Basil the Rat

If you are not familiar with Fawlty Towers, you need to be. I remember watching several episodes when I was a child, but was too young to appreciate the humor. Now as an adult I can admire their creativity and wit.

For those unfamiliar, Wikipedia describes:

Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom produced by BBC Television and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975. Twelve television program episodes were produced (two series each of six episodes). The show was written by John Cleese and his then wife Connie Booth, both of whom played major characters. The first series in 1975 was produced and directed by John Howard Davies; the second in 1979 was produced by Douglas Argent and directed by Bob Spiers.

Inspired by the rude behaviour of the proprietor of a hotel in the seaside town of Torquay, on the “English Riviera”, the show follows Basil Fawlty (Cleese) in his running of the fictional Fawlty Towers hotel in the same area.

In a list of the BFI TV 100 drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000, voted by industry professionals,Fawlty Towers was placed first. It was also voted fifth in the BBC’s “Britain’s Best Sitcom” poll in 2004.

In 1997, “The Germans” was ranked #12 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.

Many of their episodes are online, including this one which is one of my personal favorites. Here’s the first part.


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