I first saw the Yes Minister series as a child. Although one would imagine that the mature satire of this famous series would be beyond comprehension of a young kid, I was somehow hooked to it completely. Perhaps it was the influence of my dad who loved the show as it reflected the frustrations he had endured by being a part of the Indian bureaucratic system all his life, that drew me to the series. I simply loved the fabulous interplay between the Minister James Hacker and his Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, the amazingly convoluted ways in which the characters uttered the simplest of phrases and the brutal satire on the state of the civil service and politics.
Over the last few days, I have had the opportunity to catch all episodes of this epic series again on YouTube. Although each and every episode is stuff of sheer genius, here is my list of 5 favorite Yes Minister / Yes Prime Minister episodes (Not in any particular order).
- "The Death List" (on YouTube - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- "The Skeleton in the Cupboard" (on YouTube - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- "Party Games" (on Tudou)
- "The Key" (on YouTube - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- "The Tangled Web" (on YouTube - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
And here are the episode ratings given on IMDB.
Readers are requested to share their favorite episodes as comments.