The WORST Episodes of Girlfriends

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 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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Deck the Halls With Bags and Folly

#1 - Deck the Halls With Bags and Folly

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2007

Joan holds a fund-raiser to earn money for a holiday party for the support group of relatives for the soldiers in Iraq. Meanwhile, Monica learns of William's holiday traditions.

star 6.25
12 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers:
Stand and Deliver

#2 - Stand and Deliver

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 11, 2008

Maya helps Joan try to reach Aaron's kids, as she tries to read them a letter Aaron wrote to his students. William tries to teach Jabari how to drive

star 6.25
12 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers:
Ain't Nothing Over There (2)

#3 - Ain't Nothing Over There (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 2006

star 6.25
4 votes
Great Sexpectations

#4 - Great Sexpectations

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 14, 2005

As Valentine's Day arrives, William is very excited because he and Joan have been dating for three months and can now sleep together. Although William is anxious to get to it right away, Joan insists on planning a romantic evening so that she can finally have a good Valentine's Day. William agrees to go along with her wishes. However, their efforts to consummate their relationship prove so uncomfortable that they reluctantly come to the realization that they are better off as friends. Meanwhile, Toni, Maya and Lynn go out to dinner together for Valentine's Day and reveal their deepest, darkest secrets.

star 6.50
18 votes
Too Big for Her Britches

#5 - Too Big for Her Britches

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 25, 2004

After learning that her agent has secured her a three-book deal, Maya becomes even more negligent in her duties as William's assistant. He finally ends up firing her. Maya then learns that her publishing company is being bought out and her deal is not going to happen. William refuses to re-hire her because he cannot bear to let go of her incredibly efficient replacement. Maya turns to Joan for help, but isn't too happy about becoming her assistant again. Meanwhile, Toni frets about her weight and her friends' seeming indifference to her concerns; and Lynn joins the ranks of the paparazzi.

star 6.53
17 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Tim Edwards
Star Craving Mad

#6 - Star Craving Mad

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 2002

Joan has several run-ins with an actor at the gym, but finds herself attracted to him. However, she re-considers her decision to date Ellis after discovering that he has lied to her. William's sister comes out to him, then asks him to become a sperm donor so that she and her partner can have a child.

star 6.61
18 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Michael B. Kaplan, Michael Kaplan
Bad Blood

#7 - Bad Blood

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2006

star 6.61
18 votes
After the Storm

#8 - After the Storm

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 1, 2006

star 6.68
19 votes
A Dingo Ate My Dream House

#9 - A Dingo Ate My Dream House

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 23, 2007

star 6.72
18 votes
Game Over

#10 - Game Over

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 27, 2006

*GAME OVER’’ Joan's friendship with Toni goes On the rocks. Maya's husband Darnell takes it upon himself to teach William how to play Video games, William catches on quickly.

star 6.73
15 votes
Snap Back

#11 - Snap Back

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2007

When Darnell confronts Maya about not dealing with her recent loss he learns shocking news that Maya has been taking pills to help her deal with it. Meanwhile, At an Erykah Badu concert with Joan, Lynn's manager informs her about a record label wanting to sign her. William also fears that his sex life will change after Monica has the baby after receiving information from Darnell about how a womens body is after she gives birth.

star 6.74
19 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Golden Brooks
Good Catch or Bad Hop?

#12 - Good Catch or Bad Hop?

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 23, 2004

Maya and her friends enjoy perks such as limo rides and entry to exclusive clubs, courtesy of her baseball player beau, Alex. She is reluctant to refer to him as her boyfriend, and bristles when he repeatedly makes up excuses to avoid spending time with her. She also objects when he surprises her with expensive new furniture. Alex convinces her to allow him to shower her with gifts, as he enjoys doing this and doesn't think of her as a groupie. However, when the girls show up at a party, Alex refuses to allow them to come inside. Toni forces Maya to face the fact that Alex only wants her as arm candy, to see when he sees fit while he continues to play the field. William continually bothers Alex for autographed memorabilia, while his friend Dan (who suddenly appears after learning that William knows a baseball star) can't seem to get the idea that Lynn isn't interested in him. Lynn, meanwhile, works on a documentary about single mothers. She pays them for their time by babysitti

star 6.79
14 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Norman Vance, Jr.
Who's Your Daddy?

#13 - Who's Your Daddy?

