The Best Episodes Directed by Pete Michels

A Rickle in Time

#1 - A Rickle in Time

Rick and Morty Season 2 - Episode 1

Rick, Morty, and Summer get into trouble when time is fractured by a feedback loop of uncertainty that split reality into more than one equally possible impossibilities. Meanwhile, Beth and Jerry go to extreme lengths to save a deer struck by their vehicle.

star 8.14
6092 votes
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Mortynight Run

#2 - Mortynight Run

Rick and Morty Season 2 - Episode 2

Rick teaches Morty to drive while leaving Jerry at a popular day care made just for him. Morty's conscience has him hunt down an assassin rather than spending the day at an alien arcade.

star 8.08
6001 votes
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Auto Erotic Assimilation

#3 - Auto Erotic Assimilation

Rick and Morty Season 2 - Episode 3

Rick gets emotionally invested when meeting an old friend, while Beth and Jerry have a falling out after making a discovery under the garage.

star 8.06
5778 votes
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Stewie B. Goode

#4 - Stewie B. Goode

Family Guy Season 4 - Episode 28

After losing at a swim competition, Stewie trys to eliminate his rival by blowing up a lifeguard tower. His plan backfires though, and Stewie has a near death experience that seems to change him.

star 7.99
241 votes
Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure

#5 - Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure

Family Guy Season 4 - Episode 30

Stewie finds out that his life in the future is miserable. So he decides to go back in time and change events for the better.

star 7.97
198 votes
Bango Was His Name-O

#6 - Bango Was His Name-O

Family Guy Season 4 - Episode 29

Stewie convinces Brian to go on a road trip with him to San Francisco to search for a man Stewie believes is his real father.

star 7.95
209 votes
Lost Our Lisa

#7 - Lost Our Lisa

The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 24

Bart’s latest stunt thwarts Lisa’s plan to attend a museum exhibit. When she tries to go alone and takes the wrong bus, Homer sets out to find her.

star 7.91
336 votes
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Quagmire's Dad

#8 - Quagmire's Dad

Family Guy Season 8 - Episode 18

Quagmire can accept his dad's lifestyle choices, but not when they involve Brian.

star 7.90
490 votes
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Quagmire's Quagmire

#9 - Quagmire's Quagmire

Family Guy Season 12 - Episode 3

Quagmire is excited to meet a woman with a sex drive equal to his own, until she kidnaps him to make him her sex slave; a love triangle forms between Stewie, Brian and Stewie's teddy bear.

star 7.87
1444 votes
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Brother From Another Series

#10 - Brother From Another Series

The Simpsons Season 8 - Episode 16

When Sideshow Bob is released from prison, his brother Cecil puts him in charge of building Springfield's new hydroelectric dam.

star 7.86
419 votes
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Das Bus

#11 - Das Bus

The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 14

When Otto drives the school bus off a bridge, the kids wind up on a deserted island, fending for themselves in a “Lord of the Flies” parody. Back in Springfield, Homer takes on Bill Gates.

star 7.83
454 votes
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Livin' on a Prayer

#12 - Livin' on a Prayer

Family Guy Season 10 - Episode 12

When Stewie's new best friend falls ill, Lois takes him to the hospital where she finds out he has a critical, but treatable, disease. However, the boy's parents refuse treatment due to their religious beliefs, leaving Lois no choice but to take drastic measures to seek treatment for the boy herself. Meanwhile, Peter has a religious experience of his own.

star 7.82
744 votes
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Business Guy

#13 - Business Guy

Family Guy Season 8 - Episode 9

When Peter gives Lois’ father the bachelor party he never had, Mr. Pewterschmidt slips into a coma and not even Dr. House (guest voice Hugh Laurie) can bring him out of it. With her father incapacitated, Lois is given control of Pewterschmidt Industries. Peter convinces Lois to let him run the operation, but he gets power-hungry and fires the board. Mr. Pewterschmidt soon bounces back and tries to regain control of what he’s built – even though it may be more difficult than Christmas shopping for Peter

star 7.80
591 votes
12 and a Half Angry Men

#14 - 12 and a Half Angry Men

Family Guy Season 11 - Episode 16

Mayor West becomes the prime suspect when a murder occurs at his mansion.

star 7.77
1024 votes
The Cartridge Family

#15 - The Cartridge Family

The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 5

Alarmed by a soccer riot, Homer buys a handgun. His reckless behavior drives Marge and the kids out of the house, and even his new gun club buddies desert him.

star 7.76
568 votes
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Papa's Got a Brand New Badge

