Worst & Best Fawlty Towers Episodes/List

About the Series

Genre: British Sitcom
Series: 2
Episodes: 12
First Transmission: 1975-1979
Channel: BBC

Fawlty Towers episodes were all jointly written by John Cleese and Connie Booth.

It is a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay. The plots centre on the tense, rude and put-upon owner Basil Fawlty, his bossy wife Sybil, the sensible chambermaid Polly and the hapless Spanish waiter Manuel. Basil’s attempts to run the hotel end in farce and total disaster in every episode.

Fawlty Towers was ranked first on a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000.

John Cleese : Basil Fawlty
Prunella Scales:  Sybil Fawlty
Connie Booth: Polly Sherman
Andre Sachs: Manuel


Best Episode [ S1 Ep6 ]

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.

24 October 1975

Imdb Score [9.4]



Worst Episode [ S1 Ep2 ]

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.

26 September 1975

Imdb Score – [8.5]


Full Episode Guide

Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Series One

A Touch Of Class (1975) –
Lord Melbury comes to visit and Basil is fawning all over him.
The Builders (1975) –
Basil hires some incompetent builders.
The Wedding Party (1975) –
A wedding party has arrived and Basil misconstrues absolutely everything.
The Hotel Inspectors (1975) –
Three hotel inspectors are in the area and Basil is scared to death!
Gourmet Night (1975) –
Basil host a gourmet night – no riff-raff allowed!
The Germans (1975) –
Some Germans visit and Basil is very unwell – oh dear!

Series Two

Communication Problems (1979) –
A dotty old deaf woman arrives at the hotel.
The Psychiatrist (1979) –
A psychiatrist comes to stay and Basil is really worried!
Waldorf Salad (1979) –
An obnoxious American visitor wants a Waldorf salad.
The Kipper And The Corpse (1979) –
Someone dies at the hotel and the team need to remove the body without anyone noticing.
The Anniversary (1979) –
Basil has seemingly forgotten their wedding anniversary – again!
Basil The Rat (1979) –
A hygiene inspector visits, but there is a rat loose!