The BEST Episodes of Mad About You

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Network: NBC

A humorous look at newlyweds Jamie and Paul Buchman as they discover each other's idiosyncrasies and learn to deal with them. Paul, a documentary filmmaker, is creative, idealistic and an all around nice guy. Jamie, a public relations specialist, is direct, assertive and a practical person. They are very much in love this helps them develop a strong relationship in spite of their friends, families and themselves.

Up in Smoke (2)

#1 - Up in Smoke (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 18, 1995

Unable to buy her an anniversary present, with or without everyone else's help, Paul hands Jamie a slip of paper entitling her to a magical night. Things take a decidedly unusual turn after that.

star 9.51
43 votes
Writers: Jack Burditt, Jeffrey Lane
The Birth (2)

#2 - The Birth (2)

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired May 20, 1997

Jamie runs into an old flame in a cab on the way to the hospital. Meanwhile, Paul gets a grand tour of the innards of Roosevelt Hospital courtesy of a film star. And, oh yeah, the baby arrives.

star 9.42
40 votes
Directors: Gordon Hunt
Writers: Larry Charles

#3 - Surprise

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 1993

Jamie suspects a surprise party waiting for her at home. However, that's not what Paul has arranged for her birthday. They then get separated on the subway en route to the surprise.

star 9.10
127 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Lane

#4 - Disorientation

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 28, 1994

The night before Jamie returns to school she worries that Paul might not support her fully. In the morning, before Jamie leaves, Paul realizes that he has forgotten to mail her registration.

star 8.68
166 votes
Directors: Tom Moore
Writers: Jack Burditt, Jeffrey Lane
Virtual Reality

#5 - Virtual Reality

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 3, 1994

Paul invests in a startup venture, bringing out a virtual-reality system with Ira, after a demo but without consulting Jamie, who reacts calmly to his actions, both real and imagined.

star 8.61
174 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Danny Jacobson, Jeffrey Lane
The Tape

#6 - The Tape

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 24, 1994

Jamie and Paul are horrified to discover that Paul has unwittingly handed over a revealing homemade video of them to the Family Network, instead of a documentary about a zoo.

star 8.55
146 votes
Directors: Tom Moore
Writers: Paul Reiser
The Finale (3)

#7 - The Finale (3)

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 19, 1996

Paul and Jamie take a walk through the park to talk their differences out by themselves. They succeed, and return to their apartment, where Jamie springs a surprise on Paul.

star 8.48
75 votes
Directors: David Steinberg
Writers: Billy Grundfest, Larry Charles, Paul Reiser, Victor Levin
The Billionaire

#8 - The Billionaire

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 20, 1993

An extremely energetic and eccentric billionaire wants Paul to make a film about him. Meanwhile, Paul hires a new editor/cameraman who is anything but energetic.

star 8.47
187 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Pamela Eells, Sally Lapiduss
Married to the Job

#9 - Married to the Job

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 7, 1993

An evening out at Riff's sees Paul complaining about his meddlesome new producer, and Jamie venting about her credit-claiming boss, who happens to be seated nearby.

star 8.44
186 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Russ Woody
Met Someone

#10 - Met Someone

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 16, 1992

The story of how Paul and Jamie met is told, beginning with a chance encounter on a Sunday evening by the newsstand, followed by Paul's hard work to locate Jamie. Jamie breaks up with her boyfriend and is feeling strange. Paul appears in her office bringing her dry cleaning and as time passes, they go on a dinner date.

star 8.44
162 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Danny Jacobson
Our Fifteen Minutes

#11 - Our Fifteen Minutes

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 5, 1995

Paul is one of six documentary filmmakers selected by PBS to turn the camera on themselves for 15 minutes, and in his case, it turns into a big surprise.

star 8.38
138 votes
Bing, Bang, Boom

#12 - Bing, Bang, Boom

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 23, 1993

Phone calls, noisy neighbors and Murray chasing an invisible mouse are some of the distractions that Paul and Jamie face while struggling to find romance during a long-awaited evening together.

