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FAWLTY TOWERS: Best British Sitcom Ever. Starring John Cleese.

 
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Was Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese of Monty Python fame, the best British sitcom ever? I thought it was hilarious.

Basil Fawlty
Sybil Fawlty
Polly
Manuel (Que?!)
The Major
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OMG!!! Its FAULTY, not FAWLTY!!!

Learn to spell, MORAN!
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Manuel? is that you?

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Im remembering it now, the psychiatrist says to Fawlty "how often do you manage it?" he's talking about how often he has a holiday but Fawlty thinks he wants to know how often he has sex to see if he's normal or notlmao
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You, Sir are a man amongst whelps! Bless your soul for restoring my faith in Americans. Fawlty Towers is not just a tv comedy...it is the 12 Gospels!
The Lord, John Cleese (J.C. lol) bless and keep you and yours :-)
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And the stairs, something was not quite right, must have O'Reily look at them.
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nooo, that was a very long time ago. much much funnier stuff has been written since then


fawlty towers has become one of those british memes, or brands, that jonny foreigner likes to quote when they think of the 'the british sense of humour'


some of it was pretty funny but i always found basil to be stupid to the point of disbelief and annoyance


sybil, on the other hand was brilliant
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I'm not a fan of most Brit shows but this one has always been one of my favorite all time shows. Too bad they only made 12 episodes.
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Untouchable 12 episodes...
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nooo, that was a very long time ago. much much funnier stuff has been written since then


fawlty towers has become one of those british memes, or brands, that jonny foreigner likes to quote when they think of the 'the british sense of humour'


some of it was pretty funny but i always found basil to be stupid to the point of disbelief and annoyance


sybil, on the other hand was brilliant
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Oh man, Cleese OWNED that role. Basil Fawlty was one of the best television characters ever! And throw in Manuel and the others, and it was perfect!
Apollo astronauts couldn't have passed through Van Allen's Belt. Van Allen wore suspenders.
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Was Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese of Monty Python fame, the best British sitcom ever? I thought it was hilarious.

Basil Fawlty
Sybil Fawlty
Polly
Manuel (Que?!)
The Major
 Quoting: Thor's Hamster


OMG!!! Its FAULTY, not FAWLTY!!!

Learn to spell, MORAN!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26776851


Manuel? is that you?

"You'll have to forgive him. He's from Barca^^^Guadalajara
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Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
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Bust his ass...break your bottom

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nooo, that was a very long time ago. much much funnier stuff has been written since then


fawlty towers has become one of those british memes, or brands, that jonny foreigner likes to quote when they think of the 'the british sense of humour'


some of it was pretty funny but i always found basil to be stupid to the point of disbelief and annoyance


sybil, on the other hand was brilliant
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25816768


Pretty funny?'Pretty funny?? You must be one of O'Reilleys men! Agreed though that sybil was brilliant.
And I loved Terry the chef and his cockney accent.
'Karate, hey?'
'Well, it's a kinda karate innit?'

The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) (series 2)
Basil : Good morning, good morning.
Miss Gatsby: Oh you're very cheerful this morning, Mr Fawlty.
Basil : Yes, well one of the guests has just died.


And possibly my all time favourite...

Communication Problems (a.k.a. Theft) (series 2)
Mrs Richards: And another thing. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil : [whispering to Manuel] Deaf, Mad and Blind. [To Mrs Richards] Yes, this is the view as far as I can remember... yes, yes it is.
Mrs Richards: When I pay for a view, I expect something more interesting than that.
Basil : But that is Torquay, madam.
Mrs Richards: Well it's not good enough.
Basil : Well may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The
Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain...
Mrs Richards: [interrupting] Don't be silly. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil : You CAN see the sea! It's over there between the land and the sky!
Mrs Richards: I'd need a telescope to see that.
Basil : Well might I suggest you move to a hotel closer to the sea. Or preferably in it.
Mrs Richards: Now listen to me. I'm not satisified but I've decided to stay. HOWEVER, I shall expect a deduction.
Basil : Why, because Krakatoa isn't erupting at the moment?
Mrs Richards: Because the room is cold, the bath is too small, the view is invisible and the raio doesn't work.
Basil : No, the radio works. You don't.
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'Allo 'Allo was excellent, too!
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Fire.

Wot?

Fire!

FIRE!!!!


lol. The practice drill episode.
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Was Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese of Monty Python fame, the best British sitcom ever? I thought it was hilarious.

Basil Fawlty
Sybil Fawlty
Polly
Manuel (Que?!)
The Major
 Quoting: Thor's Hamster


OMG!!! Its FAULTY, not FAWLTY!!!

Learn to spell, MORAN!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26776851


Not sure if you're trolling or not....

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I was talking to the organ grinder (OP) not his monkey (you).

