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In the 60s and 70s they fine tuned their skills and as a result it was difficult for performers like Tony Hancock, Harry H Corbett, James Bolam, Ronnie Barker etc to go wrong. The material was just so strong.
These days if someone tries to make a family friendly sitcom of the old variety - Miranda Hart for example - she gets slated for being too whimsical and old fashioned, but it was the point of the show.
So, if Miranda doesn't suit the critics what are we left with? Mrs Brown's Boys? The Inbetweeners?
I watched a TV programme called "Four Rooms" a couple of days ago where a hand written script from Dads Army was sold for £1900.
Can anyone imagine that happening to a script from Mirranda or Mrs Brown's Boys in 50 years time?
The 'post millionaires' episodes are appalling. Talk about flogging a dead horse.
For me personally I wasn't a huge fan of the 70s shows (other than Fawlty Towers). Probably because of my age and sensibilities - I preferred sitcoms from the 80s like Young Ones, Blackadder (my favourite!) and Red Dwarf. From the 90s like Alan Partridge, Bottom (as well as satires like The Day Today and Brasseye) and the 2000s The League of Gentleman, Peep Show, The Office.
But I think 70s is widely accepted as the classic era for the British sitcom. I think the sketch comedy shows in the 80s were very strong though as well.
I've got to agree with you there. Then there was the time when Rodney dated the Dukes(?) daughter. I thought it a great episode, but was angry to learn that it had been edited almost into oblivion in the box set.