Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.
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
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 »
In some episodes, the boom mic becomes visible and the cameraman corrects this by, among other things, zooming in on the scene. See more »
Could I have a raise? Mrs Fawlty said it would be alright.
I don't think we see eye-to-eye vis a vis the frozen assets.
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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 »
For German TV-runs the main-theme was changed to "funnier" music. See more »
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!
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