The Best Episodes of Are You Being Served?

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018

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!

German Week

#1 - German Week

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 8.42
36 votes
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Cold Store

#2 - Cold Store

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 8.33
39 votes
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Christmas Crackers (1975 Christmas Special)

#3 - Christmas Crackers (1975 Christmas Special)

Season 3 - Episode 9

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

star 8.29
24 votes
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Wedding Bells

#4 - Wedding Bells

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 8.27
40 votes
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Strong Stuff, This Insurance

#5 - Strong Stuff, This Insurance

Season 7 - Episode 2

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 8.27
37 votes
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Oh What a Tangled Web

#6 - Oh What a Tangled Web

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 8.25
40 votes
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Forward Mr. Grainger

#7 - Forward Mr. Grainger

Season 4 - Episode 3

Mr. Grainger is selected to fill in for Mr. Rumbold while he is away; the staff wonder whether they should take advantage of Mr. Grainger's good nature, only to discover to their horror that he doesn't have one when he sacks Mrs. Slocombe.

star 8.24
38 votes
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Camping In

#8 - Camping In

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 8.24
68 votes
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Up Captain Peacock

#9 - Up Captain Peacock

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 8.21
47 votes
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The Apartment

#10 - The Apartment

Season 7 - Episode 3

By permission of Mr. Grace, Mrs. Slocombe moves into a display apartment in Grace Brothers, because her new home is occupied by squatters. Due to a transport strike, Mr. Humphries seeks to join her in her new accommodations.

star 8.17
47 votes
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The Father Christmas Affair (1976 Christmas Special)

#11 - The Father Christmas Affair (1976 Christmas Special)

Season 4 - Episode 7

When the mechanical Father Christmas proves that it can't be trusted, Mr. Grace offers a bonus for one of the staff to portray the store Santa. Meanwhile, Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas attempt to help Mr. Grainger prepare for a song-and-dance show at an old-folks' home.

star 8.16
31 votes
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New Look

#12 - New Look

Season 3 - Episode 8

An after-hours staff meeting produces an idea to introduce background music and a recorded voice; the only question is--whose voice?

star 8.14
35 votes
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Fire Practice

#13 - Fire Practice

Season 4 - Episode 4

After finding that Grace Brothers' fire precautions leave a lot to be desired, Mr. Harman helps out training the staff in fire preparedness and a fireman gives Mr. Humphries a lift.

star 8.10
48 votes
Directors: Ray Butt
Writers: Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft
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Shoulder to Shoulder

#14 - Shoulder to Shoulder

Season 3 - Episode 7

The Ladies Department is temporarily closed due to refurbishing, so Mrs. Slocombe and Miss Brahms are given counter space over in the Gents. However, the men aren't very happy at having to share their area and do their best to make them unwelcome.

star 8.08
39 votes
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The Hand of Fate

#15 - The Hand of Fate

Season 3 - Episode 1

Mr. Humphries begins displaying his ability to read palms and tell the future. He sees that Captain Peacock will soon be "climbing the ladder and wearing a new hat". Everyone takes this to mean a promotion, especially now that there's a vacancy on the Board of Directors and Mr. Rumbold is in line for it. Captain Peacock expects to take Mr. Rumbold's job. The department staff soon all imagine moving up.

star 8.07
56 votes
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Founder's Day

#16 - Founder's Day

Season 5 - Episode 3

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

star 8.05
43 votes
Directors: Ray Butt
Writers: Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft
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Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend

#17 - Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 8.03
36 votes
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Our Figures Are Slipping

#18 - Our Figures Are Slipping

Season 1 - Episode 3

The Department figures have taken a dive and so Mr. Rumbold decides to convene a sales conference amongst the staff. Since the meeting is taking place after hours and off the clock, no one is very motivated to provide any solutions. If something isn't done, someone might lose their job, and that someone is clearly Mr. Lucas.

star 8.02
88 votes
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Fifty Years On

#19 - Fifty Years On

Season 4 - Episode 5

After Mrs. Slocombe starts dropping hints that it's her birthday, the staff calculate that she is 50 and plan an appropriate party.

star 8.02
43 votes
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It Pays to Advertise

#20 - It Pays to Advertise

Season 5 - Episode 7

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 8.00
42 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft
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A Change Is as Good as a Rest

#21 - A Change Is as Good as a Rest

Season 5 - Episode 2

When Mr. Grace announces that he plans on temporarily reorganizing the departments, the staff are indignant, but find that work can be a lot of fun...if you're working in the toy department.

star 8.00
43 votes
Directors: Ray Butt
Writers: Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft
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The Club

#22 - The Club

Season 6 - Episode 2

Young Mr. Grace invites his workers to form a social club - in a dismal cellar badly in need of decoration. Undeterred, the staff tackle the paint and paper job with vigor.

star 7.98
40 votes
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#23 - Take-Over

Season 5 - Episode 5

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 7.97
35 votes
Directors: Ray Butt
Writers: Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft
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Coffee Morning

#24 - Coffee Morning

Season 3 - Episode 2

Mr. Grainger is 5 minutes late coming back from his coffee break and this sets in motion a management scheme to monitor all breaks. The staff must sign in and sign out when they leave and return to the department. The department staff revolt and union action is taken

star 7.96
54 votes
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#25 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

A reorganization within the store forces the staff of the Gentlemens Ready-To-Wear Department to share their floor space with the Ladies Department. Mrs. Slocombe, head of the Ladies, and Mr. Grainger, head of the Gents, immediately come to loggerheads over control of the center floor display. Mr. Grainger refuses to take down his trousers and put Mrs. Slocombe's underwear in its place. Undaunted, she goes over his head to Captain Peacock, and then to Mr. Rumbold.

star 7.95
127 votes
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