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TV Series
    (September 16, 1975-October 25, 1079)
    (1975, 1979)
    Aired on BBC
    Set in Torquay, England
    Created and written by John Cleese and Connie Booth
    John Cleese as Basil Fawlty
    Prunella Scales as Sybil Fawlty
    Andrew Sachs as Manuel
    Connie Booth as Polly Shearman
    Follows the life of an arrogant hotel owner, his obnoxious wife, and their incompetent staff
    It featured a lot of slapstick and low comedy.
    It was accused of ethnic stereotyping for its depiction of Manuel, a useless Spanish bellhop.
    In his scripts, John Cleese would mock people he knew in real life.
    The character of Basil Fawlty was based on a real hotel manager, who claimed the show ruined his reputation.
    It was remade into two American sitcoms, both of which flopped.
    Some people consider it overrated.
    Like ‘Monty Python's Flying Circus,' it inspires nerdy Americans to run around quoting dialogue in fake English accents.
    It mocked pretentious social climbers and snobs.
    Unlike many American sitcoms, it never got sentimental or heartwarming.
    Some argue that the character of Manuel is used to satirize exploitative white employers.
    Married couple John Cleese and Connie Booth divorced between seasons of the show, but managed to work together anyway.
    It ceased production while it was still popular.
    Although it only had 12 episodes, many consider it the greatest British sitcom of all time.

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