Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom produced by BBC Television that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made. The show was written by John Cleese and his then wife Connie Booth, both of whom also starred in the show. The series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay, on the "English Riviera". The plots centre around tense, rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty, his bossy wife Sybil, a comparatively normal chambermaid Polly, and hapless Spanish waiter Manuel and their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests. In a list drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000, voted by industry professionals, Fawlty Towers was named the best British television series of all time.
Where to Watch Fawlty Towers
Below you'll find every episode from all 2 season of Fawlty Towers.
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Season 1Netflix | BritBox | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Sep 19, 1975
A Touch of Class An confidence trickster comes to stay at the hotel, just after Basil has taken an ad in a posh magazine to upgrade the clientele.
S01 E02Sep 26, 1975
The Builders The Fawltys take a holiday and leave Polly and Manuel to run the place just as O'Reilly's builders come to redo the lobby.
S01 E03Oct 3, 1975
The Wedding Party Basil wants 'none of that' going on in his rooms and suspects some guests and Polly of carrying on.
S01 E04Oct 10, 1975
The Hotel Inspectors Some inspectors are in town and Basil gets paranoid, so he alternately fawns over and offends his guests.
S01 E05Oct 17, 1975
Gourmet Night To bring the right type of crowd into the hotel Basil establishes a Gourmet Night.
Season 2Netflix | BritBox | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Feb 19, 1979
Communication Problems A selectively deaf woman named Mrs Richards insists that she has had a large amount of money stolen at the hotel, and against Sybil's wishes Basil puts a fiver on Dragonfly.
S02 E02Feb 26, 1979
The Psychiatrist A psychiatrist and his wife come to stay and Basil thinks Sybil is telling them all about his life.
S02 E03Mar 5, 1979
Waldorf Salad An American and his wife get unsatisfactory service at Fawlty Towers when he orders a Waldorf salad, after the kitchen has closed.
S02 E04Mar 12, 1979
The Kipper and the Corpse Unknown to Basil, a guest dies in the night and he tries to serve him breakfast anyway and an obnoxious woman insists on service for her dog.
S02 E05Mar 26, 1979
The Anniversary Sybil leaves before Basil's surprise anniversary party and Basil spends the evening trying to convince their friends she's ill.