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Black Books

2000-2004
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 18
User ratings: 48,985
Average rating: 8.5

Comedy

Meet Bernard Black. Bernard is an anti-social, heavy drinking chain-smoker who owns a small London bookshop - an unusual vocation, given that he detests customers and delights in physically and verbally abusing them at every opportunity. His best (and only) friend in the world is his lunch time drinking partner Fran, a neurotic and boyfriend-desperate woman who owns the pretentious arts and crafts shop next to his. Bernard is cynical, abrasive and lazy, and is perfectly happy that way - but his life takes an unexpected turn when he sells 'The Little Book of Calm' to hyper-stressed accountant Manny Bianco, who against all odds ends up swallowing it. When the dust is settled, Manny will have a new job, Fran will have a new friend, and Bernard's life will be far more surreal (if that's possible).

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S01E01
Cooking the Books
2000-09-29
Bernard is struggling to cope with getting down to menial but essential tasks for his book shop, such as the accounts when a chance meeting with a customer, Manny, helps him out. Meanwhile, the owner of the shop next door, enlists the help of Bernard and his customers to find out exactly what an object from her shop is and in doing so misses an important appointment.
User ratings: 721
Average rating: 8.2
S01E02
Manny's First Day
2000-10-06
Bernard wakes up to discover that he has a new employee for his book shop, who infuriatingly has great skill at selling books. While Bernard is reluctant to keep him on, Fran makes her feelings clear on the matter.
User ratings: 604
Average rating: 8.3
S01E03
Grapes of Wrath
2000-10-13
After Manny calls a cleaner to the shop, he and Bernard must vacate it. Luckily they are asked to house sit for a friend. Meanwhile Fran goes on an ill-fated date.
User ratings: 685
Average rating: 8.7
S01E04
The Blackout
2000-10-20
Manny stays up watching 'The Sweeney' and is mistaken for a policeman after chasing a handbag snatcher. Fran and Bernard exchange stories about their previous day, Bernard recalling a disastrous dinner party with old friends who blanked him and Fran telling him about blanking her boyfriend after catching him with another woman.
User ratings: 542
Average rating: 8.2
S01E05
The Big Lock-Out
2000-10-27
Following a burglary Bernard buys a sophisticated alarm system which results in Manny getting locked inside the shop and Bernard stuck outside in the rain. Fran is no help as she took her phone off the hook to listen to the sexy man reading the shipping forecast.
User ratings: 553
Average rating: 8.4
S01E06
He's Leaving Home
2000-11-03
Manny finally gets fed up with Bernard's constant abuse and demands on him so he leaves for a better life. However, he doesn't get far when he meets a man at King's Cross station who wants to make him a star. Meanwhile back at the shop Fran and Bernard are arguing more and more about Manny's departure.
User ratings: 483
Average rating: 7.9
S02E01
The Entertainer
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 Manny for a favour. Meanwhile Bernard asks a girl out and once again Manny is called upon for a favour.
User ratings: 489
Average rating: 8.4
S02E02
Fever
2002-03-08
On a scorching hot day, Manny 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".
User ratings: 450
Average rating: 8.1
S02E03
The Fixer
2002-03-15
Bernard and Manny 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.
User ratings: 440
Average rating: 8.0
S02E04
Blood
2002-03-22
Manny and Bernard try to keep up with modern book shops and in doing so Manny helps Fran get over her boredom by encouraging her to look up her family tree.
User ratings: 420
Average rating: 8.0
S02E05
Hello Sun
2002-03-29
Fran tries to cleanse her lifestyle by taking up yoga and going on a radical diet, while Bernard and Manny receive some books on Freud and their lives descend into his famous theories.
User ratings: 410
Average rating: 8.0
S02E06
A Nice Change
2002-04-05
When construction starts next door to the shop, Manny, Bernard and Fran try to decide what to do while it continues.
User ratings: 400
Average rating: 8.1
S03E01
Manny Come Home
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.
User ratings: 455
Average rating: 8.4
S03E02
Elephants and Hens
2004-03-18
When Bernard holds a children's themed book day in the shop, Fran bets Manny 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.
User ratings: 443
Average rating: 8.5
S03E03
Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa
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.
User ratings: 389
Average rating: 7.9
S03E04
A Little Flutter
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.
User ratings: 378
Average rating: 7.8
S03E05
Travel Writer
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.
User ratings: 373
Average rating: 7.6
S03E06
Party
2004-04-15
Manny and Fran drag Bernard along with them to a party, but the drunken aftermath dredges up secrets and bitterness.
User ratings: 409
Average rating: 8.4
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