The BEST Episodes of Ed

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Network: NBC

Ed Stevens is a contracts lawyer at a high-profile New York City firm. Around the same time he splits with his wife (she slept with a mailman), he makes a single error in punctuation when going over a contract; and because of the resulting financial loss to the firm, he's fired. Despondent, he heads back to his (small) hometown of Stuckeyville -- 'Anytown', USA. There he realizes he's been missed by a lot of friends whom he's missed; and he sees Carol, the girl he'd adored in high school. Swept up in roiling emotions, Ed buys the local bowling alley on a whim, moves to Stuckeyville, and determines to win Carol's heart. His horizons broaden as he settles once more in Stuckeyville, and the series itself settles into a charming, funny, often serious slice-of-life series focused not solely on Ed but on the lovable ensemble cast of people who live and work with him in Stuckeyville.

The Decision

#1 - The Decision

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 11, 2003

Eli, Phil and Shirley take over preparations for Stuckeybowl's 75th birthday party; Carol completely freaks out when Ed tells her that Molly stole her journal and read parts of it to him, but she can't resist asking Molly about his reaction; bored with their friends' dinner parties, Mike and Nancy accept an invitation to a kegger from Stacie and Jenny, coeds they find stranded by the side of the road with a flat tire; over his better judgment, Eli takes Phil's advice to invite Vivian to the party, and gets turned down; while one college party and its hangover are enough for Nancy, Mike decides to take the plunge again by attending ""Luau Night"" after helping Stacie and Jenny study for their chemistry exam, but gets more than he bargained for when he's forced to turn down Stacie's proposition; Shirley comes up with the right person and the right motivation, and Eli finally gets up the courage to approach a pretty woman at the party; Warren's band gets booked to play at the festivities an

star 9.36
58 votes
Directors: Rob Burnett
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Charlotte and Wilbur

#2 - Charlotte and Wilbur

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 2002

Carol's father returns from Florida in time for his birthday party, unaware that she's engaged. When she finally springs the news on him, he's hurt that she's marrying someone he's never even met. At his birthday party, he gives Carol and Dennis the cold shoulder and refuses to speak to her or accept her apology. When she goes to his house to explain, she is shocked to discover that her father remarried a year earlier without telling her. Carol goes ballistic until she finds out that her father may be sick. When she asks him, he denies it. Finally, he visits her and they talk about how they have tried to protect each other ever since her mother died. He finally admits that he's scared and asks Carol to come with him to his doctor's appointment, where they get good news. Warren freaks out about the unfairness of the SAT system and mounts a one-man protest he calls ""Pencils Down!"". After several fruitless attempts to be taken seriously and enroll anyone else in his boycott, he finally fa

star 8.81
116 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Trapped

#3 - Trapped

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 2002

Tired of the continuing Carol/Ed saga, the pair's friends trap them in Stuckeybowl until they finally work things out, one way or another.

star 8.73
86 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Prom Night

#4 - Prom Night

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 23, 2001

At the same time Ed receives a visit and a job offer from his old collegue, Carol invites him to the Stuckeyville HS junior prom; To avoid the embarrassement of not having a date, Warren seeks out an escort service; Phil attempts a string of comical practical jokes to get on a TV show.

star 8.70
86 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
The Music Box

#5 - The Music Box

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 7, 2001

When Carol's music box is stolen from her car, Ed tries to help in apprehending the thief. Though the music box is valuable, Carol really wants it returned for sentimental reasons (her grandfather gave it to her). During the investigation, Carol lets her jealousy of Bonnie get the best of her and the two butt heads. Finally the culprit is found and with Ed's detective work the man is brought in for questioning. Unfortunately the man has an alibi. Ed investigates the alibi and learns that the man lied. Confronted by Ed, the thief admits that he stole the music box because he was desperate for money because he lost everything while supporting his sick mother. He refuses to admit that in court however until Ed promises to talk the DA into waiving jailtime and putting him on probation. When Bonnie learns about the deal, she becomes furious that Ed used their relationship to his advantage, but she does end up waiving jailtime anyway, to Carol's dismay. Later that night, Ed and Bonnie

star 8.69
88 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
The Stars Align

#6 - The Stars Align

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 10, 2001

Ed and Carol's close encounter is interrupted by Bonnie Hane; Ed defends Warren on a charge of criminal negligence after Warren brings a keg of beer to a party and an underage drinker has an bicycle accident on his way home; Nancy quits her job to be a full-time mother.

star 8.69
87 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Something Old, Something New

