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Fawlty Towers 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1975–1979)
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Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.
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2   1  
1979   1975  
Top Rated TV #60 | 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
John Cleese ...  Basil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Prunella Scales ...  Sybil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Andrew Sachs ...  Manuel 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Connie Booth ...  Polly Sherman 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Ballard Berkeley ...  Major Gowen 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Gilly Flower Gilly Flower ...  Miss Agatha Tibbs 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Renee Roberts Renee Roberts ...  Miss Ursula Gatsby 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Brian Hall ...  Terry 6 episodes, 1979
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Storyline

Inept and manic English hotel owner and manager, Basil Fawlty, isn't cut out for his job. He's intolerant, rude and paranoid. All hell frequently breaks loose as Basil tries to run the hotel, constantly under verbal (and sometime physical) attack from his unhelpful wife Sybil, and hindered by the incompetent, but easy target, Manuel, their Spanish waiter. Written by Rob Hartill

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Trivia

In an interview, Cleese explained that Basil was meant to be a totally unlikable character, only behaving nice towards people who could improve the status of the hotel and becoming rude as soon as he finds out they won't. According to Cleese, people might feel sympathetic towards Basil since he "makes them laugh", while they would hate him when meeting in real life. See more »

Goofs

In some episodes, the boom mic becomes visible and the cameraman corrects this by, among other things, zooming in on the scene. See more »

Quotes

Polly: Could I have a raise? Mrs Fawlty said it would be alright.
Basil Fawlty: I don't think we see eye-to-eye vis a vis the frozen assets.
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Crazy Credits

The Fawlty Towers hotel sign has its letters missing, or scrambled up to make new words. The sign presents a different error with each episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

For German TV-runs the main-theme was changed to "funnier" music. See more »

Connections

Referenced in An Ungentlemanly Act (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Fawlty Towers
Written by Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson Quartet
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Could Possibly Be The Best Sitcom Ever!!!
29 April 2014 | by alekseifeikSee all my reviews

Fawlty Towers is just flat out fantastic. What else is there to say? I mean, is there another comedy series as funny, as well acted, as frustrating, and as smart as Fawlty Towers? In my opinion, no! People say shows like Black Books, Seinfeld, Friends, Modern Family, The Office and The Big Bang Theory are the best sitcoms ever. Yes, many of these are great, but none of them, I repeat, none of them are as hysterical as Fawlty Towers! If you like John Cleese as an actor, or if you like British comedy, or if you like sitcoms in general, I can guarantee that you will love Fawlty Towers!

I know this may sound like a bit of a rant, but, in my opinion it is the only way to convey how amazing Fawlty Towers really is!

10/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 September 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das verrückte Hotel - Fawlty Towers See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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