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Old 12-27-2009, 09:31 AM
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Our local station started airing this one. I didn't like it at first--I thought it was a little dry--but it's begun to grow on me

Anyone else see this one?
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Another one I own but have yet to watch.
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I love this show. My PBS station just finished airing this.
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Stinks, it does get a tab better as it moves on, but every show, same same same.

No where as good as AYBS, KUA, WFG, 1FitG, or LotSW.

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I never liked this. Not a political person. Thought this was pants when it aired here
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I loved this one, but it was very much of its time; the reason it's so popular in Britain is that it's a very very accurate protrail of the cynicism and incompetence at Govenrment level; the then-prime-minister Margaret Thatcher admitted as much! But I can understand why the show wouldn't travel all that well.
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I watched the original "Yes Minister" series and loved it. As a fan of political humor, I thought it was very well written and hilarious.
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I watched the original "Yes Minister" series and loved it. As a fan of political humor, I thought it was very well written and hilarious.
It was brilliantly written, and the calibre of the acting (Particularly Sir Nigel Hawthorne) combined with that to make what I think is a sublime piece of commedy.
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Isn't that the case with all Brit TV? I was turned off by the "dated" AYBS but once I gave it a chance, I fell in love with the series.
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This was a show that it took me a while to get into, but I wound up liking it eventually.
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Yep, as I said in an earlier post, the humour is very specific in terms of British 80's politics; but when you spot the threads of timeless political comedy and critique, it does tend to grow on you.

I always loved it, having again seen it during its original broadcasts.
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I started watching Yes, Minister on itunes and I love it! The humour is dry but very quick. I think it's very relevant, even today in the US. I fell in love with the show when I saw the eppy about the hospital with no patients but 500 administrative staff. The circular reasoning they use to justify it and the explanations had me roaring.

Granted it's not for everyone but I think it's one of the most intelligent, complex comedies I have ever seen. I seriously don't know how the actors even remembered all of their lines as well as being able to bring it all off like it was just a discussion, I thought it was that complex.

It was Britain 25 years ago and not too far off from the US now.
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I started watching Yes, Minister on itunes and I love it! The humour is dry but very quick. I think it's very relevant, even today in the US. I fell in love with the show when I saw the eppy about the hospital with no patients but 500 administrative staff. The circular reasoning they use to justify it and the explanations had me roaring.

Granted it's not for everyone but I think it's one of the most intelligent, complex comedies I have ever seen. I seriously don't know how the actors even remembered all of their lines as well as being able to bring it all off like it was just a discussion, I thought it was that complex.

It was Britain 25 years ago and not too far off from the US now.
Totally agree; it's the reality of it that's so funny. And as for the lines... I love Nigel Hawtorne explaining the nuclear deterrent: " Yes, but even though they probably certainly know that you probably wouldn’t, they don’t certainly know that, although you probably wouldn’t, there is no probability that you certainly would!". Says it all.

Certainly there in the top row of my comedy favourites, is this show.
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I do think this is possibly the wittiest show ever to come out of Britain. It does help though if you are interested in politics.
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I've liked both "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister" , Nigel dry lines delivered were very funny. Having worked in the govt both US Federal and US Local. I can see why it is funny.
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I have watched every episode. "The Key" is a very funny one!
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