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For me it has to be Fawlty Towers. Every episode is hilarious, the sit recognisable( a typical badly run British hotel from the seventies controlled by an obnoxious oddball) and every character stands out from the eccentric upper crust major to the hopeless Manuel. It must be one of the few comedies that when you read the script it is just as hilarious as the television series.
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Agreed Glenn,John Cleese is a comedy legend and his writing with Connie Booth is just fantastic. Another one to add would be Only Fools and Horses.....more quality writing and delivery.

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Yup, Fawlty Towers immediately sprung to mind as soon as I read the thread title!!


It must be one of the few comedies that when you read the script it is just as hilarious as the television series.


Absolutely!! - Although it does have dubbed laughter, unlike much of the dross that is of the American Formulaic variety it doesn't need 140dB canned laughter in order to tell you when something is funny and then bombasticly force you to laugh.

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Yes Watery Fowls is the guvnor but was made better because Cleese knew when to quit as he knew the only way was down if he made a third series ( the third series of Reginald Perrin was poor as the ideas had been exhausted). This is why all 13 episodes are classics.
However, FT does have some extremely strong competition from the first series of the Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin, Porridge, Till Death Us Do Part, Only Fools and Horses, Steptoe and Son, Rising Damp, The New Statesman and Open All Hours.



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Glenn A wrote:Yes Watery Fowls is the guvnor but was made better because Cleese knew when to quit as he knew the only way was down if he made a third series ( the third series of Reginald Perrin was poor as the ideas had been exhausted). This is why all 13 episodes are classics.
However, FT does have some extremely strong competition from the first series of the Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin, Porridge, Till Death Us Do Part, Only Fools and Horses, Steptoe and Son, Rising Damp, The New Statesman and Open All Hours.


I never got into Perrin.

I used to love Porridge, Till Death Us Do Part, Steptoe and Son and Open All Hours.

I went off Only Fools and Horses, fairly quickly though.

Other favourites were Bottom, Men Behaving Badly and Black Adder

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Love Only Fools and Blackadder, of the recent stuff 'Thick of it' was amazing




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Glenn A wrote:Yes Watery Fowls .....



Don't you mean Flowery Twats ?? ;)

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Its got to be Fawlty Towers, Brilliant series. :thumb:

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What about Married with Children.

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I've watched all the FT eps! But everytime I've watched an episode there has something that I must have missed cos its so bloody crazy and surreal.... always PMSL. John Cleese is a GEM..... :thumb:

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what about different strokes?

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I can't stand Fawty Towers. :D
It has to either Red Dwarf or Spaced for me.

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very nicely posted Stan. Love the nips!!

Was that family tv???? very risqué for the 80's n'est-ce pas?

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Lord Gumble wrote:very nicely posted Stan. Love the nips!!

Was that family tv???? very risqué for the 80's n'est-ce pas?


I think it's family tv but when on itv it was on at about 11pm I think.
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Rising Damp ....Porridge .....Steptoe an son ....



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Stanley Tweedle wrote:I can't stand Fawty Towers. :D
It has to either Red Dwarf or Spaced for me.

Gunner I remember watching Married with Children when I was about ten or older (when it was on ITV), that blonde was a knockout,
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Christina Applegate is VERY sexy,unfortunately she had breast cancer and had to have a double mastectomy :(
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Porridge, Open All Hours and Dad's Army are probably my top three. Though there seemed to be a whole heap of good sit-coms in those days. :):

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I've never been a huge sitcom fan. I think about the only one I actually ever laughed at was Absolutely Fabulous which I would sit in hysterics at. I remember watching it with my father who loved things like Faulty Towers (which I just don't find funny) with him shaking his head in dismay in much the way I did when Faulty Towers was on hahaha.

I guess we just liked different things.

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You could write a bible on all the great sitcoms of the seventies and eighties, although they could be balanced out by all the terrible stuff( ie Come Back Mrs Noah, Chintz, Laura and Disorder, Fresh Fields, Yus My Dear and god knows how many flops ITV showed at 8.00 on a Monday). However, it is the great stuff that belongs here and perhaps a worthy candidate, for all the critics hated it and leftists sneered at its suburban Conservative setting, could be Terry and June. This did often go into surreal territory such as Terry and June hijacking a local radio station to perform a play, Terry's awful beefburgers going round a record player and the whole thing about Terry looking after a video recorder for Sir Denis and then breaking it. Of course, its theme tune has to be one of the catchiest ever and whenever I see a typical pre war suburban house, have to start whistling it.



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I forgot about Rab C Nesbit.
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