August 15, 2019 Subject:
The Piano is TOO BIG
The classic British sitcom Steptoe and Son was about a father and his son's rag-and-bone business where they collect unwanted items from different residential in London. And when Harold- the protagonist was being offered to collect a beautiful grand piano as well as receiving five pounds to do the job, it all seems too good of a deal to be true. Yet, this is exactly what Harold is dealing with in this episode, only with a twist that the piano is on the very top floor of an apartment building and Harold has to find a way to bring it to his horse in one piece- without getting into trouble with the lawman... The trajectory of the story, of course, is not as smooth as per one's expectations with sitcoms, and Harold knew he is in the deepwater even before he attempted to haul the piano, when he calls upon his father to help him, it only proven to be disastrous.
The sitcom was first broadcasted on BBC, a public broadcasting company, on June 21, 1962. The program purely is for entertainment purpose and is somewhat similar in characteristics to many modern American sitcoms- namely the Big Bang Theory and Friends, etc. The content is very easy to digest and could be a good show to pass the time, but in other words, the show can be banal, and viewers might lose interest in it rather quickly. This show is for a home viewing culture where viewers could be doing the cooking while the show is playing in the background. Most contemporary sitcoms have a similar plot and rhythm to this program.
August 15, 2019 Subject:
Steptoe and Son "The Piano" Summary
Steptoe and Son, a british 1960’s sitcom, features the interactions between two men, a man and his father. In this second episode of the series, Harold Steptoe is offered a piano by a high class man. The piano itself belonged to the wife of the man, and he is offering to give it away for free due to marital issues. The episode starts off with the back and forth between the higher class man and Harold, as the man convinces Harold to take the piano. Harold then returns with his father Arnold, and they begin to move the piano down multiple flights of stairs, quipping back and forth the entire time. Early on the difference between classes is emphasized but not directly addressed, instead is treated as humorous and natural. The episode gives Arnold and Harold the majority of camera time, often focusing on their squabbling, back-and-forth style humor. Quite a bit of their conversation revolves around mocking, judging, and generally being nosey towards the upper-class man behind his back. Harold spends most of his time attempting to keep his father in check, while Arnold snoops around, makes fun of their employer, and slacks off. Despite Arnold’s incessant lethargy, he manages to convince their employer that he is nothing but a harmless, hard working old man deserving of sympathy, while painting Harold as a disobedient and ill-tempered son. Eventually a policeman comes because Arnold left no light for his horse and cart, further complicating the situation, at which point the father-son duo abandons the task and returns home. While fairly simplistic on plot, this 30 minute episode derives most of its entertainment from the interpersonal chemistry between the characters, as well as the humor that arises out of their situation.Set to a live audience laugh track, Steptoe and Son closes with the “moral” of the story being “what goes up can bloody well stay up”.