Worst & Best Fawlty Towers Episodes





Title: Fawlty Towers
Genre: British Sitcom
Series
: 2
Episodes: 12
First Transmission: 1975-1979

Basil Fawlty is the most incompetent hotel owner in Torquay, perhaps the world!

 

Episode Rankings

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Notes

*The Standard Deviation (SD) of the ratings is a measure of how much spread there is in the numbers. The median represents the middle value of the ratings

SD for Fawlty Towers = 0.33

Average Rating for Fawlty Towers = 8.85

Median value of the ratings = 8.9

The top-rated episode differs from the mean-rated episode by 1.38 standard deviations.

The bottom-rated episode differs from the mean-rated episode by 1.38 standard deviations.

 

Top-Rated Episode:

#6 The Germans (1975)

Bottom-Rated Episode:

#2 The Builders (1975)

Best Episode #6

The Germans – Sybil is in hospital having an ingrowing toenail removed and that, of course, means that Basil is in charge of the hotel all on his own – so what could possibly go wrong! A moose head to be hung, a fire drill to be conducted, and German guests send the concussed Basil into a total manic breakdown. (1975)

Episode characteristics & General Consensus:The Germans is one of the most iconic pieces of British television and the best-remembered episode of Fawlty Towers. It is a unique entry in the series in that the title sequence does not contain the mixed up hotel sign and it is almost an episode in three parts, the hospital, the fire drill and the Germans. Non-stop laughs from the beginning and John Cleese even reprises his silly walk for good measure.

 

Worst Episode #2

The Builders – Against his wife’s wishes, Basil hires a bunch of incompetent builders to do some renovation work in the hotel lobby.  Basil and Sybil out for the afternoon, so  Manuel and Polly are left in charge. Unfortunately, Polly is tired so she leaves the hapless Manuel to direct the builders. When Basil returns he finds the hotel renovations have been disastrously botched. Now, he must correct everything before Sybil has him strung up. (1975)

Episode characteristics & General Consensus:
The least popular episode is still very funny and takes aim at bad Irish builders. It’s not a particularly complex plot and the premise of dodgy Irish builders is a bit of a weak stereotype. John Cleese thought that this was the weakest entry in the series, but the worst Fawlty Towers episode is still far and away better than most sitcom episodes.

 

 

Full Episode List

# Episode Year
1 A Touch of Class –

Lord Melbury comes to visit and Basil is fawning all over him.

1975
2 The Builders –

Basil hires some incompetent builders.

1975
3 The Wedding Party –

A wedding party has arrived and Basil misconstrues absolutely everything.

1975
4 The Hotel Inspectors –

Three hotel inspectors are in the area and Basil is scared to death!

1975
5 Gourmet Night –

Basil host a gourmet night – no riff-raff allowed!

1975
6 The Germans –

Some Germans visit and Basil is very unwell – oh dear!

1975
7 Communication Problems –

A dotty old deaf woman arrives at the hotel.

1979
8 The Psychiatrist –

A psychiatrist comes to stay and Basil is really worried!

1979
9 Waldorf Salad –

An obnoxious American visitor wants a Waldorf salad.

1979
10 The Kipper and the Corpse –

Someone dies at the hotel and the team needs to remove the body without anyone noticing.

1979
11 The Anniversary –

Basil has seemingly forgotten their wedding anniversary – again!

1979
12 Basil the Rat –

A hygiene inspector visits, but there is a rat loose!

1979