My Thanksgiving with extended family was without any major incidents. There was a minor disagreement over who did/didn’t like pecan pie.
Prior to the feast, I chatted with my granddaughter’s fiancée. The discussion turned to favorite television comedies. Arjan is a personable young man from the Netherlands.
I liked some of the war-themed programs–especially those about WWII. “Hogan’s Heroes,” was one of my favorites. Even though, there was little about it that resembled actual wartime conditions.
There weren’t many American TV shows that made it to the Netherlands, reported my young friend, however, many BBC programs came his way. I liked to watch BBC programs that came over local PBS stations in the seventies and eighties.
“Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances, Have You Been Served?,” Just to name a few. Arjan was impressed by my complete VHS “Fawlty Towers” collection.
One of Arjan’s favorite BBC comedies, was “‘Allo, ‘Allo.” The more he described, the unfamiliar program, the more I wanted to check it out. It seemed to contain the proper amount of absurd, silly humor that I craved.
There were characters that spoke English in different dialects–French, German, Spanish, Italian. Of course, when characters spoke dialects, the others not fluent in that language, did not understand conversations–even though it was still English. That aspect of the comedy was similar to “Hogan’s Heroes,” and other American TV shows of that genre.
Which seemed strange to me today, when “‘Allo, ‘Allo” episode videos popped up on my You Tube. I’d never done a search of any kind. There had only been verbal discussions.
Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, Spam Bots were everywhere? Were they that good? If I looked up railway crashes, there would be numerous pop-ups for “Click here for best, cheapest, railway crashes in your area.”