The BEST episodes of Suddenly Susan

Every episode of Suddenly Susan ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Suddenly Susan!

Susan is a "somewhat sheltered" magazine writer who has dumped her rich fiance at the altar and must now cope with being suddenly single - complicated by the fact that her boss at hip San Francisco magazine The Gate is her ex's brother Jack. He has promoted her from copy editor to writer of a column on being single in the '90s, thus irritating her co-workers: caustic lifestyle columnist Vicki, Cuban playboy. Susan's main support is her loving grandmother Nana. In highly publicized trouble before it ever aired, Suddenly Susan had to switch formats from a bookstore to a magazine workplace setting - sort of Mary Richards going to work for Lou Grant at the Trib.

Last Updated: 5/25/2023Network:NBC
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First Episode
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8.25
4 votes

#1 - First Episode

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/19/1996

Even though Susan leaves her fiancé, Kip, at the altar, her ties to his family aren't severed---her boss is Kip's brother.

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Maddy World
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8.00
1 votes

#2 - It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Maddy World

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/3/1997

Susan's conflict with Maddy begins to invade her dreams, so she turns to a therapy group for help; Pete's partner thinks Pete and Jack are an item.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Models and Strippers and Wasps, Oh My!
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7.00
1 votes

#3 - Models and Strippers and Wasps, Oh My!

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/6/1998

On her birthday, Susan expects a surprise party---but the gang seems to have forgotten; Todd accidentally downloads a computer virus that wipes out The Gate's files.

Directors: Tom Moore
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A Day in the Life
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7.00
1 votes

#4 - A Day in the Life

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/24/1999

The season finale is a memorial to former series star David Strickland, who committed suicide in mid-season. After buying a used cellular telephone, Vicki becomes exasperated from receiving frequent calls to its previous owner, a psychic named Charlene--until, by pretending to be Charlene, Vicki manipulates a date with wealthy, lovelorn Eric. Eric unfortunately discovers the ruse when he calls Charlene and hears Vicki's telephone ringing. Meanwhile, Luis cannot figure out why Maddy is so irritated at having to take care of him while he suffers from a head cold. Maddy finally admits that she has bad memories of caring for her alcoholic mother. Since Jack gave Todd the day off from work, no one thinks much about Todd until Susan notices that he left her the wrong tickets to a concert that night. Unable to contact Todd at home, Susan goes on a quest to find him and learns details about his personality that she never appreciated before: an elderly woman recounts how Todd buys her health dr

Writer: Rick Singer
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Bowled Over
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7.00
1 votes

#5 - Bowled Over

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/24/1999

Susan finally gets her new boyfriend, Zack, to commit some of his busy schedule to her. Feeling sorry for lonely Vicki, Susan invites her to join Zack and her at a club appearance by Zack's friend, rock star Warren Zevon. However, Zack obviously has much more in common with Vicki that with Susan, frustrating her. The next night, while Zack and Vicki flirt, Warren attempts to get a date with an unreceptive Susan. When Susan and Vicki argue with each other and confront Zack, he admits that he likes Vicki and Susan equally--and he wants to have sex with both of them at once. Disgusted, Susan and Vicki abandon Zack. Meanwhile, Jack makes an ill-advised bet with rival newspaper editor Sam: the loser in a bowling match between Jack's employees and Sam's must get a Mohawk haircut. To challenge Sam's expert players, Jack recruits Maddy, an excellent bowler, along with mediocre Todd and awful Luis, who can't even keep the ball in his own lane. However, Maddy distracts Sam's guys with sexy poses

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writer: Jana Barto
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Ben Rubenstein, Meet Joe Black
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7.00
1 votes

