The WORST 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 Foster Child

#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.

star 5.80
5 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Johnny Bonaduce
The Runaway

#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.

star 6.00
5 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Alan J. Levitt, Budd Grossman
Tuckahoe Bicentennial

#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.

star 6.00
4 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Milton Pascal, Seaman Jacobs
Captain Hero

#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.

star 6.14
7 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Harry Cauley
The Game Show

#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.

star 6.20
5 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Jay Folb
Maude's New Friend

#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.

star 6.50
4 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Rod Parker
Bert Moves In

#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.

star 6.50
6 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Arthur Julian
Maude's Big Move (1) (a.k.a.) The Chinese Dinner

#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.

star 6.50
4 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Richard Herlan
Maude's Big Move (2) (a.k.a.) The Wake

#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.

star 6.50
2 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Charlie Hauck
Walter's Christmas Gift

#10 - Walter's Christmas Gift

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 20, 1976

A generous gift from Arthur casts a pall on holiday celebrations.

star 6.56
9 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Richard Herlan
Maude's New Client

#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.

star 6.60
5 votes
Poor Albert

#12 - Poor Albert

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 8, 1975

One of Maude's ex-husbands gives himself to her, literally.

star 6.67
6 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs
Arthur's Crisis

#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.

star 6.67
3 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Charlie Hauck
The Flying Saucer

#14 - The Flying Saucer

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 1977

Maude sees a UFO but no one will believe her.

star 6.67
3 votes
Writers: Arthur Julian
The Doctor's Strike

#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?

star 6.67
3 votes
Mr. Butterfield's Return

#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.

star 6.67
3 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Arthur Julian, William Davenport
The Telethon

#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.

star 6.71
7 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Norm Liebman
Arthur's Worry

#18 - Arthur's Worry

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 1976

Walter has a very strange dream involving Arthur.

star 6.75
4 votes
Writers: Arthur Julian
Arthur's New Best Friend

#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.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Elliot Shoenman
Vivian's Surprise

#20 - Vivian's Surprise

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 21, 1977

Arthur's split personality makes Vivian distraught.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Arthur Julian, William Davenport
The Obscene Phone Call

#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.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Tony Csiki
Writers: Elliot Bernstein
Phillip's Mature Romance

#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.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Arthur Julian, William Davenport
Vivian's Problem

#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.

star 6.80
5 votes
For the Love of Bert

#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.

star 6.80
5 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: George Tibbles
Arthur's Medical Convention

#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.

star 6.80
5 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Phil Sharp