The BEST Episodes of FortySomething

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: ITV1

Paul Slippery (Hugh Laurie) is a doctor facing a mid-life crisis. His wife Estelle (Anna Chancellor) is starting a new career as a headhunter. His three sons, Rory (Benedict Cumberbatch), a student at the fictitious University of Reigate, Daniel (Neil Henry) and Edwin (Joe Van Moyland), are sex-obsessed. Meanwhile, Paul appears to hear the inner thoughts of others.

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Episode Three

#1 - Episode Three

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 13, 2003

Paul is feeling paranoid. Dr Pilfrey is busy sending love e-mails to Paul's wife, Estelle, and Paul's youngest son Edwin has been forging encouraging replies.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Hugh Laurie
Writers: Janine Law, Nigel Williams
Episode Five

#2 - Episode Five

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 27, 2003

Paul suspects Estelle is having an affair which makes him getting himself by mistake to an AA meeting which makes everyone to think that he is an alcoholic.

star 8.00
6 votes
Episode Six

#3 - Episode Six

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 9, 2003

Paul starts hearing voices again, Estelle is upset - and they still haven't had sex. Gwendolen offers Estelle somewhere to stay while she sorts herself out. And Pilfrey hypnotises Paul to make chicken noises whenever he is sexually aroused. Written by Nigel Williams.

star 8.00
7 votes
Episode Four

#4 - Episode Four

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 20, 2003

Edwin makes Paul buy from him a love potion which makes Paul thinks that it will help him to have sex with Estelle but gains the opposite resault. In attempt to reconcil with her he sneaks into a lecture that Estelle is having for women. Also, Laura and Lucy introduce Woj to Edwin.

star 7.50
8 votes

#5 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 29, 2003

Set in the west London suburb of Putney. Paul Slippery a sexually frustrated, red-tape wrapped GP is jealous of his three promiscuous teenage sons – Rory, Jack and Edwin – and thinks his wife Estelle may be having a lesbian affair.

star 7.17
52 votes
Directors: Hugh Laurie
Writers: Nigel Williams
Episode Two

#6 - Episode Two

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 6, 2003

Paul promises Estelle that he will cook a romantic meal, but has difficulty getting everyone out of the house. When Estelle's boss asks her to take Pilfrey out to lunch, Paul jumps to the wrong conclusion.

star 7.00
13 votes
Directors: Hugh Laurie
Writers: Nigel Williams