Fawlty Towers

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

Fawlty Towers 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.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2
John Cleese Basil Fawlty * *
Prunella Scales Sybil Fawlty * *
Connie Booth Polly Sherman * *
Andrew Sachs Manuel * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Ballard Berkeley Major Gowen * *
Gilly Flower Miss Tibbs * *
Renee Roberts Miss Gatsby * *
Mary Jo Pehl Terry *


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


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

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Collection October 16, 2001 purchase 3
The Complete Collection: Remastered October 20, 2009 purchase 3
Episode Collections  (Region 1)
Vol 1 October 16, 2001 purchase 1
Vol 2 October 16, 2001 purchase 1
Vol 3 October 16, 2001 purchase 1

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