The BEST Episodes of Grounded for Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2019

Having started procreating at a young age, Claudia and Sean aren't sure they're ready for parenthood - even after having three kids. This series tells the story of kids - as well as the adults - growing up.

Don't Let Me Download

#1 - Don't Let Me Download

Season 2 - Episode 3

Claudia is shocked to find some racy pictures downloaded on Jimmy's computer, and insists that she and Sean confront him about it, but Sean wants to ignore the situation. Later, Sean confesses to Walt that he downloaded the pictures, and its not long before Claudia discovers that Sean is the guilty culprit. Meanwhile, Lily gives Jimmy a picture of Sister Helen which they doctor and use as an e-mail joke. But when the e-mail is sent to Sister Helen, things aren't so funny anymore.

star 8.52
25 votes
Directors: Dennie Gordon
Writers: Aron Abrams, Gregory Thompson
Pressure Drop

#2 - Pressure Drop

Season 4 - Episode 26

Claudia tries to alleviate Sean's hypertension and high blood pressure by running the household all by herself but everything goes awry. Jimmy gets suspended from school, which causes a set of problems all its own, and Lily and Brad break her bed so they steal the family car... and get it impounded.

star 8.44
16 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Eric Kentoff
Mustang Lily

#3 - Mustang Lily

Season 3 - Episode 2

Sean blows his shot at snagging a loan from Claudia's dad (Stephen Root) after losing the car he gave Lily for her birthday in a street race. Meanwhile, Henry and Jimmy put the squeeze on their grandfather for some hefty Tooth Fairy funds.

star 8.37
19 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff, David Israel, Jim O'Doherty
Baby, You Can't Drive My Car

#4 - Baby, You Can't Drive My Car

Season 2 - Episode 1

After the family car goes missing one night, the Finnertys find themselves at an impasse: Sean is in mourning over the loss, while Claudia hopes to gain from a slightly inflated insurance claim. But when the battered remains of the car are towed to the house a few days later, it becomes clear that Lily has been covering her tracks about an ill-fated joyride -- and the reason why her parents have to buy the missing parts from Eddie's maniacal mechanic.

star 8.36
25 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Chris Kelly, Ned Goldreyer
Smoke on the Daughter

#5 - Smoke on the Daughter

Season 2 - Episode 6

During a stressful day at work, Claudia takes a puff of a co-worker's cigarette which quickly turns into an entire cigarette and then a daily habit. Desperate to keep her smoking habit from Sean and the kids, Claudia tries her best to smoke without being found out, but is busted by Lily. Lily makes a deal with her - she won't say anything if Claudia will get her a cell phone and Claudia agrees. Sean thinks that Claudia's bizarre behavior lately has something to do with him, prompting him to buy her the expensive armoire Claudia was admiring recently at the flea market. When her quest for a cigarette leads to her digging through the trash and landing outside Brad O'Keefe's window, she realizes she has hit a new low and swears off her habit. Meanwhile, after setting a date with Dean on her new cell phone, Lily is humiliated to find out Dean heard her gushing about him when the phone didn't turn off.

star 8.32
19 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Tom Purcell, Tyrone Finch
Swearin' to God

#6 - Swearin' to God

Season 2 - Episode 18

Sean exploits a nun's foulmouthed slip of the tongue to get Claudia and the kids everything they've ever wanted from St. Finnian's.

star 8.29
17 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Mike Schiff, Bill Martin
Eddie and This Guy with Diamonds

#7 - Eddie and This Guy with Diamonds

Season 2 - Episode 19

Sean winds up in jail for buying some shady diamond earrings for Claudia from Eddie's so-called ""connection""; Lily protests the nuns's donkey-basketball game.

star 8.29
17 votes
Directors: John Putch
Writers: Jeremy Hall
Rubber Sold

#8 - Rubber Sold

Season 2 - Episode 4

Sean freaks out over Lily's attending a bash at Brad's after he spots the nerdy neighbor stocking up on certain sexy party supplies.

star 8.29
21 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Bob Kushell
I Fought the In-Laws

#9 - I Fought the In-Laws

Season 2 - Episode 20

The minor insults of Claudia's visiting parents get so far under an insecure Sean's skin that it starts to look like he's gone out of his mind. Meanwhile, karaoke leads to an unlikely liplock between Brad and Lily.

star 8.28
18 votes
Dream On

#10 - Dream On

Season 2 - Episode 2

Claudia's dream about Eddie has Sean out to relight his wife's fire, until he goes down in flames during an impromptu visit to her work. Meanwhile, Lily bombs out with a new boy after guzzling Jimmy's spiked cider. (TV Guide)

star 8.22
27 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Bonnie Kallman
Drive Me Crazy

#11 - Drive Me Crazy

Season 3 - Episode 4

For the second time, Lily has failed her behind-the-wheel exam. But this time it's not her fault, it's Sean's, who went out of her way to sabotage her driving test by teaching her rediculous driving tips, such as the all-important ""W-turn."" In other events, Claudia is having a devil of a time keeping Henry and Jimmy from playing a violent video game condemned by Sister Helen -- but she winds up addicted to it herself.

star 8.16
19 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
The Kids Are Alright

#12 - The Kids Are Alright

Season 2 - Episode 17

When Sean and Claudia win a free weekend in Atlantic City, Eddie offers to look after the boys while they are away. At first suspicious of his offer, they succumb because they desperately want the time away. But when they return from their trip to find Jimmy and Henry locked in the basement, they are shocked to find out that it was Lily and not Eddie who put them there. As Lily tries to explain what happened at home over the weekend, it becomes clear to Sean and Claudia that, surprisingly, Eddie was not such a bad choice to take care of the kids after all, even if he really did have an ulterior motive.

star 8.13
15 votes
Directors: John Putch
Writers: Andy Glickman
All Apologies

#13 - All Apologies

Season 4 - Episode 15

During a romantic getaway at a hotel, Claudia and Sean watch an adult film and realize it was shot in their home; a girl bullying Jimmy might actually like him.

star 8.13
16 votes
Relax!

