Which is not to say there’s no conflict in the show. It’s just that the conflict arises from clashes in personality that give viewers reasons to share a good-natured chuckle rather than feel superior.
Take young James, for instance. He arrives in the tiny town of Darrowby fresh out of an urban Glasgow veterinary school. His tidy tweed suit and carefully laced Oxford shoes are no match for the lush, rolling dales of Yorkshire, which, beautiful as they may be in a panorama, can get fairly mucky close up. His timid city manners are no match for the earthy, idiosyncratic British characters he meets on the local farms—especially his cantankerous employer, senior vet Siegfried Farnon, who chomps at his pipe and barks out orders more fiercely than any of his canine clients.