The BEST Episodes of My Family

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 30, 2020

Network: BBC One

My Family is about the life of the Harpers, a fictional middle-class English family, who live in 78 Lancaster Road, Chiswick, London. Ben, a dentist, and Susan, a tour guide who later works for an art gallery, have three children, Nick, Janey and Michael, all of whom cause problems in their own way. While Susan is a control freak, Ben prefers to leave the children to it and tries not to get involved.

Abi Ever After

#1 - Abi Ever After

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired May 18, 2007

A party is held on the eve of Abi's wedding to Roger. Abi's mother gets drunk and tries to flirt with Ben whilst Michael and Alfie try to chat up the same girl. On the wedding day bridesmaid Janey gets dumped by her boyfriend over the phone and Abi has cold feet about getting married but Susan persuades her to go through with the wedding.

star 9.37
49 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Bert Tyler-Moore, George Jeffrie
A Very Brief Encounter

#2 - A Very Brief Encounter

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 16, 2009

Whilst Janey lands herself in hot water by fabricating a Swedish girl-friend for a depressed Roger, Susan is visited by an old friend Margot, who is going through a divorce and wants to borrow a man to make her husband Phil, who is seeing someone, jealous. Inevitably she borrows Ben and they go out to the restaurant where Phil is - succeeding in annoying him. Next morning Ben wakes up the worse for drink. Has he really slept with Margot?

star 9.30
44 votes
Directors: Nic Phillips
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
A Difficult Undertaking

#3 - A Difficult Undertaking

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 19, 2009

Ben's uncle Norris dies, leaving ten thousand pounds - to Susan, for her support following the loss of his Mildred. Ben, also expecting a large legacy, buys an expensive suit but it turns out that Norris has only left him a box of old clothes. However Ben would seem to have a winning lottery ticket. Unfortunately it's in the suit that Alfie gave to Norris's son, thinking it belonged to the dead relative and Ben must retrieve it without causing offence.

star 9.21
38 votes
Directors: Nic Phillips
Writers: Amy Shindler, Andrew Kreisberg, Ed Dyson, Robin Taylor
Cards on the Table

#4 - Cards on the Table

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 25, 2008

Ben's poker school is costing him a fortune, while Susan's visit to the fortune-teller reveals that something far more deadly is on the cards.

star 9.20
46 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Brian Leveson and Paul Minett
Susan of Troy

#5 - Susan of Troy

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired May 4, 2007

Susan's mother Grace returns from her holidays having got married again. Michael gets the Harpers and Abi, Roger and Alfie on 'The Weakest Link' quiz show where Grace reveals on air that, in 1973, Susan got married to an all-in wrestler called Troy the Punisher in Las Vegas, though the marriage was quickly annulled. Whilst Ben and Susan argue over her little secret Alfie wins the cash prize.

star 9.19
52 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Ed Dyson
Ben Wants to Be a Millionaire

#6 - Ben Wants to Be a Millionaire

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 23, 2001

Nick's decision to form a Motorcycle Stunt Display Team leads to him winding up in hospital with numerous injuries. However, he soon enjoys being able to call a nurse at the press of a button! Meanwhile Susan decides that Ben needs to tell Nick that he loves him.

star 9.17
66 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
Neighbour Wars

#7 - Neighbour Wars

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired May 9, 2008

Having run over Mr Casey's dog some years ago, Ben now compounds the misdemeanour by running over Mr Casey himself. Casey plays the sympathy card for all it's worth and it seems that it may be worth quite a lot.

star 9.13
48 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Darin Henry
The Return of the Prodigal Prat

#8 - The Return of the Prodigal Prat

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 11, 2003

When the local paper announces Ben's death, he takes advantage of the situation by avoiding things he doesn't want to do. Meanwhile, Nick finds out his bedroom is to be converted into a nursery, and decides to do something about it.

star 9.10
61 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
Shrink Rap

#9 - Shrink Rap

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 13, 2002

Ben and Susan attend an auction at Michael's school, where they successfully bid on a couple's therapy session. Meanwhile, Ben tries to avoid a former patient.

star 9.02
56 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Fred Barron, Sophie Hetherington
Ghosts

#10 - Ghosts

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 2002

The house may be haunted. Nick opens a mini-cab business. An old flame of Susan's looks her up.

star 9.02
59 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Andrea Solomons
Misery

#11 - Misery

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 24, 2002

Susan visits Janey at University. Michael wants to go to Greece. Nick has a new job.

star 9.00
62 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Andrea Solomons, Fred Barron
May the Best Man Win

