The Worst Episodes of The Drew Carey Show

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2018

This long-running sitcom stars comedian Drew Carey as a sort of blue-collar everyman. The show chronicles Drew's working life, the ups and downs of his romances and his strong relationship with his long-time friends Lewis, Oswald and Kate.

Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour (2)

#1 - Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2

Drew hosts a film about the dangers of cooties. Another film shows girls how cheerleading can help them later in life. Mimi bothers Uncle Kracker for help with a crossword puzzle. A clueless police officer goes undercover while still wearing his uniform. Peter Frampton recalls his past romance with Mimi. A talking zit gives a young man questionable dating advice. Mimi tries to convince Sugar Ray to stay over at her place after the show. Drew compliments teachers, with the exception of his elementary school teacher, Ms. Freeman. He boasts that math isn't necessary in life, only to miss out on a party because Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray tells him the location in the form of a story problem.

star 5.71
7 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Sam Simon, Clay Graham, Julie Ann Larson, Daniel O'Keefe, Drew Carey, Bruce Helford, Mitch Hunter, Mike Teverbaugh, Linda Teverbaugh, Jana Hunter, Les Firestein, Terry Mulroy, David A. Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen
Suddenly No Summer

#2 - Suddenly No Summer

Season 8 - Episode 16

Drew tries to improve his standing at work by taking a computer course over the summer. The gang tempts him into blowing it off to take a trip to Florida. Drew is wracked with guilt and his vacation, not surprisingly, turns out to be a disaster.

star 6.33
12 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Writers: Les Firestein, Ed Lee
Drew's Best Friend

#3 - Drew's Best Friend

Season 9 - Episode 10

Kellie tries to convince Drew to become friends with a new neighbor, but it all blows up in her face when the man turns out to be a clingy pest who just will not leave Drew alone.

star 6.36
11 votes
Directors: Bob Koherr
Writers: Julie Ann Larson
Straight Eye for the Queer Guy

#4 - Straight Eye for the Queer Guy

Season 9 - Episode 17

Mimi encourages Drew to make friends with the gay parents of Gus's friend. However, Drew winds up inadvertently splitting up the couple and finds himself as the "other man."

star 6.45
11 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Writers: Julie Ann Larson
The Passion of the Wick

#5 - The Passion of the Wick

Season 9 - Episode 25

Drew comes up with a plan to open a retro store, and seeks a partnership with the now-wealthy Wick. However, all of Wick's funds come through his father-in-law, so Drew must help cover up Wick's extra-marital affair or lose his financial backing.

star 6.50
12 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Ed Lee
A Means to an End

#6 - A Means to an End

Season 8 - Episode 22

Oswald and Lewis seek revenge against Drew after they discover that he gave away their Christmas gifts--handmade mugs--to a thrift store. Drew winds up getting an unscheduled colonoscopy from a Russian veterinarian.

star 6.58
12 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: John N. Huss
Girlfriend, Interrupted

#7 - Girlfriend, Interrupted

Season 9 - Episode 16

In the aftermath of his disastrous marriage, Drew heads off alone on his honeymoon to try to define his feelings for Kellie. Oswald and Lewis head to Mexico ahead of Drew, where Oswald accidentally falls for a hooker, unaware of her identity because he doesn't know how to speak Spanish.

star 6.60
10 votes
Directors: Bob Koherr
Writers: Daniel O'Keefe
Still Life with Freeloader

#8 - Still Life with Freeloader

Season 9 - Episode 18

Drew resorts to drastic action after Mimi's latest boyfriend moves into the house and begins mooching off of him.

star 6.80
10 votes
Directors: Drew Carey
Writers: Kristen Marvin
Sleeping with the Enemy

#9 - Sleeping with the Enemy

Season 9 - Episode 21

Drew and Kellie's new relationship is threatened by their strong political differences.

star 6.80
10 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Ed Lee
Baby Face

#10 - Baby Face

Season 9 - Episode 15

Drew has trouble getting romantic with Kellie after a photo of the baby puts a lot of very strange ideas in his head.

star 7.00
10 votes
Directors: Bob Koherr
Writers: Masha Tivyan
Love, Sri Lankan Style

#11 - Love, Sri Lankan Style

Season 9 - Episode 23

Drew's plans to reunite Mimi and Steve (and get Mimi out of his house) face a hitch due to the appearance of Steve's lover.

star 7.00
11 votes
Directors: Bob Koherr
Writers: Russ Woody
Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour (1)

#12 - Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour (1)

