The BEST Episodes of Bunheads

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: ABC Family

Las Vegas showgirl Michelle marries a man on a whim and moves to his sleepy coastal town where she winds up working alongside her new mother-in-law at her dance school.

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Inherit the Wind

#1 - Inherit the Wind

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 25, 2012

When Fanny's attorney gives her shocking news, she takes it hard and makes the situation more awkward for Michelle. Making matters worse, Michelle has a run-in with the law when she takes off in Hubbell's car to blow off steam, only to break down in the driveway of a handsome, local recluse. Meanwhile, the girls compete against other dance studios in an "ugliest feet" contest.

star 8.18
313 votes
Directors: Kenny Ortega
Writers: Sarah Dunn

#2 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 11, 2012

Michelle Simms had a promising career as a classically-trained professional dancer but was drawn to the lights of Las Vegas. Now, with a dead-end job as a 30-something showgirl, she's found the excitement of Sin City has lost its appeal, and her persistent suitor, Hubbell Flowers, is gaining it. With promises of a cushy life in his coastal town of Paradise, CA., Hubbell convinces Michelle to marry him and move away. Once in there, Michelle discovers that Hubbell forgot to mention that he lives with his mother, the strong-headed, imperious Fanny Flowers, who is not pleased that Hubbell has run off and married a stranger.

star 8.11
297 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Lamar Damon
For Fanny

#3 - For Fanny

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 18, 2012

Michelle's rocky start with her new mother-in-law finally seems to smooth out, until an unexpected occurrence turns everything on end. Michelle quickly finds herself back at odds with Fanny, but at the same time wanting to empathize with her. Inspired by Fanny's students, Michelle has an idea to help Fanny face the reality of the situation.

star 7.99
344 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
A Nutcracker in Paradise

#4 - A Nutcracker in Paradise

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 20, 2012

Michelle and Fanny begin to grow closer and enjoy each others creative input as they prepare for Fanny's annual production of The Nutcracker. Michelle is organizing the fundraiser, advising the girls on their boy drama and feeling more at home than ever before. But their newfound harmony is soon disrupted by honest mistakes. Meanwhile, Boo decides to make a move on the guy she likes.

star 7.87
261 votes
You Wanna See Something?

#5 - You Wanna See Something?

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 7, 2013

Michelle works as a magician's assistant; the dance studio is closed down; Ginny takes over her mother's business; Melanie cares for her grandfather; Boo helps to take care of her little brother; Sasha returns.

star 7.81
328 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino

#6 - Next!

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 25, 2013

The girls secretly follow Michelle to a Broadway musical audition in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Fanny returns. Michelle's brother, Scotty, pops back up unannounced. And Sasha thinks the girls need to take their relationships with their boyfriends to the next level.

star 7.79
383 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
There's Nothing Worse Than a Pantsuit

#7 - There's Nothing Worse Than a Pantsuit

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 11, 2013

Milly is on the warpath when she discovers that the local town preservation society is arranging a meeting to discuss the new amphitheatre. Meanwhile, Sasha and Roman take their relationship public; and Talia shares some big news.

star 7.77
353 votes
Directors: David Paymer
Writers: Grant Levy
Better Luck Next Year!

#8 - Better Luck Next Year!

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 9, 2012

A moving truck is being unloaded with everything that was in Michelle's apartment in Vegas, including things that were in the apartment that were not hers, as her landlord packed everything for her. Not having enough space for the things to be nicely put away, Michelle shoves them into the guesthouse and goes to sleep. Fanny wakes up Michelle in the middle of the night to talk and help her unpack or get organised and agrees to letting Michelle "borrow" her stove, as the kitchen in the guest house does not function. The next morning, Michelle gets caught eating chips and soda in her underwear by some of the ballet students.

star 7.71
298 votes
Writers: Daniel Palladino
Money for Nothing

#9 - Money for Nothing

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 16, 2012

Michelle is concerned when she discovers that Fanny's bill-paying method includes old hat boxes and unconventional payment plans. After she finds herself in the middle of the collection process, Michelle decides to help Fanny better manage her finances. But Michelle's efforts could end up jeopardizing the upcoming Spring Flower Festival and Fanny's original ballet, "Paper or Plastic."

star 7.70
305 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Amy Welsh
It's Not a Mint

#10 - It's Not a Mint

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 18, 2013

Meanwhile, the girls react in different ways to the boys in their lives: Sasha and Roman get closer, Ginny can't stop staring at Frankie, Boo is caught in the middle of an unintentional triangle and Melanie is being stalked by Dez.

star 7.65
353 votes
Writers: Daniel Palladino
Take the Vicuna

#11 - Take the Vicuna

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 4, 2013

Milly opens her checkbook-and her mouth-giving notes on how Fanny should run an upcoming dance recital. Meanwhile, Sasha throws a housewarming party and Scotty takes Michelle on a road trip that makes a surprising detour.

star 7.55
376 votes
Directors: Chris Eigemann
Writers: Sheila Lawrence
Blank Up, It's Time

#12 - Blank Up, It's Time

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 6, 2012

Michelle is thrown for a loop when she discovers Fanny has a longtime, long-distance boyfriend. And Fanny surprises Michelle again by inviting her to see a play. Meanwhile, Sasha's rebellious behavior starts to affect Fanny's class. Fanny responds by giving Boo a coveted role in an upcoming performance.

star 7.54
291 votes
Writers: Daniel Palladino
Movie Truck

#13 - Movie Truck

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 23, 2012

When Michelle's friend, Talia comes to town, their plans for a raucous birthday road trip are derailed by Fanny, who has left for an unexpected vacation, putting Michelle in charge of her dance classes. Michelle's birthday plans go even further off-track when Talia discovers Truly's clothing boutique, Sparkles. Meanwhile, the girls sneak into the visiting movie truck to see an R-rated movie.

star 7.53
328 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Beth Schacter
Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor

#14 - Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 14, 2013

Truly is evicted from her shop; Carl insists that Boo meet his parents; Talia sets Michelle up on a blind date; the girls are intrigued by two talented young newcomers.

star 7.49
378 votes
Writers: Daniel Palladino
What's Your Damage, Heather?

#15 - What's Your Damage, Heather?

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 30, 2012

When the dance studio springs a leak, Michelle lets the girls change for class in her house. But when one of them lies about stealing from her, Michelle puts her foot down. Meanwhile, the girls tease Ginny about dating the same boy since second grade.

star 7.38
237 votes
Directors: Jackson Douglas
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Dominik Rothbard, Grant Levy
No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons

#16 - No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 13, 2012

Michelle is thrilled to discover that there is another option for coffee beyond the gas station: an award-winning barista, Bash. But she soon discovers that dealing with a coffee artiste has its challenges. And Melanie tries to figure out why Ginny has suddenly begun acting different. Meanwhile, Fanny and Sasha remain in a standoff, leaving the ballet class to suffer as Fanny casts for the lead role in The Nutcracker.

star 7.32
296 votes
Directors: David Paymer
Writers: Sheila Lawrence
The Astronaut and the Ballerina

#17 - The Astronaut and the Ballerina

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 28, 2013

Michelle's brother, Scotty, comes for a visit after yet another failed marriage. Meanwhile, Melanie's new interest in roller derby leaves Ginny feeling abandoned, while Boo and Carl are overwhelmed with child care duties.

star 7.28
337 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino
I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky

#18 - I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 21, 2013

Michelle and Fanny need to come up with money to supplement the dance studio. Meanwhile, the girls continue to be mystified by the alluring new students, while Sasha deals with the decision to move from Paradise.

star 7.28
376 votes
Directors: Jackson Douglas
Writers: Beth Schacter