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Fawlty Towers 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1975–1979)
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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1979   1975  
Top Rated TV #50 | 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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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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19 September 1975 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Das verrückte Hotel - Fawlty Towers  »

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Trivia

The production team spent nearly an hour editing each minute of every program, spending up to 25 hours on each show. See more »

Goofs

Stoves disappear and re-appear in the kitchen between episodes. See more »

Quotes

Sybil Fawlty: [Basil's won some money on a horse and he doesn't want Sybil to know because she's very against gambling so Polly is pretending it's her winnings] Polly?
Polly: Yes, Mrs Fawlty?
Sybil Fawlty: What was the name of the horse?
Polly: The name?
[Basil, overhearing this quietly comes running into the dining-room]
Polly: I've gone blank.
[Basil frantically tries miming the answer by flapping his arms]
Polly: Birdbrain.
[Basil nods no]
Polly: No, no. That came in third. Uh...
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Crazy Credits

In the titles sequence of each episode, some of the letters on the Fawlty Towers sign are usually mixed up or missing altogether. The signs appear as follows: 1. Fawlty Towers 2. Fawlty Tower 3. Fawty Tower 4. Fawty Toer 5. Warty Towels 6. NO SIGN 7. Fawlty Tower 8. Watery Fowls 9. Flay Otters 10. Fatty Owls 11. Flowery Twats 12. Farty Towels See more »

Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 22 November 2017 (2017) See more »

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Fawlty Towers
Written by Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson Quartet
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All Downhill From Here
20 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Of all you'll ever see on the telly or the silver screen this has got to be the best. If you don't own this series you'll regret it - for if you rent it you'll be hard pressed to return it and everything you rent will be downhill afterwards.

Donald Sinclair goes into history as the most brilliantly rude hotelier ever and John Cleese and then spouse Connie Booth go into history as the best sitcom writer duo ever. The teleplays were meticulously written and rewritten and the acting is better than superb.

This series has been voted best television series of all time so many times now it's not funny. Odds are you will never laugh as hard as you do when you see this. And you won't tire of it quickly either.


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