Yes, Minister

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8.61981TV-PG
Hacker fights the unions, receives a death threat, and endures a Select Committee grilling.
Starring
Paul EddingtonNigel HawthorneDerek Fowlds
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Compassionate Society
    February 22 1981
    29min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A newly built hospital has a full administrative staff but no patients due to government-influenced reduction in the recruitment of medical staff. For some reason, Sir Humphrey does not want this particular boat rocked.
  2. 2. Doing the Honours
    March 1 1981
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sir Humphrey has to combat Jim's economies, including cuts on profitable overseas students at his old college.
  3. 3. The Death List
    March 8 1981
    29min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Minister is shocked to find that his Department is responsible for supplying all the government's electronic surveillance gear, especially since his campaign was based in part on his opposition to bugging and phone tapping.
  4. 4. The Greasy Pole
    March 15 1981
    30min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    British Chemical Corporation, with the backing of Sir Humphrey, wishes to produce a dangerous chemical at their Merseyside factory. The citizens protest, and Jim must find an appropriate compromise.
  5. 5. The Devil You Know
    March 22 1981
    30min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The minister is upset by rumours of a cabinet reshuffle and decides to take drastic action to keep his post.
  6. 6. A Quality of Life
    March 29 1981
    29min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Minister is having a particularly good day and even enjoys media coverage from the BBC on a trip to a children's city farm. However, one must never underestimate the manipulative skill of Sir Humphrey.
  7. 7. A Question of Loyalty
    April 5 1981
    29min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The conflict between politicians and civil servants is center stage. The Minister and Sir Humphrey appear before a select committee who scrutinize the functions of the Department of Administrative Affairs.

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Directors
Peter Whitmore
Producers
Stuart AllenSydney LotterbyPeter Whitmore
Season year
1981
Network
BBC
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4.8 out of 5 stars

173 global ratings

  1. 89% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 6% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 2% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 0% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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BillReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timeless. Brilliant. And Better Than Season 1
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For anyone who already enjoyed season1, season 2 is a no-brainer. It's better in every way, it continues to take a cynical look at how politicians actually make decisions, as well as how little power elected representatives really have, despite what we are told. I have trouble explaining just how good this humble British comedy from the 80s truly is. It's one of those weird relics of time that is proven more right with each decade. All it's predications came true. All it's observations are even more relevant now than when it was made. I can't think of anything that has aged better. It deserves to be better known.
George A. HeitczmanReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Truth in government
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This is an amazing series that is more than 30 years old and yet still relevant. Even the same issues, such as concerns about oil in the Middle East, or still current.

This story about how bureaucracy operates was probably true in the days of Rome and will certainly be true at anytime in the future. Somethings just do not change.

Sir Humphrey is an absolute delight, and one of the best things about the series is that, occasionally, very occasionally, the minister wins.
4 people found this helpful
ArchiFiReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still funny and relevant.
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If you like satire and politics this sitcom holds up well.
Call Me DroReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
... watch this when I feel utterly frustrated or desperately bored. Works every time
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I watch this when I feel utterly frustrated or desperately bored. Works every time, and I feel better instantly. I doubt there was ever a TV series with better humor. Very droll, indeed.
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JerryReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely hiarious.
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The seasons are great. Last one I'd give a 4 as they had to have a conclusion.
Three seasons.
Rivercast 106Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic for a reason
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Finding Yes Minister on Amazon Prime was like running into an old flame at the airport.

Clever plots brought to life by a superb cast, with the opportunity to rewatch scenes to one's heart's content. You don't need to be a politician -- any bureaucracy will do nicely
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Ms SianReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny
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Good
T. SouthReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
among the best of British TV comedies
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very witty and funny
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