The BEST Episodes of How Not To Live Your Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: BBC Three

Don is a single twentysomething who constantly fails to guide his way through life. His overactive mind doesn't help things as it plays out scenes of what he shouldn't say or do. When he moves into his recently deceased grandmother's house, he meets Eddie: his Gran's carer who doesn't want to leave. To help pay his rent, he decides to get a roommate in the shape of his teenage sweetheart...

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Don and the Wedding

#1 - Don and the Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 2009

Don is asked to be the best man at his old school friend's wedding. But finding someone to pretend to be his wife for the day is far from his only challenge.

star 8.04
205 votes
The Field Trip

#2 - The Field Trip

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 19, 2008

In an attempt to prove to Abby that he's a good person, Don accompanies her on a field trip with the kids from her school. However, his plan goes horribly wrong...

star 7.99
247 votes
Writers: Dan Clark (I), Drew Pearce
Don Goes Gay

#3 - Don Goes Gay

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 6, 2009

Don's lodger, Sam, invites her brother, Jamie, over for the weekend. Dan starts to wonder if he is gay.

star 7.88
182 votes
Don's Posh Weekend

#4 - Don's Posh Weekend

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 15, 2010

Don and his boss Jason socialise together for the first time in the form of a double date with two posh girls they met at work. Don learns never to judge a book by its cover, as his date Felicity is far from prudish. Everything seems to be going well until Felicity invites them to her parents' country house for the weekend. It's a world away from Don's life and he struggles to fit in. He also has some over-protective parents to contend with.

star 7.82
206 votes
Directors: Sam Leifer
Writers: Dan Clark
Don the Singer

#5 - Don the Singer

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 29, 2009

Sam is dating cool singer-songwriter Jackson, reawakening Don's hitherto unspoken ambition to be a musician.

star 7.80
203 votes
Don the Musical

#6 - Don the Musical

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 13, 2010

After seeing the attention Eddie gets in his theatre club's production of Rain Man, Don decides to join up. The club puts on a tremendous production of Top Gun: The Musical. Meanwhile, Brian is still waiting to get a response from Sam about his proposal and is so desperate he even asks Don for advice.

star 7.76
203 votes
The Break Up

#7 - The Break Up

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 16, 2008

Things don’t go as planned when Don goes out on the pull with Eddie. Don finds out that Abby is single again when he returns home and he ends up upsetting the girl he met whilst out.

star 7.73
239 votes
Don Gets Healthy

#8 - Don Gets Healthy

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 13, 2009

Don joins a gym to prove to Sam and Eddie that he's fit and healthy, but he fails to get beyond the running machine without passing out. He soon gives up on the gym and decides to go for a colonic irrigation, instead, where he ends up agreeing to go on a date with the therapist.

star 7.72
236 votes
Don's New Flatmate

#9 - Don's New Flatmate

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 14, 2009

With Abby having been gone for about six months, Don and Eddie both want different women to move into the spare room.

star 7.66
178 votes
The Young Ones

#10 - The Young Ones

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 2, 2008

While working as a charity street collector, Don meets an attractive girl who is nine years younger. He starts to hang out with her and her friends, but soon finds he isn't as young as he once was.

star 7.66
244 votes
Writers: Dan Clark (I), Drew Pearce
Don's New Job

#11 - Don's New Job

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 8, 2010

Don has blown his chances with flatmate Sam and to make matters worse she has a new boyfriend. With no career, Don comes up with an elaborate story about a new job to try to impress her. Things finally appear to be going his way when a chance encounter with high-flying executive Marcus leads to a promotion. Of course being Don, it's not long before it all goes wrong.

star 7.60
208 votes
Directors: Sam Leifer
Writers: Dan Clark
Don Does Therapy

#12 - Don Does Therapy

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 6, 2010

Don learns that Brian is going to ask Sam to marry him and realises that he still has feelings for Sam. Eddie suggests that Don sees a therapist where he ends up taking the therapist into his confidence and confessing his feelings for Sam, as well as some slightly shocking habits. Sam decides to throw a fancy dress party to celebrate Brian's birthday. Don feels unnerved when he learns that his therapist has come along in fancy dress. Don tries to find him at the party to stop him from revealing any of his secrets.

star 7.45
226 votes
Directors: Sam Leifer
Writers: Dan Clark
Don Dates a Homeless

#13 - Don Dates a Homeless

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 29, 2010

Don ends up surprising himself after he takes pity on pretty homeless woman called Susan. Sam ends up suggesting that he ask her out. When Sam returns home with Brian, she discovers Susan sitting on the sofa in their living room whilst Don runs her a bath. The following day Don doesn't want Susan to leave but after he offends her on a day out he tries to make it up to her by getting to know her friends better.

star 7.42
254 votes
Directors: Sam Leifer
Writers: Dan Clark
Don Dates a Cougar

#14 - Don Dates a Cougar

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 2009

Don starts dating an older woman but can't handle the grown up world she lives in. Sam has befriended a male friend from university who Don catches rifling through her underwear drawer.

star 7.39
205 votes
Fake Wake

#15 - Fake Wake

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 26, 2008

Don discovers he's got to put on a wake for his dead grandmother, the only problem is he's already cremated her.

star 7.39
298 votes
Writers: Dan Clark (I), Drew Pearce
Don's Angry Girlfriend

#16 - Don's Angry Girlfriend

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 8, 2010

Things are looking up for Don as he has begun to date a sweet girl called Jenny. However, her behaviour starts to ring alarm bells as her moods swing from adorable to violent in an instant, turning Don into a battered and bruised mess. To make matters worse nobody believes him. The tension comes to a head during the local pub quiz. Don and Jenny join Sam and Brian's team. They are determined to beat arch rival Derek. Jenny hates losing. Is this a chance for Don to show everyone her violent side?

star 7.37
235 votes
Directors: Sam Leifer
Writers: Dan Clark
Home Sweet Home

#17 - Home Sweet Home

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 12, 2008

Don's recently deceased grandmother has left him a house in her will. However, it comes with a huge backpayment and a strange man who won't leave. To help ease the load, Don decides to bring in a lodger.

star 7.34
321 votes
Writers: Dan Clark (I)
Don Meets His Maker

#18 - Don Meets His Maker

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 22, 2010

Don finds himself having a bad start to the week when he notices that his hair is thinning, He ends up booking an appointment with a specialist to discuss having a hair transplant. Things get worse for Don when he notices that he isn't the centre of attention after he is completely ignored he storms out. After Eddie discovers Don's letter about the transplant he ends up assuming the worst. Eddie, Sam, Brian and Mrs Treacher attempt to support Don when they think that he doesn't have long left to live and Don ends up making the most of the situation.

star 7.30
199 votes
Directors: Sam Leifer
Writers: Dan Clark
Like Father, Like Don

#19 - Like Father, Like Don

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 9, 2008

Don gets a new job working for Karl's dad, Glen. While there, the feud between the two increases and Don finds the father figure he never had.

star 7.30
263 votes
Writers: Dan Clark (I), Drew Pearce