The BEST Episodes of On the Buses

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2019

Network: ITV

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.

The Used Combination

#1 - The Used Combination

Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.91
11 votes
Cover Up

#2 - Cover Up

Season 4 - Episode 9

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

star 8.71
7 votes
The Darts Match

#3 - The Darts Match

Season 1 - Episode 7

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!

star 8.67
15 votes
Christmas Duty

#4 - Christmas Duty

Season 4 - Episode 5

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

star 8.50
6 votes
Lost Property

#5 - Lost Property

Season 5 - Episode 9

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...

star 8.50
8 votes
The Cistern

#6 - The Cistern

Season 3 - Episode 2

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

star 8.45
11 votes
The Strain

#7 - The Strain

Season 5 - Episode 11

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...

star 8.38
8 votes
Foggy Night

#8 - Foggy Night

Season 3 - Episode 9

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

star 8.36
14 votes
The Anniversary

#9 - The Anniversary

Season 4 - Episode 8

Stan and his family are celebrating Olive and Arthur's 10th wedding Anniversary.

star 8.33
6 votes
The Best Man

#10 - The Best Man

Season 5 - Episode 3

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

star 8.33
9 votes
The Allowance

#11 - The Allowance

Season 7 - Episode 11

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.

star 8.33
6 votes
Family Flu

#12 - Family Flu

Season 2 - Episode 1

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!

star 8.30
10 votes
Brew It Yourself

#13 - Brew It Yourself

Season 3 - Episode 4

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

star 8.30
10 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
Writers: Ronald Wolfe, Ronald Chesney
Busmen's Perks

#14 - Busmen's Perks

Season 3 - Episode 5

Olive wants to redecorate her bedroom but the only paint to hand is Bus Green...

star 8.30
10 votes
The Kids' Outing

#15 - The Kids' Outing

Season 4 - Episode 7

Much to his disgust, this year it is Stan's turn to drive the bus for the children's annual outing.

star 8.29
7 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
The Prize

#16 - The Prize

Season 6 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.29
7 votes
Aunt Maud

#17 - Aunt Maud

Season 2 - Episode 4

Aunt Maud comes to stay and upsets the family home life. The little dog of Aunt Maud's has now grown into a huge animal and also upsets Stan's peaceful home

star 8.27
11 votes
First Aid

#18 - First Aid

Season 3 - Episode 1

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

star 8.27
11 votes
Directors: Stuart Allen
Writers: Ronald Chesney, Ronald Wolfe
The Inspector's Niece

#19 - The Inspector's Niece

Season 3 - Episode 3

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

star 8.25
12 votes
The Injury

#20 - The Injury

Season 4 - Episode 12

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

star 8.25
8 votes
Private Hire

#21 - Private Hire

Season 6 - Episode 3

After a bit of unlucky gambling, Stan borrows some money off Basher, but when Basher wants it back Stan hasn't got it so Jack suggests that they borrow a bus to take the old folks out on a trip, as paying customers.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Bryan Izzard
Writers: Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis
Union Trouble

#22 - Union Trouble

Season 6 - Episode 5

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

star 8.25
8 votes
On The Omnibuses

#23 - On The Omnibuses

Season 7 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.25
8 votes
Mum's Last Fling

#24 - Mum's Last Fling

Season 3 - Episode 7

When Mum uses kiss-proof lipstick and stays out untill 1.30am, everyone suspects the worst.

star 8.20
10 votes
Friends In High Places

#25 - Friends In High Places

Season 7 - Episode 12

When Mrs. Butler goes for a job at the depot's canteen, she is interviewed by an old boyfriend, Mr. Simpson who is one of the managers. After she gets the job, Jack and Olive try to use Mum's influence with Mr. Simpson to try and get one over on Blakey.

star 8.20
5 votes