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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  
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Basil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
...  Sybil Fawlty 12 episodes, 1975-1979
...  Manuel 12 episodes, 1975-1979
...  Polly Sherman 12 episodes, 1975-1979
...  Major Gowen 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Gilly Flower ...  Miss Agatha Tibbs 12 episodes, 1975-1979
Renee Roberts ...  Miss Ursula Gatsby 12 episodes, 1975-1979
...  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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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

The layout of the hotel does not match the exterior of the building in several spots: there should be bay windows on the kitchen and over the staircase, the bay window closest to the door in the dining room should be flat, and the entire part of the building where the bar is located doesn't exist. See more »

Quotes

American: Mr Fawlty, I'm really not interested.
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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 »


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Fawlty Towers
Written by Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson Quartet
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Hilarious sitcom
22 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Based on an actual hotel Cleese and the MP gang stayed at once, Fawlty Towers is a hilarious British sitcom with great characters and situations. Probably the most famous episode is the one with the Germans, as I hear it referred to the most.

Basil Fawlty (Cleese) is a grumpy hotel manager, with his domineering wife Sybil, the hotel maid Polly (co-creator and Cleese's wife at the time of the show Connie Booth), the Spanish waiter Manuel ("I learned classical Spanish, not this strange dialect he's using"), and the hotel's longest standing resident, the Major. Witty dialogue and hilarious slapstick situations make this a great show.


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