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.

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Bob Spiers
Writers: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders
French & Saunders: the Special Edition

#20 - French & Saunders: the Special Edition

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 18, 1993

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

Joan Bakewell presents a documentary about two modern artists, Muriel and Maddie. Also Squeeze sing a great song called "853-9537".

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

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

#24 - Misery

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 18, 1993

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

#25 - The House of Idiot

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 25, 1993

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