The drunken Scottish street philosopher, Rab C. Nesbitt first appeared on the seminal Scottish comedy show ''{{Naked Video}}''. Progressing in 1989 to his own Christmas special ''Rab C Nesbitt's Seasonal Greet'', the popularity of this much-rerun show spawned a further 8 series of alcoholic ranting. The series was broadcast nationally, despite the strong and sometimes impenetrable Glaswegian accents, which was parodied in one episode where Rab goes to London in search of his runaway son, and subtitles are used to translate the dialogue.

Rab is a 40-something waster. He's never worked a day in his life, and revels in the intricacies of the Welfare system (or 'the Broo' in common Glasgow parlance) He is married to the matriarchal Mary, who holds together the family of two sons Gash and Burnie in spite of Rab's lifestyle of booze and [[ViolentGlaswegian casual violence]].

But he's not all bad, he has deep and profound thoughts about life and philosophy, and will expound them to any passer-by with the help of his rolled-up newspaper. He wanders the streets of Govan (a district in Glasgow) in a dirty blue suit and string vest, always with his trademark dirty bandage around his head from some long-forgotten head wound. Together with his eternal scheming friend, Jamesie Cotter (and his long suffering wife Ella) Rab introduces us to a myriad of colourful and downright scary Glasgow characters.

Although comedy in intent, the series explored many dark topics, including marital breakup, murder, long term unemployment, infertility, cannibalism and child abuse. Through several flashback sequences, we see the young Rab and his siblings putting up with a violent father who took his life failures out on his family. Rab's own family life is far from idyllic, Mary leaving him to fend for himself on various occasions, and the kids running away to London.

The final series was aired in 1998. The entire run of series is currently (2007) being repeated on Paramount Comedy in the UK.

In 2008, the character returned for a one-off, 45-minute special at Christmas 2008. As of January 2010, a forthcoming new series has just started airing.

Transmission Details:
* Number of episodes: 53 Length: 48 x 30 mins, 2 x 45 mins, 2 x 50 mins, 1 x short special
* Special (45 mins) Rab C Nesbitt's Seasonal Greet: 31 Dec 1989, [=BBC2=] Sun 9.30pm
* Series One (6) 27 Sep-1 Nov 1990, [=BBC2=] Thu 9pm
* Special (45 mins) Fitba 15 July 1991, [=BBC2=] Mon 9.45pm
* Series Two (6) 14 May-18 June 1992, [=BBC2=] Thu 9pm
* Special (50 mins) 31 Dec 1992, [=BBC2=] Thu 11.30pm
* Series Three (6) 18 Nov-23 Dec 1993, [=BBC2=] Thu 9pm
* Series Four (6) 19 Sep-24 Oct 1994, [=BBC2=] Mon 9pm
* Short special part of ''[[Creator/StephenFry Fry]] And [[Creator/HughLaurie Laurie]] Host A Christmas Night With The Stars'' 27 Dec 1994, [=BBC2=] Tue 9pm
* Special (50 mins) 29 Dec 1994, [=BBC2=] Thu 9pm
* Series Five (6) 5 Jan-9 Feb 1996, [=BBC2=] Fri 9pm
* Series Six (6) 1 Aug-5 Sep 1997, [=BBC2=] Fri 9.30pm
* Series Seven (6) 21 Aug-25 Sep 1998, [=BBC2=] Fri 9.30pm
* Series Eight (6) 14 May-18 June 1999, [=BBC2=] Fri 9.30pm
* Christmas special, 23 December 2008, [=BBC2=] 9pm
!!The show provides examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Pete the Warlock. For that matter, all the Satanists who appear in that episode come off as this. Sure, they may sacrifice goats, deflower virgins and on occasion daub their naked flesh with the warm blood of animals and engage in unspeakable acts of sexual depravity, but they do lots of wonderful work for charity.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Rab, constantly.
* BlackComedy: And how. Over its run there's barely a taboo topic the show hasn't featured, and almost always for laughs. This includes, but is not limited to, cancer, neo-Nazism, incest, cannibalism, ringworm, Satanism, alcoholism and mental illness.
* FreudianExcuse: Jamesie claims his contemptuous attitude towards women stems from the abuse meted out by his mother, which never let up even when he cared for her through her infirmity to her death.
* {{Revival}}: A ChristmasSpecial ten years after the show first went off air, followed by a full series the year after.
* LargeHam: The Pie mafia Boss in series 5.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Rab and Mary, and to an even greater extent, Jamesie and Ella. (The Nesbitts are much more likely than the Cotters to get AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments.)
* NobodyPoops: Averted multiple times, in one instance complete with splosh sound effect.
* OverlyLongName: [[ImAHumanitarian John William Pure Mad Mental Intae Your Body Simpson Craig Gemmell Chib The Bam Rib-Racker No Real Young Rebel Ya Bas St. John McGurn aka Young Young McGurn]].
* ThePigPen: Rab is near-constantly filthy. His idea of cleaning himself up prior to a night out in Spain is to peel off a dirty bandage and discard a cigarette butt from behind his ear.
** ExaggeratedTrope: Mr McCutcheon, a shut-in who has spent decades living in solitary squalor, is in even worse conditiom than Rab. Wheb the latter meets the former, he remarks: "That must be some stink comin' affa you for it to out-stink the stink comin' affa me"
* ThePhilosopher
* SimilarSquad: On holiday in the Costa Del Sol, Rab is delighted to see a Spanish man in a vest and bandaged head, ranting incomprehensibly at nobody.
-->'''Rab''': There's nothing restores your faith mair in human nature than meetin some poor bastard that's just as mad as yersel.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Gash's daughter Peaches has undergone this as of the 2014 New Year Special.
* TheStoner: Gash
-->'''Mary Nesbitt''': Gash, how many fingers am I holding up?
-->'''Gash Nesbitt''': Uh, Thursday.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: After Burnie was written out by [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]] Rab has to take care of his nephew Screech.
* TieInNovel: ''[[ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle A Stranger Here Myself: Being the Life Story and Revelations of Mister Rab C. Nesbitt of Govan]]''.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Where to begin?
* VitriolicBestBuds: Rab with Jamesie. Also with Norrie the barman.