The Best Episodes of Only Fools and Horses

Last Updated: May 14, 2019

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').

Sleeping Dogs Lie

#1 - Sleeping Dogs Lie

Season 4 - Episode 5

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 8.47
139 votes
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Yuppy Love

#2 - Yuppy Love

Season 6 - Episode 1

'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 8.45
173 votes
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Wanted

#3 - Wanted

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 8.30
132 votes
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Strained Relations

#4 - Strained Relations

Season 4 - Episode 2

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 8.28
154 votes
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Who's a Pretty Boy?

#5 - Who's a Pretty Boy?

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 8.28
123 votes
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Danger UXD

#6 - Danger UXD

Season 6 - Episode 2

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 8.28
167 votes
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The Longest Night

#7 - The Longest Night

Season 5 - Episode 3

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 8.24
147 votes
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A Touch of Glass

#8 - A Touch of Glass

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 8.23
149 votes
Directors: Ray Butt
Writers: John Sullivan
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As One Door Closes

#9 - As One Door Closes

Season 4 - Episode 7

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 8.23
138 votes
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Chain Gang

#10 - Chain Gang

Season 6 - Episode 3

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 8.23
147 votes
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Tea for Three

#11 - Tea for Three

Season 5 - Episode 4

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 8.21
183 votes
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Homesick

#12 - Homesick

Season 3 - Episode 1

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

star 8.19
150 votes
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Little Problems

#13 - Little Problems

Season 6 - Episode 6

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 8.19
135 votes
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The Unlucky Winner Is...

#14 - The Unlucky Winner Is...

Season 6 - Episode 4

Rodney's won a holiday for three in the Mediterranean, courtesy of Del and the Megaflakes drawing competition. The only snag is he's got to pretend he's 14 years old all week. Should be a doddle - all he's got to do is keep his head down. Then the skateboarding and breakdancing competitions begin...

star 8.19
161 votes
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Watching the Girls Go By

#15 - Watching the Girls Go By

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 8.17
151 votes
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The Yellow Peril

#16 - The Yellow Peril

Season 2 - Episode 5

Del's got a job painting a Chinese restaurant - but is he wise to get some help from Rodney 'Leonardo' Trotter?

star 8.16
147 votes
Directors: Ray Butt
Writers: John Sullivan
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Three Men, a Woman and a Baby

#17 - Three Men, a Woman and a Baby

Season 7 - Episode 6

Del's about to become a father, but even that can't cheer Rodney up. The Polar Cap is melting, the rainforest is dying, the sea is being poisoned, and he hasn't had 'a bit' for months. Maybe one of Del's new ponytail wigs could enhance his image in Cassandra's eyes...

star 8.16
114 votes
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Sickness & Wealth

#18 - Sickness & Wealth

Season 6 - Episode 5

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 8.16
122 votes
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It's Only Rock and Roll

#19 - It's Only Rock and Roll

Season 4 - Episode 4

Rodney is the drumless drummer in Mental Micky's band, 'A Bunch Of Wallies'. Del Boy takes on the job of manager, getting them an abortive St. Paddy's night gig at The Shamrock Club.

star 8.15
146 votes
Happy Returns

#20 - Happy Returns

Season 4 - Episode 1

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 8.13
163 votes
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A Losing Streak

#21 - A Losing Streak

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 8.13
158 votes
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Stage Fright

#22 - Stage Fright

Season 7 - Episode 3

With Raquel pregnant, Del 'Yuppy' Trotter's plan to achieve millionaire status must move up a gear. So the chance to supply the cabaret at the Starlight Rooms for old 'friend' Eric to the tune of 600 quid is too good to miss. With Raquel dusting off her vocal chords in the kitchen and Trig's mate Tony Angelino, the singing dustman, waiting in the wings, everything's sorted. Until Del discovers exactly who the real owner of the club is and the extent of Tony's vocal range...

star 8.09
124 votes
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The Class of '62

#23 - The Class of '62

Season 7 - Episode 4

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 8.08
122 votes
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May the Force Be With You

#24 - May the Force Be With You

Season 3 - Episode 5

D.I. Slater is on the track of a stolen microwave oven and Del Boy is in the frame.

star 8.08
148 votes
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The Russians Are Coming

#25 - The Russians Are Coming

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 8.07
160 votes
Directors: Martin Shardlow
Writers: John Sullivan
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