The BEST Episodes of Recess

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Comic tales of a group of good friends, 4 boys and 2 girls, during breaks in primary school, as they grow up, relate to each other, and have brushes with authority.

Soccer Boy

#1 - Soccer Boy

Season 4 - Episode 36 - Aired Feb 27, 2000

Vince refuses to let Mikey join his five-a-side soccer team for the King Bob Classic, so Mikey becomes the goalkeeper for Lawson's team.

star 8.91
11 votes
Directors: Howy Parkins
Writers: David Pitlik, Phil Walsh
Bachelor Gus

#2 - Bachelor Gus

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 21, 1999

Thinking his family is moving away again, Gus moves under the jungle gym to avoid leaving his friends and school

star 8.86
14 votes
Wild Child

#3 - Wild Child

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 10, 1998

In the "Pee Wee Pals" program, the main kids each have to take care of a kindergartner during recess.

star 8.61
18 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Mark Drop
The Story of Whomps

#4 - The Story of Whomps

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 9, 1999

Principal Prickly and Miss Finster deem T.J.'s word ""whomps"" as a cuss and punish him for it, starting a scandal that leads all the way to the board of education.

star 8.59
22 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Mark Drop
Dance Lessons

#5 - Dance Lessons

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Jan 16, 1999

Spinelli's parents put her in Mlle. Povlova's dance school, where she teams up with Mikey.

star 8.56
18 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Phil Walsh
Weekend at Muriel's

#6 - Weekend at Muriel's

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Jan 9, 1999

Miss Finster agrees to babysit Spinelli for the weekend while her parents are away.

star 8.54
26 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Michael Kramer (II), Phil Walsh
Prickly is Leaving

#7 - Prickly is Leaving

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 3, 1999

Prickly finally gets his appointment to Spiro T. Agnew Middle School. But the kids try to make him stay after they meet the new Principal Slicer.

star 8.50
12 votes
Call Me Guy

#8 - Call Me Guy

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 26, 1999

Gus takes a new identity when he discovers that people think he's a different cool kid when he doesn't wear them. Too bad ""Guy"" can't see a thing.

star 8.46
13 votes
Gus' Last Stand

#9 - Gus' Last Stand

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 3, 1998

Gus winds up the new victim of bully Gelman's wrath.

star 8.45
20 votes
The Biggest Trouble Ever

#10 - The Biggest Trouble Ever

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 7, 1999

The gang gets busted when they accidentally break a statue of a famous hero.

star 8.33
18 votes
Economics of Recess

#11 - Economics of Recess

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Dec 12, 1998

When the playground goes on the monsticker standard T.J. goes down the path from poverty to wealth.

star 8.32
22 votes
Directors: Howy Parkins
Writers: Mark Drop, Phil Walsh, Rick Gitelson
A Genius Among Us

#12 - A Genius Among Us

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 11, 1999

Someone else besides Gretchen is a math genius, and through math, Gretchen starts a close relationship with this person.

star 8.32
19 votes
Good Luck Charm

#13 - Good Luck Charm

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Nov 19, 1999

Spinelli gets too attached to the lucky marble that Vince loans her.

star 8.31
13 votes
Some Friend

#14 - Some Friend

Season 4 - Episode 46 - Aired Jul 17, 2000

T.J. has a mysterious friend who appears to be Menlo.

star 8.30
10 votes
First Name Ashley

#15 - First Name Ashley

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 4, 1997

The Ashleys try to force Spinelli to be just like them when Spinelli's first name is revealed.

star 8.30
44 votes
Fort Tender

#16 - Fort Tender

Season 4 - Episode 37 - Aired Feb 29, 2000

T.J. and the gang make a fort, only to have Lawson ruin their plans.

star 8.27
11 votes
Directors: Howy Parkins
Writers: Bart Jennett
Parents' Night

#17 - Parents' Night

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Jan 17, 1998

Spinelli will do anything to keep her parents from attending parents' night and meeting the others.

star 8.25
24 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Holly Huckins
A Great State Fair

#18 - A Great State Fair

Season 4 - Episode 29 - Aired Feb 13, 2000

Gus gets left behind, along with Gelman and Finster when Gus's dad forgets to give him his permission slip to his first great state fair.

star 8.25
12 votes
Copycat Kid

#19 - Copycat Kid

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 7, 1998

Mikey wants to be exactly like Vince when Vince saves his life.

star 8.24
25 votes
Kids in the Mist

#20 - Kids in the Mist

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Jan 10, 1998

The kids deal with a pompous expert on child research who wants to study them as they play.

star 8.23
22 votes
Writers: Holly Huckins, Joe Ansolabehere
The Shiner

#21 - The Shiner

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 6, 1999

T.J. shows up in school with a black eye. Everyone makes up wild stories about the heroic acts T.J. must have done to get the shiner.

star 8.23
22 votes
Gretchen and the Secret of Yo

#22 - Gretchen and the Secret of Yo

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 31, 1998

Gretchen turns to former yo-yo champ Tommy Tate to learn how to master the yo-yo.

star 8.22
23 votes
Writers: Doria Biddle
Buried Treasure

#23 - Buried Treasure

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 15, 2000

TJ receives an old history textbook with a treasure map that leads the gang, Randall, and the Ashleys out to get the treasure. But as they get closer, greed arises and the 4th graders fight for the treasure.

star 8.21
19 votes
The Kid Came Back

#24 - The Kid Came Back

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 25, 1997

A weird little boy keeps tagging along behind the kids, apparently causing a streak of bad luck.

star 8.21
24 votes
The Trial

#25 - The Trial

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 8, 1997

Randall accuses Spinelli of hitting him with a rock during a dirt clod war so the kids put her on trial.

star 8.20
25 votes