They don't write 'em anymore unfortunately. Possibly the best conceived, scripted, cast and acted sitcom ever. The situation is so simple, so true, so honest and so funny. The "Whatever" series (most of the collection) features the reunion of 2 north eastern working class pals, who meet by chance on a train. 5 years previously the best mates decided to join the army but Bob was rejected due to his flat feet and Terry had to serve his nation alone and bears a grudge, a mysterious wound on his hip that he "doesn't like to talk about" and a tattoo on his buttock (apparently). Meanwhile the 60's have become the 70's, Bob has got a good job and a middle class fiance, become a member of the squash club and gets his hair styled, while Terry is a bit of a dinosaur, jobless and finds it hard to adjust. The comedy ingredients in the 2 series that follow are the tensions between Bob, Terry and Thelma (Bob's fiancee) in a classic love triangle, with Terry tempting Bob with their former laddish bachelor lifestyle and Thelma trying to "civilise" him - Bob is like a ping pong ball in the power struggle. Yes, Men Behaving Badly may be a more modern version but it lacks the timing, depth, subtlety and power to move that characterises the Likely Lads. Like The Royle Family but more universal in scope, more profound in its themes. Why is this great comedy? The script and the acting - fantastic, Bewes and Bolam are a dream team, they ARE Bob and Terry and we share every one of their ups and downs. Their expressions, mannerisms are so natural, the lines so perfectly delivered, the action so uncontrived, the social comedy is so refreshingly non-PC, the comic timing amazing, the storylines so well crafted. In all important respects this has not dated at all, the themes are still as relevant today - I mean there is still a battle of the sexes; we all cling fondly to our past memories and resist change. Bob and Terry were grumpy young men ahead of their time and there is a piece of them in all of us. So whether this is a nostalgia trip or you're too young to remember the series first time round, this is not to be missed.