The BEST Episodes of The Bernie Mac Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Network: FOX

Bernie and his wife, Wanda, reluctantly step into the role of parents when his sister drops off her three kids -- naive Bryanna, nerdy Jordan and teenager Vanessa -- en route to rehab.

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Back in the Day

#1 - Back in the Day

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 20, 2002

Bernie becomes concerned when he begins to see the classic signs that old age is catching up with him. He's forgetful, has aches and pains, and is finding gray hairs in, uh, unwanted places. When a panic attack sends Bernie to the Emergency Room after an argument with the kids, he decides to not let the kids send him to an early grave. He fights back and begins trying to act young again. He blasts his music and nags his friends for not staying up all night to play poker with him. Bernie only makes matters worse however when all his ""young"" activities take their toll on his mind and body. When Bryana asks Bernie to play in her Father-Daughter Basketball tournament at school, he complains, saying that he is just too old to play. When he gets to the game though, he realizes that he should be playing and joins in. Although he gets hurt playing, Bernie realizes that being old doesn't mean stopping your life.

star 9.13
48 votes
Hair Jordan

#2 - Hair Jordan

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 4, 2004

Bernie finds out that Jordan has been getting haircuts with Wanda and the girls at a beauty salon and decides it's time to take him to Bernie's favorite barbershop downtown so Jordan can learn to be one of the guys. There they talk sports, politics, community and most importantly -- smack. But things backfire when Jordan's first attempt at smack-talking hits a nerve with Earl, the barbershop owner, who throws the two out of his shop. Meanwhile, the girls bond with Wanda when they team up to figure out how to change the batteries in the incessantly beeping home smoke detectors.

star 9.07
14 votes
Meet The Grandparents

#3 - Meet The Grandparents

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 7, 2003

Wanda's parents, Lloyd and Leora, visit the Mac household. Bernie and Wanda first think the visit will be good for the kids. But Lloyd and Leora start to give them more then they bargained for when hey start to criticize Bernie and Wanda's parenting skills. Bernie and Wanda decide to let the grandparents take care of the kids and leave for several hours. When they return, Bernie and Wanda tell Lloyd and Leora how they feel and decide the best thing is for the grandparents to leave. When Vanessa finds out, she is very upset because Leora did not tell her parents that a boy kissed her. Everyone makes up and decide to leave parenting to Bernie and Wanda.

star 9.00
8 votes
Walk Like a Man

#4 - Walk Like a Man

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 8, 2005

Bernie feels that Jordan is ready to walk home from elementary school after noticing other kids in his class doing the same. Although Wanda feels Jordan is too young to take such a big step, Bernie sees it as a rite of passage. But when Bernie hears that a bully is beating up kids on their way home, he has a change of heart.

star 9.00
5 votes
Sweet Home Chicago (2)

#5 - Sweet Home Chicago (2)

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2002

The kids hope to see their mother when the family heads to Chicago for a funeral. Don Cheadle guest stars as Bernie's Cousin D.

star 8.80
15 votes
Directors: Larry Wilmore
Writers: Steve Tompkins, Teri Schaffer
Being Bernie Mac

#6 - Being Bernie Mac

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 22, 2004

Bernie is hoping for some peace and quiet as he prepares for a performance that night, but he must deal with the kids when Wanda's business meeting runs long.

star 8.78
9 votes
If I Were N-Riched Man

#7 - If I Were N-Riched Man

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 3, 2002

After hearing Bernie use inappropriate language at home, Bryana goes to school and repeats it—much to the horror of her teacher. Soon after, a social worker shows up at the house to discuss Bernie's hostility problems.

star 8.75
40 votes
Writers: Ken Whittingham
Love Thy Nephew

#8 - Love Thy Nephew

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 7, 2003

When a litigious neighbor asks Bernie to tear down the treehouse he built for Jordan, it leads to an all-night standoff. Meanwhile, a relentless Bryanna tries to put a bumper sticker that represents her good grades in school on Wanda's car, but Wanda tries different ways to put the sticker anywhere but on her car.

