A great BBC sitcom…some have rated it as the best BBC sitcom ever.
The series is quick, well written and acted. The show was made in the mid and late seventies after John Cleese left the Monty Python TV series.
The show centered around Basil (John Cleese)..a rude, class-conscious hotel owner with a domineering wife Sybil (Prunella Scales) a common sense maid Polly (Connie Booth) a Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs) who could not understand English and took Basil’s abuse…and a retired senile military officer Major Gowen (Ballard Berkeley).
There is not a bad episode of Fawlty Towers. John Cleese and his wife Connie Booth wrote all of the episodes. The scripts are solid and there is some physical comedy blended in with Sachs and Cleese.
There were only 12 episodes made…two seasons with six episodes each. Instead of milking it dry they stopped at 12 because Cleese and Booth didn’t think they could write anymore up to the standards they set.
My favorite episode is the 6th episode of the 1st season called The Germans. The episode is a classic.
Google Fawlty Towers and check out the series.