8.5
390 votes
A Bit of Fry and Laurie

A Bit of Fry and Laurie

BBC Two 1989

A Bit of Fry and Laurie was witty and sophisticated entertainment of consistently high quality, with an old-fashioned revue-type atmosphere and oddly 'British' sketches that rejoiced in literary turns of phrase and elaborate wordplay. The delicate innuendos, coupled with Fry's ability to suggest hidden meanings in everyday phrases, gave the impression that bubbling below the innocent surface were lewd undercurrents threatening to burst through, although they never did. To add to this mix, Hugh Laurie demonstrated his keyboard talents with parodies of musical genres.

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The 10 Best Episodes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S3E4

#1 - Too Long, Johnny

8.46

Season 3 - Episode 4

Sketches include "Specialized Greeting Cards"; "Photocopying My Genitals With"; "Scene from From Here to Just Over There"; "The Not Quite Late Enough Show"; "Taping News from Bristol"; "Nothing Rude About God Save The Queen"; "AA Meeting"; "Pass the Marmalade"; "Too Long Johnny" and "The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick". Fry and Laurie make the Mug of Horlicks cocktail.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 39 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S3E2

#2 - Petrol Attendants

8.44

Season 3 - Episode 2

Includes: * Condom Quickie * Embassy * Ampersands * Duel * Ass-Kickers' Song(song) * Petrol Attendants * Jobs * European Deal * Cocktail Ending: A Slow Snog with a Distant Relative

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 39 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S3E1

#3 - Psychiatrists

8.43

Season 3 - Episode 1

Includes: * A Word, Timothy * Very Upset * Love Me Tender (song) * Milk Pot * The Department * Stephen's Song (song) * Psychiatrists * Cocktail Ending: Whiskey Thunder

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 53 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S4E7

#4 - Sophisticated Song

8.40

Season 4 - Episode 7

Sketches include: Guests Introduction, Religianto, Consent, Sophisticated Song (song), Fast Monologue, Telephone Alert, Truancy. The guests order a Modern Britain cocktail.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 30 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S4E3

#5 - Barman

8.39

Season 4 - Episode 3

Sketches Include: Vox Pops, Guests Introduction, Barman, Interruptus, Little Girl (song), Making Tea, For Some Reason Angry, Don't Be Dirty. The guests order a South Seas Vulvic Wart cocktail.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 36 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S1E3

#6 - Doctor Tobacco

8.38

Season 1 - Episode 3

Sketches include "Hugh's Brain", "Gordon and Stuart Eat Greek", "Costume Design", "Doctor Tobacco", "Open University", "Spies Two", and "Special Squad".

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 65 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S4E4

#7 - Soccer School

8.38

Season 4 - Episode 4

Sketches include: Good Evening, Guests Introduction, Soccer School, Dalliard: Models, Hugh Interviewing Guests, Be Nice (song), Head Gardener, Gelliant Gutfright("Flowers For Wendy"). The guests order a A Quick One With You, Stephen cocktail.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 32 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S3E5

#8 - Countdown

8.36

Season 3 - Episode 5

Sketches include "Bookshop Customer Attacks Jane Eyre", "Courting Elizabeth", "Split Personality", "World Sport Bushwallyta", "Are You Sleeping With My Sister?", "Aromusician Ottoman Nodge", Cross-Wits and "Jack Wants Neddy to Become the Prime Minister" Fry and Laurie make a "Beef Goulash" in place of a cocktail.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 33 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S4E2

#9 - Steffi is an Angel

8.29

Season 4 - Episode 2

Sketches include: Hugh's Accident, Psychotherapy Video, Local News at Ten Thirty Three and a Bit, English People Care to be the Most Ignorant in Europe, I'm In Love With Steffi Graf, The Lover's Helper, Fascism Discussion, Max Meets Fiona, and Heart Transplant. The guests order a Long Confident Suck cocktail.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 38 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S3E6

#10 - Devil's Music

8.28

Season 3 - Episode 6

Sketches include "Magazine Leaflets", "Nigel Carter Visits", "Novelty Shop", "Delightful Restaurant", "Tahitian Kitchen", "My Favourite Pants", "The Bishop and the Warlord", "Court Case Against The Bishop and the Warlord" and "Flying a Light Airplane without Having Had Any Formal Instruction With". Fry and Laurie offer Berliner Credit Sequence as a cocktail.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 32 votes.

