I’ve been watching some amazing British television from the 1970s, but my favorite show has to be the extremely contemporary-seeming The Good Life, known in America as Good Neighbors. The show revolves around a burnt-out office worker named Tom Good who decides to drop out and become self-sufficient, living off chickens, a goat, pigs, and a garden he keeps in his urban backyard with his wife Barbara. Hijinks abound when the Goods’ boho values clash with that of their conservative neighbors, the Leadbetters.
Here’s a clip of the Goods trying to slaughter one of their chickens. It makes you realize that urban farming has been around longer than we sometimes think.