About the Series
Genre: UK Sitcom
First Transmission: 1973-1978
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is a British sitcom created and written by Raymond Allen.
The show follows the hapless, accident-prone Frank Spencer and his tolerant and long-suffering wife, Betty. Frank’s various attempts to hold down a job always end in total disaster, much to the frustration of his wife, but Frank stills ploughs on optimistically. The sitcom was noted for its stuntwork, performed by Crawford himself, as well as featuring various well-remembered and much-lampooned catchphrases that have become part of popular culture.
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em came 22nd in a 2004 poll to find Britain’s Best Sitcom.
Michael Crawford: Frank Spencer
Michelle Dotrice: Betty Spencer
Best Episode [ S1 Ep4 ]
Hotel – Frank boards the train with Betty for his second honeymoon . At the hotel, things start to go really wrong when he tries to push the single beds together – eventually, the whole room is wrecked. Looking for replacements, he and Betty raid a neighboring room causing him to complain to the manager, Mr Bedford, about a haunting, presuming it’s his late grandpa.
8 March 1973
Imdb Score [8.6]
Worst Episode [ S3 Ep4 ]
Men as Women – Frank proves a destructive streak doesn’t qualify for the demolition business, incurring a hearing impairment. Grandpa Spencer writes to announce his arrival in Britain. Dr. Mender is annoyed by Frank’s frequent pointless visits, this time a present for him as his birthday is the same as Jessica’s. Frank also sees him rehearse with another doctor for the hospital pantomime, but doesn’t get it. A fake alert for Jessica brings each doctor in turn, pressed for time to change from the stage costumes.
2 December 1978
Imdb Score – [6.6]
Full Episode Guide
Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.
The Job Interview (1973) –
Newly married Frank goes to a job interview.
George’s House (1973) –
Frank causes disaster at his brother-in-law’s state of the art house.
Love Thy Neighbour (1973) –
Frank greatly annoys his new neighbour, Mr Faraday.
Hotel (1973) –
Frank and Betty take their second honeymoon and Frank destroys the hotel room.
The Hospital Visit (1973) –
Betty is in hospital and Frank is about to visit her.
The Psychiatrist (1973) –
Frank feels that he is a failure and goes to a psychiatrist to sort out his problems.
The Employment Exchange (1973) –
Frank goes to the employment exchange after losing his job as a window cleaner.
Cliffhanger (1973) –
Frank manages to reverse his new company car over the edge of a cliff.
The RAF Reunion (1973) –
Frank attends his annual RAF reunion.
The Public Relations Course (1973) –
Frank tries out a course in public relations after losing yet another job.
Frank And Marvin (1973) –
Frank finds he is going to be a father and is determined to be successful in his new job as a holiday camp entertainer.
Fathers’ Clinic (1973) –
Frank and Betty take two children out to the skating rink.
The Baby Arrives (1973) –
Frank is getting worried about his impending fatherhood.
Jessica’s First Christmas (1974) –
Frank gets involved with the church’s nativity play – in the role of an angel!
Learning To Drive (1975) –
Frank takes his driving test for the tenth time!
Moving House (1978) –
The Spencer’s house move proves a total disaster.
Wendy House (1978) –
Frank builds an extremely large Wendy house for his daughter, Jessica.
Scottish Dancing (1978) –
Frank and Betty take up Scottish dancing.
Men As Women (1978) –
Frank receives a letter from Grandpa Spencer asking him and Betty to emigrate to Australia and help run a farm.
King Of The Road (1978) –
Frank’s new job as a motorcycle courier lands him before a magistrate’s court.
Australia House (1978) –
A letter arrives from Australia house to discuss the Spencer’s possible emigration to Australia.
Learning To Fly (1978) –
Frank begins his flying lessons.