Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Fawlty Towers is a short-lived 1970s-era British comedy series. Although the comedy is mostly clean-cut, it's an acquired taste for American viewers because of its age and roots in British culture. Expect some playful banter of a sexual nature (mention of "getting lucky" and other hanky-panky) that stands in hilarious contrast to Basil's uptight personality. A Spanish character is steeped in stereotypes -- including the language barrier that leads to plenty of laughable mishaps -- but it's meant to be funny, not hurtful.
There's more talk than action when it comes to sexuality, but it's often tapped for humor. Innuendo is common, and adults make offhand remarks about "getting lucky" and the like. Basil's intolerance for the subject brings occasions of it into greater focus for comic purposes.
Occasionally a story line involves violence or death of some nature, but the show's comedy keeps things light.
The show has fun with the idea of social castes as seen through the eyes of upper-crust-wannabe Basil. His general distaste for anyone other than the highest class often clouds his judgment and causes him to lose the affection of many of his customers, and he never seems to learn his lesson. The show also mines the language and cultural barrier between Basil and his Spanish waiter, who speaks only broken English, for laughs, and Basil and Sybil's marriage is marked by insults and bad blood. On the other hand, the show's female leads come across as level-headed and competent, which contrasts with Basil's ineptitude.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adult guests and Basil are often shown drinking wine or mixed drinks during cocktail hour or at dinner, but there are no ill effects.