star 8.75
12 votes
Go Bernie, It's Your Birthday

#9 - Go Bernie, It's Your Birthday

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Jun 22, 2004

Bernie's turning 40-something and instead of getting everything he wants … his day ends up being a disaster. He gets electrocuted by an old lady, forced to be a clown at a child's birthday party, and sent shopping for his own present! But it's all because his family has planned a big surprise party.

star 8.75
8 votes
Directors: Reginald Hudlin
Writers: Denise Downer
Mac 101

#10 - Mac 101

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 27, 2002

Impressed by the behavior and talents of another family's kids, Bernie cracks down on his own with a program of constant studying.

star 8.70
43 votes
Writers: Kriss Turner
Secrets and Lies

#11 - Secrets and Lies

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 1, 2002

Bernie takes Jordan to a Clippers' game but tells Wanda that Jordan has had an asthma attack and had to go to the hospital. Wanda tries to help Jordan 'feel better'. He feels guilty and asks Bernie if he can admit his wrongdoing. Bernie explains that it is occasionaly ok to lie, but Jordan takes it to a whole new level. He manipulates his sisters, aunt, school, and even Bernie. When the family has dinner a slew of lies are admitted by everyone in the family.

star 8.70
43 votes
Writers: Jeff Bushell, Mike Abrams
Handle Your Business

#12 - Handle Your Business

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 13, 2002

Bernie is booked on a popular morning radio show, and he gets himself into trouble with the whole family when he draws from his private life to bring comedy to the public airwaves.

star 8.70
46 votes
Writers: Warren Hutcherson
Fantasy Football

#13 - Fantasy Football

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 27, 2006

Jordan and Bernie Mac start a fantasy football league but do poor; and Bernie Mac won't really listen to Jordan. With that, Jordan eventually goes to a different league secretly behind Bernie Mac's back. Vanessa primps herself up with make-up for her senior photo. Bryana wants some of the make up too, so Vanessa gives her some of her old makeup. But Bryana gets caught with it at school.

star 8.60
5 votes
Hall of Fame

#14 - Hall of Fame

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 6, 2002

Jordan sets his sights on joining Vanessa and Bryana on the Bernie Mac Hall of Fame awards shelf. He decides to join his school's football team after hearing that everyone on the squad gets a trophy just for participating. Bernie is thrilled that Jordan is playing football—until he sees his playing skills.

star 8.58
48 votes

#15 - Mac-Inations

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 12, 2004

Bernie believes that he is the master of all pranks until his neighbor Carl Reiner, Wanda, and the kids join forces against him for the ultimate practical joke. They make Bernie believe that he accidentally killed Carl's beloved dog with rat poison. But it isn't until Ashton Kutcher comes into the picture that Bernie is put in his place.

star 8.55
11 votes
The Talk

#16 - The Talk

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 26, 2004

Bernie catches Jordan looking at his men's magazines and playing provocative video games, so Wanda tells him it's time for Jordan to learn about the ""birds and the bees."" Bernie is having trouble getting the words out, so he stops by the Playboy Mansion to get advice from the expert, Hugh Hefner. When Jordan thinks he got a girl pregnant by kissing her, Bernie realizes it's time for the talk.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Writers: Mark Abrams, Michael Benson
Road to Tradition

#17 - Road to Tradition

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 14, 2003

Bernie tries to instill a sense of old-school Christmas tradition in the kids but when they become obsessed with gift-getting Bernie decides to cancel Christmas altogether. Meanwhile, new Senior VP Wanda overcompensates for her promotion by trying to find a gift for everyone on her staff which distracts her from catching the Christmas spirit.

