Fawlty Towers

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.


Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

3 thoughts on “Fawlty Towers”

  1. Although it certainly looks dated now, a lot of the humor stands the test of time and there’s not an episode which doesn’t make me laugh when I watch. think ‘Basil the Rat’ was my favorite! Cleese was brilliant as a writer and actor and in understanding that less is more. I agree that if they had tried to run it for years, it couldn’t have sustained the quality level.

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    1. I really respect that they didn’t try to milk it like some other shows do at times. I like that episode also… Well like you said there is no episode I don’t like… Thanks for commenting


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