Title: The Good Life
Genre: UK Sitcom
Series: 4
Episodes: 30
Runtime: 30 min
First Transmission: 1975-1978
Channel: BBC

Tom Good is having a mid-life crisis and decides to give up his job and with his wife, Barbara, become totally “self-sufficient.”


Best Episode [ S3 Ep5 ]

The Wind-Break War – Tom becomes concerned when he hears that Margo is planning to build a windbreak. He can see a major problem with the further growth of his fruit crop.
8 October 1976


Worst Episode [ S1 Ep2 ]

Say Little Hen – Barbara converts the greenhouse into a chicken shed. Jerry tries to get Tom his old job back, but Tom declines. Tom and Barbara then decide to prove to Margo they are a success by making a lavish dinner.
11 April 1975



Full Episode Guide

Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Series One

#1 Plough Your Own Furrow (1975) –
Tom Good decides to quit the rat-race.
#2 Say Little Hen… (1975) –
Barbara converts the greenhouse into a chicken shed.
#3 The Weaker Sex? (1975) –
Tom tries to invent something to scare the birds.
#4 Pig’s Lib (1975) –
Margo is horrified when Tom and Barbara buy two pigs.
#5 The Thing in the Cellar (1975) –
Tom builds his own generator, run by the methane from his animals’ manure.
#6 The Pagan Rite (1975) –
Tom does some freelance work so that he and Barbara can stay the night at a luxury hotel.
#7 Backs to the Wall (1975) –
Tom hurts his back and a storm then ruins the garden.

Series Two

#8 Just My Bill (1975) –
Having gathered their harvest, Tom and Barbara need to sell their surplus produce.
#9 The Guru of Surbiton (1975) –
Tom and Barbara recruit two University students to help out in the garden.
#10 Mr Fix-It (1975) –
A journalist writes an article on the Goods lifestyle.
#11 The Day Peace Broke Out (1976) –
Tom discovers that leeks have been stolen from his front garden and stays up all night to catch the culprit.
#12 Mutiny (1976) –
Barbara does all she can to improve Margo’s confidence as the leading lady in ‘The Sound of Music’
#13 Home Sweet Home (1976) –
Margo is delighted with the new neighbours.
#14 Going to Pot? (1976) –
Tom and Barbara decide to enrol in evening classes.

Series Three

#15 The Early Birds (1976) –
Tom and Barbara decide to change their sleeping patterns.
#16 The Happy Event (1976) –
Pinky the pig is expecting.
#17 A Tug of the Forelock (1976) –
Tom and Barbara become Margo’s domestics.
#18 I Talk to the Trees (1976) –
Tom decides to start talking to his plants to help make them grow.
#19 The Wind-Break War (1976) –
Tom gets worried when he hears Margo is planning to build a windbreak.
#20 Whose Fleas Are These? (1976) –
Tom and Barbara get fleas.
#21 The Last Posh Frock (1976) –
Barbara feels she has lost her femininity.

Series Four

#22 Away from It All (1977) –
Tom and Barbara are depressed when their latest crop is a letdown, so they take a weekend break.
#23 The Green Door (1977) –
Tom and Barbara are in desperate need of manure.
#24 Our Speaker Today (1977) –
Barbara to give a talk on self-sufficiency to the Townswomen’s Guild in front of Lady Truscott.
#25 The Weaver’s Tale (1977) –
Tom buys a loom with which to make their clothes.
#26 Suit Yourself (1977) –
Using his new loom, Tom makes himself a suit and dyes it green from boiled nettles.
#27 Sweet and Sour Charity (1977) –
Margo turns down the lead role of Sweet Charity in her local music group’s production as she objects to playing a lady of easy virtue.
#28 Anniversary (1977) –
It’s the second anniversary of the Goods experiment in self-sufficiency.
#29 Silly, But it’s Fun (1977) –
It’s Christmas Eve, and in the Goods’ house, Tom and Barbara are, of course, making home-made decorations.
#30 When I’m 65 (1978) –
Tom and Jerry have a race to prove who is the fitter.