The Good Life

The Good Life

1975 - 1978, Comedy
Classic seventies comedy about a suburban couple who decide to opt out of the rat race and become self-sufficient. Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal star, with Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington as their conservative but good-hearted neighbours.

Episode Guide

  • The Good Life - The Anniversary (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    The Anniversary

    Disaster follows disaster as Tom and Barbara find themselves pushed further and further into a corner.

  • The Good Life - Sweet and Sour Charity (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Sweet and Sour Charity

    The costumes for the music society's production of "Sweet Charity" appall Margo.

  • The Good Life - Suit Yourself (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Suit Yourself

    The Goods decide to try to make their own clothes; Jerry is jockeying for position of Managing Director.

  • The Good Life - The Weaver's Tale (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    The Weaver's Tale

    When the Goods receive a pile of raw wool, Tom decides that self-sufficiency should go beyond food.

  • The Good Life - Our Speaker Today (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Our Speaker Today

    Margo gets in over her head with speaking engagements.

  • The Good Life - The Green Door (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    The Green Door

    Tom and Barbara feel very sorry for Jerry when they discover that Margo isn't going riding twice a week as she claims.

  • The Good Life - Away From It All (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Away From It All

    When drought wreaks havoc with the Goods' agricultural plans, the Leadbetters try to revive their neighbors' spirits.

  • The Good Life - The Last Posh Frock (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    The Last Posh Frock

    Barbara tries to remain like a woman despite work-worn hands and a ruined dress.

  • The Good Life - Whose Fleas Are These? (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Whose Fleas Are These?

    Tom and Barbara catch fleas; the problem is how to keep the fleas from catching Margo and Jerry.

  • The Good Life - The Windbreak War (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    The Windbreak War

    Tom and Margo find themselves in conflict over a windbreak Margo puts up for rehearsals.

  • The Good Life - I Talk to the Trees (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    I Talk to the Trees

    Margo and Jerry are furious when Tom starts playing music to the trees.

  • The Good Life - Tug of the Forelock (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Tug of the Forelock

    Margot and Jerry need to find new domestics just when the Goods develop a cash problem.

  • The Good Life - The Happy Event (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Happy Event

    Tom and Barbara have babies, babies and more babies.

  • The Good Life - The Early Birds (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Early Birds

    After discovering that suburban time doesn't fit an agricultural community, Tom and Barbara switch to nature's clock.

  • The Good Life - Going to Pot? (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Going to Pot?

    Tom and Barbara's evening classes become unusually productive.

  • The Good Life - Home Sweet Home (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Home Sweet Home

    A boar-walker recommends Tom and Barbara move, but they don't want to.

  • The Good Life - Mutiny (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:


    Tom and Barbara have problems, but they pale in comparison to those of their neighbors; Jerry questions whether he should obey his boss.

  • The Good Life - The Day Peace Broke Out (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    The Day Peace Broke Out

    Tom takes action when someone steals his leeks.

  • The Good Life - Mr. Fix-It (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Mr. Fix-It

    A freelance journalist does an article on the Goods; Margo tries to promote her dramatic production.

  • The Good Life - The Guru of Surbiton (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Guru of Surbiton

    When Tom and Barbara attract some disciples, Jerry and Margo envision a commune.

  • The Good Life - Just My Bill (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Just My Bill

    The Goods try to sell their harvest surplus to pay taxes, but it proves to be difficult.

  • The Good Life - Backs to the Wall (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Backs to the Wall

    Tom and Barbara receive help from an unexpected quarter when harvest time comes around.

  • The Good Life - Pagan Rite (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Pagan Rite

    As the Goods' savings dwindle, Margo and Jerry think Tom will be increasingly tempted to earn extra money.

  • The Good Life - The Thing in the Cellar (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Thing in the Cellar

    Marge and Jerry are horrified when Tom builds a generator fueled by pig dung.

  • The Good Life - Pig's Lib (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Pig's Lib

    Tom buys a pair of pigs for the back garden and Margo gets the residents' association chairman involved.

  • The Good Life - The Weaker Sex? (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Weaker Sex?

    Things happen in Tom's garden; Barbara feels the effects of tiring work.

  • The Good Life - Say Little Hen ... (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Say Little Hen ...

    The Goods introduce livestock to Surbiton; Tom paints the greenhouse pink.

  • The Good Life - Plough Your Own Furrow (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Plough Your Own Furrow

    Tom Good decides that commuting is no life for a thinking man, but his solution causes embarrassment.

  • The Good Life - Silly, but It's Fun (Special)

    Silly, but It's Fun

    Everyone plans their Christmas but things don't go as scheduled. With Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington.

  • The Good Life - When I'm 65 (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    When I'm 65

    When Margo and Jerry take out their thirteenth annuity, Tom stops to consider a pension of parsnips for Barbara.