8.3
229 votes
Are You Being Served?

Are You Being Served?

BBC One 1972

Are You Being Served? is a British Sitcom that ran from 1972-1985. The show revolved around "Grace Brothers Department Store" and in particular the goings on within the "Gentlemen's Ready-To-Wear" and "Ladies' Separates and Underwear" Departments. A store reorganization forced these two departments to share floor space, and the conflicts that this created set the tone for most episodes. Are You Being Served? showcases a bygone period of time in which the class structure was still very much alive. There was a strict hierarchy within Grace Brothers. Everyone knew their "places" and remained in them, unless, of course, there was a chance for advancement and then it was every man and woman for themselves. A spin-off series of Are You Being Served? was released, called Grace and Favour. Although in the U.S, it was named Are You Being Served? Again!

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The 10 Best Episodes of Are You Being Served?

Are You Being Served? - S3E9

#1 - Christmas Crackers (1975 Christmas Special)

8.33

Season 3 - Episode 9

Mr. Grace has an idea to improve Christmas sales--all the staff are to wear novelty costumes, much to their annoyance.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 27 votes.

Are You Being Served? - S3E4

#2 - Cold Store

8.30

Season 3 - Episode 4

Illnesses strike the Department, and Mr. Lucas decides to fake his to get the day off. His plan backfires as he is assigned to the Ladies Counter as a sort of "quarantine".

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 50 votes.

Are You Being Served? - S3E6

#3 - German Week

8.30

Season 3 - Episode 6

Grace Brothers hosts a week long sales event by selling only German goods. The staff, however, find that the German customers they are getting only want British goods. Captain Peacock objects to the "uniform" he's expected to wear and Mrs. Slocombe gets into the German wines.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 44 votes.

Are You Being Served? - S3E5

#4 - Wedding Bells

8.27

Season 3 - Episode 5

Naughty sayings on her underwear push Mrs. Slocombe to the brink of giving her notice, but then it's discovered that Old Mr. Grace plans to ask a member of the staff to marry him. When he calls for Mrs. Slocombe, everyone assumes she's the one.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 48 votes.

Are You Being Served? - S4E6

#5 - Oh What a Tangled Web

8.23

Season 4 - Episode 6

Rumors fly when Captain Peacock gets too friendly with Mr. Rumbold's secretary at the Christmas party, and things get really out-of-hand when it seems they might have spent the night together.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 48 votes.

Are You Being Served? - S3E3

#6 - Up Captain Peacock

8.19

Season 3 - Episode 3

Captain Peacock is celebrating his 20th year at Grace Brothers, and while his request for a raise has been turned down, he has been given a key to the Executive Wash Room and the privilige of eating in the Executive Dining Room. He lords this over the department staff and Mr. Grainger decides to make some trouble.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 59 votes.

Are You Being Served? - S7E3

#7 - The Apartment

8.17

Season 7 - Episode 3

By permission of Mr. Grace, Mrs. Slocombe moves into a display apartment in Grace Brothers, because her new home is occupied by squatters. Due to a transport strike, Mr. Humphries seeks to join her in her new accommodations.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 52 votes.

Are You Being Served? - S4E7

#8 - The Father Christmas Affair (1976 Christmas Special)

8.16

Season 4 - Episode 7

When the mechanical Father Christmas proves that it can't be trusted, Mr. Grace offers a bonus for one of the staff to portray the store Santa. Meanwhile, Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas attempt to help Mr. Grainger prepare for a song-and-dance show at an old-folks' home.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 38 votes.

Are You Being Served? - S3E7

#9 - Shoulder to Shoulder

8.15

Season 3 - Episode 7

The Ladies Department is temporarily closed due to refurbishing, so Mrs. Slocombe and Miss Brahms are given counter space over in the Gents. However, the men aren't very happy at having to share their area and do their best to make them unwelcome.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 46 votes.

Are You Being Served? - S10E2

#10 - Grounds for Divorce

8.14

Season 10 - Episode 2

When Captain Peacock tries to salvage his marriage, he resorts to radical measures to discourage an admirer.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 36 votes.

#11 - Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend
8.12
Season 1 - Episode 6

It's pay day at Grace Brothers and the staff realize that their money just doesn't go very far. An opportunity for a bonus arises when a customer loses a diamond and offers a £100 reward. Greed gets the better of everyone, except Mr. Grainger, and soon they're conspiring behind each others backs. Mr. Mash throws a wrench in the search after he damages a jeweled dress, causing a multitude of "diamonds" within the department.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 49 votes.

#12 - Camping In
8.10
Season 1 - Episode 4

A transport strike leaves the staff stranded at the store, so Young Mr. Grace offers to let them spend the night on the floor. Tents are set up, but Mr. Lucas has trouble keeping his up. A "campfire" sing along leads to talk of the last World War and the experiences some of them had.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 84 votes.

#13 - Founder's Day
8.09
Season 5 - Episode 3

To celebrate Mr. Grace's 80th birthday, the staff organize This is Your Department, a spoof of This is Your Life.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 53 votes.

#14 - It Pays to Advertise
8.09
Season 5 - Episode 7

The staff star in a TV commercial for Grace Brothers, produced by Mr. Humphries. Could Mr. Grace's cheapness be the reason for using his staff in such fashion?

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 53 votes.

#15 - Strong Stuff, This Insurance
8.09
Season 7 - Episode 2

The staff must take physicals to get insurance. Listening through the door of Mr. Grace's office, they hear Mr. Harman describing the state of the furniture, which they misunderstand as being the results of their physicals.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 47 votes.

#16 - New Look
8.07
Season 3 - Episode 8

An after-hours staff meeting produces an idea to introduce background music and a recorded voice; the only question is--whose voice?

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 43 votes.

#17 - The Hand of Fate
8.06
Season 3 - Episode 1

Mr. Humphries begins displaying his ability to read palms and tell the future. He sees that Captain Peacock will soon be "climbing the ladder and wearing a new hat". Everyone takes this to mean a promotion, especially now that there's a vacancy on the Board of Directors and Mr. Rumbold is in line for it. Captain Peacock expects to take Mr. Rumbold's job. The department staff soon all imagine moving up.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 69 votes.

#18 - Take-Over
8.04
Season 5 - Episode 5

The staff prevent another firm's hostile takeover of Grace Brothers by impersonating the shareholders. Mr. Harman gives a rousing speech, and Grace Brothers is saved.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 46 votes.

#19 - Forward Mr. Grainger
8.04
Season 4 - Episode 3

Mr. Grainger is selected to fill in for Mr. Rumbold while he is away; the staff wonder whether they should take advantage of Mr. Grainger's good nature, only to discover to their horror that he doesn't have one when he sacks Mrs. Slocombe.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 48 votes.

#20 - Fifty Years On
8.04
Season 4 - Episode 5

After Mrs. Slocombe starts dropping hints that it's her birthday, the staff calculate that she is 50 and plan an appropriate party.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Are You Being Served? from 49 votes.

Last updated: feb 24, 2021

Comments

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Great sitcom. Love it.

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Pure brilliance! You can easily see why, corny jokes aside (at times), this was one of the most watched programs on TV of it's time.

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