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?