The BEST Episodes of Game On

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 9, 2020

Network: BBC Two

A 1990s flat-share sitcom which, in its tales of the sexual adventures and misadventures of three twenty-somethings living under the same roof, featured more than a dash of crudity. Matthew, a wealthy, workshy landlord who, because of a strange phobia, never leaves the flat. Martin and Matthew have been friends since schooldays and Mandy's connection is by way of her best friend Claudia, Martin's sister. Mandy is a bright young woman who wants to better herself and is tired of being treated as a sex object, yet she still tends to find herself jumping into bed with inappropriate men. Both Matthew and Martin are obsessed with sex but neither is conspicuously successful in the field.

Roundheads & Cavaliers

#1 - Roundheads & Cavaliers

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 16, 1996

Martin meets a nurse named Clare, who agrees to go out with him. She tells him that she wants to lose her virginity. After a few mishaps, Martin finally makes love to her. Meanwhile, Matthew decides to stay in bed, and Mandy resolves to become celibate.

star 8.80
35 votes
Double Hard Bastards & Girly Shirt-Lifting Tosspieces

#2 - Double Hard Bastards & Girly Shirt-Lifting Tosspieces

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 1996

Jason manages to persuade Matthew to go out to the park and, later, to a gym. When Matt shows Marco a video of Mandy having sex, Marco realises that she isn't a virgin and decides he's no longer interested in her. Meanwhile, Martin has become very insecure about his relationship with Clare. A combination of paranoia, jealousy and drink leads him to make a complete fool of himself. Matt finally manages to go out on his own, on a trip to a local shop. Unfortunately, the shop is raided by a masked gunman, so Matthew decides that he'll never go out again!

star 8.73
37 votes
Marines & Vacuum Cleaner

#3 - Marines & Vacuum Cleaner

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 16, 1998

Matt declares his ambition to join the Marines in memory of his brother, Danny, who died in a road accident days before he was due to qualify as a Marine. Mandy and Archie go to bed, but Archie turns out to be impotent. Matt builds a jungle assault course in the flat; he also tries to have sex with a vacuum cleaner and gets stuck. Martin calls Clare and she comes around to help; then Mandy arrives home with Archie and a group of friends from his days in the Marines. Archie reveals that HE had a brother named Danny who died just before he was due to become a Marine. Later, Archie finally manages to overcomes his impotence.

star 8.66
32 votes
Slime Surfers & Jissom Monkeys

#4 - Slime Surfers & Jissom Monkeys

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 23, 1996

Martin can't stop talking about his newfound sex life. Matthew confesses to Mandy that he's terrified of going out of the house, so she arranges for him to meet her psuchologist friend Jason. Unknown to Matthew, Jason is gay and, after talking to Matt, he tells Mandy that he's fallen in love. Mandy starts an Italian evening class and her tutor, Mario, shows an interest in her. When she tells him that she's celibate, he misunderstands and thinks she's trying to say that she's a virgin. Then Martin and Mandy discover Matthew in bed with Jason....

star 8.65
34 votes
Bruce Willis & Robert DeNiro Holding a Fish

#5 - Bruce Willis & Robert DeNiro Holding a Fish

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 21, 1996

Martin realises that Clare left him because he's boring. He starts a voluntary job, working for a telephone helpline for distressed people. He gives his home phone number to Tesni, one of the helpline's clients. She rings the flat while Matt is at home alone and, thinkng that Matthew is Martin, she threatens to commit suicide unless he visits her home. Matt goes round to see her but, when he gets there, he collapses and has to be rushed to hospital. Martin arrives at the hospital, looking for Clare. Mandy also turns up, with her latest boyfriend. Matt meets a red-haired student named Susie and falls in love with her.

star 8.59
37 votes
Tangerine Candyfloss & Herne Bay Rock

#6 - Tangerine Candyfloss & Herne Bay Rock

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 14, 1996

Martin is very depressed about the end of his relationship with Clare; Mandy has a close encounter with Brian Kennedy, a lecturer from her old university; Martin and Mandy find out what Matthew has been writing in his secret journal.

star 8.57
35 votes
Bad Timing

#7 - Bad Timing

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 13, 1995

Martin decides to change his life by moving out and becoming a teacher; Mandy gets bored with her latest relationship after it lasts a whole week.

star 8.56
36 votes
Crabs

#8 - Crabs

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 23, 1998

Mandy has to cook dinner for Archie's mother and sister and she's getting worried about it. Martin drives Matt crazy going on and on about baby Rosie. Clare tells Martin that she can't see him as a proper father because he's not much better than a vegetable. Mandy wants to cook some crabs, but they're still alive and she can't manage to kill them. It looks as if the dinner party will be a total disaster. She gets drunk and passes out, leaving Martin to prepare the meal using some of his mother's frozen meals. Archie's sister Lulu gets the idea that Rosie is Martin and Mandy's baby. Mandy unwwittingly reveals details of her past to Archie's mother, who threatens to tell Archie. Clare tells Martin that she's planning to emigrate to Australia. Archie tells Mandy that he doesn't mind about her past.

star 8.56
36 votes
Palms, Pigs and Bad Debts

#9 - Palms, Pigs and Bad Debts

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 2, 1998

Matt has taken up palmistry as an aid to seduction; but how can he seduce women without leaving the flat? Mandy has built up debts of over 9000 pounds using her credit cards, and now a female debt collector is on her trail. Mandy's money problems are solved by an interest-free loan from her millionaire boss, Archie. Meanwhile, Martin hears news of Clare.

