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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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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

In an interview, Cleese explained that Basil was meant to be a totally unlikable character, only behaving nice towards people who could improve the status of the hotel and becoming rude as soon as he finds out they won't. According to Cleese, people might feel sympathetic towards Basil since he "makes them laugh", while they would hate him when meeting in real life. See more »

Goofs

The layout of the hotel from interior shots would place the windowless kitchen hard against the front left of the building, as seem from the outside (if there were space for it at all). In exterior shots there is a large bow window here. See more »

Quotes

Major Gowen: Did you know that the Female Gibbon Gestates for Fourteen months?
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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

Spoofed in In the Red (1998) See more »

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Fawlty Towers
Written by Dennis Wilson
Performed by Dennis Wilson Quartet
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Escalating Frustration
9 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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