The BEST Episodes of Fame
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#7 - Self-Defense
Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 5, 1986
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - A Big Finish
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 15, 1982
Miss Sherwood and the gang find two talented bums living in the basement.
#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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - A Musical Bridge
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 1, 1982
Bruno starts working for a small record company after Montgomery ropes him into cashing in on his songwriting abilities; Leroy is evasive when Sherwood demands to see his parents.
#25 - Metamorphosis
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 1982
This fun and footloose series begins when Julie tries her best to fit in at the New York School for the Performing Arts, with a little bit of help from Doris and Montgomery.