The BEST Episodes of Fame

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2021

Network: NBC

In this TV series adaptation of the 1980 motion picture, students at the School of the Arts pour their hearts and souls into their training to become stars in their chosen field.

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Gonna Learn How to Fly (1)

#1 - Gonna Learn How to Fly (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 15, 1983

Changes abound with the start of the new school year: Bruno, with no means of funding his schooling after his father dies, is forced to drop out; Coco, Danny and Doris find out that even though her mother still lives in New York City, Julie is married and now living in Texas; new students Christopher Donlan, a dance major, and Holly Laird, a drama major, find difficulty in being accepted, most notably by their more seasoned competition, Leroy and Doris, and new vice-principal, Quentin Morloch, intends on ruling with an iron fist.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: William Blinn

#2 - Rules

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 19, 1983

Love is in the air as Bruno unwittingly falls for Lisa Connors, a student-teacher for Mr. Shorofsky, and Morloch expresses a romantic interest in Miss Sherwood.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Virginia Aldridge

#3 - Consequences

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 26, 1983

When Mr. Morloch announces that all students participating in any school production must have a minimum C average, Miss Sherwood, despite Morloch's objections, assigns Leroy and Danny the responsibility of teacher, leaving Danny forced to make a tough decision when he suspects a friend has cheated.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Michael A. Hoey
Writers: Billy Field
Break Dance

#4 - Break Dance

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 10, 1983

Danny enlists Christopher and Michael to coach rival gangs in a "break dance" competition. Meanwhile, Doris has trouble ridding herself of "Snake," a gang member who has a crush on her, and Coco, inspired by Bruno's life out of school, contemplates leaving the School of the Arts to pursue her career.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Michael Peters
Writers: Michael McGreevey

#5 - Secrets

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 7, 1984

When Dwight shows up to school with severe bruises on his body, Danny appoints himself as Dwight's bodyguard when he, along with the rest of the school, believe Dwight is a victim of bullying. Meanwhile, Miss Grant is not pleased when rumored drug trafficking brings an undercover cop to the School of the Arts, posing as a dance student.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Victor French
Writers: Parke Perine
The Deal

#6 - The Deal

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 1984

Caruso's landlord threatens to turn the coffee house into a parking lot unless Bruno gets his young opera singer friend accepted into the School of the Arts. Meanwhile, Mr Shorofsky has a secret meeting with Mrs Berg.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Paul Rodriguez

#7 - Self-Defense

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 5, 1986

star 10.00
1 votes
The Crimson Blade

#8 - The Crimson Blade

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 2, 1987

Jesse's role as a swashbuckling hero is being played for real in the hallways by an unlikely masked crusader fighting a substitute principal's "code of conduct."

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Hans Beimler, Richard Manning
Gonna Learn How to Fly (2)

#9 - Gonna Learn How to Fly (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 22, 1983

Mr. Shorofsky finds Bruno a job as a waiter at "Caruso's," a coffee house where he is free to play his music. After settling their feud with a fist fight, Leroy works with Christopher to improve Chris' dancing skills after Miss Grant decides to downgrade him to a different class.

star 9.50
2 votes
Writers: William Blinn
Go Softly Into Morning

#10 - Go Softly Into Morning

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 5, 1987

Danny struggles with guilt and Jesse with revenge when the School of the Arts loses one of their own in a drunken-driving accident.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Win Phelps
Writers: Renee Longstreet
The Crazies

#11 - The Crazies

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 18, 1982

Montgomery and Doris vow to speak the truth for a day, which doesn't go over well; Miss Grant and Sherwood switch classes for a day; Shorofsky is hospitalized after being attacked by an intruder at the school.

star 8.40
5 votes

#12 - Reunions

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 29, 1982

Shorofsky is hesitant about a reunion with a friend from World War II; Leroy's reunion with his mother depends on Danny's pool-playing skills.

star 8.20
5 votes
A Big Finish

#13 - A Big Finish

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 15, 1982

Miss Sherwood and the gang find two talented bums living in the basement.

star 8.17
6 votes
Alone in a Crowd

#14 - Alone in a Crowd

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 1982

The School of the Arts 7th annual benefit has Montgomery running the auditions and show, Coco trying to get performance shy Bruno to perform at the event, and Leroy's academic grades eliminating his performing. Meanwhile, a brown-out gives elevator trapped Danny and Doris a deeper understanding of each other.

star 8.00
9 votes
Street Kid

#15 - Street Kid

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 1982

When Mr. Crandall's assignment requires an improv scene portraying a character far removed from themselves, Doris pretends to be a teenage prostitute to "research" her role, and encounters a real 16-year-old prostitute, whom she tries to help; Shorofsky asks Miss Sherwood to teach him to drive.

star 8.00
5 votes
But Seriously, Folks

#16 - But Seriously, Folks

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 4, 1982

Danny pops pills for energy when he begins working nights as a comic; Doris wins the part in a commercial for Hank Burgers, but detests both the director and the burgers.

star 8.00
6 votes
And the Winner Is...

#17 - And the Winner Is...

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 1982

Tempers flare when Bruno's script is chosen for the school production, and he casts himself as the lead.

star 8.00
3 votes

#18 - Appearances

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 4, 1984

While working on a scene together, Holly and Christopher are prompted by their friends to try going out with each other. Danny falls for Marya, a student hoping to be admitted into the School of the Arts.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Ali Marie Matheson, Kerry Ehrin

#19 - Dreams

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 1985

After it comes to light that Jesse is an illegal alien, the staff and students at the School of the Arts band together and fight to keep him from being deported.

star 8.00
1 votes
Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore

#20 - Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 11, 1987

The kids hustle up a pocketful of miracles for Mrs. Berg, who has misrepresented her position to an old friend who's on his way to visit; Reggie helps a student with an aversion to frog dissection.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Harry Longstreet, Renee Longstreet
A Special Place

#21 - A Special Place

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired May 6, 1982

Budget cutbacks call for the termination of one of the school's teachers: either Sherwood or Crandall; Bruno's song is stolen by a successful composer.

star 7.83
6 votes
Passing Grade

#22 - Passing Grade

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 1982

Coco and Lydia vie for a part in a show. Danny wants to meet Johnny Carson and becomes a waiter.

star 7.76
21 votes
Star Quality

#23 - Star Quality

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 13, 1983

An actor asks the school for help with a charity show---and takes over Reardon's class; a young boy, who's a master of tap, wants to learn Leroy's style of dancing.

star 7.75
4 votes
Tomorrow's Farewell

#24 - Tomorrow's Farewell

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 1982

The School Board orders the School of the Arts to have a Gym because of the mandatory P.E. class that students have to take. It takes a dance off between Lydia's class and a bunch of football players for the school board to see her point. Meanwhile, Leroy tries to save his brother Willard from a life of crime.

star 7.69
16 votes
The Strike

#25 - The Strike

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 1982

Montgomery is stage manager for the school production of "Othello," but a pending union strike makes faculty involvement questionable; Coco, believing she's the better actress, is upset when Julie gets the part of Desdemona; Shorofsky supervises the music, but he and Bruno disagree on the direction of the score; Leroy gets private tutoring from Miss Sherwood.

star 7.67
6 votes