The BEST episodes of According to Jim

Every episode of According to Jim ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of According to Jim!

Jim is an abrasive but lovable suburban father. Much like his real life counterpart, Jim's character is noted as a fan of Blues music, as well as the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Cubs. He's married to a gorgeous woman, Cheryl, and raises his five children – Ruby, Gracie, Kyle, and twins, Gordan and Jonathan – in a big house. Everything is perfect for Jim, if it wasn't for the messy situations he gets himself into and his laziness, which often makes him search for alternative ways of doing things with less effort. Of course, having his wife's siblings hanging out at his house all the time is no help. While Andy might be one of his best friends, Dana often teams up with Cheryl against Jim.

Last Updated: 6/1/2024Network: ABC (US)Status: Ended
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Separate Ways
star
8.30
345 votes

#1 - Separate Ways

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/7/2007

While Ryan is away, Dana and baby Tanner are staying at Jim and Cheryl's, until Jim starts complaining about the presence of the baby, so Cheryl wants him to stay at Andy's for a while. While Jim and Andy enjoy their male bonding, Cheryl and Dana are enjoying their time together too. At least, until Ryan returns.

Directors: James Widdoes
Writer: Warren Bell
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The Meaningful Gift
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8.26
281 votes

#2 - The Meaningful Gift

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/21/2009

Andy, desperate to impress Mandy with the perfect birthday gift, turns to Jim for advice. Jim counsels against givivng fancy jewelry, urging Andy instead to give a sentimental gift to win her over. But Andy's recollection of what has meaning to Mandy is way off base, and instead of being pleased with the gift, she thinks he's cheating on her.

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A Hole in One
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8.23
367 votes

#3 - A Hole in One

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/21/2004

Cheryl wants Jim to give up his vices so he can get her pregnant.

Directors: Charlie Kanganis
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The Devil Went Down to Oak Park
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8.22
367 votes

#4 - The Devil Went Down to Oak Park

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/27/2008

The Devil himself visits Jim to remind him of the deal they made years ago, when Jim promised to give away his fifth child if the Devil helped him win over Cheryl.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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At-Bat
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8.22
342 votes

#5 - At-Bat

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/4/2007

Jim's bad softball game advice to Kyle turns to be Jim's worst nightmare when an Ghost of Andy visits him to show him the Adult Kyle's life as a loser.

Directors: Jim Belushi
Writer: David Feeney
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Deliverance
star
8.20
324 votes

#6 - Deliverance

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/31/2007

When Dana gets into premature labor, and Ryan isn't able to come and deliver the baby because he is delivering a celebrity's baby, Jim has to be the one to deliver Dana's baby.

Directors: James Widdoes
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No Harm, No Fowl
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8.19
302 votes

#7 - No Harm, No Fowl

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/29/2003

A trained bird flies into Andy's head in the backyard and Gracie adopts it as her bird pet, Daphne. The bird is driving everyone insane and they all can't wait to get rid of it, but unfortunately Gracie developed a deep emotional attachment to it. When someone leaves the window opened and the bird flies out in the middle of the night, Jim and Andy team up to go look for it at the park the next morning. When they spot the bird, their first reaction is not to tell Gracie, but Jim doesn't want to lie to his daughter anymore. Later, the real owner show up at the house and Gracie is forced to say goodbye to her feathered friend. Or is the thought of running away to Mexico more appealing than that?

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The Flannelsexual
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8.16
325 votes

#8 - The Flannelsexual

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/3/2007

Jim ends up on a talk show after claiming that men shouldn't let women feminize them, and then goes to Dana's co-ed baby shower to prove his point.

Directors: James Widdoes
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Good Grief
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8.15
352 votes

#9 - Good Grief

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/17/2007

When Cheryl's beloved Uncle Donald dies, Jim takes over housekeeping, but soon starts to suspect that Cheryl is using him.

Directors: Jim Belushi
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In Case of Jimergency
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8.15
315 votes

#10 - In Case of Jimergency

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/14/2007

After an argument with a claims representative about his bill, Jim's health insurance is canceled, and Jim decides to hide the truth from Cheryl, until she ends up sick and he gets her cold.

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Coach Jim
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8.15
371 votes

#11 - Coach Jim

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/28/2007

Jim decides to toughen up his daughters basketball team and soon turns them from sweet and peaceful to an angry and aggressive basketball team.

Directors: James Widdoes
Writer: Sylvia Green
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The Cheater
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8.14
338 votes

#12 - The Cheater

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/13/2008

Cheryl insists on playing a game that she somehow always wins, but Dana is aware of the fact that Cheryl is cheating.

Directors: Jim Belushi
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The Gift Certificate
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8.12
367 votes

#13 - The Gift Certificate

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/15/2008

Realizing that Andy didn't use the gift certificate that Jim gave him for his birthday, Jim decides to use the certificate to treat himself with a nice meal, but soon Jim finds himself in an uncomfortable situation when Andy remembers the certificate and decides to invite Jim to join him for a meal.

