The BEST Episodes of Fawlty Towers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 31, 2020

Network: BBC Two

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

Basil the Rat

#1 - Basil the Rat

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 25, 1979

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 8.31
701 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
The Hotel Inspectors

#2 - The Hotel Inspectors

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 10, 1975

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

star 8.22
1,035 votes
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
Gourmet Night

#3 - Gourmet Night

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 17, 1975

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

star 8.11
857 votes
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
The Germans

#4 - The Germans

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 24, 1975

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 8.09
1,116 votes
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
The Psychiatrist

#5 - The Psychiatrist

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 26, 1979

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

star 7.97
766 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
The Kipper and the Corpse

#6 - The Kipper and the Corpse

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 12, 1979

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 7.95
850 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
Waldorf Salad

#7 - Waldorf Salad

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 5, 1979

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

star 7.92
782 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
Communication Problems

#8 - Communication Problems

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 19, 1979

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 7.88
786 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
The Builders

#9 - The Builders

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 1975

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 7.88
1,337 votes
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
A Touch of Class

#10 - A Touch of Class

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1975

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 7.79
2,076 votes
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
The Wedding Party

#11 - The Wedding Party

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 1975

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

star 7.74
1,150 votes
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese
The Anniversary

#12 - The Anniversary

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 26, 1979

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

star 7.53
636 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Connie Booth, John Cleese