The Best Episodes of American Dad!

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018

C.I.A. 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 house wife with two kids, Hayley, Stan's only daughter, an average rebellious teenager and Steve, Stan's only son, 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 Smith's wisecracking talking fish (swapped from his human body years ago by the CIA).

Spring Breakup

#1 - Spring Breakup

Season 4 - Episode 16

Stan has a Spring Break-induced mid-life crisis. With Francine away visiting her parents, Roger invites Spring Breakers to party at the Smith household. But Stan nearly has a Spring Breakdown when he falls prey to booze-cruising Jessica and Steve tries to lose his virginity to the luscious Carmen Selectra.

star 8.06
240 votes
Writers: Nahnatchka Khan
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Lost in Space

#2 - Lost in Space

Season 9 - Episode 18

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

star 8.01
484 votes
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The Vacation Goo

#3 - The Vacation Goo

Season 4 - Episode 1

When Francine discovers that all of their family vacations have been artificially created memories, she gets very angry and demands a real vacation. However, when the vacation seems too good to be true, Francine is convinced it's the work of the CIA and causes the family to suffer the consequences. Meanwhile, Roger attempts to become the greatest actor who ever lived.

star 7.96
395 votes
Writers: Josh Brycel, Jonathon Fener
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Joint Custody

#4 - Joint Custody

Season 3 - Episode 19

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 7.96
235 votes
Directors: Joe Daniello
Writers: Keith Heisler
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The Kidney Stays In the Picture

#5 - The Kidney Stays In the Picture

Season 8 - Episode 16

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 7.95
391 votes
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Jenny Fromdabloc

#6 - Jenny Fromdabloc

Season 7 - Episode 16

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 7.94
318 votes
Directors: Bob Bowen
Writers: Laura McCreary
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Permanent Record Wrecker

#7 - Permanent Record Wrecker

Season 10 - Episode 18

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 7.93
353 votes
Writers: Brian Boyle
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Killer Vacation

#8 - Killer Vacation

Season 9 - Episode 2

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 7.90
523 votes
Directors: Rodney Clouden
Writers: Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz
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Spelling Bee My Baby

#9 - Spelling Bee My Baby

Season 9 - Episode 14

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 7.89
446 votes
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Max Jets

#10 - Max Jets

Season 9 - Episode 11

Roger announces that Max Jets, a character who showers the Smith family with money, is making a return; a gold-digging waitress romances Max and threatens the family's inheritance.

star 7.89
470 votes
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Wife Insurance

#11 - Wife Insurance

Season 5 - Episode 15

When Stan gets kidnapped in Colombia, Francine fears he's gone for good. Stan finally reappears unharmed, but the real trouble erupts in the Smith household when he admits that he has a plan to marry his dentist if Francine dies before him. Meanwhile, Steve and Roger play detective duo "Wheels and the Legman."

star 7.89
266 votes
Directors: John Aoshima
Writers: Erik Sommers
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For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls

#12 - For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls

Season 7 - Episode 8

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

star 7.89
391 votes
Directors: Bob Bowen
Writers: Erik Durbin
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Tears of a Clooney

#13 - Tears of a Clooney

Season 2 - Episode 16

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 7.89
301 votes
Directors: Brent Woods
Writers: Matt McKenna, Chris McKenna (II)
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In Country... Club

#14 - In Country... Club

Season 6 - Episode 1

When Steve is selected to sing the national anthem at the Langley Falls Veterans' Day celebration, he gets some heat from Stan who doesn't think he's ready for such an undertaking. Unimpressed with Steve's vocal talents, Stan decides Steve needs to experience real war in order to sing about our country's military prowess. But things quickly go south when Roger gets involved and Steve goes bananas.

star 7.89
394 votes
Writers: Judah Miller, Murray Miller
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Da Flippity Flop

#15 - Da Flippity Flop

Season 9 - Episode 19

When Stan refuses to switch Klaus back into his original body, he steals Stan's body; Roger builds a gym in the attic.

star 7.88
476 votes
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The Longest Distance Relationship

#16 - The Longest Distance Relationship

Season 10 - Episode 20

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

star 7.88
314 votes
Writers: Jordan Blum, Parker Deay
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Stan's Night Out

#17 - Stan's Night Out

Season 5 - Episode 20

Stan leaves Francine at home to go out with the boys, but guys' night out goes from wild to reckless when Stan finds himself in one compromising situation after another. Meanwhile, Roger and Hayley use their charm and looks to attract a frat boy.

star 7.88
227 votes
Directors: Bob Bowen
Writers: Jim Bernstein
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Stan of Arabia (2)

#18 - Stan of Arabia (2)

Season 2 - Episode 6

As the Smiths continue to live in Saudi Arabia, Stan is fully enjoying the male-dominated society, while the rest of the family struggles with the different social norms. Meanwhile, Francine's musical expos on gender roles gets her into trouble, and a brush with death leads the Smiths to return to the United States.

star 7.86
323 votes
Directors: Anthony Lioi
Writers: Craig Thomas, Carter Bays
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Big Trouble in Little Langley

#19 - Big Trouble in Little Langley

Season 4 - Episode 4

When Francine's adopted parents stop by for an unannounced stay, Stan is furious that they refuse to assimilate to his "man of the house" ways. After he unsuccessfully tries to give them the boot, he is convinced that finding Francine's birth parents will change things. Meanwhile, Steve tries to live to the extreme in order to get to second base with the class hottie.

star 7.85
294 votes
Directors: John Aoshima
Writers: Kenny Schwartz, Rick Wiener
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The Missing Kink

#20 - The Missing Kink

Season 9 - Episode 15

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 7.85
457 votes
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Stan Time

#21 - Stan Time

Season 5 - Episode 9

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 7.85
304 votes
Directors: Joe Daniello
Writers: Jonathon Fener
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Delorean Story-An

#22 - Delorean Story-An

Season 5 - Episode 16

Stan is excited about finally building his dream car: a DeLorean. Francine encourages him to include Steve, so the two take a road trip in search of doors for the sports car. The trip veers off-track when there is a mad dash across the country to get the last set of doors available.

star 7.85
263 votes
Directors: Joe Daniello
Writers: Matt Fusfeld, Alex Cuthbertson
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Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold

#23 - Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold

Season 4 - Episode 15

Officially declared dead after an accident with a pudding truck, Stan comes back to life to realize his dream of leaving a legacy on the world and begins to excavate his home in search of Ollie North's "Contra"-band buried treasure. As the search for gold goes "North," life at home heads south as Hayley turns to body-piercing, Steve creates a robotic girlfriend and Roger files for sexual harassment.

star 7.85
247 votes
Directors: Pam Cooke
Writers: Erik Sommers
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You Debt Your Life

#24 - You Debt Your Life

Season 7 - Episode 12

After an argument with Stan, Roger moves out of the house and is subsequently replaced. Meanwhile, Steve acquires a new job at Pearl Bailey High School.

star 7.85
347 votes
Directors: Chris Bennett
Writers: Erik Sommers
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License to Till

#25 - License to Till

Season 7 - Episode 15

When Steve has trouble crossing over into the "cool kids" social circle, Klaus and Roger place their bets to see how quickly Roger can make him cool. Everything they try backfires until Steve becomes the in-crowds designated driver. Meanwhile, Stan and Francine take turns pranking each other.

star 7.85
317 votes
Writers: Matt Fusfeld, Alex Cuthbertson
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