The BEST Episodes of Only Fools and Horses

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2020

Network: BBC One

For over two decades, brothers Derek 'Del Boy' and Rodney Trotter of 'Trotters Independent Traders PLC' entertained us both with Del's extreme optimism and scams and, quite simply, Rodney's facial expressions upon hearing those scams. Moving from straight comedy into comedy-drama in its later years, taking head-on the challenges of life and death in its cast and characters - 'Only Fools' became one of Britain's most loved programmes, regularly topping critics and public popularity polls and spawning not only a spin-off comedy series ('The Green Green Grass'), but also a set of prequel dramas ('Rock & Chips').

Who's a Pretty Boy?

#1 - Who's a Pretty Boy?

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 22, 1983

Del Boy arranges for Rodney & Grandad to redecorate Denzil & Corrinne's flat. What is Corrinne going to say when she finds out that her canary is brown bread?

star 8.79
239 votes
The Class of '62

#2 - The Class of '62

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 20, 1991

A class of '62 reunion in the Nag's Head signals Roy Slater's return to Civvy Street after years in the nick. But why has the crooked ex-copper decided to come back to Peckham when he is universally loathed? Just as Trig, Del, Boycie and Denzil begin to believe that he really has changed for the better, Del discovers the real reason for his return...

star 8.74
231 votes
A Touch of Glass

#3 - A Touch of Glass

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 2, 1982

Del introduces the Dresden-collecting aristocracy to some North Korean porcelain and his chandelier-cleaning service.

star 8.71
263 votes
Directors: Ray Butt
Writers: John Sullivan
Tea for Three

#4 - Tea for Three

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 21, 1986

Del's tampered with the sunbed controls and Rodney's seeing red - literally! His face is done to a turn. He'll hardly wow Trigger's niece, Lisa, with his handsome good looks now, which leaves the way pretty clear for Del himself. But revenge should certainly be sweet when Rodders volunteers Del for a spot of hanggliding.

star 8.69
298 votes
Sleeping Dogs Lie

#5 - Sleeping Dogs Lie

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 21, 1985

Del's on to a great money making scheme - looking after Boycie and Marlene's new puppy Dukie for a steal at £60 a week. Should be a doddle - a bit of the old Pedigree Chum and they should be away. Then Dukie falls victim to Salmonella poisoning...

star 8.68
175 votes
Hole in One

#6 - Hole in One

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 7, 1985

The Trotters are potless, so Uncle Albert comes to the rescue by having an 'accident' with the open cellar door of the Nag's Head.

star 8.63
271 votes
Strained Relations

#7 - Strained Relations

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 28, 1985

After Grandad's funeral, Delboy & Rodney are surprised to find that his brother, Uncle Albert, has moved in with them - bringing his nautical nightmares.

star 8.60
243 votes
The Longest Night

#8 - The Longest Night

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 14, 1986

A burglar makes a daring raid on the local supermarket just as Del and family are out buying their weekly French stick. What's worse, Del sold him a duff watch down the local market...

star 8.59
236 votes
Yuppy Love

#9 - Yuppy Love

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 8, 1989

'80s fever is spreading fast! Del Boy's on the up and into the exciting world of red braces and yuppy sorts. Armed with his filofax and briefcase, he's ready to take on the city - well, Peckham anyway. Meanwhile, Rodney's on the pull, with a classy new bird called Cassandra. Wonder what she'll think of Nelson Mandela House...

star 8.58
239 votes
A Losing Streak

#10 - A Losing Streak

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 4, 1982

Del and Boycie are set to play the biggest poker game Peckham's ever seen... But what exactly has Boycie got up his sleeve?

star 8.57
246 votes
Friday the 14th

#11 - Friday the 14th

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 24, 1983

The Trotters visit Devon for a weekend's fishing but get involved with an escaped 'psycho' from the local mental hospital.

star 8.56
287 votes
Homesick

#12 - Homesick

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 10, 1983

Del Boy uses Rodney's election as chairman of the local tenants' association to plot a move to ground-floor accommodation.

star 8.55
236 votes
Danger UXD

#13 - Danger UXD

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 15, 1989

Just faking a signature on a delivery note means that Del can take possession of 50 dolls for absolutely nothing. The only problem is that 'Lusty Linda' and 'Erotic Estelle' are not exactly what he had in mind and would seem more appropriate to Dirty Barry's dubious trade than to the local toyshop...

