The Best Episodes of Suburgatory

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2018

Single father George only wants the best for his 16-year-old daughter, Tessa. So when he finds a box of condoms on her nightstand, he moves them out of their apartment in New York City to a house in the suburbs. But all Tessa sees is the horror of over-manicured lawns and plastic Franken-moms. Being in the 'burbs can be hell, but it also may just bring Tessa and George closer than they've ever been.

Apocalypse Meow

#1 - Apocalypse Meow

Season 2 - Episode 21

Dallas helps George tell Tessa that he has sold their house; when Dalia tries to make Tessa miserable, Tessa seeks revenge.

star 8.18
253 votes
Writers: Annie Weisman
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Stiiiiiiill Horny

#2 - Stiiiiiiill Horny

Season 3 - Episode 13

When Tessa joins a knitting circle, the age of her new friends surprises George; George writes a song dedicated to his muse; Malik and Lisa bicker.

star 8.18
276 votes
Writers: Andrew Guest
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Krampus

#3 - Krampus

Season 2 - Episode 7

George assumes that Tessa will be thrilled to go on an excursion with her mother in New York, but Tessa finds herself missing Chatswin and her father; the Shay family is thrown into turmoil when Ryan finds out he was adopted.

star 8.09
243 votes
Writers: Emily Kapnek
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Stray Dogs

#4 - Stray Dogs

Season 2 - Episode 22

Sheila talks Mr. Wolfe into throwing a chastity ball at the high school; George buys Dallas her dream house.

star 8.08
251 votes
Directors: Emily Kapnek
Writers: Emily Kapnek
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The Barbecue

#5 - The Barbecue

Season 1 - Episode 2

Surprised Tessa realizes she is attracted to her jock suburban neighbor; George feels pressured to throw the perfect barbecue.

star 8.03
334 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Bob Kushell
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Les Lucioles

#6 - Les Lucioles

Season 3 - Episode 12

Tessa struggles with the budget while planning Lisa and Malik's wedding; June warns Tessa to stay away from Ryan; Malik turns to George when his family decides to boycott the wedding; Sheila gives Lisa advice.

star 8.01
261 votes
Writers: Emily Kapnek
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The Witch of East Chatswin

#7 - The Witch of East Chatswin

Season 2 - Episode 2

When Tessa convinces Dalia and her friends to think up feminist-inspired Halloween costumes, she attracts the attention of the Chatswin witch; Noah and George dress as each other; George misunderstands when Dallas asks him out.

star 8.00
254 votes
Writers: Annie Weisman
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Charity Case

#8 - Charity Case

Season 1 - Episode 6

Irritated by all the cafeteria waste at school, Tessa motivates the student body to get involved with giving back. Unfortunately their charity of choice involves helping residents of Florida improve their complexions. When Tessa introduces a homeless transsexual to the student body as part of a lesson, they decide that Tessa is really the person in need. Meanwhile George receives a large dental bill from Noah, which puts a strain on their relationship.

star 8.00
291 votes
Writers: Adam Barr
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Go, Gamblers!

#9 - Go, Gamblers!

Season 2 - Episode 20

Tessa helps Ryan choose a college; George asks Dallas to move in with him; Sheila sells George's house.

star 7.96
244 votes
Writers: Matt Ward
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Pilot

#10 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Tessa and her father experience culture shock when they move out of New York and into a house in the suburbs.

star 7.95
392 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Emily Kapnek
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The Nutcracker

#11 - The Nutcracker

Season 1 - Episode 9

When Tessa overhears George break up with his girlfriend, Zoe, on Skype, she blames herself for his failed relationship and decides that she's going to get them back together. Unbeknownst to her, though, George is really enamored with Tessa's cute art teacher, Aimee. He admits to Mr. Wolfe that he's over dating crazy city women, and that he's looking for love in the burbs. George decides to embrace the holiday spirit with a tree trimming party complete with ex-girlfriend, potential new girlfriend and the Royces, and he soon finds himself under the mistletoe with a special someone.

star 7.95
248 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Patricia Breen
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Thanksgiving

#12 - Thanksgiving

Season 1 - Episode 8

Depressed that she has to spend Thanksgiving in the suburbs, Tessa convinces Dallas to take her to the city for a girls' day out. During their fun day, they run across George making out with a woman while he was supposed to be "working." Angry with George for lying to her, Tessa confronts him during the Royces' Thanksgiving dinner. Meanwhile Lisa refuses to wear a special dress Sheila picked out for her, so Sheila decides to literally turn up the heat.

