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Quite possibly the reason television was invented
bucksix1 November 2005
I was a youngster during WW II living in America but I was made well aware of the courage and resolve of the British people. Dad's Army, in addition to being the best comedy show ever, shows us this courage. Unlike so many sit coms, it is not mean or vicious but is gentle yet over the top funny. Despite their bumbling and odd approach to things, their love of country, their braveness, and their willingness to die for England if they have to, always shows through.

I own over 50 episodes on either VHS or DVD and am constantly searching for the ones I do not have. In addition I have both volumes of the complete scripts. I never get tired of watching or reading them. I can't watch the final episode (Never Too Old wherein Jonesy gets married and they drink a toast to the Home Guard every where)without feeling some tears welling up in my eyes. In fact, I'm starting to choke up a bit right now just thinking about it.

I have acquaintances (notice I don't say friends) who have watched it with me and just don't get it. They prefer the smart Alex stuff which passes for humor today. I do feel sorry for them.
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The best comedy EVER!
kennez12 June 2001
Dad's Army is the best comedy ever written. It follows the Walmington-On-Sea Home Guard (part time soldiers) during the course of WW2. The platoon is led by the pompous Captain Mainwaring (Arthur Lowe), and the public school educated Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier). Third in command is the decorated veteran Lance-Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn). Also in the platoon are a Cockney black-market dealing Private Walker (James Beck), a Scottish ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer turned Undertaker named Fraser (John Laurie), a medic with bladder trouble named Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) and a mummy's boy named Pike (Ian Lavender). The platoon frequently gets into various types of trouble, and this usually leads to a clash with the Chief ARP Warden Hodges (Bill Pertwee).

The plots and scripts for all of the episodes are superb, and like a fine wine, the series gets better with age!.

An especially funny exchange was in the episode 'The Deadly Attachment' where the platoon are ordered to look after a U-Boat crew for the night. This exchange was recently voted the funniest moment ever in a comedy series!

If you don't watch this brilliant series, make sure you see it soon, and if you don't find it funny, you will never laugh at anything!
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You Stupid Boy!
otis16710 December 2003
Capt. Mainwaring would frequently utter the above phrase, and then immediately do something much more stupid than young Private Pike could ever accomplish. This is one of the reasons why this colorful program is one of my favorites (pardon my American English spelling).

The scripts are good, but what really make this show brilliant are the great characters and the wonderful actors. It must have been very difficult to get elderly actors to do zany slapstick comedy, but the directors managed to do it beautifully.

The contrast of young and old, and middle class and working class people in perpetual conflict is really great fun to watch. More egos are deflated in this series than ever before, and with hilarious results.

Instead of watching the horrible news accounts of the Iraq War, watch a video tape of Dad's Army. This a very funny remembrance of a much better era.
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Simply the Best
Robski16 December 2000
To say that I love this show is an understatement. Comedies may come and go and have their moment, such as Royle Family or One Foot in the Grave, but there are precious few thats allure and appeal are timeless. Dad's Army is one such comedy.

A mix of subtle scripting, with gentle humour and a cast that is unsurpassed in sitcom history makes even the odd mediocre episode a pure joy to watch.

The casting is a joy with the characters so broadly defined and so well rounded the episodes almost write themselves around the situation that the individual episode is based on.

Also ponder for a moment the irony of the fact that Dads Army became hugely popular after the death of the majority of the cast.

