The WORST Episodes of Maude
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021
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
#1 - Maude's Foster Child
Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 11, 1978
Maude's Ethiopian foster child turns out to be something different from what she expected.
#2 - The Runaway
Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 5, 1974
Francie Potter, the teenage house-guest from the ghetto returns again, this time asking for money to run away from home. In a plot with her boyfriend, Francie worms her way into Maude's wallet using a bogus story about her drunken father who abuses her and she now want to escape to become a rock and roll star.
#3 - Tuckahoe Bicentennial
Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 9, 1976
Maude stages a tribute to American women for the Tuckahoe Bicentennial celebration. All the men are convinced it is a money losing proposition.
#4 - Captain Hero
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 3, 1977
The presence of a cousin throws Maude's work and life into a tizzy.
#5 - The Game Show
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 1976
Maude and Vivian appear on a game show, and Maude's attempts to keep Vivian from making a fool of herself backfire.
#6 - 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.
#7 - Bert Moves In
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 1976
Mrs. Naugatuck's wedding plans run into problems, and Maude makes a bad situation worse.
#8 - Maude's Big Move (1) (a.k.a.) The Chinese Dinner
Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 8, 1978
Maude mourns the moving of her dearest friends till a death has a profound effect on her.
#9 - Maude's Big Move (2) (a.k.a.) The Wake
Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 15, 1978
Maude's plans for a dinner party for a friend, a U.S. Congresswoman, changes her life in ways she could never have forseen.
#10 - Walter's Christmas Gift
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 20, 1976
A generous gift from Arthur casts a pall on holiday celebrations.
#11 - Maude's New Client
Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 2, 1978
Maude finds herself caught in between a Mother Superior and a mob boss.
#12 - Poor Albert
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 8, 1975
One of Maude's ex-husbands gives himself to her, literally.
#13 - Arthur's Crisis
Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 7, 1977
An operation Arthur performs proves quite memorable, as the patient turns out to be someone from his past.
#15 - The Doctor's Strike
Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 7, 1977
Arthur starts a doctor's strike, but will he treat his friends when they fall ill?
#16 - Mr. Butterfield's Return
Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 11, 1978
Victoria Butterfield's father returns to take her away, and is confronted with secrets from his past.
#17 - The Telethon
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 20, 1975
Maude is left organizing a telethon without a cause, when the charity for which Maude has put in a lot of work withdraws at the last moment.
#19 - Arthur's New Best Friend
Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 14, 1977
Walter is jealous of Arthur's new friendship, and his sense of loneliness and betrayal makes Maude in turn feel bad.
#20 - Vivian's Surprise
Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 21, 1977
Arthur's split personality makes Vivian distraught.
#21 - The Obscene Phone Call
Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 16, 1978
Maude receives a series of crank calls. She is in for a bigger shock when she finds out who the caller is.
#22 - Phillip's Mature Romance
Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 25, 1978
Phillip is devastated when he finds out why an older woman has been showing interest in him.
#23 - Vivian's Problem
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 6, 1973
Maude's constant matchmaking for Vivian has her fed up, especially since all the men have one thing on their mind. This leads Vivian to give up on men and settle for a 70-year old retired general. However, when Maude learns this, she becomes determined to show Vivian that she can do better and fixes her up with Arthur.
#24 - For the Love of Bert
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 27, 1975
Mrs. Naugatuck is conning everyone, and Maude has to get to the bottom of her scheme.
#25 - Arthur's Medical Convention
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 17, 1975
As a joke, Walter poses as a doctor at Arthur's convention. But his "medical expertise" is called for in an emergency.