The BEST Episodes of How to Live with Your Parents

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

Polly is a single mom who's been divorced for almost a year. The transition wasn't easy for her, especially in this economy. So, like a lot of young people living in this new reality, she and her daughter Natalie have moved back home with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max. But Polly and her parents look at life through two different lenses. Polly's too uptight. Her parents are too laid back. Polly's conservative when it comes to dating (no action, whatsoever), while her parents are still sexually adventurous. They think Polly turned out okay, so what's the big deal? Well, they say it takes a village to raise a child...and in Polly's case, this village is on fire. But with help from her lovable yet irresponsible ex-husband Julian and her cool and fun assistant Jenn, Polly takes her first steps toward getting a life, starting with a social one.

How to Help the Needy

#1 - How to Help the Needy

Season 1 - Episode 12

When Polly is a hit at Elaine's birthday lunch, Elaine is left feeling uninteresting, so Polly gets her an audition for a movie to boost her ego. But Polly soon realizes she's fallen into an old pattern of putting her mother's dream before her own.

star 7.82
45 votes
Writers: Emily Cutler
How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life

#2 - How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life

Season 1 - Episode 8

With Max stressing out over the opening of his second comedy club, and a lawsuit that comes with it, Max and Polly are butting heads - with Max eating anything in sight to calm his nerves. Meanwhile, Polly helps Julian figure out his feelings for his new girlfriend.

star 7.77
57 votes
Directors: Richie Keen
Writers: Claudia Lonow & Bill Kuntsler
How to Not Waste Money

#3 - How to Not Waste Money

Season 1 - Episode 11

Max and Polly bond when he helps her learn to follow through on doing things -- like Groupons that she amassed while coping with her separation from Julian.

star 7.73
48 votes
Writers: Ira Ungerleider
How to Live With the Academy Awards Party

#4 - How to Live With the Academy Awards Party

Season 1 - Episode 3

The family celebrate their favorite holiday - the Oscars. Polly invites an old classmate over for the event and tries to impress him. Meanwhile, Max thinks that Elaine has too close a relationship with her brother, and tensions explode at the party.

star 7.67
67 votes
Directors: Rodman Flender
Writers: Jonathan Schmock
How to Get Involved

#5 - How to Get Involved

Season 1 - Episode 9

When Polly is apprehensive about putting herself up for a promotion (wine and cheese manager) and Natalie announces that she's playing a "hillside" in the school play, Elaine and Max decide to get involved in order to make sure that Natalie and Polly are living up to their full potential.

star 7.66
47 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Emily Cutler
How to Run the Show

#6 - How to Run the Show

Season 1 - Episode 5

Elaine and Max encourage Polly to put her needs first, as they did when Polly was growing up, and offer to babysit Natalie so Polly can spend time out with Scott. But they get a quick lesson in parenting the middle ground between letting kids run the show and ending up on a milk carton.

star 7.63
57 votes
Directors: Reggie Hudlin
Writers: Dave Horwitz & Marisa Pinson
How to Be Gifted

#7 - How to Be Gifted

Season 1 - Episode 13

Having always felt ordinary, Polly gets her family to go the extra mile to get Natalie into the gifted Magnet program, only to discover she's gifted in her own way. Also, when Elaine takes on a part in Max's play reading, their sex life is affected.

star 7.59
41 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Gregg Mettler
How to Fix Up Your Ex

#8 - How to Fix Up Your Ex

Season 1 - Episode 6

With Polly now happily dating, Natalie wants her dad to also have someone, and guilts Polly into helping Julian find a girl. Meanwhile, Elaine and Max, who have always been unapologetic about who they are, realize they have to make some changes for the sake of Natalie.

star 7.56
52 votes
Writers: Franklin Hardy & Shane Kosakowski
How to Have a Play Date

#9 - How to Have a Play Date

Season 1 - Episode 10

Polly's desire for Natalie to fit in with the kids and moms at her new school causes tension when she arranges a playdate and Elaine tries to steal the show.

star 7.50
52 votes
Writers: Claudia Lonow
How to Stand on Your Own Two Feet

#10 - How to Stand on Your Own Two Feet

Season 1 - Episode 7

Polly is determined to start paying her own way, so when her attempt at a second job fails, she decides to go back to school and make something of herself. Meanwhile, Elaine inspires Julian to follow his dream of opening a zombie survivor fantasy camp.

star 7.46
50 votes
Directors: Peter Lauer
Writers: Ira Ungerleider
How to Not Screw Up Your Kid

#11 - How to Not Screw Up Your Kid

Season 1 - Episode 4

When Polly and Julian tell Natalie they won't be going camping as a family this year, Natalie invents an imaginary bully in an effort to deal with her parents' divorce. Meanwhile, Elaine forces Max into planning to see an old Aunt who is at death's door.

star 7.25
60 votes
Directors: Bryan Gordon
Writers: Gregg Mettler
How to Get Off the Couch

#12 - How to Get Off the Couch

Season 1 - Episode 2

When Polly hurts her back training for a 5K and becomes confined to the couch, her parents step in to take care of Natalie. Elaine finds herself in an awkward situation with Natalie's classmates when they ask her to explain heaven and religion. Meanwhile, Max and Elaine encourage Julian to give Polly some space.

star 7.21
82 votes
Directors: Alex Hardcastle
Writers: Matt Flanagan & David McHugh
Pilot

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Polly leaves her irresponsible husband, Julian, and taking her young daughter, Natalie, moves back in with her unpredictable parents, Elaine and stepfather Max. Apprehensive but determined to get her life back on track, Polly jumps into the dating scene and reluctantly leaves Natalie home for a night with her parents.

star 6.87
118 votes
Writers: Claudia Lonow