star 7.94
269 votes
Writers: Emily Kapnek
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Chinese Chicken

#13 - Chinese Chicken

Season 2 - Episode 10

George starts to feel stifled when Dallas' efforts to promote his business go overboard; Tessa learns what life is like as a football player's girlfriend.

star 7.94
215 votes
Writers: Andrew Guest
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Halloween

#14 - Halloween

Season 1 - Episode 5

Tessa channels her inner "suburban girl" for a Halloween costume, but it ends up spooking her friends and everyone at school since she reminds them of a recently "departed" resident of Chatswin. And George is determined to prove to Halloween-hater Dallas that being scared can be fun, but gets a scare of his own when Steven Royce (guest star Jay Mohr), Dallas' husband, finally comes home from one of his many business trips.

star 7.93
298 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Andrew Guest
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Ryan's Song

#15 - Ryan's Song

Season 2 - Episode 3

Feeling guilty about keeping the truth from Ryan, Lisa agrees to help him with Tessa; Dallas invites her life coach along on her first date with George; Tessa baby-sits with Opus.

star 7.93
242 votes
Writers: Andrew Guest
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The Motherload

#16 - The Motherload

Season 1 - Episode 22

Tessa feels a void as Chatswin celebrates mothers; Dalia goes to Israel without Dallas; Eden reacts to a baby shower's theme.

star 7.93
225 votes
Writers: Emily Kapnek
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Homecoming

#17 - Homecoming

Season 2 - Episode 1

Tessa returns to Chatswin after spending summer with her grandmother; George finds Tessa's renewed interest in her mother threatening; Tessa signs up for the Fall Follies; Noah and Dallas compete for Carmen.

star 7.93
257 votes
Writers: Emily Kapnek
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Catch and Release

#18 - Catch and Release

Season 3 - Episode 8

Tessa asks for advice when Lisa decides to propose to Malik; George believes that Nora may be rude to her employees.

star 7.92
281 votes
Writers: Patricia Breen
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Entering Eden

#19 - Entering Eden

Season 1 - Episode 19

George begins dating Eden (Alicia Silverstone), a woman he met at the town's farmer's market. Tessa helps Dalia find her missing dog.

star 7.90
231 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Patricia Breen
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Out in the Burbs

#20 - Out in the Burbs

Season 1 - Episode 11

When Tessa is asked to show new guy Josh Sherman around school, she becomes convinced that he's gay, when in fact he's an undercover narcotics officer. Lisa becomes deeply infatuated with Josh, and Tessa inadvertly convinces Mr. Wolfe to make special announcement to the student body. Meanwhile George re-evaluates his relationship with Dallas.

star 7.90
237 votes
Directors: Elliot Hegarty
Writers: Bob Kushell
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The Wishbone

#21 - The Wishbone

Season 2 - Episode 5

Tessa decides to spend Thanksgiving in the city with her mom and grandmother; George hosts Thanksgiving dinner for Dallas.

star 7.89
241 votes
Directors: Uta Briesewitz
Writers: Brian Chamberlayne
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Sweet Sixteen

#22 - Sweet Sixteen

Season 1 - Episode 7

When Tessa tells Dallas that she wants a simple get together for her sixteenth birthday, Dallas convinces her to let Dalia plan the ultimate birthday extravaganza at the country club, complete with a live performance by her favorite band, specialty drinks and go-go cages. Meanwhile George throws his back out and Sheila Shay takes it upon herself to care for him, even though George is terrified of her.

star 7.89
278 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Corinne Marshall
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Foam Finger

#23 - Foam Finger

Season 2 - Episode 4

When Dalia abandons her friends Kimantha, Kenzie and Kaitlyn to hang out with her father's fiancee, her former pals turn to Lisa and Tessa; George and Dallas take their relationship to the next level.

star 7.89
235 votes
Writers: Brian Rubenstein
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Driving Miss Dalia

#24 - Driving Miss Dalia

Season 1 - Episode 10

When Tessa gets her driver's license, Dalia hires her to drive her around to stalk her crush, Scott Strauss. As a result Tessa realizes that she and Scott might have feelings for each other. Meanwhile George and Noah's relationship is put to the test when George decides he wants to join the local country club.

star 7.88
240 votes
Writers: Brian Chamberlayne
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The Great Compromise

#25 - The Great Compromise

Season 1 - Episode 21

While Tessa tries to adjust to living with Eden, George takes issue with Eden's parenting; Lisa and Malik consider which camp they should attend.

star 7.88
216 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Charlie Carlisle, Aimee Jones
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