The BEST Episodes of Are You Being Served?

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 14, 2020

Network: BBC One

Are You Being Served? is a British Sitcom that ran from 1972-1985. The show revolved around "Grace Brothers Department Store" and in particular the goings on within the "Gentlemen's Ready-To-Wear" and "Ladies' Separates and Underwear" Departments. A store reorganization forced these two departments to share floor space, and the conflicts that this created set the tone for most episodes. Are You Being Served? showcases a bygone period of time in which the class structure was still very much alive. There was a strict hierarchy within Grace Brothers. Everyone knew their "places" and remained in them, unless, of course, there was a chance for advancement and then it was every man and woman for themselves. A spin-off series of Are You Being Served? was released, called Grace and Favour. Although in the U.S, it was named Are You Being Served? Again!

Christmas Crackers (1975 Christmas Special)

#1 - Christmas Crackers (1975 Christmas Special)

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 22, 1975

Mr. Grace has an idea to improve Christmas sales--all the staff are to wear novelty costumes, much to their annoyance.

star 8.45
82 votes
A Personal Problem

#2 - A Personal Problem

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 16, 1981

Captain Peacock's wife works at Grace Brothers, as Mr. Rumbold's secretary. He is intensely jealous and is absolutely convinced that the two of them are having an affair.

star 8.11
110 votes
Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend

#3 - Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 18, 1973

It's pay day at Grace Brothers and the staff realize that their money just doesn't go very far. An opportunity for a bonus arises when a customer loses a diamond and offers a £100 reward. Greed gets the better of everyone, except Mr. Grainger, and soon they're conspiring behind each others backs. Mr. Mash throws a wrench in the search after he damages a jeweled dress, causing a multitude of "diamonds" within the department.

star 8.08
76 votes
Take-Over

#4 - Take-Over

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 25, 1977

The staff prevent another firm's hostile takeover of Grace Brothers by impersonating the shareholders. Mr. Harman gives a rousing speech, and Grace Brothers is saved.

star 8.07
45 votes
Directors: Ray Butt
Writers: David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd
Strong Stuff, This Insurance

#5 - Strong Stuff, This Insurance

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 26, 1979

The staff must take physicals to get insurance. Listening through the door of Mr. Grace's office, they hear Mr. Harman describing the state of the furniture, which they misunderstand as being the results of their physicals.

star 8.05
73 votes
Calling All Customers

#6 - Calling All Customers

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired May 13, 1983

The staff perform a play on CB radio to advertise Grace Brothers.

star 7.95
58 votes
Memories Are Made of This

#7 - Memories Are Made of This

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired May 6, 1983

When the sports goods are temporarily relocated to the mens & ladies floor, Captain Peacock tries out some golf equipment and accidentally hits Mrs. Slocombe. She then thinks she's a little girl, wrecking havoc on the store as she cavorts around the department.

star 7.95
37 votes
The Junior

#8 - The Junior

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 19, 1979

Mr. Goldberg is hired as a junior after having recently run his own small tailoring business. To Captain Peacock's chagrin, the staff learn that Mr. Goldberg had served under the Captain but recalls those army days differently.

star 7.92
72 votes
Sit Out

#9 - Sit Out

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 30, 1981

The staff go on strike after being threatened with a pay cut or being moved to the bargain basement. They stage a protest on the roof which doesn't go as plannedc.

star 7.91
70 votes
The Punch and Judy Affair (1979 Christmas Special)

#10 - The Punch and Judy Affair (1979 Christmas Special)

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 26, 1979

When the staff of the Ladies' and Gents' departments don't participate in a strike, relations between them and the rest of the store's employees become understandibly bitter. In order to improve the mood, the staff presents a life-size Punch and Judy show for the other employees' children.

star 7.91
122 votes
The Agent

#11 - The Agent

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 30, 1979

Mr. Goldberg runs an agency to get the staff better jobs. After Captain Peacock and Mr. Rumbold become aware of this, Mr. Humphries and Mrs. Slocombe are given raises, and decide to stay with the store.

star 7.91
132 votes
Camping In

#12 - Camping In

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 4, 1973

A transport strike leaves the staff stranded at the store, so Young Mr. Grace offers to let them spend the night on the floor. Tents are set up, but Mr. Lucas has trouble keeping his up. A "campfire" sing along leads to talk of the last World War and the experiences some of them had.

