The Best Episodes Directed by Pam Cooke

The People vs. Martin Sugar

#1 - The People vs. Martin Sugar

American Dad! Season 7 - Episode 7

If there’s one thing that Stan Smith loves, it’s a good jury trial. He anxiously awaits his annual jury summons. But when Roger is the defendant in the trial where Stan is the foreman, he is finally in a position to make Roger accountable for his misdeeds. Meanwhile, Jeff and Hayley move in with the Smiths, and Francine tries to get Jeff to clean up his act.

star 7.81
1799 votes
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The Longest Distance Relationship

#2 - The Longest Distance Relationship

American Dad! Season 10 - Episode 20

Hayley meets a millionaire who tries to help her move on from her heartbreak; Snot and Steve make a discovery.

star 7.78
581 votes
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Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold

#3 - Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold

American Dad! Season 4 - Episode 15

Officially declared dead after an accident with a pudding truck, Stan comes back to life to realize his dream of leaving a legacy on the world and begins to excavate his home in search of Ollie North's "Contra"-band buried treasure. As the search for gold goes "North," life at home heads south as Hayley turns to body-piercing, Steve creates a robotic girlfriend and Roger files for sexual harassment.

star 7.71
1160 votes
Can I Be Frank With You?

#4 - Can I Be Frank With You?

American Dad! Season 9 - Episode 3

Francine thinks Stan spends too much time with his friends; a boy band recruits Steve and his friends for a music video.

star 7.59
1493 votes
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The 42-Year-Old Virgin

#5 - The 42-Year-Old Virgin

American Dad! Season 4 - Episode 6

While playing poker with the guys, Stan is found to be a virgin. Not in the traditional way, but in that he's never killed anyone. Roger and the guys help Stan bust his killing cherry.

star 7.55
1134 votes
Brains, Brains and Automobiles

#6 - Brains, Brains and Automobiles

American Dad! Season 6 - Episode 4

Francine teaches Roger to be self-sufficient so he can get his own place; at camp, Steve and his friends fall prey to a scheme.

star 7.54
1391 votes
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Chimdale

#7 - Chimdale

American Dad! Season 5 - Episode 8

When Steve suffers indignities in school because of the back brace he must wear for his scoliosis, Stan confides in him that he wears a wig to cover his baldness. Meanwhile, Roger invites both Francine and Hayley to a posh spa even though he has only two passes, so he sneaks in Hayley in a suitcase, raising the suspicions of the house detective.

star 7.54
1426 votes
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Ninety North, Zero West

#8 - Ninety North, Zero West

American Dad! Season 14 - Episode 7

The Smith's rescue Steve after he's kidnapped and taken to the North Pole, where Santa Claus is using children to mine for precious stones needed for an ancient ritual.

star 7.51
1408 votes
Rough Trade

#9 - Rough Trade

American Dad! Season 2 - Episode 10

After Stan and Roger have a rough day, they get into a fight that leads to a "Freaky Friday"-type switcheroo where they get a taste of life in each other's shoes. But after the excitement of a new life stales, they face each other's problems as Roger is under pressure at work and Stan yearns to be needed. The swap gets out of hand as the family starts to crumble.

star 7.49
1256 votes
Stanny Boy and Frantastic

#10 - Stanny Boy and Frantastic

American Dad! Season 7 - Episode 10

Stan and Francine have trouble keeping up with a younger couple's lifestyle.

star 7.46
2078 votes
Eight Fires

#11 - Eight Fires

American Dad! Season 16 - Episode 19

Roger helps Francine with her terrible cooking by bringing her to a remote Patagonian island. Stan gets a nail in his head and can't speak.

star 7.45
295 votes
Irregarding Steve

#12 - Irregarding Steve

American Dad! Season 3 - Episode 8

When Roger helps Steve see that his father isn't as smart as he always believed, the power-hungry pair set their sights on fame and fortune in New York City. It doesn't take long for Roger to lose everything on Wall Street, and Steve contemplates prostitution after Jon Stewart shoots down his comedy routine. Meanwhile, the rest of the family is certain that the two have just run away to the tree house, so when it explodes in a lightning storm, they are devastated, but console themselves with Steve's college fund.

star 7.45
1187 votes
The Life and Times of Stan Smith

#13 - The Life and Times of Stan Smith

American Dad! Season 14 - Episode 15

Stan becomes addicted to dying after Roger tricks him into thinking he had a heart attack; Klaus takes Steve to Arizona State University for a college visit, where a fraternity hazes him.

