The League of Gentlemen: Season 1 (1999 - 2000)

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Air date: Jan 11, 1999

Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith introduce us to the strange residents of Royston Vasey in this, the first episode of the comedy series The League Of Gentlemen. Benjamin Denton arrives in town for an overnight visit with his Uncle Harvey and Auntie Val; however, their explanation of the various house rules ends up taking longer than his visit itself. Benjamin and his friend Martin Lee attempt to visit the local shop, where Tubbs and Edward are upset and disoriented by strangers. Mike, Brian, and Geoff have a row that almost turns deadly over Brian's inability to properly tell a joke. Pauline spends her day destroying the confidence of people looking for work and becomes quite miffed when someone lands a position without her help, and Matthew the veterinarian has some sad news for Farmer Tinsel regarding his dog.

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Air date: Jan 18, 1999

The hideous and/or hilarious antics of the residents of Royston Vasey once again take center stage as Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith present the second episode in their television comedy series The League of Gentlemen. Mr. Chinnery has taken the life of another dog, though he doesn't seem to know it. Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, surveyors mapping the course of a new road running through town, have the unpleasant task of informing Tubbs and Edward may have to move the local shop. Benjamin, meanwhile, is still suffering though a visit with Uncle Harvey and Auntie Val, who are determined he will remain free of both germs and self-abuse through the course of his stay. Alley and Henry search for an appropriately violent movie and the neighborhood video shop, and have trouble telling the Seven Deadly Sins from the Seven Dwarfs. Les McQueen bores his son and his friends with tales of the ephemeral career of his late-70's pop group Creme Brulee. And newsstand owner Pop loses all faith in hi son after the untimely theft of some candy bars.

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Air date: Jan 25, 1999

Things just keep getting stranger in the village of Royston Vasey in this episode of the British comedy series The League Of Gentlemen, written by Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith, who also play nearly all the roles themselves. An unfortunate man from the roads commission has to break the bad news to Tubbs and Edward that their shop will have to be moved to make room for a new highway, only to discover Tubbs isn't aware that there's a world outside Royston Vasey. Veterinarian Mr. Chinnery tries an unorthodox treatment on a sick tortoise, with disastrous results. Benjamin's breakfast is spoiled when Uncle Harvey and Auntie Val decide to share with him their quaint habit of drinking their own urine. Pauline has a tough day at the employment center when she tries to show how to behave at a job interview. Mike announces he and his girlfriend Cheryl, leading to a battle royale between his friends Geoff and Brian over who gets to be best man. And Bernice Woodall, the village's female vicar, wonders to herself what sort of undesirables would be attracted to Royston Vasey should a protest be organized against the new highway.

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Air date: Feb 1, 1999

The brave citizens of the village of Royston Vasey -- nearly all of them played by Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith -- once again mount a hard-fought battle against progress in this episode from the British comedy series. As construction of the new road comes to a halt, veterinarian Mr. Chinnery is ordered to identify an odd creature found dead near the building site. Mr. Foot attempts to befriend a blind man without realizing just how rude he's being. The children of Royston Vasey receive seriously mixed messages when the Vicar stops by to give them the straight scoop on their future in Hell, while the educational theater troupe Legz Akimbo present an "instructional" program on coming to terms with one's homosexuality. Chloe and Radclyffe Denton, the twin daughters of Uncle Harvey and Auntie Val, have an unfortunate encounter with a scarecrow, and later lead one of Harvey's prized toads to a grim fate while being watched over by Benjamin.

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Air date: Feb 8, 1999

They say once you've visited Royston Vasey, you'll never leave -- and while any person with a bit of sense would try, that doesn't include many of the village's residents, as portrayed by Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith in this episode of the British comedy series The League of Gentlemen. The Denton Family are in mourning after the death of Uncle Harvey's beloved toads, Sonny and Cher, and while Benjamin tries to find a ride out of town, he runs afoul of transsexual cabbie Barbara. Les tries to talk his way into the good graces of the band playing the local pub, while Mike and Cheryl's wedding reception has hit a few snags -- most notably, the photographer they hired is blind, Mr. Foot is once again imposing his less-than-cordial personality on an unfortunate guest in a wheelchair, and after a few drinks best man Geoff reveals a few secrets best left untold. And at the local movie house, Ally and Henry have fun making life miserable for a fellow patron, which is much more entertaining than watching the film.

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Air date: Feb 15, 1999

The first season of the British comedy series The League Of Gentlemen, in which Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith both wrote and portrayed the bizarre characters who populate the village of Royston Vasey, concluded with this episode. Edward and Tubbs make the startling discovery that the construction company attempting to put a new road right through their shop is run by their long lost son, David. Benjamin is forced by his Uncle Harvey and Auntie Val to clean the bathroom, which turns out to be no simple procedure in the Denton home. Pauline loses her position at the Job Centre when it's revealed that one of her students in the Job Training course is actually a government inspector. Veterinarian Mr. Chinnery is on hand to help a cow deliver a calf, with disastrous results. Bernice the Vicar shares her views on handicapped parking, and Geoff has a bit of a surprise for his friends as they plan a birthday party for him. And finally, Tubbs has decided to do the unthinkable -- she's leaving Royston Vasey and is moving to London with David, though getting out of town isn't as easy as one might imagine ... just ask Benjamin.

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A surreal English village provides the setting for this sitcom, featuring the comedy trio in more than 60 roles.

Critic Reviews for The League of Gentlemen Season 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Often dark and disturbing, the best sequences combine elements of children's nightmares, pathos and laughs.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Way beyond flaky or mere wackiness, The League of Gentlemen flirts with a kind of profundity in its lunacy, making macabre commentary on the inherent dangers of isolating people and leaving them to their own devices.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

It's like dousing yourself in one endless Monty Python skit.

Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It is comedy far more outlandish, far more deranged than nature ever intended comedy to be.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Not only is The League of Gentlemen some of the funniest comedy that's been produced out of the UK and you're seeing these three performers in the top of their game, but it's also unmistakably a scary sketch comedy show.

Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The show was a masterful spoof of a variety of horror genres.

Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

What impresses me most about this series is that they've actually created an entire village and populated it with their characters.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The League of Gentlemen: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    Some of the comedy in the League of Gentlemen is genius. But is also slightly dark and twisted so probably better enjoyed in small quantities, or not at all for some people.
  • Jul 19, 2020
    If you can find this series online, watch it. Three comedic actors create a cast of so many peculiar and funny characters. Really creative, oddly alluring and unforgettable storylines. It can be subtle and heartfelt, or over-the-top with organized cannibals, but somehow they make it all work. The episodes fall apart a bit in the second season, but don't let that stop you from watching it, especially this first season.
  • May 03, 2020
    New Road, onions and Mike Reed's breath.

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