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Fawlty Towers (TV Series 1975–1979) Poster

(1975–1979)

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Version of 

Snavely (1978) (TV Movie)

Remade as 

Amanda's (1983) (TV Series)
Payne (1999) (TV Series)
Koritsia o Markoulis (2005) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

The Goodies: Hype Pressure (1976) (TV Episode)
"They've taken off Fawlty Towers"
Cooper, Just Like That: Show Two (1978) (TV Episode)
Andrew Sachs mentions he's just gotten away from Fawlty
Not the Nine O'Clock News: Episode #1.3 (1979) (TV Episode)
John Cleese appears on the set of Fawlty Towers.
Not the Nine O'Clock News: Unaired Pilot (1979) (TV Episode)
Show starts with opening titles of Fawlty Towers, Basil Fawltey appears and tells them he to put on something else.
Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
In the phone booth, Terry identifies herself as 'Sybil Fawlty'.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The lady with all the little dogs lives on "Basil Road".
Count Duckula: Hardluck Hotel (1988) (TV Episode)
The Hotelier is modeled after Basil Fawlty.
On the Waterfront: Episode #2.7 (1989) (TV Episode)
'Manuel' appears as a contestant in Going for Gold
Cluedo: Going, Going, Goner (1990) (TV Episode)
Title referenced during Andrew Sach's introduction.
Northern Exposure: Goodbye to All That (1991) (TV Episode)
Shelley mentions watching it.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: (as Basil) Yes dear. I'm doing it dear.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Unearthly (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: (as Basil) Manuel!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Castle of Fu Manchu (1992) (TV Episode)
"Yes, dear I'm doing it dear!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) (TV Episode)
"Mr. Fawlty, Polly?"
An Ungentlemanly Act (1992) (TV Movie)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: I'm terribly sorry, he's from Barcelona.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: (as Basil) Yes, dear. I'm doing it, dear.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow (impersonating John Cleese): "Well, thank you, God, thank you so bloody much."
As Time Goes By: Showered with Gifts (1996) (TV Episode)
Jean mentions that she and Lionel had previously considered and rejected the idea of Lionel becoming a "latter-day Basil Fawlty."
Very Important Pennis: Very Important Pennis: Part 2 (1996) (TV Episode)
Referring to John Cleese's nude scene in A Fish Called Wanda, Dennis asks Jamie Lee Curtis if he had a 'Fawlty Tower'.
At the Movies: Fierce Creatures/Metro/In Love and War/Prefontaine/The Relic (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "Fierce Creatures" review.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Riding with Death (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I'm sorry, he's from Barcelona."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Doll (1997) (TV Episode)
"Papers, Fawlty!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Projected Man (1998) (TV Episode)
"Just returned from safari with Lord Melbury."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Bees (1998) (TV Episode)
Mike: Lord Melbury!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Fish (1998) (TV Episode)
"Yes, dear. Yes, dear. I'm doing it, dear. Yes, dear."
The John Cleese Interview (1998) (Video)
Interview is about the series
The Human Face (2001) (TV Mini-Series)
Rat Race (2001)
John Cleese's character Donald Sinclair was the name of the Torquay hotelier on whom Basil Fawlty was based when the Monty Python team stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay
The Office: Training (2001) (TV Episode)
David mentions Basil Fawlty
Fawlty Towers: An Interview with John Cleese (2001) (Video)
Interview about the series.
Monarch of the Glen: Episode #3.6 (2001) (TV Episode)
The article headline sums up Glenbogle as "Faulty McTowers".
Torquay Tourist Guide (2001) (Video)
looks at the location where the series was set and the hotel that inspired the series
Bounty Hamster: Lonely Planet (2003) (TV Episode)
The moosehead scene from the Fawlty Towers episode "The Germans" is artistiacally shown
Will & Grace: Flip-Flop: Part 1 (2004) (TV Episode)
Lyle: "Thank you, Manuel."
Shrek 2 (2004)
When the King mentions his "Crusade wound", a direct reference to Basil Fawlty's constant mention of his "war wound." Both parts are played by John Cleese.
Red Dwarf: Dwarfing USA (2004) (Video)
Referenced by name
Red Dwarf: Heavy Science - Series V (2004) (Video)
Referenced by name
Favouritism: Michael Portillo's Great British Losers (2005) (TV Episode)
The show is discussed
The Einstein Factor: Episode #2.28 (2005) (TV Episode)
Chosen by Eddy Sicolo as his special subject.
The Einstein Factor: Episode #2.30 (2005) (TV Episode)
Chosen by Eddy Sicolo as his special subject.
Top Gear: Episode #7.1 (2005) (TV Episode)
Jeremy quotes Basil Fawlty
The Einstein Factor: Episode #2.39 (2005) (TV Episode)
Chosen by Eddy Sicolo as his special subject.
Comedy Connections: To the Manor Born (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 2 (2006) (Video)
In "3 Times Halloween Funjob", when Marzipan catches the King of Town eating her candy corn lights, he says, "I don't do nothing!" in imitation of Manuel the bellhop
What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Top Gear: Episode #9.1 (2007) (TV Episode)
Jeremy mentions Basil Fawlty
Screenwipe: Episode #3.2 (2007) (TV Episode)
A replica Fawlty Towers set is shown being played to the theme tune of the show on Countrerstrike.
Screenwipe: Episode #3.4 (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned.
Complete Idiot (2007)
"Don't mention the war, Simon"
Have I Got News for You: Episode #34.2 (2007) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii (2008) (TV Episode)
The Doctor apologises for Donna's odd behaviour by using Basil Fawlty's catchphrase "don't mind her, she's from Barcelona"
Psych: There Might Be Blood (2008) (TV Episode)
Shawn mentions it to Ashley.
Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) (TV Movie)
Richard Curtis says Fawlty Towers was the reason they decided to write a historical comedy because it seemed so perfect that the idea of doing a modern sitcom was too demoralising.
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2008) (TV Special)
Reference to Andrew Sachs as Manuel
Come Dine with Me: Preston: Paul (2009) (TV Episode)
Valerie compares Dawn's dinner party to something she'd see on the show.
Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened (2009) (TV Movie)
a making-of documentary
Community: Advanced Criminal Law (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Prof. Duncan
Pauw & Witteman: Episode #4.95 (2010) (TV Episode)
The opening music from the show can be heard in the beginning of the program.
Small, Far Away: The World of Father Ted (2011) (TV Movie)
Cited as an influence
Being Human: Lia (2011) (TV Episode)
George rings a front desk bell and calls "Basil" --the name of the hotellier of this British sitcom
Sex and the Sitcom (2011) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in dialogue
Racak Incident... Part Deux (2011) (Short)
Variation of the concept of a hotel manager having trouble with a distinguished guest.
Newsnight: Episode dated 11 October 2011 (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Noel.
Holy Flying Circus (2011) (TV Movie)
The show is mentioned several times.
Die Harald Schmidt Show: Show #74 - 50 Jahre Rolling Stones: ein Lego-Tribut (2012) (TV Episode)
Schmidt and Cokes quote from it
Crazy Enough (2012)
When asking the speechless cafeteria worker for help, Fred says, "What is this, Fawlty Towers?"
Quartet (2012)
listed alongside the portrait of Andrew Sachs during the end credits
PortsCenter: Corrections, Errata, and Stuff Wot We Forgot (2013) (TV Episode)
listed in the "coming up next" credits squeeze
The Mindy Project: Danny Castellano Is My Personal Trainer (2014) (TV Episode)
Jeremy mentions Basil Fawlty.
American Dad!: Big Stan on Campus (2014) (TV Episode)
The Inn Under the Attic sign resembles the Fawlty Towers sign
Late Night with Seth Meyers: John Cleese/Linda Cardellini/Barney Frank/Jack Antonoff (2015) (TV Episode)
Seth talks with John Cleese about his former series
Childrens Hospital: Koontz Is Coming (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.25 (2015) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Outside Xbox: 007 Times Videogame James Bond Was the Worst James Bond (2015) (TV Episode)
The television series is mentioned.
The Chase Australia: Episode #1.51 (2015) (TV Episode)
Kirsty and the Chaser are asked a question about the name of the waitress played by Connie Booth when they go head to head.
Deadpool (2016)
When trying to guess Ajax's real name, based on his English accent, Wade uses Basil Fawlty as a guess.
Film 2017: Episode #45.3 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Dad's Army (2016)
Final Score: Episode dated 20 February 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Ivan Gaskell.
Benidorm: Episode #8.7 (2016) (TV Episode)
Sammy does a bad Manuel impression
Too Much TV: Episode #1.15 (2016) (TV Episode)
Segment item about the show and theme music played.
Too Much TV: Episode #1.17 (2016) (TV Episode)
Subject of a news item.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.45 (2016) (TV Episode)
Rachel is asked a question about the Spanish city that Manuel is from during her Cash Builder round.
Can't Touch This: Best of and Unseen (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Sue.
Nostalgia Critic: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2016) (TV Episode)
picture of Basil shown as the Critic talks about famous jerks
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #9.12 (2016) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #9.24 (2017) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Nostalgia Critic: Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2017) (TV Episode)
Critic shouts "Manuel!" when talking about John Cleese
Cash Trapped: Episode #2.13 (2017) (TV Episode)
Question subject.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #10.22 (2017) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question; cast photo shown
Cash Trapped: Episode #2.25 (2017) (TV Episode)
Question subject.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 22 November 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
Piers likens himself to Basil.
Judd Apatow: The Return (2017) (TV Special)
Judd mentions the show.
Football's Foreign Legion (2018) (TV Movie)
Jonathan Wilson likens Ossie to Manuel.
Hard Quiz: Episode #3.7 (2018) (TV Episode)
One of the four main topics.
The Wright Stuff: Episode dated 16 April 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Matthew Wright mentions that racist language has been airbrushed from Fawlty Towers
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)
Johnny introduces himself as "Basil" the first time he meets Ophelia
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 28 September 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during John Cleese's interview.
Jeremy Vine: Episode #1.25 (2018) (TV Episode)
a viewer says "you wouldn't get away with Basil whacking Manuel over the head these days". Vine says Manuel's accent would probably be unacceptable
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 16 October 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Piers impersonates Manuel.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #13.13 (2018) (TV Episode)
Part of a question
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Chapter Seventeen: The Missionaries (2019) (TV Episode)
Ambrose asks Hilda which is her favourite Fawlty Towers-episode.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 April 2019 (2019) (TV Episode)
Mentioned.
My Life Is Murder: The Boyfriend Experience (2019) (TV Episode)
Heard speaking German, Alexa jokes "Don't mention the war" from Series 1:6.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #14.13 (2019) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question