An all time classic.
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Best TV programme ever made
zyggy_baker20 November 2003
Dad's Army is my favourite TV programme of all time. It is just a work of genius. Jimmy Perry & David Croft really knew how to write a good script. Like Perry said the cast was right, the time was right, the script was right, the tunes were right and the whole situation was right which was what made Dad's Army a miracle. All the gags, jokes, tunes and atmosphere's are all hilarious, jolly and wonderful. It's why Dad's Army has always and will be one of the most popular programmes in TV history. Set in World War II of course it shows you the hilarities of pompous kind-hearted bank manager Captain Mainweering (Arthur Lowe), charming upper-class twit cheif bank clerk Sergeant Wilson (John Le Mesurier), kind old fool and long time soldier now butcher Corporal Jones (Clive Dunn) and many other hilarious characters. With these men of course operating the Walmington-On-Sea Home Guard disasters can of course happen even if at the end of the day it turns out the the platoon is needed to pick up the pieces. The men themselves give the war a brighter atmosphere. With the platoon having the most bizarre members like Private Frazer (John Laurie) being an undertakes, Private Walker (James Beck) being a spinster, Private Godfrey (Arnold Ridley) being a retired old aged pensioner and Private Pike (Ian Lavender) being a complete pansy and mummy's boy. Also with the gay and meaning well Rev. Timothy Farthing, the sneaky Verger and the platoons arch enemy Warden & Greencrocer & common git Bill Hodges (Bill Pertwee). Even though situations that the men get into may be a bit bizarre they always come out the other end feeling victorius. And why shouldn't they having proved to the whole town that they are not just a bunch of pomous, twitish, foolish, dirty and some other stuff. My favourite episode of Dads Army has "The Deadly Attachment". Reason is that it has the men coming face to face with the Germans and seeing the hilarities of getting out of it. Also other episodes like "Time On My Hands", "Keep Young And Beautiful" and "No Spring For Frazer" I still find really hilarious and stimulating. The show will undoubtedly go on forever being known as the programme that changed the face of television forever.
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Arguably the greatest, and most enduring comedy series EVER.
jdmu77 July 2006
Dad's Army is still played again and again, and it's easy to see why. Dad's Army created some of the most memorable characters on British television. The hilarity is still there. Even after seeing a lot of episodes 7 or 8 times over, I still laugh. That is a hard thing to achieve in comedy. Jimmy Perry and David Croft came up with something that surpassed anything created before and after. The central core actors executed their parts PERFECTLY. I still can't picture anyone than Arthur Lowe being the pompous captain, or Le Mesurier as the polite Sgt. This is the type of series where, when asked to pick your favorite character, you just can't. And that's because every character is very different from its fellow characters. There's Corporal Jones, the hilariously "wooly minded" butcher. And Private Walker, the spiv who would sell his own grandmother. Sadly James Beck died, and no matter how hard the writers tried, they couldn't replace him. There's Private Pike, the mommy's boy, who is constantly having the famous "You stupid Boy!" line directed his way. Then there's Frazer, the frugal Scottish mortician. And Godfrey, the gentleman, and the one who always needs to be excused. Then the afore mentioned Capt. Mainwaring, and Srgt. Wilson. The ARP Warden Hodges, the uncouth green grocer, who has a fierce feud with Capt. Mainwaring. The Vicar and the Verger, the troublemaker, and Mrs. Pike.

Even the more minor characters in this epic comedy are just so well done. It is a comic story set in the small seaside town of Walmington-On-Sea which is doing its bit to fight off the boche.

Dad's Army highlights a golden age for British Comedy. It's famous lines such as "Don't Panic!", have pervaded other areas of T.V. and culture. Dad's Army will keep marching on and on....
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....keeps marching on and on!
Sonatine9724 July 2003
Dad's Army has been repeated on the BBC many many times over the last 30 odd years, and its easy to understand why.

The scripts were rich, simple, entertaining, inoffensive, gentle & above all, very very funny. Veteran writers, David Croft & Jimmy Perry, excelled themselves with this show, that lasted nearly 10 years from 1968 to 1977.

Of course, having a good script is all very well, but you need quality actors to make those scripts come to life. Step forward, then, a host of relative unknowns, thespians and bit-part actors.

Arthur Lowe (blunderbus,Captain Mainwaring), probably takes most plaudits and was certainly a very good versatile actor. It was felt back in the early days of Dad's Army (DA), that the sitcom was perhaps a little below his considerable acting talents. But like all good actors, he stuck with it through the first hesitant series and was rewarded with major audience ratings which would invariably lead to more and more episodes coupled with an appreciative following and critical acclaim that would bring its own rich rewards.

