by David Cohen

One of the greatest TV comedies of the 20th century celebrated last night the 20th Anniversary Special of Absolutely Fabulous and aired on BBC America and Logo TV channels.

The plans for a 20th anniversary revival includes three new episodes.  The first episode ran last night Sunday, January 8th with the second episode planned to air sometimes in spring 2012, and the third and final special is set to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics.

This British sitcom was created and written by Jennifer Saunders, who plays the leading character Edina Monsoon (Eddy), a heavy-drinking, drug-abusing PR agent who desperately attempt to stay young and “hip.”  Joanna Lumley in the role of Patsy Stone, is Eddy’s best friend, whose drug abuse, alcohol consumption, and promiscuity far exceeded Eddy’s comparatively mild self-destructive behavior.

These two high-powered London career women use their financial freedom to lead dysfunctional lifestyle of pill-popping, alcohol drinking and chain-smoking cigarettes, captured the hearts of millions viewers all around the world. With superb writing, great casting and directing, Absolutely Fabulous became an overnight success and inspired many of us in our own lives.

This codependent relationship between the two women made us fall in love with their wacky personalities, while we accepted them for the way they are and identified with their personal crisis.  We learned to forgive them for their bad habits that made us laugh so many times over the last twenty years. Eddy and Patsy instantly became one of our favorites TV duos of all times.

The first episode was not a reunion or a come back. It just was another day in the life of Eddy and Patsy the crazy middle-age women who refuse to come to terms with real life.

It is hard to believe what happened to the last twenty years by looking at both women who still look great.  Eddy and Pasty are still amazing, and they will always be absolutely fabulous!


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