Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd. was a Singaporean sitcom on Mediacorp Channel 5. It centers around an eccentric contractor with his trademark yellow boots and large facial mole.
The show ran for 10 years (1997 - 2007) and sparked a sequel, Phua Chu Kang Sdn. Bhd. in 2009.
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Sigh, Phua Chu Kang. I long to see you on my TV screen today. Phua Chu Kang is THE BEST local TV series ever. To be honest, that's where I learnt lots of Singlish terms and I'm not even guilty.
I remember reading an article where our Prime Minister commented about how Phua Chu Kang may have a negative effect on our use of English but somehow, I don't think it's that detrimental. We still learn and use proper English in school, PCK is just a comedy show and for students like me, it was what I'd watch during my study break at night.
I miss watching Phua Chu Kang and all the old school shows like Under One Roof and Living With Lydia. Local TV series seem to be deteriorating in quality to the point that I can't be bothered to turn on my TV to Mediacorp anymore.
This is perhaps the local sitcom that best represents Singapore. I don't follow the entire sitcom religiously, but when I do watch it, I sometimes end up howling like a hyena. I do appreciate the constant crude, crass humour, as most Singaporeans do, I believe. It's no wonder then that PCK has earned a place in the hearts of so many Singaporeans.
It's also not surprising that PCK has been touted as the serial that best reflects the daily lives and habits of Singaporeans. There is no contrivance in terms of acting, dramatisation, speaking, and so forth because every one of the cast members is being nothing more than his or her Singaporean self. This is not the case, I would say, for many Channel 5 serials nowadays, the cast of which are often required to act and speak within the boundaries of propriety, and that can be a problem for many Singaporeans. Admittedly, though, this has a lot to do with the nature of the serial or drama.
Oh, and I don't give a flying fart about what some people say about the show having a bad influence on young kids and teenagers who are still learning English. PCK is **not** a reason for anybody's lack of proficiency in the language.
PCK is the Best Singaporean Sitcom Ever Produced. I remember when it first showed on TV. My family was not great fans of Singaporean productions. But five minutes into the show and we were laughing till tears rolled down our cheeks.
The first episodes were the best with the cast going all the way with Singaporean humour and the infamous "Singlish". I felt the show lost some of its lustre after the government cracked down on it for its use of Singlish. PCK speaking proper English just does not tickle a Singaporeans funny bone the same way. Still, even with that "handicap", Gurmit Singh and crew continue to churn out the best comedy show to date.
When I was a kid, I was definitely hooked onto PCK, infact my whole family would watch this together over dinner and laugh our heads off due to the hilarity of the sitcom.
I have always prefer 'Pte. Ltd.' to 'Sdn. Bhd' because I found the context to more relatable. It's hilarious no doubt, but honestly, there isn't any take-away from this show. It shows the funny side of people, and at times, the different possible ways of human stupidity.
It's a nice sitcom for a brainless, funny, light hearted night. The plots are superficial, but the actors and actresses did a good job in portraying Singaporeans, people like them do exist. And yeah, I would recommend this to a foreign friend, as an overview to the lifestyle and people of Singapore.
Okay, I concede. The unique infusion of Singaporean humour, deeply entrenched in Singaporean roots and all.
But does this particular "brand of Singaporean humour" HAVE to be so crass and tasteless? Let's take a look at the catchphrase. "Best in Singapore, JB and some say Batam!" How is this remotely funny? The humour is at best described as lame and well, at worst, crude.
When compared to sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother, this one is left in the dust.
No go for me. Props for trying, though.
Phua Chu Kang Pte. Ltd. has got to be my favourite local TV show. I can watch it over and over again and still not be sick of it.
Phua Chu Kang, the show's titular character, played by the brilliant Gurmit Singh remains an icon even today, five years after the show ended its successful run. What made Phua Chu Kang so enjoyable to watch was its unique brand of Singaporean humour. Its Singlish dialogue made it easier for Singaporeans for all walks of life to understand and appreciate, making it such a well-loved show. Unfortunately, in conjuction with the Speak Good English Campaign, the dialogue was amended to English, but the show retained its slapstick humour.
Phua Chu Kang Pte. Ltd. even parodied Incredible Tales in one of its later episodes, which can be found on YouTube and that episode is on my list of must-see episodes. This simple story about a middle-class contracter with big curly hair, a mole and signature yellow boots will be fondly remembered by Singaporeans for years to come, and I hope that Channel 5 will bring back this sitcom to our screens someday.
If you are a true blue Singaporean, you would have catch at least 1 episode of Phua Chu Kang! I really miss this sitcom so much. It is so successful that the tag line "Best in Singapore, JB and some say Batam" is still well known even now.
The show consists of very talented actors such as Gurmit Singh and Irene Ang. The Phua Chu Kang yellow boots and Rosie's styled up hair are so iconic and these can even be part of a Singapore identity.
It is really a pity that the sitcom has come to an end. I never fail to catch an episode of it every week. I would always hum to the classic theme song! Unfortunately, it was stopped because of complaints saying that the show corrupts the mind with singlish. Even without the show, Singlish will still be present in Singapore. Moreover, Phu Chu Kang is not made for education purposes but it is just mere entertainment for the family.
I don't know if this is possible but I really hope Phua Chu Kang will come back!
Phua Chu Kang is quite possibly the most famous Singaporean TV drama serial of all time. It was a hit for about ten years, and with the declining usage of television today, it might retain it's position forever.
Needless to say, I was hooked on to the sitcom when I was a kid, always looking to find out more about the eccentric constructor/businessman and his adventures. Only when I grew up, did I find out how stereotypical and even a tad insulting the characters are. But hey, it's funny and entertaining - you can't say that about many local dramas.
Definitely a cult classic.
Oh the good old days. I miss sitcoms like Phua Chu Kang in Channel 5, where you could sit down in front of the TV with your family and laugh at their antics, the characters so relatable you could see yourself and people you know in them. By the last episode, when I was 13, i actually cried. It felt as if saying goodbye to family.
The sequel wasn't as great, but I remember feeling happy because there were my favorite characters on TV again! Even now, I would totally watch every single episode of PCK if a new season was to be made (coming from someone who has not watched TV for weeks).
Nowadays, most (if not all) of the shows Channel 5 produces are generic bores, and I doubt there'll ever be a show as memorable as PCK.