The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have
received so far:
Never tire of watching Fawlty Towers - one station here had
all 12 episodes back to back over the Christmas Holiday. Still hilarious
to watch. But there's a few strange choices in the Top Ten - how
did Blackadder managed to beat some of the real classics like Mr
Bean, Steptoe and Son, Dad's Army, Are You Being Served, Hancock's
Half Hour etc.
- Alan C., Canada
Just the funniest sitcom ever. John Cleese's priceless British
humor and an incredible cast of characters which ripple through
each episode. One sitcom that I can watch again and again and still
find it side-splitting on every viewing!
- Simon H., England
The quintessential timeless sitcom of non-PC behaviour, born
out of Monty Python excellence.
- Peter S., France
Which comedy is written and acted by the same person? When both
writers were going through a divorce? Which comedy goes to places
that no one else will like Germans and snobbery? Finally what comedy
doesn't have an episode that is not up to standard compared to the
rest? The only answer can be Fawlty Towers! I salute you Mr Cleese!
- John Kell, England
Fawlty Towers is the best sitcom. Brilliant writing, excellent
acting and just sidesplittingly funny. The first episode I ever
saw was the Germans and it was the funniest thing I've ever seen,
"I'll do the funny walk!" My No.1 definitely!
- Sarah, England
Fawlty Towers is the greatest British comedy ever because of
countless reasons. Its humour flows poetically through each occurrence
and most importantly each second of the two sextet series. The length
is also a quality as the freshness may have withered with continuation,
but I admit definitely more episodes would have brought many viewers
and I admire comedies like Only Fools and Horses for their successful
- Sam, England
Fawlty Towers is the best comedy ever written, it is currently
being played on UKTV in Australia at the moment and is a great relief
to see decent UK comedy, even though it is over 25 years old, it
is still timeless. Also allows me to hear references of Torquay,
Devon and Cornwall where I live.
- Darren Bowden, Australia
Well, I must say that Fatty Owls was a a laugh a minute but
it lacks the natural beauty one comes to expect in a good sitcom.
Like having Felicity Kendal in it. So, give me "The Good Life"
or give me death!
- G.W., USA
Whilst Fawlty Towers is certainly one of the top four situation
comedies, and Jack Dee presented his views on the programme very
well, I am not sure the Fawlty marriage was as 'loveless' as he
claims. Recall that Basil confessed to the psychiatrists that he
and his wife "managed it two or three times a week". Whether
this was true or exaggerated, recall Sybil's jealousy of the attention
that she thought Basil was paying to the female Australian guest,
or her upset at his 'forgetting' their wedding anniversary. If it
was 'loveless', would either of these two latter situations have
- Peter Hurley, England
Jack Dee got it right: in the final analysis Fawlty Towers is
the best sitcom because it is the funniest.
- Steve King, UK
Fawlty Towers is simply in a class of its own. It has become
an integral part of popular British culture. Just say, "Don't
mention the war" to any Briton, and they know exactly what
you mean. This was no oft repeated catchphrase either - it was only
used in one episode. I suspect the same is true of the phrases,
"Fix me a Waldorf salad", and "You're going to get
a damn good thrashing" too. What other sitcom - or programme
of any genre - has made such a lasting impact? True genius - and
the clear winner without a doubt.
- Andrew Platt, UK
Fawlty Towers has to win it for my money. There's only this
and Blackadder who could reasonably claim to be the best, but crucially
there were duff episodes of Blackadder and although some of the
final ones were truly magnificent at the end of the day there wasn't
a single episode of Fawlty Towers that dropped the standard. True
genius, and let's not forget Connie Booth's contribution.
- James, UK
Probably the only sitcom that is as funny today as when first
broadcast. Simply in a league of its own!
- Paul, UK
Fawlty Towers is by far the best British Sitcom ever written
and Jack Dee made a brilliant case for it. The 'British Film Instuite'
back in 2000 voted it No.1 in their all time poll of Classic TV
programms, which just goes to show how good it is. I am sure it
will make it into the top 3.
- Chris Tomlinson, UK