The BEST Episodes of Dream On

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2021

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.

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To Have and Have and Have and Have Not

#1 - 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 8.67
30 votes
Directors: John Axness
Writers: Craig Hoffman
Home Sweet Homeboy

#2 - 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 8.58
31 votes
Directors: Debra Hill
Writers: Jeff Greenstein, Jeff Strauss
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (2)

#3 - 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
The Charlotte Letter

#4 - 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 7.83
30 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Tom Leopold
The Name of the Game Is Five-Card Stud

#5 - 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 7.83
30 votes
Directors: Rob Thompson
Writers: Theresa Rebeck
And Your Little Dog, Too

#6 - 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 7.77
30 votes
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Super Freak

#7 - 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 7.73
30 votes
Directors: Paul Lazarus
Writers: Mindy Schneider
Play Melville for Me

#8 - Play Melville for Me

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 25, 1991

An old professor of Martin's offers Martin his own show, called ""Book Beat"", on public television. The show is run by college students for credit. After the first airing of the show, Martin is stalked by an over-enthusiastic fan (Nora) who sends him flowers and other things. Nora storms the set with a bomb.

star 7.49
57 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Craig Hoffman
Calling the Kettle Black

#9 - Calling the Kettle Black

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 28, 1991

Martin, while putting away Jeremy's laundry, comes across an adult magazine and a joint. Martin informs Judith, and they agree that Martin will have a talk with Jeremy. Jeremy agrees to not smoke pot, and Martin admits that he used to smoke pot a long time ago. After Martin discusses the matter with Eddie on the basketball court, they return to Martin's apartment. Eddie spots the joint and lights up. Martin joins him.

star 7.46
57 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Jeff Greenstein, Jeff Strauss
Futile Attraction

#10 - Futile Attraction

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 4, 1991

Martin has gone on many dates after Judith and Richard's wedding, but he can never seem to perform. After discussing the problem, reluctantly, with Judith, Martin decides to go see a shrink. While paying for the first session, Martin spots an attractive woman also paying her bill. They ride the elevator together, and after Martin saves her from choking, they hook up. Judith treats the woman, and runs into an ethical problem, as she knows that the woman has a problem with rage.

star 7.36
56 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
The 37-Year Itch

#11 - The 37-Year Itch

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 21, 1991

Cousin Phil visits, and informs Martin that he has split up with his wife (shrew). While in Martin's office, Phil sees Toby for the first time, and is smitten. Phil begs, and Martin helps Phil pursue Toby.

star 7.33
58 votes
Directors: Betty Thomas
Writers: Dava Savel
Sole Sister

#12 - Sole Sister

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 29, 1990

Martin's globetrotting sister suddenly arrives in New York and visits Martin at his office. Martin informs Eddie of Susan's return, and he asks Eddie to show Susan the city. Eddie has almost no problem with this request. Eddie and Susan have been dating for eight years, and Eddie is nervous about letting Martin become aware of their relationship. Susan prefers letting Martin in on the secret, and lets the cat out of the bag by not returning to Martin's apartment (where she was supposed to be staying). Martin still sees his sister as a young girl and cannot accept that she can take care of herself, especially with noted ladies man Eddie Charles. Martin and Eddie have a falling out over this issue, and Susan refuses to be treated like a little girl.

star 7.28
60 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Bernie Keating
What I Did for Lust

#13 - What I Did for Lust

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 18, 1991

Eddie pushes an ""ugly"" sister onto Martin to score points with Marsha. The ""ugly"" sister (Chloe) has a book (""The Feminist Manifesto"") she wants Martin to read. Martin likes Chloe (who isn't actually ugly), but hates the book. Reluctant to reveal his true feelings, and hoping his publisher with reject the book, Martin passes the book to Gibby. Gibby really likes the books market potential.

star 7.03
31 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Theresa Rebeck
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (1)

#14 - The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 7, 1991

The episode opens with Eddie having his bandages removed from a minor operation on his face, and he wonders if he looks different. A movie is made about the life of Richard Stone. Martin helps Julia, the woman portraying Judith in the movie, with some scenes, and they hook up. Julia likes Martin for being a real person. Jeremy lands the role as himself in the movie, and later lands a role on a movie filming next door. That movie is a horror film about a professor that died and came back as a half-man half-fungus monster.

star 7.03
32 votes
Directors: John Landis
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
The First Episode

#15 - The First Episode

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 8, 1990

Martin Tupper, New York book editor and product of the first television generation, faces a crisis: his ex-wife-to-be, Judith, is demanding that he sign their divorce papers so that she can re-marry. Should he try to win her back, or is it time to get back in the dating game?

star 7.02
51 votes
Directors: John Landis
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Up the River

#16 - Up the River

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 16, 1990

Martin's apartment building is undergoing renovations, and there is a large hole in his outside wall. A thin sheet of plastic cannot block birds from entering the apartment. Bricks are set up to fill in the hole, but the landlady fired the contractors. Martin and Nina try to have a romantic dinner in Martin's apartment, but an emergency protest comes up, and Nina needs to join it. Nina uses the bricks from the apartment to fill up a factory's drainage pipe, and is arrested.

star 7.00
31 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
So Funny I Forgot to Laugh (aka Stop It, You're Killing Me)

#17 - 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 7.00
4 votes
Directors: Betty Thomas
Writers: Jeff Greenstein, Jeff Strauss
It Came from Beneath the Sink

#18 - It Came from Beneath the Sink

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Oct 17, 1992

Martin does battle with a rat.

star 7.00
4 votes
Directors: John Landis
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
To the Moon, Alex!

#19 - 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 7.00
5 votes
Directors: Kevin S. Bright
Writers: Craig W. Hoffman
Sex and the Single Father

#20 - Sex and the Single Father

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 22, 1990

Jeremy (Martin and Judith's son) is having trouble in school. He has become distracted by his rather attractive female teacher. The teacher informs Judith, and Judith informs Martin. Martin tries to give his son the ""sex talk,"" but learns that Jeremy has already been informed, though he does have some questions. Martin visits the classroom and meets with Jeremy's teacher and is himself distracted with her beauty. Martin and the teacher go out for dinner.

star 6.97
35 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Premarital Ex

#21 - Premarital Ex

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 7, 1990

Judith and Richard Stone are about to be married, but Richard is off somewhere helping the less fortunate and Judith is frantically trying to make every thing perfect for the perfect Richard Stone. After getting a bad new hair cut (frizzy perm), Judith turns to Martin for help. Judith and Martin sleep together, and Martin hopes this might mean something more. Martin reminds Judith that she acted this way before they married (and luckily, the man she slept with before their marriage was Martin). Judith, somewhat less flustered, gets married to Richard Stone.

star 6.97
31 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
And Bimbo Was His Name-O (1)

#22 - And Bimbo Was His Name-O (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 6, 1992

Martin's romance with Sandra comes to an abrupt halt when he learns that she is the wife of a candidate for the Senate.

star 6.97
31 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Terms of Employment

#23 - Terms of Employment

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 27, 1992

Martin is told he will have to take a pay cut, so he quits his job, only to find things are even worse elsewhere.

star 6.97
31 votes
Writers:
No, I'm Just Happy to See You

#24 - No, I'm Just Happy to See You

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 11, 1991

After Eddie and Martin are mugged twice, Martin gets a gun. The night he comes home with the gun, Martin surprises a burglar and holds him off with the gun. While waiting for the police to arrive, Martin feeds the burglar.

star 6.97
30 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Jeff Greenstein, Jeff Strauss
Death Takes a Coffee Break

#25 - Death Takes a Coffee Break

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 15, 1990

Martin, while fooling around with a much younger college girl (an Eddie Charles hook-up), ends up in the hospital. His doctor instructs him to change his lifestyle around to prevent another (possibly worse) incident. Top of the list? Cut out caffeine. Of course, he receives a lot of ridicule as he goes about this.

star 6.95
42 votes
Directors: Betty Thomas
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman