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The Best Episodes of Fawlty Towers

Every episode of Fawlty Towers ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Fawlty Towers!

Owner Basil Fawlty, his wife Sybil, a chambermaid Polly, and Spanish waiter Manuel attempt to run their hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding guests.

Genre:Comedy
Network:BBC Two

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Fawlty Towers" is "The Germans", rated 9.3/10 from 2888 user votes. It was directed by John Howard Davies and written by Connie Booth, John Cleese. "The Germans" aired on 10/24/1975 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Communication Problems".

  • The Germans
    9.3/10 2,888 votes

    #1 - The Germans

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 1975-10-24

    Sybil goes into the hospital for toe surgery, leaving Basil to cope with a fire drill single-handed. After a couple of blows on the head, Basil tells some German guests where Germany went wrong in WWII.

    Director: John Howard Davies

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • Communication Problems
    9.2/10 2,349 votes

    #2 - Communication Problems

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1979-02-19

    A selectively deaf woman named Mrs Richards insists that she has had a large amount of money stolen at the hotel, and against Sybil's wishes Basil puts a fiver on Dragonfly.

    Director: Bob Spiers

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • The Psychiatrist
    9.1/10 2,243 votes

    #3 - The Psychiatrist

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 1979-02-26

    A psychiatrist and his wife come to stay and Basil thinks Sybil is telling them all about his life.

    Director: Bob Spiers

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • The Kipper and the Corpse
    9.0/10 2,113 votes

    #4 - The Kipper and the Corpse

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1979-03-12

    Unknown to Basil, a guest dies in the night and he tries to serve him breakfast anyway and an obnoxious woman insists on service for her dog.

    Director: Bob Spiers

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • Basil the Rat
    9.0/10 2,116 votes

    #5 - Basil the Rat

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 1979-10-25

    The health inspector is coming and Basil tells Manuel to get rid of his pet rat, which he later finds out is named Basil.

    Director: Bob Spiers

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • The Hotel Inspectors
    8.8/10 2,249 votes

    #6 - The Hotel Inspectors

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 1975-10-10

    Some inspectors are in town and Basil gets paranoid, so he alternately fawns over and offends his guests.

    Director: John Howard Davies

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • Gourmet Night
    8.7/10 2,186 votes

    #7 - Gourmet Night

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1975-10-17

    To bring the right type of crowd into the hotel Basil establishes a Gourmet Night.

    Director: John Howard Davies

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • A Touch of Class
    8.4/10 2,601 votes

    #8 - A Touch of Class

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1975-09-19

    A confidence trickster comes to stay at the hotel, just after Basil has taken an ad in a posh magazine to upgrade the clientele.

    Director: John Howard Davies

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • The Builders
    8.4/10 2,377 votes

    #9 - The Builders

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 1975-09-26

    The Fawltys take a holiday and leave Polly and Manuel to run the place just as O'Reilly's builders come to redo the lobby.

    Director: John Howard Davies

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • The Wedding Party
    8.4/10 2,228 votes

    #10 - The Wedding Party

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1975-10-03

    Basil wants 'none of that' going on in his rooms and suspects some guests and Polly of carrying on.

    Director: John Howard Davies

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • Waldorf Salad
    8.4/10 2,097 votes

    #11 - Waldorf Salad

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 1979-03-05

    An American and his wife get unsatisfactory service at Fawlty Towers when he orders a Waldorf salad, after the kitchen has closed.

    Director: Bob Spiers

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese

  • The Anniversary
    8.4/10 1,921 votes

    #12 - The Anniversary

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 1979-03-26

    Sybil leaves before Basil's surprise anniversary party and Basil spends the evening trying to convince their friends she's ill.

    Director: Bob Spiers

    Writer: Connie Booth, John Cleese