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(BBC)   The Office beats Fawlty Towers as Brits choose the funniest sitcom of all time. Somehow, Friends beat out Monty Python on the same list   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 374
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2005-03-07 12:45:09 AM  
I'm just terrified that they're going to make the American version of the Office into a sitcom- witty one-liners and a laugh track and whatnot. The original had such a pathos to it, and you couldn't help but care for the characters, even as you laughed at them, even if you sorta hated them, like with Brent. A girl I'm friends with actually cried at the end of series 2, and then again during the christmas special. I just can't see an American show provoking that kind of response.
 
2005-03-07 12:45:50 AM  
The best TV show ever was "Touched by an Angel". The second best was "Fondled by the Preacher".
 
2005-03-07 12:46:13 AM  
I gotta agree with others on this, the office is good, but where the hell is seinfeld. IMO nothing goes past seinfeld.
 
2005-03-07 12:46:14 AM  
"Now there's nothing you want in the world, Dougal?"
"No, Ted."
"Wouldn't you like a car?"
"Oh, I'd love a car Ted."
"Nothing else?"
"No, Ted."
"Wouldn't you like to be a rock star, like Elvis?"
"Oh, I'd love to be Elvis, Ted."
"Nothing else?"
"No, Ted."
"Would you like this cup?"
"Oh, I'd love that cup, Ted."

/No way is Friends beating this
 
2005-03-07 12:46:44 AM  
violence, death, drugs, sex. What's NOT to laugh at during the Soprano's?
 
2005-03-07 12:47:26 AM  
They can't show the british version of "the office" on primetime because people would turn it off too quickly after only catching about half the words, phrases, and cultural references. It's funnier if you know a bit about britain (and I doubt much of middle America does)
 
2005-03-07 12:47:34 AM  
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2005-03-07 12:47:42 AM  
I enjoy The Office, but I don't understand the rabid devotion some people have to the show.

I get it, and yes it's funny, but not *that* funny. I think the appeal of The Office for many is that it the pettiness, selfishness and insincerity are so painfully close to reality, but it often makes me cringe more than laugh.
 
2005-03-07 12:48:55 AM  
Lists are stupid. To hell with lists. Ignore the lists.

Venture Brothers is on.
 
2005-03-07 12:48:59 AM  
"Now there's nothing you want in the world, Dougal?"
"No, Ted."
"Wouldn't you like a car?"
"Oh, I'd love a car Ted."
"Nothing else?"
"No, Ted."
"Wouldn't you like to be a rock star, like Elvis?"
"Oh, I'd love to be Elvis, Ted."
"Nothing else?"
"No, Ted."
"Would you like this cup?"
"Oh, I'd love that cup, Ted."


I guess you had to be there.
 
2005-03-07 12:49:42 AM  
GoodyearPimp: This really only makes me want to see The Office less. Congratulations on making a list though

Thank you. It's nice to know the many hours of hard work I put in to compiling the list are appreciated.

How a list ranking a show at the top could make you want to see it less is beyond me. The only possible explanation I can come up with is that you are one of those people who feels compelled to dislike something simply because others like it. In any case, it's your loss.
 
2005-03-07 12:50:01 AM  
As always with polls of this sort there's a huge bias toward newer stuff. That being said, Little Britain is teh funnay.

Also, Monty Python will always be the funniest.

BURMA!
 
2005-03-07 12:51:49 AM  
I'll be over here standing by myself in the corner, waving my lone "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" flag.
 
2005-03-07 12:53:18 AM  
"The money's for both dances. Both wonderful dances--although mine was impromptu."


/I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my life
 
2005-03-07 12:53:28 AM  
Meh, I prefer standup comedy.
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2005-03-07 12:53:35 AM  
Fawlty Towers can NOT be beat. The Office kicks a lot of ass, but Fawlty Towers is the greatest show on earth.
 
2005-03-07 12:54:04 AM  
"Keeping Up Appearances" is pretty good.

