Dad's Army ran on British television from 1968 to 1977 and continues to be repeated to this day. Based in a fictional town called Walmington-On-Sea, Dad's Army, the series derives its inspiration from events resulting from the Second World War, in particular the role of home guards.
Scriptwriters Jimmy Perry and David Croft were able to tap this rich vein of humor and create a comedy series that that continues to crack ribs almost forty years after the last episode was aired.
The show begins simply enough, with a call for men to volunteer to the Home Guard as local defense. A showy bank manager elects himself the commanding officer, and beings to put together a muddled group of individuals to protect their town from an invasion.
However, despite his obvious self-importance, he is a man whose actions are underlain by patriotic sentiments and genuine concern for the men under his leadership. The story is very realistic, which makes its humorous twists effortless. Dad's Army will certainly give you a good laugh, more than four decades since it was first aired.
Dad's Army unassailably represents what this organization was like during the war. For instance, poor enforcement of rules for entering the Home Guard resulted in volunteers over the stipulated 65-year age limit participating in the movement.
The show borrows from this by having Private Godfrey, a currently incontinent WW1 veteran with glaring grotesque physical for the duties required of the Home Guard. With this interesting combination of characters, this series definitely has a lot to offer in form of comic relief. Even for younger viewers who cannot relate to the events explored in the series, situational comedy will still leave you thoroughly amused by what Dad's Army has to offer.
This TV show is a fitting tribute to the Home Guard. Fortunately, its treatment of the Second World War is more respectful than what most similar comedies have to offer. You will definitely get a clear picture of what impact the war must have had on lives of normal people several miles away from the battlefield.
However, it does not delve too deeply into the events, which helps it retain its effective comic touch. The humor is based primarily on the antics of the synergistic cast that works together to deliver genuine and effective classic humor.
Most people who have watched this series admit that it is worth watching, and its cost is just a small price to pay. On Amazon, the set has a 4.9 rating, based on buyers who got instantly hooked on the series right from the first episode and stayed hooked to the very end. If you are looking to own and enjoy several hours of genuine classic British comedy, Dad's Army should be your utmost priority.
In general, this series has complete series 3 to 9 and the surviving 9 episodes from series 1 and 2. Given that only a few episodes are missing, after watching the series, you will feel fortunate that just only so few are unavailable.
Despite its greater historical relevance for people who are old enough to remember what the Second World War was like, any comedy lover will definitely agree that this box set is well worth its price.