#16 - Papa's Got a Brand New Badge

The Simpsons Season 13 - Episode 22

Springfield is in the midst of a heat wave. The nuclear plant is at capacity and when one of its crack employees, Homer Simpson, plugs in just one appliance too many, the city has a blackout. Looting begins and the police are ineffective. In an attempt to try doing something right for a change, Homer starts his own security company to help keep order. Chief Wiggum finds himself without a job, when Mayor Quimby decides that "Spring Shield" security should become the city's new police force. Homer shuts down one of Fat Tony's operations and with that crime is non-existent. Fat Tony makes a public announcement that he is going to gun down Homer if he isn't out of town by tomorrow at noon. Homer appeals for help, only no one of importance offers to help. The following day, Fat Tony and New Jersey associates a la The Sopranos go to the Simpson home. Shots ring out, effectively wounding Fat Tony and friends. Homer decides to give his badge to the next person he sees, which happens to be Clancy Wiggum. He comments that's the way he got the job in the past, he also disavows any knowledge of the shots; but we know who the shooter is, it's Maggie Simpson.

star 7.74
337 votes
Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High

#17 - Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High

Family Guy Season 4 - Episode 2

Brian becomes a substitute teacher at Chris' school after his teacher wins the lottery. When Brian is moved to teach a class of troubled kids, Chris falls in love with his new teacher, Mrs. Lockhart, who promises to love Chris only if he kills her husband. When Lois finds out, she and Stewie decide to teach Chris a lesson.

star 7.74
580 votes
Homer to the Max

#18 - Homer to the Max

The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 13

A new TV series features a suave and debonair character named Homer Simpson. Homer capitalizes on his new namesake, until the character is rewritten to be a bumbling fool. Trying to recapture the positive attention he enjoyed, Homer changes his name to "Max Power."

star 7.73
416 votes
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Family Guy Viewer Mail #1

#19 - Family Guy Viewer Mail #1

Family Guy Season 3 - Episode 21

In a special three-story episode, Brian reads viewer mail and tries to answer profound questions: "Li'l Griffins" The Griffins as the little rascals. Kid versions of Peter, Joe, and Brian decide that they don't need girls. When they first meet Lois however, they quickly abandon their anti-girl sentiment. In school, Lois reads a book touting the virtues of bravery, and Peter and Quagmire try to prove who's the bravest by staying in a haunted house overnight. "No Bones About it" Peter rubs a beer bottle and a Genie pops out to grant him three wishes. Peter first wishes that Jackie Gleason wasn't dead. A zombie-like Gleason terrorizes the Griffins until Stewie blasts it dead. Peter then wishes he didn't have any bones. The Genie transforms him into a gelatin blob and he can no longer have sex. Upset, Peter flushes himself down the toilet and winds up in Hollywood. He meets a doctor who tells him about a re-boning procedure. Peter gets the operation, which turns out came from bones donated from his own family. "Super Griffins" A tanker truck containing radioactive waste slams into the Griffin house. The radiation affects each Griffin in a different way. Lois gains super strength while Peter has morphing ability. Lois tells her family that they must not abuse their powers. Of course that doesn't work and the town is forced to hold a meeting to see how to stop the Griffins from wreaking havoc. Adam West realizes he must fight fire with fire. He volunteers to roll around in toxic waste but he only gets lymphoma as a result. The Griffins, racked with guilt, use their powers to make Adam's recovery more comfortable.

star 7.73
410 votes
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Screwed the Pooch

#20 - Screwed the Pooch

Family Guy Season 3 - Episode 13

Peter and Lois go to the Pewterschmidts for the weekend, bringing Brian along. Brian, meanwhile, has some "issues" of his own to work out. Find out if Brian's future is to make puppies or become "less" than he is.

star 7.72
427 votes
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They Saved Lisa's Brain

#21 - They Saved Lisa's Brain

The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 22

Mayor Quimby flees Springfield, leaving the town chapter of Mensa in charge. As the group's new power goes to their heads, they take their utopian plans too far and the townspeople revolt.

star 7.69
312 votes
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Space Cadet

#22 - Space Cadet

Family Guy Season 11 - Episode 9

When the Griffins try to pick Chris up from space camp, they find themselves accidentally launched into space and reliant on Chris to get them home.

star 7.68
873 votes
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Treehouse of Horror X

#23 - Treehouse of Horror X

The Simpsons Season 11 - Episode 4

In "I Know What You Diddily-Iddly-Did" the SImpsons fear they have killed Ned Flanders. "Desperately Xeeking Xena" satirizes superheroes of yore with "Stretch Dude" Bart and "Clobber Girl" Lisa. And "Life's A Glitch, Then You Die" depicts the upcoming horror of Y2K.

