The BEST Episodes of Great News

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 8, 2019

Network: NBC

Getting along with some colleagues can be rough, but working with your mom? That's a whole other story. When Katie, an up-and-coming news producer, finds out her overbearing mom has rejoined the workforce as an intern at Katie's TV station, it might just be the worst news ever. But, with her biggest cheerleader at her side, Katie might finally get the recognition she deserves!

Early Retirement

#1 - Early Retirement

Season 2 - Episode 13

Diana St. Tropez returns with good news for "The Breakdown" staff: Fenton Pelt has agreed to drop his lawsuit on the condition that Chuck Pierce deliver a humiliating on-air apology and resign from news forever. Chuck, defeated, agrees, until Portia reminds him why he got into journalism in the first place. With Chuck's final broadcast approaching, Katie convinces Carol to reunite for one last job, and they race against the clock to find the one person in New Jersey who could disprove Fenton Pelt's claims and save the show.

star 7.80
145 votes
Writers: Tracey Wigfield, Hayes Davenport
Honeypot!

#2 - Honeypot!

Season 2 - Episode 3

Diana has been promoted again, this time to the head of the corporation that owns MMN, but before she leaves she finds herself embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal. This leaves Katie unsure who to believe - her mentor or her friends in the office. Carol becomes head intern and struggles to prove to the other interns, and herself, that she deserves the job.

star 7.76
194 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Tina Fey, Sam Means
Carol's Eleven

#3 - Carol's Eleven

Season 1 - Episode 10

Katie makes a huge discovery about the story she's been chasing and, with the help of Carol and the rest of the staff, concocts a scheme to get the story out. Greg struggles with balancing his conflicting loyalties to his family, co-workers and conscience.

star 7.67
239 votes
Writers: Tracey Wigfield
Catfight

#4 - Catfight

Season 2 - Episode 10

Carol hatches a plan to get Katie to admit her feelings for her boss; Chuck finds himself an unwitting champion of the alt-right.

star 7.64
140 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan
The Fast Track

#5 - The Fast Track

Season 2 - Episode 12

After an explosive fight with her daughter, Carol is excited about her new position at "Morning Wined Up," but is disappointed to realize that the job offers less responsibility than she had hoped. Katie is determined to bring down Fenton Pelt, the billionaire suing "The Breakdown," despite specific orders from Greg and the network's attorney to leave him alone. When Katie's rousing speech about journalistic integrity fails to inspire anyone but Chuck, who has been suspended from the show, she reluctantly joins forces, only to find that his investigative skills aren't what they used to be.

star 7.60
129 votes
Directors: Jay Karas
Writers: Ben Dougan, Naomi Ekperigin
Competing Offer

#6 - Competing Offer

Season 2 - Episode 11

When "The Breakdown" staff finds themselves embroiled in a lawsuit with eccentric billionaire Fenton Pelt, Chuck is convinced he can solve the problem. But when Chuck's attempts to save the show backfire, he enlists the gang's help to pull off an elaborate heist. Meanwhile, after realizing that she has feelings for Greg, Katie is determined not to make a move on her unavailable boss. Her intentions are put to the test, however, when Diana St. Tropez demands that the two spend the night together fact-checking a story.

star 7.58
137 votes
Writers: Ashley Wigfeld
Night of the Living Screen

#7 - Night of the Living Screen

Season 2 - Episode 5

Katie realizes that while she has been working her way up at MMN, her friends, including Jessica, have been getting married, having kids, and buying houses in New Jersey. Feeling pressure to impress them on Instagram with the hip New York City lifestyle that she has chosen instead, she lucks into going to a very cool Halloween party with Portia. Meanwhile, Chuck has been asked to use a new smart screen on the show, and in an attempt to get out of this seemingly impossible task, tries to convince Carol that it is possessed.

star 7.56
161 votes
Squad Feud

#8 - Squad Feud

Season 2 - Episode 2

Diana sets Katie off on a mission to take the job at the station that she wants, but when Katie tries to be executive producer for the day, she soon realizes that Greg has it much harder than she realized. Meanwhile, Carol uses Greg and Katie's workplace competition as an opportunity to push the two of them together. After Diana insults Portia on a women-in-business panel, Portia declares a "squad feud" that forces their two very different worlds together.

star 7.55
201 votes
Directors: Jeff Richmond
Writers: Ben Dougan
Snowmageddon of the Century

#9 - Snowmageddon of the Century

Season 1 - Episode 5

After organizing a poorly attended staff karaoke night, Carol is convinced that everyone at "The Breakdown" needs some office bonding time. When Greg (Adam Campbell) refuses to help, Carol enlists the help of God, causing a huge snowstorm to trap everyone in the building overnight. Chuck takes an interest in working with Katie, which Portia convinces Katie is romantic. Carol saves the day when she breaks into the offices of competitor "Morning Wined Up with Kelly and Mary Kelly" and steals all the morning show's wine.

star 7.53
276 votes
Directors: Payman Benz
Writers: Chrissy Pietrosh, Jessica Goldstein
The Red Door

#10 - The Red Door

Season 1 - Episode 7

Carol is excited when Chuck asks her to wait for the cable guy at his townhouse, until Chuck gives an ominous warning that tests her curiosity. Meanwhile, Portia's phone gets hacked and Katie struggles not to read her private emails.

star 7.51
255 votes
Writers: Amy Hubbs
Pool Show

#11 - Pool Show

Season 2 - Episode 6

Jeremy invites Katie to do some "real reporting" and go on a stakeout with him. Carol is suspicious and kidnaps Greg to stake out the stakeout. The two discover that it may not be all business between Jeremy and Katie. Chuck meets Carvell, who is Portia's fiancé, and the two of them form an unlikely friendship.