John Le Mesurier (the softly spoken Sgt Wilson), another experienced film and theatre actor with almost 100 films in his CV prior to taking on the part of kindly Sgt Wilson - very much everyone's favourite "uncle" figure.

Clive Dunn (Corporal Jones), surprised us all by looking considerably older for his part as local butcher, veteran WW1 soldier, Jones. He was only in his late 50s when he took on the part of a soldier who looked well into his 70s. But for all that he was perhaps the funniest and most endearing character of them off, especially when he went off on one his "Don't Panic" attacks, telling everyone to calm down, when in actual fact there was nothing at all to worry about!

John Laurie (the Scottish undertaker, Fraizer), had a very distinguished theatre career coupled with some major films parts during the early part of his career in the 30s and 40s. Again, like Lowe, it was felt Laurie had too much quality to be seeing doing something as apparently "lowly" as a sitcom. It was even rumoured that during the first couple of series he criticised the scripts and some of the actors around him for being "amateur". Although by Series 3, and a consistant 16 million TV fanbase, coupled with a better salary, Laurie soon changed his mind and genuinely began to immerse himself in the part.

Ian Lavender ("Stupid Boy", Private Pike). It was a very shrewd idea by Croft & Perry, to include a very young soldier into the mostly elderly Home Guard. Pike was very much the "Mother's Boy", a soldier equiped with a rifle, a bannet and a wooly scarf knitted by his mom and wrapped tightly round his neck to keep out the cold. Lavender, was perfect for the part. It wouldn't be far from the truth if the majority of the female TV audience of DA were mothers, grannies and aunts simply begging to look after this young, innocent young man fighting to protect his home and country alongside a bunch of pensioners. Of course his Captain, Manwaring, wasn't quite so sympathetic, and would often call him a "Stupid Boy" for behaving like a reckless teenager weened on too many comics.

Then of course there are the support actors such as the Cockney spiv, Private Walker (James Beck), the soppy vicar (Frank Williams) and the antagonistic ARP Warden (Bill Pertwee), who clashed with Manwaring and his rabble of pensioners throughout the lifetime of DA, often resorting to calling the Captain, Napoleon for his arrogant and amateurish behaviour.

There were many excellent episodes throughout the history of DA and many many more "very good" ones. Only rarely was there a poor episode, and these seemed to crop up during the last couple of years of the show, when one or two of the actors such as James Beck had died, leaving huge gaps that were never really successfully filled.

By today's standard the sfx and stunts, such as they were, were often very poor & obvious, but this was downside never really handicapped the show. Today's audience is far more sophisticated in its viewing habits than those of 20 or 30 years ago. But what is consistent through the decades is the quality of the stories and its endearing appeal that can only mean Dad's Army will be continually repeated throughout the decades as a piece of warm & friendly humour during the dark months and years of WW2.

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The best comedy series of all time
chris_gaskin12316 May 2005
I've seen lots of episodes of Dad's Army and it has to be the best comedy series of all time, even though I wasn't born when it started and too young to remember it when it finished.

It is about the Home Guard of the fictional Southern coastal town of Walmington-on-Sea and what they got up to, often falling out with Warden Hodges.

The cast: Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier as Seargent Wilson, Clive Dunn as Corperal Jones ("Don't Panic"), Ian Lavender as Pike (Stupid Boy), John Laurie as Frasor ("Doomed"), Arnold Ridley as Godfrey, James Beck as Walker, Bill Pertwee as Warden Hodges ("You ruddy hooligans"), Frank Williams as the Vicar (Timothy Farthing) and Edward Sinclair as the Verger, Mr Yateman.

Only a few of the cast are still alive today: Ian Lavender who is currently in EastEnders but is about to leave, Bill Pertwee, Clive Dunn and Frank Williams. James Beck died young of a heart attack before Dad's Army finished completely.

My favourite episode has to be The Deadly Attachment.

