The BEST Episodes of French & Saunders

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 3, 2021

Network: BBC Two

French and Saunders, the world-class comedy duo, have been around now for nearly 20 years entertaining us through the box in the corner. French and Saunders are famous for many takes/spoofs; but most notably the world famous comedy show Absolutely Fabulous, which started in the late 80s, early 90s as a small sketch of a modern mother and daughter. For the first four series they were joined by the spoof middle-of-the-road comedy cabaret duo Raw Sex (Rivron and Brint), who also supported in the sketches. In the 1996 series the duo returned to our screens for more hilarious takes of Baywatch, Braveheart and the singer Bjork. After many years without a series French and Saunders returned in the fall of 2004 for a 6th series of the smash hit comedy.

Episode 1

#1 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 15, 2004

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders go behind the scenes at the BBC, with sketches featuring old favourites, new characters and film parodies. Dawn and Jennifer's first day at their new office and they meet their producer. Sketches include Dawn's unusual medical check-up and an homage to the film Cold Mountain.

star 9.75
4 votes
Directors: Ed Bye
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 2

#2 - Episode 2

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 22, 2004

This week, still struggling to come up with ideas, French & Saunders have to meet with the controller of BBC One (Eve Pollard). Plus they pay tribute to Cher through the ages and Catherine Zeta-Jones is in conversation

star 9.75
4 votes
Directors: Ed Bye
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 4

#3 - Episode 4

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 5, 2004

In the office, Dawn and Jennifer have to offer their ideas for new programmes to the Controller of BBC ONE. Sketches include a tribute to Madonna and Chris Martin's Mum

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Ed Bye
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 6

#4 - Episode 6

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 26, 2004

French and Saunders have to take their ideas to offers, they have NOTHING!

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Ed Bye
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 6

#5 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 15, 1988

Dawn and Jennifer round off the series with more fantastic sketches and a medley of hilarious silver screen send-ups.

star 9.25
4 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

#6 - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 19, 1990

Jennifer's Marilyn Monroe and Dawn's Jane Russell spell it out with an outrageous rendition of Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend.

star 9.25
4 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 4

#7 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 25, 1988

Light entertainment from French and Saunders, with the regular helping of Raw Sex and Ben Elton.

star 9.00
6 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Gone with the Wind

#8 - Gone with the Wind

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 5, 1990

French and Saunders have Gone with the Wind with Jennifer as Scarlett and Dawn as Mammy.

star 9.00
5 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Casting Agency

#9 - Casting Agency

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 26, 1990

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders round off their series with more comedy sketches and special guest Jane Asher.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Baywatch

#10 - Baywatch

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 4, 1996

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders return with a spoof of Baywatch and Helen Mirren desperately trying to reinvent herself.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: John Birkin
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Batman

#11 - Batman

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 25, 1996

More comedy sketches from Dawn and Jennifer, with special guests the Krankies, Patsy Kensit, Patrick Barlow and Kate Moss.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: John Birkin
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 5

#12 - Episode 5

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 12, 2004

Despite having a new series to write, Dawn French is preoccupied with the fact she has been invited to go on Fit Farm but doesn't really know why. She also fulfills her dream of singing on Top Of The Pops with Anastasia, and the movie Troy gets a make-over, with Jennifer Saunders as Brad Pitt's Achilles and Dawn as the ethereal Helen.

star 9.00
4 votes
Directors: Ed Bye
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 6

#13 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 13, 1987

The curtains come down on the first series of French and Saunders' spoof entertainment show with special guest Joan Armatrading.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
The Sound of Music

#14 - The Sound of Music

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 15, 1990

The hills are alive with the sound of French and Saunders as Dawn and Jennifer parody The Sound of Music. With special guest Jerry Hall.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 2

#15 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 11, 1988

The Fat Men get somewhat over-excited while watching the Miss World contest on TV, and there's a sparse audience at a Kilroy spoof.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
The Exorcist

#16 - The Exorcist

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 29, 1990

French and Saunders with guests including Lynn Faulds Wood and Maggie Philbin perform the sketches 'The Exorcist', 'Girl Bikers', and 'Publishers'.

star 8.67
6 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Thelma and Louise

#17 - Thelma and Louise

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 1, 1993

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders pay comic homage to Thelma and Louise. They are also joined by Royal Ballet star Darcey Bussell.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Pulp Fiction

#18 - Pulp Fiction

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 1, 1996

More skits and sketches from Dawn and Jennifer, including a spoof of Pulp Fiction.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: John Birkin
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
The Silence of the Lambs

#19 - The Silence of the Lambs

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 25, 1993

Dawn and Jennifer pay homage to The Silence of the Lambs, and there's a unique appearance by The Mamas and Papas.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Aliens

#20 - Aliens

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 18, 1993

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders pay comic tribute to Sigourney Weaver in the film Aliens.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 3

#21 - Episode 3

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 29, 2004

Behind the scenes in the office, Dawn is feeling ignored and wonders why she hasn't been invited to the Palace to meet the Queen. Jennifer has been invited and instead of writing scripts is practising her curtsey. Sketches include tributes to Kill Bill, Most Haunted and Catherine Zeta-Jones

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Ed Bye
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 1

#22 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 4, 1988

The talented comic duo return for a second series with Dawn handing out some muddled contraceptive advice to Jennifer.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Episode 5

#23 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 8, 1988

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders star in their very own light entertainment variety show, with special guests including The Proclaimers, Raw Sex, Brian Conway, Sarah Greene, Stephanie Beacham, Adrian Edmondson and Lenny Henry.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Kevin Bishop
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
Misery

#24 - Misery

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 18, 1993

Featuring a memorable reenactment of the film 'Misery' and an exclusive performance by Dickens Daughters.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
The House of Eliott

#25 - The House of Eliott

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 25, 1993

French and Saunders pay tribute to the House of Eliott and there are comic takes on Pan's People, Gladiators and the royal family.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders