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Are You Being Served?

IMDB: 8.0

1972, 10 seasons to date

Comedy

By Jeremy Lloyd

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This quintessentially British sitcom is about Grace Brothers, a department store in London which is owned and kept traditional, almost pre-war (e.g. precise dress code for ladies frills and gentlemen's hats according to rank), by two brothers who look old enough to have fought in the Boer war but rarely appear, as most scenes play on one floor where Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold is the executive (meaning he enjoys an endless parade of foxy but stupid secretaries) in charge of management while his dignified floor walker, Captain Stephen Peacock, has daily charge over two small sales teams. The bossy, implicitly man-hungry widow Mrs. Betty Slocombe supervises the attractive Miss Shirley Brahms (with a terribly common Cockney accent) -with first choice of customers, on commission- the sale of women's clothes and accessories; the sales star at the gentleman's side is Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humpries, an implied closet-gay true gentleman, whose successive superiors are first obviously nearly ...

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Season 1

  • Camping In

    Transport strikes leave the staff of Grace Brothers trapped overnight in the store. What at first seems to be a nightmare soon proves to be a chance for everyone to share in each other's companionship.

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  • His and Her's

    The staff at Grace Brothers are furious about a new weirdly sexual perfume sales stand, particularly Mr. Grainger, who has lost his beloved center display in place of the new perfume counter.

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Season 2

  • Big Brother

    When Mr. Rumbold installs security cameras which deprive his department staff of any privacy, they decide it's time to retaliate.

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  • Hoorah for the Holidays

    Mr. Grace offers the staff a chance to take a cheap holiday, showing them a variety of tacky display packages which nobody is very keen on.

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Season 3

  • Up Captain Peacock

    Already-pompous floorwalker Captain Peacock is given the honor of the key to the executive washroom, much to the frustration of the staff, especially envious Mr. Grainger.

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Season 5

  • The Old Order Changes

    After Mr. Grace returns to Britain from a vacation in the United States, he decides it's time for the store to get into the psychedelic seventies with casual dress, first name usage and hippie music.

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  • Take-Over

    The department staff pose as Grace Brothers shareholders to avoid a takeover by a rival corporation. Meanwhile Captain Peacock finds himself working under obnoxious Mr. Lucas, who treats him in turn like a butler.

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