The BEST episodes directed by Jay Sandrich

Hoax
star
10.00
1 votes

#1 - Hoax

Lou Grant - Season 1 - Episode 3

When Lou gets a tip from a friend who claims to know the whereabouts of a missing millionaire, members of the staff initially have doubts about following it and dismiss it as a hoax. The man begins to gain credibility when he is able to retrieve information that only the missing man would know.

Episode 20
star
8.91
124 votes

#2 - Episode 20

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 20

Danny learns he must marry Elaine. Mary tells Burt of her plans to commit him. Jessica's case looks even more hopeless after she meets the prosecutor and judge.

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Episode 22
star
8.88
98 votes

#3 - Episode 22

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 22

Jodie and Carol plan a weekend away as "just friends." Mary commits Burt to the mental hospital. Danny tells Mary he must marry Elaine. Billy runs away from home. Benson, Chester, and Jessica take the stand in Jessica's trial.

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Episode 21
star
8.66
122 votes

#4 - Episode 21

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 21

Elaine meets the kooky Campbells. Corinne tracks down Tim at his mountain retreat. Mallu's assistant, Carol, invites Jodie to lunch. Jessica's murder trial begins.

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The Snow Must Go On
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8.66
72 votes

#5 - The Snow Must Go On

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 1 - Episode 8

A snowstorm leaves Mary producing her first program, broadcasting the results of the local elections. The show has to remain on until a winner is declared and no word is received at the newsroom.

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And So We Commence (1)
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8.51
171 votes

#6 - And So We Commence (1)

The Cosby Show - Season 8 - Episode 24

Theo prepares to graduate from New York University.

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Operation: Lou
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8.45
18 votes

#7 - Operation: Lou

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 3 - Episode 13

Lou goes to hospital to have a piece of World War II shrapnel removed and, surprisingly, he and Ted become best friends.

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Episode 14
star
8.36
107 votes

#8 - Episode 14

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 14

Chester and Jessica discuss her affair with Peter. The Tates and Campbells wonder who among them is a murderer. Eunice and Congressman McCallum meet up in an airplane lavatory. Chief Tinkler arrests Corrine.

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And So We Commence (2)
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8.36
160 votes

#9 - And So We Commence (2)

The Cosby Show - Season 8 - Episode 25

Theo graduates from NYU, Denise reveals that she is pregnant and Olivia leaves to join Denise and Martin in Singapore.

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Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary
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8.35
28 votes

#10 - Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 2 - Episode 8

The writing and technical unions go on strike, leaving only Lou, Mary, and Ted in the newsroom. WJM-TV makes Lou be second cameraman on "The Chuckles the Clown Show". Because an upset Murray is on strike, Mary has to write the news stories. They are terrible, and when Lou criticizes them, she starts crying. Things take a turn for the worse: Ted's union strikes, and Lou has to fill in as anchorman! On his first brodcast, he has "clammy hands", and he bombs. At a local bar, Murray, Gordy, & Mary share a laugh over this. After drinking before his 2nd brodcast, he is "as cool as a cucumber"--that is, until he falls asleep at breaktime. Herb fills in for Lou for the rest of the brodcast. The next day, the unions come to an agreement, and everything goes back to normal. Rhoda Morgenstern & Phyllis Lindstrom do not appear in this episode.

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Change (Pilot)
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8.35
94 votes

#11 - Change (Pilot)

Benson - Season 1 - Episode 1

Benson comes to work for Governor Gatling and helps find a way for a bridge to be built without killing beavers.

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Enter Rhoda's Parents
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8.31
47 votes

#12 - Enter Rhoda's Parents

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 3 - Episode 4

Ida Morgenstern, Rhoda's mother, mistakenly believes that her husband is seeing other women, so Rhoda and Mary try to clear things up between them.

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Father's Day
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8.30
263 votes

#13 - Father's Day

The Cosby Show - Season 1 - Episode 13

Cliff complains about the poor quality of his annual Father's Day gifts. He challenges the children to find some better presents for a December Father's Day. They give him thoughtful-if not quite attractive-presents.

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My Brother's Keeper
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8.28
15 votes

#14 - My Brother's Keeper

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 3 - Episode 17

Phyllis wants to set up her visiting brother with Mary, but instead he hits it off with Rhoda and begins spending time with her to Phyllis's disapproval.

