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BBC Two (ended 1979)

Americanization of the show

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    primetime97

    [1]May 27, 2006
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    Many american shows are loved in Britain and Europe.  This is an example of a british show that was beloved by many in the United States.  And it was not without American references.  The one episode with the Americans (Waldorf Salad) of course.  Also, Basil seems to reference Henry Kissinger a lot, who was U.S. Secretary of State during the first six episodes of Fawlty Towers.  He also wonders if Mrs. Johnson is the late president's wife (Lyndon B. Johnson).

    This no doubt helped.  When Cleese starred in a Fish called Wanda, a very popular show in America, he was more of an American Icon than Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline were. 

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    lozza1525

    [2]Oct 11, 2006
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    No offence to Americans, but I don't like American versions of British shows. Such as "The Office" and "Royle Family", never the same.
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    mktozd

    [3]Nov 2, 2006
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    Generally I might agree with you.  However if you look at the NBC Office, it took a wonderful show which I also love and made it even better.  I myself was skeptical until I watch and enjoyed the US version. 

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    RoboAmish

    [4]Nov 22, 2006
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    Sorry but Fawlty Towers is muc better than any American comedy show. (I'm not a patriotic English man sticking up for England here cos I'm Irish! It's just my belief this show is funnier)
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    smurfette2212

    [5]Feb 10, 2007
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    I tend to to agree that American versions of shows generally don't appeal, even though The Office is pretty funny! Fawlty Tower has to be one of the best comedies ever though.
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    trevjm

    [6]Feb 12, 2007
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    Americanization of Faulty Towers.......Dear God No....!!!
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    hodgie64

    [7]Feb 16, 2007
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     American version was god-awful..it was on late night on ITV a few years back...just terrible. I blame the fcat that John Cleese's acting really sold the original
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    Camelort

    [8]Apr 8, 2008
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    Why ruin something that is so brilliant in its origin?? Both brittish and american humor can be weird sometimes, or at least to a norwegian girl, but Fawlty Towers is one of the greatest comedy shows ever made. There's no need of a remake
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    Elwingda

    [9]Jun 17, 2008
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    I have personally not seen the American Fawlty Towers but I've heard that it's pretty bad and I can imagine that Fawlty Towers doesn't work in the same way without the British cast, especially John Cleese.

    Generally I think that it's quite rare that copies of any television series are better than the original ones.

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    kieran1988

    [10]Jul 17, 2008
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    i agree if they americanise faulty towers they would ruin the charm of the show.
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    cvjrbdjkasfi

    [11]Oct 25, 2008
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    Umm, guys, did you actually read the post? the first post was referring to American references in the original show, not American attempts at British comedies.
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    ChipsTheButler

    [12]Feb 19, 2012
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    Reading is for suckers
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    archangelwho

    [13]Jun 21, 2013
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    lozza1525 wrote:
    No offence to Americans, but I don't like American versions of British shows. Such as "The Office" and "Royle Family", never the same.
    They did a poor job on Being Human also.

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