The BEST Episodes of Recess

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2019

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

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 9.00
10 votes
Directors: Howy Parkins
Writers: David Pitlik, Phil Walsh
Bachelor Gus

#2 - Bachelor Gus

Season 4 - Episode 22

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

star 8.83
12 votes
Wild Child

#3 - Wild Child

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 8.59
17 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Mark Drop
The Story of Whomps

#4 - The Story of Whomps

Season 2 - Episode 20

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 8.57
21 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Mark Drop
Weekend at Muriel's

#5 - Weekend at Muriel's

Season 2 - Episode 21

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

star 8.56
25 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Phil Walsh, Michael Kramer (II)
Prickly is Leaving

#6 - Prickly is Leaving

Season 4 - Episode 11

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 8.55
11 votes
Dance Lessons

#7 - Dance Lessons

Season 2 - Episode 23

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

star 8.53
17 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Phil Walsh
Gus' Last Stand

#8 - Gus' Last Stand

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 8.47
19 votes
Call Me Guy

#9 - Call Me Guy

Season 4 - Episode 10

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
The Biggest Trouble Ever

#10 - The Biggest Trouble Ever

Season 4 - Episode 13

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

star 8.35
17 votes
Good Luck Charm

#11 - Good Luck Charm

Season 4 - Episode 19

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

star 8.33
12 votes
Fort Tender

#12 - Fort Tender

Season 4 - Episode 37

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

star 8.30
10 votes
Directors: Howy Parkins
Writers: Bart Jennett
Some Friend

#13 - Some Friend

Season 4 - Episode 46

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

star 8.30
10 votes
Economics of Recess

#14 - Economics of Recess

Season 2 - Episode 17

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

star 8.29
21 votes
Directors: Howy Parkins
Writers: Rick Gitelson, Mark Drop, Phil Walsh
First Name Ashley

#15 - First Name Ashley

Season 1 - Episode 7

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

star 8.28
43 votes
A Genius Among Us

#16 - A Genius Among Us

Season 3 - Episode 2

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

star 8.28
18 votes
Parents' Night

#17 - Parents' Night

Season 1 - Episode 25

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

star 8.26
23 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Holly Huckins
A Great State Fair

#18 - A Great State Fair

Season 4 - Episode 29

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
The Shiner

#19 - The Shiner

Season 3 - Episode 9

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 8.24
21 votes
Gretchen and the Secret of Yo

#20 - Gretchen and the Secret of Yo

Season 2 - Episode 12

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

star 8.23
22 votes
Writers: Doria Biddle
The Kid Came Back

#21 - The Kid Came Back

Season 1 - Episode 14

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

star 8.22
23 votes
The Great Jungle Gym Stand Off

#22 - The Great Jungle Gym Stand Off

Season 1 - Episode 4

The kids stage a protest when Prickly plans to tear down Ol' Rusty to replace it with a new jungle gym.

star 8.21
66 votes
The Trial

#23 - The Trial

Season 1 - Episode 18

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

star 8.21
24 votes
Copycat Kid

#24 - Copycat Kid

Season 2 - Episode 14

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

star 8.21
24 votes
Omega Kids

#25 - Omega Kids

Season 2 - Episode 18

The main kids wish they could have the overcrowded school to themselves, then surprisingly get their wish.

star 8.18
17 votes