Season 7 - Episode 1

The cast and special guests perform comedy sketches with a "back to school" theme. Teenage Drew visits a doctor and learns about his "changing body." A wood shop teacher conducts class, despite the fact that he is just a decapitated head. A sketch parodies the accelerated aging process seen in commercials for milk. Oswald and Lewis try to convince SHeDAISY to hire them as backup singers. Two girls at a slumber party decide to practice kissing on each other. Christa Miller and Jenny McCarthy question the purpose of the sketch after noticing that Drew, John Carroll Lynch and a bunch of pervert crew members are gawking at them. They retaliate by making a sketch in which a buff Abraham Lincoln becomes a stripper and dances for Drew. Oswald tries to impress Jenny with a story about a painful football injury, but the flashback reveals that he was actually a cheerleader. Mimi warns musical guest Smash Mouth not to steal her idea for a speed metal version of Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wr

star 7.00
19 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: David A. Caplan, Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter, Julie Ann Larson, Sam Simon, Terry Mulroy, Linda Teverbaugh, Bruce Helford, Drew Carey, Clay Graham, Bruce Rasmussen, Les Firestein, Mike Teverbaugh, Daniel O'Keefe
What's Love Got to Do With It?

#13 - What's Love Got to Do With It?

Season 8 - Episode 17

The gang takes part in a karaoke contest. Drew tries to coach Kellie before her performance, but she gets so tired of his constant interference that she dumps him. Drew winds up having to take the stage with an 11-year-old girl as his partner.

star 7.00
12 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
Liar, Liar, House on Fire

#14 - Liar, Liar, House on Fire

Season 9 - Episode 20

The gang tries to teach Gus to lie to an insurance adjuster so that Mimi can receive the claim on her house and be able to replace it.

star 7.00
8 votes
Directors: Drew Carey
Writers: Russ Woody
What's Wrong with This Episode II

#15 - What's Wrong with This Episode II

Season 4 - Episode 22

While Steve and Drew are getting their hair cut, their longtime barber suddenly dies of a heart attack. Drew plans to throw a party for his parents' 45th wedding anniversary, but his mother comes to town a week early. The gang is just about to leave for Phil's funeral when she arrives. Beulah is visibly shaken by news of his death, and insists on coming along. She had lunch with Phil whenever she was in town. Oswald, Kate and Lewis notice Beulah giving a kiss to Phil's corpse, and also witness a nasty exchange with the widow. They suspect that Beulah had an affair with Phil. Drew doesn't believe this, but remembers once seeing Beulah and Phil go off to the back room of the barber shop after she came to pick up the boys. Drew accuses his mother of betraying his father, and doesn't want to attend the anniversary party. Steve tells him that George actually had an affair with Phil's wife; Beulah and Phil just became friends while discussing their mutual problems. The Careys thoug

star 7.00
22 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Clay Graham
Mama Told Me I Should Come

#16 - Mama Told Me I Should Come

Season 8 - Episode 6

Drew's mother comes to town and sets him up on a blind date. Drew soon finds that the woman has a minor eccentricity: she likes to dress as a squirrel when she has sex. Mimi tries to find a way to profit after a few prescient dreams convince Oswald that he is psychic.

star 7.06
18 votes
Directors: Bob Koherr
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
Bananas (2)

#17 - Bananas (2)

Season 6 - Episode 27

Kate, Lewis and Oswald search for Drew. Mimi fails to share his whereabouts with Mr. Wick, and gets him to appoint her the new manager of the women's store. Lewis and Oswald learn that Drew is in the institution. Only family is allowed to visit, so they check themselves in as patients so that they can talk to him. Drew plots to escape and reclaim his job. He leaves a message on his machine telling Kate what has happened to the guys and asking her to show up with a van the next day. Although they have stolen the master keys, Oswald and Lewis insist on breaking out by building a bomb and blowing a hole in the wall. Most of the other patients escape with them, but a large patient restrains Drew and keeps him from leaving. Kate doesn't think that he has made it to the van, but Oswald insists otherwise. Drew finally makes it to the store opening in his hospital gown. When he learns that Mimi has taken his job, he loses it and starts seeing everyone as Mimi. He attacks Wick and ha

star 7.06
16 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Holly Hester, Apryl Huntzinger
At Your Cervix

#18 - At Your Cervix

Season 9 - Episode 5

Drew hopes to make a commitment to Kellie after they learn that she is pregnant. However, she is unsure if this is the right decision. Drew seeks her parents' help to change her mind, only to find that they are not exactly thrilled with the idea of having him as their son-in-law.

star 7.08
13 votes
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
A Very Special Drew