#7 - Something Old, Something New

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 2000

On his first Thanksgiving without his wife, Ed decides to start a new tradition and arranges an unconventional Thanksgiving feast at Stuckeybowl for his friends; Phil schemes to resell store bought turkeys as marked up Corinthian birds; Mike dreads spending the holiday with his father-in-law; Ed represents a young man who was hurt while breaking into a man's cabin (on a dare) and is suing the owner.

star 8.65
90 votes
Writers: Andrea Newman, Rob Burnett
Second Chances

#8 - Second Chances

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 28, 2003

Frankie becomes upset when she learns that Ed has not been entirely forthcoming about his past with Carol; when the gang helps him save his former restaurant from going bankrupt, Eli sadly reflects how his life has changed since his accident; Carol dates the handsome new teacher in town, and finally realizes that it's Ed that she wants; to Nancy's delight, Mike picks up some slick moves from a video about becoming a better lover, but he's not so sure he's ready for the increased responsibilies his new-found skills have brought him; Frankie and Carol each make a romantic gesture to win Ed's heart.

star 8.63
86 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Last Chance

#9 - Last Chance

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2002

Ed wrestles with his nervousness about taking what he believes to be his last chance to tell Carol exactly how he feels after he discovers that she and Dennis are going away for the summer together and that Dennis plans to propose during the trip; Warren and Mark compete for Diane's affection; Stuckeyvillians vie for the title of ""The Most Talented Person in Stuckeyville"".

star 8.53
59 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
The Proposal

#10 - The Proposal

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2003

Ed is planning an elaborate proposal in New York, but when Carol returns to Stuckeyville to find out how they stand, he must come up with another plan. Mike's parents visit and his dad drives Mike crazy. Plus he wants to deep fry the turkey. Eli, afraid, that Jenny will date someone else, arranges a charity Thanksgiving dinner at StuckeyBowl and enlists her help.

star 8.52
58 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: John J. Sakmar, Kerry Lenhart
Happily Ever After

#11 - Happily Ever After

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 6, 2004

Eli takes pity on Phil's latest get-rich-quick scheme; Warren, Mark and Jimmy create a hilarious Ed and Carol tribute video for the rehearsal dinner, but Shirley is the one who really brings down the house with a special song; Mike feels a little lost as the best man in the face of the extensive groomsman experience and contacts displayed by Ed's cousin Mitch; Molly opens the door when a possible opportunity comes knocking; Ed gets a behind-the-scenes inspiration for a wedding day $10 bet from a surprising source; Ed and Carol hatch some truly hairbrained ideas in their quest for the appropriate theme for their wedding until Ed's inspiration leads them to the perfect place to start the next phase of their lives.

star 8.52
58 votes
Directors: Rob Burnett
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Goodbye Sadie

#12 - Goodbye Sadie

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 5, 2001

Ed represents a teacher who admits to refusing to cast a talented African American in a play--as Abraham Lincoln; Warren gets an image makeover; Molly resists her boyfriend's efforts to get her a new car.

star 8.51
59 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
The Wedding

#13 - The Wedding

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2002

The families converge for the wedding, and Carol begins to have second thoughts after talking to her father about her parents' courtship; Warren enlists the help of Carol's sister Stella in writing a song for the bride, and the two hit it off better than Warren could have dreamed, leading him to seek out Eli for advice about women; Ed decides not to attend the wedding, but Carol begs him to reconsider; Jennifer encourages Ed to break up the wedding and he decides to go for it and ride up to the church on a white steed, but the horse he ends up with has other ideas; Dennis makes a painful decision to tell the truth at a crucial moment.

star 8.34
86 votes
Directors: Vincent Misiano
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Frankie

#14 - Frankie

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 8, 2003

As Ed takes the case of a injured high school football player who's suing another player for unnecessary roughness, he meets an enthusiastic law school graduate eager for a job; Eli helps Warren and Diane give Mark his last great meal before surgery; Molly does her best to be the coolest principal ever.

star 8.34
86 votes
Writers: Jessica Queller
Blips

#15 - Blips

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 12, 2003

Ed becomes concerned about his legacy after taking a longevity test and learning that his life expectancy is ""only"" 83 years; Stella returns to Stuckeyville after breaking up with her boyfriend, who follows her there; hoping to cash in on the royalty market, Phil and Eli compete to create a new birthday song; Frankie and Leon come to a parting of the ways; Warren's high-flying approach to playing Cupid for Stella on Valentine's Day gets him the thank-you of his dreams.

star 8.34
86 votes
Directors: Rob Burnett
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Good Advice

#16 - Good Advice

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 19, 2003

Frankie defends Ed when he's sued for breaking a man's thumb while rescuing him from a burning car; Molly contends with Ryan's disapproval as she gets closer to Sean; Warren refuses to let Stella pull away from him after their night together; Carol gives Ed a little relationship advice about giving Frankie relationship advice, and discovers a small truth about herself; Stella chafes as Carol tries to mother her.

