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Old September 16 2013, 04:04 AM   #1
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Fawlty Towers

Thanks to Netflix I am finally watching what was polled as the most popular British sit-com of all time, starring John Cleese.

I'm two episodes in, and this is completely unfunny and not clever at all. I'm flummoxed. Why is this show so popular?

And don't get me wrong I absolutely love Brit-coms. Even the older ones. Are You Being Served is much better than this, as broad as it is...
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Old September 16 2013, 04:48 AM   #2
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I loved Fawlty Towers.

Maybe it's an acquired taste?

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Old September 16 2013, 04:55 AM   #3
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Yeah, the critical praise is deserved, it's some of the most brilliantly constructed half hours ever on tv. But, tastes in humor are highly personal.
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Old September 16 2013, 05:44 AM   #4
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It's odd, normally I hate humor involving rude people (especially Seinfeld), but John Cleese does it so masterfully in Fawlty Towers. Maybe it's a British thing, but I'm not British.
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Old September 16 2013, 06:24 AM   #5
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Hello, Fawlty Titties....
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Old September 16 2013, 06:46 AM   #6
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Mr Light wrote: View Post
Thanks to Netflix I am finally watching what was polled as the most popular British sit-com of all time, starring John Cleese.

I'm two episodes in, and this is completely unfunny and not clever at all. I'm flummoxed. Why is this show so popular?

And don't get me wrong I absolutely love Brit-coms. Even the older ones. Are You Being Served is much better than this, as broad as it is...
I'm sorry. This just totally doesn't compute. I think I am going to have to self-destruct now.
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Old September 16 2013, 07:01 AM   #7
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Funny to see this thread! I've just been re-re-re-watching some episodes after coming home from work. Just watched "The Builder" today! I love the remastered DVD collection. Great interviews and commentary by John.
I don't know if broad is the right word for it, but John Cleese has often described it as a farce, so the ridiculous situations and crazy antics *could* be described as broad. I just find it funny as hell and never get tired of watching it. The little snide comments like "drive carefully, dear" are my type of sarcasm.
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Old September 16 2013, 01:06 PM   #8
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I'll probably get used to it eventually, but I have a hard time watching the remastered episodes on Netflx Instant, it just doesn't look right. If I want to watch a "Fawlty" episode I go to my DVDs with the familiar part video, part film look I grew up with.
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Old September 16 2013, 02:52 PM   #9
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Old September 16 2013, 06:45 PM   #10
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*Is that a piece of your brain?*

Great show, should give it a re-watch myself at some point.
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Old September 16 2013, 07:27 PM   #11
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Professor Zoom wrote: View Post
Mr Light wrote: View Post
Thanks to Netflix I am finally watching what was polled as the most popular British sit-com of all time, starring John Cleese.

I'm two episodes in, and this is completely unfunny and not clever at all. I'm flummoxed. Why is this show so popular?

And don't get me wrong I absolutely love Brit-coms. Even the older ones. Are You Being Served is much better than this, as broad as it is...
I'm sorry. This just totally doesn't compute. I think I am going to have to self-destruct now.
Me too. BOOM!!!
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Old September 16 2013, 07:38 PM   #12
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It's odd, normally I hate humor involving rude people (especially Seinfeld), but John Cleese does it so masterfully in Fawlty Towers. Maybe it's a British thing, but I'm not British.
Neither am I, but I thought FT was LMAO funny.
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Old September 16 2013, 08:38 PM   #13
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FT is one of those rare comedies where I can never watch an episode uninterrupted. The situations Basil regularly gets himself into are so embarrassing, and getting even more so with each attempt of his to get out of them, I quite often need to put the episode on pause and take a few seconds to calm myself before continuing. It's a brilliant show, but also quite exhausting.
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Old September 18 2013, 01:35 AM   #14
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Personally I think the first episode is pretty weak, so I could understand you not liking that lthe BBC bosses didn't either) but surprised episode two seemed as bad to you...
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Old September 18 2013, 02:03 AM   #15
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one of my favorite shows! there is so much going on. I loved checking out the changing anagram sign out front (Farty Towels)--Basil and Sybil were both bizarre characters (Oooh, I Knoow!) and poor Polly tried to save Basil from himself and also to protect poor Manual. I think my favorite was the hotel inspector episode with Basil the Rat.
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