Friday, September 28, 2007
Patsy, Edina, and Basil
Brit-sitcoms. For my money, the two funniest television series ever aired were Fawlty Towers
and Absolutely Fabulous.
And it was because they were politically incorrect, ribald, raucous, and had lead characters who were bad people, with no redeeming social qualities whatsoever.
American TV tried to do a version of Towers and it died a quick and deservedly-horrible death -- they tried to give Basil Fawlty's boneheaded bigoted character a heart, and he didn't have one.
I think Roseanne Barr has the rights to do an American version of AbFab, but I can't imagine it would be a patch on the original.
Do yourself a favor: Rent these and watch them.
Cleese, and his ex-wife, Connie Booth, who quit acting and writing to become a psychotherapist, starred in and wrote Towers. There were only a dozen episodes.
Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders played Patsy and Edina, self-centered airheaded twits. The series came from a skit by French and Saunders, on an earlier series. Created and written by Saunders, AbFab is every bit as non-PC as Towers. It ran for several seasons.
You'll either love them or hate them, there doesn't seem to be any in-between ...