Dad's Army is still occasionally repeated on BBC1 and BBC2 and is always a pleasure to see it again. They certainly don't make 'em like this anymore.
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now I'm a believer!
adam-100915 June 2008
When I first saw "Dad's Army" on BBC Prime I thought that this is really corny one and since it was going on and on with only few laughs I gave up. Then after few weeks when I put BBC Prime again it was "Dad's Army" again, same episodes and again it wasn't as funny as other British comedy series, so again I gave up.

But lately I've seen the whole series from the beginning (since black & white episodes) and this time it all finally began to make sense. Finally I've seen the light and what kind of approach you need to like this series - usually it isn't LOL-funny, but with more subtle kind of humor. After seeing the whole series even the episodes I've seen before and didn't like make sense and I know what was funny about it.

Now I can say that "Dad's Army" is really great series with wonderful ideas, great cast and leaves something within you - now when I watch some films with people in uniforms I usually expect to hear "do you think it's wise", "stupid boy", "they don't like up them" or "permission to worry you, sir".

A really "must see" kind of TV history!
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My favourite comedy series of all time
BritishFilms16 November 2002
WARNING: This review contains spoliers

"Dad's Army" has got to be my favourite comedy series of all time.

It is about the adventures of a Home Guard platoon on the South Coast of England during World War II. Pompous bank manager Mr Mainwaring [Arthur Lowe] is Captain of the platoon. He is assited by his chief clerk Arthur Wilson [John Le Mesurier] who is the Home Guard sergeant.

The other main characters who formed the platoon were 70 year old devoted solidier Lance-Corporal Jack Jones [Clive Dunn] who fought in the Sudan under the command of General Kitchener during the 1880s, James Frazer [John Laurie], a doom-and-gloomy old Scotsman who runs an undertakers in Walmington-on-Sea [the town where the series is situated], who was formerly a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy [my favourite character], retired Menswear salesman Charles Godfrey [Arnold Ridley], the platoon's medical orderly who lived in a country cottage with his sisters [Dolly and Cissy], Cockney "spiv" Joe Walker [James Beck] who was usually seen with various lady friends and was well-known for being able to obtain rationed goods for people [if they paid him for them] and finally, Frank Pike [Ian Lavender], the youngest member of the platoon who was very much a "mummy's boy" and usually made a mess of things, Mainwaring was often heard to describe him as a "stupid boy".

Another regular character was the Chief Air Raid Warden, Mr Hodges [Bill Pertwee], who expressed a severe dislike for Mainwaring and his men, due to the fact that they often curtailed his plans. He referred to Mainwaring as "Napoleon" and the two soon developed an instant dislike for each other, doing more fighting among themselves rather than with the Germans [!]. There was also other regulars including Mrs Pike [Janet Davies], Pike's mother and Wilson's girlfriend, Wilson being Pike's Uncle Arthur. Mrs Fox [Pamela Cundell], a resident of the town who had a long-running relationship with Jones, before the two eventually married in the final episode and OAP Mr Blewitt [Harold Bennett] was also seen many times.

Many guest stars were also seen in the programme including Barbara Windsor ["EastEnders" as a theatre star], Nigel Hawthorne ["Yes Minister" as a man on a bike], Wendy Richard ["EastEnders" as Walker's girlfriend], Carmen Silvera ["Allo Allo" as Mainwaring's lady friend], Geoffrey Hughes ["Coronation Street" as a bridge controller], Phillip Madoc [a German Captain], Peter Butterworth ["Carry On" films as a printer] and Fulton MacKay ["Porridge" as a doctor].

This has to be the best British comedy series of all time and if it doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what will.

10 out of 10!
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In a word.....Outstanding!
wishkah719 February 2001
Yet another favorite British sit-com of mine. Dad's Army takes place in WW2 and centers around a bunch of misfit soliders with problems which would ordinarly keep someone out of the military. One of the soliders is a dim-witted Momma's boy (Ian Lavender), and he's also my favorite character in this show! Just like any other British sit-com I've seen, the characters and storylines are very provacative and outstanding! Also, one of the actors in this was in that movie "Invasion Quartet". Can't remember his name, though. Though I wonder what Ian Lavender is doing nowadays.

