The BEST Episodes of Life in Pieces

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2019

Network: CBS

Comedy about one big happy family and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments as told by its various members.

Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie

#1 - Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie

Season 1 - Episode 21

Tim thinks wearing a Cinderella dress during March Madness is good luck, so he refuses to take it off in hopes his alma mater will win. Also, Greg fantasizes about what to write in a birthday card for his boss, Tyler goes to prom and must withstand unsolicited advice from his parents and grandparents, and Jen sets Matt up on a blind date with her coworker, Dougie.

star 7.99
517 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Joe Cristalli
The Twelve Shorts of Christmas

#2 - The Twelve Shorts of Christmas

Season 3 - Episode 8

The holiday spirit is alive, well and wildly different for each member of the Short family.

star 7.99
415 votes
Directors: Jeff Walker
Writers: Joe Cristalli
CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring

#3 - CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring

Season 1 - Episode 22

John and Joan reveal a shocking secret they've kept from their kids for 35 years. Also, Greg quits his job after creating a public funding campaign for his own invention, Heather and Tim try to make up for missing Samantha's Student of the Month Ceremony at school, and Matt's plan to make a big announcement at his and Colleen's book party keeps getting delayed.

star 7.95
227 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Justin Adler
Annulled Roommate Pill Shower

#4 - Annulled Roommate Pill Shower

Season 2 - Episode 1

In the second season opener, Heather and Tim ask Clementine's parents to convince Clementine and Tyler to get a marriage annulment; Matt moves in with Colleen, much to the dismay of her roommate; John takes the wrong dose of his daily pill, which leads to complications.

star 7.93
858 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Justin Adler
Testosterone Martyr Baked Knife

#5 - Testosterone Martyr Baked Knife

Season 3 - Episode 4

When Heather, Clementine and Jen offer to save Joan from the stress of preparing the Thanksgiving meal, the free time leaves Joan every more frazzled. Also, Greg has a boost of self-confidence after learning he has high levels of testosterone.

star 7.86
461 votes
Directors: Jaffar Mahmood
Writers: Lesley Wake Webster
Sixteen Spanish Car Leak

#6 - Sixteen Spanish Car Leak

Season 3 - Episode 22

Tim and Heather plan a surprise birthday party for Samantha, but the night takes an unexpected turn when she doesn't come home alone. Matt and Colleen learn their surrogate can no longer carry their baby. John and Joan decide to learn Spanish for their next adventure. Jen and Greg have to find a way to keep their secret from the family.

star 7.86
283 votes
Directors: Justin Adler
Writers: Justin Adler
Earthquake Mechanic Old Dirtbike

#7 - Earthquake Mechanic Old Dirtbike

Season 2 - Episode 16

Greg stirs up an old family feud when he finds money he accused Matt of stealing from him when they were younger. Also, Joan takes offense when Heather writes off her forgetfulness as "old age"; Colleen confronts a mechanic she believes is sexist; and Tim makes the kids go through an impromptu earthquake drill to see if they could figure out how to get home without money or cell service.

star 7.84
743 votes
Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writers: Greg Malins
Poison Fire Teats Universe

#8 - Poison Fire Teats Universe

Season 2 - Episode 22

In the season finale, when Colleen and Matt miss all the flights to Mexico for their wedding, they question if they will ever get married. Also, Greg and Jen get into trouble when they share a cookie with a fellow plane passenger who has a severe allergic reaction to it, Joan and John rush their dog to the vet after he swallows Matt's wedding ring, and the Hughes family moves into Tyler and Clementine's tiny house when a fire breaksout in their kitchen.

star 7.81
672 votes
Directors: Jude Weng
Writers: Barbara Adler
Musical Motel Property Bingo

#9 - Musical Motel Property Bingo

Season 2 - Episode 10

Heather freaks out when Samantha auditions for the high school musical and the director doesn't give her the part. Also, Matt, Greg and Heather suspect Joan is having an affair, and Tyler and Clementine decide to find a home of their own.

