The BEST Episodes of Maude

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Network: CBS

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

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Maude's Big Move (3) (a.k.a.) Washington

#1 - Maude's Big Move (3) (a.k.a.) Washington

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 22, 1978

Maude arrives in Washington as a newly elected Congresswoman and has to learn to do things differently.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Arthur Julian, Charlie Hauck, Rod Parker, William Davenport
Walter's Problem (1) (a.k.a.) Life of the Party (1)

#2 - 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.

star 8.62
13 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf
Maude's Dilemma (2)

#3 - 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.

star 8.45
20 votes
Writers: Susan Harris
Maude Takes a Job

#4 - 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.

star 8.43
7 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Pamela Herbert Chais
The Analyst (a.k.a.) Maude Bares Her Soul

#5 - 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.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Jay Folb
Florida's Affair

#6 - 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.

star 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Alan J. Levitt
The Will

#7 - 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.

star 8.33
6 votes
Writers: Albert E. Lewin
The Split

#8 - 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.

star 8.33
6 votes
The Gay Bar

#9 - The Gay Bar

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 3, 1977

Maude attacks Walter's bigotry when a gay bar opens in the neighborhood and Arthur tries to shut it down.

star 8.33
6 votes
Writers: Arthur Julian, Michael Endler, Thad Mumford, William Davenport
Maude and the Radical

#10 - 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.

star 8.30
20 votes
Writers: Budd Grossman, Eugene Pratt
Maude's Facelift (1)

#11 - 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.

star 8.25
8 votes
The Commuter Station

#12 - 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.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Woody Kling
Love and Marriage

#13 - 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.

star 8.21
14 votes
Writers: Budd Grossman
Phillip's Problem

#14 - 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.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Budd Grossman
The New Housekeeper

#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.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf
Florida's Problem

#16 - Florida's Problem

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 13, 1973

Florida is backed into a corner by her chauvinistic husband, Henry, who has picked up a second job and orders her to quit her housekeeping job at the Findlays home. Soon it begins to cause problems for Maude and Walter as Walter takes Henry's side and Maude takes Florida's.

star 8.11
9 votes
Writers: Budd Grossman
The Grass Story

#17 - The Grass Story

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 1972

As a 19-year-old faces a lengthy prison sentence for marijuana possession, Maude and a group of middle-aged housewives plan a protest at a police station. The plan is to get arrested for possession and Maude is supposed to provide the pot. However, trying to get her hands on some, proves to be problematic.

star 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Bill Hobin
Writers: Arnold Kane, Gordon Farr

#18 - Flashback

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 31, 1972

While waiting for the electoral results for Election 1972, Maude and Walter recall Election 1968. Carol had just gotten a divorce and moved in with Maude. Meanwhile, Walter and Maude's relationship had reached a pivotal moment; should they marry or live together.

star 8.00
16 votes
Directors: Bill Hobin
Writers: Alan J. Levitt
The Wallet

#19 - The Wallet

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 15, 1974

Maude finds a wallet on the street that belongs to a man, known for his infidelities. After Walter declares a wallet is a place of privacy for all men, she snoops into his wallet. This triggers a series of mistaken identities when she confronts a woman, Norma, whom she thinks is carrying on an affair with Walter.

star 8.00
5 votes
Writers: Alan J. Levitt, Budd Grossman, Max Hodge
Maude's Revolt

#20 - Maude's Revolt

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 22, 1974

Walter throws Maude a surprise birthday party and she truly is surprised but unhappy about turning another year older. Tired of the men going off by themselves and the women going off by themselves, Maude makes Walter promise to not leave her side the entire evening. However, he soon breaks his promise and Maude goes into her bedroom and refuses to come out.

star 8.00
5 votes
Writers: Lila Garrett
Florida's Goodbye

#21 - 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.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: John Rappaport
The Kiss

#22 - 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.

star 8.00
6 votes
A Night to Remember

#23 - 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.

star 8.00
5 votes
Nostalgia Party

#24 - Nostalgia Party

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 30, 1974

Maude is determined to make her New Year's Eve party something to remember.

star 8.00
7 votes
Writers: Budd Grossman, Elliot Shoenman, Michael Morris
Maude's Big Decision

#25 - 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."

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Charlie Hauck