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2005-03-07 12:55:12 AM  
cgremlin:

For the people asking why the original "Office" isn't run on network TV here:

1.) British humor tends to be a lot more subtle, and there's a lot in "The Office" that I think would be lost on most members of an American audience. I could be wrong, as just about everyone I know that has seen the show loves it, but it seems most American comedy has to lay the jokes right out for the audience instead of making them think.



yeah, but the american pilot is a freakin' carbon copy of the british version (with only a few things changed, like saying 'trashcan' instead of 'bin'). it's worthless. a real insult to the british version.
 
2005-03-07 12:55:17 AM  
Why the fark wasn't 'Red Dwarf' on the list? I personally think that it and 'Coupling' are the two greatest Brit-coms of all time.

I also enjoyed 'Blackadder', but it wasn't as good as 'Red Dwarf' or 'Coupling'
 
2005-03-07 12:55:44 AM  
What?

Flying Circus comes in at number 9?

Obviously those 8,000 in the poll have absolutely no appreciation 'for something completely different'.

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Number 1 in my estimation.
 
2005-03-07 12:56:13 AM  
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Que??!!

Best Show Ever!
 
2005-03-07 12:56:17 AM  
Father Ted beats any North American show , hands down .
 
2005-03-07 12:56:34 AM  
Some of my favorite Coupling quotes for those who haven't seen this great show. (Not exact quotes)
"Why did you have your leg cut off?" "Oh, it was rubbish!"

Or when Steve was talking about a former girlfriends former boyfriend
Steve: "Before sex, he'd yell GERONIMO!"
Jane: "Mine used to say "Just say when!"" (To the horror of Steve)

Jeff: "Beware the Melty Man!"

Jeff: "...It was like a Breast Octopus!"

Jeff: "When women get naked I become like a hoover and their jewelry disappears...But at least they get it back in a few days"

Sally: "Oh my God, a penis!"

Some Guy talking to Jane: "Jane, I can't be with you! I'm gay!"
Jane: "Well, that's perfect! I'm bisexual!"
 
2005-03-07 12:57:45 AM  
Bufu: Best English comedy: A tie between "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister."

Amen! I'd go so far as to say the best English Language comedy. But...No slapstick, nobody in drag. It was actually literate. No wonder it got passed over. I wonder where it ranked in the poll.
 
2005-03-07 12:59:56 AM  
What the fark??? Blackadder only got seventh? I'm an American who gets a kick out of British comedy, and I find Blackadder to be one of the finest and funniest comedy shows I've ever seen (excluding Blackadder the First). Fawlty Towers is a hoot, but I don't like it quite as much. And they put Monty Python further down? MONTY PYTHON, for God's sake! I can't believe thy put Friends up there. I call schenanigans!
 
2005-03-07 01:01:11 AM  
stonent

One of my favorite quotes aired a couple of weeks ago. Susan was pregnate and Steve was imagining that they were all on an airplane about to crash. One of the male friends (I forget which) has his lifejacket on and asks the flight attendent "How do you fasten this?" And she answers (to the order of) "It's not going to matter as we are about it crash into a mountain."

/Hasn't had the opportunity to see 'Coupling' often for the past couple of years, but has just recently moved to an area that shows it, when they AREN'T doing those damned pledge drives. Damn you KERA 13!!!
 
2005-03-07 01:01:29 AM  
Oh yeah, and where's Red Dwarf (which was hit and miss, but had some fantastically funny episodes) and The Young Ones? Did they poll teenage Brits who haven't seen this fine stuff?
 
2005-03-07 01:02:01 AM  
"I don't like jelly. I don't trust the way it moves."

The Office kicks all kinds of ass.
 
2005-03-07 01:04:05 AM  
Oh yeah, and where's Red Dwarf (which was hit and miss, but had some fantastically funny episodes)

Well, for the most part, 90% of series 7 was a miss. The Rimmer song was probably the only good thing from that series. The rest was pretty good however.
 
2005-03-07 01:05:04 AM  
No Ali G?

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2005-03-07 01:05:31 AM  
No Red Dwarf? Lister, Rimmer where are you?
 
