The BEST Episodes of The League of Gentlemen

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Network: BBC Two

Bizarre comedy set in the fictional English town of Royston Vasey, whose inhabitants include a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with cleanness that despise masturbation, an apathetic priest, a gypsy who kidnaps women to be his wives and a psychotic couple who runs a local shop for local people. Theme song by Joby Talbot.

A Plague on Royston Vasey

#1 - A Plague on Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 28, 2000

Pen-obsessed Pauline tackles Ross about her job prospects or lack thereof, and Edward sets a trap to catch a bride for David. Butcher Hilary Briss has a problem with one of his "special" customers.

star 8.63
234 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Destination: Royston Vasey

#2 - Destination: Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 14, 2000

The carnival comes to town and Pauline starts at the Restart Room as a jobseeker. Val makes a wish on a magic toad that brings back Benjamin. A nosebleed epidemic breaks out at the circus.

star 8.63
228 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Turn Again Geoff Tipps

#3 - Turn Again Geoff Tipps

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 2002

Geoff is fired from his job and leaves in an attempt to make it as a stand-up comedian in London. There he runs into the Legz Akimbo team and Mike.

star 8.59
172 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Lust for Royston Vasey

#4 - Lust for Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 21, 2000

The nosebleed epidemic continues. Pauline gets a new job as an assistant food science operative at Burger Me! Herr Lipp and students arrive on an exchange visit from Diusberg, and the guesthouse closes for a very private function.

star 8.56
237 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Escape From Royston Vasey

#5 - Escape From Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 15, 1999

- Tubbs & Edward's son David returns. Tubbs is thrilled, but Edward is resentful of his son-especially when he reveals he is responsible for the construction of ""newroad""! - Ben leaves Royston Vasey, taking with him a gift from the Dentons: an itemised bill covering expences incurred during his stay (phone calls, use of toilet tissue, etc). - Ross Reveals that he is really an employee for the Social Services. He has Pauline sacked, forcing her to hand over her pens! - Edward and David have a little chat. Facing away from Tubbs, he tells her that he no longer wants to build the road. Turning around to reveal his pig-nose, he declares ""I want to live locally"". Tubbs deserts David and Edward and leaves the shop. - Ben approaches Tubbs out on the moors, asking if she is local. Tubbs replies ""Yes, I am"", and they both head to the shop. Ben tells Tubbs that his friend who went missing had a pair of shoes just like hers. The credits roll...

star 8.55
207 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Royston Vasey and the Monster from Hell

#6 - Royston Vasey and the Monster from Hell

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 18, 2000

Roysten Vasey is quarantined as the nosebleed epidemic claims a distinguished victim. The Legz Akimbo Theatre Group comes to town, and there is a wedding at the local shop.

star 8.54
217 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Death in Royston Vasey

#7 - Death in Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 4, 2000

Hilary Briss and Maurice take an early walk in the woods to collect a "Special Delivery." Mike, Brian, and Geoff get lost on their way to a plastics convention, and Morris is dealt with.

star 8.54
193 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
How The Elephant Got Its Trunk

#8 - How The Elephant Got Its Trunk

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 24, 2002

After a bag is blown out the window of the Charity Shop Vinnie spots it on a country road and sets out in hot pursuit. Papa Lazarou returns and all the series' loose ends are tied up.

star 8.54
177 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Anarchy in Royston Vasey

#9 - Anarchy in Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 11, 2000

Pauline leaves her hostage with Mikey to go in search fo food. Geoff and Brian bury Mike alive, and Tubbs and Edward catch a no-tail. Lee finds that Creme Brulee has reformed without him.

star 8.49
222 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Nightmare in Royston Vasey

#10 - Nightmare in Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 25, 1999

An employee working on the new road stumbles into the lair of Edward and Tubbs, breakfast at the Denton's is not what Benjamin was expecting, and a tortoise has an unfortunate encounter with Dr. Chinnery.

