Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy
8.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.8/10 from 4,442 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 4 critic

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks.

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Staff Picks: Favorite Horror Movies

We asked IMDb staffers to provide their favorite horror movies.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 04 Oct 2010
 
a list of 43 titles
created 29 Mar 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 06 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 12 Jan 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 01 Feb 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Yes Minister" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Yes Minister (1980–1984)

Yes Minister (1980–1984) on IMDb 8.8/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Yes Minister.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1984   1982   1981   1980  
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - No. 10.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds
Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Bertram Wooster, a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet, Jeeves, to get him out.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws
Good Neighbors (1975–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The perils of "escaping the rat race" and dropping out of society - to start a farm in Surbiton (and to drive Margo nuts).

Stars: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith
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 | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Brian and Charlie (B & C) work for a gangster. When the boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. B... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri
A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987–1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

As the title suggests, "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" is less of a specific format than a 'coat-hanger' for short sketches, starring the comical duo in various, recurring or unique roles: ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton
The Thick of It (TV Series 2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs, is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray
The New Statesman (1987–1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In a parody of 1980s Conservatism, Rik Mayall is Alan B'Stard MP, the most machiavellian Tory of them all.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan
Father Ted (1995–1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Crazy sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems!

Stars: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Lindsay Jex
Stars: Tamsin Greig, Clive Anderson, Robin Butler
Sorry Minister (TV Series 2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dutch version of British comedy "Yes Minister".

Stars: Jeroen Spitzenberger, Mohammed Azaay, Lidewij Mahler
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Paul Eddington ...
 James Hacker (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
...
 Sir Humphrey Appleby (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Derek Fowlds ...
 Bernard Woolley (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Diana Hoddinott ...
 Annie Hacker (10 episodes, 1980-1984)
Edit

Storyline

James Hacker is the British Minister for Administrative Affairs. He tries to do something and cut government waste, but he is continually held back by the smart and wily Permanent Secretary of the Department, Sir Humphrey Appleby. Private secretary Bernard Woolley is caught in the middle, between his political master, and his civil service boss. Written by Tony Lammens <lammens@connexus.apana.org.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 February 1980 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Javisst, herr minister  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(21 episodes) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A great fan of the series, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (as she then was) wrote a sketch for the show with press secretary Bernard Ingham which was recorded and aired as part of the 1984 National Viewers and Listeners Awards. The sketch featured Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne, both of whom are talking to the Prime Minister (played by Thatcher herself) about her notion to abolish economists. See more »

Goofs

During the train sequence in "The Official Visit", a close-up shows that the warning notice on the wall is written in gibberish. See more »

Quotes

Bernard Woolley: That's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it? I give confidential security briefings. You leak. He has been charged under section 2a of the Official Secrets Act.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Greatest: 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Not to put too fine a point on it, absolutely fabulous!
7 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quite easily among the best-written comedies of all time. The razor-sharp wit and the superbly crafted word-play will have you both laughing out loud and oooohing and aaaahing in appreciation. Yes Minister tracks the day jobs of its three pivotal characters: Jim Hacker, the honorable Minister of the Dept of Administrative Affairs, his Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and his Private Sct, Bernard.

In each episode, the somewhat idealistic (though exceedingly publicity-hungry) Minister tries to reform govt in one way or the other, but is blocked by his Permanent Sct, Sir Humphrey. Though this comedy is based on the British system of govt, I think the problems presented have universal appeal and so it would be appreciated by Americans, in fact by people of all nationalities.

The highlight of the comedy, in my mind, is the brilliant script, esp the lines Sir Humphrey delivers when he wishes to "talk a lot but say nothing". Nigel Hawthorne's acting is Grade A material and a treat to watch.

For those of you who enjoy wordplay, a somewhat cererbral comedy, or are simply an official in one or the other branch of govt, don't miss this one.


30 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Opening TERRIFIED me as a child katherineklutts
How old are you? bittermilk
Best quote from the whole series? nsullivan
Favourite character? Mrs_Twelvetrees
If they made a movie burchard-1
Claire and Riekiebol's New Yes Minister Thread Mrs_Twelvetrees
Discuss Yes Minister (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page