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

 
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Love it!

Big fan of the older britcoms.
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going to type a random list of shows as they pop into my head, most of them relatively recent compared to many of the shows already mentioned

if you are after some laughs, try some of these out. some will confuse you, some you wont 'get', some wont make you laugh, but theres bound to be a few gems youve never come across


the fast show

harry and paul

friday night dinner

green room

the league of gentlemen

big train

spaced

little britain

i'm alan partridge

trigger happy tv

peep show

that peter kay thing

phoenix nights

armstrong and miller

miranda

al murray, the pub landlord



there are squillions more to choose from


but i digress!
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I loved it when Cleese (Fawlty)'s car stalled and he got out, grabbed a small branch that had fallen from a nearby tree, and started beating the car with it.
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"I've warned you about this! That's it! I'm going to give you a damned good thrashing!"

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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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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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i think i was too young to watch/appreciate it when it was first running. when i catch it again, ill look for your observations. cheers!
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classic
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Miranda is one of the best in recent years.

She lives own the road from me in London.
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after Fawly Towers, One Foot in the Grave was my next favourite.

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This is also a classic.

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i suggest to watch "black books" ;)
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^ This.

clappa

Sublimely funny.

Father Ted too, although strictly speaking was written by Irish men with an Irish cast, but produced for British television.

Alan Partridge (any series!)
Only Fools and Horses
Red Dwarf
The IT Crowd
Keeping Up Appearances
Dad's Army
Vic Reeves Big Night Out / The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer / Bang Bang (though mmmm maybe technically not sitcoms)
Green Wing
The Office
The Vicar of Dibley
One Foot In The Grave
The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin / Rising Damp (tho after recent revelations I'm re-evaluating this choice)
The Royle Family
Coupling
The Fast Show / Absolutely (ok, i'm cheating they are sketch shows, but probably as good a sketch show as you'll ever find)
The Inbetweeners

Our comedy output has really declined in the last few years though, very little I find worth watching these days, let alone anything that might be deemed as classic like Fawlty Towers or any of the above.

Maybe we're just not funny any more, or maybe its all this reality tv / phone vote crap that we're plagued with.

1dunno1
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Miranda is one of the best in recent years.

She lives own the road from me in London.
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Yeah, love Miranda too!

Hope they do some more.

hf
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Not a sitcom, but heres some classic Vic & Bob from Bang Bang...

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

Learn to spell, MORAN!
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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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Manuel was from Spain... hello.
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Khello? Si? Yes? Ok bye. Pliz meester falta, man from spain cled manuel say khello?

I thought he was guadalajaran?

Ps he was an english actor, nobby nobhead
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Mind your language, mr rigsby, grace brothers and alf garnett, classic un-pc comedy shows that have not even been mention by you 'orrible lot...

Shameless hussies.
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"I learned it from a book"


the front sign once read
"Watery fowels"

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Mind your language, mr rigsby, grace brothers and alf garnett, classic un-pc comedy shows that have not even been mention by you 'orrible lot...

Shameless hussies.
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Haha imagine the outcry if 'Mind your language' in particular was broadcast today. Un-pc doesn't even begin to cover that one heheh.
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One of my favourite Big Train clips...



It was a sketch show and not a sitcom, but who cares!
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Mind your language, mr rigsby, grace brothers and alf garnett, classic un-pc comedy shows that have not even been mention by you 'orrible lot...

Shameless hussies.
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Here you go reminicitards

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I loved it when Cleese (Fawlty)'s car stalled and he got out, grabbed a small branch that had fallen from a nearby tree, and started beating the car with it.
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HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! YES!!!! CLASSIC!!!
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"I learned it from a book"


the front sign once read
"Watery fowels"
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LOL! Manuel!
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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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Manuel was from Spain... hello.
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Khello? Si? Yes? Ok bye. Pliz meester falta, man from spain cled manuel say khello?

I thought he was guadalajaran?

Ps he was an english actor, nobby nobhead
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Andrew Sachs. Probably jewish.
Apollo astronauts couldn't have passed through Van Allen's Belt. Van Allen wore suspenders.
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I'm pleasantly surprised by all the Fawlty Towers fans here on GLP. If there was a show I wish they'd have made more episodes of, it would be Fawlty Towers.

"How's your drink, Major?....COLONEL!...COLONEL!"
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"I like England and the English people...But I couldn't live in this weather. It's depressing."

"I don't find it depressing, do you dear? Dear?"

"What's that, Basil?"

"I said I don't find the weather here depressing."

"I do." -- Sybil

"Ah yes, you would, wouldn't you? Yes, well I find the weather here rather BRISK! You know we are rather spoiled down here along the English Riviera."
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(Manuel outside Fawlty's office door)

"Is my birthday" (Man)

"Yes?" (Bas)

"Since a coming here from my 5 sisters and " (Man)

"Wait a moment please" *pushes Manuel outside the office and closes the door* (Bas)

Manuel just looks around and then goes to reading his paper again...

"Since a coming here from my 5 sisters and " (Man)

Then Basil comes to the door, opens it and just rips up the sheet Manuel is reading from.




^ Not a 100% accurate but DAMN I nearly shat myself laughing at this
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(Manuel outside Fawlty's office door)

"Is my birthday" (Man)

"Yes?" (Bas)

"Since a coming here from my 5 sisters and " (Man)

"Wait a moment please" *pushes Manuel outside the office and closes the door* (Bas)

Manuel just looks around and then goes to reading his paper again...

"Since a coming here from my 5 sisters and " (Man)

Then Basil comes to the door, opens it and just rips up the sheet Manuel is reading from.




^ Not a 100% accurate but DAMN I nearly shat myself laughing at this
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1rof11rof11rof1

Yes, yes, yes...that was well replayed. I remember the scene well. LOL!!!!!

And, of course, all of the scenes where Basil slaps Manuel on the back of the head, sometimes with the camera going dark before you see the actual hit, but with the audio still going, so you can hear it, and hear Manuel's resultant shriek. ROFL!!!!!
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There are more of these 'Ripping Yarns'; 'Tomkinson's schooldays' is my favourite, but it doesn't seem to be on youtube.
Nearly always forgotten, so enjoy. hf
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I'm pleasantly surprised by all the Fawlty Towers fans here on GLP. If there was a show I wish they'd have made more episodes of, it would be Fawlty Towers.

"How's your drink, Major?....COLONEL!...COLONEL!"
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you forgot

"Drunkin' sod."
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This is great! Thanks,,, love the remake of the classic. Rips just about everyone..

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I loved it when Cleese (Fawlty)'s car stalled and he got out, grabbed a small branch that had fallen from a nearby tree, and started beating the car with it.
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Small branch? Looked as if he uprooted most of a tree to me! But, yeah, it was a great scene.
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Love Britain and Humor!
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Fawlty Towers is hysterical. My current British guilty pleasure is "Doc Martin". Martin Clunes is one funny mf'r!
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