The show featured comic sketches in which Barker and Corbett appeared both together and separately, with various additions giving the programme the feeling of a variety show. The sketches often involved complex word-play, much of it written by Barker, who also liked to parody officialdom and establishment figures, as well as eccentrics. In addition to their regular TV series, the Ronnies also made a number of Christmas specials and telemovies, the best known of which being Futtock's End, The Picnic and By The Sea.
In common with similar British productions of the time, The Ronnie's humour included healthy doses of innuendo and the occasional baring of a starlet's knickers, particularly during the "serial" segments such Death Can Be Fatal. Full-figure lingerie scenes were much rarer than in The Benny Hill Show, but young female extras appeared in their underwear on occasion throughout the Seventies and early Eighties.