The BEST Episodes of Girlfriends

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2021

Network: UPN

A mixed batch of black women face life's tests and triumphs together. From dating to divorce, and friends to family to relationships, Joan, Maya, Lynn and Toni support each other despite their differing backgrounds, learning about true friendship in the process.

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It's Been Determined (2)

#1 - It's Been Determined (2)

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired May 7, 2007

star 9.00
3 votes
New York Unbound

#2 - New York Unbound

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 24, 2004

Maya learns that the publisher wants to sanitize her book to make it more accessible to white readers. She convinces her editor to stand up for her vision and get the original version of the book released. She succeeds, and Maya receives $25,000. After William shows up at her house to confront her, Joan flees for New York with Toni. Toni sees Todd with his colleague, Natalie, and again assumes he is cheating on her. She makes a scene on the set as she begs him not to leave her. Joan is surprised to run into William, who has come to New York to give legal advice to Maya. Joan tries to tell William that she isn't interested in him romantically. He says that this is okay, and that things between them will soon return to normal. William runs into Monica, his evil, golddigging ex-girlfriend. Lynn visits her birth mother, Sandy, for information on her biological father. She learns that Sandy wanted to marry Lynn's father, but Sandy's parents paid the man to go away. They claim it

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Salim Akil
Writers: Mara Brock Akil
Spree To Be Free

#3 - Spree To Be Free

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 2007

After still being convinced that Maya is not dealing with her loss, Joan decides to take Maya on a shopping spree to help her recover but surprisingly, Joan realizes that she is the one who needs therapy because of Aaron departure to Iraq. Meanwhile, Monica tells William that she is pregnant but his reaction is unlike she expected.

star 8.25
16 votes
Writers: Karin Gist
And Baby Makes Four

#4 - And Baby Makes Four

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 2003

William convinces Joan to host a baby shower for his sister, Linda; and her partner, Kira. Kira's water breaks during the event. William wants to take her to the hospital, but they insist on having a midwife conduct a home delivery, which ends up taking place at Joan's house. Joan constantly worries that the water from the birthing pool will seep out and ruin her floors. Lynn drives everyone crazy as she suggests possible baby names and reads off their meanings. William fears that parenthood (and being a lesbian) is all just a phase for Linda, and they get into an argument. Linda threatens to keep William away from his nephew/son, so he says that he will not sign the papers relinquishing his parental rights. William's friends try to convince him to change his mind. He eventually apologizes and admits that the reality of having to sign away his rights had just hit him. He and Joan agree to have a baby together if neither is married or has a child in ten years. They soon come t

star 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Michael B. Kaplan
Viva Las Vegas

#5 - Viva Las Vegas

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 10, 2003

After Brock invites Joan to join her for a weekend in Las Vegas, she is convinced that he plans to pop the question. She brags about this constantly to her friends, but isn't so sure that she is really ready for marriage. She drives Brock crazy as she constantly makes him turn back to Los Angeles and then toward Vegas again, and even after he says that he is anxious to marry her, she continues to battle cold feet. Meanwhile, William carries around a baby doll to try to prove to his sister that he can handle the responsibilities of caring for a child.

star 8.07
15 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Mara Brock Akil
On the Couch

#6 - On the Couch

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 1, 2004

Toni continues to see her therapist, Dr. Miller. Rather than following the doctor's advice and writing a letter to her mother detailing her grievances against her, Toni instead brings her mother to her sessions. Veretta stays with Toni and Todd and monopolizes the house. Todd tries to tolerate her rude and thoughtless behavior, but insists that she stop smoking in the house. Veretta refuses, and says that she doesn't have to listen to Todd because her daughter paid for the house. They get into a heated confrontation, and wind up ordering Toni to choose between them. Meanwhile, William worries that the fact that he and Donna have such different backgrounds (she cleans bed pans for a living and insists on travelling by bus) will impede their chances of having a future together. He vows to try his best to keep the relationship going, because he considers Donna to be special. Joan obsesses over whether to resume sessions with her own therapist after Lynn and Maya make several deris

star 8.06
17 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Dee LaDuke, Mark Alton Brown
Trick or Truth

#7 - Trick or Truth

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 29, 2001

Toni suffers a breakdown after Greg cheats on her, then reveals that he only took her back so that he could get revenge against her. Lynn and Maya try to help her pick up the pieces, but Joan is less than sympathetic. Without Toni to round up male guests, William finds himself as the only man at Joan's Halloween party, and becomes overwhelmed by all of the female attention.

star 8.05
22 votes
Writers: Mara Brock Akil
Pregnant Pause

#8 - Pregnant Pause

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 2000

Joan turns to her friends for support when she fears that she might be pregnant. When a test turns out positive, she tries to cope with her fears about impending motherhood. Meanwhile, Lynn recalls memories of her ""white"" childhood after receiving a box of belongings from her mother.

star 8.00
23 votes
What's Black-A-Lackin'?