star 8.55
205 votes
Happy Returns

#14 - Happy Returns

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 21, 1985

Rodney's in love with Debbie from the newsagents. Could this mean the end of his dirty magazine fetish? Trouble is she's only 19, and 19 1/2 years ago Del was pretty friendly with her mum...

star 8.52
303 votes
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

#15 - Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 5, 1986

Del Boy gets the chance to make a new start (and to become a millionaire) in Australia - fronting Jumbo Mill's used car business.

star 8.52
211 votes
The Miracle of Peckham

#16 - The Miracle of Peckham

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 7, 1986

Del Boy gets religion when the Madonna at the local church is seen to shed tears. But why does she only cry when it's raining, and where did that lead in Del's garage come from?

star 8.49
225 votes
Wanted

#17 - Wanted

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 15, 1983

Rodney is on the run after he is accused of being the 'Peckham Pouncer' - but where is that fragrant smell, wafting through the ventilation ducts of Nelson Mandela House, coming from?

star 8.49
194 votes
The Russians Are Coming

#18 - The Russians Are Coming

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 13, 1981

The threat of nuclear war looms over Peckham. What will become of the Nag's Head if the Russians attack? One things guaranteed: the Trotters will be sitting pretty in their DIY shelter...

star 8.47
244 votes
Directors: Martin Shardlow
Writers: John Sullivan
Video Nasty

#19 - Video Nasty

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 28, 1986

Rodney gets a grant from the local college to make a film, but first he must come up with a viable screenplay. Del gets him a secondhand typewriter, and also suggests a storyline of 'A Rhino Loose in the City'. To make matters worse, the director, Mickey Pearce, fed up with waiting for Rodney to write the story, starts making porn films, only for Rodney to end up starring in one.

star 8.43
251 votes
Watching the Girls Go By

#20 - Watching the Girls Go By

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 28, 1985

Del sets Rodney up with a date, but when she gets to the do at the Nag's Head she makes Rodney wish he hadn't.

star 8.43
235 votes
Little Problems

#21 - Little Problems

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 12, 1989

With his diploma in Computer Science, new job in Casandra's father's firm and impending marriage, Rodney's certainly on the up. Del's even promised to take care of his share of the flat deposit. Only problem is, Del's gone and got himself into a bit of bother over some hooky mobile phones with the less-than-understanding Driscoll brothers, and unless he comes up with £2,000 pretty sharpish they're going to take care of him. Rodney and Cassandra are married, and when he returns home from honeymoon, Del Boy gives him some good advice.

star 8.41
195 votes
Chain Gang

#22 - Chain Gang

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 22, 1989

It's the deal of a lifetime! Faced with the opportunity to buy 250 18-karat gold chains from retired jeweller Arnie, Del can't resist. Hastily a multi-million dollar business consortium is formed - well, Mike from the Nag's Head, Trig, Boycie, Uncle Albert and a reluctant Rodney, anyway. Everything's pretty cushty until Arnie's taken ill just as the deal is about to be sealed, and Del is left feeling that all that glitters...

star 8.40
237 votes
From Prussia with Love

#23 - From Prussia with Love

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 31, 1986

When a German damsel turns up in the Nag's Head, she's definitely in distress - and nine months pregnant at that. Rodney's all beer and sympathy, but Del's got an idea - could this be the answer to Boycie and Marlene's dreams of a child and a golden opportunity to make a few bob along the way?

star 8.40
250 votes
As One Door Closes

#24 - As One Door Closes

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 4, 1985

When Del Boy's hooky 'louvry' door deal, financed with Denzil's redundancy money, falls through, the boys attempt to repay him by catching a rare butterfly.

star 8.39
226 votes
Sickness & Wealth

#25 - Sickness & Wealth

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 5, 1989

While excruciating stomach cramps and a constant diet of health salts might drive some people to visit the doctor, not our Del! Oh no, he's only suffering from that scourge of all yuppies, PMA - Positive Mental Attitude! So it's going to require some nifty plotting by Rodney and Uncle Albert to get Del to visit the dreaded 'D' word!

star 8.37
184 votes