1. Payne (AKA Fawlty Towers)
A quintessentially English comedy that managed to be one of the few classic sitcoms to keep it short and sweet (Only Fools and Horses we're looking at you), US execs tried and failed THREE times to remake it. The longest-running of which (8 of 9 episodes were aired) starred ominously-voiced Texas Chainsaw Massacre narrator John Larroquette as the hilariously named Royal Payne, owner of a wacky hotel. Manuel became Mo, an Indian waiter and all laughs were instantly conviscated. Harrowing video proof here.