On the Buses

The WORST episodes of On the Buses

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

Last Updated: 6/15/2022Network: ITV
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The New Conductor
star
7.29
56 votes

#1 - The New Conductor

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/7/1969

When Stan sees his new clippie Iris all his nervousness goes, and they end up on a date together. He tells mum he is working an extra shift so he can take Iris out. What will Arthur and Mum think when he takes her home after the pub?

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The Canteen Girl
star
7.31
39 votes

#2 - The Canteen Girl

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/4/1970

Blakey's Plan to marry and raise chickens please Jack and Stan until they meet the new inspector.

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The Early Shift
star
7.32
85 votes

#3 - The Early Shift

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/28/1969

The bus crews go on strike because of disagreements with the management. It causes no end of trouble at work and at home. Stan is hailed hero of the day.

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The Squeeze
star
7.45
11 votes

#4 - The Squeeze

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/20/1970

Stan investigates ways to increasing his income... and decides to sell some of his assets to Blakey.

Directors: Howard Ross
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Late Again
star
7.46
13 votes

#5 - Late Again

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/28/1969

Stan is burning the candle at both ends, what with his new girlfriend keeping him out late at night and then having to do the early shift at the depot.

Directors: Stuart Allen
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A Thin Time
star
7.56
9 votes

#6 - A Thin Time

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/19/1971

Arthur is attracted to Beryl, who is the clippie on his regular bus. But Beryl has only two interests in life - men with a fondness for athletics and those with a good head hair...

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Goodbye Stan
star
7.56
9 votes

#7 - Goodbye Stan

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/8/1973

Stan decides he can make more money if he heads North and gets work in a car factory but,rather than hand in his resignation, he gets Blakey to sack him so that he can get a week's wages. He celebrates his last night at home and is unable to eat the fry-up his Mum has cooked him so he sticks it in his uniform pocket,a fact that Blakey discovers when he comes around to collect the uniform. However,as he has been evicted from his own lodgings,he takes Stan's room and becomes the Butlers' new lodger

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The Canteen
star
7.59
17 votes

#8 - The Canteen

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/4/1969

After complaints are made about it, the bus crews decide to take over the running of the canteen and make Olive the new cook.

Directors: Stuart Allen
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The New Telly
star
7.60
10 votes

#9 - The New Telly

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/5/1971

When the Luxton and District Traction Co. have their Christmas Club payout, Stan and the family decide to buy a colour television. But they have a problem disposing of their old telly...

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The Epidemic
star
7.64
11 votes

#10 - The Epidemic

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/17/1971

It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, but even an ill wind can bring benefits when it's carrying flu germs...

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Vacancy for Inspector
star
7.67
6 votes

#11 - Vacancy for Inspector

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/12/1971

Inspector Blake decides to devide and rule by promoting Stan's pal Jack, to the rank of Inspector...

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Bus Driver's Stomach
star
7.72
25 votes

#12 - Bus Driver's Stomach

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/21/1969

Sitting on the bus engine all day has given Stan an over acidic stomach, known at the depot as 'bus drivers stomach'. When Blakey announces medical checks for the staff, Stan has to try and get himself fit to pass the medical, even if it means giving up greasy fried food!

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The Nursery
star
7.75
8 votes

#13 - The Nursery

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/19/1971

A nursery is set up for the clippies' children, and the Sister in charge requires an assistant.

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Radio Control
star
7.77
13 votes

#14 - Radio Control

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/20/1970

Blakey installs a two-way radio in Stan and Jack's cab, but should he believe all he hears?

Directors: Stuart Allen
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Hot Water
star
7.78
9 votes

#15 - Hot Water

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/15/1973

Jack and the inspector attempt to fix a water heater.

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Bon Voyage
star
7.83
12 votes

#16 - Bon Voyage

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/5/1969

Stan and Jack are going on holiday but first there is the small matter of getting a suntan before they go. What better place to sunbathe than at the Cemetery Gates terminus but, having their uniforms stolen whilst sunning themselves is going to prove difficult to explain away back at the depot.

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Nowhere to Go
star
7.85
13 votes

#17 - Nowhere to Go

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/27/1970

Stan and Jack have nowhere to take their girls except the back seats of the bus. Can they avoid Blakey...?

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The Other Woman
star
7.85
13 votes

#18 - The Other Woman

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/18/1970

Arthur is thrown out of the house by Olive when she discovers he fancies one of the clippies.

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No Smoke Without Fire
star
7.85
13 votes

#19 - No Smoke Without Fire

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/20/1972

After a carelessly discarded cigarette end causes a fire at the depot, it is decided that all the staff must undergo fire fighting training.

Directors: Derrick Goodwin
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On the Make
star
7.89
9 votes

#20 - On the Make

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/27/1970

Stan's intentions are less than honourable when he offers Edna a place to stay when her landlady throws her out.

Directors: Howard Ross
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The Poster
star
7.89
9 votes

#21 - The Poster

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/18/1973

A poster of a faceless driver appears at the depot. It is a plan to boost falling passenger figures and advertises a competition with a prize of a hundred pounds to be ... The perfect driver.Jack secretly enters Stan though the other finalists are hunky sportsmen and Stan's family take him to the chemist to buy him a rejuvenating face pack to give him a chance. Will he beat off the well-toned opposition to get his face - and - name on the poster? Of course he will.

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Boxing Day Social
star
7.91
11 votes

#22 - Boxing Day Social

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/26/1971

When Jack suggests to Stan that Arthur's sister Linda should be invited to the Boxing Day Social at the depot, Arthur maintains that she's above such events...

Aunt Maud
star
7.93
14 votes

#23 - Aunt Maud

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/21/1969

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

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The New Inspector
star
8.00
18 votes

#24 - The New Inspector

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/28/1969

Stan is in need of some extra cash, so he applies for a position as an Inspector, but soon starts to worry about what the other lads will think of him.

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Busmen's Perks
star
8.00
13 votes

#25 - Busmen's Perks

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/30/1970

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

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