Featured in 

The Pythons (1979) (TV Movie)
Zomergasten: Episode #3.2 (1990) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this series is shown in this episode
Zomergasten: Episode #5.1 (1992) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this series is shown in this episode
Siskel & Ebert Holiday Video Gift Guide (1992) (TV Special)
One of their video pick ideas.
Seriously Funny: An Argument for Comedy (1996) (TV Mini-Series)
The 100 Greatest TV Moments (1999) (TV Special)
Influences: From Yesterday to Today (1999) (TV Movie)
clips from this show are used in this special
Auntie's Bloomers: Auntie's Golden Bloomers (2000) (TV Episode)
archive footage
Night of a Thousand Shows (2000) (TV Special)
Care (2000) (TV Movie)
The Funny Ladies of British Comedy (2004) (TV Movie)
Clips from this series were included.
Favouritism: Michael Portillo's Great British Losers (2005) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown
The Funny Blokes of British Comedy (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips from the series were included.
Fawlty Towers Revisited (2005) (TV Movie)
clips
Screenwipe: Episode #3.4 (2007) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) (TV Movie)
A few seconds of the opening title sequence is shown.
Today Tonight: Episode dated 21 December 2009 (2009) (TV Episode)
The Fawlty Towers is compared to a disgusting hotel in Australia and Footage is shown
John Cleese: The Alimony Tour (2011) (Video)
Features clips from "Fawlty Towers".
John Howard Davies: A Life in Comedy (2012) (TV Movie)
Seen as part of tribute to his work
Late Kick Off North West: Episode #5.2 (2014) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 British TV Comedies (2014) (TV Episode)
Fawlty Towers is #2.
50 Years of BBC2 Comedy (2014) (TV Movie)
Talked about
WatchMojo: Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows: 1970s (2014) (TV Episode)
Fawlty Towers gets an honorable mention.
Greatest Ever Sitcoms (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 4 in the Countdown
20 Moments That Rocked Comedy (2015) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms (2015) (TV Series)
Number 2 in the countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Pilot Episodes of TV Sitcoms (2015) (TV Episode)
Fawlty Towers: A Touch of Class (1975) gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Most Quotable TV Shows (2015) (TV Episode)
Fawlty Towers gets an honorable mention.
Conan: John Cleese/Michaela Watkins/Trey Anastasio (2015) (TV Episode)
Scene of John Cleese was shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 BBC Shows (2016) (TV Episode)
Fawlty Towers is #10.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Memorable Television Characters of the 1970s (2016) (TV Episode)
Basil Fawlty is #10.
British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves (2016) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Funniest TV Shows of All Time (2016) (TV Episode)
Fawlty Towers is #5.
2016: We Remember Part One (2016) (TV Movie)
archive footage
We Have Been Watching: Episode #1.1 (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Classic British Sitcoms (2017) (TV Episode)
Fawlty Towers is #2.
A Very English Scandal: Episode #1.2 (2018) (TV Episode)
archive footage
A Very English Scandal: Scandalous Times (2018) (Video)
archive footage
The Time It Takes: Episode #1.1 (2018) (TV Episode)
The scene from 'Gourmet Night' in which Basil thrashes his car with a branch is used to time a round of questions.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 April 2019 (2019) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The Comedy Years: 1979 (2019) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed

Spoofed in 

Mike & Angelo: Room with a View (1998) (TV Episode)
Angelo imitates Basil Fawlty when he turns the house into a hotel. He tells Mr. Dicks that Michael "is from Barcelona."
In the Red (1998) (TV Series)
Harry & Paul's Story of the 2s (2014) (TV Movie)
Parody skit
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine (2016) (Video Game)
A character is named Barnabas-Basil Foulty (Barnabé-Basil Fawlty in the original Polish version). A pun on the name of the show's main character, Basil Fawlty (John Cleese).

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