The BEST episodes of Bread

Every episode of Bread ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Bread!

Bread was the number 1 comedy show of its time in the UK and was watched by 21 million people. It was based on Liverpudlian family, the Boswells, and showed them in all sorts of situations trying to earn money for the week (hence the title "bread").

Last Updated: 2/3/2023Network:BBC One
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Episode 6
star
9.22
37 votes

#1 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/12/1987

The household is in uproar when the Boswells' dog needs an operation. Aveline returns from London after her modelling job.

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Episode 5
star
8.49
37 votes

#2 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/5/1987

Billy is distraught when Julie takes the baby and heads to London to stay with friends, and Freddie Boswell comes home to stay.

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Episode 1
star
7.68
41 votes

#3 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/8/1987

Adrian has found a girlfriend, Carmen. Jack gets hijacked by a couple of punks who need a lift to Manchester.

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Episode 6
star
7.67
12 votes

#4 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/5/1986

Billy finds out that he is to become a father, Joey learns of his dad's gambling debt, Adrian is made redundant, Aveline's nude pictures are published and Jack buries a stolen candlestick in his Grandma's grave.

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Episode 3
star
7.60
5 votes

#5 - Episode 3

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/2/1988

Freddie's visit to the doctor has left him unsure of his future, but only Joey notices that his father is suffering from a serious heart complaint. Celia Higgins arrives in the street but finds getting access to her new home a challenge thanks to the Boswell's fleet of battered vehicles.

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Episode 1
star
7.50
10 votes

#6 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/6/1987

Aveline has been mugged and the Boswell boys make a mass protest at the police station. Billy, meanwhile, has to break the news to his mother that his baby is to be christened in a Protestant church!

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Episode 6
star
7.50
8 votes

#7 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/11/1987

Joey is forced to confront Roxy's husband, with unusual results, and Aveline decides to give up her modelling career.

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Episode 13
star
7.33
3 votes

#8 - Episode 13

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/29/1987

Freddie has a broken leg and under Nellie's feet again. Roxy has been thrown out by her husband and Joey is caught in the crossfire. When he hears she has a child, and another one on the way, he wrestles with conflicting emotions.

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Episode 13
star
7.33
3 votes

#9 - Episode 13

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/11/1988

The preparations for Aveline's wedding are chaotic with arguments aplenty, but these things never run smoothly ... especially when Yizzel and his mate are in charge of the wedding cars.

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Episode 3
star
7.29
7 votes

#10 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/15/1986

Freddie's mistress has left him, so he decides to pay the Boswells a visit - and is met with very different reactions.

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Episode 11
star
7.25
4 votes

#11 - Episode 11

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/27/1988

Billy is on the edge of a nervous breakdown as an injured pigeon triggers an outpouring of emotion, while Nellie and Adrian suffer some embarrassing moments.

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1988 Christmas Special
star
7.25
4 votes

#12 - 1988 Christmas Special

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/25/1988

In this Christmas Special the Boswells holiday in Rome and find their time is filled with happy memories, and new or renewed relationships.

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Episode 3
star
7.25
4 votes

#13 - Episode 3

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/24/1989

Jack soon gets back into the swing of buying and selling but the piano he buys causes more trouble than it is worth. Joey tells his mother about his debt and the family agree to pull together to help him. Meanwhile, Aveline is making every effort to get pregnant and creating problems for Oswald.

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Episode 11
star
7.20
5 votes

#14 - Episode 11

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/15/1987

After learning from the doctor that he doesn't have kidney trouble, Jack accidentally parks his van in the river! Nellie gives Freddie his marching orders after being unimpressed with his new job as a hot dog vendor!

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Episode 2
star
7.18
38 votes

#15 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/15/1987

Julie goes into labor earlier than expected and Joey has to come to Billy's rescue.

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Episode 4
star
7.13
38 votes

#16 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/22/1986

A photographer suggests Aveline should pose topless and wishes he hadn't. Jack makes an unsuccessful entry into the art world.

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Episode 3
star
7.09
35 votes

#17 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/22/1987

Jack and Adrian witness a burglary, then find themselves pursued by the perpetrators.

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Episode 2
star
7.08
39 votes

#18 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/8/1986

Billy buys a ring for Julie, but later learns that opals are bad luck and is told to get rid of it.

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Episode 8
star
7.00
4 votes

#19 - Episode 8

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/21/1990

Adrian has become successful and his new found wealth has gone to his head and the distribution of his unwanted goods is not altogether welcome. Grandad worries about his lost pigeon but a visit from the sister of an old acquaintance brings hope for the future for both he and Adrian.

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Episode 5
star
7.00
4 votes

#20 - Episode 5

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/30/1990

Billy's van has been broken in to and Joey's new shop has been vandalized - the culprits are unknown. Aveline has decided to leave Oswald and return home to her mother, with her baby. The sibling rivalry over Leonora comes to a head when Jack tells Adrian that he has slept with her.

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Episode 2
star
7.00
38 votes

#21 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/13/1987

Joey suspects that he's found his dog that went missing some years back, and Grandad proves to be as shrewd in negotiation as any of them.

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Episode 3
star
7.00
4 votes

#22 - Episode 3

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/16/1990

To everyone's amazement Shifty has got a job as a bus driver, while Jack and Leonora's relationship is growing ever stronger. Lilo Lill confides in Freddie that she is suffering an incurable illness and hasn't got long to live!

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Episode 2
star
7.00
3 votes

#23 - Episode 2

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/9/1990

A double celebration for the Boswells when Aveline brings her baby home in style and Leonora offers Adrian a job as her chauffeur - even though it is Jack she is interested in. Lilo Lill returns to put another spanner in the Boswell works, just as Joey sets his dad up in business.

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Episode 5
star
7.00
5 votes

#24 - Episode 5

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/8/1989

Aveline is causing concern for everybody as she continues to believe in her phantom pregnancy. Adrian is concerned that Magdalena has not replied to his letter, Billy hears that Julie has a new lover and Jack goes for a job as a handyman at the 'big house'.

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Episode 4
star
7.00
5 votes

#25 - Episode 4

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/1/1989

When Adrian helps Jack to recover his stolen piano, they come into conflict with Yizzel and his mate - once again. Lilo Lill has taken a job in service to be near Freddie, whilst Freddie has sold his flat in order to pay Joey's debt.

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