The BEST episodes of Not Going Out

Every episode of Not Going Out ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Not Going Out!

Not Going Out reveals the many childish antics of witty smart aleck Lee among his friends and family in and around London.

Last Updated: 1/30/2023Network:BBC One
Share:
Drunk
star
8.50
246 votes

#1 - Drunk

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/18/2012

After Lucy suffers a mild indiscretion whilst drunk and claims to have no memory of the event, she and Lee embark on an experiment with a bottle of home-made potato hooch to prove once and for all that you can remember what happens when you're mashed.

Watch Now:Amazon
Lucy
star
8.34
109 votes

#2 - Lucy

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/19/2014

Lee spends time in the bar with Toby worrying that the woman of his dreams is drifting further away.

Watch Now:Amazon
Christening
star
8.33
147 votes

#3 - Christening

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/24/2014

Lee's big mouth has got him and Lucy invited to a christening party thrown by new neighbours Toby and Anna, and now they have no time to find the perfect present for the baby who has everything.

Christmas Special (The Wedding)
star
8.13
86 votes

#4 - Christmas Special (The Wedding)

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/24/2014

The will-they-won't-they tension reaches new highs in this epic series finale for Christmas that sees Lucy and Lee in previously uncharted emotional waters. After being pressured by Frank, Lee gets drunk on the night before his and Lucy's wedding, which causes serious problems for Lee and Frank, along with Lucy's father, Geoffrey, after the police find that the ring that belongs to Geoffrey is actually stolen. Will the three of them make it to the church on time for Lee and Lucy's wedding day?

Watch Now:Amazon
Examination
star
8.13
247 votes

#5 - Examination

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/11/2012

Lucy finds herself working on a Government initiative encouraging men to regularly check themselves for lumps. Eager to please Lucy, Lee follows the campaign's advice and discovers something he wasn't expecting.

Mugging
star
8.10
154 votes

#6 - Mugging

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/17/2014

When Lucy has her handbag stolen from right under Lee's nose, he feels the need to prove his manliness over and over and over again.

Watch Now:Amazon
Escape Room
star
8.04
90 votes

#7 - Escape Room

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/15/2018

As a surprise for Lee's birthday, Lucy invites the whole family to join them in an escape room.

Directors: Nick Wood
Watch Now:Amazon
Pointless
star
8.03
115 votes

#8 - Pointless

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/21/2014

In an attempt to impress Lucy with his intellectual prowess, Lee joins Daisy as a contestant on the TV quiz show Pointless.

Movie
star
8.01
239 votes

#9 - Movie

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/20/2011

Lee promises to stop treating Lucy's flat as if he owns it - but not before he has hired it out to a film director.

Directors: Nick Wood
Watch Now:Amazon
Anna
star
7.99
113 votes

#10 - Anna

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/7/2014

Lucy aspires to be friends with her posh new neighbours Toby and Anna, but she hasn't reckoned on Lee dragging her back down to earth.

Watch Now:Amazon
Dating
star
7.98
162 votes

#11 - Dating

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/12/2007

As Lucy and Guy's relationship intensifies, Lee starts to ponder his lack of a girlfriend and, encouraged by Barbara, tries speed dating. Tim is forced to go on a disastrous date with Barbara in order to prove that he sees her as more than 'the help'.

Directors: Alex Hardcastle
Watch Now:Amazon
Donor
star
7.98
130 votes

#12 - Donor

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/31/2014

When Lucy decides it is time to have a baby, she is surprised to find the whole family taking a personal interest in the conception.

Debbie
star
7.95
268 votes

#13 - Debbie

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/13/2011

Lee's past catches up with him when a young woman appears on his doorstep and asks for a cup of sugar.

Directors: Nick Wood
Watch Now:Amazon
Plane
star
7.94
106 votes

#14 - Plane

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/12/2014

Flying off on a summer holiday, Lucy and Daisy endure the worst flight of their lives when Lee gets a bad case of the jitters on the plane.

Watch Now:Amazon
Surprise
star
7.94
110 votes

#15 - Surprise

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/5/2014

No matter what happens, Lucy's surprise party for her parents' anniversary must remain a secret or it won't be a surprise. So why she tells Lee about it is anyone's guess.

Watch Now:Amazon
Mortgage
star
7.90
189 votes

#16 - Mortgage

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/7/2007

With Kate having gone back to America, Tim tells Lee he is going to sell the flat, and hires a cleaner called Barbara to clean it. Lee attempts to get a mortgage so he can buy it. In the meantime however he puts off all the potential buyers, until Lucy, who unbeknown to Lee is Tim's sister, arrives saying she will rent the spare room when Lee buys it. Lucy soon decides she wants to buy it herself, and both offer to buy it from Tim. Tim decides to sell it to Lee, however, he cannot get a mortgage so Lucy buys it. On Tim's wishes, she rents out the spare room to Lee.

Directors: Alex Hardcastle
Watch Now:Amazon
Life on Mars Bars
star
7.90
296 votes

#17 - Life on Mars Bars

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/10/2011

Lee dreams of a perfect life with Lucy, but can the reality ever match up?

Directors: Nick Wood
Writer: Lee Mack
Dads
star
7.89
297 votes

#18 - Dads

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/20/2012

Lee's lazy weekend is wrecked when his scrounging father turns up unexpectedly. Having just come out of hospital he needs somewhere to stay for the weekend. Will Lee take on the demanding role of carer?

Directors: Nick Wood
Watch Now:Amazon
Fireworks
star
7.88
294 votes

#19 - Fireworks

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/3/2011

When an old lady wanders into Lucy's flat and makes herself at home on the sofa, Lee doesn't know what to do with her.

Directors: Nick Wood
Writer: Lee Mack
Pets
star
7.88
67 votes

#20 - Pets

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/29/2018

To teach the children to be more responsible Lee and Lucy get a family pet.

Writer: Lee Mack
Watch Now:Amazon
Babysitting
star
7.84
122 votes

#21 - Babysitting

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/20/2017

Reluctantly Lucy allows Lee’s father, Frank, to babysit and then wishes she hadn’t.

Directors: Nick Wood
Alcohol
star
7.82
113 votes

#22 - Alcohol

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/28/2014

Frank's drinking becomes a problem and forces Lee and Lucy to reassess the living arrangements in the flat.

Watch Now:Amazon
Boat
star
7.79
130 votes

#23 - Boat

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/31/2013

Lee spends a long weekend on his a boat with Lucy, even though she is terrified of water.

Watch Now:Amazon
Librarian
star
7.78
192 votes

#24 - Librarian

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/21/2007

Lucy and Guy are going out with each other, and Guy has practically moved in. This annoys Lee who thinks Guy is too old for her. Lee soon discovers that Guy owns a lap dancing club. While at the club, Lee and Tim see Rose (Thaila Zucchi), a librarian that Tim has been seeing, and discover she is a lapdancer. Tim later dumps her, but then changes his mind. However, Rose refuses to get back together. Meanwhile, Lucy dumps Guy but they soon get back together but agree to take their relationship more slowly.

Directors: Alex Hardcastle
Watch Now:Amazon
Neighbour
star
7.78
243 votes

#25 - Neighbour

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/27/2009

Lucy isn't happy with the noise a new neighbour is making. She asks both Lee and Tim to talk to him but both are scared too. Tim decides to take up boxing so that he will have more courage. Lee ends up going to confront the man.

Directors: Nick Wood
Watch Now:Amazon

Want to see the rest of the rankings?

Episode Ninja is a small business run by one person.
Pro memberships help fund servers and new feature development!