The Best Episodes of Fawlty Towers

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2018

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

The Germans

#1 - The Germans

Season 1 - Episode 6

Sybil goes into the hospital for toe surgery, leaving Basil to cope with a fire drill single-handed. After a couple of blows on the head, Basil tells some German guests where Germany went wrong in WWII.

star 8.55
391 votes
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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Basil the Rat

#2 - Basil the Rat

Season 2 - Episode 6

The health inspector is coming and Basil tells Manuel to get rid of his pet rat, which he later finds out is named Basil.

star 8.53
248 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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The Psychiatrist

#3 - The Psychiatrist

Season 2 - Episode 2

A psychiatrist and his wife come to stay and Basil thinks Sybil is telling them all about his life.

star 8.36
278 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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Communication Problems

#4 - Communication Problems

Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

star 8.34
314 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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The Hotel Inspectors

#5 - The Hotel Inspectors

Season 1 - Episode 4

Some inspectors are in town and Basil gets paranoid, so he alternately fawns over and offends his guests.

star 8.27
359 votes
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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The Kipper and the Corpse

#6 - The Kipper and the Corpse

Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

star 8.24
271 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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Gourmet Night

#7 - Gourmet Night

Season 1 - Episode 5

To bring the right type of crowd into the hotel Basil establishes a Gourmet Night.

star 8.15
322 votes
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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The Builders

#8 - The Builders

Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.15
485 votes
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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A Touch of Class

#9 - A Touch of Class

Season 1 - Episode 1

A confidence trickster comes to stay at the hotel, just after Basil has taken an ad in a posh magazine to upgrade the clientele.

star 8.14
693 votes
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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The Wedding Party

#10 - The Wedding Party

Season 1 - Episode 3

Basil wants 'none of that' going on in his rooms and suspects some guests and Polly of carrying on.

star 8.12
391 votes
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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Waldorf Salad

#11 - Waldorf Salad

Season 2 - Episode 3

An American and his wife get unsatisfactory service at Fawlty Towers when he orders a Waldorf salad, after the kitchen has closed.

star 8.11
259 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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The Anniversary

#12 - The Anniversary

Season 2 - Episode 5

Sybil leaves before Basil's surprise anniversary party and Basil spends the evening trying to convince their friends she's ill.

star 7.98
208 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth
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