star 7.51
153 votes
Serial Arsonist

#12 - Serial Arsonist

Season 1 - Episode 6

When a field reporter at "The Breakdown" is exposed as an arsonist, Katie gets an opportunity to appear on the air. Carol, embracing the role of stage mom, becomes obsessed with propelling Katie to fame. Katie must choose between her personal ambitions and making her mother happy. Meanwhile, Chuck, jealous of Portia's many creative pursuits, tries to compose a new theme song for the show.

star 7.50
266 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Ben Dougan
Boardroom Bitch

#13 - Boardroom Bitch

Season 2 - Episode 1

"The Breakdown" gets a new boss, Diana St. Tropez, a tough business lady with big plans to bring their outdated news program into the 21st century. Katie is thrilled since this is exactly the kind of strong, professional female role model she hoped for, but Carol is immediately wary of this new influence in Katie's life. Meanwhile, Chuck has trouble adapting to Diana's idea for a new panel segment of screaming pundits.

star 7.46
218 votes
Writers: Tracey Wigfield
Celebrity Hacking Scandal

#14 - Celebrity Hacking Scandal

Season 1 - Episode 8

Katie secretly investigates a celebrity phone hacking ring behind Greg's back. In Katie's absence, Carol falls into producing a piece on her favorite phone game, "Biscuit Blitz." Meanwhile, Chuck gets in hot water when Portia accuses him of mansplaining.

star 7.43
244 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Dan Klein
Chuck Pierce Is Blind

#15 - Chuck Pierce Is Blind

Season 1 - Episode 3

Chuck is having cataract surgery and, for the first time ever, must miss a day of work. Carol, eager to shirk her overwhelming intern duties, offers to take care of him. Meanwhile, Katie is excited for a peaceful day but with Chuck gone, Greg is reluctant to be the bad guy. As a result, "The Breakdown" descends into chaos as Greg is forced to say yes to Portia, Justin and everyone else's "great ideas for the show."

star 7.42
374 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Tracey Wigfield, Sam Means
Carol Has a Bully

#16 - Carol Has a Bully

Season 1 - Episode 9

Carol has a midterm she must pass in order to keep her internship. Katie needs to choose between helping her mom and focusing on her hacking story, which she can't seem to crack. Meanwhile, Greg's wealthy estranged grandmother pays a visit to the office. Chuck finds her cold and cruel, but almost immediately falls in love with her.

star 7.40
249 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Jack Burditt
War is Hell

#17 - War is Hell

Season 1 - Episode 4

Katie's secret war reporter boyfriend, Trip, is back in town and working at the MMN offices. Despite Katie's best efforts, Carol quickly uncovers the covert relationship using a plan she stole from "Days of Our Lives". Meanwhile, Chuck, feeling threatened by Trip, is determined to return to the field. Greg and Justin support the idea until they find footage of Chuck's time as a war reporter in the '90s.

star 7.39
318 votes
Writers: Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock
Sensitivity Training

#18 - Sensitivity Training

Season 2 - Episode 8

Carol and Chuck don't think they should have to attend Sensitivity Training and decide to teach the rest of the "snowflakes in the office" a lesson. Katie is excited about her new boyfriend, Jeremy, but Portia suspects Katie might just be a sidepiece.

star 7.33
127 votes
Love Is Dead

#19 - Love Is Dead

Season 2 - Episode 9

Carol is devastated to learn that her parents are getting a divorce after 70 years of marriage. Katie, still hurting from her breakup with Jeremy, is convinced that love is dead, but Carol is determined to prove that it's never too late to have a happy ending. Meanwhile, Chuck discovers that the reason for Justin's newfound happiness is the cute new barista at the coffee shop and proceeds to compete for her affection at the expense of his and Justin's friendship.

star 7.31
133 votes
A Christmas Carol Wendelson

#20 - A Christmas Carol Wendelson

Season 2 - Episode 7

Carol finds herself in a reverse "Christmas Carol" during which she learns that she has too much Christmas spirit and is driving everyone around her insane. Meanwhile, Chuck's estranged son, Petey, visits the office and Katie, who has been charged with babysitting him, tries to get the father and son to reconnect.

star 7.30
133 votes
Award Show

#21 - Award Show

Season 2 - Episode 4

For the first time in years, "The Breakdown" has been nominated for an American Journalism Award. Katie is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler. Katie is stuck babysitting her mom all night but gets distracted by Jeremy, a handsome New York Times reporter who looks down on cable news. Chuck is excited to reunite with all of his old anchormen friends, especially Len Archer.

star 7.30
174 votes
Bear Attack

#22 - Bear Attack

Season 1 - Episode 2

Katie tries to set workplace boundaries with Carol, but when a big story about an escaped bear lands in her lap, her mom can't help but meddle. Meanwhile, Greg tries to get Chuck and Portia to do a little friendly banter at the end of the show.

star 7.27
219 votes
Writers: Tracey Wigfield
Pilot

#23 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Katie, a frustrated cable news producer, is horrified when her mom, Carol, gets an internship at "The Breakdown." Despite Katie's best efforts, Carol is instantly beloved by the entire office, including blowhard veteran anchor Chuck. But when Katie hits a roadblock while producing a big story, she realizes that maybe having a mom at work isn't such a bad thing.

star 7.18
480 votes
Writers: Tracey Wigfield