'Allo 'Allo!
'Allo 'Allo!
TV-PG | 07 September 1984 (USA)
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  • Reviews

    I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.

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    Good concept, poorly executed.

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    Better Late Then Never

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    Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.

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    This is British comedy at it's very best. After all these years I still laugh at the same things I have seen many times before.What makes it so good? Well of course first there is the writing which is top notch. Then there is the characters, each one a wonderful parody of a stereotype and many that would not pass the ridiculous political correctness of today's unfunny so called comedies.Rene, played brilliantly by Gordon Kaye finds himself in one ridiculous situation after another. Women fall for him (which is a joke in itself) and there are some often repeated but still very funny moments to savour.When his wife catches Rene in an embrace with another woman, his response "You stupid woman, can't you see ...etc. etc" is comedy gold.But as many others have said Arthur Bostrom as Officer Crabtree is just one of the best comedy creations in any series. A take off from Peter Sellers Inspecter Clouseau I am sure but still very very funny. "Gid moaning. I have bad nose. I have a massage from Michèlle"One I can watch over and over again. Brilliant!

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    Not content with inflicting 12 long years of anachronistic innuendo on the nation in the form of Are You Being Served?, Croft & Lloyd defied all expectations in coming up with something even lazier and more repetitive with 'Allo 'Allo. It is truly astonishing to see this rating so highly (8.4), since, let's be honest, if you've seen one episode of this tripe, you've seen them all. If, like me, you had parents who watched this sort of rubbish, you really had no choice: it was like being forced to attend the same dreary pantomime, week in, week out. As a 10-year-old, I found this unsophisticated and puerile and it amazes me to learn that they were still trotting out more of the same when I reached 18.The fact that the BBC felt no duty to aim a little higher than racial stereotypes and silly catchphrases only exemplifies the utter contempt they had for their audience in the 1980s. The naïveté shown by the BBC in their mistaken belief that, by making a 26-episode series in 1988-1989, they would be able to syndicate this in the US is probably the only comical thing about this awful programme. This, coupled with the fact that they deemed it appropriate to continue making this sort of thing into the '90s was indicative of the moribund nature of the BBC at the time. Sadly, this was part of a terminal decline from which the BBC never recovered. That they did manage to export this to several other European countries is probably one of the reasons the rest of Europe views us as a nation of imbeciles.

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    LISTEN CAREFULLY I WILL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE I have watched every episode from pilot to finale many times over and i still laugh. If you cant laugh at allo allo then there is something truly wrong with you its British humor at its best.i only wish there were more comedies being produced that were up to this standard, that had the acting talent,the scripting, the sheer skill that came with this series i loved it the first day i watched it and i will love it till the day i dieTrue genius is never realised until something or someone is gone and i feel this is the case here Gordon Kay you rockProfessor chaos has spoken

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    Tevfik Erhat

    I agree with most of the previous comments, except for the opinion expressed by Ian Witham, sorry about that. I've seen a great number of episodes when it was run by the BBC before 1990. The situations and the characters made me laugh right from the start. And I remember that, during a journey in London, I went to the Palladium Theater (more precisely on December 31, 1989) to see the stage performance of "Allo, Allo" by René and his fellow actors. I love this sitcom. I already have the series 1 to 4 on DVD. Actually, my only concern is to know when the following series (from 5 to 9) are going to be released. Does anybody can answer ? Or help me to find out sort of an answer ? Thinks weary mooch...

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