Black Books

Black Books

2000 - 2004, Comedy
An eccentric runs a bookshop.

Episode Guide

  • Black Books - Party (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:


    Manny suggests a night out for the shop staff -- at a party where the object of his affection is expected to appear.

  • Black Books - The Travel Writer (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    The Travel Writer

    Manny organizes a festival featuring a popular travel writer at the shop; Bernard's landlord dies, leaving the building to a cat.

  • Black Books - A Little Flutter (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    A Little Flutter

    Manny puts a bet on the Grand National for Bernard, and the small win soon has Bernard addicted to gambling.

  • Black Books - Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa

    Manny's annoying parents come to visit, much to the displeasure of Bernard, Fran and even Manny himself.

  • Black Books - Elephants and Hens (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Elephants and Hens

    While Fran is away for the weekend, Bernard and Manny decide to try their hands at writing a children's book.

  • Black Books - Manny Come Home (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Manny Come Home

    Fran comes back from a holiday in Cornwall to find that Manny has quit and Bernard is living in filth.

  • Black Books - A Nice Change (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    A Nice Change

    Fran suggests a holiday when construction workers next door start to drive her, Bernard and Manny crazy.

  • Black Books - Hello Sun (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Hello Sun

    Fran takes up yoga with a New Age friend; Bernard torments Manny with lists of neuroses he finds in the complete works of Freud.

  • Black Books - Blood (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


    Unemployed and restless, Fran dabbles in genealogy and is thrilled to find that she has some exotic cousins.

  • Black Books - The Fixer (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Fixer

    Manny arranges a job for Fran, but she isn't sure what she's supposed to be doing; Bernard and Manny must teach a psychotic convict to read in two days.

  • Black Books - Fever (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:


    A heat wave causes Fran to suffer from insomnia, Bernard to dream about beautiful girls and Manny to fret about Dave's Syndrome.

  • Black Books - The Entertainer (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The Entertainer

    Fran engages an elderly Russian teacher to help her learn to play the piano, but Manny is better at it than she is; Bernard snags a date with an attractive woman.

  • Black Books - He's Leaving Home (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    He's Leaving Home

    Tension builds between Bernard and Fran after Manny runs away; on his own, Manny is picked up by a photographer with a beard fetish.

  • Black Books - The Big Lockout (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Big Lockout

    Bernard gets locked out of the shop, and Manny gets locked in, when neither of them can operate the new security system.

  • Black Books - The Blackout (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Blackout

    After too much espresso, Manny thinks he's a 1970s cop and winds up helping a real officer of the law; Bernard is snubbed after a dinner party.

  • Black Books - Grapes of Wrath (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Grapes of Wrath

    Overwhelmed by the filth, Manny enlists the services of a creepy cleaner; Bernard reluctantly agrees to house-sit for a friend.

  • Black Books - Manny's First Day (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Manny's First Day

    Bernard drunkenly offers Manny a job at the bookstore, but when he regrets the gesture later, he can't seem to get rid of him.

  • Black Books - Cooking the Books (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Cooking the Books

    Foul-tempered bookstore owner Bernard Black must take care of his own taxes after his accountant flees from the police.