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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic comedy, rare and gentle by today's low standards, 24 April 2013
This review is from: Butterflies - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1978] (DVD)
One thing you know about Butterflies, the sitcom. It is about people, as well as characters. You have Geoffrey Palmer's sceptical midlife man, his freshest version of what became a stock performance; you have Nicholas Lyndhurst, very young, before he became a geezer; but standing proud with her frustrations and daydreams, her interior monologues and soliloquies, is Wendy Craig as Ria, a woman trying to get free of her suburban happy ending, but to what?

It may be a wistful comedy of quiet yearning, set to the nostalgic strains of Albinoni, but it is also a comedy full of emotional flare-ups and the occasional pratfall (probably courtesy of Leonard, Ria's diligent would-be lover) and one thing that is treasurable when you see it now is the emotional intelligence, the substance, of these people. You really believe in their relationships. They are no mere plot contrivance. In fact, nothing seems contrived about Butterflies. How many 21st century comedies can boast such natural appeal?

At heart, it is a comedy about a family, about the roles family life creates for us, and so as such Butterflies can only go on being rediscovered and newly appreciated.
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