The WORST Episodes of Grounded for Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Network: FOX

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.

Your Father Should Know (1)

#1 - Your Father Should Know (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 5, 2003

After Sean confronts Brad's father, who's boasting that Lily and Brad have slept together, he confronts Claudia -- and finds out she already knew too. So when Brad mysteriously gets injured by an airborn Christmas decoration, everyone thinks Sean finally lost his temper. Meanwhile, the boys have spent Sean and Eddie's Liberty quarter collection, and Eddie is disgusted. So Eddie takes the boys out to teach them a lesson about stealing from other people -- by stealing a toy machine that Henry loaded with quarters.

star 7.06
50 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Amy Toomin, Jill Condon
All the Young Nudes

#2 - All the Young Nudes

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 12, 2003

Sean and Eddie hire strippers for the bar to help make ends meet -- then wind up being protested by the PTA. But what's most shocking is who set the PTA on their tails. Meanwhile, Brad asks Lily to break up with Dean. Lily doesn't want to hurt Dean, but agrees, only to find that he takes it far easier than she expected.

star 7.10
50 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Brad Copeland
In My Room

#3 - In My Room

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 17, 2001

Sean inadvertently finds a fake ID in Lily's bedroom. Sean and Claudia confront their daughter about her rebellious behavior, but they get few answers. They decide to hack into her e-mail to find out more about Lily's trouble-making friends. While they are checking, an e-mail comes in from a ""SweetandNastee."" Sean responds, pretending to be Lily. SweetandNastee gives Sean an address to a rave party in Yonkers. Sean and Eddie go to the address which turns out to be a dry cleaners. Convinced the rave is really at the dry cleaners, Sean and Eddie try to gain access to the party but end up getting beaten up by the dry cleaners' owner. Back at home, Sean and Claudia confront Lily, but she slams them for invading her privacy. Turns out she knew they broke into her e-mail account because she was online at a friend's house when she saw her name logged in. Lily made up the rave to teach her folks a lesson about snooping.

star 7.14
171 votes
Directors: Paul Lazarus
Writers: Brad Copeland
Psycho Therapy

#4 - Psycho Therapy

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 2004

Brad and Lily fight it out in a race for student body president...but it seems all the sniping and mudslinging is a mask to hide the former lovers' true feelings about each other. Meanwhile, Eddie is depressed and seeks the help of a quack psychiatrist...and Claudia tries not to learn the baby's sex, wanting to be surprised.

star 7.18
51 votes
I'm Looking Through You

#5 - I'm Looking Through You

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2004

Sean's old friend Dave is in town, a children's performer who goes under the name ""J.J. Bodybuddy"". He lets Dave stay at his house...but it isn't entirely altruistic. He's promised the school that he can get J.J. Bodybuddy to do a show for the kids. The problem is, Dave--a recovered alcoholic who hasn't touched the stuff in ten years--gets too drunk to do the gig, and Sean has to put on the Bodybuddy leotard hismelf. Meanwhile, Lily is jealous of the new baby, and is letting her feelings be known vociferously.

star 7.18
49 votes
Directors: Keith Truesdell
Writers: Ned Goldreyer
Cat Scratch Fever

#6 - Cat Scratch Fever

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 3, 2002

Things get tense at the bar when Sean hires his high school fantasy girl as the bartender. And Lily freaks out when she tells Dean she loves him at a concert and can't hear his reponse.

star 7.22
50 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Ned Goldreyer
You Better You Bet

#7 - You Better You Bet

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 2004

Claudia is upset with Sean when she finds out he gambled the money for the baby's crib and used the winnings to buy a new TV. When Claudia accidentally breaks the TV, she convinces Eddie to bring her to the track so she can win money to repair the set. Meanwhile, Jimmy must endure a painfully long day of father-son bonding to keep Sean from finding out about the broken TV, and Lily enrolls in a Big/Little Sister program, but is dumped by her Little Sister.

star 7.23
22 votes
Directors: Sean Lambert
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
Tom Sawyer

#8 - Tom Sawyer

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 7, 2005

Lily becomes insecure when she learns that she's ""not school smart."" So when Brad snags an interview at Yale, she becomes jealous and connives to land her own interview. Sean takes a second job as a limo driver, to avoid doing work at home. Claudia tries to convince her neighbor, Arianna, that the Finnerty clan is not trash. Jimmy seeks advice from his uncle Eddie for his debut in the school production of Tom Sawyer.

star 7.33
49 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Chris Kelly
Eddie Said Knock You Out

#9 - Eddie Said Knock You Out

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 20, 2002

Sean accepts a challenge from his obnoxious neighbor, Mr. O'Keefe, for a boxing match. But he has second thoughts when he discovers Eddie's tried to fix the fight. Meanwhile, Claudia becomes enraged when she learns about a rumour that she's had breast enhancement surgery.

star 7.37
19 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Ned Goldreyer
The Policy of Truth

#10 - The Policy of Truth

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 2004

Brad, after admitting he hooked up with his space camp buddy, Lana (guest star Mila Kunis), begs for forgiveness from Lily until he learns of her infidelity.

star 7.44
77 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Chris Kelly
Man, I Feel Like a Woman

#11 - Man, I Feel Like a Woman

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 2004

Sean's feeling sick, and Eddie convinces him that he has sympathetic pregnancy syndrome. Brad and Lily decide to just be friends but their hormones get the best of them. Jimmy tries to impress the new neighbor girl by pretending to be a sports fanatic. Eddie resumes his relationship with his ex, Faye, who's become more bitter and angry than ever.

star 7.45
78 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Jeffrey Astrof, Mike Sikowitz
I Wanna Be Suspended

