The WORST Episodes of Grounded for Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2019

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.

Baby Come Back

#1 - Baby Come Back

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 7.05
19 votes
Your Father Should Know (2)

#2 - Your Father Should Know (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2

Claudia feels it's time to smooth relations between the two families by having the O'Keefes over for dinner, but the evening falls apart when Brad's mother blames Lily for taking Brad's innocence. Meanwhile, Eddie teaches Jimmy and Henry a lesson in respecting other people's property after he finds out that they used his coin collection to play arcade games.

star 7.20
15 votes
Your Father Should Know (1)

#3 - Your Father Should Know (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1

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 7.20
20 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Jill Condon, Amy Toomin
All the Young Nudes

#4 - All the Young Nudes

Season 4 - Episode 3

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 7.24
21 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Brad Copeland
Beat on the Brat

#5 - Beat on the Brat

Season 4 - Episode 23

Sean disciplines one of Henry's bratty friends; Lily asks Brad to choose between her and his geeky friends; Eddie uses a Jewish online dating service.

star 7.25
16 votes
Directors: John Putch
Writers: Ned Goldreyer
Day Tripper

#6 - Day Tripper

Season 5 - Episode 4

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 7.26
19 votes
Welcome to the Working Week

#7 - Welcome to the Working Week

Season 3 - Episode 9

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 7.27
15 votes
Directors: John Putch
Writers: Jill Condon, Amy Toomin
You Better You Bet

#8 - You Better You Bet

Season 5 - Episode 5

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 7.29
21 votes
Directors: Sean Lambert
Writers: Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida
I Think We're Alone Now

#9 - I Think We're Alone Now

Season 4 - Episode 16

Sean and Claudia try to take advantage of an empty house and spend some alone time together; Lily realizes that Brad is not a good dancer.

star 7.32
19 votes
Tonight's the Night

#10 - Tonight's the Night

Season 3 - Episode 11

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 7.35
23 votes
The Policy of Truth

#11 - The Policy of Truth

Season 5 - Episode 1

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 7.35
20 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Chris Kelly
(She's Got) Kegs

#12 - (She's Got) Kegs

Season 4 - Episode 12

Sean wants to go to a Sex Pistols concert, but Claudia has to study for a college test and Lily has a science project due, which leaves no one to watch the boys. But Lily leaves Brad holding the bag by skipping off to a frat party... where she runs into Claudia. Meanwhile, Eddie hires a bodyguard.

star 7.35
20 votes
Directors: Richard Boden
Writers: Steve Armogida, Jim Armogida
Racketman

#13 - Racketman

Season 4 - Episode 18

Brad's (Bret Harrison) dad, Dan (guest star Gregory Jbara), claims to have been taking tennis lessons for years, however, after Sean (Donal Logue) beats him at a tennis game, it is revealed that Dan has been having an affair and not taking lessons.

star 7.37
19 votes
Man, I Feel Like a Woman

#14 - Man, I Feel Like a Woman

Season 5 - Episode 2

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 7.38
21 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Jeffrey Astrof, Mike Sikowitz
In My Room

#15 - In My Room

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.40
60 votes
Directors: Paul Lazarus
Writers: Brad Copeland
Psycho Therapy

#16 - Psycho Therapy

Season 5 - Episode 6

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 7.41
22 votes
Eddie Said Knock You Out

#17 - Eddie Said Knock You Out

Season 2 - Episode 14

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 7.44
18 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Ned Goldreyer
I'm Looking Through You

#18 - I'm Looking Through You

Season 5 - Episode 7

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 7.45
20 votes
Directors: Keith Truesdell
Writers: Ned Goldreyer
Been Caught Stealing

#19 - Been Caught Stealing

Season 4 - Episode 11

Sean and Eddie arrive at the bar to discover they've been robbed. Instead of calling the police, Walt suspiciously insists on cleaning up. Meanwhile, Lily and Brad spend a day at the mall and wind up in a fight, so Lily decides that she's gonna go out with another guy.

star 7.45
20 votes
Pay You Back with Interest

#20 - Pay You Back with Interest

Season 4 - Episode 7

After Eddie buys an electric car to impress a girl, Sean unwisely gives Eddie a loan without telling Claudia, which results in her college enrollment check bouncing. Meanwhile, Brad discovers a tatoo with Dean's name, but Lily's plea for her parents to pay for her tattoo removal goes ignored.

star 7.47
19 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
I Wanna Be Suspended

#21 - I Wanna Be Suspended

Season 1 - Episode 3

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
54 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
Cuts Like a Knife

#22 - Cuts Like a Knife

Season 3 - Episode 7

Sean has a hard time fighting off an amorous Claudia after lying to her that he's finally undergone a vasectomy. Meanwhile, Brad gets a chance to hang out with Lily by paying her to tutor him in a subject he already excels at.

star 7.50
20 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Chris Kelly
I Right the Wrongs

#23 - I Right the Wrongs

Season 4 - Episode 4

Brad is bothered that Lily is embarrassed to be seen with him, so Sean tries to make over his geeky image. But all Sean succeeds in doing is inadvertantly getting another student suspended from school... Which leads to an in-bar confrontation with Sister Helen. Meanwhile, Jimmy's ""trademark"" hair-length has become an issue at school. Elsewhere, Claudia helps Eddie deal with an unwise purchase he made for the bar -- by getting drunk with the customers. And Lily confesses her relationship with Brad in front of the entire school.

star 7.50
20 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: David Goetsch, Jason Venokur
Smells Like Teen Spirit

#24 - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Season 4 - Episode 9

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

star 7.50
22 votes
Cat Scratch Fever

#25 - Cat Scratch Fever

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 7.52
21 votes
Directors: John Blanchard
Writers: Ned Goldreyer