The BEST Episodes of The Comeback

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2019

Network: HBO

"The Comeback" stars Lisa Kudrow as a one-time sitcom star who is trying to revive her career. Kudrow and Michael Patrick King (executive producer of Sex and the City) co-wrote the pilot script and will executive produce the series. Kudrow's producing partner Dan Bucatinsky is set to executive produce through the duo's production company, Is or Isn't Entertainment.

Valerie Gets What She Really Wants

#1 - Valerie Gets What She Really Wants

Season 2 - Episode 8

It's the weekend of the Emmys in the second-season finale, and Valerie is riding high thanks to her success in "Seeing Red," and even gets noticed by a former "Room and Bored" costar at Juna's big bash, but she's still not sure if her husband, Mark, will be by her side on the most important night of her life.

star 9.30
47 votes
Valerie Does Another Classic Leno

#2 - Valerie Does Another Classic Leno

Season 1 - Episode 13

After hosting a memorable coming-out party for the premiere of The Comeback, Valerie marks an even more memorable guest appearance on The Tonight Show. Valerie Cherish's "comeback" appears to be official... could she really be "it" again?

star 9.00
49 votes
Writers: Michael Patrick King
Valerie Faces the Critics

#3 - Valerie Faces the Critics

Season 2 - Episode 7

"Seeing Red" premieres and Valerie deals with a barrage of reviews, but the harshest criticism comes not from the ladies on "The Talk" or the media but from her husband, Mark. Meanwhile, Valerie gets a surprise on a trip to Mickey's apartment.

star 8.65
46 votes
Valerie Is Brought to Her Knees

#4 - Valerie Is Brought to Her Knees

Season 2 - Episode 3

The first day on set for "Seeing Red," Valerie meets her A-list movie star co-star -Seth Rogen (playing himself) - who will be portraying Mitch, the fictionalized Paulie G. Later, Valerie does her best to put on a brave face while filming a fantasy sequence in the show.

star 8.51
47 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Amy B. Harris
Valerie Stands Out On The Red Carpet

#5 - Valerie Stands Out On The Red Carpet

Season 1 - Episode 11

Valerie is pleased as spiked punch when "Room and Bored" gets nominated for a People's Choice Award. After a rigorous fast and a painstaking wardrobe selection, Valerie is ready to make a big impact on the red carpet... if only the paparazzi will oblige.

star 8.40
42 votes
Writers: Michael Patrick King
Valerie Shines Under Stress

#6 - Valerie Shines Under Stress

Season 1 - Episode 12

Jane pulls rank on Tom and Paulie G. to get Valerie more lines on "Room and Bored". A stalker threat forces extra security on the set, exposing Valerie's old back problems as she's prepping for a big pratfall scene.

star 8.37
38 votes
Directors: David Steinberg
Writers: Heather Morgan
Valerie Gets a Very Special Episode

#7 - Valerie Gets a Very Special Episode

Season 1 - Episode 7

Excited about a "Room and Bored" episode dedicated to her character, Valerie pulls some strings to get a "name" actor to play Aunt Sassy's romantic interest. A celebration at the Viper Room proves typically embarrassing for Valerie.

star 8.23
44 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: John Riggi
Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs

#8 - Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs

Season 1 - Episode 8

Valerie and Mark head to the desert for a long weekend at a Palm Springs resort - with strings attached. While Mark draws the line with Jane's crew on the golf course, Valerie finds a new mentor in an old acquaintance.

star 8.22
46 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Linda Wallem, Michael Patrick King
Valerie Is Taken Seriously

#9 - Valerie Is Taken Seriously

Season 2 - Episode 5

Valerie's set up for an exclusive interview by the network's publicity department. Later, Valerie visits Paulie G.'s old writing partner when she's concerned about her current boss.

star 8.11
44 votes
Valerie Tries to Get Yesterday Back

#10 - Valerie Tries to Get Yesterday Back

Season 2 - Episode 2

Preferring she use a professional crew for behind-the-scenes footage of "Seeing Red," HBO asks Valerie to bring back Jane, the producer who followed her on "Room and Bored." Meanwhile, Val's publicist, Billy, gets her an appointment with celebrity stylist Brad Goreski for the Golden Globes.

star 8.09
53 votes
Writers: Michael Patrick King, Lisa Kudrow
Valerie Cooks in the Desert

