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
John Cleese was paid £6,000 (roughly equivalent to $31,000 in 2019) for writing, performing, and filming the first series. The series consumed 43 weeks of work in 1975. Cleese remarked "So if people like Fawlty Towers they have to thank all the advertisers who offered me commercials because that was what subsidised my ability to spend all that time writing scripts." See more »
The room numbers in the hotel frequently changed from episode to episode. See more »
Mr Fawlty, I'm really not interested.
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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 »
When the show was dubbed for Spanish audiences, Manuel became an Italian. See more »
This is probably one of the best situational comedies ever made and in my opinion few other television programs compare to it. It is hard to say what is so good about this little show as the main character is a rude prick, the story lines are rather simplistic, and the characters pretty much cardboard cut outs of class stereotypes (this is a British show after all), but each episode is a nearly perfect choreographed dance of escalating frustration with an impeccable touch of absurdity.
From brick walls appearing in doorways to mishaps during fire drills, from guests dying overnight to getting the right food for a gourmet, from class issues to just plain old mayhem this show has got it all. It is all in a meager 12 episodes, but that is what makes each episode absolutely priceless with hardly a dull moment. A classic in every sense of the word. 10/10
Not rated, suitable for everyone.
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