Are You Being Served?

The BEST episodes of Are You Being Served?

Every episode of Are You Being Served? ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Are You Being Served?!

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!

Last Updated: 9/30/2022Network:BBC One
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Christmas Crackers (1975 Christmas Special)
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8.29
94 votes

#1 - Christmas Crackers (1975 Christmas Special)

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/22/1975

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

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A Personal Problem
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8.06
117 votes

#2 - A Personal Problem

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/16/1981

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.

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Strong Stuff, This Insurance
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8.04
80 votes

#3 - Strong Stuff, This Insurance

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/26/1979

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.

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Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend
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8.01
89 votes

#4 - Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/18/1973

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.

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Camping In
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7.89
181 votes

#5 - Camping In

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/4/1973

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.

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The Agent
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7.88
141 votes

#6 - The Agent

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/30/1979

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.

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The Junior
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7.88
81 votes

#7 - The Junior

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/19/1979

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.

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The Punch and Judy Affair (1979 Christmas Special)
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7.86
132 votes

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

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/26/1979

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.

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His and Hers
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7.85
148 votes

#9 - His and Hers

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/11/1973

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.

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Oh What a Tangled Web
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7.85
85 votes

#10 - Oh What a Tangled Web

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/13/1976

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.

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Sit Out
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7.83
77 votes

#11 - Sit Out

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/30/1981

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.

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Take-Over
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7.81
53 votes

#12 - Take-Over

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/25/1977

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.

Directors: Ray Butt
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Friends and Neighbours
star
7.80
69 votes

#13 - Friends and Neighbours

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/25/1985

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.

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Monkey Business
star
7.77
75 votes

#14 - Monkey Business

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/20/1983

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.

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Dear Sexy Knickers
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7.77
207 votes

#15 - Dear Sexy Knickers

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/21/1973

Mr. Lucas attempts to send Miss Brahms a love letter suggesting an after-work "get it together". Confusion on who sent the letter and to whom it was intended sets the stage for a lot of misunderstanding. There's also the customers to contend with and Mr. Lucas has a devil of a time fitting them into clothing.

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Up Captain Peacock
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7.74
100 votes

#16 - Up Captain Peacock

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/13/1975

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.

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Memories Are Made of This
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7.74
46 votes

#17 - Memories Are Made of This

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/6/1983

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.

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Calling All Customers
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7.74
68 votes

#18 - Calling All Customers

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/13/1983

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

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Closed Circuit
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7.73
79 votes

#19 - Closed Circuit

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/21/1981

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.

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Wedding Bells
star
7.73
89 votes

#20 - Wedding Bells

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/27/1975

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.

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German Week
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7.73
88 votes

#21 - German Week

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/3/1975

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.

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Cold Store
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7.72
90 votes

#22 - Cold Store

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/20/1975

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".

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Roots? (1981 Christmas Special)
star
7.68
73 votes

#23 - Roots? (1981 Christmas Special)

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/24/1981

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.

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A Bliss Girl
star
7.68
108 votes

#24 - A Bliss Girl

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/13/1978

A new display of perfume arrives from Bliss, but there is no Bliss Girl to man the counter. Mrs. Slocombe refuses the position, so Mr. Humphries becomes the Bliss Girl for the day.

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Happy Returns (1978 Christmas Special)
star
7.66
107 votes

#25 - Happy Returns (1978 Christmas Special)

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/26/1978

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.

Directors: Bob Spiers
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