The BEST Episodes of Clifford the Big Red Dog

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2021

Network: PBS

Clifford the Big Red Dog is a fun show aimed towards younger audiences. Clifford, a 20 foot tall red dog, plays with his dog friends, Cleo and T-Bone, and has great adventures with them. Clifford's best friend, however, is Emily Elizabeth Howard, his owner. Emily has friends of her own and all the characters live peacefully on Birdwell Island. Each Clifford the Big Red Dog episode consists of two stories, linked by a "Speckle Story," a story read to Clifford by Emily Elizabeth about the adventures of a dog named Speckle. At the end of each episode is a "big idea" presented by Clifford, followed by a short promotional spot for one of the characters on Clifford. Please note that some online guides list two big ideas for each episode. The "big idea" listed in this guide will always be only the one that actually airs at the end of the episode itself. Also included is a short segment featuring a real kid with his/her dog. However, most, if not all, PBS stations no longer show this s

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Food for Thought

#1 - Food for Thought

Season 2 - Episode 43 - Aired Feb 20, 2003

Clifford and his friends are influenced by advertisements for a new dog food.

star 9.50
2 votes
Writers: Dennis Haley, Larry Swerdlove, Marcy Brown (III)
Screaming for Ice Cream

#2 - Screaming for Ice Cream

Season 1 - Episode 52 - Aired Jul 12, 2001

Charley and Emily Elizabeth find themselves up to their elbows in ice cream when Charley takes it upon himself to serve ice cream while his father is at a Doctor's appointment. Charley learns that there are some responsibilities kids should not attempt to shoulder without the help of an adult.

star 9.50
2 votes
Tie-Dyed Clifford

#3 - Tie-Dyed Clifford

Season 2 - Episode 45 - Aired Feb 21, 2003

When Clifford accidentally gives himself a bath with tie-dye dyes, he ends up looking like a T-shirt from the 60's! Not wanting to upset Emily, he tries to hide the fact. But soon learns that he can tell the truth to Emily because Emily understands that everyone makes mistakes.

star 8.97
30 votes
Stinky Friends

#4 - Stinky Friends

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 24, 2002

Clifford can't resist going into a field to play – even after Emily Elizabeth tells him he's not allowed. He and his friends soon learn that rules are there for a reason and it's a good idea to follow them!

star 8.70
33 votes
Good-Bye, T-Bone

#5 - Good-Bye, T-Bone

Season 1 - Episode 41 - Aired Jul 5, 2001

Clifford and Cleo misunderstand a conversation they overhear, and think T-bone is moving away. They vow to make T-bone's last day on Birdwell Island extra special. They eventually learn to listen to a whole story before jumping to conclusions – but the good friends enjoy a truly special day nonetheless!

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Over
Writers: Barry Hawkins, Bob Carrau
Mr. Bleakman's Special Day

#6 - Mr. Bleakman's Special Day

Season 1 - Episode 60 - Aired Jul 18, 2001

Mr. Bleakman appears to the dogs to be particularly grumpy one day. At first they are upset with him, but then they overhear Mrs. Howard say that sometimes a grumpy attitude can be changed through acts of kindness. This inspires the dogs to perform a series of "secret good deeds" to see if they can turn Mr. Bleakman's frown into a smile. They are surprised to learn that performing kind acts makes them feel much better too!

star 8.50
2 votes
An Itchy Patch

#7 - An Itchy Patch

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 12, 2000

Clifford is itching like crazy but tries his best to stop when he hears Emily say that she'll have to take him to the vet if he keeps it up. With the help of Cleo and T-bone, Clifford tries every trick to stop itching and conceal his discomfort to avoid a trip to the doctor!

star 8.33
3 votes
Clifford's Cookie Craving

#8 - Clifford's Cookie Craving

Season 2 - Episode 33 - Aired Nov 13, 2002

Mr. Bleakman bakes a giant cookie for the Birdwell Fair, then leaves it unattended. Clifford gets one whiff of it and, try as he might, simply can't resist the temptation to taste it. Mr. Bleakman forgives the big dog when he realizes that everyone makes mistakes – including the mistake of leaving too big of a temptation in front of a child.

star 8.13
31 votes
Writers: Barry Hawkins, Dennis Haley, Marcy Brown (III)
The Big Sleepover

#9 - The Big Sleepover

Season 1 - Episode 43 - Aired Jul 6, 2001

Emily is going off the Island for a night and asks Charley to babysit Clifford. The day goes pretty well, but when night falls Clifford really misses Emily. The whole town bands together to get the big red dog through the night, and they learn that this community has the kind of spirit that can accomplish anything if they put their minds to it!

star 8.00
1 votes
Babysitter Blues

#10 - Babysitter Blues

Season 1 - Episode 55 - Aired Jul 16, 2001

Mr. Bleakman is ready for a quiet relaxing weekend of oil painting. But a monkey wrench is thrown in the works when he is asked to babysit Clifford for the day. Mr. Bleakman struggles to find a way to keep Clifford out of his way, but soon discovers that the big, red dog has much to teach him about being spontaneous and having fun!

star 8.00
1 votes
Friends, Morning, Noon, and Night

#11 - Friends, Morning, Noon, and Night

Season 1 - Episode 59 - Aired Jul 18, 2001

Cleo and Clifford are excited to learn that Cleo will be Clifford's houseguest for a weekend while her house is being painted! But soon Cleo is filling Clifford's doghouse with her stuff, taking over his bed, and butting in on his time alone with Emily Elizabeth. It takes time, but Cleo eventually learns that being a good houseguest means respecting the needs of your host.

star 8.00
2 votes
A Bunny in a Haystack

#12 - A Bunny in a Haystack

Season 1 - Episode 48 - Aired Jul 10, 2001

When Emily brings home the class bunny, Clifford, Cleo and T-bone learn what a big responsibility it is to take care of a pet!

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: John Over
Writers: Anne-Marie Perrotta, Scott Guy, Tean Schultz
Jetta's Sneak Peek

#13 - Jetta's Sneak Peek

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Oct 16, 2002

Jetta can't resist reading Emily Elizabeth's journal, but soon learns that it's important to respect someone's privacy.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Anne-Marie Perrotta, Kati Rocky, Tean Schultz
Cyber Puppy Problems

#14 - Cyber Puppy Problems

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired Oct 23, 2002

When Mac worries that Jetta love her mechanical toy dog more than he loves her, his friends rally around to help him get through his crisis of confidence.

star 8.00
1 votes
King Mac

#15 - King Mac

Season 2 - Episode 30 - Aired Oct 30, 2002

When T-Bone thinks he is responsible for getting Mac in trouble, he goes overboard to help Mac in any way he can. But Mac shows a lack of respect for their friendship by taking advantage of his little friend's guilt.

star 8.00
1 votes
No Baths for Cleo

#16 - No Baths for Cleo

Season 2 - Episode 36 - Aired Nov 20, 2002

To avoid baths, Cleo runs away from home. With the help of her friends, she comes to understand and respect the fact that giving Cleo a bath is just one of the many ways Mrs. Diller shows her love.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Trouble with Kittens

#17 - The Trouble with Kittens

Season 2 - Episode 40 - Aired Feb 18, 2003

When kittens Betty and Billy insist on playing in Mr. Bleakman's yard, Clifford does his best to keep them out. But when they wreak havoc in the yard, Clifford gets the blame from Mr. Bleakman! Mr. Bleakman learns that it's not fair to judge a situation until you have all the facts.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Garrett Ho, John Over, Marc Schirmeister
Wedding Bell Blues

#18 - Wedding Bell Blues

Season 2 - Episode 42 - Aired Feb 19, 2003

Ms. Carrington is getting married and the kids speculate about what kind of teacher "Mrs. Grumbly" will be. Based on her name, they assume she will not be very nice. But they soon learn that you can't judge someone until you've actually met them.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Dennis Haley, Dev Ross, Marcy Brown (III)
Little Big Pup

#19 - Little Big Pup

Season 2 - Episode 49 - Aired Feb 25, 2003

A very small new dog named Frankie moves to Birdwell Island and is envious of Clifford's size until he realizes that sometimes being small can be just right.

star 7.67
3 votes
Writers: Anne-Marie Perrotta, David Weimers, Ken Koonce, Tean Schultz
Clifford's Doggy Reunion

#20 - Clifford's Doggy Reunion

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 7, 2000

Clifford and Emily are excited – Cousin Laura and her dog Rex are coming to visit! They haven't seen each other since Clifford was a little puppy! When they arrive, however, Clifford and Emily learn that people change and adjustments have to be made in a relationship.

star 7.64
11 votes
Directors: John Over
Writers: John Semper Jr., Larry Swerdlove
That's Snow Lie

#21 - That's Snow Lie

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 21, 2002

Cleo pretends to hurt her paw so she won't have to embarrass herself on the ice rink.

star 7.50
10 votes

#22 - Boo

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 18, 2000

It's Halloween and Jetta can't stop bragging about how brave she is. When the whole town gets a little spooked after watching a scary "ghost" movie together, Jetta learns that it's okay to have fears.

star 7.50
2 votes
Guess Who's Coming to Birdwell

#23 - Guess Who's Coming to Birdwell

Season 2 - Episode 48 - Aired Feb 24, 2003

When a famous dog champion Oscar Owen Bright Like The Sun comes to Birdwell, the dogs go out of their way to impress him. But they soon learn that the best way to impress someone is to just be yourself.

star 7.50
2 votes
Writers: Brooks Wachtel, Cynthia Harrison, Meg McLaughlin
Clifford and the Beanstalk

#24 - Clifford and the Beanstalk

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 12, 2000

Emily works hard to prepare for her audition for the lead in the school play, but loses the role to Jetta. But Jetta doesn't practice or learn her lines so Emily steps in to play the lead role at the last minute – and Jetta learns the hard way that hard work and preparation are the things that make you successful.

star 7.40
5 votes
Teacher's Pet

#25 - Teacher's Pet

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Sep 22, 2000

The dogs go to school for the first time and T-Bone worries that he won't be able to keep up with the rest of the class. He works hard and pays close attention to the teacher's directions, and in the end his efforts are rewarded – as are the efforts of every member of the class as each is praised for his/her unique qualities.

star 7.33
3 votes
Directors: John Over
Writers: Dennis Haley, Lois Becker, Marcy Brown (III)