Fawlty Towers

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Vintage British comedy shows its age but still entertains.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 12+

Not very true to life

I didn’t find it very true to life, or funny. People say Fawlty Towers is the funniest sitcom ever but it only made me smile three times. I can’t even remember when. When I was at Liverpool we stayed in hotels all the time and none of them were like this. For starters pretty much all of them managed to spell the name of the hotel right on their signs. The only time I saw a missing letter was during a gale at the Celtic Manor Hotel near Cardiff, and even then it only blew the C off so it said eltic Manor Hotel, and that’s not funny. It’s not like it said bum or anything. So for me, right from the start Fawlty Towers is a long way off being realistic. Two of the characters have moustaches, which never happens, and some of the things that go on are completely unrealistic. The bit where he hits his car with a branch is just silly. You wouldn’t do that. I remember Igor Biscan’s car breaking down in Crosby, and he just calmly went to Costa while he waited for the AA. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see anything funny in it. Robbie Fowler’s impression of Gerard Houllier, now that’s funny, and it doesn’t involve putting a dead body in a wardrobe.
age 9+

A fantastic British comedy series

1) Sex and Nudity: A few mild sex references are made throughout the series, though they are unlikely to cause offence. In one episode a women is shown undressing and her underwear is briefly visible. In another episode a reference is made of a character trying to 'grope a girl' along with the same character unintentionally touching a women's breasts from another room. ------ 2) Violence: Slapstick violence is present on most episodes, all of which is done in a comedic way and none of which is graphic or likely to cause offence. ----- 3) Profanity: Uses of mild-moderate profanity used including 'bloody' and 'bastard'. One character also uses the terms 'n----rs' and 'wogs' in one episode (S1, E6: The Germans). However, there terms are used by an older character and are not done in a way that is purposely offensive. ----- 4) Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking: Alcohol is shown to be consumed, though not to excess, throughout the series. In two episodes characters are shown to be drunk, though excess drinking is not promoted. ----- Frightening & Intense Scenes: In one episode (S2, E4: The Kipper and the Corpse) a dead body is found and is then subsequently carried around the hotel throughout the episode. While this episode may be upsetting to some, it is unlikely to frighten most children over the age of 9.

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