2005-03-07 01:05:52 AM  
OK:

#1: Curb Your Enthusiasm
#2: The Simpsons
#3: The Office
#4: Monty Python's Flying Circus
#5: South Park
#6: Family Guy
#7: Whose Line is it Anyway (UK)
#8: Seinfeld
#9: Brass Eye
#10: Duckman (WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN RELEASED ON DVD?)
#11: Futurama
#12: The Critic
#13: Blackadder (esp. series 2 and 3)
 
2005-03-07 01:05:53 AM  
I have "every stoopid episode" of the Young Ones of DVD. I also have Blackadder. And the Office. Suffice to say I am a huge fan of British comedy.

But I have to rely on PBS for my Fawlty Towers fix :(

It's a shame the Simpsons started to suck so bad, but imo, the Simpsons is the greatest social satire of all time.
 
2005-03-07 01:06:17 AM  
Patrick : Sometimes a man is faced with the right thing to do and the wrong thing to do and he only misses by one.

/awesome show. Have all seasons copied and on DVD.
 
2005-03-07 01:06:47 AM  
I would shout "bullshiat" but the headline already screams it.

/Python rules
 
2005-03-07 01:09:02 AM  
Am I the only one here who thinks that the latest season of 'The Simpsons' is by far the worst? Or is it just me?
 
2005-03-07 01:09:46 AM  
It is probable that those who don't like Fawlty Towers are gay and have small penises.
For the record I LOVE Fawlty Towers.
 
2005-03-07 01:09:51 AM  
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2005-03-07 01:09:54 AM  
Monty Python, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Futurama have all made me laugh aloud. Python has made me laugh hysterically. One guy on Fark made me laugh pretty damn hard. In a thread about emotions and women he wrote:

"When my girlfriend cries in bed, I tell her it's probably an old sports injury, and she should walk it off. Then I stick my thumb up her ass."

That just kills me.
 
2005-03-07 01:11:26 AM  
drucee, for a while I would have agreed with you on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," but season 4 didn't do it for me. Here's hoping for a good fifth season.
 
2005-03-07 01:11:29 AM  
I disagree with what people have said about David Brent being likable. The really British thing about his charachter is that he is a total asshole and I have no sympathy for him whatsoever. Any American comedy would have some underlying morals and the charachters would be good people underneath, like Becker. But in British comedy they can make a charachter so unlikable that he can do things that I could not watch a likable charachter do.
 
2005-03-07 01:11:38 AM  
That's certainly a toss-up. I'd take either over most of the crap shoveled onto American television in this post-Simpsons/Seinfeld era.

/yet another 'elitist'
//I'm getting a little sick of that term
 
2005-03-07 01:11:58 AM  
Garbanzo: But I have to rely on PBS for my Fawlty Towers fix :(


Check this out:

Fawlty Towers Goodness
 
2005-03-07 01:14:53 AM  
Greatest show ever:

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Peter: I demand an apology and some rice krispy treats.

Lois's Dad: Well I'm certainly not going to apologize to you and I can only assume rice krispy treats is black slang for money so I'm going to write you a check for $10,000 and we can call it even.
 
2005-03-07 01:17:54 AM  
More of you need to see Trailer Park Boys. Christ almighty those damn Canadians are hilarious.
 
2005-03-07 01:19:52 AM  
Why isn't Are you Being Served on the list? I, for one, would pick it over The Simpsons any day of the week.
 
2005-03-07 01:21:55 AM  
Why isn't Are you Being Served on the list? I, for one, would pick it over The Simpsons any day of the week.

Well, not the series where they were all working on that farm/resort/whatever it was. That was just bad.
 
2005-03-07 01:22:08 AM  
Is the 2004 U.S presidential election considered a sitcom? If so, we have the real winner and not these 10 pretenders.(a good rock group I might add)
 
2005-03-07 01:28:22 AM  
The Brits put Friends ahead of Monty Python? And left Red Dwarf off the list?

Bollocks!

/lame attempt to add British terms
 
2005-03-07 01:28:57 AM  
Great Janitor:
I live in the Dallas area. So I'm watching those damned pledge drives now. I really hate it when they tape the pledge drive so you get the same guy begging for money in the same suit. I can almost repeat the words before he says them.

Right now, the "funny ladies" pledge drive has been played for several years.
 
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