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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The basic idea of this very funny comedy serious from the early seventies is that there are two girls and one boy sharing a flat at a time when co habitation was a novelty.
Needing a third person to share the rent on their Earls Court flat, two young attractive girls, dark haired Chrissy and blonde, toothy Joe plan to find another girl. But when Robin Tripp, a catering student is found sleeping in their bath after a party they decide to let him move in, especially since he can cook.
The new arrangement understandably raises a few eyebrows, particularly with the girl's landlords George and Mildred Roper who live downstairs.
Although there is much mock sexual bravado this is not of the sordid kind despite Robin's attempts to bed the too sensible Chrissy.
This well signalled humour comes from domestic squabbles like hogging the bathroom, respective girl friends and boyfriends and Robin and Chrissy's attempts to understand Jo's weird logic.
There are also many interruptions from the Ropers, he a work shy weakling and she a frustrated man devouring woman with an eye on Robin.
There is good farce comedy and constant funny lines that come quick and fast in the script, The now nostalgic appeal of the early 70s actually adds interest.
This funny classic comedy lasted six series, and they are all presented here in this six disc DVD set with each series on its own disc.
There were two spin off TV series from this, one was George and Mildred and the other Robins Nest. Both are available on DVD also.
Network DVD have done a great job of presenting and preserving this great comedy on this nicely presented set.
Don't bother watching it on TV with all the adverts just get this great set.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2009
This dvd set is an absolute bargain. Still so funny, if you feel like a good laugh, buy this box set. Contains all Six series, the characters are all loveable, not one of them is annoying.Two girls and a guy (Chrissy,Robin and Jo)live upstairs and downstairs is the grumpy hilarious Mr.Roper and the frustrated Mrs. Roper.
Buy it, you will love it, it's a warm funny show with good story lines as well. ;o) Enjoy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
MATH is a wonderful series with a surprising and sad ending.
The humour hasn't dated too much even though it's commonplace for men and women to live together today.
It is funny without being even a bit topical. The biggest culture shock was seeing the blase attitude to littering we had in the seventies.
The six DVDs are overlapped in pairs in a single case with the episodes listed in the inside of the cover (no booklet).
Sadly, there are no special features whatsover for any of the series. I would have liked to have seen some cast photos or interviews and maybe a commentary or two.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2009
Nostalgia as it should be!One of the best british comedies ever,superbly written and acted,with bags of period charm.Even some of the clothes still look good (the girls anyway!)Paula Wilcox is georgeous and funny,Sally Thomsett ditto,Richard 0'Sullivan was never better and Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce are just wonderful in their support roles.With a cast like this,even some of the later weaker episodes are still watchable.Buy this to guarantee a smile on your face!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2009
It's hard to believe that when this show was first broadcast, the very idea of a man sharing a flat with two girls was considered quite daring, my how times have changed, and not necessarily for the better.

Every episode of this series is a gem, the writing quality never drops, nor does the ensemble acting from all concerned.

I was 9 when this started, and I loved it from the off, the theme tune alone is enough to bring back the memories.

It's a shame Yootha Joyce died so young, as I'm sure she would have remained a popular actress to this day.

All the other actors make the characters their own, and you really couldn't imagine anyone else playing them.

If I'm ever feeling a bit down, this is what I watch to buck me up, so can heartily recommend it if you're after some light hearted, but classic entertainment.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2000
This film is based on the british tv series of the same name and was imitated -badly I am told - in america as 'Three's Company' although I have not seen this. It fits into part of the series even though it was seperately comissioned and scripted and produced. Athough the british series is good it unfortunately ends with Chrissy (Paula Wilcox) falling for another man when we all thought and hoped that eventually she would go off with Robin (Richard O'Sullivan) and another, fairly dreadful, series was made continuing Robin Tripp's life in 'Robin's Nest' where he was the chef in his own struggling restaurant. I have detracted from the point now which is this is a very enjoyable film, very funny, and you'll end up fancying the female characters (Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett) by the end,well if your like me. BUY IT NOW!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2007
If there was one thing that ITV never managed, it was producing a decent sitcom - with one exception: Man About The House. Better still, in an age when more or less every comedy series was granted its own big-screen adaptation, this particular feature left most of the rest trailing hopelessly at a distance. A wonderfully nostalgic and very watchable 1970s creation that has become a window onto a bygone world. Brimming with ghastly fashions, bulky telephones, cars with round headlights and legendary Routemaster buses, this is one of those films that will indeed take you back. The Big 6 - lascivious Robin, dim-witted Jo, level-headed Chrissy, the dysfunctional Ropers and Jack-the-Lad Larry - are on top form. Sustained by a plausible storyline (for once), gentle comedy, some highly entertaining big-name cameos, and a serious performance from Arthur Lowe as the ruthless property tycoon, this was one movie spin-off which didn't leave a feeling of disappointment, after the fun and excitement of the TV series (though I reckon Paula Wilcox had a lot do with that). As the phrase has it, they don't make 'em like this any more, but in those days there was real talent about; enjoy the evidence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2008
I love this film - especially the bit when the fantastic Paula Wilcox character Chrissie pretends she can't play cards then you see her shuffle the pack (obviously someone else's hands) like a professional croupier.