#11 - Firing
8.28
Season 3 - Episode 3

Sketches include "The Yorkshireman Meets the Southerner"; "We've Had Lots of Letters"; "The Department Talks to Alan"; "The Chimpunks' Voice Version of Hey Jude"; "The Day I Forgot My Legs"; "Terry Discusses How to Fire People"; "Summing Up Game"; "Balloon-O"; and "Shoe Shop". Concludes with a Everything in the Till and No Sudden Moves cocktail.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 40 votes.

#12 - Dammit Church
8.23
Season 2 - Episode 6

Includes "Satire/Tribute ('Where is the Lid?' song)", "Yellow Pages", "Beauty and Ideas" (Continued from Series One's "Language Conversation"), "Anarchy", "Dammit Church (John & Peter #6)", "First Kiss", "Borrowing a Fiver Off", "Spies/Firing (Control & Tony #8)", "Introducing My Grandfather To…", "A Vision of Britain", "Wrong Directions" (follows the end credits).

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 44 votes.

#13 - The Cause
8.22
Season 2 - Episode 5

Includes "MBE Introduction", "This Is Dominic Appleguard", "Rhodes Boysons", "Amputated Genitals", "The Cause (Jack & Freddy/Neddy #1)", "Gordon & Stuart #3" and "Where Eagles Dare".

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 45 votes.

#14 - Tribunal
8.21
Season 4 - Episode 5

Sketches include: The Louella Della Tweed Interview, The Post-Race Interview, Hearing on Councilman Wade, It's Red, It's Shiny and It Doesn't Exist, Telephone Quiz Line, Dachshund Owner's Baby Talk, Wasp Exterminators. The guests order a Swinging Ball Sack cocktail.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 28 votes.

#15 - Dancercises
8.20
Season 2 - Episode 1

Stephen and Hugh incorporate the song "Time, Where Did You Go?" and Dancersize in their opening gambit. Sketches include "Hardware Store", "Peter and John #2", "Letter to Stephen's Grandfather", "Arthur Meets the Psychiatrist", "The Sportscasters Cover Everyday Life", "Control and Tony Talk about Lies" and "Hugh Interviews 'Michael Jackson'".

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 54 votes.

#16 - America
8.20
Season 1 - Episode 2

Sketches include "Information Desk", "My Name is Derek Nippl-e", "Flexibility of the English Language", "America", "The Richard Morley Interview", "Tony Gives Control a Flash", "The Mouth Organist Gets Reprimanded", "Hands Exercise", and "Peter and John."

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 86 votes.

#17 - All We Gotta' Do
8.20
Season 4 - Episode 1

Sketches include: Grey and Hopeless, Guest Movements, Theme Vox Pops, Blame the System, The Comedy Charter, Writing Poetry, Smell: The Forgotten Sense?, Gordon's Unintelligible Song, Wrist Changer Commercial, and It's A Soaraway Life. The guests order a Golden Meteorite cocktail.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 41 votes.

#18 - Christening
8.17
Season 1 - Episode 5

Sketches include "Lavatories", "Critics One", "Judge Not", "Critics Four", "Ignored Teacher", "That's It", "Hugh's Favourite Sketch", "Critics", "The 'Burt'", "Christening", and "Swiss Comedy (Heidi and Johann Smell Just Right)".

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 59 votes.

#19 - The Duke of Northampton
8.17
Season 4 - Episode 6

Sketches include: Stolen Money, Young Tory of the Year, Variety, Gossiping Heads, Death Threat, What I Mind (Misunderstood) (Song), Honda, The Duke of Northampton. The hosts finish off with a Silver Prostate cocktail.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 30 votes.

#20 - Tideymans Carpets
8.12
Season 2 - Episode 2

The BBC must find new places for funding. Thus this episode is sponsored by Tideyman's Carpets, which ingratiates itself in almost all the sketches: "The Spillage That Wasn't", "Control Talks of the Open Window", "A Right Way and a Wrong Way to Deal with Trick-or-Treaters", "The Tideyman's Test", "Piano Standards", "Nazi Interrogates English Major", "John and Peter #3" and "The Improvised End Sketch".

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 49 votes.

Last updated: nov 06, 2020

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This show holds up quite well. Still hilarious. Soupy Twist!

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