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The Best Episodes of Black Books

Every episode of Black Books ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Black Books!

Black Books centres around the foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black. Bernard’s devotion to the twin pleasures of drunkenness and wilful antagonism deepens and enriches both his life and that of Manny, his assistant. Bearded, sweet and good, Manny is everything that Bernard isn’t and is punished by Bernard relentlessly just for the crime of existing. They depend on each other for meaning as Fran, their oldest friend, depends on them for distraction. Black Books is a haven of books, wine and conversation, the only threat to the group’s peace and prosperity is their own limitless stupidity.

Genre:Comedy
Network:Channel 4

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Black Books" is "Grapes of Wrath", rated 8.6/10 from 1088 user votes. It was directed by Graham Linehan, Nick Wood and written by Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan. "Grapes of Wrath" aired on 10/13/2000 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Elephants and Hens".

  • Grapes of Wrath
    8.6/10 1,088 votes

    #1 - Grapes of Wrath

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2000-10-13

    Bernard and Manny accept a house-sitting job to get away from their new cleaner. They also drink some wine.

    Director: Graham Linehan, Nick Wood

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan

  • Elephants and Hens
    8.3/10 707 votes

    #2 - Elephants and Hens

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2004-03-18

    When Bernard holds a children's themed book day in the shop, Fran bets Manni and Bernard they couldn't write a children's book over a weekend, while Bernard bets Fran back that she will have an awful time at her friend's hen party.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley

  • The Big Lock-Out
    8.2/10 877 votes

    #3 - The Big Lock-Out

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2000-10-27

    The shop gets a new security system that no-one can work.

    Director: Graham Linehan, Nick Wood

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan

  • The Entertainer
    8.2/10 782 votes

    #4 - The Entertainer

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2002-03-01

    Fran decides to take up piano lessons with a very prominent teacher, however all doesn't go to plan and she ends up having to ask Manni for a favour. Meanwhile Bernard asks a girl out and once again Manni is called upon for a favour.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran

  • Manny Come Home
    8.2/10 710 votes

    #5 - Manny Come Home

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-03-11

    When Manny defects to Goliath Books after an "incident" with Bernard, his ex-employer's life spirals out of control. Meanwhile Fran returns from holiday only to be greeted by the squalor of Bernard's shop.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley

  • Party
    8.2/10 649 votes

    #6 - Party

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2004-04-15

    Manny and Fran drag Bernard along with them to a party, but the drunken aftermath dredges up secrets and bitterness.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley

  • Manny's First Day
    8.1/10 933 votes

    #7 - Manny's First Day

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2000-10-06

    After Manny’s help with the tax return Bernard is persuaded to hire him in the shop. Unfortunately he actually sells some books, much to Bernard’s annoyance.

    Director: Graham Linehan, Nick Wood

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan

  • The Blackout
    8.1/10 851 votes

    #8 - The Blackout

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2000-10-20

    A hyper, coffee fueled Manny is mistaken for a policeman.

    Director: Graham Linehan, Nick Wood

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan

  • Cooking the Books
    8.0/10 1,121 votes

    #9 - Cooking the Books

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2000-09-29

    Bernard’s dodgy accountant has to go on the run, leaving him ill prepared to fill out his own tax return. In fact Bernard would rather do anything than fill it out.

    Director: Graham Linehan, Nick Wood

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan

  • Fever
    7.9/10 718 votes

    #10 - Fever

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2002-03-08

    On a scorching hot day, Manni tries to maintain his body temperature so it doesn't go over 88 degrees; Fran has problems with a new neighbour, and Bernard tries to find an appropriate "summer girl".

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley

  • The Fixer
    7.8/10 688 votes

    #11 - The Fixer

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2002-03-15

    Bernard and Manni have to deal with a gangster turned writer who plans to hold a reading of his autobiography at the book shop, however he can't read. Meanwhile Fran gets an office job where she isn't quite sure what she is meant to be doing.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Arthur Mathews

  • Hello Sun
    7.8/10 648 votes

    #12 - Hello Sun

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2002-03-29

    Fran tries to cleanse her lifestyle by taking up yoga and going on a radical diet, while Bernard and Manni receive some books on Freud and their lives descend into his famous theories.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran

  • A Nice Change
    7.8/10 647 votes

    #13 - A Nice Change

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2002-04-05

    When construction starts next door to the shop, Manni, Bernard and Fran try to decide what to do while it continues.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran

  • He's Leaving Home
    7.7/10 766 votes

    #14 - He's Leaving Home

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2000-11-03

    Manny runs away from the bookshop into the arms of a beard loving photographer.

    Director: Graham Linehan, Nick Wood

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Graham Linehan

  • Blood
    7.7/10 663 votes

    #15 - Blood

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2002-03-22

    Manni and Bernard try to keep up with modern book shops and in doing so Manni helps Fran get over her boredom by encouraging her to look up her family tree.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley

  • Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa
    7.7/10 615 votes

    #16 - Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2004-03-25

    Manny's parents visit the shop for the weekend, and the lies he's told them throw Fran and Bernard's lives into chaos.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley

  • A Little Flutter
    7.7/10 594 votes

    #17 - A Little Flutter

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2004-04-01

    Bernard becomes addicted to gambling and forces Manny and Fran to compete for one job at the shop in order to finance his bets.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley

  • Travel Writer
    7.4/10 586 votes

    #18 - Travel Writer

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2004-04-08

    Fran & Manny become enamored with a dashing travel writer giving a talk at the shop, while Bernard contends with a most unorthodox new landlord.

    Director: Martin Dennis

    Writer: Dylan Moran, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley