The BEST Episodes of American Dad!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021

Network: TBS

CIA Agent Stan Smith is constantly fighting off terrorists who threaten the safety of the USA (sometimes causing more harm than good). His wife Francine is an average housewife with two kids: Hayley, an average rebellious teenager and Steve, a geek who enjoys Dungeons and Dragons, gaming and comic book conventions. Then there’s Roger, the home’s illegal (space) alien who the Smith’s are keeping protected. Last but not least, there’s Klaus, the Smiths’ wisecracking talking fish (swapped from his human body years ago by the CIA).

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For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls

#1 - For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 12, 2010

Despite Francine's warning, Stan gives Steve a gun for Christmas; Steve accidentally shoots Santa.

star 7.90
2,042 votes
Directors: Bob Bowen
Writers: Erik Durbin
G-String Circus

#2 - G-String Circus

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 29, 2009

Upset that Hayley no longer wants his advice, Stan decides to prove that she is missing out on his sage counseling. After meeting a stripper on an important CIA mission, Stan takes it upon himself to improve her life and show Hayley that his advice works. But when he opens a new business, hoping to prove Hayley wrong, he finds himself dancing for cash to cover up his failures.

star 7.87
1,505 votes
Directors: Bob Bowen
Writers: Erik Durbin
Office Spaceman

#3 - Office Spaceman

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired May 4, 2008

Roger begins to release photos of himself to the local media for extra cash, prompting the CIA to initiate an Alien Task Force. Through a twist of fate, Roger ends up in charge of the task force in disguise, creating tension at home as he is now Stan's boss. Meanwhile, Francine comes to grips with being left-handed and Roger frames Stan as an alien in attempt to keep his identity a secret.

star 7.84
1,143 votes
Directors: Brent Woods
Writers: Laura McCreary
The Kidney Stays In the Picture

#4 - The Kidney Stays In the Picture

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 1, 2012

Stan fears he may not be Hayley's real father, so he goes back in time to find the truth. In doing so, he disrupts the past and must save the future.

star 7.84
1,240 votes
The Unbrave One

#5 - The Unbrave One

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 8, 2012

When Steve tries to prove himself as a macho man to Stan, he follows in Roger's footsteps and tries to change himself from the outside in with a superhero persona. Meanwhile, Francine is going through an identity crisis of her own when she receives surprising news that could change the family forever.

star 7.84
1,301 votes
Joint Custody

#6 - Joint Custody

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired May 20, 2007

Roger becomes a bounty hunter, and he and Stan race cross-country to turn in Jeff, who is wanted for smuggling pot into Florida.

star 7.83
905 votes
Directors: Joe Daniello
Writers: Keith Heisler
Lost in Space

#7 - Lost in Space

Season 9 - Episode 18 - Aired May 5, 2013

Jeff must prove his love for Hayley to Emperor Zing in order to find his way home from the spaceship that abducted him.

star 7.82
1,090 votes
Spelling Bee My Baby

#8 - Spelling Bee My Baby

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 24, 2013

Francine tries to rig the school spelling bee so that Steve will win; Stan and Roger try to rush Hayley's grieving process so she will be available to judge their badminton game.

star 7.82
1,049 votes
Killer Vacation

#9 - Killer Vacation

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 7, 2012

During the Smith family's tropical vacation, Stan is ordered to kill the activities director at their resort; Jeff and Hayley try to rekindle their romance.

star 7.81
1,467 votes
Directors: Rodney Clouden
Writers: Kenny Schwartz, Rick Wiener
Tears of a Clooney

#10 - Tears of a Clooney

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired May 14, 2006

When Francine's birthday brings back haunting memories of a celebrity film moment stolen by George Clooney, Francine's new dream is to destroy the star. But when she tries to win Clooney's heart with the intention of breaking it, Stan actually falls for him and sabotages the plan. Meanwhile, back at home, Roger builds a vineyard and starts up a private sweat shop of foster children.

star 7.81
1,167 votes
Directors: Brent Woods
Writers: Chris McKenna, Matt McKenna
The People vs. Martin Sugar

#11 - The People vs. Martin Sugar

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 5, 2010

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 7.80
1,828 votes
Directors: Pam Cooke
Writers: Jonathan Fener
The Missing Kink

#12 - The Missing Kink

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 14, 2013

Francine tries to get Stan to spice up their sex life; Hayley tries to get back into dating and accepts a date with Snot.