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 2004

Lynn is excited about a visit from her birth father, Ken, and his wife. Her adoptive father fears that he is losing his daughter and flies into town at the same time. Lynn grows frustrated because Ken doesn't spend any time with her, as his wife has planned the entire trip and is only interested in seeing celebrities. Meanwhile, Joan and William try to plan their first date, with limited success. Toni dodges Todd's divorce lawyer, who is trying to serve her with divorce papers.

star 6.79
19 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Tim Edwards
All the Creatures Were Stirring

#14 - All the Creatures Were Stirring

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 13, 2004

William surprises Joan with a romantic Christmas getaway in Puerto Rico, but they wind up stuck at a seedy motel after a blizzard strands them in Cincinnati during a layover. Meanwhile, Lynn, Maya and Toni take advantage of Joan's absence to enjoy the holiday at her house without all of her strict Christmas rules and other demanding behavior.

star 6.79
19 votes
Writers: Regina Y. Hicks
Adapt to Adopt

#15 - Adapt to Adopt

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 4, 2008

Maya and Darnell consider adopting a child while a neighborhood meeting presents them with the chance

star 6.85
13 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers:
Everyone Hates Monica

#16 - Everyone Hates Monica

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 2006

star 6.88
17 votes
Wedding on the Rocks

#17 - Wedding on the Rocks

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired May 16, 2005

After Darnell reveals that he has failed to get a band for his wedding (which is just two days away), Maya recommends that he hire Lynn's band. However, Lena is not impressed after hearing the group perform, and lashes out at Darnell. He turns around and blames Maya for the fight, accusing her of trying to sabotage the wedding. Darnell shows up at Maya's apartment drunk after the bachelor party and says that he loves her. Meanwhile, Lynn continues to battle her feelings of jealousy regarding Finn. William begins to complain about the restaurant, prompting Joan to suggest that he is actually dealing with issues about their break-up. After going into false labor, Toni vows to live life to its fullest in the short time left before she gives birth.

star 6.89
18 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Regina Y. Hicks
A Little Romance

#18 - A Little Romance

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 25, 2002

Toni realizes she has fallen for Todd after he protects her during an altercation with a man on the street, but is still reluctant to date him because of his size. Joan is appalled when Ellis rates her only a 5.5 on looks on a scale of one to ten.

star 6.89
19 votes
Writers: Gloria Ketterer
Operation Does She Yield

#19 - Operation Does She Yield

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 26, 2007

star 6.90
20 votes
The Mommy Returns

#20 - The Mommy Returns

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 2002

Lynn meets her biological mother, Sandy, who suddenly appears at Joan's house. Although the two initially become friends, Lynn soon becomes embarrassed by some of Sandy's behavior. However, Lynn becomes intrigued by a documentary project about sexuality, and quits her job to help her work on it. Meanwhile, Joan and Maya drive each other crazy as Maya and Jabari stay with Joan while Maya looks for an affordable apartment.

star 6.92
13 votes
Writers: Kevin Marburger, Michele Marburger
The Game

#21 - The Game

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 17, 2006

“THE GAME” Joan's Cousin tackles life with a pro football player, Melanie Barrett seems to have it all; she's young, beautiful, attending medical school and living life in the fast lane as the girlfriend of an up-and-CD ming NFL star.

star 6.93
14 votes
A House Divided

#22 - A House Divided

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 30, 2007

star 6.94
16 votes
Porn to Write

#23 - Porn to Write

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 29, 2004

With her bills piling up, Maya is forced to consider a job writing for a porn publisher (which already employs Lynn). She turns down the position due to moral objections and resumes selling her book on the street. When she has little success--due in part to bootleg sales--Maya decides to give up on her dream and go back to working as a legal secretary. This does not work out, and she winds up accepting the job at the porn publisher. Fortunately, she is soon able to quit after her writing aspirations get a boost from a surprising source. Meanwhile, William and Joan quarrel after he goes home for Thanksgiving without her; and Toni vows to not talk too much about her pregnancy.

star 6.95
19 votes
Writers: Kevin Marburger, Michele Marburger
Church Lady

#24 - Church Lady

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 19, 2007

star 6.95
19 votes
Secrets and Eyes

#25 - Secrets and Eyes

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 2002

Toni objects when Joan plans a birthday party for her. In the midst of their argument, Toni inadvertently reveals that she has been lying about her age for years. Joan and company tease Toni relentlessly about being older, and she grows insecure about her looks. After a disastrous Botox session, Toni seeks the advice of a plastic surgeon--whose only suggestion is therapy. Meanwhile, William winds up falling for a woman who was only supposed to be a one-night stand.

star 6.96
23 votes