My favorite episode was the one where they decided to take the day off to play Cricket. Dad's Army will keep you laughing from beginning to end! This show also pops up on PBS periodically. Catch it if you can! The downside is that my friends from work haven't even heard of these British sit-coms that I like. I'm the only one who's a fan. Unfortunatly, they're all into Malcolm in the Middle, That 70's Show, and Titus. But comparing those shows to British sit-coms would be like comparing The French Connection and Casablanca to American Pie and 10 Things I Hate About You.
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Superb, gentle comedy
richardjf15 November 2001
Dad's Army is a superb comedy. Even though it's set in wartime, it's not really about war; it's about people and how they get along with each other. No one ever gets killed. It's about Captain Mainwaring's "Home Guard" platoon in World War Two Britain, facing the threat of invasion from the Nazis. Home Guard are army home defence volunteer soldiers unfit or too old for regular army, and Captain Mainwaring is the local bank manager. He and his platoon are almost completely out of their depth as part-time soldiers, but somehow manage to muddle through. This comedy pokes gentle fun at human pride, the class system, military hierarchy, and social rules in general. It's repeated every one to two years in New Zealand, so it must be good!
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Old-timers "care" for their edge of WW II
kirk-194 January 1999
Absolutely excellent timing between the actors. Among the best of casting seen by me in nearly 50 years of viewing.
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Who do you think you are fooling Mister Hitler?
Little-Mikey24 October 2009
As I read through the comments, I was not surprised at how many were British but at how few were American. I was surprised at one comment that, while rating the show very high, also commented that the humor was not "laugh out loud" humor. I found this show to be hilarious! Jimmy Kroft and Mathew Perry were pure geniuses. Writing and working with so many hilarious episodes was a feat in itself. But coming up with such equally hilarious titles like "Be Young and Beautiful", "Knights of Madness" and "The King is in his Counting House" was pure genius, plain and simple.

Two of the funniest episodes are "Keep Young and Beautiful" and "My British Buddy". In "Be Young and Beautiful", the home guard, to look their best before the inspectors, used make-up. The results were hilarious. In "My British Buddy", the Americans arrive to join the Allies and it's a big event, so journalists and photographers show up to report the event, which doesn't quite turn out the way it was intended.

The humor is clearly British. And unlike classic British sitcoms like "In Sickness and in Health" and "Man About the House" which were recycled, given the American treatment and released as "All in the Family" and "Three's Company", there is no American equivalent to "Dad's Army". This show stands alone in more ways than one.

Though it would be downright criminal to classify this show along with "Monty Python" just because both happen to be British comedies, the two programs (note the American spelling!) have one thing in common. Either you'll love this show, or you won't. (I, for one, love this program, which has left me laughing out loud.) This show could never be classified as merely "OK".
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Universal appeal
raymond-massart26 June 2005
If you can get hold of the series on DVD, do not hesitate. "Dad's Army" is a real gem that will offer you hours of intense pleasure and spark off countless outbursts of hilarious laughter.This is comedy at its best.Although the humor is essentially British with that contained form of polite sarcasm and the use of understatement, it is also so typical of human nature in general that it offers a universal appeal.The characters are all lovable in one way or the other.The pompous captain Mainwaring who's attitude is clearly based on an obvious inherent feeling of insecurity and his suave sergeant Wilson, the over-enthusiastic corporal Jones who panics at the slightest upheaval,the spooky-looking Frazer or private Godfrey who resembles Dopey in the Seven Dwarfs and the mother's-boy Pike, are but just some of the delightful individuals in this fascinating series."Dad's Army"obtained a fourth place in a recent BBC comedy poll and apparently continues to thrill both young and old.Some episodes are less entertaining than most,I admit, but on the whole the series is really worth-while. The capture of a German submarine crew for example, is hilarious!
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'we're all doomed ...'
didi-517 June 2003
Still delighting audiences in repeats and videos all those years after the last series ran, 'Dad's Army' was just superb and by far the finest BBC sitcom ever. I think its main strengths were that it never caused offence, it had genuinely funny plots and incidents, and had a leading cast who were without equals (all superb). It is wonderful to think that this series has outlived most of its cast and yet has lost none of its magic over the years. So much so in fact that the discovery of two 'lost episodes' from 1969 drew in respectable TV ratings when they were finally shown.