#11 - Valerie Cooks in the Desert

Season 2 - Episode 6

Valerie plans a special date for her and Mark, but a re-shoot threatens to change her plans. Paulie feels anxious over early reviews.

star 8.08
39 votes
Valerie Demands Dignity

#12 - Valerie Demands Dignity

Season 1 - Episode 5

Valerie worries that her comeback storyline isn't "enough," as the network tries to spice up her reality show by cross-breeding it with another one - and by pulling a highway prank that nearly sabotages Valerie's lunch with a TV Guide editor.

star 8.00
51 votes
Directors: Greg Mottola
Writers: Linda Wallem
Valerie Hangs With the Cool Kids

#13 - Valerie Hangs With the Cool Kids

Season 1 - Episode 9

At the insistence of the network, "Room and Bored" gets a makeover and two new cast members, spurring talk of a coup by the "original five". Meanwhile, Valerie spends some quality time with her stepdaughter, Franchesca, and her rotten little friends.

star 8.00
40 votes
Directors: Clark Mathis
Writers: Michael Schur
Valerie Makes a Pilot

#14 - Valerie Makes a Pilot

Season 2 - Episode 1

While shooting footage for a self-produced reality TV pilot she hopes will get picked up by Bravo, Valerie Cherish learns that her nemesis, Paulie G., is creating a series for HBO about a sitcom writer and his relationship with a neurotic older actress - a redhead named Mallory Church. After dropping in on Andy Cohen's lunch, an incensed Valerie crashes the HBO offices to create a "table flipping scene" worthy of a Bravo show, as she tells them to cease and desist.

star 7.99
70 votes
Writers: Michael Patrick King, Lisa Kudrow
Valerie Saves the Show

#15 - Valerie Saves the Show

Season 1 - Episode 6

With the cast in a funk following "Room and Bored"'s lackluster premiere, Valerie tries to boost morale with a late-night cookie delivery that gives new meaning to her trademark line, "I don't want to see that!"

star 7.98
44 votes
Directors: Greg Mottola
Writers: Michael Schur
Valerie Saves the Show

#16 - Valerie Saves the Show

Season 2 - Episode 4

Valerie makes an impulsive decision when she learns that some of her "Seeing Red" scenes may be cut. Later, she brushes up on her improv skills at The Groundlings Theatre.

star 7.81
43 votes
Directors: John Riggi
Writers: Amy B. Harris, John Riggi
Valerie Stands Up for Aunt Sassy

#17 - Valerie Stands Up for Aunt Sassy

Season 1 - Episode 4

Concerned that Paulie G. has written an unflattering line that will turn audiences against her character, Valerie enlists a new writer, Gigi, to help pitch a less offensive one. Meanwhile, Valerie rethinks her impulsive decision to adopt a puppy.

star 7.75
51 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: John Riggi
Valerie Bonds With the Cast

#18 - Valerie Bonds With the Cast

Season 1 - Episode 3

After a table read for "the first official episode," Valerie invites her co-stars to a "bonding lunch," but Juna doesn't show up. The two make up later with a one-on-one lunch, where Valerie learns why Juna is such a paparazzi favorite.

star 7.73
59 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Michael Patrick King
Valerie Gets a Magazine Cover

#19 - Valerie Gets a Magazine Cover

Season 1 - Episode 10

With Juna getting all the hype and magazine covers, Valerie enlists a new publicist, Billy Stanton, to land her a cover. Billy scores her a shoot for Be Yoga, forcing Valerie to remodel her fitness room and take a yoga crash course.

star 7.67
39 votes
Directors: David Steinberg
Writers: Amy B. Harris
Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts

#20 - Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts

Season 1 - Episode 2

The cast of "Room and Bored" is flown to New York City to introduce the media to Aunt Sassy and her attractive young charges. The ever bubbly Valerie gets a reality check on just how far her star has fallen.

star 7.51
73 votes
Writers: Michael Patrick King, Lisa Kudrow
The Comeback

#21 - The Comeback

Season 1 - Episode 1

Valerie wants a role in a new sitcom pilot called "Room and Bored", about four hip singles living in a condo, but can only get it if she allows cameras to follow her for a reality show. She lands the part but soon discovers that it's not the one she was expecting.

star 7.28
96 votes
Writers: Lisa Kudrow, Michael Patrick King