The BEST Episodes of Rising Damp
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2021
Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.
#1 - Come on in the Water's Lovely
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 9, 1978
Rigsby finally proposes to Ruth when he receives his long awaited divorce papers.
#2 - The Permissive Society
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 7, 1975
Philip arranges a blind date for Alan, so he can be alone with Ruth, who's been let down by her latest suitor.
#3 - Great Expectations
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 18, 1978
Rigsby persuades Ruth to impersonate his estranged wife so he can collect an inheritance from his great uncle.
#4 - Under the Influence
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 2, 1978
Rigsby persuades a tenant behind on his rent to hypnotize Ruth and plant the idea she's madly in love with Rigsby.
#5 - Stage Struck
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 19, 1977
When Alan and Ruth are cast as lovers in a play written by a new tenant, Hillary, a jealous Rigsby decides to take up acting.
#6 - The Lodgers (a.k.a Rooksby)
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 2, 1974
Alan tries to talk landlord Rigsby into moving him from the damp, freezing attic, and into the newly vacated room downstairs. Rigsby is having none of it, and instead is persuaded by Miss Jones into letting it to her friend from the university, Philip. Rigsby is not quite so enthusiastic however, when he sees that Philip is black. He is even less enthusiastic when he begins to suspect that the new tenant has designs on Miss Jones. Alan and Rigsby both plot to get rid of Philip, but it is Miss Jones' constant and unwanted attention that cause Philip to pack his cases. Rigsby, unwilling to refund a weeks rent and upon hearing he is the son of a chief, persuades Philip to swap to another room, and so squeezes him in with a less than willing Alan.
#7 - Moonlight and Roses
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 28, 1975
Rigsby jumps to the conclusion that Ruth has fallen in love with him.
#8 - Fawcett's Python
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired May 10, 1977
Ruth becomes indignant with Marilyn, the new tenant, who is an exotic dancer with an unusual prop in her act.
#9 - Black Magic
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 13, 1974
Rigsby has been busy trying to attract Miss Jones' attentions. Meanwhile, Miss Jones has been busy trying to attract Philip's attentions. During a chat with the boys, Rigsby is told that Philip has ten wives, and that he is seen as a God in his own country. Rigsby is somewhat sceptical and demands proof of Philip's powers. Philip claims he can make something appear, and so performs a small ritual in which he bangs the floor three times with a ceremonial spear. Before long, a scantily clad Miss Jones enters the room in something of a fluster, hastily makes an excuse and leaves. Rigsby however, is still not convinced. Later, when he is alone, Alan tries the same ritual, and again Miss Jones rushes upstairs believing the knocking to be a call from Philip. Later, when Rigsby finds himself alone in the room with the spear, he cannot resist attempting to conjure Miss Jones' appearance himself. Unfortunately he only manages to raise the laughter of Alan and Philip who spy on him from the door
#10 - For the Man Who Has Everything (Christmas Special)
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 26, 1975
Rigsby spends Christmas alone, but both Alan and Philip return early looking for some solitude for romance.
#11 - Pink Carnations
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 25, 1978
Rigsby tries to find a woman through an ad in the personals column and receives a surprising response.
#12 - Things That Go Bump in the Night
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 19, 1975
Rigsby tries to spook Alan by telling him that the boarding house is haunted.
#13 - A Perfect Gentleman
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 5, 1975
A well-bred new tenant brings out Rigsby's aristocratic aspirations.
#14 - The Cocktail Hour
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 17, 1977
Alan becomes engaged to a girl from a snobbish family.
#15 - Clunk Click
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 26, 1977
Rigsby tries to impress Ruth with a fancy new car.
#16 - A Night Out
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 20, 1974
Alan and Philip are pleasantly surprised by Rigsby's rather dapper appearance. It is Miss Jones' birthday, and Rigsby has booked a table at The Grange. The only problem is that he doesn't know how to ask her, and so he has to invite the boys in order that they will ask her for him. After a quick rummage in the wardrobe of another tenant, Spooner the wrestler, Rigsby and Alan acquire suitable attire for the restaurant, and so they all depart for the evening. Unfortunately for Rigsby, Philip seems to be holding Miss Jones' attention at the table and on the dance floor. That is until the band strike up a waltz, which happens to be Rigsby's forte. His luck is short lived however, as Spooner turns up and demands to know why Rigsby is wearing his clothes. The resulting fracas sees Miss Jones' embarrassed exit, and Rigsby's ejection, from the restaurant.
#17 - Stand Up and Be Counted
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 17, 1975
Rigsby`s political loyalties are put to the test as election fever grips the house.
#18 - Charisma
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 27, 1974
After a recent spate of ill luck in the romance department, Rigsby turns to Alan and Philip to offload his woes. Sensing an opportunity to get a favour out of Rigsby, Alan and Philip bestow instant charisma on him in the form of a huge medallion, a Matt Monro LP and a bottle of relaxant pills. Rigsby wastes no time in visiting Miss Jones to woo her to the strains of Matt Monro, however a mild overdose of the relaxants causes him to fall asleep considerably earlier than he had anticipated. When he finally wakes up, he sets about finding Alan to duff him up, but instead decides to try a plan of Philip's whereby he burns the wood of the love tree outside Ruth's hut, a plan without drawbacks as Ruth will be unable to resist the enchanting aroma. However, as Rigsby's plan goes up in smoke as it were, all favours to Alan and Philip are withdrawn much to their frustration.
#19 - The Last of the Big Spenders
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 12, 1975
Rigsby tries to seduce a new tenant while fending off bill collectors.
#20 - The Prowler
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 10, 1975
Ruth's screams of a prowler brings Rigsby to her side and prompts a visit from the regional crime squad.
#21 - That's My Boy
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 12, 1977
Rigsby returns from his holidays to find that Ruth has returned and that an infant is being passed around for care.
#22 - All Our Yesterdays
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 3, 1975
Rigsby has to tell an ill-tempered wrestler to turn down the volume on his radio.
#23 - The Good Samaritan
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired May 3, 1977
Even the callous Rigsby becomes concerned over a depressed new tenant who has suffered a series of business and personal problems.
#24 - A Body Like Mine
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 21, 1975
Rigsby reluctantly joins a communal fitness craze.