The BEST Episodes of Cupid

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

This is the story of a man, Trevor Hale (Jeremy Piven), who claims to be Cupid, the God of Love, sent to Earth as a punishment. To earn his place back on Mount Olympus, he must reunite a hundred couples without the use of magic. He has been stripped of his powers and has become a normal human being for the length of his stay among us. Because of his claims, Trevor is thought to be delusional and placed under psychology study. He must attend Claire's (Paula Marshall) therapy groups on a regular basis, where he usually likes to interfere and contradict her. Although the show is based on a fantasy premise, it is mostly an excuse. There have been no proofs so far that Trevor really is Cupid and for all we know, he really could be just another nutcase. Yet, his ability to bring couples together, his great knowledge of Greek mythology and many other elements can only make one wonder.

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#1 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 1998

When a man claims to be Cupid, he is placed in the care of a psychiatrist who takes him under her wing. Obsessed with his mission on Earth, the man now known as Trevor Hale decides to help a woman find her true love.

star 7.98
41 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Rob Thomas (II)
First Loves

#2 - First Loves

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 24, 1998

Champ introduces Claire and Trevor to his long-time friend Sophie, a would-be singer who just signed a contract with a record company. When Sophie claims she does not believe in love, Trevor feels obliged to prove her wrong. They start discussing the past and Sophie's one-time crush, when she was a kid, comes to the surface. They decide to go back to her hometown and see what her old love interest has become, hoping that maybe something magical will happen. Claire is concerned and quite against the whole idea until her superior says that Trevor may have to be committed to a mental institute. She then feels that this little adventure may help her further her knowledge of Trevor and help decide on what to do with him... This episode contains a number of black & white flashbacks, offering scenes of Sophie's, Champ's and Claire's youth. Obviously, Trevor was left out of the loop...

star 7.83
6 votes
Writers: Hart Hanson
Heart of the Matter

#3 - Heart of the Matter

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 21, 1998

While looking for good romance videos to rent, Trevor meets Dan, the coach of a local hockey team. He invites him to a party at the bar, deciding that he should help him find his true love - namely, his neighbor Susan, a woman who seems to keep to herself, avoiding conversation and all contact with other people. Meanwhile, Claire is wondering why Alex seems to be avoiding her and fears that he may want to dump her. But the truth is that he is falling in love with her and afraid of his own feelings for her. Trevor finally manages to draw Susan to the party and have her meet Dan. But when she realizes that the man is trying to set her up, she flees. She later explains to Trevor that she cannot start a relationship because she only has six months left to live.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Karen Hall
A Truly Fractured Fairy Tale

#4 - A Truly Fractured Fairy Tale

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 1998

Claire is receiving strange gifts from a secret admirer. While she slowly begins to fall for him, Trevor helps one of her patients meet the man of her dreams - a man she sees everyday on a billboard across the street from her work! In the meantime, Champ is asked to do some modelling ; reluctant, he finally decides to go for it when he realizes how much this exposure can help his burgeoning career as an actor. Structured like a fairy tale (""once upon a time, there was a princess...""), this episode is a wonderful example of television at its best. Also, Trevor's feelings for Claire become quite obvious with this episode.

star 7.57
7 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Elle Triedman
Heaven, He's in Heaven

#5 - Heaven, He's in Heaven

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 10, 1998

A woman seeks Claire's help when she fears her marriage is in jeopardy because her husband feels frequent and sudden urges to sing and dance in public.

star 7.50
6 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
The Linguist

#6 - The Linguist

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 3, 1998

Still intrigued with Trevor, wondering who he really is and where he comes from, Claire jumps on the opportunity when she meets a linguist who seems able to tell someone's origins just from his patterns of speech. She introduces him to Trevor, who - of course - cannot resist helping the man when he learns that he is still a virgin.

star 7.03
38 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Rob Thomas (II)
A Great Personality

#7 - A Great Personality

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 7, 1999

Trevor tries to help a new member of the singles group, a woman who wants to be loved for her personality rather than her looks, while Claire revisits an old nemesis in hopes of discovering clues to Trevor's true identity.

star 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Rob Thomas (II)
Grand Delusions

#8 - Grand Delusions

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 14, 1999

Trevor tries to arrange a match between a man who thinks he's Don Quixote and an exotic dancer, while Claire has a reunion with her jazz-musician father.

star 7.00
4 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Denise Moss, Sy Dukane
Meat Market

#9 - Meat Market

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 1998

Champ tells Trevor that everytime he meets a girl, he ends up in a relationship. For once, he would like to experiment a one-night stand, to know how it feels. With Halloween just around the corner, Trevor feels this is the perfect opportunity to make his friend's dream come true. He also invites Claire's other patients to the party, telling them to forget their inhibitions and to just have fun. As for Claire, he challenges her, certain that she would turn down any man even if he were perfect for her. To prove his point, he searches and finds Alex, who seems a perfect match. While Claire first does seem reluctant, she finally falls under the man's charm - much to Trevor's dismay.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Michael Fields
Writers: Rob Thomas (II)
The End of an Eros

#10 - The End of an Eros

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 12, 1998

Claire is delighted when her old professor, Dr. Wyatt, shows up at her office. She announces that she has just published a book and Claire invites her to attend her next singles group. But when her mentor speaks up at the meeting, she is startled to hear her claim that love is a myth. Needless to say, Trevor is just as baffled and, for once, the two of them are in agreement. Then Alex tells Claire that he was offered an important job - but in another city. Claire starts to doubt and lose her faith in the power of love...

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Peter O'Fallon
Writers: Michael Green
Hung Jury

#11 - Hung Jury

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 19, 1998

While Christmas shopping, Claire and Trevor get caught up in jury duty. Claire has plans to spend the holidays with Alex and so - like most of the other jurors - would like to get this over with as quickly as possible. But Trevor, who was going to spend Christmas alone anyway, spots two possible matches and voluntarily votes differently then the others. He then desperately tries to convince everyone that the man who is being judged actually is innocent...

star 6.67
3 votes
Writers: Michael Conathan, Michael Green
The Children's Hour

#12 - The Children's Hour

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 1999

Precocious twins ask Trevor to find a match for their single, down-on-men mom, triggering Champ's memories of a former relationship.

star 6.67
3 votes
Writers: Hart Hanson
Pick-Up Schticks

#13 - Pick-Up Schticks

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 7, 1998

Trevor is growing desperate. Caught between his desire to return home and his jealousy at seeing Claire having a serious relationship with Alex, he makes his first mistakes as a love counselor. On one side, he encourages a man to use a ""sure score"" pick-up technique that gets him the woman he wants but leaves him distressed and disgusted with himself for he feels he cannot be with a woman that would fall for such a trick. On the other end of the tunnel, his friend and roommate Champ is starting a new relationship and Trevor can't help but intervene - and in ways that pushes the woman away rather than bring her closer. And somewhere in the middle, Trevor himself is caught up in a strange relationship with Helen Davis, a woman he met at the bar. They're both attracted to each other, but Trevor tells Champ he can't have a relationship with a mortal, or he'll lose his immortality. And yet, he might just be desperate enough to not want it anymore...

star 6.60
5 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Michael Conathan, Rob Thomas (II)
Bachelorette Party

#14 - Bachelorette Party

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 28, 1999

Trevor ruins a bachelorette party Claire is giving for her best friend when he reveals that her fiance has been having a long-term affair with a promiscuous former classmate.

star 6.33
3 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Dahlia Borthwick