8.2/10
4,716
18 user 6 critic

Porridge 

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.
Reviews
Popularity
2,786 ( 214)

Watch Now

on Prime Video

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



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

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Open All Hours (1976–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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
The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
Doing Time (1979)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Clement
Stars: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay
Steptoe and Son (1962–2016)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ambitious and wants to better himself, but his... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton
Going Straight (TV Series 1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Following his release from Slade prison, Fletcher tries to stick to the straight and narrow, but it isn't easy.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Patricia Brake, Richard Beckinsale
One Foot in the Grave (1990–2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margaret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with neighbors.

Stars: Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Accident-prone Frank Spencer fails to navigate the simplest tasks of daily life, while also trying to look after his wife and baby.

Stars: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Jessica Forte
Rising Damp (1974–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two early thirties best friends live together while having completely different personalities. While their girlfriends try to help them take on more responsibilities the boys seldom respond well and usually end up drinking together.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash
Dad's Army (1968–1977)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn
Harry Enfield and Chums (1994–1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies.

Stars: Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Paul Whitehouse
Spitting Image (1984–1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.

Stars: Steve Nallon, Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Ronnie Barker ...  Norman Stanley Fletcher 20 episodes, 1974-1977
Brian Wilde ...  Mr. Barrowclough 19 episodes, 1974-1977
Fulton Mackay ...  Mr. Mackay 19 episodes, 1974-1977
Richard Beckinsale ...  Lennie Godber 17 episodes, 1974-1977
Sam Kelly ...  Warren 12 episodes, 1974-1977
Tony Osoba ...  McLaren 9 episodes, 1974-1977
Edit

Storyline

Norman Stanley Fletcher is sentenced to 5 years at her Majesty's pleasure at HM prison Slade in darkest Cumbria. His naive cell mate Lenny Godber needs to learn the ropes, skives and scams and evil prison officer Mr.Mackay tries to run the prison his own way. And then there's Mr.Barroclough who is just too weak willed to have his good nature exploited.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bevarrva See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When describing Ronnie Barker's death in his autobiography, David Jason said "Goodnight from him", alluding to his signature line from The Two Ronnies (1971). See more »

Quotes

Warren: I've got this letter, like.
Fletch: From a woman, it looks like, and, judging by the handwriting and stationery, a woman of low standards.
Warren: That's right! It's from the wife!
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 Comic's Choice: Sean Lock (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Sheer genius
3 January 2002 | by EcnerwalSee all my reviews

This is easily the funniest comedy ever made.The characters are very strong - Mackay the harsh scottish guard with his neck 'twitch', Barrowclough the well-meaning and gullible guard, bumbling around pathetically, Godber the innocent and naive prisoner, and of course Norman Stanley Fletcher. Ronnie Barker's acting is superb - his expressions and timing are perfect.

The script by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais is one of the wittiest and sharpest ever written. For example:

(A prison inspector has just entered Fletcher's cell, and Fletcher has just made spoken to him.) Inspector: He's very articulate Mackay: Yes, like a lorry


16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed