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Why would an adolescent American boy empathize so much with Reggie?


I was probably no more than 14 when I first saw The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

When I learned I could finally watch the third season via Netflix, I decided to watch the whole series again, to see if I would understand Reginald better now that I was the same age as him.

I immediately realized that I'd ALWAYS understood Reggie: his boredom, his self-loathing, his yearning, his desires, etc.

I loved him most in what may be the series most brilliant moment, his horrible trip to the safari park. I was closer in age to Reggie's grandchildren than Reggie, but I saw everything from his perspective.

I think Reginald is everyone who ever felt unhappy with their existence.

Does anyone else identify with Reggie like that?

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Yes. In fact I'm living the reggie dream right now. 39, married with kids, bored at work, wondering what the point of it all is....

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I saw it when I was a kid, but it wasn't till I saw an ep or 2 when I was middle aged tht I found myself realising how painfully true it all is... 11 minutes late, walkig down the same roads each day to the train.....

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Funny, I was probably around the same age when I started to watch TRAFORP, and something about it clicked with me. It was playing on PBS around here and I caught it one night on British Comedy night and really got a kick out of it. Funny that I recognized Leonard Rossiter as the guy who played the Russian on 2001 which I was also crazy about, thought a bit earlier. I am not sure what I saw in it, and was looking for an online video that shows some of these episodes.

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