#12 - May the Best Man Win

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 6, 2003

Abi's father asks Ben to be his best man, and Ben contracts with Nick to give the stag night party. Michael has to do the dishes.

star 9.00
59 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Georgia Pritchett
The Great Escape

#13 - The Great Escape

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 4, 2003

When Susan's mother comes to stay, Nick's flat suddenly becomes more attractive. Susan finds a condom in Michael's wallet.

star 8.98
65 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
Lost Weekend

#14 - Lost Weekend

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 28, 2002

Michael is off for a higher maths fun weekend, and with everyone else gone, Ben and Susan have the weekend alone.

star 8.95
63 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Ian Brown, James Hendrie
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

#15 - The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 10, 2002

The Harpers experience competitive family strife over an amateur nativity play. Michael has girl difficulties. Ben has a toothache.

star 8.95
62 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
Canary Cage

#16 - Canary Cage

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 30, 2003

Ben loses his luggage on a free holiday to Lanzarote, Spain. A new camera causes complications.

star 8.90
62 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Ian Brown, James Hendrie
Fitting Punishment

#17 - Fitting Punishment

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 21, 2003

A new arrival at Ben's surgery leads to problems. Nick studies to becomes an extra. Michael gets very involved with the cadet force.

star 8.87
63 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Ian Brown, James Hendrie
It's Training Men

#18 - It's Training Men

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 30, 2009

New patient Jessica proves to be an undercover spy for the Cavitex dental company and she feels Ben's behaviour warrants his going on a retraining course, along with Roger. Feeling patronized and irked by the presence of the Cavitex mascot giant bear, Ben falls asleep during a talk but on waking learns that there is to be an exam on all the facts he has just missed. Perhaps a little bribery is in order. Back home the family gets drunk on home brew.

star 8.83
69 votes
Directors: Nic Phillips
Writers: Amy Shindler, Ed Dyson, Robyn Taylor
Dog Dazed

#19 - Dog Dazed

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 23, 2009

Susan wants a dog but the assessor from the dogs' home deems her unsuitable so Ben goes to the kennels to sneak one out for her, only to find she is already there and about to call in the press as a protest against the assessors' decision. She then handcuffs Ben to one of the bars and leaves him to be her spokesman to the reporter.

star 8.82
72 votes
Directors: Nic Phillips
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
Four Affairs and a Funeral

#20 - Four Affairs and a Funeral

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 13, 2007

Elderly patient Henry Phillips dies of natural causes in Ben's surgery, having confessed to Ben that he has a much younger wife Celia and a much younger mistress Stacey. Ben goes to comfort the widow but is mindful that he must keep the two women apart, in which capacity he goes to the old man's funeral. Susan, however, starts to suspect that her husband may be having the affair and, armed with her new mobile phone that takes photographs, follows him.

star 8.81
83 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
Trust Never Sleeps

#21 - Trust Never Sleeps

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 21, 2001

When Susan finds that Janey doesn't trust her, she lets her have a teenage party alone while she is in Oxford with Ben. However the two lose confidence and return, only to be trapped in their bedroom when the guests arrive. When Ben needs to use the toilet, and the one in their bedroom is broken, things only get worse!

star 8.79
75 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Ian Brown, James Hendrie
Loco Parentis

#22 - Loco Parentis

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired May 23, 2003

Ben and Susan have to go back to school for parenting classes. Roger becomes friends with Abi.

star 8.78
58 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Andrea Solomons
Much Ado About Ben

#23 - Much Ado About Ben

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 7, 2000

Ben is rushed to hospital after turning white and is forced to reveal that he took Viagra. Placed on a low-carb diet, he turns to Brigitte's guru for help. Meanwhile, Susan's yoga teacher has fallen out with her husband and the class takes place in the Harpers' house.

star 8.76
75 votes
Directors: Baz Taylor
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
Living the Dream

#24 - Living the Dream

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 7, 2006

Ben, yearning for a boat, and facing mounting costs for two schools, looks for an easy fix when Roger tells him of a new company -- an all he has to do to get rich is push home products door to door.

star 8.67
57 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Tom Leopold
The Ego Has Landed

#25 - The Ego Has Landed

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 6, 2007

The Harpers re-encounter the Mortons, a couple they met on holiday, and go to dinner with them. To Ben's surprise - and a good massaging of his ego - the couple ask him to be a sperm donor so that they can try I.V.F. treatment. However, when his results come through, they prove that he has no reason to crow. Janey is annoyed to find that Mark, Kenzo's long-absent father who has come back into the picture, has been married for two years without telling her and expects Kenzo to greet his 'new mummy'.

star 8.48
23 votes
Directors: Dewi Humphreys
Writers: Tom Anderson