Fawlty Towers

1999, TV Show

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A few nights ago, when Modern Family's Cameron-as-Fizbo tried on a court jester's shtick for size, Mitchell offered this dour rejoinder: "There goes the theory that an English accent makes everyone sound smart." I don't think it's Anglophile snobbery that has me celebrating the return of Being Human to BBC America's lineup Saturday night, while being left as cold as a cadaver by Syfy's spotty remake. The original is simply a much better show.

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Better acted, for sure, and it's not just a matter of dialect. There's an intensity to the British original, even when it's going for droll humor, that's lacking in the shrill and...  Read Full Article

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Subscription | Amazon Prime Aired: 10/25/1979

Basil is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel 'manager' whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. His biggest headache is a "nest of vipers" - his nagging wife Sibyl (Prunella Scales). Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly (Connie Booth), and hardly any help at all from Manuel (Andrew Sachs), the trainee waiter from Barcelona who is as mad as his boss and the butt of all his frustration.

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Basil is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel 'manager' whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. His biggest headache is a 'nest of vipers' - his nagging wife Sibyl (Prunella Scales). Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly (Connie Booth), and hardly any help at all from Manuel (Andrew Sachs), the trainee waiter from Barcelona who is as mad as his boss and the butt of all his frustration.

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Monty Python alumnus Cleese, stars as the clownish hotel manager Basil Fawlty, in the famous BBC sit-com. Hilarious dialogue and classic slapstick.

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Basil is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel 'manager' whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. His biggest headache is a 'nest of vipers' - his nagging wife Sibyl (Prunella Scales). Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly (Connie Booth), and hardly any help at all from Manuel (Andrew Sachs), the trainee waiter from Barcelona who is as mad as his boss and the butt of all his frustration.

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Roush Review: Being Human and More Weekend TV

A few nights ago, when Modern Family's Cameron-as-Fizbo tried on a court jester's shtick for size, Mitchell offered this dour rejoinder: "There goes the theory that an English accent makes everyone sound smart." I don't think it's Anglophile snobbery that has me celebrating the return of Being Human to BBC America's lineup Saturday night, while being left as cold as a cadaver by Syfy's spotty remake. The original is simply a much better show.

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Better acted, for sure, and it's not just a matter of dialect. There's an intensity to the British original, even when it's going for droll humor, that's lacking in the shrill and... read more

With all of the pains people ...

Question: With all of the pains people are enduring on TV with the CW merger and shows getting the premature axe, let's give one final bit of praise to the show that's escaped the can for almost three years. Even though it was dumped on a Friday night against the Olympics Opening Ceremony and probably got the lowest ratings for its new episodes ever, I couldn't be more pleased with how Arrested Development went out. The final four episodes were all among the best of the best, and I was laughing way out loud the entire time (and I have since watched it twice more and I am still laughing). It has been a roller-coaster ride for the show, and I've been hoping and praying that the ride would go on forever, but after a finale this perfect for those most loyal to the show, I couldn't ask for anything better. Ron Howard's final comments on the end of the series was a great response to Showtime, which would like to continue with the show's genius, but I think it's time to call an end to one of ... read more

Brit TV Host Goofs Gloriously

The British have many curious TV traditions. They never miss the Queen's Speech on Christmas Day. They are crazy for Big Brother. And they adore characters who embarrass themselves with painfully misguided displays of hubris. We're talking about blokes like Basil Fawlty of Fawlty Towers, The Office's David Brent and Ali G of Da Ali G Show. And Alan Partridge, a cocky talk-show host, played by comic actor Steve Coogan, who thinks he's much cleverer than his guests — and never fails to let them know it. BBC America is currently airing The Alan Partridge Experience, which packages the two series tracking the rise, fall and attempted resurrection of his career. Knowing Me, Knowing You (1994) is a faux BBC talk show in which Partridge routinely humiliates his guests and ge read more

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Premiered: 1999, on BBC America
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A delightfully manic British comedy about an ill-mannered innkeeper, created by and starring `Monty Python' alum John Cleese and his then-wife, Connie Booth. Inspired by a real-life English hotelier, the series won legions of American fans when it aired on PBS in the 1970s. The program's initial run of six episodes premiered on the BBC in September 1975. A second season of six episodes ran in February 1979.

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