Black Books

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  • TV-PG
  • 2000
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.5  (55,167)

Black Books was a half hour British comedy series written and created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan. It was about a surly, unkempt bookstore owner and his constant female friend as well as his upbeat but put-upon employee. The plot of Black Books centered around the antics of Bernard Black (played by Dylan Moran), Fran (played by Tamsin Greig), and Manny (played by Bill Bailey). Bernard owned a used bookshop where he ignored customers, never cleaned up, and spent a good deal of his time drinking and smoking. Fran originally owned the nick-nack store next door, but eventually that closed and she went through a series of other activities. Manny was an accountant who ended up working for Bernard after having a life-changing experience that included swallowing a book on calming methods and getting into a fight with street thugs. While the three named characters were the main focus of the show, sometimes guest stars would appear for one or two episodes. These included Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Jessica Hynes of British comedy series Spaced, as well as Julian Rhind-Tutt of the British medical comedy/drama Green Wing. Much of the show was focused around Bernard, Fran, and Manny drinking and having ridiculous experiences because of it. At one point they drank a bottle of priceless wine meant for the Pope, and at another point they went on a vacation that included nothing but riding airplanes around the world and losing their luggage. The comedy style of Black Books was very similar to that of the series Spaced. At some points it was slapstick, while at others it has a more absurdist quality. While some jokes related very specifically to England and its culture, others were broader in scope and appealed to a more universal audience. Three series of Black Books aired from 2000 to 2004. They included 18 episodes altogether, each with a running time of around 23 minutes. After originally airing on the BBC they later were released on VHS and DVD, and began airing in countries such as America on Comedy Central and later on the Netflix service.

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Party
6. Party
April 15, 2004
It's Friday night. Manny and Fran are determined to go out and do something for once. Bernard would rather stay at home, get drunk and ignore his friends. Manny insists that they go to a particular party. But why? And anyway, who is the best dancer?
Travel Writer
5. Travel Writer
April 8, 2004
Manny is extremely proud of the travel writing festival that he has organised. He has invited the famously charming explorer Jason Hamilton (Julian Rhind-Tutt) to give a talk.
A Little Flutter
4. A Little Flutter
April 1, 2004
Manny puts a bet on the Grand National for Bernard, who claims not to be interested in gambling but immediately becomes completely addicted to it. Fran, looking for work, needs a short-term job to appear employable.
Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa
3. Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa
March 25, 2004
Manny's parents come to stay. They are a perfectly nice middle-aged couple with one or two slightly annoying habits. Bernard wants rid of them, preferably the day before yesterday.
Elephants and Hens
2. Elephants and Hens
March 18, 2004
It's International Children's Book week in Black Books. Bernard and Manny decide that they can do better than the trash that children are offered these days, deciding to write their own kids' classic and retire Rowling-rich.
Manny Come Home
1. Manny Come Home
March 11, 2004
Fran (Tamsin Greg) comes back from holiday to discover that Manny (Bill Bailey) has resigned and is now working next door at Goliath Books. Left to his own devices, Bernard (Dylan Moran) has let things slip a little.
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Black Books was a half hour British comedy series written and created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan. It was about a surly, unkempt bookstore owner and his constant female friend as well as his upbeat but put-upon employee.

The plot of Black Books centered around the antics of Bernard Black (played by Dylan Moran), Fran (played by Tamsin Greig), and Manny (played by Bill Bailey). Bernard owned a used bookshop where he ignored customers, never cleaned up, and spent a good deal of his time drinking and smoking. Fran originally owned the nick-nack store next door, but eventually that closed and she went through a series of other activities. Manny was an accountant who ended up working for Bernard after having a life-changing experience that included swallowing a book on calming methods and getting into a fight with street thugs.

While the three named characters were the main focus of the show, sometimes guest stars would appear for one or two episodes. These included Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Jessica Hynes of British comedy series Spaced, as well as Julian Rhind-Tutt of the British medical comedy/drama Green Wing.

Much of the show was focused around Bernard, Fran, and Manny drinking and having ridiculous experiences because of it. At one point they drank a bottle of priceless wine meant for the Pope, and at another point they went on a vacation that included nothing but riding airplanes around the world and losing their luggage.

The comedy style of Black Books was very similar to that of the series Spaced. At some points it was slapstick, while at others it has a more absurdist quality. While some jokes related very specifically to England and its culture, others were broader in scope and appealed to a more universal audience.

Three series of Black Books aired from 2000 to 2004. They included 18 episodes altogether, each with a running time of around 23 minutes. After originally airing on the BBC they later were released on VHS and DVD, and began airing in countries such as America on Comedy Central and later on the Netflix service.Black Books is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on September 29, 2000.

Where to Watch Black Books

Black Books is available for streaming on the Digital Rights Group website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Black Books on demand at Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel Free, Apple TV and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 29, 2000
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (55,167)