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 Worst Episodes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S2E4

#1 - Returning Suits

7.66

Season 2 - Episode 4

Fry and Laurie want to be big enough for Marlon Brando to notice them. Thus come the sketches: "Dinner with Digby", "Department Store Changes", "Interrogation in the Car", "An Elf or a Pixie", "Peter and John #5", "The Robert Robinsons", "Control's Telescope" and the "Bigometer Update".

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 47 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S1E1

#2 - SAS

7.85

Season 1 - Episode 1

Sketches include "Mr. Smear Confronts the Headmaster", "Hugh Laurie's Short Poetry Reading", "Politician Insists, 'Stop Breaking into My Car'", "SAS Application/Library Books on Cricketers", "Spoon Bender", "Apology", and a barbershop piece called "Bitch Mother Come Light My Bottom" by Sir William (now Lord) Rees-Mogg.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 127 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S1E6

#3 - Marjorie's Fall

7.97

Season 1 - Episode 6

Sketches include "Marjorie's Fall", "Puppy Appeal", "Leave It Out", "Girlfriend's Breasts", "Spies Four", "Violence", "Chicken", "Cocoa", and "Tony of Plymouth (Sword Fight)".

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 62 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S1E4

#4 - Trouser Competition

8.06

Season 1 - Episode 4

Sketches include "Trouser-Competition Introduction", "Prize Poem", "Awful Smell", "Madness", "Antique Shop", "Spies Three", "Light Metal (The Bishop & The Warlord)", "Bank Loan", "Nipples", "Inspector Venice", and "Tomorrow's World".

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 69 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S2E3

#5 - Over to You

8.08

Season 2 - Episode 3

Fry and Laurie have gags over their mouths to protests the censors' ban on traditional swearwords. Thus Fry and Laurie create new swearwords for their sketches: "Testimony", "Over to You", "The Jeweller's Shop", "Girlfriends", "Mystery Object", "Westminster Society", "Peter and John #4" and "What People Find Funny".

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 49 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S2E2

#6 - 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 #6 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 49 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S4E6

#7 - 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 #7 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 30 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S1E5

#8 - 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 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 59 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S4E1

#9 - 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 #9 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 41 votes.

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - S1E2

#10 - 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 #10 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 86 votes.

#11 - 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 #1 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 54 votes.

#12 - 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 #2 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 28 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 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 45 votes.

#14 - 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 #4 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 44 votes.

#15 - 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 #5 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 40 votes.

#16 - 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 #6 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 32 votes.

#17 - 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 #7 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 38 votes.

#18 - 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 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 33 votes.

#19 - 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 #9 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 32 votes.

#20 - 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 #10 Worst episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from 65 votes.

Last updated: nov 06, 2020

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

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