Rab C. Nesbitt is a drunken, string vested lay about who lives with his long suffering wife Mary and his two sons in the working class area of Govan in Glasgow. When he's not getting drunk with his pals that include the devious, womanizing Jamesie Cotter. He's offering his philosophical outlook on life to whoever will listen.
Rab decides to take the family up to the highlands for the weekend.
When Rab is released from prison, and Mary doesn't want him back, he moves in with Jamesie and begins to have flashbacks to his days at school and his first love Isobel.
When Rab returns home to find his bairns have been taken into care, he's so upset he can hardly finish his kebab.
Rab comes into contact with Social Services reject and local headcase Young Young McGurn.
Rab is stalked by a homeless man after preventing the man's suicide attempt.