Fawlty Towers 2 Seasons 1975

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1. A Touch Of Class TV-PG CC

Basil Fawlty is in a campaign to improve the class of his clientele at Fawlty Towers. His efforts have spectacular results ‑ in the short term.

Starring:
John Cleese, Prunella Scales
Runtime:
31 minutes
Original air date:
September 19, 1975

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Genres Comedy
Director John Howard Davies
Starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales
Supporting actors Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth, Michael Gwynn, Robin Ellis, Ballard Berkeley, Martin Wyldeck, David Simeon, Terence Conoley, Lionel Wheeler, Ian Elliot, Gilly Flower, Julie Mellon, Pat Milner, Oscar Peck, Annet Peters, Dennis Plenty, Gary Rich, Renee Roberts
Season year 1975
Network BBC America
Producers John Howard Davies
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Customer Reviews

Laugh out loud funny!
Old Bag
This is a very funny, very British comedy.
Richard Brookes
One of the best comedies ever.
S. J. Indovina

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By CPAChicago TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 7, 2011
What else is there to say, other than too bad they only made 12 episodes and i cannot believe how cheap it is on Amazon Video On Demand.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By NyiNya TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2012
John Cleese is possibly the funniest man on the planet. His writing is funny, his way of speaking is funny, his movements are funny. There is an awful angularity to him, he bends at all the wrong places, his knees are up too high. To watch him try to open a bottle of wine is to watch an exercise in uncoordination that is funnier than the entire output of every stand up comic since the Greek guy with the rocks in his mouth. And the situations and dialogue he created, because it was Cleese who wrote the scripts for Fawlty Towers, are even better.

Basil Fawlty is wonderful to watch. He is craven and bullying at the same time, a pompous suck up, utterly incompetent, a blowhard who blames his shortcomings and failures on the world. Cleese has the character down pat...that supercillious little git of a hotel manager or railway station clerk, the middle manager who is in over his head, with steam coming out of his ears, convinced that the world is out to get him. In real life, they're horrible. When they are running Fawlty Towers, they are a thing of wonder to behold.

Basil's wife is beautifully underplayed by the incomparable Prunella Scales. Sybil Fawlty is a woman inured to Basil's tantrums, shenanegans and schemes. She tells him what to do, then spends the rest of her time on the phone, saying "I knoooooow" and "Reeeeeee-alllllly" to her friend at the other end of the line. She gets more humor out of those phone responses than most TV sitcom characters can get out of an entire script. Basil cannot, will not, do what this sensible little person says. When Basil looks at Sybil with his gimlet eye and mumbles "Coiffed Shrub," if you don't fall out of your chair and drop to the floor, convulsed with laughter, you must be Swiss.

No offense.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Keith Evans on August 27, 2010
i watched this episode when it first aired over 30 years ago and it is as wonderful today as it was then. Extremely funny with John Cleese at his very manic best. If you have never seen Fawlty Towers before, watch this episode and you will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Jean on September 30, 2012
I was a little skeptical when I first read the reviews, but then I watched the show and it truly is AMAZING! So funny. I feel bad for poor, trodden upon, Manuel...and Polly who is way underpaid for her jobs as waitress/hostess/etc. She does a little of everything! Cybil and Basil's antagonistic relationship is always a pleasure to watch and laugh at. Basil is the manager of Fawlty Towers Hotel, however he mistreats the younger/not as dignified guests and drools over the rich and famous! I recommend to everyone! A Must Watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SassyGinger on May 27, 2012
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I have seen every episode of "Fawlty Towers," and "The Germans" remains my favorite! In fact, I was in need of a laugh today and sought the program out on Amazon, knowing how simple it would be to access it! John Cleese has a natural talent for making us cringe and laugh simultaneously. His sharp-edged sarcasm is spot-on. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DGK on March 13, 2014
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Whoever does not know about fawlty towers ought to watch. Most comedy ages poorly. Who hasn't seen those old comedies and wondered what were people thinking? I love lucy, for example, crossed over the 'not funny' line some time in the eighties or nineties, with most of its jokes too far removed to be funny. The comedy in Fawlty is mostly comedy of error and funnily enough, comedy of error tends to age pretty well (compared to comedy of situation, or sitcom). Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors' is actually still funny. As is Fawlty towers. The shows really build to these crescendos of hilarity. Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CincyGirl on November 23, 2013
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Made in Britain in the mid-70s, this show features Monty Python's John Cleese as an hysterically mad hotelier in the SW English coastal town of Torquay, his nagging but sensible wife, his mostly dimwitted staff and the absurdities they find themselves into. It is hugely witty, extremely dry and raucously funny. Arguably one of the best slapstick shows ever. Just watch a couple episodes, esp "The Germans." John Cleese at his best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bella Maria Delorus on August 19, 2012
John Cleese has got to be a comic genius, the best Faulty Towpahts can not be matched, well couldn't be matched untill the crazy whodunit Bigfoot Littlefoot and West came along. I love the little Spanish guy just hilariuos!
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