My favourites of a marvellous run - 'Getting the Bird' (the one with the pigeons), 'Boots, Boots, Boots', 'All is Safely Gathered In', 'The Royal Train', and 'No Spring for Fraser'. But there are many, many more to savour. Great stuff.
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Great Casting
SecretaryBabe3 October 2007
Dad's Army -

Whilst a few set-ups (and more than a few sets) could be a bit ropey from time to time and you can sometimes hear actors fumbling through their lines, we forgive such trifling matters watching repeats of Dad's Army as almost every episode's a joy in spite of them.

What stands out most is casting that's second-to-none. Arthur Lowe fits into Mainwaring's shoes entirely convincingly. As do Le Mesurier, Dunn (well, when he'd been made up), Laurie, Lavender, Beck, and Ridley into their boots. Once these characters begin interacting with each other, it's guaranteed to raise laughs from adults and children alike; especially the implicit class opposition between short, rotund Mainwaring and dapper, laidback Sergeant Wilson. The vicar, verger, and ARP warden are also expertly cast.

There was the odd hiccup. Private Cheeseman didn't really work as a replacement for Walker, the only funny attribute of make-up-the-numbers Private Sponge is his surname, and the first and (what's left of) the second series don't really match the quality of those transmitted after the transition to colour. But at least fifty of the eighty episodes are an absolute hoot.
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stevenblackburn5 December 2001
Has got to be one of the all time greats in the comedy archives!! A mischevious poke at the Home Guard in England in WW2, through brilliant performances from Arthur Lowe,John Le Measurier, Clive Dunn and many more....

In Walmington on sea we catch up with what's happening in the war, and what the home Guard are left to do on the British coast, while our troops are fighting abroad. Also one of the greatest memorable quotes ever "Don't tell him Pike!" lingers in my memory as a quote that will stay with us for ever.

We are so proud that the BBC are stll showing re-runs of this brilliant comedy, because it shows that we can have a bit of a giggle by creating this series.

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absolute genius
selffamily18 October 2009
I've seen Dad's Army over and over, so many episodes, and always enjoyed it. Have now just sat and watched series 1 which apparently I've not seen before (!) and laughed aloud. What brilliant timing, acting, writing, and story lines. Comedic genius, rare and precious, Perry and Croft do it over and over again, not only in Dad's Army but their others series (Hi de Hi is a particular favourite). I see that there are 9 series of Dad's Army, well I shall just have to sit and watch them all again. Did I mention that they are timeless? That too. Impossible to select a favourite character - they are all so polished and perfected. Using experienced and flawless actors helped of course.
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All strong characters
naseby11 June 2008
Warning: Spoilers
Jimmy Perry and David Croft brought out the best of all their comedies, as fine as their others are/were, with Dad's Army. If you check out the characters, look how each has a strong personality of their own, which must, be difficult to write. Some will be easier/able to capitalise on at the time, i.e. Walker and his spiv-like activities with the 'black market', but you still have to come up with the jokes, even with a character like Walker which the comedy duo delivered perfectly and without fault - 'Wanna buy some petrol coupons?' and when Jimmy Beck died, they didn't replace with him with anyone but Cheeseman, not another 'Walker', which maybe wouldn't have worked with another actor. A lot of people have found 'Jonesy' annoying with his rambling on, but you expect it nonetheless. It's not a million miles away from the mickey-taking in 'Only Fools...' with Uncle Albert's wartime porkies after all! You can't fault Wilson's deadpan delivery, 'Pikey's' thumb-sucking and 'telling mum', Fraser the doom-laden Scot, Godfrey 'dozing off' and although Bill Pertwee's warden could be annoying, he was a welcome foil to the put-upon Captain Mainwaring, the brilliant Arthur Lowe. An awesome classic series, many of the actors who aren't alive now, really do live on in a faithful mickey-take of a period in history. This is great stuff. Whilst the favourite line in 'The Deadly Attachment', was an easy one, it's still great! However, my favourite line in that one is the very last line, regarding Jones having a hand grenade in his trousers (an unbeknown dud to the platoon, but Wilson knows and informs at the last minute) wanting physical removal from Jones' pants by Fraser, subsequently asking Captain Mainwaring: 'now that the grenade/danger's over, would you mind telling Fraser to take his hand out of my trousers?' Classic!
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Like wine, it gets better each year!
Michiel196531 December 2011
Some years ago "Dad's army" was voted the best British comedy and rightly so.

