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Fawlty Towers ()


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  • TV-PG
  • 30min
  • Comedy
  • TV Series


Seasons: 2 1 Years: 1979 1975

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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  Basil Fawlty (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Sybil Fawlty (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Manuel (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Polly Sherman (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Major Gowen (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
Gilly Flower ...
  Miss Agatha Tibbs (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
Renee Roberts ...
  Miss Ursula Gatsby (12 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Terry (6 episodes, 1979)
Terence Conoley ...
  Mr. Johnston / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
Elizabeth Benson ...
  Mrs. Heath / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
George Lee ...
  Delivery Man / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
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  Mr. Hutchinson (1 episode, 1975)
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  André (1 episode, 1975)
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  Lord Melbury (1 episode, 1975)
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  Dr. Price (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mr. Johnson (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mr. Harry Hamilton (1 episode, 1979)
Ken Campbell ...
  Roger (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mrs. Alice Richards (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mr. Carnegie (1 episode, 1979)
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  O'Reilly (1 episode, 1975)
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  Danny Brown (1 episode, 1975)
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  Mr. Walt (1 episode, 1975)
Claire Davenport ...
  Mrs. Wilson (1 episode, 1975)
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  Kurt (1 episode, 1975)
Yvonne Gilan ...
  Mrs. Peignoir (1 episode, 1975)
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  Alice (1 episode, 1979)
Claire Nielson ...
  Mrs. Hamilton (1 episode, 1979)
Mavis Pugh ...
  Mrs. Chase (1 episode, 1979)
Basil Henson ...
  Dr. Abbott (1 episode, 1979)
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  Colonel Hall (1 episode, 1975)
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  Mr. Lloyd (1 episode, 1975)
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  Mrs. Abbott (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mr. Arrad (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mr. White (1 episode, 1979)
Robert Arnold ...
  Arthur (1 episode, 1979)
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  Mrs. Hall (1 episode, 1975)
Diana King ...
  Mrs. Rachel Lloyd (1 episode, 1975)
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  Sir Richard Morris (1 episode, 1975)
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  Virginia (1 episode, 1979)
Stella Tanner ...
  Mrs. Arrad (1 episode, 1979)
Trevor Adams ...
  Alan (1 episode, 1975)
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  Sister (1 episode, 1975)
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  Mr. Twitchen (1 episode, 1975)
David Simeon ...
  Mr. Mackenzie (1 episode, 1975)
James Appleby ...
  Stubbs (1 episode, 1975)
Roger Hume ...
  Reg (1 episode, 1979)
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  Jean (1 episode, 1975)
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  Doctor (1 episode, 1975)
Betty Huntley-Wright ...
  Mrs. Twitchen (1 episode, 1975)

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Plot Summary

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 attack (and sometime physical) 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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Also Known As
  • L'hôtel en folie (France)
  • Das verrückte Hotel - Fawlty Towers (Germany)
  • Hotel Fawlty (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Hotel Fawlty (Spain)
  • Отель «Фолти Тауэрс» (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Trivia The character Manuel is often criticized as an overtly racist stereotype that would not be allowed in a modern television series. However Andrew Sachs defended the character, saying, "If it's insulting to the Spanish what is Basil to the British?" According to John Cleese, the character of Manuel was not meant to be a joke about stupid foreigners, since Manuel is a very lovely man who really does his best to get everything right. Manuel's problem is his poor English, which is a parody on mingy hotel and restaurant owners, simply hiring cheap people who are desperate for work, without giving them proper training. See more »
Goofs Many times through every episode, the walls wobble, revealing them as set walls. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Pythons (1979). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Basil Fawlty: Where's Sybil?
Manuel: ¿Que?
Basil Fawlty: Where's Sybil?
Manuel: Where's... the bill?
Basil Fawlty: No, not a bill! I own the place!
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