Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once: This is a funny old series that I used to watch when I was younger, and that thanks to Venraiker, I’m watching it again now.
Original title: ‘Allo ‘Allo!. Spanish title: ‘Allo ‘Allo!. Season: First Season. Year: 1982 (pilot) + 1984 (rest). Genre: Sitcom. Country: United Kingdom (UK). Language: English. Episodes: 1 x 35 min + 7 x 30 min. Color or B/W: Color. Creator: David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd. Director: David Croft. Script: David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd. Photography: Max Samett. Music: David Croft. Cast: Gorden Kaye, Richard Marner, Sam Kelly, Kim Hartman, Guy Siner, Jack Haig, Kirsten Cooke.
Plot outline During the World War II, René is the owner of a café in Nouvion (France), a village occupied by the Germans. During his daily routines, he has to help the German commandant to hide valuable stolen objects and do his dirty work under the threat of being shot for disobedience. On the other hand, his café is used as safe-house by the Resistance by force, under the threat of being shot for helping the Germans.
Comment without spoilers This series begins with a couple of episodes which are moderately funny, but as the season progresses, it becomes outstanding. Also the main plot sees itself helped by a series of minor subplots which appear repeatedly, giving it an overall feeling of deepness.
The characters can be divided into three groups, being this the incredibly funny, the lesser funny and the strangely funny. And curiously, in the strangely funny you can find the English characters; in the lesser funny the French ones; and in the incredibly funny, René and the German characters. In a similar way, and with the same groups, you can classify the quality of the acting.
The soundtrack fits perfectly the series and the plot, and in many situations, it clearly becomes an important part of it.
The atmosphere is good, and I think that the general feeling of the events happening in that place and time is realistic. So, despite the fact that it wasn’t completely necessary to be credible, as it’s just a comedy, the background is solid.
Well, to end the comment, I just want to say that taking a general overview of this first season, it’s a great series, very funny and a must see in the world of the British sitcoms. Soon, the comment of the second season ^^.
The subplots are completely genial, like the one of the painting of The Fallen Madonna (With The Big Boobies) by Van Klomp, the continuous flirting of Gruber with René, the German officers losing their uniforms and bombing their own train, the cheese in the ears, the disguises of Leclerc, or when the Germans make a fake execution of René and he has to pose as his twin brother from then on… just insanely great!
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List of episodes:
The British Are Coming (Pilot).
The Fallen Madonna.
Saville Row to the Rescue.
Red Nick’s Colonel.
The Dance of the Hitler Youth.
mrithail.com: ‘Allo ‘Allo! (1st Season).
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