TV Comedy Series featuring John Cleese


   

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This section is for TV comedy series by John Cleese. By default the TV series are presented starting with those ranking highest on the laugh-o-meter, but you can also sort them by year, title or IMDB rating.

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John Cleese is said to have been born on Friday 27 October 1939, which would make him 79 years and 17 days old (if this date is accurate and he is alive today).


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John Cleese was credited as writer and actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 35 years old.
Fawlty Towers DVDFawlty Towers
      1975 | U.K. | Laughs: 9.1 | imdb: 8.8
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I don't know how this series escaped me until my early forties, but it did. In a way that was good luck indeed, as it left me with one of the funniest TV series ever to discover and enjoy. I don't think any series has made me laugh as much.

British humor in general, and Monty Python's humor in particular, often borders on the grotesque. Sadly, that's not my brand of humor—sadly because there is a lot of it, enough to keep fans laughing into their old age.

But I do love John Cleese, and Fawlty Towers gives us Cleese at his best. He plays Basil Fawlty, the owner of a hotel in a small resort town. The guests, his wife and Manuel the Spanish waiter give him countless reasons to be irritated—a mood that really becomes Cleese.

Two seasons of six episodes each were made, a clear case of quality over quantity. I've read that it took Cleese and his partner six weeks to write each episode. It shows.

This is laugh-out-loud comedy. If you haven't seen it, don't miss it. (Last viewed: July 2010)

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John Cleese was credited as writer and actor in the following film.
At the time, he would have been about 29 years old.
Monty Python's Flying Circus DVDMonty Python's Flying Circus
      1969 | U.K. | Laughs: 5.5 | imdb: 8.9
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I love John Cleese on his own, but the Pythons rarely work for me. For me there's too much noise, too many shrill voices, too much cross-dressing. The skits where the noise level is under control work better for me.

I don't think I've seen all the skits—some day I might sit down and watch it all in hope of catching a few gems.

Here are a few that work for me:
The Cheese Shop
The Dead Parrot
The Ministry of Funny walks
(Last viewed: August 2009)

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