The BEST Episodes of Friday Night Dinner

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2020

Network: Channel 4

For the Goodman family, Friday Night Dinner is just like Sunday lunch: just take two days away, change the meal to dinner, and you’ve pretty much got it. Adam and his brother, Jonny, view Friday night dinner as a necessary annoyance - necessary because they get fed, and annoying because, well, they have to spend the evening with mum and dad.

The Females

#1 - The Females

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 1, 2020

Adam and Jonny bring their 'females' home to meet the parents. Cue an overexcited Mum and an extremely embarrassing Dad.

star 8.04
114 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Mouse

#2 - The Mouse

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 11, 2012

There's a mouse in the kitchen, Mum's hiding in the shed, Dad's in charge of the cooking, and Jim is delighted when he ends up invited to have dinner with the family.

star 8.01
362 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Big Day

#3 - The Big Day

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 25, 2014

It's Grandma's wedding day, and she's getting married to the horrible Mr Morris. The family are distraught, but will Grandma really say 'I do'?

star 7.96
300 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Violin

#4 - The Violin

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 1, 2018

Adam isn't happy when he is forced to play his violin for Mum and her best friend Val, while Jonny is relishing every moment. Dad is obsessed with his old microscope.

star 7.90
187 votes
Buggy

#5 - Buggy

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 7, 2012

When Jonny finds out that Adam threw his beloved 'Pandy' toy in the bin when he was 11, Jonny swears revenge, threatening to destroy 'Buggy', Adam's old rabbit.

star 7.88
364 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Pyjamas

#6 - The Pyjamas

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 12, 2016

Adam has been staying at Mum and Dad's all week, but with Mum fussing over him so much, he's started behaving like a little boy. And Jim passes his driving test - after 15 attempts.

star 7.87
319 votes
The Anniversary

#7 - The Anniversary

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 11, 2014

Mum and Dad's anniversary is ruined when Dad paints a portrait of Mum that looks like Margaret Thatcher, Jonny gets a tattoo of a skull, and Jim sleep-walks around their house, causing havoc.

star 7.87
317 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Yoghurts

#8 - The Yoghurts

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 4, 2012

Jonny's in a pickle: he wants to split up with his 43-year-old girlfriend/boss, but he's too scared. Grandma offers him some advice, and some dancing lessons in the kitchen.

star 7.87
442 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Carpet Cleaner

#9 - The Carpet Cleaner

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 29, 2016

It's Dad's annual hinge oiling evening but when he spills oil on Mum's beloved carpet, it's a race against time to clean it up before she finds out.

star 7.84
325 votes
The Fox

#10 - The Fox

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 27, 2014

Dad is keeping a dead fox in the freezer in the garage because he wants to get it stuffed. But when Mum needs to use the freezer, Dad enlists Adam and Jonny in a desperate attempt to hide the animal.

star 7.84
342 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Date

#11 - The Date

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 8, 2011

Adam comes home to find the house looking immaculate and the table set for five. The doorbell rings and in walks Tanya Green, the girl Mum has been trying to set up with Adam.

star 7.83
433 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Robert Popper
The Mercedes

#12 - The Mercedes

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 1, 2011

Sheila Bloom - also known as 'Bitchface' - almost runs Adam over on his birthday. When Dad reveals that he used to have a thing with Bitchface years ago, the boys can't believe it and Mum's not happy.

star 7.80
385 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Robert Popper
Congratulations

#13 - Congratulations

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 5, 2016

Adam has finally been recognised for his musical talent. But it's overshadowed when Jonny arrives home and announces he's got married.

star 7.78
303 votes
The Jingle

#14 - The Jingle

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 4, 2011

Adam and Jonny are desperate to know why Dad keeps peering into his underpants with a magnifying glass.

star 7.77
486 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Robert Popper
For Sale

#15 - For Sale

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 26, 2016

The boys arrive home to find a 'For Sale' sign in front of the house. How will they stop Mum and Dad from selling the family home?

star 7.77
292 votes
Dad's Birthday

#16 - Dad's Birthday

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 17, 2020

Dad has the birthday blues - not only has he worked out the date he's going to die, but then 'Horrible Grandma' turns up uninvited. Can Jim's magic do the trick?

star 7.76
111 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The New Car

#17 - The New Car

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 28, 2012

Jim has made a cake to celebrate his dog Wilson's birthday, while the family return from a spin in Jonny's new but uncool company car to find something awful has happened to the house.

star 7.75
387 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
Mr Morris

#18 - Mr Morris

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 14, 2012

The boys are excited, because Grandma (Frances Cuka) is coming for dinner, and she's bringing her new boyfriend. 'He's not her boyfriend,' says mum, he's her 'male companion'.

star 7.74
332 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Two Tonys

#19 - The Two Tonys

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 22, 2016

Dad accidentally invites someone who he used to hate round for dinner: an annoying man who talks with his eyes closed. How will Dad get rid of him?

star 7.72
329 votes
The Cage

#20 - The Cage

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 24, 2020

Jim sets up a giant dog cage for Milson in the Goodmans' living room, and Aunty Val's got a hot date with a 'sex robot'.

star 7.68
113 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Girlfriend

#21 - The Girlfriend

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 20, 2014

Adam finally brings a girl home for dinner, but the evening is ruined when the family suddenly have to look after eight-year-old Katie, who has a massive girlie crush on Adam.

star 7.68
353 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Caravan

#22 - The Caravan

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 27, 2020

Dad's bought a grotty caravan. Jim's got a new dog. And the boys have new 'females' but can they bear to tell Mum?

star 7.66
126 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Funeral

#23 - The Funeral

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 19, 2016

It's Uncle Saul's funeral, which means 'Horrible Grandma' is back, and leaving a trail of broken furniture in her wake.

star 7.61
310 votes
The Loft

#24 - The Loft

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 21, 2012

To get out of cleaning the loft with Dad and Adam, Jonny claims to have dislocated his shoulder. But when Adam discovers he's lying, he threatens to tell mum immediately.

star 7.58
391 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Robert Popper
The Dress

#25 - The Dress

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 25, 2011

Mum finds out that Dad didn't throw away his boxes of old magazines. Adam and Jonny are convinced that Mum's friend's daughter has a face like a foot. And Jim's distraught when Wilson goes missing.

star 7.58
343 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Robert Popper