#9 - What's Black-A-Lackin'?

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 11, 2008

William and Monica battle over learning the sex of the baby. Lynn deals with the fact she might not be marketable to Blacks.

star 7.92
12 votes
A Kiss Before Lying

#10 - A Kiss Before Lying

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 16, 2001

Sean grows uncomfortable with Joan's relationship with Davis, as he feels that she flirts with him too much. After she confesses that they once shared a kiss, Sean upsets Joan by ordering her to stay away from Davis and 847 for good. Meanwhile, Toni angers Greg by displaying some of his paintings at the restaurant; and Darnell becomes impatient when Maya is reluctant to resume sexual relations with him after her surgery.

star 7.87
15 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Michael B. Kaplan, Michael Kaplan
Friends, Colleagues, Brothers

#11 - Friends, Colleagues, Brothers

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 26, 2001

Joan becomes fed up with the ""boys' club"" mentality at work, as her opinions are ignored and she is passed over for important cases. When she believes that William has deliberately stolen her idea, she blows up at him in front of everyone, leading to a rift between them. Meanwhile, Maya discovers that Toni and Lynn's yoga instructor is a little too ""hands-on"" in his approach toward his students.

star 7.86
21 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Temi Akinyemi
Where Everyone Knows My Name

#12 - Where Everyone Knows My Name

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 21, 2003

Maya makes her friends feel guilty about leaving her alone as they spend time with their significant others. She convinces them to accompany her to a hangout in her old neighborhood, where she runs into Darnell. She is disturbed to learn that he has failed to tell her that he has gotten a small business loan to open a car repair business, and by the fact that he has a new girlfriend. Meanwhile, William plans to return to the law firm, but first tries to complete a list of things he wants to do before he dies--including becoming a Soul Train dancer.

star 7.86
14 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Regina Hicks, Regina Y. Hicks
Range of Emotions

#13 - Range of Emotions

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 1, 2007

Joan causes a dispute between herself and Aaron after purchasing an expensive kitchen range for their new house and not discussing it over with him. After they defuse their feud, Aaron receives unexpected news. Meanwhile, Lynn begins to flaunt her success with her progressing music career. Golden Brooks, Reggie Hayes, Keesha Sharp and Khalil Kane also star.

star 7.85
20 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Mara Brock Akil
Hopelessly Devoted to Two

#14 - Hopelessly Devoted to Two

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 13, 2003

Joan finds herself in a bind when she is forced to agree to a dinner with both Ellis and Brock. She does not know how to handle the situation, although she insists that she is going to stay with Ellis. Joan winds up sharing a passionate kiss with Brock. Ellis nearly catches them in the act, and her friends witness the whole scene from the laundry room. Joan finally confesses her actions on the night of the play to Ellis. He is initially furious, but later visits her and lets her off the hook. They admit that they cared about each other, but were never really in love. Joan dashes off to give Brock a call. Meanwhile, William tries to cut a deal with Maya to get her to actually do her job, but she continues to outwit him.

star 7.84
19 votes
Never a Bridesmaid

#15 - Never a Bridesmaid

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 27, 2000

Maya and Darnell plan to renew their wedding vows, and Joan agrees to hold the event at her house. However, Joan constantly disagrees with Maya's choices and tries to mold the event into her own dream wedding. Maya tells Joan that she no longer wants her to be a bridesmaid, and later rebuffs her apology and takes her to task for constantly looking down on Maya. Meanwhile, Toni grows concerned by the tendency for black men to marry outside of their race. She determines that she and Lynn must do what they can to bring William ""back to the fold.""

star 7.83
23 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Temi Akinyemi
Handling Baggage

#16 - Handling Baggage

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 2002

Maya's cousin Ronnie and his boyfriend, Peaches, tell Maya that they have spotted Darnell in a compromising position with a woman at the Red Lobster. It is the same woman that Joan once saw with Darnell years earlier. Maya confronts Cecily and learns that she is having an affair with Darnell. This leads the distraught Maya to declare that she and Darnell are now ""even"" and move back to the house, where she and Darnell make a decision about the future of their relationship. Meanwhile, William obsesses over the fate of a missing suitcase.

star 7.80
15 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Lamont Ferrell, Norman Vance Jr.
If It's Broke, Fix It

