The BEST Episodes of My Family
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 25, 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.
#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.
#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?
#3 - 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.
#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.
#5 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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!
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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'.