The BEST Episodes of Dream On

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2020

Network: HBO

Dream On is an American adult-themed situation comedy about the family life, romantic life, and career of Martin Tupper, a divorced New York City book editor played by Brian Benben. The show centered on Martin's life in an apartment in New York City with his teenage son, and relating to his ex-wife, while trying to date other women and succeed as an editor for a small book publisher. The show was notable for its frequent use of clips from old movies and TV shows to express Martin's inner life and feelings, which lent it much of its quirky appeal, reminding viewers about the impact of TV on their consciousness. The show was also significant for being one of the first American sitcoms to use uncensored profanity and nudity.

Toby or Not Toby

#1 - Toby or Not Toby

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 6, 1991

Martin arrives at work to find Toby extremely happy. Martin questions her happiness, and Toby notes that it is her birthday. Martin's in trouble for forgetting, but can get out of it if he uses Toby's gift suggestions. Toby plans on celebrating her day with many activities, but strange currents are running against her (surprise wedding; many business calls; measles). Martin has to go to a wake for his Aunt Minnie, and Toby, sad that her day has been ruined, decides to join Martin. At the wake, Toby learns that Aunt Minnie is beginning to sound a lot like her. Considering the remarks made, and life described, Toby becomes rather sad. As Martin tries to lift Toby's mood, Toby responds relatively well. Then things take a turn for the worse. Then things turn ugly. Toby and Martin arrive back at work the next day very hung over.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Elaine Aronson
To Have and Have and Have and Have Not

#2 - To Have and Have and Have and Have Not

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 1, 1991

After walking out for cigarettes fifteen years ago, Martin's former girlfriend Veronica Sheridan finally returns. Veronica returned because she is pulling together a photo-book of all the famous men of New York. Everyone warns Martin to stay away from Veronica, but he can't help himself. Martin and Judith become worried when Veronica's photo session with Richard runs very late.

star 8.90
29 votes
Directors: John Axness
Writers: Craig Hoffman
Home Sweet Homeboy

#3 - Home Sweet Homeboy

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 7, 1993

Andre Williams, a militant black writer of Martin's, bemoans the lack of publicity for his new book ‘Yo! Homeboy', so Martin gets him a slot on Eddie's show. The appearance is a disaster, as Andre accuses Eddie of being ‘the world's whitest black dude'. Shortly thereafter, Eddie makes some changes in his life, trying to increase his 'blackness.'

star 8.80
30 votes
Directors: Debra Hill
Writers: Jeff Greenstein, Jeff Strauss
So Funny I Forgot to Laugh (aka Stop It, You're Killing Me)

#4 - So Funny I Forgot to Laugh (aka Stop It, You're Killing Me)

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 29, 1991

An old female friend of Martin's, Bonnie, returns to New York City from Cleveland to pursue a stand-up career. Bonnie's first performance as a stand-up bombs. Martin tries to encourage her by suggesting that she should use her past relationships in her act (which has more humor in it than her current act). Martin and Bonnie start to fall for each other and end up sleeping together. The whole gang shows up for Bonnie's second performance as a stand-up comic. Bonnie, following Martin's advice, discusses her relationships in her act. Unfortunately for Martin, Bonnie sticks to talking about her current relationship. The gang, and the audience, except for Martin, love the new act. Afterwards, the gang offer Bonnie funny stories about Martin. Alone together back at Martin's apartment, Martin almost starts to tell Bonnie about his reactions to her new act. A phone call interrupts. An HBO scout was in the audience and loved the act. Next Friday, Bonnie is informed, an HBO big-wig wil

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Betty Thomas
Writers: Jeff Greenstein, Jeff Strauss
It Came from Beneath the Sink

#5 - It Came from Beneath the Sink

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Oct 17, 1992

Martin does battle with a rat.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: John Landis
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (2)

#6 - The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 7, 1991

Second half of one hour season premiere. NOTE: DVD version combines Parts 1 and 2 into a one hour episode.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Landis
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Pants on Fire

#7 - Pants on Fire

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 8, 1991

Martin and Judith are audited by the IRS for the last year of their marriage. They go through old receipts together. An old receipt proves that Martin had an affair with Nicki Rosen, Judith's friend, while still married to Judith. Jeremy wants to go to a party that lacks parental supervision, but his parents won't allow him. Martin and Judith fight about the affair during audit at the IRS office. Jeremy uses the conflict to trick his parents so that he could go to the party. At the party, Jeremy plays spin the bottle.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Bad Girls

#8 - Bad Girls

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 11, 1992

Martin decides that Jeremy's tough and sarcastic new girlfriend Clair is a bad influence and forbids him from seeing her.

star 8.33
3 votes
Come and Knock on Our Door...

#9 - Come and Knock on Our Door...

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 1, 1992

Eddie invites Martin to a Talk Show Digest awards night, where they are both approached by a beautiful woman called Alisha.

star 8.33
3 votes
Writers:
The Homecoming Queen

#10 - The Homecoming Queen

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 27, 1994

Martin and Eddie attend their school reunion, where Martin is eager to make up for lost opportunities with a recently-separated old flame.

star 8.33
3 votes
Writers:
To the Moon, Alex!

#11 - To the Moon, Alex!