The late great Yootha Joyce will also have you laughing your guts up.

Genius!!!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 8 November 2014
I purchased this after watching the odd episode of it on Sky and instantly liking it.

I was only born in 1971 so I’m too young to remember the series when it was first on. I’m really into 70’s comedies and have amassed quite a collection of them on DVD (Love Thy Neighbour, On The Buses, Bless This House, Open All Hours). The 1970’s were when I feel British comedy was at its best. Thames Television and LWT Television made some superb series in the 70’s.

Man About The House might be classed as dated and not politically correct (I really hate the term politically correct) but the top and bottom of it is, its comedy and it makes you laugh and how it does this is irrelevant.

The actors are superbly casted and superbly acted and the one-liners, jokes, and innuendo gel together to make Man About The House a classic. Richard O’Sullivan plays a superb part as Robin Tripp and the chemistry between Chrissy (Paula Wilcox) and Jo (Sally Thomsett) is perfect. Sally Thomsett plays a superb part as been a bit of a dumb blonde and Paula Wilcox plays a superb part of regularly battling of wits with Richard O’Sullivan.

The landlord and landlady are played by Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce (who later went on to have their own series, which span off of Man About The House and was called George & Mildred). Mildred has a roving eye for Robin (as she gets very little attention from George and George makes any excuse to not be passionate). The acting by Yootha Joyce is superb (tragic she died so young). The chemistry between Yootha and Brian is superb and its easy to see why the had their own series after Man About The House; Mildred is always putting George down with some funny and caustic one liners. In the first episode, the scene where George goes up to the girls flat to find out why they have a man stopping there after been informed off of Mildred (who had called at the girls flat earlier) without his permission and who is dress in woman’s clothes is hilarious. Unbeknown to George, the girls have a female caller who is interested in sharing the girls flat. George goes into the flat and is determined to have it out with the man who is dressed in woman’s clothes and then starts to prod the chest area to see if it is indeed a man dressed in woman’s clothes. George picks the female caller by mistake and gets a smack across the face for prodding the ladies bosoms. It’s an hilarious scene and one that remains funny no matter how many times you watch it. But this is the same for Man About the House in general, its just funny no matter how many times you watch it. To me, this is the sign of a well written comedy.

The series ran between 1973-1976 and spanned over 39 episodes and also included a film. All the 39 episodes are on this boxset but the film IS NOT. So if you require the film, you will need to look elsewhere for it. The film is quite rare and also is quite expensive too (judging by the prices some of the sellers are charging for it on Amazon). I’ve watched the film and although I found it good, it wasn’t as good as the TV episodes I found. It’s definitely worth watching.

Other things to note are two series span off of Man About The House. The first was George & Mildred and the second was Robin’s Nest.

George & Mildred spins off Man About The House after they sell the flats and move to a rather posh new housing estate where they move next door to some rather snobbish neighbours called the Fourmile’s. Jeffrey Fourmile and George don’t get along as Jeffrey thinks George is common and George thinks Jeffrey is a stuck up twit. Mildred and Jeffrey’s wife get along fine.

Robin’s Nest is basically where Robin Tripp gets his wish of having his own restaurant after finishing his college course.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A nostalgic revisit to the 70's when innocent inuendo ruled. Great fun, pure entertainment, some comedy genius and I'd forgotten what a great actress Youtha Joyce was. But I also remembered how much I loved Chrissie!! I was still gutted when she and Robin didn't finally get hitched - obviously I'm a big softee at heart?! Well worth the purchase price.
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