star 8.34
86 votes
Directors: Thomas Cavanagh
Writers: Jessica Queller
Youth Bandits

#17 - Youth Bandits

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 6, 2002

Ed and Carol disagree about the propriety of reuniting Ed's high school garage band to play at the funeral of the band's songwriter; Warren spends a blissfull week dating Jessica and immortalizes the event with an infinity tattoo; Molly tutors Phil in chemistry so that he can pass his G.E.D. exam.

star 8.32
87 votes
Directors: Juan Campenella
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Hook, Line, and Sinker

#18 - Hook, Line, and Sinker

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 24, 2001

Ed handles a case involving a man being fired if he doesn't make a fish ""sing""; Mike believes the Burton's new nanny has a crush on him; the Stuckeybowl staff tries to come up with ideas to drum up business.

star 8.32
88 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Closure

#19 - Closure

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 7, 2001

Carol asks Ed to help her friend Sonja, whose husband Andy wants a divorce after discovering that Sonja had advertised herself in a mail-order-bride catalog before they met. Sonja is about to be deported to her native Brazil, since they live in a no-contest divorce state and Andy can get a divorce immediately. As Ed gets more involved in the case, he re-evaluates his own failed marriage and invites Liz to visit him so that they can mend fences. Mike continues to be beleaguered by Dr. Jerome, who refuses to relinquish his practice until Mike reads all the volumes of medical knowledge Dr. Jerome has amassed in his career. He also has a friend pose as a patient who needs an emergency appendectomy but refuses to listen to Mike and walks out of his office. When Dr. Jerome takes Mike along to see a terminally ill patient, Mike realizes that Dr. Jerome isn't such a bad guy after all. Molly and Jim continue to wend their way through the trials and tribulations of dating. After Jim cancels a da

star 8.32
88 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Tom Spezialy
Mixed Signals

#20 - Mixed Signals

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 16, 2001

Ed represents a golfer suing a fan who shouted out while he was making an easy putt-thus costing him the win; Warren can't decide whether to ask reliable Donna or dream-girl Jessica to the prom.

star 8.31
87 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Hyenas & Wildebeests

#21 - Hyenas & Wildebeests

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 22, 2003

Carol decides to be objective after debating whether she should avenge Rich Keenan's cruel high school hoax on Molly by writing a negative review of his restaurant in the ""Stuckeyville Progress"". As it happens, she sincerely hates the food and writes a scathing review, which prompts Rich to sue her for maliciously ruining his business. Ed and Frankie represent her in a bench trial before a judge who doesn't care for Ed, but who manages to be objective nonetheless. Although Carol wins the case, she is forced to deal with the aftermath of a secret that's revealed during the proceedings. Phil's latest lamebrained scheme to increase business at Stuckeybowl by attracting a younger crowd gives rise to ""Extreme Bowling"", an idea Ed quickly vetoes before it burns the building down. Molly is stymied about how to help a young geek from being harassed by other students until she devises an ingenious scheme to ensure his popularity, while all kinds of sparks fly between her and the boy's single f

star 8.31
87 votes
Directors: Rick Stevenson
Writers: Chris Dingess
Small Town Guys

#22 - Small Town Guys

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 9, 2002

Hoping to turn the case into a First Amendment issue to be heard by the Supreme Court, a celebrity lawyer offers to help Ed defend an ex-classmate being sued by a woman for embarrassing her on the Internet. Mike resorts to extreme measures after Dr. Jerome decides to postpone his retirement. Warren finds that the class clown who laughs first is the one who get the most laughs.

star 8.30
86 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Window of Opportunity

#23 - Window of Opportunity

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 2, 2001

Ed is dismayed when a couple decides to marry at Stuckeybowl simply because the man bowled a strike. In court he helps a man get a restraining order against his overzealous brother who is trying to help him stick to his diet; Warren fears that he's missed his chance with Donna.

star 8.30
87 votes
Writers: Chris Viscardi, Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett, Will McRob
Changes

#24 - Changes

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 17, 2001

When a client changes his name and his image, Ed decides to follow his lead; Molly tries to catch the eye of a bowling alley equipment salesman; Mike takes drastic measures to find ""the last straw"" which will end the impasse with Dr. Jerome.

star 8.30
88 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
The World of Possibility

#25 - The World of Possibility

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 15, 2000

Carol's childhood diaries prove useful when the town's premier magician, Stuckeyville Stan, sues a competitor for revealing his secrets; Nancy becomes threatened by the baby's nanny.

star 8.25
90 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Rob Burnett