I loved this as a teenager when it was first shown on BBC1 and I still love it now, I don't know how popular this is with younger people of a certain age, but if I am in a young minority who likes this, then so be it because this makes me laugh which for me is the most important thing in a sitcom.
This does make me laugh but it is not the only reason why I have always loved this sitcom, there is something about it that I have always found darker but also more real, warmer and emotional (but not in an over the top sickly way) than a lot of sitcoms. I love sarcastic characters in sitcoms and Richard Wilson as Victor Meldrew is definitely up there with all the sarcastic sitcom greats, the situations that he unintentionally gets himself into are as funny now as on their original showing and will continue to be for as long as this is available for future generations to see.
Another reason why I have alway liked this sitcom is because of Victor's wife Margaret (Annette Crosbie) who I have always found to be more believable than a lot of wives in sitcoms, I just found her more likeable and less nagging than the usual stereotypical bossy and nagging old wife, even when they shout at each other, I always know that they will be fine. I also must give a special mention to Mrs Warboys (Doreen Mantle), her mannerisms just seem to always remind me of someone my nan nan use to know and I am sure that a lot of people will have known somebody similar.
Although I find this one of the funniest ever British sitcoms, it is more than that, it is an attack on the disgraceful stereotyping and patronising treatment of old people in general and the way that society seems to think that none of their opinions matter and Victor Meldrew is the perfect voice to say what people think, underneath all that shouting and whinging is a very caring old man that rightfully just wants to be treated with respect.
Compared to the absolute classic sitcoms of the 1970's this is modern but there is no question in my mind that this will be just as timeless. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BRITISH SITCOMS EVER.