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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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Cast

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

Terry the chef was introduced in series 2 because Cleese and Booth thought the hotel looked understaffed. Cleese advised Brian Hall to play him as if he was being sought by the police for an unspecified crime, hence Terry's sometimes skittish behaviour. 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

Mrs Richards: Faulty? What's wrong with him?
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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 Monarch of the Glen: Episode #3.6 (2001) See more »

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Fawlty Towers
Written by Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson Quartet
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This is what comedy is all about!
7 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is pure comedy. It is genius. It is hilarity that transcends the boundary of comedy. Fawlty Towers is the kind of comedy that has you on the floor gasping for air in a puddle of your own tears. John Cleese has created one of the defining characters of comedy in Basil Fawlty. Manuel Sachs is superb as Manuel, the confused waiter from Barcelona. Prunella Scales is brilliant as the tyrannical wife. Connie Booth is very good as Polly, the hassled waitress. Put it all together inside a small hotel in Torquay and you get one of the greatest, most alluring comedies ever to grace the screen. The only bad thing about Fawlty Towers is that they didn't make more.

Fawlty Towers will always be tearfully, heart stoppingly, deadly, and disasterously funny.


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