Dry-witted Amanda Cartwright tries to manage a hotel, despite mishaps involving her inexperienced son Marty, self-centered daughter-in-law Arlene, devoted cook Earl, and bumbling foreign bellhop Aldo.
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 Amanda Cartwright 13 episodes, 1983
Fred McCarren ...
 Marty Cartwright 13 episodes, 1983
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 Arlene Cartwright 13 episodes, 1983
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 Earl Nash 13 episodes, 1983
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 Clifford Mundy 11 episodes, 1983
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Many attempts have been made to produce an American version of the British hit comedy "Fawlty Towers", of which this show is one. Amanda, owner of the struggling hotel Amanda's by the Sea, is trying to keep her head above water despite her staff seemingly doing their best to drive her under. Included in the mix is Amanda's son, fresh out of hotel management school and full of more theory than experience, his wife, who would rather be back in the city, and the bellhop Aldo, whose home country is a mystery, but is definitely not somewhere that English is spoken. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The series was filmed at Paramount Studios, although the company didn't have distribution rights to the series until 1995. See more »

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Strike Two in the Fawlty Towers remake trilogy
16 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Preceded by "Snavely Manor" ( Harvey Korman, Betty White ) followed by "Payne" ( John Larroquette, JoBeth Williams ) this second attempt to Americanize the classic British sitcom "Fawlty Towers" pulls a gender bender switch by casting Bea Arthur as the owner of a small country inn.

While the sharp tongued Arthur (Maude, Golden Girls) was well suited for the verbal jousting of the role, the series lacked the pure physical slapstick of the British original.

While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery I recall being outraged to discover that the credits for the program made no mention of "Fawlty Towers" even though many scenes, particularly in the pilot, were lifted directly from the original.


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