The BEST Episodes of Grace Under Fire

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

After divorcing her abusive, alcoholic husband and recovering from her own alcoholism, Grace tries to rebuild her life and protect her children from making the same mistakes. Against this serious backdrop, this show is actually a comedy, finding humor in the relationships between Grace and her co-workers at the oil refinery, her neighbors Wade and Nadine, and Russel Norton, the bachelor pharmacist.

Road to Nowhere

#1 - Road to Nowhere

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 6, 1996

Grace and Nadine get an invitation to their twentieth reunion and they recall a trip to see Earth, Wind and Fire and decide to repeat the event. They borrow the pharmacy's delivery van (which is full of drugs), as Grace goes speeding down the highway.

star 9.10
10 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Donald Beck
A Car and a Kiss

#2 - A Car and a Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 25, 1994

Grace's car is on its last legs and she goes shopping for a replacement. A neighbor is irate when she catches Libby kissing her son.

star 9.00
8 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Bill Masters, Lee Aronsohn
A Holly, Jolly Christmas

#3 - A Holly, Jolly Christmas

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 1996

Christmas brings surprise for Grace about Quentin.

star 9.00
9 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Ric Swartzlander
Matthew's Old Lady

#4 - Matthew's Old Lady

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 8, 1997

Matthew, Grace's first born that she gave up for adoption, is engaged to an older woman.

star 8.91
11 votes
Writers: David Nichols
Redeeming Jimmy

#5 - Redeeming Jimmy

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 1996

Jimmy wants to turn his life around, so Grace gets him a job at the refinery.

star 8.90
10 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Stevie Ray Fromstein
Rob vs. Jimmy

#6 - Rob vs. Jimmy

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 6, 1997

Jimmy begins to get jealous of Rob's relationship with the kids. Grace has a birthday.

star 8.90
10 votes
Directors: Ron Moseley
Writers: Bryan Moore
A River Runs Through Him

#7 - A River Runs Through Him

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 23, 1997

Jean is upset, complaining that the new bridge will cut off Emmet's (grave) view of the river, so Grace suggests that she move the grave site. Jimmy and Quentin attempt to do that and Russell takes Dot to the gambling boat, but won't gamble.

star 8.90
10 votes
Directors: David Trainer
Writers: Paul J. Raley
Love Thy Neighbor

#8 - Love Thy Neighbor

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 21, 1996

The new Afro-American neighbors are coming for dinner.

star 8.89
9 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Geoffrey Miller
Good Neighbor Sam

#9 - Good Neighbor Sam

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 24, 1996

A neighbor's son starts hanging out at Grace's house and she finds he is escaping from a 'perfect' mother. Meanwhile, Wade discovers his name has been engraved on a veterans' memorial.

star 8.83
12 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Ric Swartzlander
Positively Hateful

#10 - Positively Hateful

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 7, 1996

When the nasty janitor is about to be fired for being HIV+, Grace is reluctant to help him. Rick instructs Quentin on how to behave on his first date.

star 8.83
12 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Tim Doyle
Birthin' Babies

#11 - Birthin' Babies

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 19, 1997

Grace brings Rob home to meet her kids just as Nadine announces that the baby's on its way.

star 8.83
12 votes
Directors: David Trainer
Writers: Donald Beck
Movin' on Down

#12 - Movin' on Down

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1995

Downsizing becomes a problem for Grace as she discovers that her job was not eliminated but usurped by her boss.

star 8.82
11 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Miriam Trogdon
Pregnant Pause

#13 - Pregnant Pause

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 28, 1996

Nadine has some big news for Grace.

star 8.82
11 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Donald Beck
Grace's New Job

#14 - Grace's New Job

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired May 7, 1997

Grace gets a new job at an advertising company and shockingly, her misery brings something new and improved.

star 8.82
11 votes
Directors: David Trainer
Writers: Sid Youngers
Matthew, Come Home

#15 - Matthew, Come Home

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 28, 1995

Grace introduces her first son to her other kids, but it doesn't go well.

star 8.80
10 votes
Mr. Mullen's Opus

#16 - Mr. Mullen's Opus

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 3, 1996

While working for a crisis hot-line, Grace encounters the nasty janitor, Mullens, again and he hasn't improved.

star 8.80
10 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Stevie Ray Fromstein
Jimmy Moves in

#17 - Jimmy Moves in

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 12, 1997

Jimmy offers to move into the garage apartment.

star 8.80
10 votes
Directors: David Trainer
Writers: Geoffrey Miller
Grace Tests Out

#18 - Grace Tests Out

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 4, 1996

Grace has to choose between her job at the refinery or continuing her education.

star 8.78
9 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Sid Youngers
Thanks for Nothing

#19 - Thanks for Nothing

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 1995

Grace is annoyed by the friendliness of Rick and Jean, whose husband has gone fishing, at the Thanksgiving feast.

star 8.75
12 votes
Directors: Jack O'Brien
Writers: Pat Bullard
Dating Buddies

#20 - Dating Buddies

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 1996

Russell and Grace think everyone's life is more exciting than theirs, so they decide to go on a date together. The refinery gets rid of everyone as employees, but hires them back as 'independent contractors', meaning a slight raise but no benefits. Grace makes plans to go out with the smarmy guy she met while out with Russell, but that's only his bar personality. He's actually well-read, nice, interested in kids, etc.

star 8.75
12 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Matt Berry
Pills

#21 - Pills

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 5, 1997

Grace becomes addicted to pain pills. Russell accuses his friends of being disloyal when they shop at the new mall instead of his pharmacy.

star 8.73
11 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Stevie Ray Fromstein
Waiting for Peugeot

#22 - Waiting for Peugeot

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 12, 1997

Jimmy goes against Grace's wishes when he buys Quentin a car. Grace runs into an old boyfriend who wants to renew their relationship.

star 8.73
11 votes
Directors: David Trainer
Writers: Matt Berry
Finders Keepers

#23 - Finders Keepers

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 23, 1997

During a tornado, a sack of money ends up at Grace's house. When she returns it to the owner, $20k is missing, and everyone accuses Grace of stealing it.

star 8.73
11 votes
Directors: David Trainer
Writers: Ed Yeager
Riverboat Queen

#24 - Riverboat Queen

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 30, 1997

Grace and DC work out a plan to get a building construction bid which doesn't interest the developer who is looking for a more personal deal. Russell and Dot go on another date where Russell reveals his fantasy while hypnotized.

star 8.73
11 votes
Directors: Jimmy Hampton
Writers: Nick LaRosa
Fall from Grace

#25 - Fall from Grace

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 3, 1998

Grace (who has a fear of heights) has to rescue a coworker who's stranded up on a construction beam. Quentin tries to fix a car engine with some "help" from his friends.

star 8.73
11 votes
Writers: Ben Gramin, Sonya Gay Bourn