The BEST episodes of On the Buses

Every episode of On the Buses ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of On the Buses!

Running from 1969 to 1973, with three spin-off movies, 'On the Buses' was made by London Weekend Television. Stan Butler lives at home with his overbearing mother, his frumpy sister Olive and his lazy brother in law Arthur. Stan works as a bus driver for the Luxton & District Bus Company, with his conductor Jack. The bane of their lives Inspector 'Blakey' Blake who often checks up on them and threatens them with the sack for lateness and untidiness.

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Cover Up
star
8.11
9 votes

#1 - Cover Up

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/24/1971

Stan offers to re-cover Mum's upholstery but he can only get hold of the material used for bus seats.

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The Inspector's Niece
star
8.10
10 votes

#2 - The Inspector's Niece

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/16/1970

A new clippie hides a terrible secret - she's Blakey's niece!

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Foggy Night
star
8.07
14 votes

#3 - Foggy Night

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/27/1970

Freezing fog forces Stan to pull off the road, with Mum, Arthur, Olive and Blakey on board...

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The Darts Match
star
8.07
14 votes

#4 - The Darts Match

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/11/1969

Stan and Jack are challenged to a darts match by two clippies, Iris and Jenny. Stan feels he's a bit out of practice and so spends all his spare time practicing his darts playing. When he drops one of his darts in Olive's stew, he has to use a new set which he is not used to. His darts playing has the added problem of Iris' flirting during the match!

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The Used Combination
star
8.00
12 votes

#5 - The Used Combination

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/7/1969

Arthur's motorcycle and side car are in desperate need of repairs. Stan says that he can get the spare parts from the bus depot, if he can sneak them out past anyone in particular who might be watching.

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First Aid
star
8.00
11 votes

#6 - First Aid

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/2/1970

Stan fibs his way past the First Aid test but how will he cope with a real emergency?

Directors: Stuart Allen
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Brew It Yourself
star
8.00
11 votes

#7 - Brew It Yourself

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/23/1970

Jack leads Stan astray when he convinces him to start home brewing beer.

Directors: Stuart Allen
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Lost Property
star
8.00
8 votes

#8 - Lost Property

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/14/1971

Stan and Jack find some fish and chips on their bus and, to cut a long story short, eat them. Then a woman comes into the depot to report the loss to Blakey...

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Union Trouble
star
7.86
7 votes

#9 - Union Trouble

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/19/1972

When the management sacks Elsie the canteen lady, Stan stages a one man hunger strike.

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Family Flu
star
7.85
13 votes

#10 - Family Flu

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/31/1969

Mum and Olive are in bed with the flu and it is not long before Arthur joins then. Stan is rushed off his feet looking after them and doing his shifts at the depot. To recover, the family go to stay with Aunt Maud. Stan and Jack plan a party in their absence, if Stan can stay fit!

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The Cistern
star
7.85
13 votes

#11 - The Cistern

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/9/1970

Attempting to fix his noisy WC, Stan manages to put a spanner in the works...

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Self Defence
star
7.83
12 votes

#12 - Self Defence

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/14/1969

After a number of assaults on bus staff, the management introduce judo lessons. Enter Blakey as the judo instructor!

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The Allowance
star
7.83
6 votes

#13 - The Allowance

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/6/1973

There's a new clippie at the depot, the militant Jessie. Outraged that the female clippies have to pay to use the public conveniences, while the male staff don't, she lobbies the management for an allowance to cover the cost.

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Olive Takes a Trip (aka Olive's First Day)
star
7.82
17 votes

#14 - Olive Takes a Trip (aka Olive's First Day)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/14/1969

To help with the family income, Olive gets a job as a clippie. She gets put on Stan's bus, against his wishes. The trouble is Olive does not travel well!

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The Injury
star
7.78
9 votes

#15 - The Injury

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/14/1971

When Stan injures his foot, Jack is ready with plenty of good advice.

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The Best Man
star
7.78
9 votes

#16 - The Best Man

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/3/1971

The Inspector's niece is getting married. Much to Blakey's alarm, Stan is to be Best Man...

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Canteen Trouble
star
7.78
9 votes

#17 - Canteen Trouble

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/31/1971

Suzy in the canteen is very good to Stan and Jack When serving their meals - and charging for them! Naturally, this upsets Blakey, who is determined to beat Jack and Stan at their own game...

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The Prize
star
7.78
9 votes

#18 - The Prize

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/2/1972

When the raffle ticket that Stan buys for Mum wins second prize of a holiday for two in Spain, the family are extra nice to her, in an effort to be the one picked to go on holiday with her.

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Gardening Time
star
7.75
8 votes

#19 - Gardening Time

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/20/1973

Blakey and Jack have entered into the depot flower and vegtable competition. The rivalry is fierce as they both try to create the best garden.

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The Strain
star
7.75
8 votes

#20 - The Strain

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/28/1971

Stan tries to prove his strength by picking up his girlfriend with one hand. In doing so, he strains his back and has to wear a surgical corset...

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Christmas Duty
star
7.75
8 votes

#21 - Christmas Duty

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/25/1970

Stan and Jack are lumbered with Christmas Day duty in the Depot.

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On The Omnibuses
star
7.75
8 votes

#22 - On The Omnibuses

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/1/1973

t's a hundred years since the Luxton Bus Company came into being and fifty years since they got their first motor bus. To celebrate the good old days Blakey organizes an exhibition and,after showing Mum and Olive around some of the museum pieces, Stan falls asleep at the wheel of a bus from the turn of the century,imagining his present-day family and colleagues in previous incarnations. Olive is a militant suffragette,Mum a washerwoman and Blakey is still Blakey,except his nickname is the Kaiser.

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The Lodger
star
7.71
7 votes

#23 - The Lodger

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/7/1971

Stan has a plan to help his family cope with inflation - he decides to take in a lodger.

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Stan's Worst Day
star
7.71
7 votes

#24 - Stan's Worst Day

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/12/1972

It's been a pretty bad week for Stan, Arthur and Olive are constantly arguing and keeping him awake which also makes him late for work and so tired that he falls asleep and crashes the bus.

Directors: Derrick Goodwin
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Safety First
star
7.70
10 votes

#25 - Safety First

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/31/1971

Stan and Jack's interpretation of new safety regulations causes more accidents than they were designed to prevent.

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