Exactly, although Archie is derived from his British original Af Garnett and the same problem hit that show as hit the US material. The audience didn’t always get that Alf was meant to be laughed at and not agreed with. On the other side of the coin I’ve watched some of the shows Archie appears in and he is on the whole more likeable than Alf. He talks a lot of noise but he is not workshy as Alf was and he also softened over time to a degree Alf didn’t, although Alf has some redeeming traits. Archie was deliberately softened and I know he ended up with a foster daughter who was Jewish as the show went on. Archie is not terribly unlike many blue collar working men I can recall in my own family and the noisy verbal theatrics and waffle often was rather different from how they really would behave. I think Archie actually emerges as a more rounded character ultimately than Alf as he evolved. I’ve seen the episode where his wife dies and that is heartwrenching and Archie essentially behaves exactly as my father did when my mother died in that episode. He is not used to dealing with his own emotions and they overwhelm him. You just DID NOT show your emotions as working class man in that generation much, it wasn’t done. Stoicism was the order of the day.
Basil Fawlty is so over done and ludicrous it is plain he is a piece of satire as much as a character. If we are going to engage in virtual iconoclasm of this sort it is going to get very ridiculous very quickly.