The BEST Episodes of Maude
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2020
Maude was one of the most popular shows during the 70s. Not only was it one of the most popular, it was one of the most controversial. The show was real and told it like it is - much like the show that first introduced us to Maude, All in the Family. Maude was outspoken and stong-willed... which lead her to many interesting and controversial situations. Maude wasted no time becoming one of the most controversial shows ever when she, at age 47, became pregnant and decided to get an abortion (the first show to ever have the lead character get an abortion). By the end of the show Maude was heading to Congress, ready to take on a new world. And it seemed we would get to see Congresswoman Maude, but Bea Arthur decided to leave the show. Maude remains as part of TV history and has since become a true classic. Others in the cast include, Maude's fourth husband, Walter, and her divorced daughter, Carol from her first marriage. Arthur was the next door neighbor who later married Maud
#2 - The Analyst (a.k.a.) Maude Bares Her Soul
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 10, 1975
Maude pours out her innermost feelings, revealing long-hidden secrets and anxieties as well as new insights into her character.
#3 - Maude's Ex-Convict
Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 15, 1976
Maude hires an ex-con as her cook, but does not find it easy to live with the knowledge of what he has done.
#6 - Walter's Problem (1) (a.k.a.) Life of the Party (1)
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 1973
After a wild evening of drinking, Maude, Walter and Arthur awake to discover some oddities. First, Maude and Arthur shared a bed, second the guys trashed the living room and third, Walter made an obscene phone call to Maude's mother. Carol suggests that perhaps Walter has a drinking problem but he refuses to face that fact. Maude and Walter later get into a big argument while they are both drunk and Walter slaps her.
#7 - Maude's Dilemma (2)
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 21, 1972
After Carol suggests an abortion, Maude begins heavy debating over the pros and cons of having a baby at her age. Walter's "what-ever-you-want" attitude has Maude having a problem deciding wheather or not to keep the baby. Ultimately, Maude takes into consideration everyone's opinion and makes a final decision, she decides not to have the baby.
#8 - Maude Takes a Job
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 23, 1973
Maude is sky high now that she has a part-time job as a real estate agent. However, things on the home-front are not so happy as Walter, a self proclaimed old fashioned man, is not used to coming home and not having Maude to cook for him and tell his problems too. Thus, he orders her to quit her job.
#9 - Phillip's Problem
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 26, 1974
Maude's grandson Phillip has been behaving horribly lately and Carol does not know what to do with him. Walter quickly suggests giving him a good old fashioned spanking, but Maude is vehemently against it. However, she begins to change her mind when Carol and Chris leave for a weekend getaway.
#10 - Florida's Affair
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 16, 1973
The lazy furnace repairman, Whitnauer, has been showing an interest in Florida and she doesn't quite know what to do about his advances. This situation ultimately causes marital problems between Florida and her husband, Henry, when he catches her dancing with the man. Meanwhile, Maude and Walter are finding it hard to get Whitnauer to hurry it up on the furnace.
#11 - The Will
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 27, 1973
A major argument erupts on the day that Maude and Walter are to accept a husband and wife of the year award. The reason: Maude discovers that Walter has appointed a trustee in his will and of all people, the trustee is Arthur; Maude promptly refuses to go to the banquet to accept the award.
#12 - Maude's New Friend
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 2, 1974
Maude is spending much of her time with a best-selling author and Walter resents her new-found friendship.
#13 - Maude's Big Decision
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 29, 1975
Maude decides the marriage is over and is caught in a "compromising position."
#14 - Maude's Rejection
Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 1, 1976
A literary authority would rather lunch with Vivian than Maude, but Maude simply cannot come to terms with this.
#15 - The New Housekeeper
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 1974
With Florida gone, Maude has finally decided to hire a new housekeeper. She is excited with the fact that the new one, Mrs. Naugatuck is British but quickly the two of them clash over gender roles, as Mrs. Naugatuck insists on calling Walter the master of the house and begins to pamper his every need.
#16 - Maude's Facelift (1)
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 2, 1973
At age 47 and recently divorced, Vivian begins her single career (a.k.a. husband search) by getting a face-lift; her new face receives plenty of cheers from Carol and Walter, but only jeers from Maude. This leads Vivian to state the obvious, Maude is jealous and would like a face-lift herself. Maude finally decides to have one and intends to keep it a secret from Walter until she has it done.
#17 - The Commuter Station
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 29, 1974
Maude suggests a romantic winter wedding for Arthur and Vivian, so they all head to Vermont. However, Arthur and Vivian's wedding plans run into trouble as the wedding party gets stranded at a train station during a blizzard. Once there, Maude confronts Arthur about the cold feet he has over marrying Vivian.
#18 - Florida's Goodbye
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 5, 1974
After Henry, Florida's husband, gets a job promotion, she must tell Maude she's leaving to become a full-time housewife. Maude is heartbroken and is reluctant to hire anyone new but as applicants for the new job come in, Maude finds something wrong with each one. Finally, at the end of the day, Maude must say goodbye to Florida.
#19 - A Night to Remember
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 4, 1974
Maude is having a restless night, she can't sleep because she has something very important on her mind and wants to tell Walter about it, but he's too busy worrying about the blizzard outside and his end of the summer sale scheduled for the next day. So she decides to just drop the bomb, her doctor has told her that she should have a hysterectomy.
#20 - The Split
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 8, 1975
Maude's political ambitions, and possible election as Senator, threaten her and Walter's marriage.
#21 - Love and Marriage
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 24, 1972
Tired of living with her mother and stepfather and wanting a father figure for Phillip, Carol decides to propose marriage to a man she doesn't love. Meanwhile, married life doesn't seem to be all what it's cracked up to be for Maude and Walter who's argument leads to destruction in the kitchen.
#22 - Maude and the Radical
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 10, 1972
Maude throws a fund raising party for a black militant leader and invites rich white liberals but doesn't tell them it is a fund raising party. Meanwhile, Maude does her best to get a black couple to attend the party but must settle for a disguised Florida. Arthur doesn't help the situation either after prescribing tranquilers to Maude who during the party mixes them with alcohol.
#23 - The Kiss
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 16, 1974
Maude becomes concerned when Walter begins smoking a pipe and wearing high heeled shoes. She suggests that perhaps he's going through male menopause. However, what really concerns both her and Arthur is when they catch Vivian and Walter sharing a kiss. This obviously leads to yet more marital strife between the Findlays and the Harmons.