Sitcoms are good for you

...and none better than The Good Life

The Good Life has been named the top feelgood sitcom of all time – and it’s so upbeat it could actually be good for your health.

Couch potatoes have been told that the right sort of TV programme could actually be good for you because they raise your spirits.

And the Richard Briers/Felicity Kendall sitcom topped a poll to find which programme people say makes them feel happiest, beating Only Fools And Horses into second place

Chris Dark, clinical director of PruHealth, which commissioned the survey of 2,000 people, said: ‘More and more medical evidence is emerging for the health benefits of laughter.

“These are thought to include protecting against heart disease, boosting the immune system, relieving stress and even increased pain tolerance.”

“If laughter is the best medicine then I guess this survey shows The Good Life is pure penicillin.”

The top ten shows were:

  1. The Good Life
  2. Only Fools And Horses
  3. Friends
  4. Have I Got News For You
  5. My Family
  6. Last Of The Summer Wine
  7. To The Manor Born
  8. Morecambe & Wise
  9. The Two Ronnies
  10. The Simpsons

The survey was commissioned to coincide with a new TV ad campaign for PruHealth, fronted by Whose Line Is It Anyway star Josie Lawrence.


Published: 10 Oct 2005

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