The BEST Episodes of Men Behaving Badly

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 22, 2020

Network: BBC One

Gary needs a lodger to help pay the mortgage on his flat. Unfortunately, neither of his lodgers seems to be able (or willing) to pay any rent at all! First there's Dermot and then Tony. Both of these fall for Deborah, who owns the flat upstairs, but get nowhere. Gary also has thoughts in that direction - his problem being the fact that he has a regular girlfiend, Dorothy, who he lives with!

Pornography

#1 - Pornography

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 8, 1995

Gary organises a dinner party which proves to be a total disaster while Tony's new girlfriend tells him that he'll have to get rid of his collection of soft-porn magazines or she'll leave him.

star 8.51
117 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Cardigan

#2 - Cardigan

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 18, 1996

Gary is upset when he's mistaken for George at the office. He decides to prove that he isn't becoming ""middle aged"" by taking Dorothy, Tony and Deborah to an all-night rave. The evening is a complete disaster!

star 8.29
85 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
The Good Pub Guide

#3 - The Good Pub Guide

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 27, 1996

Deborah has become interested in astrology. Tony thinks he can use this new interest as a way of getting her to sleep with him. Dorothy gives Gary a lesson in bad behaviour. Gary and Tony are horrified when they discover that Les has been sacked as manager of ""The Crown"". They're even more horrified when they learn that the new landlord plans to completely refurbish the pub. They set about finding a new 'local'. They also fill their flat with some strange mementoes of the 'old Crown'.

star 8.14
118 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Delivery

#4 - Delivery

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 28, 1998

In the final episode, Tony takes up his new job as a postman; however Deborah believes he's become boring as a result. Meanwhile Gary gets heavily drunk to break the news to George and Anthea the office is closing down; and Dorothy goes into labour, but with a drunken Gary and Tony (who's now back to his old ways) and an unconscious midwife.

star 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Hair

#5 - Hair

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 20, 1996

Tony is away travelling around Europe. Meanwhile, Gary and Dorothy have a very romantic time and Dorothy decides that she'll move in with Gary. She also decides that Tony will have to leave the flat if he moves in! Tony comes home with a beard and is shocked to find a tidy flat with a fridge full of food instead of lager. Gary agonises about ways of breaking the news to Tony that he'll have to leave the flat.

star 8.04
124 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Cowardice

#6 - Cowardice

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 4, 1996

Gary makes himself look like a coward in a 'road rage' incident so he hatches a plan to make himself look macho. He hires someone to pretend to pick a fight with him in the pub but ends up fighting the wrong man. Deborah has a female friend staying with her. Gary and Tony are convinced that she's going through a ""lesbian phase""!

star 7.93
90 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Jealousy

#7 - Jealousy

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 20, 1997

Tony becomes obsessively jealous when he thinks that Deborah fancies another man. Gary and Dorothy, Tony and Deborah spend a weekend in a caravan out in the country. Gary is trying to give up smoking.

star 7.92
59 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
My Brilliant Career

#8 - My Brilliant Career

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 24, 1992

Gary thinks that he's been offered a new job so takes his staff out to dinner so that he can tell them that he's leaving! Will he be correct? Meanwhile, Dermot loses his job after he dangles a customer by the ankles.

star 7.84
83 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Drunk

#9 - Drunk

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 29, 1995

Gary is supposed to be having a romantic meal with Dorothy, but he gets held up in the pub with Tony. Then Les announces a ""Beers of the World"" promotion and Gary and Tony have to help with the tasting. Will he ever get to the romantic meal?

star 7.84
94 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
In Bed with Dorothy

#10 - In Bed with Dorothy

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 6, 1995

Dorothy has had an operation to remove her appendix so Gary insists that she stays with him so that he can look after her. He isn't happy when she shows no interest in having sex with him. Tony is discovered wearing spectacles.

star 7.78
93 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Bed

#11 - Bed

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 8, 1994

It's a wild and stormy night. Deborah can't sleep because she has digestive problems and because the garden fence is flapping around in the wind. She solves this problem by sending Tony to fix the fence and sends Gary to the shops. In the middle of the night, to look for indigestion tablets!

star 7.69
123 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Home-Made Sauna

