The BEST Episodes of French & Saunders
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2020
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.
#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.
#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
#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
#4 - Episode 6
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 26, 2004
French and Saunders have to take their ideas to offers, they have NOTHING!
#5 - Episode 6
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 15, 1988
#6 - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 19, 1990
#7 - Episode 4
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 25, 1988
#8 - Gone with the Wind
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 5, 1990
Jen is Scarlet O'Hara - 'Fiddle-de-dee'! We see how they pass the time on a prison visit, 'Countdown' and 'Name That Tune' go down well! This weeks Star Test Guest is lead singer from Transvision Vamp, Wendy James. Ken from Raw Sex duets with his girlfriend via cassette as she's under the weather, while Kirsty MacColl sings the wonderful 'Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim'. We go out to a Country Cottage and watch the house-keepers discuss the laundry - '50 quid for a T-shirt? Couldn't believe it', the freaky-health-conscious boss 'poison?- white bread, apparently' and how to make a few quid!
#9 - Casting Agency
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 26, 1990
#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.
#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.
#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.
#13 - Episode 6
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 13, 1987
#14 - The Sound of Music
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 15, 1990
Season 3 kicks off with a great 'Sound of Music' send up - Dawn as Maria and Jen as Mother Superior fight it out to sing 'Climb ev'ry Mountain'. Jerry Hall and Marie Helvin stand in for Dawn and Jen while their off on the 'catwalks of Milan'. They use a Channel 4 programme layout, 'Star Test' to interview pop-stars of the moment, throughout season 3 - this week it's 'sophisticated, scouse' Sonia. One of the 2 fat ladies cuts off a finger - 'blood and sand', then later we see the land-rover driven through the kitchen wall in order to catch the game-birds. Dawn is 'A Right Royal Guest' on a TV-am spoof. The fantastic Abba show us their new video for 'C'est Vie, c'est vie!'. Kirsty MacColl sings the excellent '15 minutes' and we meet Dot and May, who run 'Star Pets' and train animals (and vegetables) for television.
#15 - Episode 2
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 11, 1988
#16 - The Exorcist
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 29, 1990
Poor Dawnie is posessed this week, as we see in the French and Saunders' take on 'The Exorcist'. We see into the pitfalls of being a 'lookie-likie' on 'Watch-Out', the consumer affairs programme, and how Maggie Philbins 'lookie-likie' is such a perfectionist she had to marry a Cheggers look-a-like! The 'She-Rappers' make their debut in front of 'a friend of Africa Bambaata', while errr... Hollywood 'expert' Dawn joins Jen on the TV-am sofa and discusses 'a day in the life of...Joan Collins. Kirsty MacColl sings 'I Ride' while Dawn and Jen don their leathers and ride their bikes in the video. Jo and Judith have a working lunch regarding 'Stars and their toilet seats' and come up with the innovative idea of a 'plop-up' book.
#17 - Thelma and Louise
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 1, 1993
#18 - Pulp Fiction
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 1, 1996
#19 - The Silence of the Lambs
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 25, 1993
#20 - French & Saunders: the Special Edition
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 18, 1993
#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
#22 - Episode 1
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 4, 1988
Joan Bakewell presents a documentary about two modern artists, Muriel and Maddie. Also Squeeze sing a great song called "853-9537".