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Cliff in Love
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8.22
260 votes

#15 - Cliff in Love

The Cosby Show - Season 2 - Episode 4

Sondra breaks up with her boyfriend Elvin and is depressed, taking it out on the family. Cliff and Clair aren't exactly unhappy; they find Elvin rather annoying. Later, he appears at the house with flowers and tries to apologize. While there, he offers some of his sexist rhetoric to Clair, who quickly becomes annoyed. First appearance of Geoffrey Owens as Elvin. Joseph C. Phillips appears as Daryl (Phillips joins the cast in Season 6 as Denise's new husband, Navy Lt. Martin Kendall)

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Episode 15
star
8.22
125 votes

#16 - Episode 15

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 15

Corrine goes to jail for killing Peter. Burt launches his own investigation. Danny decides to surprise the Godfather but must get past his daughter, Elaine, first. Ingrid Svenson arrives in Dunn's River, claiming to be Corrine's real mother.

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Goodbye, Mr. Fish
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8.19
354 votes

#17 - Goodbye, Mr. Fish

The Cosby Show - Season 1 - Episode 2

When Rudy's pet fish, Lamont, dies, Cliff tries to bring the family together for a funeral in the bathroom. The festivities end when Rudy gets bored and leaves to watch TV.

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Pilot Presentation
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8.18
636 votes

#18 - Pilot Presentation

The Cosby Show - Season 1 - Episode 1

Clair is furious when Theo brings home a report card with 4 D's. He tells Cliff that he has no intention of going to college, as he feels that he is destined to be a "regular person." Cliff uses Monopoly money to teach him about the economic realities that many blue-collar workers must face. He assures Theo that he only wants him to try his best. Cliff is alarmed to meet Denise's latest beau, a former merchant marine who once spent time in a Turkish prison.

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We Closed in Minneapolis
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8.16
29 votes

#19 - We Closed in Minneapolis

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 1 - Episode 19

Murray's play, All Work and No Play, is finally produced but his happiness is short-lived when he discovers that the leading role will be played by Ted.

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Love is All Around
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8.16
158 votes

#20 - Love is All Around

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 1 - Episode 1

The classic series begins its classic 7-year run in Mary's apartment. Mary Richards, a 30-year-old single woman, has left her long-time boyfriend, Bill, to be with her old friend, Phyllis Lindstrom, in Minneapolis. (Mary originally lived in Roseburg, MN.) Why did Mary leave Bill? After promising to her that he would marry her right after his internship at the hospital, he said, "Why rush into things???" Meanwhile, she's already having troubles with her new apartment--a bitter upstairs neightbor, Rhoda Morgenstern, insists that she owns Mary's apartment! Later, Mary goes on a job interview at WJM-TV's The 6:00 News for a secreterial job. Lou Grant, the boss, tells her that the job has already been filled, but he does say that the job of Associate Producer is open. Sure, it offers $10 less per week than the secreterial job, but Mary is fine. "If you can get off with $15 less per week, I'll make you Producer," he says. She declines, then goes on to meeting Ted Baxter, the ridicul

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Room 223
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8.15
30 votes

#21 - Room 223

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 2 - Episode 4

Mary and Rhoda enroll in a night school course in journalism and Mary begins dating the lecturer.

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Gabe Under Pressure
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8.14
7 votes

#22 - Gabe Under Pressure

Welcome Back, Kotter - Season 2 - Episode 6

Gabe is afraid to get a physical when the free clinic comes to Buchanan High.

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The Locker Room
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8.14
181 votes

#23 - The Locker Room

The Cosby Show - Season 4 - Episode 12

Theo and his classmates brag about their dates with girls in the locker room, but Theo's mood changes when one of the guys goes out with Vanessa and brags about it the next day. Troy Winbush as Denny. Adam Sandler as Smitty.

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More Than Neighbors
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8.13
23 votes

#24 - More Than Neighbors

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 2 - Episode 19

After being persuaded by Phyllis, Ted moves into a vacant apartment below Mary's but Mary and Rhoda are not thrilled by the prospect.

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Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite
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8.11
16 votes

#25 - Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 4 - Episode 21

After a heavy self-promotion campaign, Ted wins his first Teddy Award. When Walter Cronkite comes to the newsroom, Ted assumes that he will be hired by the networks.

