Men Behaving Badly. Image shows from L to R: Gary Strang (Martin Clunes), Dorothy (Caroline Quentin), Tony Smart (Neil Morrissey), Deborah (Leslie Ash). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

Men Behaving Badly

BBC One and ITV sitcom about two lads. 42 episodes (6 series), 1992 - 1998. Stars Martin Clunes, Neil Morrissey, Leslie Ash, Caroline Quentin and others.

Men Behaving Badly. Image shows from L to R: Tony Smart (Neil Morrissey), Gary Strang (Martin Clunes). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

Men Behaving Badly

Flat share sitcom following security salesman Gary and his lodger, as they attempt to navigate the opposite sex

1992 - 1998
42   (6 series), plus 2 short specials
Martin Clunes, Neil Morrissey, Leslie Ash, Caroline Quentin, Ian Lindsay, Valerie Minifie, Dave Atkins, John Thomson and Harry Enfield
Simon Nye
Martin Dennis
Beryl Vertue

Gary Strang owns a ground-floor flat and is employed as sales manager in the local office of a firm supplying security equipment - from locks to burglar alarms - with assistant George and secretary Anthea. It's not the most high-flying career, but his love life is significantly less successful. Emotionally immature and unsure of what - or who - he wants, he continues to see his long-suffering, on-off, nurse girlfriend Dorothy.

Longstanding friend and flatmate Dermot, meanwhile, is a slightly brighter spark but interminably lazy, and not a lot more successful with the fairer sex; when Dermot eventually moves out, the irretrievably dim Tony Smart takes up his old room - and, like Dermot before him, immediately falls for the single blonde in the flat upstairs, Deborah.

Between their typically laddish pursuits - lager, football and women - the two attempt to woo and impress the girls in their lives, despite a lack of cash, sophistication and enthusiasm. If these boys behaving badly ever grow up, they might just stand a chance.

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Also known as
  • MBB (Acronym)
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 18th February 1992 on ITV at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 28th December 1998 on BBC One at 9pm
Last repeat
Sunday 1st August 2021 at 2:30am on Gold

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