star 8.36
189 votes
Writers: Billy Grundfest, Paul Reiser
The Penis

#13 - The Penis

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 1997

The Buchmans promise to name their baby, if it's a boy, after Paul's ailing Uncle Phil, then find out his real name. Meanwhile, Paul is suddenly sure of the baby's sex.

star 8.33
131 votes
Directors: David Steinberg
Writers: Larry Charles, Maria Semple, Richard Day
Love Letters

#14 - Love Letters

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 10, 1994

The Buchmans find letters written by former tenants of their apartment chronicling a World War II love story that Jamie feels parallels her and Paul's relationship.

star 8.31
142 votes
Directors: Tom Moore
Writers: Jeffrey Klarik
The Painter

#15 - The Painter

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 15, 1993

Jamie hires an ex-boyfriend, Sherman (guest star Rick Rossovich), to paint the apartment and is a bit annoyed when Paul is not concerned by the prospect of her old flame being alone with her. When Paul comes home from his job, he finds Sherman and Fran together in their bed having sex, because Fran is stressed over her move-out from Mark's apartment. So, Paul talks to Mark about their marriage. Jamie and Paul try to get them back together, but they decide to split up.

star 8.27
183 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Danny Jacobson, Jeffrey Lane
Natural History

#16 - Natural History

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 1993

What brought Paul and Jamie together? Was it fate or a big coincidence? Jamie's belief that it was fate annoys Paul to no end, especially because Jamie is spending more time with Lisa than with him.

star 8.24
186 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Steve Paymer
The Handyman

#17 - The Handyman

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 21, 1997

The perils of engaging Paul and Jamie's handyman are visited upon Lisa, whose fiance is more than willing to finance Paul's over-budget documentary project.

star 8.22
138 votes
Directors: David Steinberg
Writers: Richard Day
So I Married a Hair Murderer

#18 - So I Married a Hair Murderer

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 14, 1993

Paul is anything but pleased with Jamie, who has too much free time on her hands, and uses it to cut his hair and his film, improving on the original cut.

star 8.22
187 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Andrew Gordon, Eileen Conn
Sunday Times

#19 - Sunday Times

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 1992

Paul and Jamie enjoy a quiet Sunday with nothing to do except decide what to do. However, they have to decide whether to see a movie, take in a parade or get to the museum before their friends' Sundays intrude.

star 8.20
214 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Jeffrey Lane
The Unplanned Child

#20 - The Unplanned Child

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 28, 1993

Paul's shooting schedule leaves it all up to Jamie to go out trick-or-treating on Halloween with his seven-year-old nephew, whose extended two-hour visit Paul forgot to mention to her.

star 8.19
183 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Jack Burditt
Neighbors from Hell

#21 - Neighbors from Hell

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 9, 1992

The Buchmans get off on the wrong foot with the neighbors across the hall, Hal and Maggie Conway (guest stars Paxton Whitehead and Judy Geeson), and each subsequent step to improve relations seems to make matters worse.

star 8.18
163 votes
Directors: Dennis Erdman
Writers: Billy Grundfest, Paul Reiser
Paul is Dead

#22 - Paul is Dead

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 6, 1994

The death of a Paul Buchman affects Jamie and Paul quite suddenly, leaving them without cash or credit. Meanwhile, Paul is morbidly curious about his deceased namesake.

star 8.17
174 votes
Writers: Billy Grundfest
Happy Anniversary

#23 - Happy Anniversary

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 22, 1993

At the Buchmans' first anniversary party, love blossoms between Warren and Connie, while Paul tries to turn back the clock. However, there is no love between the now separated Fran and Mark.

star 8.16
188 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Pamela Eells, Sally Lapiduss

#24 - Astrology

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 4, 1997

Nat's sister, an astrologer, is in town and agrees to do charts for Lisa, Ira, Paul and a very reluctant Jamie.

star 8.16
133 votes
Directors: David Steinberg
Writers: Jenji Kohan, Larry Charles
The Late Show

#25 - The Late Show

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 27, 1994

Fran tells Jamie that she may be pregnant, and Paul finds out from Ira that Ira may have gotten someone pregnant, but neither realizes that it is Ira who might have gotten Fran pregnant.

star 8.16
170 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Andrew Gordon, Eileen Conn