The BEST Episodes of According to Jim

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2020

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.

Separate Ways

#1 - Separate Ways

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 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.

star 8.38
320 votes
Directors: James Widdoes
Writers: Warren Bell
The Meaningful Gift

#2 - The Meaningful Gift

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.37
265 votes
Writers: Jonathan Stark, Tracy Newman
A Hole in One

#3 - A Hole in One

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 2004

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

star 8.32
346 votes
Writers: Jeffrey B. Hodes, Nastaran Dibai
The Devil Went Down to Oak Park

#4 - The Devil Went Down to Oak Park

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired May 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.

star 8.31
349 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Christopher J. Nowak, Warren Bell
No Harm, No Fowl

#5 - No Harm, No Fowl

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 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?

star 8.29
278 votes
Writers: Harry Hannigan
At-Bat

#6 - At-Bat

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.29
321 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: David Feeney
Deliverance

#7 - Deliverance

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.27
305 votes
Directors: James Widdoes
Writers: Hayes Jackson
The Tale of the Tape (2)

#8 - The Tale of the Tape (2)

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 2005

Jim worries that Cheryl's romantic expectations will increase when his new brother-in-law, Ryan, showers Dana with flowers and gifts. But then Jim learns that a special blues tape Cheryl supposedly made for him when they were dating, and that made him fall in love with her, was actually made for her by an old boyfriend.

star 8.22
125 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: John D. Beck, John Hart
The Flannelsexual

#9 - The Flannelsexual

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.22
307 votes
Directors: James Widdoes
Writers: John D. Beck, Ron Hart
The Cheater

#10 - The Cheater

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired May 13, 2008

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

star 8.21
317 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: John Peaslee, Judd Pillot
Good Grief

#11 - Good Grief

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 17, 2007

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

star 8.21
328 votes
Directors: James Belushi
Writers: John Peaslee, Judd Pillot
Father-Daughter Dance

#12 - Father-Daughter Dance

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2004

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

star 8.20
302 votes
Writers: Bob Nickman
The Daddy Way

#13 - The Daddy Way

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.20
295 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Jonathan Stark, Tracy Newman
Coach Jim

#14 - Coach Jim

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 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.

star 8.19
350 votes
Directors: James Widdoes
Writers: Sylvia Green
In Case of Jimergency

#15 - In Case of Jimergency

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 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.

star 8.18
297 votes
Writers: John D. Beck, Ron Hart
The Hunters

#16 - The Hunters

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.17
274 votes
Directors: Mark Cendrowski
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
The Gift Certificate

#17 - The Gift Certificate

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.16
349 votes
Writers: Sung Suh
The Bachelor

#18 - The Bachelor

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.15
384 votes
Writers: John D. Beck, Ron Hart
No Surprises

#19 - No Surprises

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 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.

star 8.14
433 votes
Writers: Jeffrey B. Hodes, Nastaran Dibai
All Dolled Up

#20 - All Dolled Up

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 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.

star 8.13
349 votes
Writers: John Peaslee, Judd Pillot
Goodwill Hunting

#21 - Goodwill Hunting

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.13
378 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Jim Keily
You Gotta Love Somebody (2)

#22 - You Gotta Love Somebody (2)

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.10
336 votes
Writers: John D. Beck, Ron Hart
Get Your Freak On

#23 - Get Your Freak On

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.10
356 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
Cheryl Goes to Florida

#24 - Cheryl Goes to Florida

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 22, 2008

While Cheryl is out of town to take care of her mother, Jim has to take care of their kids, and he receives sympathy from a neighborhood mom. Soon, other moms start helping Jim, and he tells each one that she's the only help in the house.

star 8.10
294 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Jonathan Stark, Tracy Newman
King of the Nerds

#25 - King of the Nerds

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired May 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.

star 8.10
297 votes
Writers: John Schwab, Michael J.S. Murphy