star 7.79
1,136 votes
The Two Hundred

#13 - The Two Hundred

Season 13 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 28, 2016

A haunted Stan traverses a barren Langley Falls alone because a mysterious element has reigned terror and separated him from the family.

star 7.79
1,318 votes
Directors: Jansen Yee
Writers: Brett Cawley, Robert Maitia
A Ward Show

#14 - A Ward Show

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 6, 2011

Roger becomes Steve's legal guardian, but gets a little overzealous in the parenting department when he gets the principal fired. After getting beat up by the other teachers at the school, Steve decides to run away. Meanwhile, Stan and Francine attempt to make waves after discovering that their vacation at the biggest water park in the world fails to get their hearts pumping.

star 7.78
1,595 votes
The Longest Distance Relationship

#15 - The Longest Distance Relationship

Season 10 - Episode 20 - Aired May 18, 2014

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

star 7.78
603 votes
Writers: Jordan Blum, Parker Deay
I Am the Walrus

#16 - I Am the Walrus

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 27, 2011

When Steve challenges Stan for family dominance, Stan does everything he can to prove to Steve that he is the alpha male of the Smith house. Meanwhile, Hayley and Jeff seek marriage counseling when the honeymoon phase wears off.

star 7.77
1,226 votes
Directors: Tim Parsons
Writers: Keith Heisler
The Worst Stan

#17 - The Worst Stan

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 13, 2011

When Stan realizes that he might never fulfill his dream of becoming a Best Man, he convinces his last single friend, Principal Lewis to marry the school’s Superintendent and to choose him as his Best Man. Stan invites Lewis’ old friend from prison to the wedding, only to discover a secret that could prevent the wedding from happening at all. Meanwhile, Roger finds the perfect pair of shorts, and an encounter with Ricky Martin makes him question his self-confidence.

star 7.76
1,471 votes
Dope & Faith

#18 - Dope & Faith

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 14, 2007

Stan prays for a friend and thinks God sent him one, but he turns out to be an atheist. Stan tries to convince his friend that God exists by making his life extremely hard until his plan backfires. Meanwhile, Roger convinces Steve that he has been accepted to Hogwarts.

star 7.76
1,252 votes
Directors: Caleb Meurer
Writers: Michael Shipley
Permanent Record Wrecker

#19 - Permanent Record Wrecker

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired May 4, 2014

When budget cuts result in Stan getting fired, his work experience is considered classified and he is forced to take a job at the store Steve manages; Roger makes a bet with an irritating coffee shop musician (Robin Thicke).

star 7.76
613 votes
Writers: Brian Boyle
Jenny Fromdabloc

#20 - Jenny Fromdabloc

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 17, 2011

After Snot professes his love for Hayley and gets shot down, Steve and Roger devise a plan to cheer him up. Roger dresses up as Steve’s cousin from New Jersey, Jenny Fromdabloc, and Snot falls hard for her. Meanwhile, Stan wants to live like a gentleman of the 1960s, complete with dark suits and dry martinis.

star 7.76
1,464 votes
Directors: Bob Bowen
Writers: Laura McCreary
The Unincludeds

#21 - The Unincludeds

Season 13 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 11, 2016

Steve and Snot alter their futures when they throw a party for the uncool kids. Meanwhile, Roger is disgruntled when a waitress doesn't compliment his order.

star 7.75
1,301 votes
Writers: Ali Waller
Vision: Impossible

#22 - Vision: Impossible

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 5, 2014

After Roger gets in an accident while trying to take a picture of his crotch on a traffic cam, he begins having visions of the future.

star 7.75
674 votes
Less Money, Mo' Problems

#23 - Less Money, Mo' Problems

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 25, 2012

After losing patience with Hayley and Jeff for their freeloading ways, Stan bets the young couple that he and Francine can live on minimum wage for a month. Meanwhile, Steve and Roger embark on a mission to test drive the car of their dreams.

star 7.75
1,299 votes

#24 - Hurricane!

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2011

When a hurricane hits Langley Falls, the Smiths fight like mad to survive in their home. Part 3 of a three-part crossover with The Cleveland Show and Family Guy.

star 7.74
1,660 votes
Directors: Tim Parsons
Writers: Erik Sommers
Stan Time

#25 - Stan Time

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 8, 2009

Stan is ecstatic when a co-worker gives him pills that allow him to stay up all night but feel like he slept for eight hours.

star 7.72
1,434 votes
Directors: Joe Daniello
Writers: Jonathan Fener