The Best Episodes of Porridge

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018

"Fletch", sentenced to a five year stretch at HM Prison Slade in darkest Cumbria, is determined to keep his head down, do his time and not let the b******s grind him down. But it's not so simple when you're an old lag. His naive cell-mate Lenny Godber needs to learn the ropes, skives and scams; evil Prison Officer Mackay can't be allowed to run things his own way and warden Barrowclough is just too weak-willed not to have his good-nature exploited... Starring Ronnie Barker, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsdale and Brian Wilde.

Final Stretch

#1 - Final Stretch

Season 3 - Episode 6

Godber is due to appear before the parole board, but a fight with another inmate puts his parole in jeopardy. It's up to Fletcher to save the day.

star 8.46
24 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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The Harder They Fall

#2 - The Harder They Fall

Season 2 - Episode 6

Godber takes up boxing and wins a place in the prison championship, so Fletcher sees a chance for a bit of a flutter. Then Harry Grout takes an interest and insists that the fight is 'fixed'. When one of Grout's rivals takes a similar interest in Godber's opponent, it looks as if nobody can win. Fletcher, however, has other ideas.

star 8.27
33 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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Disturbing the Peace

#3 - Disturbing the Peace

Season 2 - Episode 3

When Mr Mackay leaves Slade Prison, Fletcher thinks that "happy days are here again". Until, that is, he meets Mr Mackay's replacement.

star 8.23
43 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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Happy Release

#4 - Happy Release

Season 2 - Episode 5

Fletcher is having a spell in the prison hospital with a broken ankle. He's sharing a ward with old Blanco, who tells him that another inmate has swindled him out of his belongings in a crooked card game. Fletcher hatches a plan to recover Blanco's belongings and to take revenge on the culprit.

star 8.23
26 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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A Storm in a Teacup

#5 - A Storm in a Teacup

Season 3 - Episode 1

When a bottle of pills goes missing from the Doctor's surgery, Harry Grout is worried that investigation of the theft by the prison authorities will jeopardise some of his activities. Grout insists that Fletcher must find the pills and return them before the warders can take action.

star 8.19
38 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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Pardon Me

#6 - Pardon Me

Season 3 - Episode 4

Old Blanco is doing time for the murder of his wife. He still swears he wasn't guilty. Now he's up before the Parole Board and it looks as if he's sure to be released. Blanco surprises everyone by turning down parole when it's offered to him. He explains that, if he accepts parole, he'll also be admitting that he was guilty of a crime for which he was wrongly convicted. He insists that he'll only leave prison if he's offered a full pardon. Fletcher comes up with a plan to help him.

star 8.17
24 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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Men Without Women

#7 - Men Without Women

Season 1 - Episode 6

Fletch fancies himself as a bit of an agony aunt and is called upon by his fellow inmates to help out with affairs of the heart.

star 8.03
41 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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No Peace for the Wicked

#8 - No Peace for the Wicked

Season 2 - Episode 4

It's Saturday afternoon and Fletcher looks forward to a quiet read. Everyone else seems to have other ideas about how Fletcher should be spending his time.

star 7.90
41 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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Just Desserts

#9 - Just Desserts

Season 2 - Episode 1

There's an outbreak of petty pilfering from the inmates in Slade prison. Fletcher is disgusted - after all, stealing may be a job on the 'outside', but it's despicable when it happens 'inside'.

star 7.84
45 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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New Faces, Old Hands

#10 - New Faces, Old Hands

Season 1 - Episode 1

“Twenty-three and you want to go straight? What kind of talk is that? You've got your whole life in front of you!” It's Godber's first time in prison, and Fletch is going to teach him the ways.

star 7.84
64 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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A Night In

#11 - A Night In

Season 1 - Episode 3

Fletch explains to Godber that the best way to cope with his first night in prison, is to see it as just a "quiet night in". Trouble is, Godber's got another 698 to go.

star 7.80
45 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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The Hustler

#12 - The Hustler

Season 1 - Episode 2

Ives is such a loser that if Elizabeth Taylor had triplets, he'd have been the one in the middle. But there's no way he's going to be left out of Fletch's gambling enterprise.

star 7.79
62 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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Heartbreak Hotel

#13 - Heartbreak Hotel

Season 2 - Episode 2

Godber gets bad news from his girlfriend. Fletcher tries to provide help and advice, but perhaps daughter Ingrid might provide a more suitable solution to Godber's problems

star 7.77
39 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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Ways and Means

#14 - Ways and Means

Season 1 - Episode 5

Who would want to spend eight hours a day sewing fishing nets? Not Fletch, who is hell-bent on a cushy job in the library.

star 7.69
46 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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A Day Out

#15 - A Day Out

Season 1 - Episode 4

The rest of the working party are thrilled to have a day out, but Fletch is masking indifference - what's so exciting about digging a ditch anyway?

star 7.68
50 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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Poetic Justice

#16 - Poetic Justice

Season 3 - Episode 2

Fletcher's new cellmate turns out to be the judge who sentenced him to five years in Slade Prison.

star 7.68
28 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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A Test of Character

#17 - A Test of Character

Season 3 - Episode 5

Godber is working hard for an extra O-level. Fletcher tries to persuade him that cheating would be a good way of ensuring success in the examination. Godber isn't convinced.

star 7.48
21 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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Rough Justice

#18 - Rough Justice

Season 3 - Episode 3

Fletcher is worried that Judge Rawley might rob him of his main source of income - writing letters for illiterate inmates.

star 7.30
3 votes
Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
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