The WORST Episodes of On the Buses
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2019
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.
#1 - The Squeeze
Season 3 - Episode 12
Stan investigates ways to increasing his income... and decides to sell some of his assets to Blakey.
#2 - A Thin Time
Season 5 - Episode 14
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...
#3 - The New Telly
Season 5 - Episode 12
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...
#4 - The Epidemic
Season 5 - Episode 5
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, but even an ill wind can bring benefits when it's carrying flu germs...
#5 - Goodbye Stan
Season 7 - Episode 7
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
#6 - Late Again
Season 2 - Episode 5
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.
#7 - The Poster
Season 7 - Episode 4
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.
#8 - The Canteen
Season 1 - Episode 6
After complaints are made about it, the bus crews decide to take over the running of the canteen and make Olive the new cook.
#9 - Boxing Day Social
Season 5 - Episode 15
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...
#10 - The New Conductor
Season 1 - Episode 2
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?
#11 - The Nursery
Season 5 - Episode 1
A nursery is set up for the clippies' children, and the Sister in charge requires an assistant.
#12 - Hot Water
Season 7 - Episode 8
Jack and the inspector attempt to fix a water heater.
#13 - Love Is What You Make It
Season 6 - Episode 2
Olive tries to make Arthur jealous by pretending to seduce another man.
#14 - The New Nurse
Season 5 - Episode 8
Mary, the new nurse at the depot, comes to live with the Butlers as their lodger.
#15 - On the Make
Season 3 - Episode 13
Stan's intentions are less than honourable when he offers Edna a place to stay when her landlady throws her out.
#16 - The Inspector's Pets
Season 5 - Episode 4
It's goodbye to the depot for a while for Blakey - he and his mum are going on holiday. But they can't find anyone to look after the dachsund and the tropical fish...
#17 - No Smoke Without Fire
Season 6 - Episode 1
After a carelessly discarded cigarette end causes a fire at the depot, it is decided that all the staff must undergo fire fighting training.
#18 - Bus Driver's Stomach
Season 1 - Episode 4
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!
#19 - The Other Woman
Season 4 - Episode 4
Arthur is thrown out of the house by Olive when she discovers he fancies one of the clippies.
#20 - Vacancy for Inspector
Season 5 - Episode 13
Inspector Blake decides to devide and rule by promoting Stan's pal Jack, to the rank of Inspector...
#21 - Stan's Worst Day
Season 6 - Episode 4
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.
#22 - Stan's Uniform
Season 5 - Episode 10
While Stan is trying to paint the kitchen chairs, he manages to decorate his uniform as well...
#23 - The Perfect Clippie
Season 7 - Episode 2
With money tight as ever in the Butler home Stan asks Blakey to employ Olive on the buses and eventually he relents. Olive's last excursion into being a conductress was a disaster but now she is completely in charge,super-efficient to the point of annoying, particularly as she has learnt the rule book off by heart and takes Stan to task for his rule-bending.It can't last..
#24 - Nowhere to Go
Season 4 - Episode 1
Stan and Jack have nowhere to take their girls except the back seats of the bus. Can they avoid Blakey...?
#25 - The New Inspector
Season 1 - Episode 5
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.