#12 - I Wanna Be Suspended

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 24, 2001

Jimmy's science project, a model of the solar system, is due and he's eager to get back from the street fair to finish it. However, when Sean and Claudia find out The Ramones are playing, Jimmy's science project is forced to wait. Sean decides to write a note to Jimmy's principal, Sister Helen, to explain that he felt it was more important for Jimmy to attend the concert than to finish his science project. The note only ends up getting Jimmy suspended. To make it up to him, Sean and Eddie take Jimmy to the Statue of Liberty -- again with disasterous results.

star 7.48
111 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
Lily B. Goode

#13 - Lily B. Goode

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 10, 2001

In a desperate attempt for attention, Lily makes out with the nerdish next-door-neighbor, Brad O'Keefe, in his car. Sean, who went to get a bucket of chicken, is out walking the dog when he spies his daughter and the neighbor boy. So Sean responds in a very unorthodox way -- by lobbing fried chicken at the car. Elsewhere, Walt babysits Jimmy and Henry, and decides to teach them how to dig a hole. And Eddie stays in the house and tries to illegally hook up cable so that he and Sean can watch soft-core porn.

star 7.49
206 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Bonnie Kallman
Smells Like Teen Spirit

#14 - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 7, 2003

Sean talks to Jimmy about the birds and the bees; Brad accidentally sees Claudia naked.

star 7.50
78 votes
Devil with a Plaid Skirt

#15 - Devil with a Plaid Skirt

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 31, 2001

Jimmy's claim of demonic possession and Lily's skirt length prompt Sean's perceived battle with school head Sister Helen

star 7.52
103 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Tom Purcell, Tyrone Finch
Me and Mrs. O

#16 - Me and Mrs. O

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 20, 2004

When the Finnerty's throw Brad a birthday party to take his mind off his parents' recent breakup, Sean secretly invites Brad's dad to the party as part of his ""plan"" to reunite him with his wife Connie (guest star Nancy Cassaro). Unfortunately, Connie has taken Claudia's (Megyn Price) advice to ""get some,"" which prompts her to pursue Eddie.

star 7.53
75 votes
Let's Talk About Sex, Henry

#17 - Let's Talk About Sex, Henry

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 2, 2002

After Henry unexpectedly catches Sean and Claudia having sex, Sean is determined to handle the inevitable topic of the birds and the bees with Henry in a better way than Walt did with he and Eddie. After having a father/son talk with Henry about sex, Sean feels good about how he handled things. When Sean and Claudia catch word that they have a ""reputation"", they discover that Henry told his entire class about what he caught Sean and Claudia doing, forcing them to do some damage control.

star 7.56
25 votes
Directors: Peter Lauer
Writers: Bob Kushell, David M. Israel, Jim O'Doherty
Ticket to Ride

#18 - Ticket to Ride

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 31, 2003

After a night of partying, Lily wakes up with a nasty hangover, her car parked on the porch and no memory of how she got home. To teach Lily a lesson, Sean and Claudia decide to sell her car and have her sign a contract that she will call them when she is too drunk to drive. Angry at losing her car, Lily pretends to be drunk night after night in order to make her parents give her a ride home. Meanwhile, Eddie makes a huge profit when he sells Lily's car for Sean.

star 7.56
80 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Amy Toomin Straus, Jill Condon
You're So Vain

#19 - You're So Vain

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 16, 2004

Claudia's father, Tony, has returned to the Finnertys for and operation, and the rest of the family is very sympathetic, except for Sean.

star 7.58
73 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Jeffrey Astrof, Mike Sikowitz
Baby Come Back

#20 - Baby Come Back

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 14, 2003

Sean becomes jealous when Claudia is asked to do some modeling for a fashion photographer. So she storms out, leaving him to deal with a bath products party that she'd organized. Meanwhile Lily recieves her yearbook photos, which are terrible.

star 7.62
47 votes
Tonight's the Night

#21 - Tonight's the Night

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired May 9, 2003

Lily winds up with the strangest bedfellow after Dean fails to pitch enough woo on her monumental 16th birthday. Meanwhile, Henry and Jimmy put Sean's shoddy fathering skills to the test with a con-game and a hot-wings binge.

star 7.67
52 votes
You Can't Always Get What You Want

#22 - You Can't Always Get What You Want

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 21, 2001

Lily freaks out when Sean says they can't afford to send her on a ski trip with her classmates. But things get worse when she learns that Sean inherited some money and spent it on a guitar for himself.

star 7.68
97 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Tom Purcell, Tyrone Finch
Day Tripper

#23 - Day Tripper

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 2004

Eddie moves into the Finnerty basement after being evicted from his apartment. Claudia is not happy and tells him if he screws up he's out. Lily is jealous of Taya, Brad's new girlfriend, after she becomes the first girl on the Football team at school. Claudia's pregnancy interferes with her motherly duties.

star 7.69
48 votes
Welcome to the Working Week

#24 - Welcome to the Working Week

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 25, 2003

Lily goes on a shopping spree with her ""emergency credit card,"" resulting in her having to pay back the bill by getting a job -- at the bar. Meanwhile, Eddie fumes over a scathing review of the bar; and Henry takes energy preservation to the extreme.

star 7.70
44 votes
Directors: John Putch
Writers: Amy Toomin, Jill Condon
I Saw Daddy Hitting Santa Claus

#25 - I Saw Daddy Hitting Santa Claus

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 19, 2001

Sean gets ticked off with Walt, who's playing Santa Claus, when he promises Henry a $350 Astro Jammer Battle Buggy for Christmas. So Sean responds by bringing violence to Santaland. Meanwhile Lily tries to figure out if the blurry giftcard on her boxershorts reads ""from Brad"" or ""from Dean.""

star 7.71
24 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Brad Copeland