The Worst Episodes of Fawlty Towers: When the Laughter Falters.

If you’re a fan of classic British comedies, then Fawlty Towers is a must-watch. The show has everything you’d expect from a classic sitcom: witty one-liners, physical comedy, and a cast of characters that will leave you in stitches. But like any long-running series, there are a few episodes that fall short of the mark. In this listicle, we’ll be taking a closer look at the worst episodes of Fawlty Towers. From cringe-worthy moments to lackluster storylines, these episodes are sure to make you grateful for the show’s many comedic triumphs. So grab a cup of tea and get ready to cringe along with us as we dive into the worst of the worst.
The Anniversary

The Anniversary

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 1979-03-26

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

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

Season 2 – Episode 3

Air Date: 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.

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 1975-10-03

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

A Touch of Class

A Touch of Class

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 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.

Gourmet Night

Gourmet Night

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 1975-10-17

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

The Builders

The Builders

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 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.

The Hotel Inspectors

The Hotel Inspectors

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 1975-10-10

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

The Kipper and the Corpse

The Kipper and the Corpse

Season 2 – Episode 4

Air Date: 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.

The Psychiatrist

The Psychiatrist

Season 2 – Episode 2

Air Date: 1979-02-26

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

The Germans

The Germans

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 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.

Communication Problems

Communication Problems

Season 2 – Episode 1

Air Date: 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.

Basil the Rat

Basil the Rat

Season 2 – Episode 6

Air Date: 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.