#6 - Ben Rubenstein, Meet Joe Black

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/22/1999

Luis and Maddy continue their lustful affair at every opportunity. After Todd witnesses the couple having sex in the supply closet, Luis wonders if he is sacrificing his personal life for a meaningless relationship. Maddy doesn't pretend that Luis is anything but a replacement for her alcohol addiction, but Luis cannot refuse the great sex either. Meanwhile, Vicki's meddlesome mother Edie and long-suffering father Leon visit. Edie constantly complains about not being a grandmother yet. When Ben returns from a trip, Vicki makes passionate love to him--and he dies of a heart attack. Distraught with guilt that she killed her husband, Vicki moves in with her parents to a trashy trailer in Arizona. She seems doomed for a life of bitterness and failure until Susan finds out that Ben had a serious heart condition that he kept secret; he was due to die anyway. After Susan informs Vicki, they return to San Francisco. Ed McMahon guest stars as himself in search of a multi-millionaire sweepstakes

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writer: Andrew Green
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Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut
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7.00
1 votes

#7 - Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/8/1999

Tonight's episode of ""Suddenly Susan"" includes not just one, but two reunions of huge proportions. The first reunion is for Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, who starred in ""Blue Lagoon"" together. The show made Shields a star, but the two actors haven't seen each other in 19 years. The second reunion is for the '60s band The Turtles, whose hits included ""So Happy Together."" Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman come together again to sing that song. Jack, Susan, Maddy and Luis attend a journalism conference. Suspicious that Jack wants to renew his romance with her--which she doesn't want--Susan is surprised when he reunites with a sexy former girlfriend, Meegan Garrity. Susan tries to make Jack jealous by flirting with a bitter, unresponsive columnist but later learns that Jack was only trying to make her jealous. Meanwhile, recovering alcoholic Maddy, who is surrounded by cocktail-drinking conventioneers, cannot drink and is also forbidden from smoking on the premises. After exhausting h

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writer: Polly Levy
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The Apartment Hunt
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7.00
1 votes

#8 - The Apartment Hunt

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/30/1998

As Susan and Jack search for an apartment together, Susan wonders if Jack is really interested in living with her. His blood pressure rises whenever the subject is discussed, and he finds something to dislike in 22 consecutive places that Susan loves. Finally, when Susan makes an appointment with a handsome real-estate agent to look at the most fabulous apartment of all, Jack does not come at all. To her surprise and embarrassment, an upset Susan finds herself kissing the agent. Later, when Susan confronts Jack about his attitude and confesses what she did, Jack becomes furious. Meanwhile, Todd and Vicki vie for the favor of Mrs. Fong, the landlady of Susan's current apartment. Each wanting the choice apartment when Susan moves out, they competitively do errands and pamper Mrs. Fong. Also, Maddy reluctantly asks Luis to take her photograph as a present for her mother, but Luis must make extreme efforts to get Maddy to smile for the camera.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writer: Maria Semple
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Trash-Test Dummies
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7.00
1 votes

#9 - Trash-Test Dummies

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/16/1998

When Jack and Susan head off on their first weekend together, they're sidetracked by a visit to Jack's lowlife cousin Wallace and bamboozled into baby-sitting his kids, who are a handful. Meanwhile, Luis (and everybody else) hangs out at Susan's place, awaiting delivery of her new mattress.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writer: Andrew Green
Seems Like Old Times
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7.00
1 votes

#10 - Seems Like Old Times

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/9/1998

After a tremor shakes things up at the Gate, the staff rescue from the stalled elevator a shaken Lily, a nonagenarian survivor of the 1906 earthquake who shares her off-the-wall story (told via flashbacks featuring the cast) about Lily's mother, an aspiring singer (Susan); a lovesick busboy (Jack); a fortuneteller (Nana); two cough-drop moguls (Todd and Luis); and Enrico Caruso. This is the kind of lame fantasy episode that usually spells the demise of a sitcom, but it does have a fairly terrific dance sequence.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
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Don't Tell
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7.00
1 votes

#11 - Don't Tell

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/5/1998

In a desperate attempt to keep her romance with Jack a secret from the office grapevine, Susan tells bloodhound Vicki that she's dating her dentist, Mort Gerken -- only to have Vicki decide that Mort is cheating on Susan. Meanwhile, Todd challenges Maddy to an IQ test, staking his prime-parking place in the office garage on the outcome; and Luis celebrates his fifth anniversary at the Gate.