star 8.47
305 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
The Beast of Royston Vasey

#11 - The Beast of Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 1, 1999

Chinnery examines the so-called "beast", but has he correctly identified it? Also, the Legz Akimbo Theatre Company arrives to perform a play at the local school.

star 8.45
294 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
The Medusa Touch

#12 - The Medusa Touch

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 10, 2002

Regular Cast: Mark as Alvin Steele / Les McQueen Steve as Daddy / Nancy Glass / Barbara [voice] / Anne Hand Reese as Noel Glass / Judith Buckle / Terry Lollard B&B proprietors Alvin and Sunny invite their weekend 'Sexplorers' to join them in a voyage of auto-erotic discovery - although Alvin would prefer to be at the garden centre. But who is the mysterious femme fatale in the dwarf conifers and what is the secret of the fearsome 'Medusa'? The Ending: Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen is having a fag with his wig off in the backyard of the Windermere when the white van comes crashing through the wall, sending tons of bricks down on him...

star 8.41
175 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
The One-Armed Man is King

#13 - The One-Armed Man is King

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 2002

Lance bribes hospital disc jockey Mike King to arrange an under-the-counter arm transplant. Meanwhile, Glenn and Barry fail miserably in an attempt to recover outstanding debts.

star 8.38
189 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
The Lesbian and the Monkey

#14 - The Lesbian and the Monkey

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2002

Tubbs and Edward somehow survive the fire. Paule struggles to adjust to life out of prison when she discovers true love, and Barbara throws a "gender-bender" party.

star 8.37
198 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Beauty and the Beast (Or, Come into My Parlour)

#15 - Beauty and the Beast (Or, Come into My Parlour)

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 17, 2002

Regular Cast: Mark as Tony / Iris Krell [voice] / Neds / Professor Breastpinch'd Steve as Charlie Hull Reese as Stella Hull / Judee Levinson / Keith Drop CHARLIE & STELLA / MRS LEVINSON: The Hulls' marriage seems to have disintegrated beyond repair and Stella's hooked on playing fruit machines. Meanwhile, Charlie starts working for Judee Levinson at her new beauty salon, the ""Spit and Polish"", doing massages on blindfolded clients, who think it's Judee doing them herself. His healing hands wow the customers, until an old man asks if he can do any ""extras"". Word spreads and the salon is packed with the men of Royston Vasey, blissfully unaware they are being wanked off by Charlie. When Tony comes for one of the ""special massages"", Charlie becomes obsessed with him and falls in love with him, eventually telling Tony he's the masseur with the magic hands. Tony is disgusted and the shit hits the fan: Stella wins big on the fruit machines and jets off overseas, and Judee sacks him.

star 8.36
143 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Welcome to Royston Vasey

#16 - Welcome to Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 11, 1999

Ben struggles to take in Auntie Val and Uncle Harvey’s incomprehensible house rules, while Martin poses a threat to the precious things in Tubbs and Edward’s Local Shop. At the local job center, Pauline is furious when someone lands an interview without her help. Taxi driver Babs makes middling progress through her sex change.

star 8.36
483 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Love Comes to Royston Vasey

#17 - Love Comes to Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 8, 1999

Ben tries to escape from the Dentons. Henry and Ally go to the wrong film but try to make the best of it. Geoff gives a very truthful and upsetting speech at Mike's wedding.

star 8.31
238 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
The Road to Royston Vasey

#18 - The Road to Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 18, 1999

Royston Vasey's new road is under construction: good news for all the town's inhabitants except Tubbs and Edward won't this bring strangers to the town? Judee is off to Antigua for a luxury holiday; Pauline is holding a workshop in selling the Big Issue (a newspaper for the homeless), and Ben is trying to use the telephone at the Dentons. We meet butcher Hillary Briss, Henry and Ally, the video-viewers and Reverend Bernice, Royston Vasey's outspoken lady vicar.

star 8.14
358 votes
Directors: Steve Bendelack
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton