''The Benny Hill Show'' (1969-1989) is a British comedy series that cemented the career of one Creator/BennyHill. Strangely, it became [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff far more popular in the United States, leaving a lot of Brits to wonder what all the fuss was about]]. (Compounded by the fact that it hasn't been shown on network television in Great Britain since 1992.)

The ending song of ''The Benny Hill Show'' was "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnHmskwqCCQ Yakety Sax]]" by Boots Randolph, an ''infamous'' EarWorm if there ever was one, with the ability to [[SoundtrackDissonance/YaketySax inject relentless levity into any situation]]. Endlessly parodied; if there's a nonsensical ChaseScene (or [[http://bennyhillifier.com/ anything]], really), play "Yakety Sax"!

!!''The Benny Hill Show'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: At least when it isn't on purpose. Many skits feature a man who by mistake or accident happens to grope a woman - or, sometimes, another man. HilarityEnsues.
* AffectionateParody: Many skits are parodies of a genre (western, war movies, spy movies, {{wuxia}} movies...) or a specific film or show. Among the latter are:
** ''Series/TheATeam''
** ''Series/TheAvengers''
** ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''
** ''The Monte Carlo Show''
** ''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress1974''
** ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf''
** ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''
* AffectionatePickpocket:
** In one sketch, three men break out of prison; they reunite and give each other hugs, each of them robbing the others.
** In another sketch, Myth/RobinHood (Hill) has become the new Sheriff of Nottingham. Friar Tuck and Will Scarlet come to congratulate him and he lifts their money pouches as he hugs them, then sics the guards on them.
* AmbiguousSyntax:
** In one sketch, a very bad actress delivers the line, "What is ''this'' thing called, love?" while patting her lover's "package".
** In another sketch, another bad actress exclaims, "What's that in the road? A head?" ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R6Ha89EtIo Watch them here.]])
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Mocked in "Murder on the Oregon Express".
-->'''"Series/{{Kojak}}":''' Hey, Meathead, tell us what's written on the barrel of your gun.\\
'''"Series/{{Starsky|AndHutch}}":''' It says, hu, "Hold by the other end."
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Many skits feature Benny dressed up as a Chinese or Japanese man (or woman), and speaking with a stereotypical "Engrish" accent. Much of the humour builds on the straight man misunderstanding Benny's character because of this, and it also gives the opportunity for many {{Double Entendre}}s. The racism implicit in these sketches (although the Asian characters are never depicted as inferior to the English, both their looks and patterns of speech are ridiculed) is one reason the show is frowned upon today.
* AsideGlance: The conclusion of many gags, with Benny either grinning at the camera or staring in shock.
* AnAstralProjectionNotAGhost: In one sketch, Benny plays a man who literally dreams of going out partying at night, getting away from his harridan of a wife. Then one day he's out in the daytime he happens by the very same place he goes in his dreams. Amazed, he knocks on the door. A bunch of women answer.
-->'''Lead woman:''' You can't come in here!\\
'''Benny:''' Why not?\\
'''Woman:''' This place is haunted!\\
'''Benny:''' ''[dismissive]'' Who by?\\
'''Woman:''' YOU!\\
''[Benny looks down, sees himself fading away, and before he completely disappears...]''\\
'''Benny:''' ''[silently]'' Aw poo!
* AwfulWeddedLife: About anytime a married couple is shown.
-->'''Husband:''' Good night... mother of six.\\
'''Wife:''' Good night... father of one.
* BabysFirstWords: In a segment parodying ''The Six Million Dollar Man'' and ''The Bionic Woman'', where they get together and have a son named The Bionic Baby, the boy doesn't speak until he's four years old, whereupon he says his first words: "Phew, man. Wow. Sheep dip. You call this chicken soup?" He claims he'd never spoken before because up until then he hadn't minded the chicken soup.
* BackwardsFiringGun: Happens in a skit that spoofs ''Series/TheATeam''... especially when it is a bazooka!
* BanditClan: In a longform sketch filmed in and for Australia, Hill plays "Benny Kelly, son of Ned Kelly," and the Kelly gang is presented as an extended family.
* BegoneBribe: Benny is sitting in the park reading a book called "''How to Get Rich''". A young boy comes along with a toy trumpet blaring away. Benny buys the trumpet from the boy, then throws it away. Along comes a bunch of kids each with his/her own instrument (led by the trumpet boy, now with a new toy). Benny buys all their instruments, then realizes how much he just spent. He throws the book away and calls trumpet boy over, talking to him and taking notes on how to get rich.
* BigLittleMan: Benny and Jackie Wright (a small man, under 5 feet tall) see a pair of wallflowers sitting at a dance. They decide to ask the girls to dance: Benny will ask the tall one and Jackie will ask the short one. The girls accept and stand up, revealing that -- due to how the chairs they were sitting on were designed -- the "tall one" is short and the "short one" is tall.
* CarloadOfCoolKids: This happens at least twice, as part of a skit with a car full of people... and then the car would drive off revealing Benny was not actually in it, and was the loser.
* TheChase: There's typically a pattern -- Hill makes an innocent mistake and a guy wants revenge. Guy chases Hill. As Hill runs away, he stumbles and pulls off a girl's bikini top (but the audience never gets to see her boobs) so she chases him. Next guy they run past is the girl's boyfriend, so ''he'' chases Hill. Another two guys carry a window across the road, and HilarityEnsues. The final guy is bald, and as Hill and the chasers pass him they pat his bald head for luck. The StandardSnippet is almost always associated with such scenes.
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: The mandatory ending -- Benny Hill's character is usually shown being chased off into the horizon by [[EveryoneChasingYou an angry mob]]. In one episode, there are a lot of female officers standing around as crowd control; Benny, Jackie and [=McGee=] are three burglars just placed under arrest by their male counterparts. [[spoiler:The sneakier crowd members commit ClothingDamage upon the lady officers' clothes, prompting both the male officers as well as the burglars to give chase to the scantly-clad ladies!]]
* TheChewToy: Jackie Wright's character (the small, bald old man) is put to constant, hilarious abuse throughout the show. Especially when Benny slaps the little man on the top of his head!
* ClothingDamage: Happens very often to both male and female characters, in both cases played for laughs, and in the second case for {{Fanservice}} as well.
* {{Crossdresser}}: This is a British comedy, so naturally it's a given for Benny Hill and Co.
* DelayedReaction: Henry [=McGee=] asks Question #1, but Benny is silent. [=McGee=] asks Question #2, then Benny answers Question #1.
* DistractedByTheSexy: A very common gag.
** In one sketch set in WWII, Benny plays a sniper tasked to shoot [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]]. However, as he's testing the sights, he spots a fraulein in skimpy dress by a window. He keeps ogling while distractedly putting together his sniper rifle, which ends up in a twisted, useless shape.
** In another sketch, he plays a messenger in the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar. After putting on women's clothing he flirts with several guards to distract them and knock them out. It doesn't work on the final guard. He has an epiphany and flirts with him as a male instead. It works.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Most of the time when Benny or someone else on the show paws at a woman (or she is convinced they just have), they gets belted for it. Lechery is frequently indulged in and just as frequently punished on this show. This kind of thing was Hill's go-to defense when people accused the show of sexism.
* EarTrumpet: Several. In the sketch "Benny Kelly, Son of Ned Kelly", Benny pours some alcohol into someone's ear horn and the fluid comes out the man's mouth.
* EdibleBludgeon: The song "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)" features a fight between Ernie and his rival Two-Ton Ted who drives the bakers van using wares from their vans. Ernie is killed by rock cake underneath his heart followed by stale pork pie in the eye.
* TheEponymousShow
* EveryoneChasingYou: The TropeCodifier, according to that link.
* {{Fanservice}}: '''Lots''' of scantily-clad, beautiful ladies.
* FishbowlHelmet: As Fred Scuttle is being interviewed, Hill brings on little Jackie Wright wearing a giant fishbowl as part of his space uniform.
* FunWithHomophones: A serious TV talk show is about Youth in Asia, and a doctor comes on who is under the impression that the subject is euthanasia.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Hill:''' ''[telling a story]'' ... boy cows.\\
'''[=McGee=]:''' Bullocks.\\
'''Hill:''' It's TRUE, I tell you!
* GivingThemTheStrip: An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUOe_hLg7Bo ending chase scene]] has Benny as an escaped prison inmate evading two bobbies by striping of the jacket and trousers of his InstitutionalApparel. Finding new clothes to replace them proves problematic, however.
* GroinAttack: A RunningGag.
* HenpeckedHusband: Very common. Up to and including {{Dracula}}.
* HilarityEnsues: Presumably mixed with a little real hilarity.
* HotGuyUglyWife: Usually the "ordinary guy, exceptionally ugly wife" variety. The guys usually are Hill or [=McGee=], the wives are often played by men too. In at least one sketch [[GoldDigger he married her for her parents' money]]. Another sketch had him say his wife isn't much to look at "but you can't help who you fall in love with".
* HotGypsyWoman: The subject of the song "Rachel".
* InstitutionalApparel: Sketches taking place in prison have the British arrow-covered uniforms. Some gags are milked out of it, such as Benny standing in a line with other inmates, whose arrows, both on the right and the left, all point toward him, while the arrows of his own uniform point upwards, toward his face.
* JewelersEyeLoupe: In a sketch with Benny as Myth/RobinHood, he's about to [[IKissYourHand kiss the hand of a wealthy lady]] when he notices the many jeweled rings and bracelets she's wearing. Robin pulls a (completely anachronistic) eye loupe to better examine them, before robbing her blind.
* JumpCut:
** Used for the intentional "jump cut to a dummy falling from a great height into jump cut to character getting up after falling" gag.
** Much of the point of ''Passengers of Love'', a romantic movie that makes ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'' look well-edited.
--->'''Girl:''' Oh, he's a very influential person. His mother is... ''[cut]'' Edward Heath.
* LaughTrack
* LingerieScene: The show features lots of scenes with women in their underwear, often as a result of ClothingDamage or {{Wardrobe Malfunction}}s.
* LiteralMetaphor:
** A prison scene has a piano against a brick wall, and the narrator states, "During this dark time, music was his only escape," followed by Benny climbing on top of the piano to get over the wall.
** In a sketch on the beach, Benny is reading a book titled ''How to Pick Up Girls''. Then, he tries to ''physically'' lift a swimsuit-clad beauty, and gets slapped for it.
* LovableSexManiac: Many of the characters played by Benny, whether he portrays a DirtyOldMan or a hormone-addled teenager.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: B.A. Baracus pulls one of these in ''[[Series/TheATeam The B-Team]]'' after Hannibal, Face, and Murdock seem more concerned about the possible damage to the Golden Eagle statue they are trying to recover than they are about B.A. having just been shot. When a rebel steals the Eagle back, B.A., the only Francophone on the team, asks him where it is; when Hannibal tells him the Eagle is worth $10 million and that the rebel will face twenty years in prison if he doesn't talk, B.A. gets him to confess the location of the Eagle, then tells Hannibal he still won't talk. While the other team members drag the rebel away, B.A. locates the Eagle and quips, "Dix millions de dollars -- ''pour moi!''" before leaving on a motorbike, with the rest of the team in hot pursuit.
* MouthingTheProfanity: At the end of several sketches a post-punchline shot will show Benny's character giving a disgusted take to the camera and mouthing "Oh, poo!"
* NeverMessWithGranny: [[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/w/wondergran.htm "Wonder Gran"]]
* PanAndScan:
** Spoofed in one skit where the movie ''Deep in My Heart'' is rendered in fullscreen as ''Deep in My Ear''; and then we repeatedly hear suggestive dialogue before the scene pans over to reveal an innocent context.
** Partially shown title were a common gag. For example, "The Police Raid in Waterloo Station" starts with the title "LICE IN LOO".
* PantyShot: Many.
* PaperThinDisguise: Hannibal Smith's tendency to use these in ''Series/TheATeam'' is spoofed in the 1984 ''B-Team'' sketch. Hannibal jumps behind a pile of boxes and re-appears dressed in stereotypical Middle Eastern garb, complete with beard and sunglasses... only for half a dozen people in quick succession to walk past and say, "Hi, Hannibal!"
* ParodyCommercial: A lot of the shorter sketches, usually used as filler between the longer ones.
* ThePeepingTom: In one episode, Benny is peeping through a beautiful woman's window when a policeman grabs him by the shoulder and says, "You are under arrest for being a peeping...". At this point the woman starts undressing and both Benny and the policeman can only stand there, entranced by the view. Once the woman is down to bra and panties she draws the shades (still unaware that she was being watched) and the policeman grabs Benny again and finishes his arrest by saying, "Tom!"
* PervyPatdown: One sketch has Benny playing a wrestler. The referee tries to pat him down to check for weapons and he flinches away.
* PlankGag: Used with frequency.
* PlanningWithProps: A long sketch where Benny et al. are German [=POWs=] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. They are planning an escape and Benny is using various food items -- mostly pastry -- to make a model of the camp. During his explanation of how they are going to escape, one of the other prisoners picks up the slice of pound cake which represents the gate and starts eating it.
* ProfileViewGag: Used with soccer boots larger than expected in [[https://youtu.be/ir59tXTBs0A?t=56 this short scene]].
* PromptingNudge: During a big production number by the Volunteer Fireman's Brigade, the Captain pushes a dimwitted member out in front so he can introduce the Captain. The Captain ends up PlayingCyrano, feeding him the introduction phrase by phrase, then acts surprised when he "discovers" that he's the one being talked about.
* RakeTake: Another common gag, usually coupled with GroinAttack.