star 7.80
775 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Justin Adler
Godparent Turkey Corn Farts

#10 - Godparent Turkey Corn Farts

Season 1 - Episode 8

Joan invites their recently widowed neighbor, Gary Timpkins, to Thanksgiving dinner, during which everyone has a bad reaction to Colleen’s cauliflower dish. Also, Tim and Sophia try to find a last-minute replacement for Heather’s spoiled turkey, Jen and Greg debate who to name as Lark’s godparent and John takes Samantha to the Harvest Festival, where she sneaks into the corn maze with her boyfriend, Aiden.

star 7.79
566 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Maggie Mull
Receptionist Pot Voting Cramp

#11 - Receptionist Pot Voting Cramp

Season 2 - Episode 2

Greg lies to Jen about voting in the presidential election; Heather starts working with Tim at the office; Tim gives Joan a medical marijuana prescription; Matt takes Colleen to the emergency room.

star 7.79
841 votes
Directors: Lisa Statman
Writers: Brad Copeland
Swim Survivor Zen Talk

#12 - Swim Survivor Zen Talk

Season 2 - Episode 7

When John decides to try out for "Survivor," Tim gets jealous and attempts to undermine his audition tape. Also, Colleen confesses she can't swim when she and Matt discuss Hawaii as a honeymoon destination; Jen pretends to get hooked on meditation so she can use the time to play cell phone games; and Heather gives Sophia the "sex" talk.

star 7.78
773 votes
Directors: Jude Weng
Writers: Joe Cristali
Window Vanity Dress Grace

#13 - Window Vanity Dress Grace

Season 2 - Episode 8

When Colleen goes wedding dress shopping with her future in-laws, she must deal with Joan's unfiltered opinions. Also, when Clementine feels she's overstaying her welcome at the Hughes house, she starts being extra nice to Tim who takes it the wrong way; Greg gets frustrated when Jen can't stay awake after a romantic date night; and John and Matt attempt to build a vanity for Sophia after John rips up the directions.

star 7.75
779 votes
Directors: Helen Hunt
Writers: Greg Malins
Jungle Push Resort Anniversary

#14 - Jungle Push Resort Anniversary

Season 4 - Episode 1

When the Short family arrives at their vacation resort in the Yucatan, their accommodations aren’t quite what they expected. Also, Heather is ridiculously overprotective of Sophia during the family activities; Jen and Greg discover that Matt and Colleen have been duping everyone; and John and Joan get separated from their tour group in the jungle.

star 7.74
243 votes
Writers: Justin Adler
Toilet Shaving Stuck Fertility

#15 - Toilet Shaving Stuck Fertility

Season 3 - Episode 12

When Greg and Jen's crazy neighbors invite them to a party, Greg makes up a lie so they can get out of attending. Also, Matt and Colleen discover they need to give up some necessities to increase their chances of having a child; a delivery mix-up results in John and Joan accidentally receiving the fancy Japanese toilet Tim ordered for himself; and Sophia decides to shave her legs.

star 7.73
351 votes
Writers: Max Saltarelli
Video Piercing Model Hangover

#16 - Video Piercing Model Hangover

Season 3 - Episode 21

Jen and Greg find out a surprising piece of news. Sophia wants to get a second piercing in her ear, to the dismay of Heather and Tim. Colleen and Matt send out a video thank you message for their wedding gifts that irritates the family. John takes a modeling job but is horrified when he finds out his image is used alongside a product for the elderly.

star 7.73
293 votes
Directors: Jim Hensz
Writers: Kyle Mack
Meal Potty Cart Middle

#17 - Meal Potty Cart Middle

Season 3 - Episode 5

When Tim and Heather go to an expensive dinner to celebrate their anniversary, they are determined to finish every bite of their pricey 20-course meal. Also, Jen and Greg try to quickly potty-train Lark before her first day of preschool; Tyler gets jealous of the attention Clementine is getting at work; and Matt and Samantha team up for a “Middle Child Day” and go to a trapeze school.

