The BEST Episodes of Life in Pieces

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2020

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.

CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring

#1 - CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 31, 2016

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 8.05
261 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Justin Adler
Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie

#2 - Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 31, 2016

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 7.97
606 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Joe Cristalli
The Twelve Shorts of Christmas

#3 - The Twelve Shorts of Christmas

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 21, 2017

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

star 7.94
477 votes
Directors: Jeff Walker
Writers: Joe Cristalli
Testosterone Martyr Baked Knife

#4 - Testosterone Martyr Baked Knife

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 23, 2017

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 7.91
526 votes
Directors: Jaffar Mahmood
Writers: Lesley Wake Webster
Sixteen Spanish Car Leak

#5 - Sixteen Spanish Car Leak

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2018

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 7.87
292 votes
Directors: Justin Adler
Writers: Justin Adler
Video Piercing Model Hangover

#6 - Video Piercing Model Hangover

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 17, 2018

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 7.83
330 votes
Directors: Jim Hensz
Writers: Kyle Mack
Annulled Roommate Pill Shower

#7 - Annulled Roommate Pill Shower

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 27, 2016

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 7.83
976 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Justin Adler
Poison Fire Teats Universe

#8 - Poison Fire Teats Universe

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 11, 2017

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 7.76
760 votes
Directors: Jude Weng
Writers: Barbara Adler
Sonogram Frog Rub Family

#9 - Sonogram Frog Rub Family

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 9, 2019

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 7.74
208 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Jordan Young
X Box Glimpse Spotlight

#10 - X Box Glimpse Spotlight

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 6, 2019

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 7.73
220 votes
Writers: Nadiya Chettiar
Jungle Push Resort Anniversary

#11 - Jungle Push Resort Anniversary

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 18, 2019

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 7.71
262 votes
Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writers: Justin Adler
Meal Potty Cart Middle

#12 - Meal Potty Cart Middle

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 30, 2017

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 7.69
515 votes
Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writers: Jordan Young
#TBT: House Destiny Introduction Retirement

#13 - #TBT: House Destiny Introduction Retirement

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 26, 2018

The Short family’s quirky history is revealed with stories of when Tim met Heather’s family for the first time; when Jen and Greg bought their dream home; when Matt got sidetracked after he saw Colleen while waiting for a blind date; and John’s last flight before retiring.

star 7.68
339 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Sarah Tapscott
Musical Motel Property Bingo

#14 - Musical Motel Property Bingo

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 12, 2017

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 7.68
892 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Justin Adler
Swim Survivor Zen Talk

#15 - Swim Survivor Zen Talk

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 8, 2016

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 7.68
889 votes
Directors: Jude Weng
Writers: Joe Cristali
Receptionist Pot Voting Cramp

#16 - Receptionist Pot Voting Cramp

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 3, 2016

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 7.68
960 votes
Directors: Lisa Statman
Writers: Brad Copeland
Earthquake Mechanic Old Dirtbike

#17 - Earthquake Mechanic Old Dirtbike

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 9, 2017

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 7.68
832 votes
Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writers: Greg Malins
Sleepy Email Brunch Tree

#18 - Sleepy Email Brunch Tree

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 2015

When Matt invites Colleen to brunch with the family, he coaches her through the difficult task of connecting with them. Also, John, Matt and Greg try to prove their masculinity by cutting down a tree in Greg's backyard, Tim has an adverse reaction to espresso, and a sleep-deprived Greg has a run-in with the cops.

star 7.68
859 votes
Directors: Jason Winer
Writers: Justin Adler
Godparent Turkey Corn Farts

#19 - Godparent Turkey Corn Farts

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 2015

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 7.66
687 votes
Directors: Chad Lowe
Writers: Maggie Mull
Pestilence War Famine Death

#20 - Pestilence War Famine Death

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 3, 2016

John and Joan disagree with their neighbors, Jerry and Pam, about who gets to use the hot tub when new property lines are drawn. Also, Greg and Jen invite their exterminator and his wife over for dinner, Matt and Colleen make an effort to be friends, and Tim is terrified to perform minor surgery on John.

star 7.65
629 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Greg Malins
Window Vanity Dress Grace

#21 - Window Vanity Dress Grace

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 15, 2016

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 7.63
895 votes
Directors: Helen Hunt
Writers: Greg Malins
Demo Nosebreath Surgery Match

#22 - Demo Nosebreath Surgery Match

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 18, 2019

When Colleen and Matt try to impress a potential birth mother, they have a hard time competing against another rich, swanky couple. Also, Jen’s pregnancy takes a toll on Greg; Heather lets John take credit for her housekeeping while Joan recovers from knee surgery; and Tim arranges for Tyler to record a demo at a friend’s studio

star 7.62
229 votes
Directors: Justin Adler
Writers: Barbie Adler
Misery Turd Name Pills

#23 - Misery Turd Name Pills

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 25, 2019

While Joan is bedridden recovering from surgery, she persuades Sophia to spend time with her; Jen and Greg select a name for their new baby only to learn that Matt and Colleen chose the same one; Heather has a new business idea.

star 7.62
228 votes
Directors: Jim Hensz
Writers: Jason Belleville
Reading Egg Nurse Neighbor

#24 - Reading Egg Nurse Neighbor

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 4, 2018

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 7.61
438 votes
Directors: Marcus Stokes
Writers: Dave Jeser, Matt Silverstein
Four Short Fairy Tales

#25 - Four Short Fairy Tales

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 13, 2019

When Tim gets a toupee, the family members try their best to hide their horrified reactions. Jen fights for face time with her boss when she returns to work after maternity leave. Joan decides to retire but gets cold feet. Greg and Matt build a playhouse for the kids.

star 7.61
208 votes
Writers: Joe Cristalli