The BEST Episodes of According to Jim

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 2, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

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.

The Hunters

#1 - The Hunters

Season 4 - Episode 8

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.

star 8.07
65 votes
Directors: Mark Cendrowski
Writers: Mitch Hunter, Jana Hunter
A Hole in One

#2 - A Hole in One

Season 4 - Episode 1

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

star 8.06
85 votes
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Jeffrey B. Hodes
Daddy Dearest

#3 - Daddy Dearest

Season 5 - Episode 19

Jim believes that Bill (played by Joseph Bologna), the father of one of Rubys and Gracies classmates is actually his real father that abandoned Jim when he was a child.

star 8.02
72 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: Tracy Gamble
The Vast Difference (2)

#4 - The Vast Difference (2)

Season 3 - Episode 29

Jim chickens out of having a vasectomy, but Cheryl is so effusive in her praise that he's unable to admit he didn't go through with it

star 8.00
63 votes
Writers: Jeffrey B. Hodes, Nastaran Dibai
No Surprises

#5 - No Surprises

Season 1 - Episode 22

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.

star 7.96
92 votes
Writers: Jeffrey B. Hodes, Nastaran Dibai
The Gift Certificate

#6 - The Gift Certificate

Season 7 - Episode 12

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.

star 7.94
61 votes
Writers: Sung Suh
The Scrapbook

#7 - The Scrapbook

Season 4 - Episode 26

Jim actually remembers his and Cheryl's anniversary - but Cheryl didn't! Improvising, she gives him the photo album that covers years worth of memories. They start reminiscing.

star 7.93
63 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: Sylvia Green, Harry Hannigan
The Cooler One

#8 - The Cooler One

Season 8 - Episode 13

Jim attempts to look cool in the eyes of Ruby and her friends, until he realizes that he may be undermining Cheryl's authority due to his behavior.

star 7.92
61 votes
Writers: Tracy Newman, Jonathan Stark
The Meaningful Gift

#9 - The Meaningful Gift

Season 8 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.91
54 votes
Writers: Tracy Newman, Jonathan Stark
The Devil Went Down to Oak Park

#10 - The Devil Went Down to Oak Park

Season 7 - Episode 18

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.

star 7.91
60 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Warren Bell, Christopher J. Nowak
The Ring

#11 - The Ring

Season 2 - Episode 17

When Jim and Cheryl run into his old girlfriend, Jim worries that Cheryl may find out the truth about his past when she invites the woman to dinner.

star 7.90
81 votes
Writers: David Feeney
Separate Ways

#12 - Separate Ways

Season 6 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.90
59 votes
Directors: James Widdoes
Writers: Warren Bell
Under Pressure

#13 - Under Pressure

Season 1 - Episode 16

After Jim is diagnosed with high blood pressure, Cheryl decides to do everything to help him. She makes him special food, give him backrubs, and keeps asking about his day in order to free him from stress. But Jim doesn't know how to share so much and tells her an old financial problem of the firm. Cheryl stays up all night doing math to figure out a way out of the problem. Jim says she has a disease and is always trying to help people, which Cheryl responds with stop caring about him. In the end, they finally settle their issues when Jim says he loves her and would be a total mess without her.

star 7.89
97 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Jeffrey B. Hodes
House for Sale

#14 - House for Sale

Season 3 - Episode 14

The Devlins place a bid on the house across the street from Jim and Cheryl, to their dismay.

star 7.88
74 votes
Writers: Sylvia Green
Father-Daughter Dance

#15 - Father-Daughter Dance

Season 4 - Episode 6

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

star 7.88
68 votes
Writers: Bob Nickman
Dino-Mite

#16 - Dino-Mite

Season 6 - Episode 9

When Cheryl and Dana allow Jim and Ryan to take care of the kids and baby Tanner while they are out, things get out of control. Jim takes everyone to the museum and everything goes great until the Tyrannosaurus Rex display ends up destroyed.

star 7.88
65 votes
Directors: James Widdoes
Writers: Hayes Jackson
The Dream

#17 - The Dream

Season 5 - Episode 9

Jim tries to blackmail Dana when he finds out she’s having erotic dreams about him.

star 7.86
74 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: David Feeney
Jami Mcfame

#18 - Jami Mcfame

Season 8 - Episode 3

Jim and his band win a chance to play for a child pop sensation Jami McFame, but when the star gives them an attitude, Jim decides to set her straight.

star 7.86
59 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: Sung Suh
The Lemonade Stand

#19 - The Lemonade Stand

Season 3 - Episode 5

Jim and Cheryl encourage the girls to make a lemonade stand and raise money for their scooters. What was supposed to be a lesson about the value of the dollar turns into a racy competition among neighbors when Bill and his next door neighbor Driscoll set up little amusement parks in their years. Dana and Andy pitch in, while Cheryl tries to stay out of it – until she gets into a catfight with the neighbor's wife. Once the police is called in, Jim realizes he's lost the purpose of the lemonade stand and decides to give the girls the rest of the money for the scooters.

star 7.86
77 votes
Directors: Mark Cendrowski
Writers: Sylvia Green
You Gotta Love Somebody (2)

#20 - You Gotta Love Somebody (2)

Season 2 - Episode 14

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.

star 7.85
74 votes
Writers: John D. Beck, Ron Hart
The Grumpy Guy

#21 - The Grumpy Guy

Season 5 - Episode 17

Jim gets mad when he finds out that his neighbor Julie has been writing children books and basing them about him.

star 7.84
63 votes
Writers: Sylvia Green
The Stick

#22 - The Stick

Season 5 - Episode 14

It's Jim's birthday and he gets upset when Cheryl gives him gifts he does not want, but is really happy when Kyle give him a stick for his birthday.

star 7.84
68 votes
Directors: Lauren Breiting
Writers: John Peaslee, Judd Pillot
No Bedrest for the Wicked

#23 - No Bedrest for the Wicked

Season 7 - Episode 17

Jim anxiously awaits for the moment when Cheryl is off bedrest so she'd take over all the chores, but Dana urges him to let Cheryl rest until she goes into labor. After meeting Cheryl's gynecologist, Jim learns that Cheryl was already allowed to be more active, but she didn't tell him.

star 7.84
70 votes
Writers: David Feeney
At-Bat

#24 - At-Bat

Season 6 - Episode 13

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.

star 7.83
60 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: David Feeney
The Cheater

#25 - The Cheater

Season 7 - Episode 16

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

star 7.83
54 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: Judd Pillot, John Peaslee