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Fawlty Towers 2 Seasons

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (546) IMDb 8.8/10

Basil is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel 'manager' whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. His biggest headache is a 'nest of vipers' - his nagging wife Sibyl (Prunella Scales). Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly (Connie Booth), and hardly any help at all from Manuel (Andrew Sachs), the trainee waiter from Barcelona who is as mad as his boss and the butt of all his frustration.

Starring:
John Cleese, Prunella Scales

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Season 1

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1. A Touch Of Class

Basil Fawlty is in a campaign to improve the class of his clientele at Fawlty Towers. His efforts have spectacular results ‑ in the short term.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: September 19, 1975
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2. The Builders

Sybil has picked a professional firm for the alterations to the hotel. But Basil makes an executive decision that his friend can do a better job.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: September 26, 1975
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3. The Wedding

Basil occupies himself in a losing battle against moral turpitude. His predicament is exacerbated by Manuel's birthday celebrations.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 33 minutes Release date: October 3, 1975
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4. The Hotel Inspectors

One of the dreaded events in a hotel manager's life is the inspector's visit. One calls, and Basil has to decide which of the guests he is.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: October 10, 1975
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5. Gourmet Night

It is Gourmet Night at Fawlty Towers, and it seems that Basil's long cherished dream will be realized. But the chef lies drunk on the floor.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: October 17, 1975
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6. The Germans

A moose head falls on Basil during a fire drill, giving him a concussion. But he must leave hospital to deal tactfully with a group of German tourists.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 31 minutes Release date: October 24, 1975
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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales
Supporting actors Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth, Ballard Berkeley, Gilly Flower, Renee Roberts, Brian Hall, Terence Conoley, Elizabeth Benson, George Lee, Derek Suthern, Steve Kelly
Network BBC America
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By NyiNya VINE VOICE on September 12, 2012
John Cleese is possibly the funniest man on the planet. His writing is funny, his way of speaking is funny, his movements are funny. There is an awful angularity to him, he bends at all the wrong places, his knees are up too high. To watch him try to open a bottle of wine is to watch an exercise in uncoordination that is funnier than the entire output of every stand up comic since the Greek guy with the rocks in his mouth. And the situations and dialogue he created, because it was Cleese who wrote the scripts for Fawlty Towers, are even better.

Basil Fawlty is wonderful to watch. He is craven and bullying at the same time, a pompous suck up, utterly incompetent, a blowhard who blames his shortcomings and failures on the world. Cleese has the character down pat...that supercillious little git of a hotel manager or railway station clerk, the middle manager who is in over his head, with steam coming out of his ears, convinced that the world is out to get him. In real life, they're horrible. When they are running Fawlty Towers, they are a thing of wonder to behold.

Basil's wife is beautifully underplayed by the incomparable Prunella Scales. Sybil Fawlty is a woman inured to Basil's tantrums, shenanegans and schemes. She tells him what to do, then spends the rest of her time on the phone, saying "I knoooooow" and "Reeeeeee-alllllly" to her friend at the other end of the line. She gets more humor out of those phone responses than most TV sitcom characters can get out of an entire script. Basil cannot, will not, do what this sensible little person says. When Basil looks at Sybil with his gimlet eye and mumbles "Coiffed Shrub," if you don't fall out of your chair and drop to the floor, convulsed with laughter, you must be Swiss.

No offense.
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What else is there to say, other than too bad they only made 12 episodes and i cannot believe how cheap it is on Amazon Video On Demand.
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i watched this episode when it first aired over 30 years ago and it is as wonderful today as it was then. Extremely funny with John Cleese at his very manic best. If you have never seen Fawlty Towers before, watch this episode and you will not be disappointed.
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I was a little skeptical when I first read the reviews, but then I watched the show and it truly is AMAZING! So funny. I feel bad for poor, trodden upon, Manuel...and Polly who is way underpaid for her jobs as waitress/hostess/etc. She does a little of everything! Cybil and Basil's antagonistic relationship is always a pleasure to watch and laugh at. Basil is the manager of Fawlty Towers Hotel, however he mistreats the younger/not as dignified guests and drools over the rich and famous! I recommend to everyone! A Must Watch.
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I have seen every episode of "Fawlty Towers," and "The Germans" remains my favorite! In fact, I was in need of a laugh today and sought the program out on Amazon, knowing how simple it would be to access it! John Cleese has a natural talent for making us cringe and laugh simultaneously. His sharp-edged sarcasm is spot-on. Enjoy!
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Sometimes shows get really dated after a few years, but Fawlty Towers is timeless and still makes me laugh til I cry though I have seen every episode so many times I have just about memorized them. The Germans is a classic. Well worth a watch any time you want a good laugh.
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Fawlty Towers Season 1 is very much John Cleese's performances very

Fawlty Towers Season 1 has no faults. Each and every scene in Season 1 is so well timed comically that it is hard to believe that only two people wrote the entire series.John Cleese reminds me so much of the Three Stooges in their heyday...pratfalls and all.Cleese and his cast of cohorts are masters when it comes to delivering a line and Cleese steals every scene with his side spliting antics.The chemistry between Cleese and the rest of the actors is impeccable. I highly recommend this series for anyone who is a fan of Cleese's work on Monty Python ...you will not be disappointed.Everything Cleese touches turns into comedy gold...he's that good!
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Made in Britain in the mid-70s, this show features Monty Python's John Cleese as an hysterically mad hotelier in the SW English coastal town of Torquay, his nagging but sensible wife, his mostly dimwitted staff and the absurdities they find themselves into. It is hugely witty, extremely dry and raucously funny. Arguably one of the best slapstick shows ever. Just watch a couple episodes, esp "The Germans." John Cleese at his best!
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