An american remake of the classic british tv show, "Fawlty Towers"




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Series cast summary:
 Royal Payne (9 episodes, 1999)
 Connie Payne (9 episodes, 1999)
 Breeze O'Rourke (9 episodes, 1999)
 Mo the Bellhop (9 episodes, 1999)


An american remake of the classic british tv show, "Fawlty Towers"

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15 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Royal Payne  »

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(9 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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John Cleese was asked to play a role in the second series as the manager of a rival hotel called the Sand Dune. Larroquette wanted "John Cleese to be the owner and be the nicest man in the world." Due to the lack of success of "Payne", it never happened. See more »


Remake of Fawlty Towers (1975) See more »

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Faulty Fawlty
21 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The US has a history of lifting successful comedy formats from the UK, some of which have proved as successful - and occasional more so - than the original templates. Steptoe and Son became Sanford and Son, Till Death Us Do Part begat All in the Family, Man About the House mutated into Three's Company. Payne is not one of those shows.

Much as the US version of Coupling appears to have surgically sliced out the sex and sarcasm which made the original so funny, the team behind Payne seems unable to grasp that none of the characters in Fawlty Towers are meant to be likable, with the possible exception of Polly. Basil acts superior but has deep insecurities, Sybil is a self- centred bitch, Manuel is an idiot, even the guests are barely coherent.

But that's what makes them human. And funny. And whilst we bemoan the fact that Cleese & Booth produced only a dozen episodes of Fawlty Towers, we can sit agog that Payne made it as far as nine.

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