Porridge (1974–1977)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 2,456 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 4 critic

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 11 Jan 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 15 Jul 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 07 Jan 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Porridge" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Porridge (1974–1977)

Porridge (1974–1977) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Porridge.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1977   1976   1975   1974  
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, The Fred Tomlinson Singers
Rising Damp (1974–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Classic comedy following the misadventures of two Wheeler Dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires.

Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack
Steptoe and Son (1962–1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to ... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton
On the Rocks (1975–1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Stars: Rick Hurst, José Pérez, Bobby Sandler
Open All Hours (1976–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, David Jason, Lynda Baron
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This comedy series is all about two mates, Gary and Tony who share a two bedroom home. They are grown men who act like a couple of drunk two year olds, who spend their time either drinking ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash
One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Victor Meldrew is a retiree with an attitude who seems to attract bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margaret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with his ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle
Dad's Army (1968–1977)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Popular BBC comedy series set in the fictional south coast seaside town of Walmington-On-Sea during World War 2. Alternating moments of gentle character comedy with broad slapstick, it ... See full summary »

Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Frank Spencer is more than just a complete klutz. Everything he touches falls apart, and he can't keep a job for more than a day. The only thing that keeps him going is his long-suffering ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Jessica Forte
Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Spoof documentary on the life of the main protagonist of the television prison comedy "Porridge", Mr. Norman Stanley Fletcher.

Director: Kim Flitcroft
Stars: Ronnie Barker, Patricia Brake, Bill Nighy
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Norman Stanley Fletcher (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
Brian Wilde ...
 Mr. Barrowclough (19 episodes, 1974-1977)
...
 Mr. Mackay (19 episodes, 1974-1977)
...
 Lennie Godber (17 episodes, 1974-1977)
...
 Warren / ... (12 episodes, 1974-1977)
...
 McLaren (9 episodes, 1974-1977)
Edit

Storyline

Fletcher's doing five years for breaking and entering. He's quick witted and never short of a trick or two to make his life that little bit easier. Lennie Godber's his cellmate who Fletch often teases but also protects in a father-like way. The other two main characters are prison officers; MacKay's a militarily strict type, keen to adhere to the rules, while Mr Barrowclough is almost a complete opposite and easily manipulated by Fletcher. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 September 1974 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bevarrva  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(19 episodes) | (1 episode) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and actor Ronnie Barker all came up with "Porridge" (British slang for serving a prison sentence, porridge once being the traditional breakfast in UK prisons) as the title, independently of each other. See more »

Quotes

Barrowclough: You're writing a book?
Fletch: Yeah - a sort of inside guide to prison life. But don't worry, I've not overlooked your boys in blue - I will be dealing just as much with your issues as those of our fellow felons.
Barrowclough: Oh, good. And what are you going to call this book?
Fletch: Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »

Connections

Featured in This Week: Episode dated 21 June 2007 (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Simply the best.
21 January 2004 | by (Sheffield) – See all my reviews

I've seen some great sitcoms in my time - and some not so great. But this is definitely one of the great ones. The very idea of a comedy set in prison doesn't sound like it can work. But it does - and how!

Ronnie Barker is perfect as Fletch. He's nobody's fool, and doesn't suffer other people who are fools, but underneath is a heart of pure gold - he just doesn't show it very often. This is to his credit when it is displayed, for Godber (Richard Beckinsale) or Blanco (David Jason). As with everything, Barker's timing is superb, and the simplest little line can have the viewer in stitches. This man will always be the guv'nor!

Richard Beckinsale as the first-offender Lennie Godber is just as wonderful. He takes it at a slower pace, highlighting the contrast between the two characters. A gentler man for the role it is hard to envisage. And who would want to!

Not forgetting Fulton Mackay (Mr Mackay) and Brian Wilde (Mr Barrowclough) - similarly fast and slow-paced. There is never any doubt that Mackay is an authority figure over them, and can make their lives hell if he chooses to, whereas the long-suffering Barrowclough is the perfect foil, like Sgt Wilson to Cpt Mainwaring.

This is of course due first to the wonderful writing of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, whose names grace the credits of many wonderful shows. They have created a masterpiece. A wonderful with believable characters. Everything fits together perfectly. Not one line needs changing.

Great cast, great writers. 12/10! The best sitcom ever!


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
for fans: whats your favourite episode? harley-deery
Godber's gorgeous! catrionalowe84
goodbye to a comic geinus judomole
US version - any good? trevorwomble
'Documentary' follow up on the life of Fletcher tonycorsini
Correct Episode Order LiamABC
Discuss Porridge (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page