable characters, hilarious humor, and heartwarming moments have earned it a place in British television history. If you're looking for a show that will make you laugh and warm your heart, this is the one for you.

Are You Being Served? is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (70 episodes). The series first aired on March 21, 1973.

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The Pop Star
7. The Pop Star
April 1, 1985
Mr Spooner is demoted to lift operator due to his lateness. But the management's attitude changes when he is offered a recording contract.
Friends and Neighbours
6. Friends and Neighbours
March 25, 1985
The staff are offered accommodation on the premises, but they soon discover that flat-sharing is no bed of roses.
The Night Club
5. The Night Club
March 18, 1985
Old Mr Grace agrees to allow the staff to rent out the floor of the department after trading hours, from which he will take a cut.
Gambling Fever
4. Gambling Fever
March 11, 1985
The staff get their bonuses and, when they find out about a horse that Old Mr Grace is betting on, gambling fever takes a hold.
The Hold-Up
3. The Hold-Up
March 4, 1985
hieves break into Grace Brothers. It looks like an easy job, but they have not taken the first floor staff into account.
Grounds for Divorce
2. Grounds for Divorce
February 25, 1985
When the staff of Grace Bros discover that Captain Peacock has a shameful secret, they decide to help him in any way they can.
Goodbye Mrs Slocombe
1. Goodbye Mrs Slocombe
February 18, 1985
Mrs Slocombe is made redundant. When she is replaced by an annoying woman her colleagues decide to get her back, no matter what it takes.
Where to Watch Are You Being Served?
Are You Being Served? is available for streaming on the BritBox website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Are You Being Served? on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    March 21, 1973
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (9,193)