* RealVehicleReveal: In a filmed sketch about the UsefulNotes/NationalHealthService, Benny is a private patient while another lower-class looking person is going through the public way. At the end of the sketch Benny is seen perched in a late model convertible; the lower class guy is then seen getting in the car and driving away, revealing that Benny is sitting on a bicycle. Also see CarloadOfCoolKids above.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: A staple of the show. When another show use this trope and it isn't inspired by ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', it's likely to be a Benny Hill allusion.
* ShamefulShrinking: Happens to Benny Hill (via bluescreen) in an '80s sketch where a girl chews him out for being sexist -- obviously intended as a TakeThat to RL critics who claimed he was.
* SheetOfGlass: A running gag during one chase features a sheet of glass carried by two workers, narrowly escaping destruction several times... then the chasers finally just run through it, as if the glass weren't there... and the two carriers drop the sheet.
* SittingSexyOnAPiano: Many a lady singer would do this, and at times, Benny himself would do this, too.
* SixIsNine:
** Benny as a jealous husband breaks into a hotel room and shoots the man and woman in the bed. Then he takes another look at them, looks at the room number, rotates the 6 to a 9, and sheepishly exits.
** Another sketch does the same gag with The Lower Tidwell Fire Brigade chopping their way into a home while on a fire call, which as the mistress of the house angrily points out is three doors down.
* SpecialEffectFailure: [[invoked]] Usually quite intentional.
** The most common of it is replacing a falling character with an obvious dummy.
** The parody of ''Series/TheAvengers'' involves a FightScene with very obvious cuts to "stunt doubles" that look absolutely nothing like the protagonists.
** ''The Police Raid in Waterloo Station'' is a criminal action movie parody consisting mostly of special effect failures. Actors change clothes between shots (at least once during a shot); director's reflection gets caught by a camera; stagehands are seen hiding behind furniture or outside the airplane; walls are so thin, they shake when Benny opens a door; Benny gets a full glass of wine, starts drinking from a half-full glass, continues with a beer mug; when Benny kisses a woman, his moustache stays on her lip, then returns in the same shot; "dead" people try to straighten their clothes and jerk when stepped on; actors say wrong lines with wrong voices; the airplane and the ship are not only obvious plastic models, but a ship-sized duck swims by in one shot.
* StandardSnippet: Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax" for chase scenes. This show went a long way toward making it a Standard Snippet in the first place. So much so that "Yakety Sax" is often referred to as "The Benny Hill Theme", with many people not knowing its real title, or realizing that it wasn't written for the show.
* StrippingSnag: One of the most common form of WardrobeMalfunction, usually accompanied by an exaggerated StockSoundEffect of fabric ripping. For example in one sketch, some coppers (male and female) are giving chase to Benny, and have to go past a barbwire fence. After struggling for a bit, they go through but all of them snag their uniforms in doing so, ripping them off at the exact same time and leaving them in their underwear.
* StrippingTheScarecrow: PlayedWith in "Butch Cafferty and the Fundance Kid". Cafferty (Hill) strips a man in the Turkish baths of his clothes but later discovers that a Scarecrow possesses absolutely identical ones.
* SuicideDare: Benny is a minister who happens upon a man (offscreen) who is threatening to jump off a ledge. Benny [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xfpde4_benny-hill-was-a-leeds-fan_fun tries to talk him down]] but the guy will have none of it.
-->'''Benny:''' Don't jump! Think of your wife and family.\\
'''Man:''' I am. That's why I'm jumping.\\
'''Benny:''' Think of next Saturday, going to Elland Road and seeing our beloved Leeds United play?\\
'''Man:''' I hate Leeds United. I'm a Liverpool fan.\\
'''Benny:''' Well, flaming well jump then!
* SupernaturalRepellent: In a "Wonder Gran" sketch, Dracula is repelled by a picture of Nicholas Parsons, who was a ''Benny Hill Show'' regular. Nicholas Parsons is the sort of clean-living, squeaky-clean TV and radio personality who a young damsel could trust with her virginity, her wealth, or her aging parents, knowing they're in safe hands. Comedians make much mirth from the sort of personality this implies -- either oleaginously greasy, or else utterly boring. But he is regarded as a National Living Treasure and by all accounts is a totally decent and likable guy. Dracula ''would'' be repelled.
* TableclothYank: In one of the episodes, Benny Hill does that to several tables, leaves and comes back with new ones to preform an inversion of this trope.
* TakeThat: The scripts often took swipes at other entertainment personalities.
** In the 1979 sketch "Wonder Gran Meets Dracula", Dracula appears to have Wonder Gran cornered, but as he goes in for the kill, she holds up a photo, to which Dracula reacts as though she is holding up a crucifix. After she wards him away several times, the picture is revealed to be a publicity photo of a smiling Nicholas Parsons (who had been Benny's straight man in the early Thames series but had moved on to ''Sale of the Century'' by 1979).
** ''The B-Team'', a spoof of ''Series/TheATeam'' from 1984, opens with a group of rebel soldiers having tied up two servants. They demand to know the location of a valuable golden eagle statue, but the servants won't talk. The rebels switch on the television, which proclaims, "Your friend -- and his... Bernard Manning!" The servants immediately give up the location of the statue, and the rebels remark, "Works ''every'' time!"
* ThanksForTheMammary: A common gag.
* ThemeSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK6TXMsvgQg "Yakety Sax"]] is also used as the final theme music. Fitting, since the final credits ''always'' run over a chase scene.
* TiedUpOnThePhone: A sketch has appliances come to life and attack humans; at one point a phone cord wraps itself around Hill.
* TwinkleSmile: Often parodied. Twinkle eyes, too.
* TwitchyEye: Among Benny's various grimaces, this one is common when he's excited, or about to snap.
* {{Undercrank}}: Standard procedure for the obligatory chase scenes with speedy albeit hilarious results.
* TheUnintelligible: A frequent bit; Hill would play the part of an foreigner with an utterly incomprehensible accent or dialect being interviewed. Hilarity resulted as the host attempted to make sense of what he said, with many hilarious and often off-color misunderstandings.
* VandalismBackfire: The subject of a PatterSong. A gentleman goes into his rail compartment and finds a hippie seated there. Gentleman tells hippie to get out, hippie doesn't pay attention. Eventually the gentleman throws the hippie's suitcase out the window, "now what do you think about that?" "It's not my bloody case."
* VaporWear: Especially in the shows from the late 1970s, many of the women wear thin tops without bras.
* VocalDissonance: Often male singers would sing in feminine registers, and vice versa. Alternatively, Hill would play a child or woman speaking sweetly, until a "blooper" occurs and the director yells at him. Hill's voice then changes to a gruff, throaty East-Ender accent as he complains.
* WackySoundEffect
* WaitingSkeleton: One episode, after [[ItMakesSenseInContext fleeing from a room]], Benny finds himself on a ledge outside a window, with no way to go back since a woman locks the window behind him. He then notices a skeleton standing on the same ledge and tears up at the thought of being stranded here forever.
* WardrobeMalfunction: A staple of the show. However contrived, you can bet that every sort of possible freak accidents will happen to the clothes of any sexy woman in most sketches (usually with a very exaggerated ripping sound) and [[NakedFreakOut leave her in her underwear]]. Though the males of the cast aren't entirely spared either, but there it's purely for humor and [[FanDisservice never fanservice]].
* WhenPropsAttack: Benny plays a TV nature presenter parodying Creator/DavidAttenborough. One of the animals he shows is a large spider, which is really a prop that Benny slips onto his hand and his fingers are the spider's legs. While Benny is holding the "spider" and talking about it, the spider crawls up Benny's chest towards his neck. Benny drags the spider back down to abdomen level, and it starts crawling up again. He also gets attacked by an offstage "elephant", which is somebody's arm in a gray sleeve simulating the elephant's trunk.
* WishingWell: A short silent sketch has Benny as an old man with his old wife comes across a wishing well. He throws a coin in, his wife disappears, replaced by a young bikini-clad bird. She then throws in a coin, and a muscular stud appears. He throws a coin in, and the bikini-clad girl disappears. Benny throws one last coin, and the muscle man disappears and his wife reappears.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: One Benny Hill sketch has a pretty woman, frustrated by all the pawing she is receiving, turning green and HulkingOut. Legend had it that when Marvel Comics found out, they created ComicBook/SheHulk to prevent this from happening again. (In truth, they created She-Hulk as a response to ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' TV series, fearing the producers would create a spinoff the way network execs did with ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''.)
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn:
** One sketch has Benny as clown performing a wacky striptease. [[spoiler:It ends with him stripping off his skin until he's nothing but a dancing skeleton.]]
** That sketch was preceded by one in which several women, already scantily dressed, pantomime taking off clothes to appropriate music.
** Another sketch involves Benny and a lady in a supermarket reacting to the piped-in music. The last tune is "The Stripper", so Benny takes off his gloves, [[spoiler:and is arrested]].
* {{Zipperiffic}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiHPlXXl8GA Benny as a biker.]] After trying out all his zippers for his money pouch, his girlfriend finally [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace zips his mouth]].