When was the last time you revisited an old sitcom? Or maybe you’ve NEVER seen one because you are part of today’s viewing generation. Meaning you watch reality TV and nonsense news – i.e. more Kardashians than PBS. Today I recommend you Google one of my favorites and watch Fawlty Towers – the best British sitcom ever made, which of course I give 5 stars.
Produced by BBC Television between 1975 and 1979, there are twelve episodes (two series of six episodes each). The show was written by two cast members, John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth. The series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in a seaside town on the English Riviera. The plots center on tense, rude, put-upon owner Basil Fawlty (Cleese), his bossy wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), semi-normal chambermaid Polly (Booth), and a slightly off-center Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs). The makeshift crew tries to run the hotel amidst day-to-day situations made impossible by very demanding, as well as eccentric, guests. If you think the crew is funny just wait until you meet the guests who brave a night’s stay at Fawlty Towers.
John Cleese and Andrew Sachs are masters at physical comedy, and their timing is an example of perfect flow. Nothing is better than to watch a show you have to rewind because you are laughing so hard you missed chunks of it. Each time you watch an episode you will discover something else twisted on the set. One simply cannot get all the humor (visual as well as audio) in just a single viewing.
Give it a try. Who knows? You might enjoy watching a show where PC language is for the birds, and a good ol’ fashioned British folly is on the menu.