star 8.55
38 votes
Wedding Day

#10 - Wedding Day

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 6, 1998

Martin gets a postcard from Clare, telling him that she's married Shane in Australia. Everyone is preparing for Mandy's wedding. Archie has been set a series of "challenges" by his ex-marine chums, in preparation for his marriage. Matt has been persuaded to go to the wedding. Martin goes to Mandy's hen night and meets a girl named Rachel, who's "almost exactly like Clare" (except that she isn't Irish, she isn't a nurse and her hair is the wrong colour). He arranges a date with her, during which he gives her a wig (similar to Clare's hair) and asks her if she'll speak with an Irish accent. On the morning of the wedding, Martin gets a phone call telling him that the wedding limousine isn't available. He borrows an old Nissan and drives Mandy to the church. Matt travels in the boot. When they arrive, there's no sign of Archie. Then the best man arrives and tells Mandy that Archie has been killed in a car crash. She drives off at high speed, saying that she intends to crash the car and kill herself. Martin isn't keen on the idea, for obvious reasons, and manages to talk her out of it. When they get back home, Martin gets a phone message from Rachel. She says that he's a "weird, twisted pervert" and she doesn't want to see him again. Apparently this reaction was caused by the nurse's uniform he'd given her as a present. Mandy learns that Archie was killed trying to meet his final "challenge" - to get a speeding ticket on the way to his wedding.

star 8.53
36 votes
Heavy Bondage & Custard Creams

#11 - Heavy Bondage & Custard Creams

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 7, 1996

Mandy is visited by her old boyfriend Stoat. When the flatmates discover that he's escaped from prison, Stoat ties up Matthew, Martin, Jason and Clare. He takes Mandy into her bedroom and they end up having sex. Mandy ties Stoat to the bed and gets his gun, then releases her friends. Clare tells Matt that Jason is gay. Jason leaves and Clare dumps Martin.

star 8.44
41 votes
Martin's Baby

#12 - Martin's Baby

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 9, 1998

Martin bumps into Clare in the video shop and discovers that she has a baby, Rosie, and that he's the father. Martin pays a surprise visit to Clare's home, but finds her with a man. After he rants about how wrong it is for anyone to come between a father and his daughter, he discovers that the poor man has only come round to fix the washing machine. Clare tells Martin that she doesn't want him involved in bringing up his daughter, so Martin sees a lawyer to find out if he has any legal rights where his daughter is concerned. Mandy is still going out with Archie. When he calls round to pick Mandy up for a date, Martin tells him that Mandy is only interested in him because of his money. Next day, Archie tells Mandy that he's in love with her and wants to marry her. Finally, Clare relents and tells Martin that she wants him to be Rosie's dad after all — and lets him look after the baby while she goes out on a dinner date.

star 8.44
39 votes
Fame

#13 - Fame

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 10, 1995

Matt ventures out of the flat to join a band.

star 8.38
40 votes
Big Wednesday

#14 - Big Wednesday

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 27, 1995

Matt has spent hours waxing his surfboard that will probably never see the sea again! Martin is desperate for a girlfriend, Mandy is dating a boxer, Matt reckons he could have him in a fight, but it's obvious Matt is intmidated by him and to make matters worse Paul slams his beer bottle down on Matt's surfboard mistaking it for a table. At the Indian takeaway Martin meets Nancy and American and arranges a date with her. That night Mandy has to share Martin's bed as Paul is asleep across hers. ""Big Wednseday"" - Martin is out on his date with Nancy whilst att and Mandy stay in to watch Paul's fight. Mandy begins to doubt her relationship with Paul and the inevitable paparazzi backlash. Martin gets back early from his date, was great until they got to her place and he realised he didn't have any condoms and got lost on the way back from the chemists. Paul wins his fight. Martin sets himself on fire with his own cigarette singeing his nipple. Matt laughs at him prompting Mandy

star 8.20
51 votes
Directors: John Stroud
Writers: Andrew Davies
Matthew, a Suitable Case for Treatment

#15 - Matthew, a Suitable Case for Treatment

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 27, 1995

The sordid secrets of Matthew's days alone in the flat are revealed, as he attempts to date a pizza delivery girl and delves into his personal video collection.

star 7.97
62 votes
Working Girls

#16 - Working Girls

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 6, 1995

Mandy is thrilled to receive a job offer from a renowned novelist until she discovers the work entails researching a rather intimate part of his body. Meanwhile, Matthew arranges a very personal surprise for Martin's birthday present.

star 7.95
42 votes
Laura

#17 - Laura

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 30, 1998

Clare tells Martin that she's going to Australia with her new boyfriend, Shane. Martin decides to consult a lawyer to see if he can prevent Rosie being taken out of the country. Matt meets Laura, who's just moved into the flat upstairs. He tries to impress her, but only succeeds in making himself look foolish. Then he finds her on the stairs outside the flat, upset after a row with her husband. He invites her in and comforts her. She drags him into his bedroom for an afternoon of wild sex. When Mandy and Martin come home from work, Matt boasts about his new affair, but they don't believe him. Clare is angry when she learns that Martin is taking legal action to stop her from taking Rosie to Australia. Martin eventually fires his lawyer when he decides that he's "mad". He decides to kidnap Rosie instead and take her to Brazil, but changes his mind after seeing Clare and Rosie together. Matt persuades Martin to hide in the living room when Laura comes round. They have sex on the sofa which Martin is hiding behind. When Mandy comes home, Martin tells her that Matt was telling the truth, but Mandy still isn't convinced. Matt starts shouting about his activities with Laura and her husband hears him. When he comes downstairs, Martin answers the door and gets punched instead of Matt.

star 7.89
38 votes
The Great Escape

#18 - The Great Escape

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 20, 1995

Mandy has a lot of debts, so an invitation to the Savoy and the possibility of a job in Bermuda might solve all of her problems. Meanwhile, Matthew and Martin spend the evening dreaming of ""hot babes.""

star 7.89
66 votes