The Comedy of English as a second language
This was a wonderful experimental sitcom in which people representing various nationalities and cultures from around the world were put into a classroom environment under the pretense of learning English as a second language. Hell is other people and comedy naturally ensued.
Set when the dead hand of -ism's were nearing their legitimate end and people became free to explore their destiny and realize their potential wherever they chose to seek their fortune. Political correctness had not yet reared its ugly head and expression was without censure.
That is what made this show so brilliant. How it managed to air out important issues and create an air of familiarity between diverse individuals. How it explored mutual differences between people and cultures and yet, never let difference of opinion become cause for discord amid the students. C’est la vie.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey