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Are You Being Served? was a British sitcom that ran from 1975-1985. Set in the men and women's departments at Grace Brothers, it featured slapstick and double entendres. In 2004, it came in 20th place for Britain's Best Sitcom.

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1 No more Mr. Lucas No more comic foil for Ms Brahms and Ms Slocombe
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 Exit: Stage Left Mr. Grainger
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4 Death Harold Bennett as "young" Mr. Grace.
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5 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 first british show i ever watched, even before monty python, so its always stuck with me -- Submitted By: (VeritechRyan) on October 18, 2010, 11:14 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Pelirojo- I agree completely. My father spent many years as a manager in a mid-scale department store not too unlike the one depicted in AYBS, and having grown up in that kind of environment, the earlier seasons/series were spot on and very amusing. Sadly, the show became just over-the-top stupid and was rather unwatchable after a point. Then came that failed bit with the AYBS gang inheriting an English Bed & Breakfast (in lieu of ther pensions) and trying to make a go with that. No thanks. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on July 6, 2010, 3:05 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Mr. Humphries=coolest gay character ever :-) -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 29, 2010, 6:24 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 It started out as a very funny and clever series (and, having worked in retail, I could somewhat relate). However; as time went on, it became increasingly cartoonish and the characters became caricatures but they kept bringing it back like re-warmed oatmeal long past it being palatable- especially its last season in which they sold the store and all these folks who couldn't stand each other in the city were working in some struggling resort hotel. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on June 27, 2010, 2:52 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Thanks also to "bmovies" for explaining why Trevor Bannister left. And yes, I voted "Exit stage left... Mr. Lucas." Mr. Bannister gave life to the wisecracking, bumbling Mr. Lucas and the show clearly wasn't the same with Mike Berry (Mr. Spooner) replacing him. Mr. Spooner may have been able to deliver wisecracks but he just wasn't as likeable, whereas with Mr. Lucas, you hoped someday he might work his way up in menswear (e.g. had there been a "Grace Brothers" in the 1990s, might he have worked his way up Mr. Rumbold's job?). -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on September 18, 2009, 8:54 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 My introduction to British sitcom tomfoolery, I get a lot of gratification nowadays out of watching reruns and DVD's because originally, I only understood sight gags and slapstick. Also, Mrs. Slocombe's accent made me laugh as well as Mr. Humphrey's cartoonish nature. Now, re-watching it, I get the genius of the double-entendre, the sexual situations and misunderstandings, Slocombe's hiding of a lower-class breeding, and Humphrey's sexual ambiguity. Genius show, and despite the cast changes, what remained a strong ensemble piece. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on July 21, 2009, 12:29 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 The mystery is solved. Thank you, bmovies! -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 21, 2009, 12:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 They didnt get exactly get rid of Mr. Lucas. In the UK many tv series like this one filmed only about a dozen or so episodes a year. (unlike the United States where tv series run about 25 episodes a year). This took about only 7 weeks. So actors need to find other acting jobs to carry them through the rest of the year. On top of that, the BBC always gave too short notice to the actors about whether or not they intended to renew AYBS for another season. The actors usually left their schedules open for a certain time of the year just in case the show got renewed. Trevor Bannister (Mr Lucas) didnt do that one season. He got himself tied down to a contract to do a play. They tried to alter the schedule of the taping of the show so that he could do both the play and tv series, but it didnt work out. -- Submitted By: (bmovies) on June 20, 2009, 2:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 The series was good. Then it boned and boned and boned. First, Mr. Grainger left. It was because the actor's (Arthur Brough) wife passed away. I know it's not fair to use a death as a reason a show bones--it's fate, not bad writing or retooling--but the show was just not the same without him. Then Mr. Tebbs took his place. Then he left because his actor (James Hayter) was paid by the Mr. Kipling cake company to withdraw from the series. Then Mr. Lucas left, and was replaced by Mr. Spooner. I agree that Mr. Spooner just lacked what Mr. Lucas had. I wonder why they got rid of Mr. Lucas. Does anyone know? -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 17, 2009, 7:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 I agree with whoever else voted on Mr. Lucas's departure being the reason. Mr. Spooner was no Dick, that's for sure :-) -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 16, 2009, 6:39 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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