star 7.67
568 votes
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Brake My Wife, Please

#24 - Brake My Wife, Please

The Simpsons Season 14 - Episode 20

At the Springfield Aquarium, Marge accompanies the kids on a school field trip. Lisa spots penguins flying and after Bart has shown off his "flawless pearls," which results in him being taken the hospital, where a lack of insurance card keeps him prisoner. Homer has the insurance card, but is nowhere to be found. As a solution, Homer gets a mobile phone and a few extra unnecessary accessories, which only leads to him not paying attention to where he is driving. That is until it is much too late and he drives off of a pier. Judge Harm takes his license away and Homer is no longer able to drive. Marge picks up the slack and starts becoming "Stresserella." Homer walks to Moe's, but much to Moe's dismay he decide to keep on walking and starts getting healthy. Homer walks to work and is the only employee to arrive, everyone else is caught in a traffic jam. Marge is frazzled from all her driving, meanwhile Homer sings and walks about the virtues of walking when he is stuck by a car; the driver of the car was Marge. Marge, who cares so much for Homer, tries to help in his recovery, but Homer perceives that she might be trying to kill him. It leads to fight, which in turn leads them to see a marriage counselor. After Marge leaves, the counselor suggests that Homer perform one unselfish act of love to win Marge back, in other words take her to dinner. Homer decides to one up that suggestion and invites everyone in Springfield (except the Flanders family) to a backyard barbeque in Marge's honor. Homer joins Jackson Browne in a duet to sing his praises of Marge.

star 7.65
319 votes
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Tea Peter

#25 - Tea Peter

Family Guy Season 10 - Episode 21

When city hall threatens to close Peter's business, he joins the Tea Party and campaigns to shut down the government.

star 7.62
701 votes
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New Kidney in Town

#26 - New Kidney in Town

Family Guy Season 9 - Episode 8

Peter needs a new kidney after his energy-drink addiction causes renal failure. Meanwhile, Chris is chosen to introduce United States President Barack Obama at his school after winning an essay contest. Trouble is, Meg wrote the essay.

star 7.60
574 votes
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No Chris Left Behind

#27 - No Chris Left Behind

Family Guy Season 5 - Episode 16

After Chris is expelled from school, he is sent to a boarding school that his grandfather Carter attended, but Chris doesn't exactly fit in. Meanwhile, the chicken returns to pick a fight with Peter.

star 7.60
395 votes
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When You Dish Upon a Star

#28 - When You Dish Upon a Star

The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 5

After a chance encounter with Hollywood celebrities secretly living in Springfield, Homer becomes their friend and gofer... until he spills the beans to the gang at Moe's.

star 7.60
365 votes
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Brian's Got a Brand New Bag

#29 - Brian's Got a Brand New Bag

Family Guy Season 8 - Episode 4

When Brian begins dating an older woman, the family begins to make fun of him. After Brian's new fling breaks her hip, he gets the pleasure of becoming her errand boy.

star 7.60
645 votes
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Foreign Affairs

#30 - Foreign Affairs

Family Guy Season 9 - Episode 17

Bonnie and Lois take a little trip to Paris, but Bonnie crosses the line in the City of Love. Meanwhile, Peter home schools Chris and Meg using some unorthodox teaching methods.

star 7.59
540 votes
Chick Cancer

#31 - Chick Cancer

Family Guy Season 5 - Episode 7

Stewie ties the knot with his old flame Olivia, but their relationship quickly turns, and becomes normal dull marriage. It all escalates when they go on a double date with Brian and Jillian. Meanwhile, Lois introduces Peter to chick flicks, so he decides to make his own movie with a plot based on every chick movie ever.

star 7.59
507 votes
Strong Arms of the Ma

#32 - Strong Arms of the Ma

The Simpsons Season 14 - Episode 9

Marge gets mugged outside the Kwik-E-Mart and she starts feeling vulnerable and becomes scared to leave the house. Dr. Hibbert diagnoses her with agoraphobia. The family tries to help her get back out of the house, but their efforts drive into living in the basement. In the basement she finds their unused weight set and she begins working out. Two weeks later she is stronger than she ever was and realizes that she can leave the house. In fact while celebrating her release from her fears, she confronts and beats the crap out of her mugger. While out working out, Marge runs into Ruth Powers, the neighbor she once went on the lam with. Ruth tells her about how steroids can help her to get bigger. Marge starts taking the supplements and gets into a women's bodybuilding competition. She takes 2nd place, which only entices her to do better next time. At Moe's she tears the place apart when she suffers from steroid rage. Homer makes her realize that she has become everything that she can't stand and she destroys the weight set.