#14 - Relax!

Season 2 - Episode 16

Sean tries to talk a gay co-worker into coming out of the closet before it gets out that Sean has already done it for him. Meanwhile, Lily's ready to rumble for her man after realizing that women keep hitting on Dean.

star 8.11
18 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Chris Kelly
Devil's Haircut

#15 - Devil's Haircut

Season 1 - Episode 8

Sean (Donal Logue) tries to disguise the fact that he cut Henry's (Jake Burbage) hair himself instead of taking him to a barber shop.

star 8.11
38 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
Henry's Been Working for the Drug Squad

#16 - Henry's Been Working for the Drug Squad

Season 3 - Episode 6

From TV Guide: Following his school's drug-awareness day, Henry thinks his family is on drugs and stages an intervention for Sean after he finds a suspicious plant growing in the yard.

star 8.06
17 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Ned Goldreyer
Just Like a Woman

#17 - Just Like a Woman

Season 3 - Episode 5

The boys mock Sean when he can't get the lugnuts off of the car, leaving him to have his wife attract a trucker's attention to change the flat tire while he sits in drag in the backseat. Elsewhere, Eddie holds a garage sale at Sean's house where he sells off hot merchandise and his brother's possessions, and he welcomes the kids to partake in the sale. But Lily is mortified when Brad buys her old bra from Eddie, then boasts to the school that he and Lily have slept together.

star 8.05
20 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Brad Copeland
Bang on a Drum

#18 - Bang on a Drum

Season 2 - Episode 5

Sean and Eddie revive their old high school band to play a wedding reception, but Sean gets nervous when Lily seems way too interested in their hot new drummer. Jimmy convinces Henry that the reson he can't find baby pictures of himself is that Henry's a robot.

star 8.00
21 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Chris Kelly
Safety Dance

#19 - Safety Dance

Season 2 - Episode 15

While Sean and Claudia are chaperoning at Lily's school dance, Sister Helen catches Lily and Dean red-handed with a bottle of liquor while they are making out. Lily insists she is innocent and that the booze is not hers. But it comes as a surprise to both Lily and Sister Helen when the real culprit is revealed. Meanwhile, Eddie has taken to using Walt as his goon to shake down his shady business associates.

star 8.00
17 votes
The Letters

#20 - The Letters

Season 5 - Episode 11

Sean becomes infuriated after receiving letters from the Home Owner's Association telling him to clean up his house, while Claudia is happy about the positive changes to the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Lily insists that Brad buys her an anniversary gift from a list that she's made... but he defies her wishes and gets her a sexy nighty... that he can't enjoy because he's busy picturing Sister Helen, who he ran into at the lingerie store. And Jimmy shocks the family by making an unusual lifestyle choice -- he announces that he's a vegetarian.

star 8.00
18 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Jeffrey Astrof, Mike Sikowitz
Crazy

#21 - Crazy

Season 5 - Episode 12

Eddie's ex, Amy, displays naked photos of him in an art gallery, but he's too afraid to ask her to remove them... because she's crazy! Meanwhile, Sean is having problems trying to sell the Red Boot; Claudia has a baby shower; and Jimmy fills in on the cheerleading squad to get close to the girls.

star 8.00
20 votes
Don't Fear the Reefer

#22 - Don't Fear the Reefer

Season 2 - Episode 12

Sean's takes a swing at tree surgery and ends up causing a blackout during the superbowl. But his biggest concern is what he saw through Lily's window while chopping the tree -- Lily holding a bag of pot. But what's even more shocking is where Lily got the weed: out of Sean's closet. With the blackout, Dan O'Keefe moves his Superbowl party to the Finnerty home, where they listen to a play-by-play given by Jimmy from his 5-inch TV.

star 7.96
25 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Aron Abrams, Gregory Thompson
The Cheat Is On

#23 - The Cheat Is On

Season 4 - Episode 24

Claudia copies Lily's school paper, only to find out Lily plagiarized the essay. Sean hints to Sister Helen that Lily may have cheated, but he learns too late that the school's ""zero-tolerance"" policy on cheating could result in Lily being expelled.

star 7.94
18 votes
Dust in the Wind

#24 - Dust in the Wind

Season 2 - Episode 21

Sean and Eddie plan to honor their late cousin's wishes by scattering his Tupperware-borne ashes over the old water tower; Lily meets a cute guy at the funeral.

star 7.94
16 votes
Directors: Dennis Gordon
Writers: Orit Schwartz
Claudia in Disguise with Glasses

#25 - Claudia in Disguise with Glasses

Season 3 - Episode 10

Claudia wreaks havoc at a wedding reception after losing her glasses -- though it may not be Claudia who lost them. Meanwhile Lily convinces Eddie to persuade Dean to get her the perfect birthday gift; and Brad begins spending way too much time with Jimmy.

star 7.94
16 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Aron Abrams, Gregory Thompson