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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At Its Best, A Truly Priceless Comedy
'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em', certainly from the view of hindsight, with regard to much of what has constituted situation comedy in the last twenty or so years, is yet another marvellous example of a period when comedy writers and producers, truly had a firm handle on how to deliver the goods. The seventies was unquestionably some kind of golden era in comedy terms, before...
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by Jervis

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3.0 out of 5 stars Seventies Comedy at its best
Funny a bit dated though but it was popular at the time some classic events .Michael Craward and Michele Doltrice brilliant then
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At Its Best, A Truly Priceless Comedy, 25 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - Series 1-3 + Christmas Specials [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em', certainly from the view of hindsight, with regard to much of what has constituted situation comedy in the last twenty or so years, is yet another marvellous example of a period when comedy writers and producers, truly had a firm handle on how to deliver the goods. The seventies was unquestionably some kind of golden era in comedy terms, before a cynical later attitude set in, and a more politically correct outlook also made its presence known, where seemingly everything, however innocently portrayed, somehow managed to be deemed offensive.

'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em', at its best is one of the most hilariously funny sitcoms ever, and the ingenuity of choosing Michael Crawford initially as Frank Spencer, one of the greatest pieces of casting. Crawford certainly managed to make Frank a unique and unforgettable character in terms of his mannerisms, whether visual or in a vocal sense (which has resulted in him being the victim of a thousand impersonators!), and his daring stunt activities throughout the series, helped to make the show instantly memorable.

Many of the stories took on a similar theme, where Frank was being interviewed for a job, or visiting hospital, or participating in some social gathering, and everything seems to end in chaos due to his haphazard ways, driving those in a position of authority to despair. Of course his wife Betty was always on hand to offer her support (where she found the patience was a miracle in itself!).

Over the three series and three christmas specials (22 episodes), Frank pretty much managed to get himself in almost as many crazy situations as it is possible to think of. However, in a number of respects the series did actually change over time, and not necessarily for the better, and whereas the first two series (and two christmas specials) find Frank the eternally loveable fool, pretty much incapable of doing anything right, when the series returned after a three year break, arguably Frank was no longer so loveable, and the scripts pretty much becoming more and more just a basis for Crawford to display his talent for taking on ever more elaborate stunts. Much of the problem with the third series is Crawford's insistance that Frank becomes subtely more confident and assertive, in light of him taking on the responsibility of becoming a father. However, one gets the feeling the character of Frank had become that touch too arrogant, and the naivety and charm from those early days, which endeared him so much to the audience, had started to dwindle somewhat. Somehow the stunts, however elaborate and clever, started to become tiresome too, as they took up an ever increasing role within the show, at the cost of good solid scripts. However, the show still managed to pull in some excellent viewing figures, although it was probably wise that it never made it to a fourth series.

Overall this comedy has so many highlights, and especially during series one and two. A comedy classic, certainly of sorts, before becoming rather repetitive and tiresome towards the end. It is also rather disappointing that this DVD box set contains no extras.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Michael Crawford at His Best, 2 Sep 2011
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Superb box set and once again well done Amazon via Indigostarfish. Some minor damage was received to the box namely the corners were crushed or dented. The bubblewrap bag was not securely sealed and was received opened. The contents were all there as was the invoice but I would have liked them to have used a box package to dispatch this, as this was part of a collection.
However, this said, the box set is hard to find elsewhere and Amazon beat everyone on prices. Superb work! But this and laugh until your sides split!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 12 April 2011
This review is from: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - Series 1-3 + Christmas Specials [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Very funny even after all this time. Comedy like this does not exist any more and you should make the most of this one.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy Classic, 4 April 2011
This review is from: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - Series 1-3 + Christmas Specials [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
So many classic moments to mention. From sticking people to a bus stop with superglue to making a house so unsafe, it collapses just as he moves out. What a comedy gem this is. Frank Spencer, the ultimate simpleton moves next to Mr Lewis, a very short tempered bully of a neighbour. Mr Lewis's first encounter with Frank is fantastic. First Frank turns on the water which had been turned off by Mr Lewis who was repairing a pipe in huis kitchen. He then goes into the loft and proceeds to fall through the Lewis' ceiling. In another episode Frank gets a job as a motorcycle courier and ends up getting arrested for delivering dodgy photos. Watch and enjoy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joyful Reunion, 27 April 2013
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I first watched this series many years ago,and when I found there was a boxed set available on Amazon,I decided to treat myself. I must admit that I was somewhat apprehensive;would the format have dated? had my fond memories been influenced by hazy nostalgia? had I changed? become world weary? I need not have bothered with such qualms,because from the opening sequence of 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em' I simply curled up with unbridled laughter,which continued until the very end of the boxed set.
The sheer brilliance of the writing,coupled with the inescapable daredevilness of Michael Crawford beggers belief!!!I simply cannot see this series ever being equalled,either for supreme comedy or for thrills,and one thing for sure: it is as fresh and vibrant as the day it was first shown. So my advice is:if you want to see ageless entertainment,then treat yourself to this very reasonably priced boxed set. It really is that good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Mothers Do 'Ave' Em, 6 Jan 2013
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Lots of laughs watching this over Christmas.
Very relevant to current times as poor Frank Spencer is endlessly looking for a job.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny man!, 4 Jun 2013
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Who could get fed up with these? No swearing and no sex, just good clean fun. They are just as funny now as they were then. and this is a fantastic set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oooh, Betty!, 18 April 2013
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As a child of the 70's I was brought up on essential comedy classics of the era. Monty Python, Spike Milligan, Fawlty Towers etc and of course Frank Spencers antics in Some Mothers. It's been aeons since I saw any of these episodes but the memories were always there as is the humour which is Timeless. An essential purchase for anyone who enjoys an honest to goodness decent laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, 14 Jun 2013
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Still very funny to watch after all these years.Innocent humour which seems as fresh today as when I originally saw the programmes on TV.Good price too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Mothers Do'Ave'Em Series 1-3 Box Set, 25 May 2013
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Michael Crawford & co .... still making us laugh after all these years !!!
Great box-set and good value, worth buying.
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