star 7.57
380 votes
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Padre de Familia

#33 - Padre de Familia

Family Guy Season 6 - Episode 6

Peter starts an anti-immigration group, however, he quickly changes his mind when he finds out that he was born in Mexico. Unable to prove his citizenship, pass the naturalization test or convince investigators that his marriage to Lois is for real, he ends up working for Carter as a landscaper, all the while fighting for immigration rights.

star 7.47
551 votes
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The Kiss Seen Round the World

#34 - The Kiss Seen Round the World

Family Guy Season 3 - Episode 8

When Meg, due to her crush on Tom Tucker, the newscaster, applies for an internship at the local television station and gets the job, she is disappointed to find that her news partner is the most reviled nerd in school, Neil. Caught in a life-threatening news situation, Meg laments that she never had a first kiss and agrees to kiss Neil only to find that he taped the whole thing in order to broadcast it across the world. Meg broadcasts her own news that she has no interest in Neil, sending him to the ledge on top of Town Hall. She breaks his fall, only to find out that he had no intention of jumping and was just trying to get her attention again. Stewie's prized new tricycle is stolen by the neighborhood bully, but the bully soon learns not to screw with Stewie.

star 7.43
440 votes
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The Former Life of Brian

#35 - The Former Life of Brian

Family Guy Season 6 - Episode 11

Brian, afraid that he may have lost his last chance at love, searches for a former flame, Tracy. To his surprise, he discovers that he is the father to her son, Dylan. Tracy decides that Brian should raise the boy, and she drops him off at the Griffin's house. When Dylan runs rough-shot in the house, Brian's attitude towards parenting doesn't settle too well with Lois and Peter.

star 7.42
469 votes
FOX-y Lady

#36 - FOX-y Lady

Family Guy Season 7 - Episode 10

Lois gets a job working for FOX News and has to do a report on a liberal filmmaker. However, she loses the job when her story implicates a conservative radio host.

star 7.40
514 votes
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Chuckie Loses His Glasses

#37 - Chuckie Loses His Glasses

Rugrats Season 2 - Episode 30

Angelica plays a hide and seek game with the babies, but its all a plan to steal Chuckie's glasses. Chuckie tries to look for them but he can't see so he tries to find his ""eyes"", but breaks Grandpa Lou's instead. In the end Angelica literally gets sick of them and Tommy gives them to Chuckie.

star 7.33
3 votes
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It’s Actually Better for Anal

#38 - It’s Actually Better for Anal

Shin Chan Season 2 - Episode 6

“Super Happy Fun Time American School Presents: Winter Blunderland!” – It’s a hot time on the ski slopes, all fun and unwanted advances! But Shin finds himself shackled to Miss Katz… That is, until the teacher’s hormones have her distracted. Free at last and ready to party, the little trouble maker stirs up some action of his own on the triple black pass! “Winter Blunderland: Part 2!” – The school trip gets even hotter as things move over to the spa! But when Shin insults Mr. Ench’s half-inch, the principal’s forced to drastic measures! And he’s not the only one out of sorts, as Georgie finds himself outsmarted and Shin takes one for the team… Saving the school from the monkey crotch and from the noodle stretcher?!? “Lucky Bastard Fever Episode 2: Inflatable of Doom!” – Lollipop’s gone off in search of the Flying Pecker, convinced she can save Felipe from himself. But when she finds herself at the madman’s mercy, as well as the center of his plot to flood the earth, Lollipop calls for reinforcements! It’s Bruce… Er, Action Bastard to the rescue!

star 7.20
5 votes
Chuckie Gets Skunked

#39 - Chuckie Gets Skunked

Rugrats Season 2 - Episode 31

The adults are trying to catch a skunk and Tommy and Chuckie join the hunt and Chuckie ends up being skunked. The babies and grown ups try everything to get rid of the smell, but the real cure is Minka's porche soup.

star 7.00
6 votes
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Condescending Spanish for Heiresses

#40 - Condescending Spanish for Heiresses

Shin Chan Season 1 - Episode 25

"The Miseducation of Maso's Will" - Ai is treating Maso like a dog and Penny isn't having it. It's a crash course in manliness but the only tail Maso's chasing is his own. "The Horrible Secret of Count Ench the Magnificent" - Principal Ench displays his skills in prestidigitation and nobody is safe. Look it up. "Ai Yi Yi!" - Ai uses Maso to make Shin jealous… but it's hard to compete with snail poop.

star 6.29
7 votes
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