The BEST Episodes of The Royle Family
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2019
Network: BBC One
Sitcom about a working-class family from Manchester, focusing on Mam and Dad - Barbara and Jim - as parents of children Denise and late-teen Antony.
#1 - The Wedding Day
Season 1 - Episode 6
The morning of Dave and Denise's wedding arrives. Will everything go as planned?
#2 - Decorating
Season 3 - Episode 3
Twiggy and Jim are redecorating the dining room for the Christening, but because Jim is so tight they don't have a steamer. The pair, and later Dave, use kitchen utensils to remove the wallpaper, whilst Dancing to Mambo No. 5! They don't get very far ...
#3 - Elsie's Funeral
Season 3 - Episode 4
Nanna's dear old neighbour Elsie dies, and today is the funeral. It's full of the usual admiration of the persons house, and Nanna has also been taking stuff from Elsie's since she has passed on, so Jim gets one back for Elise! Nanna is also hinting that she wants to move in: "I would never ever think of asking you to let me stay here, but well that back bedroom is free now!"
#4 - Nana Comes to Stay
Season 2 - Episode 4
Nana has had her cataract operation, so she comes to stay with the Royles. Jim is even less pleased now that she's arrived. Antony's band has split up.
#5 - Barbara's Finally Had Enough
Season 2 - Episode 5
Barbara loses patience with Jim and storms out of the house. Jim tries to show that he's concerned about Barbara by offering to make her a cup of tea!
#6 - Sunday Afternoon
Season 1 - Episode 3
It's Sunday afternoon and Nana is visiting. Everyone is more interested in the television.
#7 - Another Woman?
Season 1 - Episode 5
Denise is upset after Dave is accused of chatting up another woman.
#8 - Nana's Coming to Stay
Season 2 - Episode 3
Jim isn't best pleased when he learns that Barbara has invited Nana to come and stay with the Royles after her cataract operation. Antony announces that he's become the manager of a band called 'Exit'.
#9 - Hello Baby Dave
Season 3 - Episode 1
Baby David finally arrives at the Royle's House, dressed from head to toe in the 'latest Gear', that is obviously Manchester slang for complete tack, but it seems that Denise is taking a back seat and letting Dave do all the work, will it continue?
#10 - Sunday Lunch
Season 2 - Episode 2
Nana and Twiggy come round for Sunday dinner. Barbara loses her temper during lunch. She's feeling the onset of "the change".
#11 - Jim's Birthday
Season 1 - Episode 4
Jim Royle is trying to ignore the fact that it's his birthday. His family refuse to let him go on ignoring it.
#12 - Antony's Birthday
Season 2 - Episode 6
It's Antony's 18th birthday and the Royles are planning a family party. They finally get to meet Antony's girlfriend Emma.
#13 - The Christening
Season 3 - Episode 6
The day of the christening is finally here, but the decorating is still not finished in the background. Everyone is there for a buffet, including Twiggy's 'Bird'.
#14 - Bills, Bills, Bills
Season 1 - Episode 1
Jim Royle is annoyed when the latest telephone bill arrives just before Dave and Denise's wedding.
#15 - Making Ends Meet!
Season 1 - Episode 2
Jim Royle is getting more and more worried about finding the money to pay for his daughter's wedding.
#16 - Babysitting Again
Season 3 - Episode 2
The Royle's decide that it's time for a pint but who will be left babbysiting, 'Big Cheryl' from next door or maybe Mary and Joe, but when Antony goes for 'a Tommy Tit' he's left holding the baby
#17 - Pregnancy
Season 2 - Episode 1
Denise announces that she's pregnant. Jim thinks that Antony may be a "gay boy".
#18 - Antony's Going to London
Season 3 - Episode 5
Antony declares that he and Darren, the managers of their band 'Exit' are going to London to find a record deal, of course they get the usual barrage of insults from Jim and Dave, and Nanna contributes to the fund, 50p!