Writer: Sung Suh
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No Surprises
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8.10
459 votes

#14 - No Surprises

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/15/2002

Jim plans a surprise party for Cheryl's birthday, but gets angry and cancels it when Dana spills the beans. To make it up to him, Cheryl plans a party for him... but he's too busy bowling to show up.

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Goodwill Hunting
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8.10
399 votes

#15 - Goodwill Hunting

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/26/2008

Without consulting with Cheryl, Jim transforms the garage into a cigar lounge and donates the kids' old clothes and furniture to charity. When Cheryl informs Jim that she is pregnant with twins, he is forced to retrieve all the stuff that he gave away, and has to deal with the fact that he is going to be a father of five.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writer: Jim Keily
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Father-Daughter Dance
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8.10
326 votes

#16 - Father-Daughter Dance

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/9/2004

Ruby hurts Jim's feelings when she invites Andy to a father-daughter dance instead of him.

Directors: Charlie Kanganis
Writer: Bob Nickman
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The Daddy Way
star
8.08
316 votes

#17 - The Daddy Way

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/28/2009

Cheryl and her friends, eager to get an afternoon away from the kids, arrange a "Daddy and Me" group for Jim and other dads with young kids at their home. Jim makes the best of a potentially boring situation by turning babysitting into a sporting event--staging baby races where the dads bet on their kids and drink beer.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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The Hunters
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8.08
296 votes

#18 - The Hunters

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/23/2004

To prove his worth as a man, Jim -- along with Andy -- hunt a turkey for Thanksgiving, but on the hunt Jim is pursued -- and shot -- by a legendary 40- lb. psychotic bird christened "Angry Pete." Thanksgiving-themed episode.

Directors: Mark Cendrowski
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The Bachelor
star
8.08
406 votes

#19 - The Bachelor

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/12/2002

Dana gets selected to be on the reality show The Bachelor. At first she's sure her personality alone will be enough to entertain the guy, but Jim gives her advice on how to behave and what to say to the guy. Dana thinks he's full of crap, but after her date goes bad she tries Jim's recipe and scores a second date. She arranges with Cheryl to bring the bachelor over to their house for dinner, and Cheryl couldn't be more thrilled to be on national television with a remodeled house. Jim is also very proud that Dana only got so far thanks to him, but the situation quickly takes an unexpected turn when Jim accidentally overhears the bachelor saying Dana will be easy to bring to bed and then he'll dump her. Now he goes out of his way to save Dana and ends up scaring the guy away with stories about Dana being a psycho. Later he explains to her his behavior and says she'll meet someone who's good enough for her.

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All Dolled Up
star
8.05
367 votes

#20 - All Dolled Up

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/4/2008

Jim is forced organize a doll-themed party for Gracie while Cheryl is on bed rest, but when Gracie admits that the only reason she agreed to the party was because she wanted to please her mother, Jim decides to turn the party into something totally else.

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You Gotta Love Somebody (2)
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8.05
359 votes

#21 - You Gotta Love Somebody (2)

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/21/2003

Jim's old friend Danny visits him, and brings his partner in crime, Laraine, with him. Cheryl and Dana offer to help Laraine pick out a dress for the police ball, and after realizing she has feelings for Danny, Cheryl convinces Jim to talk to Danny about asking her to the ball. Cheryl reveals to Jim that if it wasn't for Danny, they might never have gotten together, as they remember the time they met at a bar back in the 80's. But when Danny finally has the guts to talk to Laraine, he finds out that Andy already asked her out. Dana asks why can't she be Danny's date, since she made out with Cheryl's boyfriend the night she met Jim just so he would get out of the way. They all try to convince Andy to step aside what could be true love, but Andy reminds them of how he pretended to have a heart attack just so Jim would get rid of his girlfriend the night he met Cheryl. Finally, Andy agrees to help Danny and Laraine, as Jim and Cheryl conclude that despite all the help they got they still would have met.

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King of the Nerds
star
8.04
313 votes

#22 - King of the Nerds

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired 5/26/2009

Jim uses his passion for sports to connect with son Kyle. But sports-challenged Kyle identifies more with fellow sci-fi nerd Andy, forcing a reluctant Jim to dress up as a Cyclops at a sci-fi convention in order to win his son back.

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I Drink Your Milkshake
star
8.04
368 votes

#23 - I Drink Your Milkshake

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/22/2008

Jim makes a rule he believes to be the perfect cure for children's fights, but when he enters a discussion with Andy, the both end up on the same "tribunal system," fighting to prove who's right.

Directors: Dennis Capps
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Get Your Freak On
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8.04
380 votes

#24 - Get Your Freak On

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/21/2006

Cheryl believes she's attending a tasteful lingerie party, but is shocked to learn the hostess is selling sex toys and Cheryl buys one, but won't tell Jim.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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Mr. Right
star
8.04
351 votes

#25 - Mr. Right

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/7/2006

Cheryl and Jim get into a disagreement about Erik Estrada, and Jim tries to prove that the incident that occurred ten years ago was not wrong.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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