Manuel could spell shit neever, he couldnt even speak his own language russian very well...

I wonder if they had a fawlty mind like the other darling so-ville?
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I like to the manor born and keeping up appearances... British humor is very witty unlike american's dumbed down comedy... Tim Allen? Seriously???
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Was Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese of Monty Python fame, the best British sitcom ever? I thought it was hilarious.

Basil Fawlty
Sybil Fawlty
Polly
Manuel (Que?!)
The Major
 Quoting: Thor's Hamster


OMG!!! Its FAULTY, not FAWLTY!!!

Learn to spell, MORAN!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26776851


Not sure if you're trolling or not....

[link to www.imdb.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1055574


I was talking to the organ grinder (OP) not his monkey (you).

Manuel could spell shit neever, he couldnt even speak his own language russian very well...

I wonder if they had a fawlty mind like the other darling so-ville?
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Manuel was from Spain... hello.
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'Allo 'Allo was excellent, too!
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Absolutely! Good call :-)
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nooo, that was a very long time ago. much much funnier stuff has been written since then


fawlty towers has become one of those british memes, or brands, that jonny foreigner likes to quote when they think of the 'the british sense of humour'


some of it was pretty funny but i always found basil to be stupid to the point of disbelief and annoyance


sybil, on the other hand was brilliant
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25816768


Oh man, Cleese OWNED that role. Basil Fawlty was one of the best television characters ever! And throw in Manuel and the others, and it was perfect!
 Quoting: Thor's Hamster


but his character quickly became predicable. there wasnt much to believe about his character, especially the way he would just keep digging himself in to a deeper and deeper hole. just didnt come across as credible, or likeable for that matter. i could fully sympathise with sybil, who was several times more intelligent and competent than him

1dunno1

theres a ton of far more funny and clever stuff out there. times have moved on since fawlty towers and benny hill

i was just trying to think of the last time i laughed out load at a comedy. the other night i was watching an episode of 'friday night dinner', and a few days before that i caught a repeat of an episode of 'green room'

funny, clever stuff! although obv, each to their own!
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i suggest to watch "black books" ;)
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I'm laughing hard at these Fawlty Tower scenes you guys are posting! LOL!!!!!!!! Great memories you have!
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nooo, that was a very long time ago. much much funnier stuff has been written since then


fawlty towers has become one of those british memes, or brands, that jonny foreigner likes to quote when they think of the 'the british sense of humour'


some of it was pretty funny but i always found basil to be stupid to the point of disbelief and annoyance


sybil, on the other hand was brilliant
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25816768


Pretty funny?'Pretty funny?? You must be one of O'Reilleys men! Agreed though that sybil was brilliant.
And I loved Terry the chef and his cockney accent.
'Karate, hey?'
'Well, it's a kinda karate innit?'

The Kipper and the Corpse (a.k.a. Death) (series 2)
Basil : Good morning, good morning.
Miss Gatsby: Oh you're very cheerful this morning, Mr Fawlty.
Basil : Yes, well one of the guests has just died.


And possibly my all time favourite...

Communication Problems (a.k.a. Theft) (series 2)
Mrs Richards: And another thing. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil : [whispering to Manuel] Deaf, Mad and Blind. [To Mrs Richards] Yes, this is the view as far as I can remember... yes, yes it is.
Mrs Richards: When I pay for a view, I expect something more interesting than that.
Basil : But that is Torquay, madam.
Mrs Richards: Well it's not good enough.
Basil : Well may I ask what you expected to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom window? Sydney Opera House perhaps? The
Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain...
Mrs Richards: [interrupting] Don't be silly. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil : You CAN see the sea! It's over there between the land and the sky!
Mrs Richards: I'd need a telescope to see that.
Basil : Well might I suggest you move to a hotel closer to the sea. Or preferably in it.
Mrs Richards: Now listen to me. I'm not satisified but I've decided to stay. HOWEVER, I shall expect a deduction.
Basil : Why, because Krakatoa isn't erupting at the moment?
Mrs Richards: Because the room is cold, the bath is too small, the view is invisible and the raio doesn't work.
Basil : No, the radio works. You don't.
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honestly, i think the british dont rate it as highly as others do. we have such a rich catalogue of comedy here. we churn it out like second nature
of course it IS highly rated here but it is a classic

like the beatles though, its another one of those british things that springs to mind as a british band, and yet there are soooo many bands that have contributed just as much, if not more

it seems that only a tiny % of our creative talent seems to exported
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The Black Adder is another :-)
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nooo, that was a very long time ago. much much funnier stuff has been written since then


fawlty towers has become one of those british memes, or brands, that jonny foreigner likes to quote when they think of the 'the british sense of humour'


some of it was pretty funny but i always found basil to be stupid to the point of disbelief and annoyance


sybil, on the other hand was brilliant
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25816768


