The BEST Episodes of Complete Savages

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

The Savages are not your typical average wholesome family. When you just have a father whose motto is "Anything Goes" and five immature children in one house with just themselves everyday, the odds of them being a normal bunch are one in a million. Complete Savages shows just what happens when you have a household full of average men and no women around to tell them how they should act. The Father Nick Savage (Keith Carradine) is a single father raising his five sons who do nothing but mayhem and stress into his life. He does his best to teach the boys the value of life and how to take responsibility for their own lives. However, no matter how much he teaches them, this firefighter almost always ends up putting out the fire in his own home. The Boys Sam Savage (Andrew Eiden) is the "good one" of the boys. He does well in school; he does not get into any "real" trouble and always takes responsibility for himself. Although these are admirable qualities, they ofte

Savage XXX-mas

#1 - Savage XXX-mas

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 17, 2004

When Nick informs them that he wants them to get jobs, Sam, Chris and T.J. get work at a lingerie store as stock boys. The job turns out to be a complete drag for Jack and Chris but Sam does not mind it at all. After proving he is capable of being a good employee, Sam gets promoted and leaves Chris and Jack with the feeling of wanting revenge. Meanwhile, Kyle and T.J. are forced to help Nick donate toys to the Needy, but when they discover a game that they want is going to someone else, they themselves start to feel needy.

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: Julie Thacker
Writers: Julie Thacker
Save a Dance for Me

#2 - Save a Dance for Me

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 14, 2005

star 8.97
32 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Steven Molaro
Hot Water

#3 - Hot Water

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Jun 17, 2005

When Nick and Jimmy's uncle dies and leaves them money, they decide to buy a hot tub. When the boys have the opportunity to use it, they ignore Nick's rule about using it without his permission and end up in a very complicated situation. Sam is not sure what to do when he discovers the size of the gift Angela is giving him for their three month anniversary is ten times bigger than the gift he is planning to give her.

star 8.76
33 votes
My Two Sons

#4 - My Two Sons

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2004

Tired of Nick hanging around the house all the time, the boys decide to put him on an internet dating service. At a fancy restaurant, the boys attempt to pawn him off to the five women they thought was the best. However, Nick learns about what they have done and doesn't like it. Feeling uncomfortable being around the internet women, he goes to a nearby bar and meets a woman who he hits it off with. While getting to know her, he discovers that she is the type of woman who'd like to have a husband, house, two kids and a dog and Nick does tell her about his house, his dog, and his two kids, Sam and T.J.

star 8.33
3 votes
Writers:
Teen Things I Hate About You

#5 - Teen Things I Hate About You

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 21, 2005

Nick is tired of seeing his boys home every Saturday night so he suggests that the city should open up a teen center. However to his surprise, he learns that the city agrees with him and that he should be allowed to run it. When he becomes to overpowering in his position, the boys look toward Jimmy who is a lot more laid back.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Brian Scully
Crimes and Mini-Wieners

#6 - Crimes and Mini-Wieners

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jun 3, 2005

Chris and Kyle become involved in a food fight and when they get in trouble, they end up dragging Sam down with them. As punishment, the boys are forced to be ""lunch ladies"" and serve the entire school. Meanwhile, Nick has to find a babysitter for T.J. and takes Jack's suggestion and hires April, a girl that goes to school with the boys. Little does he know that Jack has another plan for April and it does not involve babysitting.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Max Pross, Tom Gammill
Tutoring

#7 - Tutoring

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 2004

The boys receive their progress reports from school and while the family finds it no shocker that Chris is failing five classes, they are shocked to learn that Sam is failing Physical Education (PE) because he is incapable of climbing a rope. So, when Chris’s football coach, Mr. McCarthy, informs him that he will not be able to play because of his deteriorating grades, he, Chris and Sam compromise an agreement. If Sam tutors Chris and gets him to pass his classes, in return, Coach McCarthy will pass Sam in PE. However, after a few study sessions, Sam’s patience starts to grow thin when he realizes that his skills is not proving effective when Chris keeps demonstrating that he is not the brightest of human kind.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Mel Gibson
Writers: Julie Thacker
Voodude

#8 - Voodude

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 10, 2004

star 8.03
32 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Steven Molaro
Almost Men In Uniform

#9 - Almost Men In Uniform

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 2004

When Nick gets called into work on his day off, T.J. and Kyle are forced to go with him but are excited because they have the opportunity to get to see what life is like as a firefighter. However, the boys regret their intuition when they learn that Nicks' job is not as exciting as they thought. Meanwhile, Chris, Sam, and Jack can not decide what to do with themselves; so, when they learn the perks of being a firefighter, they decide to go around the town and pretend being firefighters so they can enjoy those perks. Unfortunately, their good time streak ends when they are forced to perform a major act of duty like real firefighters.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Julie Thacker
Writers: Brian Scully
Carnival Knowledge

