Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.

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...  Bernard Black 18 episodes, 2000-2004
...  Manny 18 episodes, 2000-2004
...  Fran 18 episodes, 2000-2004
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Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably Bernard's only friend in the world. When Bernard's accountant goes on the run Bernard employs stress victim, Manny to help in his shop. This leads to a series of surreal adventures around the shop. Written by PH Moo

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The mushroom in Bernard's hair resembles a Ringless Honey Mushroom, Armillaria Tabescens. Just because you find a mushroom in your hair, though, doesn't mean that it's necessarily going to be edible. See more »

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Fran: [Wrestling Bernard] Say Peanuts!
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Featured in Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms (2015) See more »

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Black Books proves that the UK is still the best breeding ground for humoristic series
11 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I always have been a big fan of Fawlty Towers, Father Ted and Blackadder. So when I knew about this series, I just had to see it. Now that I have seen it, there is only one thing I can say about it: Black books is absolutely great and hilarious. It proves that the UK is still the best breeding ground for humoristic series.

Bernard Black - an anti-social, boozing and smoking sarcastic pessimist - runs his own book store. He doesn't like people who buy books and hates his customers. He has one employee: Manny. Manny looks more like a bum, never stands up for himself when he is the target of Bernard's sarcasm and is always full of stress. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably the only friend Bernard has.

The humor is perhaps not to everybody's taste. I guess not everybody will understand and appreciate the sarcasm and surrealism in this series, but I loved it. I would give this series a 10/10 if we could vote on it.


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