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Oct 31, 1992

Gibby foists his possibly illegitimate son and Whitestone's newest editor upon Martin - Alex Farmer. Toby takes an immediate dislike to Alex and his secretary Skylar.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Kevin S. Bright
Writers: Craig W. Hoffman
The Charlotte Letter

#12 - The Charlotte Letter

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 15, 1991

Martin's new girlfriend of three weeks, Charlotte, has a porn star past. Martin learns from Eddie. Charlotte reveals that her biggest secret is that she cannot drive. Martin begs to differ, and Charlotte admits to appearing in six porn videos to pay for college and is not ashamed. Martin and Charlotte try to continue their relationship despite this conflict. Martin tries to continue dating Charlotte, even though he keeps seeing her in porn star roles and settings.

star 8.03
29 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Tom Leopold
The Name of the Game Is Five-Card Stud

#13 - The Name of the Game Is Five-Card Stud

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 22, 1991

Gibby informs the crew that they are all fired, just to soften the blow that there will not be bonuses (not really fired). Martin is talked into a nickel and dime porker game with his co-workers. They play in Martin's apartment. Expecting pizza, Martin finds Gibby at the door. Carter, the brown nose, had told Gibby about the game. Gibby lays down a large pile of $100s (the firm is doing financially badly, not him). All but Martin want to play high stakes, until Martin sees his cards. After losing big ($12,000), Gibby starts betting vacation days. Eventually clothing and household appliances get bet.

star 8.03
29 votes
Directors: Rob Thompson
Writers: Theresa Rebeck
And Bimbo Was His Name-O (2)

#14 - And Bimbo Was His Name-O (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 6, 1992

Martin decides to date Sandra regardless of the consequences.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Nightmare on Bleecker Street

#15 - Nightmare on Bleecker Street

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 13, 1992

Toby is plagued by nightmares in which she murders Martin in gruesome scenes of violence.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: John Landis
Writers: Stephen Engel
For Peter's Sake

#16 - For Peter's Sake

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 20, 1992

Gibby convinces a reluctant Martin that the big Xmas book should be the memoirs of a gay man dying of AIDS.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Betty Thomas
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Here Comes the Bribe

#17 - Here Comes the Bribe

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 18, 1992

Martin convinces Toby to marry Gibby so that he can get his green card, but becomes annoyed when the wedding plans disrupt her work.

star 8.00
3 votes
Writers:
B.S. Elliot

#18 - B.S. Elliot

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 8, 1992

Martin runs into his hero, author Elliot Sterns (Patrick MacNee) and manages to spoil a romantic evening out.

star 8.00
2 votes
Writers:
Theory of Relativity

#19 - Theory of Relativity

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 12, 1992

A Blumberg family reunion has everyone's nerves on edge.

star 8.00
4 votes
Writers:
Where There's Smoke, You're Fired

#20 - Where There's Smoke, You're Fired

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 23, 1994

Gibby takes a vacation, leaving Martin in charge of Whitestone with one simple condition – he has to fire one of the company's book editors. Judith is depressed when her patient commits suicide.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers:
From Here to Paternity

#21 - From Here to Paternity

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 9, 1994

Martin runs into old high school love Cheryl Castorini, but suspects she may be keeping a secret about their former relationship from him.

star 8.00
2 votes
Writers:
Try Not to Remember

#22 - Try Not to Remember

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 19, 1995

Martin has trouble climaxing and is referred to a therapist. Through hypnotism, she leads him to suspect he is repressing the memory of childhood abuse.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Robby Benson
Writers: Bill Prady
Silent Night, Holy Cow (2)

#23 - Silent Night, Holy Cow (2)

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 18, 1993

Martin and Judith take a pre-Xmas drive and get stranded in a barn, Eddie is stood up by a girlfriend and spends Xmas in a bar with Santa Claus, Toby wants to become a nun and Jeremy's special Xmas present from his girlfriend doesn't quite go according to plan.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Betty Thomas
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
And Your Little Dog, Too

#24 - And Your Little Dog, Too

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 14, 1991

Australians have bought Whitestone, and great change is in the air. Gibby Fiske makes his first appearance as the new boss at Whitestone, and he doesn't want to publish literature. Gibby calls Whitestone employees into his office, one at a time. Most of Whitestone's employees suddenly find themselves ex-employees. At his meeting with Gibby, Martin mentions many books, but all are too literary, not sleazy enough. Finally, and desperately, Martin states that he can get the autobiography of the host of the sleazy Eddie Charles Show. Martin begs Eddie and Eddie admits that if he did write an autobiography, he would go to a larger publisher. After more begging, Eddie eventually agrees to allow Whitestone to publish his life story. Conflict erupts when Martin seems to be leaning towards the more scandalous stories.

star 7.97
29 votes
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Super Freak

#25 - Super Freak

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 28, 1993

It's summer, and New York is experiencing a chronic heatwave. Martin is sweltering in his apartment due to broken air-conditioning. He seeks out his building's new super, a gorgeous woman named Debra. After fixing the fan, the two of them go all the way in torrid fashion, and all is well until . . .

star 7.93
29 votes
Directors: Paul Lazarus
Writers: Mindy Schneider