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5 Shows like Absolutely Fabulous: Ethical Hedonism

samar2Comedy duo French and Saunders’ show celebrates the hedonistic lives of women who channel their considerable financial means to indulge in alcohol, recreational drugs and beautification aimed to recapturing their youth. Eddy and Patsy Stone’s wry, overindulgent humour satisfies the same sensibility that enjoys the extravagance of today’s reality TV personalities. Let’s take a look at TV shows like ‘Absolutely Fabulous’. ~ Samar N

Shows Similar to ‘Absolutely Fabulous’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.



‘The Hills’ (MTV, 2006 – 2010)

After high school graduation, ‘Laguna Beach’ star Lauren Conrad moves to Los Angeles to work as an intern at Teen Vogue. She lives with housemates Heidi, Audrina and Whitney. Lauren and Heidi’s close friendship comes under threat beginning in Season 2 when Heidi starts dating Spencer Pratt. The infamous couple, affectionately referred to as ‘Speidi”, stage a twisted and tumultuous relationship which caused the show’s ratings to soar.


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A guilty pleasure reality TV show filmed in the Hollywood Hills.



‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’ (Bravo, 2006 – 2015)

True fans may claim the ‘Beverly Hills’ edition was the best, but this was the original. Living in the gated Southern California enclave ‘Coto de Caza’, one of the wealthiest planned communities in the country, five housewives lead glamourous lives in a reality TV series inspired by scripted soap operas ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Peyton Place’.


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Another guilty pleasure.



‘Up in Town’ (BBC2, 2002)

Joanna Lumley’s (Patsy Stone) series of short monologues received critical acclaim for her “rich, darkly comic and beautifully observed performance” as Madison Blakelock, an idle yet optimistic divorcée at odds with her reality. At some point, she can no longer deny that her world is crumbling around her.


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A series of monologues brilliantly acted by Joanne Lumley.



‘Two Fat Ladies’ (BBC2, 1996 – 1999)

‘Two Fat Ladies’ was influenced by French and Saunders’ comedy writing as most episodes ended with them irreverently smoking cigarettes and consuming alcoholic beverages. Paterson and Dickson Wright sang their own theme song and took an anti-haute cuisine approach to cooking: they frequently used ingredients as clotted cream, lard and fatty meats.


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Two fat ladies host a cooking show inspired by the comedy of French and Saunders.


If You Like ‘Absolutely Fabulous’, You Will Like

‘Let Them Eat Cake’ (BBC1, 1999)

This French and Saunders sketch series similar to ‘Absolutely Famous’ is set in the Palace of Versailles, France in 1782. Peasants are on the verge of revolt while inside the palace lives the most indulgent queen in history, not Marie Antoinette but Columbine, the Comtesse De Vache. Together with her faithful maid Lisette, the Comtesse shocks and amuses with her utter lack of morals or decorum.


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Ab Fab transposed to Versailles.


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