Writer: Maria Semple
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Oh, How They Danced (2)
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7.00
1 votes

#12 - Oh, How They Danced (2)

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired 5/18/1998

Edie may not make it to Vicki's wedding ceremony.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
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Daddy Piper
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7.00
1 votes

#13 - Daddy Piper

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/9/1998

Hospitalized, Jack puts Susan in charge of the magazine---much to the chagrin of Maddy, whose father, an esteemed journalist, is visiting.

Directors: Joyce Gittlin
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Ready ... aim ... Fong!
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7.00
1 votes

#14 - Ready ... aim ... Fong!

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/2/1998

Todd and the gang attend a Shawn Colvin performance, but the singer recalls Todd from his scathing review a year earlier. Meanwhile, Susan's apartment gets robbed, so she decides to get a gun.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writer: Chuck Tatham
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Matchmaker, Matchmaker
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7.00
1 votes

#15 - Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/19/1998

Susan fixes Nana up with a charming businessman---who's not exactly how he appears; Vicki arrives in Israel and tries to adapt to life on a kibbutz.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
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A Kiss is Just Amiss
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7.00
1 votes

#16 - A Kiss is Just Amiss

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/5/1998

Shaken from witnessing Jack and Maddy's kiss, Susan shares her disappointment with Vicki---who shares it with the whole office. Meanwhile, Vicki tries to get closer to Ben.

Directors: Tom Moore
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The Old and the Beautiful
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7.00
1 votes

#17 - The Old and the Beautiful

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/24/1997

Susan, overcome with that Thanksgiving spirit, decides to spend time with an elderly resident of a nearby retirement home.

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Dr. No
star
7.00
2 votes

#18 - Dr. No

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/1996

To cover a story, Susan spends time with an assertiveness-training guru---who sends her chutzpah level soaring off the charts.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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The Best Laid Plans
star
7.00
1 votes

#19 - The Best Laid Plans

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/3/1996

When Susan's dull love life becomes the topic of discussion at ""The Gate,"" she sets out to explore her options---including office romance.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
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Suddenly Susan Unplugged
star
7.00
1 votes

#20 - Suddenly Susan Unplugged

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/10/1996

When her utilities are cut off, Susan jumps through hoops to get them restored. But trouble ensues when she writes an exposé on the incident.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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Lie! Lie! My Darling
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7.00
1 votes

#21 - Lie! Lie! My Darling

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/31/1996

To get out of dinner with her parents, Susan tells her mom a little white lie---and gets caught in it.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writer: Ian Praiser
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Golden Girl Friday
star
7.00
1 votes

#22 - Golden Girl Friday

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/7/1996

At Susan's prodding, Jack hires a sweet senior citizen---who proceeds to wreak havoc around the office.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
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Beauty and the Beasty Boy
star
7.00
1 votes

#23 - Beauty and the Beasty Boy

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/14/1996

Susan falls for a nihilistic rocker, and the attraction is mutual - despite a severe conflict of life styles and values.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Was it Something I Said?
star
7.00
1 votes

#24 - Was it Something I Said?

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/12/1996

Susan reluctantly does a favor for Jack by attending a charity function with Jack, his wife Margo, and her incredibly obnoxious brother. When Susan finally tells the creep off, Margo and her brother storm out, leaving Susan alone to deal with an inebriated Jack, who winds up spending the night on her sofa. But the next day Margo is not quite willing to believe that's all that happened.

Directors: Steve Zuckerman
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Love and Divorce American Style (2)
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7.00
1 votes

#25 - Love and Divorce American Style (2)

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/20/1997

While filling in as baby sitter for Adam's kids, Susan unexpectedly meets his ex. Meanwhile, Jack sets up his bachelor pad.

Directors: Pamela Fryman
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