The Goodies the Final Episodes
Goodies were an institution of 1970s comedy. A classic comedy trio who
while sometimes simply labelled Monty Python for kids, Tim
Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie and Graham Garden were hugely popular with
audiences the world over for their manic plots, cartoon antics, and
free-wheeling comedy style. No script was too outrageous for the
Goodies; one episode might see the boys dressed as mice chasing down a
giant kitten rampaging through London, and another learning the ancient
Northern art of Eky-Thump, which involved merciless thrashings with
black puddings. From the Loch Ness monster episode to the Sooty Rules
O.K. episode, every kid who grew up in the 80s has their favourite, and
remembers the Goodies with a warm and fuzzy sense of nostalgia.
Goodies had eight seasons with the BBC over the 70s. Now here for the
first time we have their final 9th series, a 7 episode run with LWT.
They include Snow White 2, Robot, Football Crazy, Big Foot, Change of
Life, Holiday, and Animals are People Too. All seven were
rarely seen after their initial airing. A network wanting a Goodies
package nearly always bought the BBCís 8 season faire, and so this LWT
offering was left to gather dust. So why does this season even exist?
The BBC must have figured the trioís best years were behind them, and to
an extent, they were right.
However watching this final season there is still plenty of Goodies
golden good-times. Itís not so much their shtick is no longer funny,
itís just they have already explored it in so many brilliant variations
before. As even the Beatles knew, a good team canít keep it up forever.
For anyone new to the Goodies there still should be plenty of laughs,
yet to long-time goodies fans itís more like looking fondly on an ageing
beauty queen Ė you love her for what she used to look like.
episodes like Snow White 2 and Football Crazy are a little
too British for international audiences to get, whereas others like
Robot and Big Foot could have still fit well in any of their
earlier seasons. Rest assured the majority will still have your average
ten year old rolling in the aisles. Indeed, the Goodies still are the
closest any comedy team has ever come to creating a live-action Looney
Tunes, and they deserve to be cherished for many years to come.