Black Books centres around the foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black. Bernard’s devotion to the twin pleasures of drunkenness and wilful antagonism deepens and enriches both his life and that of Manny, his assistant. Bearded, sweet and good, Manny is everything that Bernard isn’t and is punished by Bernard relentlessly just for the crime of existing. They depend on each other for meaning as Fran, their oldest friend, depends on them for distraction. Black Books is a haven of books, wine and conversation, the only threat to the group’s peace and prosperity is their own limitless stupidity.
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Season 1Amazon Prime | Hulu | AcornTV | Tubi TV | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Sep 28, 2000
Cooking the Books Sep 28, 2000 Bernard’s dodgy accountant has to go on the run, leaving him ill prepared to fill out his own tax return. In fact Bernard would rather do anything than fill it out.
S01 E02Oct 5, 2000
Manny's First Day Oct 5, 2000 After Manny’s help with the tax return Bernard is persuaded to hire him in the shop. Unfortunately he actually sells some books, much to Bernard’s annoyance.
S01 E03Oct 12, 2000
The Grapes of Wrath Oct 12, 2000 Bernard and Manny accept a house-sitting job to get away from their new cleaner. They also drink some wine.
S01 E04Oct 19, 2000
The Blackout Oct 19, 2000 A hyper, coffee fueled Manny is mistaken for a policeman.
S01 E05Oct 26, 2000
The Big Lock-Out Oct 26, 2000 The shop gets a new security system that no-one can work.
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S02 E01Mar 1, 2002
The Entertainer Mar 1, 2002 Fran decides to take up piano lessons with a very prominent teacher, however all doesn't go to plan and she ends up having to ask Manni for a favour. Meanwhile Bernard asks a girl out and once again Manni is called upon for a favour.
S02 E02Mar 8, 2002
Fever Mar 8, 2002 On a scorching hot day, Manni tries to maintain his body temperature so it doesn't go over 88 degrees; Fran has problems with a new neighbour, and Bernard tries to find an appropriate "summer girl".
S02 E03Mar 15, 2002
The Fixer Mar 15, 2002 Bernard and Manni have to deal with a gangster turned writer who plans to hold a reading of his autobiography at the book shop, however he can't read. Meanwhile Fran gets an office job where she isn't quite sure what she is meant to be doing.
S02 E04Mar 22, 2002
Blood Mar 22, 2002 Manni and Bernard try to keep up with modern book shops and in doing so Manni helps Fran get over her boredom by encouraging her to look up her family tree.
S02 E05Mar 29, 2002
Hello Sun Mar 29, 2002 Fran tries to cleanse her lifestyle by taking up yoga and going on a radical diet, while Bernard and Manni receive some books on Freud and their lives descend into his famous theories.