Best Fawlty Towers Episodes

Fawlty TowersFawlty Towers is a TV series starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales, and Andrew Sachs. Hotel owner Basil Fawlty’s incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Release Date: September 1975

10. The Germans

Fawlty Towers Season 1 Episode 6Air Date: 24 Oct. 1975
Season 1, Episode 6

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.

9. The Kipper and the Corpse

Fawlty Towers Season 2 Episode 4Air Date: 12 Mar. 1979
Season 2, Episode 4

One of the guests has died in his sleep, but Basil thinks it’s due to serving him spoiled food.

8. The Hotel Inspectors

Fawlty Towers Season 1 Episode 4Air Date: 10 Oct. 1975
Season 1, Episode 4

Basil Fawlty goes on the alert when he hears there are hotel inspectors in the area.

7. The Anniversary

Fawlty Towers Season 2 Episode 5Air Date: 26 Mar. 1979
Season 2, Episode 5

Basil plans a surprise anniversary party for Sybil but, thinking he’s forgotten it again, she walks out just before the guests arrive.

6. The Psychiatrist

Fawlty Towers Season 2 Episode 2Air Date: 26 Feb. 1979
Season 2, Episode 2

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.

5. A Touch of Class

Fawlty Towers Season 1 Episode 1Air Date: 19 Sep. 1975
Season 1, Episode 1

Basil is delighted when a member of the aristocracy chooses to stay at the Fawlty Towers, snubbing the normal guests who frequent the hotel. What Basil does not know, however, is that the man is not a Lord but a confidence trickster who attempts to steal his collection of rare coins. As Basil’s desperation to keep such an ‘upstanding’ guest increases, he becomes increasingly tolerant towards the man’s behavior, only to have the guest arrested in a police raid on the hotel.

4. Communication Problems

Fawlty Towers Season 2 Episode 1Air Date: 19 Feb. 1979
Season 2, Episode 1

When Mrs. Richards, a demanding woman who is hard of hearing, checks into the hotel, Basil, Sybil and Polly find themselves with a very difficult customer. Meanwhile, Basil bets on a horse that is sure to win, however he must not let Sybil find out.

3. The Builders

Fawlty Towers Season 1 Episode 2Air Date: 26 Sep. 1975
Season 1, Episode 2

Over his wife’s objections, Basil hires his usual firm of incompetents (O’Reilly’s) to do some carpentry work in the hotel lobby. With both Basil and Sybil out for the afternoon, they leave Polly in charge. She decides to have a nap, leaving the English-challenged Manuel in charge. When Basil returns, he finds a solid wall where once stood doors to the dining room and still no door to the kitchen per his work order. Sybil takes an I-told-you-so attitude and insists he hire a qualified builder to fix the mess, but Basil decides to get O’Reilly back to right the wrong, …

2. Basil the Rat

Fawlty Towers Season 2 Episode 6Air Date: 25 Oct. 1979
Season 2, Episode 6

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.

1. Gourmet Night

Fawlty Towers Season 1 Episode 5Air Date: 17 Oct. 1975
Season 1, Episode 5

The Fawltys are very pleased with their new chef, Kurt. He was recommended to them by their friend André who runs a nice restaurant in town. All in all, he’s working out quite well and they decide to have a gourmet evening on Thursdays to try and promote, in Basil’s eye at any rate, a better class of clientèle. Kurt gets along well with everyone and seems to have a particular interest in Manuel. When the big day finally arrives, they find themselves with only four guests booked for the dining room – which Sybil puts down to Basil’s advert in the local paper saying ‘no…