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Fawlty Towers

Seasons: 2
Episodes: 12
User ratings: 74,908
Average rating: 8.8


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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A Touch of Class
Basil Fawlty wants to upgrade his hotel giving a touch of class and spends 40 pounds on an expensive advertisement in the newspaper to attract the upper class - under the protest of his wife Sybil. While having trouble communicating with his Spanish employee Manuel and hanging a picture for Sybil, the aristocratic Lord Melbury checks in - to the delight of Basil. Basil dedicates his full attention to the lord, ignoring his usual guests. When Lord Melbury asks to cash a 200 pound check and to evaluate his collection of coins, Basil's employee Polly Sherman goes to the bank and meets MI5 undercover agent Brown that tells her the truth about Lord Melbury, for the disappointment of Basil.
User ratings: 1,510
Average rating: 8.7
The Builders
When some work is required on the hotel lobby, Basil goes for the cheapest quote - an Irish builder by the name of O'Reilly - the moment his wife is out of the way. O'Reilly and his workers make a mess of the job, fitting doors where they shouldn't be and putting in walls where there were supposed to be doors. As a result, Sybil is forced to call in a proper builder, only to suffer embarrassment when O'Reilly returns to fix the mess he made. However, she soon realizes that thanks to the work of O'Reilly and his men, the hotel is no longer structurally sound.
User ratings: 1,372
Average rating: 8.5
The Wedding Party
Basil's prudish nature is outraged by what he perceives to be an outbreak of promiscuity at Fawlty Towers. As ever, he grabs the wrong end of the stick and then proceeds to beat himself with it. Yet another terrible day for Basil ends with his apparent discovery by the guests in a compromising position with Manuel.
User ratings: 1,297
Average rating: 8.5
The Hotel Inspectors
Basil Fawlty goes on the alert when he hears there are hotel inspectors in the area.
User ratings: 1,291
Average rating: 8.9
Gourmet Night
The cream of Torquay society turns out for a special gourmet night at Fawlty Towers. Expectations are high but so, unfortunately, is the chef. In fact, he's incapably drunk! A desperate Basil hurtles round to a friend's restaurant in a car that's about as reliable as his chef. His mission is to find a replacement main course - he's out for a duck.
User ratings: 1,262
Average rating: 8.9
The Germans
A moose head to be hung, a fire drill to be conducted, and German guests are all a bit much for Basil to handle while Sybil's in hospital.
User ratings: 1,669
Average rating: 9.4
Communication Problems
Everyone at Fawlty Towers has to put up with Mrs. Richards, a demanding guest who doesn't hesitate to jump the queue and who too often forgets to turn on her hearing aid. When some money goes missing from her room - she's actually left it hidden in vase - she insists that the hotel call the police. Meanwhile, Basil is trying to hide from Sybil that he has been playing the ponies and has had a nice win. He's given the money to the somewhat forgetful Major and when he mentions it, Sybil thinks it must be the money Mrs. Richards has misplaced.
User ratings: 1,366
Average rating: 9.3
The Psychiatrist
Confusion arises when Basil tries to catch a girl in a playboy's room after hours, all the while unnerved by a psychiatrist's presence.
User ratings: 1,283
Average rating: 9.1
Waldorf Salad
Customer dissatisfaction with the Fawlty Towers dining experience comes to a head when an insistent American comes for a stay.
User ratings: 1,221
Average rating: 8.5
The Kipper and the Corpse
One of the guests has died in his sleep, but Basil thinks it's due to serving him spoiled food.
User ratings: 1,230
Average rating: 9.2
The Anniversary
Basil plans a surprise anniversary party for Sybil but, thinking he's forgotten it again, she walks out just before the guests arrive.
User ratings: 1,112
Average rating: 8.6
Basil the Rat
Basil and the rest of the staff are in deep trouble when the health inspector turns up and delivers an enormous list of problems with the hotel. Things become even worse when Manuel's rat gets loose in the hotel.
User ratings: 1,238
Average rating: 9.1
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