#10 - Carnival Knowledge

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 2004

When the boys hear about a carnival in town, they all decide to go with a plan. Kyle’s plan is just to act mischievous, Chris and Jack’s plans are to find girls who have already eaten so they would not have spend any money and Sam plans to ask Angela to join him as a date (being that just she recently broke up with her boyfriend). As for T.J., he is stuck at home writing a book report; but, when he finishes, he faces a new problem when the dog eats his homework. The bad luck keeps spreading with the Savage boys when Chris and Jack’s dates keep coming up ways to make them spend all their money and Sam has to fight off his feelings for Angela due to the fact that she wants them to be just friends.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Lissa Levin
Bad Reception

#11 - Bad Reception

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 10, 2005

When Grammy Na-Na (Angela's grandmother) has her 80th birrthday, all the Savages are invited. Unfortunately they are unable to attend due to prior engagements, the SUPERBOWL. When Jack and the other boys see the wild Superbowl halftime video for sale they plead for their dad to spend the $39.95. When he refuses and runs out to get more beer, they have the genius idea of stealing the game from teh cable box outside their house...needless to say, they end up at Angela's house attempting to watch the Superbowl on the ""futuristic"" tv they are confronted with upon arriving. Without the false pretenses that they arrive upon, Grammy Na-Na would not be able to receive ""the best birthday present ever""!

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Bill Shea
Writers: Donick Cary
For Whom the Cell Tolls

#12 - For Whom the Cell Tolls

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2004

Watching Sam moping around the house and staring out the window at Angela while she goes out on dates, prompts Jack to take Sam to the mall to pick up girls. When Jack sets him up with a girl named Erin, they hit it off right away. Nevertheless, Sam becomes aggravated when Erin can not seem to put down her cell phone. Meanwhile, Chris gets a job at the mall selling paper airplane gliders and TJ and Kyle buy one. Unfortunately, they realize that they have purchased a faulty product and decide to annoy Chris in any way possible to get back their money.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Julie Thacker
Writers: Andy Gordon
Saving Old Lady Riley

#13 - Saving Old Lady Riley

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired May 27, 2005

Kyle, T.J., Jack, and Chris become known heroes when they save their next door neighbor, Mrs. Riley after she has a heart attack. Now they are being admired by everyone, including Nick, Jimmy and even Mrs. Riley herself and are even nominated for an award. As the boys enjoy their new found success and rubbing it in a jealous Sam's face, someone discovers a secret that could expose the boys as frauds.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Julie Thacker
Writers: Julie Thacker, Mike Scully
The Man Without a Ball

#14 - The Man Without a Ball

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 2004

star 7.50
4 votes
Writers: Donick Cary
Car Jack

#15 - Car Jack

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 2004

When Jack goes to Nick and asks for a car, Nick tells him to come up with half of the money. After Jack comes up with the money, he ends up getting a motorcycle thanks to Jimmy. So Nick is forced to use any kind of tactics to show how dangerous a motorcycle can be but is in a dead end when the boys don't see the dangers of it.

star 7.40
5 votes
Free Lily

#16 - Free Lily

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2004

For Halloween, Nick and T.J. learn that they will have to do things without Kyle who feels he's too old for trick or treating. As for Chris, he gets a sneaky idea which involves a visit from a frog he dissected.

star 7.40
5 votes
Directors: Julie Thacker
Writers: Mike Scully
Nick Kicks Butt

#17 - Nick Kicks Butt

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 2004

Nick discovers that one of the boys have been smoking cigarettes. Worried that his son might have an addictive problem, Nick agrees to give up smoking cigars if his son agrees to give up smoking cigarettes. When his son complies with the arrangement, Nick starts to feel proud of his decision. However, when Nick starts to show that he is having a hard time fighting his addiction, the boys become worried that Nick is the one with the addictive problem. Meanwhile, Sam joins a club to impress Angela but is soon regretting his decision when he learns that he is not fitting in.

star 7.33
6 votes
Writers: Steven Molaro
Pilot

#18 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2004

When the 23rd helper quits from the Savages' house, burning their laundry in the process, all the boys want a new one. Nick says no telling the boys they need to be more responsible and clean up after themselves. To sway him, the boys make the house more disorderly than ever thanks to Jack. Meanwhile, Sam is thinking to ask Angela, his neighbour, to go to the school dance with him. The two stories join when Nick has Angela visit the house. Sam quickly rallies everyone to clean up to help him win the girl.

star 7.31
16 votes
Directors: Mel Gibson
Writers: Julie Thacker, Mike Scully
Thanksgiving With the Savages

#19 - Thanksgiving With the Savages

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 26, 2004

When Angela asks him to spend Thanksgiving with her family, Sam jumps at the chance being that the Savages never had a normal Thanksgiving. When he meets her family, Sam is glad he decided to spend Thanksgiving with a wholesome, happy family. However he soon regrets his decision when he learns that this family is not as happy as he'd thought. Meanwhile, when Nick and Jimmy get called into work, the boys decide to prepare Thanksgiving themselves. Things go from bad to worse when they become stuck in the house with a live Turkey that is far from average.

star 7.00
4 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Mike Scully