The Best Episodes of Fawlty Towers

Basil the Rat

#1 - Basil the Rat 8.64

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.

Directors: Bob Spiers
The Germans

#2 - The Germans 8.58

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.

Directors: John Howard Davies
The Psychiatrist

#3 - The Psychiatrist 8.53

Season 2 - Episode 2

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

Directors: Bob Spiers
Communication Problems

#4 - Communication Problems 8.48

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.

Directors: Bob Spiers
The Kipper and the Corpse

#5 - The Kipper and the Corpse 8.46

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.

Directors: Bob Spiers
The Hotel Inspectors

#6 - The Hotel Inspectors 8.45

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

Directors: John Howard Davies
Gourmet Night

#7 - Gourmet Night 8.24

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

Directors: John Howard Davies
The Builders

#8 - The Builders 8.24

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.

Directors: John Howard Davies
The Wedding Party

#9 - The Wedding Party 8.17

Season 1 - Episode 3

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

Directors: John Howard Davies
A Touch of Class

#10 - A Touch of Class 8.16

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.

Directors: John Howard Davies
Waldorf Salad

#11 - Waldorf Salad 8.13

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.

Directors: Bob Spiers
The Anniversary

#12 - The Anniversary 8.09

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.

Directors: Bob Spiers