star 7.90
166 votes
His and Hers

#13 - His and Hers

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 11, 1973

Mr. Grainger's trousers are missing, along with the central display. The staff learns that the space was freed up for the "His & Hers" fragrance display. Mrs. Slocombe is outraged that they went her to take down her underwear and put perfume there in its place. The glamorous salesgirl causes stirrings in the trouser department. When it's discovered that free stockings and ties are given out with every scent purchase, both departments formulate a plan to oust the intruder.

star 7.88
133 votes
Monkey Business

#14 - Monkey Business

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired May 20, 1983

Bad news. Grace Brothers may be bought by the Japanese. The staff take their problems to Number Ten, where they contact President Reagan by the phone. Mrs. Thatcher gets fashion tips from Mr. Humphries.

star 7.86
65 votes
Cold Store

#15 - Cold Store

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 20, 1975

Illnesses strike the Department, and Mr. Lucas decides to fake his to get the day off. His plan backfires as he is assigned to the Ladies Counter as a sort of "quarantine".

star 7.86
76 votes
Closed Circuit

#16 - Closed Circuit

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired May 21, 1981

Grace Brothers has decided to enter the video age and display advertisements on closed circuit television throughout the store. Meanwhile, there is a new face in Menswear.

star 7.86
69 votes
Friends and Neighbours

#17 - Friends and Neighbours

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 25, 1985

When traveling to and from work becomes difficult, the staff threaten to resign unless they receive a travel allowance. Old Mr. Grace offers them the empty apartments on the top floor as living space, but they soon discover cohabitation isn't what it's cracked up to be.

star 7.85
61 votes
Up Captain Peacock

#18 - Up Captain Peacock

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 13, 1975

Captain Peacock is celebrating his 20th year at Grace Brothers, and while his request for a raise has been turned down, he has been given a key to the Executive Wash Room and the privilige of eating in the Executive Dining Room. He lords this over the department staff and Mr. Grainger decides to make some trouble.

star 7.80
86 votes
Wedding Bells

#19 - Wedding Bells

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 27, 1975

Naughty sayings on her underwear push Mrs. Slocombe to the brink of giving her notice, but then it's discovered that Old Mr. Grace plans to ask a member of the staff to marry him. When he calls for Mrs. Slocombe, everyone assumes she's the one.

star 7.80
75 votes
German Week

#20 - German Week

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 3, 1975

Grace Brothers hosts a week long sales event by selling only German goods. The staff, however, find that the German customers they are getting only want British goods. Captain Peacock objects to the "uniform" he's expected to wear and Mrs. Slocombe gets into the German wines.

star 7.79
71 votes
Oh What a Tangled Web

#21 - Oh What a Tangled Web

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 13, 1976

Rumors fly when Captain Peacock gets too friendly with Mr. Rumbold's secretary at the Christmas party, and things get really out-of-hand when it seems they might have spent the night together.

star 7.77
75 votes
Happy Returns (1978 Christmas Special)

#22 - Happy Returns (1978 Christmas Special)

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 26, 1978

It is Young Mr. Grace's birthday, and the staff sing the traditional birthday song for him and enjoy the traditional free lunch. They later rehearse their cabaret performance for Young Mr. Grace's birthday party, a ballet called The Ballet of the Toys. A professional cabaret troupe will also be performing at the party, and when the troupe arrives, it turns out they themselves will be performing The Ballet of the Toys, which forces the staff to go to Plan B.

star 7.72
98 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd
Roots? (1981 Christmas Special)

#23 - Roots? (1981 Christmas Special)

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 24, 1981

The staff decide to obtain a coat-of-arms for Old Mr. Grace's 90th birthday, but problems arise when they're unable to figure out exactly from where his ancestors came.

star 7.71
63 votes
Founder's Day

#24 - Founder's Day

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 11, 1977

To celebrate Mr. Grace's 80th birthday, the staff organize This is Your Department, a spoof of This is Your Life.

star 7.71
80 votes
Directors: Ray Butt
Writers: David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd
It Pays to Advertise

#25 - It Pays to Advertise

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 8, 1977

The staff star in a TV commercial for Grace Brothers, produced by Mr. Humphries. Could Mr. Grace's cheapness be the reason for using his staff in such fashion?

star 7.71
80 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd