Fawlty Towers

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Fawlty Towers
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Premiere September 19, 1975
Finale October 25, 1979
Creator John Cleese
Connie Booth
Network BBC Two
Style 30-minute comedy
Company British Broadcasting Corporation
Seasons 2
Episodes 12
Origin UK

Fawlty Towers (1975–79) is arguably one of the greatest, most influential and funniest sitcoms in the history of television. Frequently referenced and imitated and remade several times, it is therefore shocking to realize, as in the case of The Honeymooners before it, so very few episodes of this groundbreaking series were ever filmed. In the case of Fawlty Towers, only twelve episodes in two six-episode seasons exist.

The brainchild of Monty Python member John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, the show revolves around Basil Fawlty, the snooty, niggardly, short-tempered manager of a small hotel in England. Although Basil heaps abuse upon the beleaguered Spanish waiter Manuel, the artsy waitress Polly and his guests, he lives in abject fear of his wife Sybil. Many episodes involve Basil concocting some scheme to improve the hotel's clientele, or eject a guest whom he considers "riff raff," or save a buck by cutting corners, then working furiously to appease or hide his scheme from his wife.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
John Cleese Basil Fawlty 1 2
Prunella Scales Sybil Fawlty 1 2
Connie Booth Polly Sherman 1 2
Andrew Sachs Manuel 1 2
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Ballard Berkeley Major Gowen 1 2
Gilly Flower Miss Tibbs 1 2
Renee Roberts Miss Gatsby 1 2
Mary Jo Pehl Terry 2
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
BBC Two
Season One September 19, 1975 October 24, 1975 6
Season Two February 19, 1979 October 25, 1979 6

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • History: Historical background on the series

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Collection October 16, 2001 3 purchase
The Complete Collection: Remastered October 20, 2009 3 purchase
Episode Collections
Vol 1 October 16, 2001 1 purchase
Vol 2 October 16, 2001 1 purchase
Vol 3 October 16, 2001 1 purchase

External Sites