star 7.44
937 votes
A Smith in the Hand

#14 - A Smith in the Hand

American Dad! Season 2 - Episode 2

When Steve brings home a permission slip to take sex ed at school, Stan flips out and demands to teach it himself. However, after Stan unrealistically explains the birds and the bees to Steve, he gets into an accident that causes him to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Roger becomes a bartender in hopes of making something of himself.

star 7.43
1468 votes
Poltergasm

#15 - Poltergasm

American Dad! Season 10 - Episode 2

Francine's dissatisfaction in the bedroom causes a haunting; Haley introduces her new guy to the family.

star 7.43
1001 votes
The American Dad After School Special

#16 - The American Dad After School Special

American Dad! Season 3 - Episode 2

Stan realizes his own weight problem after he criticizes Steve about his new, overweight girlfriend, so he goes overboard with exercising, and develops anorexia. Steve realizes that his overweight girlfriend is the root of his father's problems, and he has to make a hard choice in an effort to save his father's life.

star 7.42
1394 votes
Flirting With Disaster

#17 - Flirting With Disaster

American Dad! Season 7 - Episode 18

Francine gets a job at Stan’s office, which cramps Stan’s style and his ability to flirt with co-workers. When Francine retaliates with a little flirting of her own, war breaks out at work.

star 7.41
1184 votes
Every Which Way But Lose

#18 - Every Which Way But Lose

American Dad! Season 5 - Episode 17

Steve joins a junior football team to make Stan proud. However, when a hyper-competitive Stan assumes the position of head coach, Steve gets kicked off the team for not being good enough. Out for revenge, Steve and Roger recruit a new team of misfits who threaten Stan's perfect season. Meanwhile, Francine and Hayley compete for a blue ribbon at the Langley County Fair.

star 7.40
1233 votes
Stan & Francine & Connie & Ted

#19 - Stan & Francine & Connie & Ted

American Dad! Season 16 - Episode 3

Steve introduces Stan and Francine to Barry's parents and Steve regrets it. Roger goes blind.

star 7.40
356 votes
Stan Knows Best

#20 - Stan Knows Best

American Dad! Season 1 - Episode 3

Hayley comes home from a Green Party rally with her hair dyed green, instigating a fight with Stan. While she's sleeping, Stan cuts her hair (for her own good, of course). After learning of what Stan did, a wigged Hayley defies her father yet again by moving into the van of her new boyfriend. When Stan cuts her off financially, she gets a job as a waitress in a strip club, which pushes Stan right off the edge. Meanwhile, Steve tries to pass Roger off as his disfigured sister in order to cop a feel with a female classmate.

star 7.39
1900 votes
May the Best Stan Win

#21 - May the Best Stan Win

American Dad! Season 6 - Episode 12

Stan gives Francine "love coupons" for Valentine's Day, but refuses to honor them once he becomes preoccupied with his very own CIA cyborg. Meanwhile, Roger helps Steve and his friends remake a classic '80s movie.

star 7.36
2115 votes
I Can't Stan You

#22 - I Can't Stan You

American Dad! Season 3 - Episode 17

When Stan brings home CIA equipment designed to eavesdrop on conversations, he finds out that his neighbors don't think too highly of him. In retaliation, Stan has the entire neighborhood evicted so that he can live free of any criticism. However, when an unexpected friend comes to his rescue, he realizes that gossip is a two-way street.

star 7.36
890 votes
Next of Pin

#23 - Next of Pin

American Dad! Season 13 - Episode 21

Stan and Steve start bowling for more quality time together; Klaus holds a contest to see whether Roger or Hayley has the worse attention span.

star 7.33
1176 votes
An Irish Goodbye

#24 - An Irish Goodbye

American Dad! Season 16 - Episode 11

Francine helps Hayley take a break from their marriages. Stan and Jeff pretend to be frontiersmen.

star 7.31
312 votes
The Never-Ending Stories

#25 - The Never-Ending Stories

American Dad! Season 15 - Episode 9

Bullock asks Stan to fill in for him at his class at the CIA Academy and Stan finds that the cadets are the perfect captive audience for his boring stories; Klaus becomes the hype-man for a famous rapper.

star 7.30
592 votes
Widow's Pique

#26 - Widow's Pique

American Dad! Season 13 - Episode 13

When Stan is on a mission, Francine pretends she's a widow. Steve and his friends play wrestling and get beat up by Principal Lewis.

star 7.21
1173 votes
Stan Smith as Keanu Reeves as Stanny Utah in Point Breakers

#27 - Stan Smith as Keanu Reeves as Stanny Utah in Point Breakers

American Dad! Season 13 - Episode 5

Stan goes undercover as a surfer a la Point Break. Steve befriends a drifter, Hayley might be pregnant, and Roger wants the World Cup to be held in the backyard.

star 7.19
1163 votes