Up 121 this week

Rab C. Nesbitt (1988– )

TV Series  |   |  Comedy
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 730 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 2 critic

Rab C. Nesbitt is lowlife scum (and proud of it) in Glasgow, Scotland who spends his time drinking in his local and speaking to the camera about the state of society as he sees it.


0Check in

10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 23 Jul 2012
a list of 49 titles
created 23 Feb 2013
a list of 24 titles
created 05 Oct 2013
a list of 40 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 45 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Rab C. Nesbitt" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Rab C. Nesbitt (1988– )

Rab C. Nesbitt (1988– ) on IMDb 7.7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Rab C. Nesbitt.




10   9   8   7   6   5   … See all »
2014   2011   2010   2008   1999   1998   … See all »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chewin' the Fat (TV Series 1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Scottish sketch show which first appeared on radio. Featuring such characters as dodgy decorators Bish and Bosh, Ballistic Bob, The Lonely Shopkeeper, The Foulmouthed Fishermen and The Man From Kilmacolm. Mostly filmed in Glasgow.

Stars: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Karen Dunbar
Still Game (TV Series 2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Cult Scottish comedy about the lives of two OAP's Jack and Victor and their views on how it used to be in the old days and how bad it is now in the fictional town of Craiglang.

Stars: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Paul Riley
Rising Damp (1974–1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
Till Death Us Do Part (1965–1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A working-class Cockney bigot with a biased and expirienced opinion of everything shares them bluntly and almost carelessly.

Stars: Warren Mitchell, Anthony Booth, Una Stubbs
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Meet Britain's favourite comedian in his first show at the top of blackpool tower. Laugh along as he talks about family holidays,School and many over events that are turned into hilarious stories

Director: Marcus Mortimer
Stars: Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Archie Kelly
Open All Hours (1976–1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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
Porridge (1974–1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

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.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
The Royle Family (TV Series 1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house.

Stars: Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne
Burnistoun (TV Series 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Comedy sketch show set in the fictional Scottish town of Burnistoun near Glasgow. The show follows the exploits of characters such as an aspiring girl band and a serial killer who is unhappy at his portrayal in the local media.

Stars: Richard Rankin, Robert Florence, Iain Connell
Gary Tank Commander (TV Series 2009)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A comic view on the daily life of a scottish tank commander, and the antics that the crew get themselves into.

Stars: Greg McHugh, Scott Fletcher, Robert Jack
Shooting Stars (1993–2011)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A bunch of lads have a right good time

Stars: Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Ulrika Jonsson


Series cast summary:
 Rab C. Nesbitt (67 episodes, 1988-2014)
Tony Roper ...
 Jamesie Cotter (65 episodes, 1988-2014)
Elaine C. Smith ...
 Mary Nesbitt (64 episodes, 1988-2014)
Barbara Rafferty ...
 Ella Cotter (51 episodes, 1990-2014)
Brian Pettifer ...
 Andra / ... (50 episodes, 1988-2014)
Andrew Fairlie ...
 Gash Nesbitt (46 episodes, 1988-2008)
Iain McColl ...
 Dodie (43 episodes, 1990-2011)
John Kazek ...
 Norrie (36 episodes, 1992-1999)


Classic BBC Sitcom about Rab C. Nesbitt, a stringed vested philosopher (in his own way) who spends his days getting drunk in his local with best mate Jamesie and going home to clash with wife Mary and his two sons Gash and Burnie. The series follows Rab as he talks to the camera about the way life is and the state of the country, When he's not doing that he is drinking, trying to keep his family together or shouting the odds at anybody who is stupid enough to argue the point. No matter where in Govan you go you cant escape the wrath of the Nesbitt man! Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

27 September 1990 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(48 episodes) | (1 Episode) | (1 Episode) | (2 episodes) | (1 Episode)


See  »

Did You Know?


Rab first appeared as a sketch in the show Naked Video. So popular was Rab, the producers gave him his own half hour special in 1989. A full series was later commissioned for 1990. See more »


Rab C. Nesbitt: [to the audience] What a business, all because I take a wee drink, eh... Tell yae wan thing - see all this shoutin? It does not half give yae a helluva thirst.
Stranger: [handing Rab a bottle of booze from off screen] That's the game, pal, you tell them. There's nuthin the matter wie a wee drink.
Rab C. Nesbitt: [pleased] Oh... Who the hell are you by the way?
Stranger: Ah c'mon, Rab. Use your imagination
[the camera away cuts to the stranger who is revealed to be a pink elephant in a suit and cap]
Stranger: I'm the heebie Jeebie.
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of every episode, we see a television with Rab on it. He rambles about something, but we cannot hear due to the music. As the credits end, Rab leaves his chair and shouts "Beat it!" See more »


Featured in Sitcom Does...: Families (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Social history lesson
22 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being a bit of a nerd when it comes to British Sitcom this gem holds a joint 1st in my all time favourite British sitcoms with Steptoe and son! The social awareness here mirrors the state of the nation. As you watch this over the years it was made it gives an insight of how the nation was coping and feeling at the time. Not so much "Low Life" as "Real life"!Proper people in proper social situations make us feel we all know people like this. Sympathy and empathy sit on the sofa hand in hand to enjoy the real comedy and emotion of real life. This is not " The Good Life" or " To The Manor Born" ! .. this is a classic laugh or cry social metaphor. I hope they make a new series of Rab in his twilight years..what would he make of the internet and Britains Got talent!!

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Christmas Special 2008 - Thoughts? pdelamore
Favourite Quotes? jalopedi
Favourite episode? amiddleton-2
Anyone else really, really disspointed with the new ones? VladimirK
dvd? dom_oreilly
Discuss Rab C. Nesbitt (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page