Oh man, Cleese OWNED that role. Basil Fawlty was one of the best television characters ever! And throw in Manuel and the others, and it was perfect!
 Quoting: Thor's Hamster


but his character quickly became predicable. there wasnt much to believe about his character, especially the way he would just keep digging himself in to a deeper and deeper hole. just didnt come across as credible, or likeable for that matter. i could fully sympathise with sybil, who was several times more intelligent and competent than him

1dunno1

theres a ton of far more funny and clever stuff out there. times have moved on since fawlty towers and benny hill

i was just trying to think of the last time i laughed out load at a comedy. the other night i was watching an episode of 'friday night dinner', and a few days before that i caught a repeat of an episode of 'green room'

funny, clever stuff! although obv, each to their own!
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You are right, of course. And Fawlty Towers is definitely dated -- way to racey for todays tastes. But its scripts were a winner while it lasted. Another oldey I liked was Mr PrimeMinister. And I esp liked the uncanned laughter -- they didnt need it. Does the UK have laws against canned laughter?
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I like to the manor born and keeping up appearances... British humor is very witty unlike american's dumbed down comedy... Tim Allen? Seriously???
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see now, both of those are considered really 'old'. theyre good, but 25 has passed since then, lol
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This is also a classic.
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nooo, that was a very long time ago. much much funnier stuff has been written since then


fawlty towers has become one of those british memes, or brands, that jonny foreigner likes to quote when they think of the 'the british sense of humour'


some of it was pretty funny but i always found basil to be stupid to the point of disbelief and annoyance


sybil, on the other hand was brilliant
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25816768


Oh man, Cleese OWNED that role. Basil Fawlty was one of the best television characters ever! And throw in Manuel and the others, and it was perfect!
 Quoting: Thor's Hamster


but his character quickly became predicable. there wasnt much to believe about his character, especially the way he would just keep digging himself in to a deeper and deeper hole. just didnt come across as credible, or likeable for that matter. i could fully sympathise with sybil, who was several times more intelligent and competent than him

1dunno1

theres a ton of far more funny and clever stuff out there. times have moved on since fawlty towers and benny hill

i was just trying to think of the last time i laughed out load at a comedy. the other night i was watching an episode of 'friday night dinner', and a few days before that i caught a repeat of an episode of 'green room'

funny, clever stuff! although obv, each to their own!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25816768


You are right, of course. And Fawlty Towers is definitely dated -- way to racey for todays tastes. But its scripts were a winner while it lasted. Another oldey I liked was Mr PrimeMinister. And I esp liked the uncanned laughter -- they didnt need it. Does the UK have laws against canned laughter?
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oh, yes prime minister is good, and very insightful as to the machinations of the civil service!

i dont think we have laws regarding canned laughter, we just dont really use it, not sure we like it really

'the royle family' is hilarious but theres no laughter, no live audience. just you and the tv
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bump for British comedy!
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Great show.

Funniest ever maybe.

Also check out "peep show".
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FT and BA are right up there, but there was a sitcom called "Still Game" that tops the tree for me. I suspect the TV chiefs decided the Scottish dialogue was impossible for the USA market, though.....youtube to the rescue

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Oh man, Cleese OWNED that role. Basil Fawlty was one of the best television characters ever! And throw in Manuel and the others, and it was perfect!
 Quoting: Thor's Hamster


but his character quickly became predicable. there wasnt much to believe about his character, especially the way he would just keep digging himself in to a deeper and deeper hole. just didnt come across as credible, or likeable for that matter. i could fully sympathise with sybil, who was several times more intelligent and competent than him

1dunno1

theres a ton of far more funny and clever stuff out there. times have moved on since fawlty towers and benny hill

i was just trying to think of the last time i laughed out load at a comedy. the other night i was watching an episode of 'friday night dinner', and a few days before that i caught a repeat of an episode of 'green room'

funny, clever stuff! although obv, each to their own!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25816768


You are right, of course. And Fawlty Towers is definitely dated -- way to racey for todays tastes. But its scripts were a winner while it lasted. Another oldey I liked was Mr PrimeMinister. And I esp liked the uncanned laughter -- they didnt need it. Does the UK have laws against canned laughter?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27142624


oh, yes prime minister is good, and very insightful as to the machinations of the civil service!

i dont think we have laws regarding canned laughter, we just dont really use it, not sure we like it really

'the royle family' is hilarious but theres no laughter, no live audience. just you and the tv
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Ah right, YES Prime Minister. Of course...

One critique though was when they brought in the female Thatcherite advisor to counter Sir Humphrey. Distasteful IMO. It was better with more intl themes (sucking up to the Americans, Trident, Soviets) and less overtly parochial and pro Thatcher..
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Great show.

Ab Fab is another classic, too.

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