Great Britain faced imminent invasion by Germany in 1940. The British army was destroyed on the beaches of Dunkirk. To counter an invasion the government decided to raise local militias consisting of individuals unfit or too old for military service called the Home Guard. Dad's Army is the story about such a local militia in the (fictious) little town of Walmington-on-Sea.

Dad's Army is British comedy at his very best. Some good points are

* The Brits are masters of ridiculing other nations but are grandmasters in ridiculing themselves. They do it with gusto in Dad's Army. * The ensemble cast has no weak links. Arthur Lowe (as capt. Mainwaring) is a giant, and John Le Mesurier (as sgt Wilson) plays himself, the quintessential English gentleman. *The writing is superb, the humour as British as British humour can get *There is so much to discover, the relationships between the characters, living in Britain during the war, the class-struggle, so many actors from other series make an appearance.

It is all wonderful to be honest.
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Classic British Comedy!
pcooper2000_uk3 October 2001
This has got to be the best ever British comedy on TV. My favorite character is Pike who I think is the funniest character on the show, if you compare this show to other shows of this era such as Porridge or Open all hours I think that you will find Dad's Army is more funny. This is a program that I could and will watch over and over again once again this is the VERY BEST British comedy EVER made.
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the best programme ever
walmington27 March 2001
This is simply my most favourite programme ever. There are too many things about it that I love to mention them now but it captures a lost England. Where we all pulled together, where bank managers where almost king and where everything was lot simpler. Brilliant acting, brilliant writing, a brilliant programme. Well done the BBC, well done Perry and Croft and well done all those fine actors who appeared. Watch it.
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Classic comedy
Richpq-230 January 2000
This series is a classic in every way, with excellent writing and excellent performances from the aging cast of British comedy talent. Set in a small seaside town during WW11, "Dad's Army" concerns the attempts of the generally inept Home Guard to protect their part of England from the threat of invasion. Captain Mainwaring (the wonderful Arthur Lowe) takes charge from day one, bossing his unit around in his hilarious pompous manner, clashing constantly with Warden Hodges (Bill Pertwee), the leader of the rival ARP (Air Raid Patrol). Lowe's fellow actors gel brilliantly, bringing amazing timing and comic skill to their individual roles, making this series a cut above the rest. Classic performances from a classic cast! Guaranteed to make you laugh.
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Comic geneous...
BeckyKmovieluver17 February 2004
Dad's Army has got to be the greatest British sitcom ever. The cast were (and those who are still alive still are) Britans best and the scripts are comic geneous. I have loved it ever since I saw my very first episiode (which I can still remember was "Boots, Boots, Boots") and as Jimmy Perry (the writer), David Croft (the producer) and most of the cast were around to play their own roles during the real World War Two it adds an extra appeal to know that they each brought there own war time experiances into the series and their characters (John Le Mesurier for example initially had trouble in knowing how to play Sgt Wilson eventually decideing to play him how he himself had conducted himself as a Captain in India in WW2). Overall I simply love "Dad's Army" and hope that as years go by and generation after generation brings new life into the world "Dad's Army" will never be forgotten!
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