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Episode 7
star
8.10
117 votes

#26 - Episode 7

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 7

The Major terrorizes the neighbors. Chuck and Bob arrive and promptly offend the Campbells. Claire tells Jessica of her affair with Chester, but Jessica doesn't believe her. Danny gets Burt alone and at gunpoint in the woods.

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Episode 18
star
8.09
123 votes

#27 - Episode 18

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 18

Father Tim bids Corinne farewell. Burt tells Mary he can make himself invisible. Chester hires high-priced attorney E. Ronald Mallu to defend Jessica. Jessica decides to skip bail and head to Rio. Claire alerts the SEC to Chester's shady business dealings.

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Party is Such Sweet Sorrow
star
8.09
33 votes

#28 - Party is Such Sweet Sorrow

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 1 - Episode 16

Mary gets a tempting offer from a rival television station, but becomes reluctant to leave when her WJM-TV colleagues throw a farewell party for her.

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Episode 5
star
8.09
114 votes

#29 - Episode 5

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 5

Eunice and Jodie discuss their man troubles. Burt and Mary visit a sex therapist. Corrine gives Tim one last chance before moving in with Peter, then catches Jessica kissing Peter.

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Episode 23
star
8.05
63 votes

#30 - Episode 23

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 23

Walter dumps Eunice. Burt tells Mary he killed her first husband. Corinne walks out on Ingrid. Father Tim tells his mother he's leaving the priesthood. Jodie and Carol plan a weekend at the Cape. The prosecution drops a bombshell at Jessica's murder trial.

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Denise Drives
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8.04
231 votes

#31 - Denise Drives

The Cosby Show - Season 2 - Episode 8

Denise wants to buy a car. She plans to use her savings to do so, but Cliff and Clair quickly point out flaws in her plan. The answer to everyone's problems comes from friend Mr. Lucas, who has an old car he is willing to sell. Denise proves herself a good driver, and the car is hers. David Langston Smyrl as Mr. Lucas.

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Mrs. Westlake
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8.02
235 votes

#32 - Mrs. Westlake

The Cosby Show - Season 2 - Episode 12

Theo's math teacher comes for dinner, to Theo's extreme consternation. He thinks she plans to tell his parents of a bad grade on a math test. To his surprise, Mrs. Westlake comes to dinner looking young, attractive, and even with a sense of humor; and she has a very good surprise! Mrs. Westlake also gives Theo his test-he actually gets an 89, and he proceeds to embrace her, much to his shock. Sonia Braga as Mrs. Westlake.

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The Engagement
star
8.02
848 votes

#33 - The Engagement

The Golden Girls - Season 1 - Episode 1

In the Pilot, Sophia arrives after her retirement home burns down and Blanche prepares to get married.

Slumber Party
star
8.01
350 votes

#34 - Slumber Party

The Cosby Show - Season 1 - Episode 22

Rudy invites all of her friends over for a slumber party. It's Cliff's job to watch over them, and he demonstrates some unique games to wrangle the youngsters. In the end, Russell drops by and demonstrates the perfect way to deal with kids-bribe them!

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Bonjour, Sondra
star
8.00
327 votes

#35 - Bonjour, Sondra

The Cosby Show - Season 1 - Episode 10

Sondra, the eldest Huxtable child makes her first appearance when she visits home for Thanksgiving. She plans on going to Paris for the summer, and hopes that her parents will support the decision.

Lou's Place
star
8.00
15 votes

#36 - Lou's Place

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 3 - Episode 16

Lou spots an opportunity to buy a bar after realizing a lifelong dream. However, he is short of several thousand dollars and Ted is the only one who can come to his aid.

A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend
star
8.00
33 votes

#37 - A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 2 - Episode 5

When Ida, Rhoda's mother, visits, she sees how well Phyllis and Bess get on, and how closely Mary appears to her mother when they chat on the telephone, that she tries to be Rhoda's "friend".

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Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid II
star
8.00
35 votes

#38 - Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid II

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 1 - Episode 14

Feeling sympathetic for a co-worker who hasn't spent Christmas with his family for years, Mary is forced to stay alone at WJM-TV on Christmas Eve.

