Worst & Best On the Buses Episodes/List

About the Series

Genre: UK Sitcom
Series: 7
Episodes: 74
First Transmission: 1969-1973
Channel: ITV


On the Buses is a British television sitcom that was created by Ronald Chesney and Ronald Wolfe, who wrote most of the episodes.

The show about the goings-on at a bus depot with the laddish behaviour of Stan and Jack, two bus drivers, received a poor reception from the critics but was a success with the viewers.

The series spawned three spin-off feature films and a stage version


Reg Varney: Stan Butler
Jack Harper: Bob Grant
Stephen Lewis: Blakey
Doris Hare: Mum
Anna Karen: Olive Rudge
Michael Collins: Arthur Rudge


Best Episode ( S3 Ep9 )

Foggy Night – On an exceptionally foggy night, Stan refuses to carry on with his journey unless someone walks in front of the bus with a torch. Olive gets caught short and somehow brings a cow onto the bus. Meanwhile, Blakey gets ditch-water in his boots before the fog clears.

27 February 1970

IMdb Score [9.1]



Worst Episode ( S5 Ep1 )

The Nursery – The bus company opens a creche, run by a formidable elderly nurse. Stan suggests that Olive might be suitable as the nurse’s assistant. Olive is not especially competent and then she breaks her glasses leaving Stan and Jack to look after the babies for her.

19 September 1971

IMdb Score [5.5]




Full Episode List

Key:-  Blue highlighted episodes rated in the top half, brown highlighted episodes rated in the bottom half.


Season One

The Early Shift (1969)

The New Conductor (1969)

Olive Takes a Trip (1969)

Bus Driver’s Stomach (1969)

The New Inspector (1969)

The Canteen (1969)

The Darts Match (1969)


Season Two

Family Flu (1969)

Used Combination (1969)

Self Defence (1969)

Aunt Maud (1969)

Late Again (1969)

Bon Voyage (1969)



Season Three

First Aid (1970)

The Cistern (1970)

The Inspector’s Niece (1970)

Brew It Yourself (1970)

Busmen’s Perks (1970)

The Snake (1970)

Mum’s Last Fling (1970)

Radio Control (1970)

Foggy Night (1970)

The New Uniforms (1970)

Going Steady (1970)

The Squeeze (1970)

On the Make (1970)



Season Four

Nowhere to Go (1970)

The Canteen Girl (1970)

Dangerous Living (1970)

The Other Woman (1970)

Christmas Duty (1970)

The ‘L’ Bus (1971)

The Kids’ Outing (1971)

The Anniversary (1971)

Cover Up (1971)

Safety First (1971)

The Lodger (1971)

The Injury (1971)

Not Tonight (1971)


Season Five

The Nursery (1971)

Stan’s Room (1971)

The Best Man (1971)

The Inspector’s Pets (1971)

The Epidemic (1971)

The Busmen’s Ball (1971)

Canteen Trouble (1971)

The New Nurse (1971)

Lost Property (1971)

Stan’s Uniform (1971)

The Strain (1971)

The New Telly (1971)

Vacancy for Inspector (1971)

A Thin Time (1971)

Boxing Day Social (1971)


Season Six

No Smoke Without Fire (1972)

Love Is What You Make It (1972)

Private Hire (1972)

Stan’s Worst Day (1972)

Union Trouble (1972)

Bye Bye Blakey (1972)

The Prize (1972)


Season seven

Olive’s Divorce (1973)

The Perfect Clippie (1973)

The Ticket Machine (1973)

The Poster (1973)

The Football Match (1973)

On The Omnibuses (1973)

Goodbye Stan (1973)

Hot Water (1973)

The Visit (1973)

What The Stars Foretell (1973)

The Allowance (1973)

Friends In High Places (1973)

Gardening Time (1973)