star 8.50
8 votes
It's Mac-ademic

#18 - It's Mac-ademic

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 22, 2004

Bernie doesn't like it that Bryanna's education consists of playing in the sandbox, tag and tiddlywinks, and he begins to question the teaching methods at the Wellington School. So Bernie volunteers as a teacher's helper for a week to see for himself. Things go wrong from the start when he demands respect from the kids and asks them to call him Mr. Mac instead of by his first name, as they do with the other adults at the school. When he gets resistance from the kids, the teachers tell Bernie that since he does not respect the Wellington way he must be on his way. He takes Bryanna with him but enrolling her in a new school isn't as easy as it seems. Meanwhile, Wanda thinks she can reason with Vanessa and Jordan and resists using violence against violence to get them to stop fighting, but she's beginning to think it's the only thing that will work.

star 8.50
8 votes
Writers: Fred Johnson
Easy Rider

#19 - Easy Rider

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 5, 2004

Bernie is tired of living in a child-friendly house and having to give up all of his favorite things because of the kids. When the studio gives him a motorcycle and Wanda suggests that he give it to charity because it is unsafe, he puts his foot down and decides to keep it until he crashes, passes out and sees what the Mac house would be like without him. When he comes to, he realizes that Wanda is right, and he child-proofs everything in the house and becomes over-protective of the kids. Meanwhile, Jordan is caught trying to sell Bernie's girlie magazines to the boys at school and Bernie and Wanda are called into another meeting with Father Cronin.

star 8.50
10 votes
Wanda's Week Off

#20 - Wanda's Week Off

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 23, 2002

Wanda spends time with the kids and considers having a child with Bernie.

star 8.46
50 votes
Pink Gold

#21 - Pink Gold

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 19, 2003

Chris Rock and Jay Leno guest star, as Bernie takes a long-standing grudge against Rock all the way to The Tonight Show. Upset after seeing Rock get preferential treatment at a doctor's office, Bernie's blood boils even more when his poker buddies fall all over his fellow comic, who drops by to tell Bernie that they will be co-hosting an awards show. That's not cool with Bernie, who maintains that back in their early days as stand-ups, Chris once told a joke on stage that Bernie had told him just moments before. The situation comes to a head when they're booked on Leno, who's unaware of the rift between the two.

star 8.40
10 votes
That Old Mac Magic

#22 - That Old Mac Magic

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 26, 2004

Bernie's agent Jerry Best takes Jordan to his office on national ""Take Your Child to Work Day,"" and Jordan lands a commercial for the designer knock-offs store, ""Magic Malvert's."" But when they threaten to fire Jordan, Bernie steps in and is forced to do the commercial. Bernie goes before the American Idol judges in his confessional and they critique his performance in the commercial.

star 8.40
10 votes
Love Bug

#23 - Love Bug

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 11, 2004

When Vanessa brings home her first boyfriend, Reggie, Bernie gets to work on scaring the guy off but quickly realizes that Reggie is a good influence on Jordan and could lead him away from bug collecting and into sports and girls. Bernie decides he can take advantage of the situation and let Vanessa think she has a boyfriend while also giving Jordan a role model. When this prevents Vanessa and Reggie from spending any alone-time together, Vanessa decides to break up until Bernie uses reverse psychology on her to get them back together. Meanwhile, Wanda decides to clear space in her closet and give some shoes to the Salvation Army, but letting go is harder than she thought it would be.

star 8.38
13 votes
Hot Hot Hot

#24 - Hot Hot Hot

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 16, 2002

On a hot day, Vanessa detours the family's trip to the water park. Back at home, the kids act wild and the air conditioning breaks.

star 8.29
49 votes
Family Reunion

#25 - Family Reunion

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 8, 2004

Bernie and Wanda host a Mac family reunion barbecue for about 50 of Bernie's extended relatives who invade L.A. for the weekend. At first, Bernie is excited and looks forward to bonding with his relatives and strengthening their family ties, but when his Aunt Sis starts to pester him about co-hosting a cooking show with her on the Food Network, cousin Lou starts to harass him, and his older brother Carl questions the way he and Wanda are raising the children, Bernie starts to question why he agreed to host the reunion in the first place. Meanwhile, Vanessa and Shonte, a distant cousin by marriage, flirt with each other until Bernie informs them that they are more closely related than they thought.

star 8.29
7 votes
Writers: Teri Schaffer