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Cliff's Birthday
star
7.98
258 votes

#39 - Cliff's Birthday

The Cosby Show - Season 1 - Episode 24

Cliff is turning 48, and as usual, he is trying to find out what his birthday present is ahead of time. Clair, with the help of the kids, orchestrates a huge trick. Cliff is fooled, and doesn't find about what is birthday surprise is: a visit to Lena Horne's private club. Lena Horne as herself, Clarence Williams III as Clarence Thornehill. In episode 12, Cliff says his birthday is in October.

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Theo and the Joint
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7.97
239 votes

#40 - Theo and the Joint

The Cosby Show - Season 1 - Episode 17

Clair discovers a marijuana joint in one of Theo's school books. She and Cliff confront him about it, and accept his explanation—another boy slipped it in. Theo confronts the boy and brings him home to confess in order to remove any uncertainty from his parents about his telling the truth. Theo and the boy actually start to become friends. Stephen Thompson as Anthony Braxton, Iman as Mrs. Montgomery. Rudy says her full name in this episode, Rudith Lillian Huxtable.

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Second Story Story
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7.97
32 votes

#41 - Second Story Story

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 1 - Episode 18

Mary's apartment is burgled, with only her clothes, stereo and television taken but then next night the whole apartment is cleaned out.

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Episode 34
star
7.97
32 votes

#42 - Episode 34

Soap - Season 2 - Episode 9

Chester comes home; Jodie slugs Dennis; and more news, Corinne is pregnat. Other news. Dutch comes and says good-bye, c this show 2 find out what's up.

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Birthday Blues
star
7.95
150 votes

#43 - Birthday Blues

The Cosby Show - Season 5 - Episode 22

Clair's 46th birthday.

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Episode 9
star
7.95
132 votes

#44 - Episode 9

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 9

Jodie checks into the hospital for his sex-change operation. Dr. Medlow helps Burt overcome his guilt and his impotence. At lunch with Mary, Jessica spots Chester kissing Claire.

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How Ugly Is He?
star
7.95
330 votes

#45 - How Ugly Is He?

The Cosby Show - Season 1 - Episode 9

Denise has a new boyfriend, David, but is reluctant to bring him home. She fears that Cliff will, like always, make fun of the boy and ruin her chances with him. Cliff and Clair are initially impressed with David until he expresses some unwanted opinions about medicine and the law at dinner. Kristoff St. John plays boyfriend David.

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Jitterbug Break
star
7.95
280 votes

#46 - Jitterbug Break

The Cosby Show - Season 1 - Episode 16

Cliff tries to impress Denise's friends by teaching them how to jitterbug. Some of Clair's friends also show off their dance moves. Soon, the whole house is full of dancers. Blair Underwood as Denise's boyfriend (uncredited), Judith Jamison as Marie, Donald McKayle as Ralph, Gerard Cooper as Guy, Christine Langner as Girl

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The Boss Isn't Coming to Dinner
star
7.93
27 votes

#47 - The Boss Isn't Coming to Dinner

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 1 - Episode 21

Lou and his wife Edie separate and Mary becomes involved when she is asked for advice.

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The Juicer
star
7.93
347 votes

#48 - The Juicer

The Cosby Show - Season 2 - Episode 2

Cliff, who has a fetish for electronic appliances, buys a juicer. Rudy and Peter, bored from Vanessa's inattentive baby-sitting, decide to use it even they are not allowed to use appliances. David Langston Smyrl as Mr. Lucas. Peter Costa as Peter.

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The Last Show
star
7.92
11 votes

#49 - The Last Show

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 7 - Episode 24

WJM-TV has some personnel changes in the executive department (again), and everyone except Ted Baxter is fired. The new station manager wants to see the WJM News the highest-ranked in Minneapolis, and for some reason feels that Ted can help him make it happen. (Seems a little odd, eh?) The gang says goodbye to each other in the form of a long, hard cry. Mary thanks them all for being her surrogate family, and Lou finally sentimentally says, "I cherish you people." They bravely march out the office doors singing, "It's a long, long way to Tipperary." At the last moment, Mary leans back through through the WJM-TV doors and turns out the light. So long, WJM-TV.

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Episode 12
star
7.92
133 votes

#50 - Episode 12

Soap - Season 1 - Episode 12

Jessica delivers an ultimatum to the philandering Chester, and threatens to kill Peter Campbell for lying to her and betraying her daughter Corinne; late that night, while in the shower, Peter is murdered by an unseen assailant.

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