#19 - A Very Special Drew

Season 5 - Episode 26

The cast laments the show's inability to pick up even a single major Emmy nomination. Hoping to win over Emmy voters, they decide to make a "very special" episode filled with tragedy and controversial issues. Drew and Lewis deliver a homeless woman's baby in the living room. She promptly pulls a gun on them and tries to rob them. Drew responds by buying a gun and making an over-the-top speech about his right to own it. Some latchkey kids move into the neighborhood, and the gang acts irresponsibly around them. Oswald becomes a kleptomaniac. Mimi suffers a recurrence of obsessive-compulsive disorder after losing her clothes in a fire. Wick becomes bulimic. Kate gets a headache, and quickly winds up in the hospital with an incurable illness. Lewis repeatedly makes insensitive comments, and follows each with a spotlit monologue in which he tries to psychoanalyze himself. The doctor gives Drew a medical book and suggests that he might be able to find a cure for Kate...but Drew ca

star 7.08
26 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Jerry Belson, Apryl Huntzinger
Burning Down the House

#20 - Burning Down the House

Season 9 - Episode 19

Mimi blames Drew after her house burns down, apparently as the result of a gift given to Gus by his uncle. Oswald starts a change machine business.

star 7.10
10 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Writers: Mike Teverbaugh, Linda Teverbaugh
Drew and Kate Boink

#21 - Drew and Kate Boink

Season 5 - Episode 25

With Drew having finally healed, he and Kate prepare for their first night together. She goes to the Warsaw and stumbles across a support group of her ex-boyfriends, including Oswald and Jay (who actually left her, not the other way around). After discovering how miserable she has made the guys, she worries that the same thing could happen to Drew. She decides not to sleep with him. Meanwhile, Mimi and Steve decide to consult a fertility clinic, as it is the only way for them to have a child. The clinic suffers refrigeration problems, and Mimi learns she must have the zygote implanted immediately. Steve is out of town, so she begs Drew to drive her to the clinic. She notes all of the problems she and Steve have had conceiving and sees it as a sign that she shouldn't have children. Drew assures her that she will be a "fierce, protective mother." He convinces her to go to the appointment. Kate calls Drew and tells him that she needs some time alone. Drew concludes that she neve

star 7.10
29 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Robert Borden
Brotherhood of Man

#22 - Brotherhood of Man

Season 4 - Episode 27

Mr. Van Zandt, the leader of the Dutch ownership group, announces that he is giving everyone a one-month paid vacation while the store is remodeled. Drew must continue to work during that time, spoiling his plans to spend Memorial Day weekend at a bed-and-breakfast with Sharon. He tries to make it up to her by organizing a picnic in the store. Mr. Van Zandt arrives while Drew and Sharon are inside a tent, and they overhear him say that he is going to fire everyone and have the store blown up to make way for a parking lot. Drew confronts Van Zandt, who says that the store is barely making a profit and the employees are lazy. He demonstrates this through a series of videotapes. However, he is impressed by Drew's work ethic and offers him the chance to manage the Toledo store if he keeps quiet about the closing of the Cleveland store. Drew feels that it is wrong to keep the staff in the dark, but Van Zandt points out that they will lose their jobs either way. Drew decides to go al

star 7.10
29 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Brian Scully
Drew and the Activist

#23 - Drew and the Activist

Season 6 - Episode 24

A woman approaches Drew at the Warsaw and asks him for a date. Lewis comes downstairs and has words with her. He reveals that she is an activist protesting a secret DrugCo project for which he is serving as foreman. He assumes that she is using Drew to get information, then describes the project in detail for no apparent reason. Drew plans to call off the date, but Rachel insists that she didn't know that he was Lewis's friend. Rachel infuriates Mimi by throwing out some of her make-up because it is tested on animals. After sleeping with Drew, Rachel pleads with him for information on Lewis's project. He agrees after she tells him that Lewis may be in danger because DrugCo allows employees to work with toxic waste without informing them of the risk. The EPA shuts down the project, and Lewis gets bumped back down to janitor. Mimi discovers that Rachel works for one of DrugCo's competitors. Drew goes to DrugCo to apologize. The gang turns off the bathroom lights to talk withou

star 7.12
26 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Writers: Daniel O'Keefe, Paul Lieberstein
Chemistry Schmemistry (1)

#24 - Chemistry Schmemistry (1)

Season 8 - Episode 8

Drew enlists a professional matchmaking service--operated by his former co-worker, Larry--in his search for a wife. The woman who comes out as his ideal match, Robin, seems terrific; but Drew just can't see himself marrying her. He later winds up falling for a woman on the bus.

star 7.12
17 votes
Directors: Bob Koherr
Writers: Terry Mulroy
Eyes Wide Open

#25 - Eyes Wide Open

Season 8 - Episode 3

Drew is continually plagued by nightmares about Kate's wedding. He finally reaches the point where he can no longer stand to go to sleep. Mimi suggests a simple way to get over his broken heart: marrying someone else. Lewis takes Nicki on a date in the hopes restoring her confidence so that she will move out of Drew's house.

star 7.12
17 votes
Directors: Bob Koherr
Writers: Bruce Rasmussen