1978 - 1983, Comedy
A group of Englishwomen begins belly-dancing to defy Western body image.
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Episode Guide

  • Butterflies - Loose Ends (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Loose Ends

    Ria tells Ben that she's leaving him,then bumps into Leonard, who begs her to let him see her again.

  • Butterflies - Breaking Up (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Breaking Up

    Ben spots Ria when she accidentally runs into Leonard.

  • Butterflies - Calling (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:


    Ben realizes Ria's words of comfort for Russell also apply to them.

  • Butterflies - Cleaning Windows (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Cleaning Windows

    Ben and Ria worry over unemployed Russell's impending fatherhood.

  • Butterflies - Pot (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:


    When Ben and Ria get back from Paris, they discover the mice have been at play.

  • Butterflies - Amanda (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:


    Ria turns to Leonard for comfort when Ben's old flame appears.

  • Butterflies - Back From New York (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Back From New York

    Leonard is back from New York and Ria loses a letter from him.

  • Butterflies - Parting (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:


    Ben and Leonard leave: Ben for a seminar, and Leonard for New York.

  • Butterflies - Gimme Shelter (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Gimme Shelter

    Ria is delighted to meet up with an old school friend, but when Ria talks too much, her friend turns into an enemy.

  • Butterflies - Happy Birthday, Ria (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Happy Birthday, Ria

    Leonard complicates Ria's birthday trip to London with Ben.

  • Butterflies - Problems, Problems (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Problems, Problems

    Russell is troubled about his pregnant girlfriend; Adam gets fired; Ben gets bad news from his bank manager.

  • Butterflies - Pregnancy (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:


    The Parkinson household is thrown into chaos when Russell announces that his girlfriend, Jeannie, is pregnant.

  • Butterflies - Ruby's Crisis (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Ruby's Crisis

    Even the cleaning lady seems bored at the Parkinson household.

  • Butterflies - An Empty Cage (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    An Empty Cage

    Adam shocks his father by announcing he's got a job as a long-distance lorry driver; Leonard's reunion with his wife is unsuccessful.

  • Butterflies - Christmas With the Parkinsons (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Christmas With the Parkinsons

    Ria copes with the holiday season.

  • Butterflies - Lunch With Leonard (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Lunch With Leonard

    A mysterious phone call from Leonard leads to lunch and some bad news for Ria.

  • Butterflies - An Attractive Visitor (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    An Attractive Visitor

    Ria has cause for regret when she invites an attractive, unattached female to stay.

  • Butterflies - Keeping Fit (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Keeping Fit

    Ria joins a keep-fit class but regrets her decision almost immediately.

  • Butterflies - A Dog's Life (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    A Dog's Life

    When Ria nearly runs over a dog, she spends five minutes lecturing the bewildered beast on the Highway Code.

  • Butterflies - Worrying (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:


    Ben believes that the stresses imposed by family life have damaged his health and has left him susceptible to a heart attack.

  • Butterflies - Fox Hunting (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Fox Hunting

    Ria is outraged by the apparent cruelty of a fox hunt, and determines to put a stop to it.

  • Butterflies - Leaving (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:


    Adam refuses to eat, talk or sleep when his girlfriend leaves him.

  • Butterflies - Episode 6 (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Episode 6

    Ria asks herself some philosophical questions while walking in a graveyard; Ria tells Leonard she wants to end their meetings.

  • Butterflies - The Lovers (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Lovers

    Ria finds it difficult to ignore Leonard and a work of art has an effect on the whole family.

  • Butterflies - How About Lunch? (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    How About Lunch?

    Leonard wants Ria to spend his birthday with him.

  • Butterflies - Thinking About a Job (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Thinking About a Job

    Ria has reached a point where she must break away to be herself, and decides she should get a job.

  • Butterflies - Breaking the Silence (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Breaking the Silence

    Ben and Russell finally speak to each other after a year of silence; Ria lies about her age.

  • Butterflies - When Ria Met Leonard (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    When Ria Met Leonard

    A husband and two sons are more than enough for housewife Ria to cope with, so where does lonely-heart Leonard fit in?

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