The BEST episodes directed by Graham Linehan

Are You Right There, Father Ted?
440 votes

#1 - Are You Right There, Father Ted?

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 1

Ted finally escapes to a new posting at Castlelawn Parochial House, Dublin, with civilised company and frequent jaunts to Paris. Unfortunately a slight misunderstanding over some expenses sends Ted back to his old compadres on the island. After a spot of lad's housecleaning results in Ted being mistakenly tarred as a racist, Ted holds a celebration of Chinese culture to clear his name (though 'Kung Fu Fighting' might not have been an inspired choice of soundtrack). Just when it looks like a happy ending might be in store, a mix-up over some soft furnishings and Nazi memorabilia leaves the Chinese community with a sweet'n'sour taste in the mouth.

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12 votes

#2 - Limbo

The Walshes - Season 1 - Episode 3

The Walshes are getting ready to leave the house for a night out together at their favourite restaurant, but mobilising five people at the same time can prove tricky. No sooner are four of them ready to step outside than something has distracted the fifth. Rory becomes obsessed by a strange photograph and starts to question everything he has ever believed. Ciara and Graham's perfect 'never had a fight' record is tested, while Tony wrestles with something troubling that's been on his mind. With the early bird half-price menu deadline looming, the clock is ticking.

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Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse
267 votes

#3 - Kicking Bishop Brennan Up The Arse

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 6

A lost bet with Dick Byrne means Ted has to kick Bishop Brennan up the arse. On cue, Len arrives with PA Father Jessup, the world's most sarcastic priest. Elaborate preparations, a camera, a skirting board, a set of watercolours and some psychological warfare on Ted's part ensure a successful outcome... or do they?

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Episode 4
106 votes

#4 - Episode 4

Big Train - Season 1 - Episode 4

The difficulties of being a police sketch artist are uncovered and there is an alternative interpretation of the famous film 'Matter of Life'. Adolf Hitler is in an unusually jovial frame of mind and the World Stare-Out Championships continue with Nanak versus Duran.

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Speed 3
493 votes

#5 - Speed 3

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 3

Ted and Dougal turn detective to discover who's behind the bumper crop of hairy babies on Craggy Island. However when justice is done on the culprit he takes a terrible revenge. Dougal's moonlighting stint as island milkman is marred by a bomb set to go off if the milk float drops below 4 mph. Does 'The Poseidon Adventure' hold the key to his rescue, or would Father Jack's pet brick come in more useful?

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Going to America
379 votes

#6 - Going to America

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 8

Ted performs a genuinely unselfish act, and is rewarded with the offer of a parish in California - his wildest dreams come true. However, parting from his long-time companions at the Parochial House proves tricky. Unless Ted can break the news of his departure tactfully to Dougal, Jack and Mrs Doyle, he won't be going to America...

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The Work Outing
4672 votes

#7 - The Work Outing

The IT Crowd - Season 2 - Episode 1

Dashing Philip drops in from the sixth floor to ask Jen to the theatre, but a possible date turns into a work outing when Moss and Roy also get invites. The evening predictably spirals towards disaster, leaving Jen to wonder whether Philip is who he claims to be.

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The Speech
3776 votes

#8 - The Speech

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 4

Jen makes enemies of Roy and Moss after trying to assert herself more after being named as Employee of the Month. Douglas discovers that the woman who he loves is not quite as she seems.

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Night of the Nearly Dead
284 votes

#9 - Night of the Nearly Dead

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 7

Jumper-wearing pop sensation Eoin McLove comes to visit. Unfortunately his presence leads hundreds of infatuated middle-aged ladies to surround the house, and the usual hilarious mix-ups ensue. But McLove's easy-going stage persona masks a terrible secret..

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Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep
353 votes

#10 - Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sheep

Father Ted - Season 3 - Episode 2

Ted gets mixed up in a web of intrigue and double-cross when he bets the Parochial House heating budget on Chris, the burping sheep. The lads bring Chris to stay at the house in an attempt to improve his chances at 'King of the Sheep 98', but can Ted quell his burping in time for the great day?

