The Best Episodes of The League of Gentlemen

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018

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.

Welcome to Royston Vasey

#1 - Welcome to Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 8.33
170 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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A Plague on Royston Vasey

#2 - A Plague on Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 8.22
90 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Royston Vasey and the Monster from Hell

#3 - Royston Vasey and the Monster from Hell

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 8.18
76 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Nightmare in Royston Vasey

#4 - Nightmare in Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 8.17
108 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Destination: Royston Vasey

#5 - Destination: Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 8.14
112 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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The Road to Royston Vasey

#6 - The Road to Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 8.11
131 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Anarchy in Royston Vasey

#7 - Anarchy in Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 8.10
80 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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The Beast of Royston Vasey

#8 - The Beast of Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 8.06
98 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Escape From Royston Vasey

#9 - Escape From Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 6

- 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 8.05
92 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Death in Royston Vasey

#10 - Death in Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 8.05
78 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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The Medusa Touch

#11 - The Medusa Touch

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 7.99
64 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Beauty and the Beast (Or, Come into My Parlour)

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

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 7.98
58 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Turn Again Geoff Tipps

#13 - Turn Again Geoff Tipps

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 7.98
61 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Lust for Royston Vasey

#14 - Lust for Royston Vasey

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.98
94 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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Love Comes to Royston Vasey

#15 - Love Comes to Royston Vasey

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.96
97 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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The Lesbian and the Monkey

#16 - The Lesbian and the Monkey

Season 3 - Episode 1

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 7.89
83 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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The One-Armed Man is King

#17 - The One-Armed Man is King

Season 3 - Episode 2

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 7.89
53 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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How The Elephant Got Its Trunk

#18 - How The Elephant Got Its Trunk

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 7.88
67 votes
Writers: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
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