#17 - If It's Broke, Fix It

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 2003

Toni refuses to speak to Todd because she is up in arms about his debt and feels betrayed by the fact that he failed to disclose this information sooner. While at the spa with Joan, Toni's ring is apparently repossessed by a woman on behalf of Harry Winston. A furious Toni plans to divorce Todd, but seems to soften as she discusses the situation with William. However, she still tries to throw Todd out of the house. After she explains that her greatest fear is becoming poor again, Todd says that he is afraid of losing her, and points out that he accumulated his debt trying to court her. Toni learns that Todd did not buy her ring at Harry Winston; the woman simply stole it after overhearing her conversation about debt. Todd gets Toni to agree to work on the marriage, and they reach a compromise about the insurance settlement for the stolen ring. Meanwhile, Joan confides in her new assistant, Peaches. She says that Ellis is away in New Zealand working on his movie, but she has dec

star 7.80
20 votes
Writers: Dee LaDuke, Mark Alton Brown
When Hearts Attack (2)

#18 - When Hearts Attack (2)

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2004

Joan believes that she has had a heart attack, although the doctor insists that the episode was only an arrythmia. Joan's mother explains that she did not sleep with William; she had gone to his house to talk, and was in a robe because she needed to shower before her flight. (William had called Joan, but Lynn erased the message because she was expecting a call about a kangaroo.) Although the misunderstanding is cleared up, Joan begins to have second thoughts about William...and then has second thoughts about her second thoughts. Meanwhile, Maya goes on Lynn's public access television show with the belief that she is going to promote her book, only to be ambushed.

star 7.80
15 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Regina Y. Hicks
One Night Stand?

#19 - One Night Stand?

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 18, 2000

After Joan reveals that she hasn't had sex in a year, her friends push her to go for a one-night stand. Joan is reluctant because she generally doesn't sleep with anyone until she has been in a relationship for three months, but tries to make a move on Davis Hamilton, a handsome man who owns the restaurant the girls frequent. She convinces Davis to drive her home and makes a pass at him, only to learn that he is engaged. Although nothing happens between them, Joan tells Toni and Lynn that she slept with him. When the girls blab the news around town, Davis' fiancée dumps him, leaving Joan to struggle for a way to clean up the mess.

star 7.80
49 votes
Writers: Mara Brock Akil
Time to Man Up

#20 - Time to Man Up

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 12, 2007

star 7.79
19 votes
Comedy of Eros

#21 - Comedy of Eros

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 9, 2004

Toni refuses to believe Joan's claims that she isn't upset about spending Valentine's Day alone, and insists on constantly trying to cheer her up. She follows Joan to the movies and annoys everyone by talking loudly and giving away plot points. Joan gets up and moves to another seat, and runs into her old friend Davis. They go out to dinner and have a nice time together, but Joan realizes that she isn't ready to get into another relationship. Toni tells Todd that they shouldn't exchange Valentine's gifts because of their limited finances, but then reveals that she recently spent $2800 on boots. Todd is hurt when Toni then buys Joan a gift, but Toni actually realizes this and takes steps to correct her mistake. William tries desperately to make a connection with Donna, the woman at the bus stop, but she wants nothing to do with him. He makes the ill-advised move of sending Lynn to talk to her, which only ends up frightening Donna further. However, he later pleads his case and co

star 7.79
14 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Tim Edwards
Willie or Won't He II: The Last Chapter?

#22 - Willie or Won't He II: The Last Chapter?

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 2002

On the eve of their wedding, Yvonne learns that William hasn't told his mother about their relationship.

star 7.78
18 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Michael B. Kaplan
Joan's Birthday Suit

#23 - Joan's Birthday Suit

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 5, 2001

On her 30th birthday, Joan grows depressed at the realization that she hasn't had a lot of excitement in her life. She determines that she will live life to its fullest in her thirties, and demonstrates her new philosophy by taking her friends to a nude beach--where they run into her father. Meanwhile, William suggests a pre-nuptial agreement to Yvonne, and is surprised by her response.

star 7.76
17 votes
Directors: Henry Chan
Writers: David L. Sliverman, David Silverman, Marcy G.Rubin, Marcy Gray Rubin

#24 - Diss-regard

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 12, 2001

Maya checks into the hospital to undergo surgery for the removal of a fibroid tumor. Joan's friends (especially Lynn) question her priorities when she decides to leave Maya's bedside to attend an important business dinner with Sean. Toni continues to clash with Greg over his lack of income. At the hospital, she takes an immediate interest in Maya's doctor, the wealthy and handsome Dr. Clay Spencer.

star 7.75
20 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Regina Y. Hicks
My Mother, Myself

#25 - My Mother, Myself

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 6, 2002

Maya is stunned to learn that her mother has decided to sell her house and move away with her boyfriend. Toni's mother surprises her by coming to town for Joan's Mother's Day brunch. William eagerly anticipates a visit from his mother, who comes bearing a cake from his aunt's award-winning recipe.

star 7.75
20 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Dee LaDuke, Mark Alton Brown, Mark Brown