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Cooking the Books
1899 votes

#11 - Cooking the Books

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 1

Bernard’s dodgy accountant has to go on the run, leaving him ill prepared to fill out his own tax return. In fact Bernard would rather do anything than fill it out.

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Grapes of Wrath
1497 votes

#12 - Grapes of Wrath

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 3

Bernard and Manny accept a house-sitting job to get away from their new cleaner. They also drink some wine.

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The Blackout
1491 votes

#13 - The Blackout

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 4

A hyper, coffee fueled Manny is mistaken for a policeman.

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The Dinner Party
3879 votes

#14 - The Dinner Party

The IT Crowd - Season 2 - Episode 4

Jen has found love, and is giving a dinner party with her new boyfriend to six of their single friends. But when the three male invitees drop out at the last moment, Jen is forced to call upon Moss, Roy and Richmond.

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The Final Countdown
4778 votes

#15 - The Final Countdown

The IT Crowd - Season 4 - Episode 2

Moss becomes a celebrity after he beats all the records on a popular puzzle show. Roy is mistaken for a window cleaner. Jen finds herself pre-occupied with Douglas' secret meetings.

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3745 votes

#16 - Friendface

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 5

The boys are introduced to a social networking website by Jen.

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Safari Park
11 votes

#17 - Safari Park

Count Arthur Strong - Season 3 - Episode 7

Michael finds himself with a whole new family on a birthday outing, but Arthur's money-saving schemes cause chaos.

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Aunt Irma Visits
3991 votes

#18 - Aunt Irma Visits

The IT Crowd - Season 1 - Episode 6

Jen explains to Roy and Moss that her "Aunt Irma" is visiting. When they don't understand, she explains that she has very powerful mood swings around a certain time every month, which leads to Roy and Moss displaying the same symptoms. Project Iccarus is finished and all of the teams assemble before Denholm as he thanks everyone even remotely associated with the project - except for the IT Crowd. To retaliate in being left out of the the "thank you's," the IT Crowd decide to sabotage the celebration party only to find themselves enjoying in the festivities and to the bizarre conclusion the morning after. Will everyone be able to work together again?

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Untrue Detective
17 votes

#19 - Untrue Detective

Count Arthur Strong - Season 3 - Episode 3

A knock on the head results in Arthur joining the police force as a high-ranking detective. It's up to Michael and the gang from the cafe to bring him back to reality.

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Are We Not Men?
3735 votes

#20 - Are We Not Men?

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 2

Roy and Moss become involved on a new football website. Jen dates a man who resembles a magician.

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Bad Boys
4751 votes

#21 - Bad Boys

The IT Crowd - Season 4 - Episode 5

Roy and Moss opt to try a new lifestyle which they soon realize was probably a bad idea when they dodge work.

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Italian for Beginners
4772 votes

#22 - Italian for Beginners

The IT Crowd - Season 4 - Episode 4

Roy gets obsessed by his latest girlfriend's sad family history, while Jen tells an absolute whopper to get some attention.

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Manny's First Day
1663 votes

#23 - Manny's First Day

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 2

After Manny’s help with the tax return Bernard is persuaded to hire him in the shop. Unfortunately he actually sells some books, much to Bernard’s annoyance.

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The Three Wishes
13 votes

#24 - The Three Wishes

Count Arthur Strong - Season 3 - Episode 5

Arthur attempts to build bridges with a surprising figure from his past.

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Tramps Like Us
3707 votes

#25 - Tramps Like Us

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 3

When a sexual harrassment case ends wrongly - Roy turns to the streets, Moss gets a bump on the head, and Jen is looking for something new to do.

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The Big Lock-Out
1331 votes

#26 - The Big Lock-Out

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 5

The shop gets a new security system that no-one can work.

