This box set gives you all three series of the Goodness Gracious Me TV series.
For second generation asians, this was the series that finally gave life to all of the things we wanted to say about our culture but were afraid to.
It also allowed us to - finally - poke fun back at the staid culture we were living in that couldn't seem to understand why their version of assimilation wasn't right. The two sketches that stand out in this regard are the:
- restaurant scene where the family want the "blandest meal on the menu" and always mispronounce "James"; and
- the sketch in the office where the English person is told that he's not fitting in as he has an English name.
As with most things, the first series is the strongest with the jokes becoming slighly stretched by the third series.
However, other than Blackadder, this is the only series that has got both me (asian brought up in the UK), my wife (asian brought up in New Zealand) and my mother (first generation asian) to laugh out loud while watching TV.
If you want an insight into asian views of their own and British culture through comedy - buy this.
More importantly, if you just want to laugh - buy it.