star 7.72
449 votes
Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writers: Jordan Young
Sonogram Frog Rub Family

#18 - Sonogram Frog Rub Family

Season 4 - Episode 5

After Tim has a heart attack, he becomes super clingy and annoys the entire family. Also, Greg and Jen make a pact to keep their baby’s gender a secret; Sophia’s new pet frog turns out to be a dangerous species; and Matt and Colleen receive news about their impending adoption.

star 7.72
188 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Jordan Young
Burn Vasectomy Milkshake Pong

#19 - Burn Vasectomy Milkshake Pong

Season 1 - Episode 10

Greg is still bitter over an accident that sidelined a competitive game of ping-pong he and Matt had started years ago, so they decide to finally settle the score. Also, Heather questions herself after urging Tim to get a vasectomy, Jen is stressed about returning to work, and Joan learns her credit card has been stolen after strange packages start arriving.

star 7.72
536 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Greg Malins
X Box Glimpse Spotlight

#20 - X Box Glimpse Spotlight

Season 4 - Episode 8

Heather and Tim get an emergency text from Samantha to pick her up in the middle of the night, and they try not to freak out so she'll still think they're the "cool" parents. Also, at the circus, Tim endures an embarrassing public situation; John accidentally walks in on Jen breastfeeding the baby; and Greg and Matt get competitive over their children's accomplishments.

star 7.71
198 votes
Writers: Nadiya Chettiar
Reading Egg Nurse Neighbor

#21 - Reading Egg Nurse Neighbor

Season 3 - Episode 9

When Sophia asks Matt and Colleen about having children, an animated sequence featuring the whole family as farm animals reveals that they have been struggling to have a baby. Also, Jen and Greg's new neighbors aren't as nice as they initially seem; Heather interferes with Tim's hiring process at the office; and the whole family surprises Joan at her book reading, to her chagrin.

star 7.70
377 votes
Directors: Marcus Stokes
Writers: Dave Jeser, Matt Silverstein
Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem

#22 - Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem

Season 2 - Episode 3

When Tim accidentally shaves off a huge chunk of eyebrow before an important photoshoot, he hopes Jen and Colleen's grooming expertise can fix it. Also, when Gigi passes away, Greg makes an anonymous donation with the money she left him, but later realizes he wants to be recognized for it; John learns firsthand what Gigi's life was like at the nursing home; and Joan honors her mother's memory with unusual jewelry.

star 7.69
801 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Barbara Adler
Boxing Opinion Spider Beard

#23 - Boxing Opinion Spider Beard

Season 2 - Episode 6

John's plan to encourage Samantha to skip her ballet class and take up boxing with his trainer, Troy, behind her mother Heather's back has unexpected consequences. Also, Jen tries to discreetly seek a second opinion when Tim tells her she needs tonsil surgery; Joan constantly scares Matt by hiding spiders around him; and Greg grows a wiry beard that irritates Jen.

star 7.69
751 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Lesley Wake Webster
Cheap Promotion Flying Birthday

#24 - Cheap Promotion Flying Birthday

Season 2 - Episode 4

When Colleen teaches Matt her frugal ways, he gets hooked when he realizes how much saving money turns her on. Also, Tim attempts to fire Heather from her receptionist position at his office, John tries to break Sophia's fear of flying by taking her for a quick flight on a small plane, and Jen plans a quiet affair for Lark's first birthday, until the family takes over the celebration.

star 7.69
814 votes
Directors: Alex Reid
Writers: Dave Jeser, Matt Silverstein
Nanny Tent Earrings Cheeto

#25 - Nanny Tent Earrings Cheeto

Season 1 - Episode 7

When Jen and Greg interview potential nannies for Lark, they find it difficult to find one they trust. Also, Tim, Matt and Greg go camping, Heather suspects Matt bought Colleen earrings with money she loaned him, and John makes a wooden puppet for Lark that the family has more fun playing with than she does.

star 7.68
575 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Elizabeth Tippet