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Men Without Women
3586 votes

#27 - Men Without Women

The IT Crowd - Season 2 - Episode 6

Douglas hires Jen as his new PA, which gives Moss and Roy free reign in the office.

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He's Leaving Home
1211 votes

#28 - He's Leaving Home

Black Books - Season 1 - Episode 6

Manny runs away from the bookshop into the arms of a beard loving photographer.

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Jen the Fredo
5041 votes

#29 - Jen the Fredo

The IT Crowd - Season 4 - Episode 1

Jen decides she wants to stretch herself more at work and applies for the post of Entertainment Manager. After she discovers that her boss's business connections have a dark side, she turns to Moss and Roy for help.

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Yesterday's Jam
7091 votes

#30 - Yesterday's Jam

The IT Crowd - Season 1 - Episode 1

Jen is hired as the I.T. manager at Reynholm Industries, even though she doesn't know the first thing about computers.

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Moss and the German
3990 votes

#31 - Moss and the German

The IT Crowd - Season 2 - Episode 3

Worried that his life is stagnating, Moss enrols on a German cookery course. Jen discovers that the only place in the building where she can now enjoy a cigarette is a smoking area not unlike Soviet Russia.

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Calendar Geeks
3628 votes

#32 - Calendar Geeks

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 6

The company announces that it is going to have its first raunchy nude calendar.

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Calamity Jen
5798 votes

#33 - Calamity Jen

The IT Crowd - Season 1 - Episode 2

Denholm declares war on stress and threatens to fire anyone who is under stress by the end of the day. Will the team hold it together by the end of the day so no one gets fired?

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Arthur the Hat
17 votes

#34 - Arthur the Hat

Count Arthur Strong - Season 3 - Episode 2

Some of John the Watch's old criminal associates take an interest in Bulent's cafe.

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Count Arthur's House of Horrors
20 votes

#35 - Count Arthur's House of Horrors

Count Arthur Strong - Season 3 - Episode 1

Eternally optimistic ex-variety star Arthur Strong is enlisted to rid a haunted house of its demonic occupants. However, his bid requires spending an evening in the problematic property.

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The Haunting of Bill Crouse
4378 votes

#36 - The Haunting of Bill Crouse

The IT Crowd - Season 1 - Episode 5

Jen has a date with Bill Crouse, and finds him really offensive. To help Jen avoid contact with Bill, Moss resorts to extreme lying which leads everyone to believe that Jen is dead! Meanwhile, Roy finds himself trying to escape the attentions of one of the "beautiful people" on the 5th floor.

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Smoke and Mirrors
3728 votes

#37 - Smoke and Mirrors

The IT Crowd - Season 2 - Episode 5

When Jen loses concentration during a board meeting due to a faulty bra, Moss overcomes his fear of ladies' underwear and plots a way out of Reynholm Industries by inventing a flawless bra.

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Return of the Golden Child
3990 votes

#38 - Return of the Golden Child

The IT Crowd - Season 2 - Episode 2

Denholm is informed of a police presence at the office, causing him to commit suicide. Roy asks Moss to "pimp" the vibrate setting on his mobile phone because it is so weak, and then is mortified to find an internet site that predicts his date of death to be 3pm on the date of Denholm's funeral. Despite reassurances from Moss and Jen, he cannot help but worry. Denholm's successor then reveals he despises the IT department and would love to see them fired. At the funeral, Roy causes a scene as his mobile phone vibrates heavily, believing he is dying. Denolm's successor threatens to fire Moss, Roy and Jen, but Denholm's estranged son and natural successor to Reynholm Industries, Douglas (Played by Matt Berry), bursts into the funeral and takes over the company. It turns out that he loves the IT department, and their jobs are saved. Jen takes up smoking again after watching Denholm advertise them on his funeral video.

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Episode 6
98 votes

#39 - Episode 6

Big Train - Season 1 - Episode 6

The World Stare-Out Championships reach a thrilling climax as Kampagnola takes on Spatsky. Florence Nightingale is shown in a whole new light, a group of office workers react to the appointment of their new boss and Chairman Mao is found in another unusual setting.

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The Red Door
4589 votes

#40 - The Red Door

The IT Crowd - Season 1 - Episode 4

Moss learns that his new mug with his name on it has gone missing. Roy refuses to allow Jen to see what's behind the "red door" for fear that Jen will upset the delicate eco-balance of the office. But Roy and Moss go on an IT call, leaving the Red Door unguarded.

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From Hell
3750 votes

#41 - From Hell

The IT Crowd - Season 3 - Episode 1

Jen has to handle a difficult builder and Roy loses £20, while Moss learns how to stand up for himself against a bunch of ruffians.

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4890 votes

#42 - Fifty-Fifty

The IT Crowd - Season 1 - Episode 3

Love is in the air with the IT Crowd! Roy has a wonderful date, only to learn that he had something nasty on his forehead the whole time. Jen fancies the security guard and tries to impress him by guessing the answers to questions on classical music. Roy's decides that women only like bastards. Jen disagrees, so to settle the argument, Roy puts a fake profile up on an online dating site. Roy and Moss create a horrible online profile, only it works a little too well.

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Something Happened
4740 votes

#43 - Something Happened

The IT Crowd - Season 4 - Episode 3

Douglas finds himself becoming a Spaceologist. Some bad luck changes Roy's life. Jen ends up getting involved with a rock band.

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Episode 2
139 votes

#44 - Episode 2

Big Train - Season 1 - Episode 2

Unwilling policeman; something's spooked the jockeys; My Name is Paul, I'm 52-and-a-half-years-old; (costume) cat and mouse fight; The Monk and the statued nipple; wanking in the office; jockeys in the will being preyed-upon by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince; "I've turned into a ventriloquist's dummy"; Stare-Out Stare-Break; Small Train, Big Hand, Size-Perception Issues; horse suicide; dating agency - going for the opposite to normal type of date; postman-hitman; hypnotists; Stare-Out Richard Gere; uh-huh-huh, hu-huh, uh-uh-uh-huh-huh.

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Episode 3
136 votes

#45 - Episode 3

Big Train - Season 1 - Episode 3

Missing Persons Appeal on a fairground ride; Dr. Jekyll and Very Tart; 43rd World Stare-Out Championships; Misters; Ming the Domesticated; Nuns in Captivity; fake psychiatrist; Professor BBQ Pictures; Ming the Unwell; permanent squirrel costume; The Monks and The Johnny; Shakespeare Lookalikes; fake magician; teaching son to ride his bike with varying successes; the hymnast.

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Arthur's Big Moment
50 votes

#46 - Arthur's Big Moment

Count Arthur Strong - Season 1 - Episode 4

When a riot forces everyone into a back room in the café, Arthur takes the opportunity to stage his one-man tribute to The Musical.

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The Lucky Streak
12 votes

#47 - The Lucky Streak

Count Arthur Strong - Season 3 - Episode 6

Arthur makes some unlikely new friends while in search of biscuits, and sees his life and luck change overnight.

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Reynholm vs. Reynholm
4151 votes

#48 - Reynholm vs. Reynholm

The IT Crowd - Season 4 - Episode 6

Douglas discovers that marriage agrees with him for all of a fortnight. He then finds himself in court defending himself with Jen, Roy and Moss' help.

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55 votes

#49 -

Count Arthur Strong - Season 1 - Episode 2

When Michael makes the mistake of getting Arthur online, he ends up being mistaken for a murderer.

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Episode 5
104 votes

#50 - Episode 5

Big Train - Season 1 - Episode 5

A visit from Darryl Hall and John Oates to a deprived council estate causes as much anger as optimism. A daredevil embarks on some crazy antics and Chairman Mao is in 'Top of the Pops' mode. The World Stare-Out Championships features Wallace versus Popstopolous.

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