#12 - Home-Made Sauna

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 1, 1996

Dorothy and Deborah have gone away on a sailing weekend. Tony is building a sauna in the garden shed - a ""shedna"" as he calls it. Gary and Tony meet Paula and Carol, who are staying at the house next door for the weekend. They invite the girls round for a barbecue. Tony makes a play for Paula, but discovers that she's a happily married mother. Gary is seduced by Carol. When Deborah and Dorothy come home, Tony talks Debs into trying out the ""shedna"" with him, but it blows up before they can use it! Gary obviously keeps quiet about his weekend activities with Carol.

star 7.65
116 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Marriage

#13 - Marriage

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 5, 1994

Tony resorts to bugging Deborah's flat in an attempt to find out what she sees in her new estate agent boyfriend. Gary takes Dorothy to the ""Pasta Pig"" for a romantic meal. Carried away by the wine and the atmosphere, he forgets himself and proposes! - Dorothy accepts!! Next morning, Gary has second thoughts but how can he escape marriage?

star 7.65
54 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Wedding

#14 - Wedding

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 13, 1997

The day of Gary and Dorothy's wedding arrives and both of them are having second thoughts. Tony, however, is ""on a promise"" if the wedding goes ahead.

star 7.64
118 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Weekend

#15 - Weekend

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 22, 1994

Tony gets a job as a barman, working for Les. Gary and Dorothy compare fantasies.

star 7.63
116 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Gary & Tony

#16 - Gary & Tony

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 8, 1992

Dermot has left the flat and gone abroad so Gary advertises for a new lodger. After interviewing a string of very strange and weird applicants, Gary offers the room to a bloke called Tony. Also, Anthea asks Gary for a pay rise and gets locked in the stationery cupboard.

star 7.60
138 votes
Directors: Gillian Miles
Writers: Simon Nye
Babies

#17 - Babies

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired May 25, 1995

Deborah leaves her keys with Tony so that he can let the gas engineer in to service her boiler. Tony can't resist the chance to have a peep in Deborah's underwear drawer, with disastrous consequences! Gary and Dorothy think they might have a baby - Dorothy begins to wonder whether Gary is mature enough to be a father.

star 7.59
120 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Sex & Violence

#18 - Sex & Violence

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 17, 1992

Dermot organises a romantic dinner for Deborah

star 7.54
85 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Infidelity

#19 - Infidelity

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 1, 1995

Deborah tells Tony that she prefers people who help others, so he tries to become a Samaritan. Meanwhile, Gary suspects Dorothy of ""playing around"" and goes to great lengths to confirm his suspicions.

star 7.52
88 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Playing Away

#20 - Playing Away

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 13, 1995

Tony has toothache but can't face a trip to the dentist. He decides on a 'do-it-yourself' extraction and ends up in great pain. Gary and Deborah have gone away on a weekend writing course. Tony calls Dorothy at the hospital and she comes round to help him. They end up in bed together.

star 7.50
91 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Casualties

#21 - Casualties

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 15, 1994

Deborah has become very depressed, so she decides to sell her flat and leave the country (As you do!!!). To prevent her from leaving, Gary and Tony do everything they can think of to convince potential buyers that her flat is a terrible place to live!

star 7.49
94 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Stag Night

#22 - Stag Night

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 6, 1997

Gary and Tony set out to celebrate Gary's stag night after Dorothy decides that it's time Gary showed ""real committment"" by marrying her. Gary suggests to Dorothy that buying a dog together might be an alternative!

star 7.48
92 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Performance

#23 - Performance

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 25, 1998

Gary and Dorothy are determined to try for a baby; however Gary has a slight impotence problem so collects a heavy collection of pornography to solve the problem. Meanwhile, Tony decides to move in with Deborah.

star 7.46
13 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Your Mate v Your Bird

#24 - Your Mate v Your Bird

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 11, 1996

Gary has to decide between keeping Tony as a flatmate and living with Dorothy. He finally decides to ask Tony to leave. Tony moves to a room in ""The Crown"". Then Dorothy announces that she's decided to move in with Deborah! Tony tries to prove his love for Deborah with a do-it-yourself tattoo.

star 7.45
118 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye
Three Girlfriends

#25 - Three Girlfriends

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 22, 1995

Gary's dad has come to stay so he has to find a partner to take to a party. Tony has three girlfriends at the same time and he's finding it difficult to keep them apart. He's also making Gary very jealous!

star 7.41
118 votes
Directors: Martin Dennis
Writers: Simon Nye