The BEST Episodes of The Joy of Painting

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2019

Network: PBS

Artist Bob Ross takes you to his magical world of happy trees and teaches the laymen step by step how to create wonderful works of art using his trademark wet-on-wet technique.

Rustic Winter Woods

#1 - Rustic Winter Woods

Season 27 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 16, 1993

Hike into the midst of a snow-covered forest with Bob Ross and enjoy the beauty of leafless trees in slumber and texture you can almost feel.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
Fisherman's Paradise

#2 - Fisherman's Paradise

Season 25 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 3, 1992

In the golden glow of sunrise, join Bob Ross for a refreshing look at early morning where anglers work and thrive – all inside a uniquely framed painting.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
Crimson Tide

#3 - Crimson Tide

Season 23 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 19, 1991

Bob Ross paints a breathtakingly beautiful seascape on black canvas today, complete with fierce skies, jagged cliff and raging ocean waves.

star 9.00
2 votes
Winter Night

#4 - Winter Night

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 25, 1984

Bob Ross captures the stillness of cold darkness and rests a cozy little cabin atop a snow covered hill – a real black canvas favorite.

star 8.75
8 votes
Wilderness Day

#5 - Wilderness Day

Season 31 - Episode 13 - Aired May 17, 1994

Step into the natural beauty of an overgrown colorful meadow and enjoy the peace and soft tranquility you get from Bob Ross' painting technique.

star 8.71
7 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
A Trace of Spring

#6 - A Trace of Spring

Season 26 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 29, 1992

Stroll along a wonderful hustling, bubbling river with Bob Ross and enjoy the emergence of springtime blossoms on spectacular trees.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
Island in the Wilderness

#7 - Island in the Wilderness

Season 29 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 24, 1993

Take a walk with Bob Ross down a little lakeside path in a secluded place; you’ll delight in the discovery of a small uninhabited island.

star 8.67
3 votes
Mountain Range

#8 - Mountain Range

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 13, 1986

Guest painter Steve Ross uses lots of color in this stirring depiction of giant peaks behind foothills opening onto a smooth lake.

star 8.67
3 votes
Marshlands

#9 - Marshlands

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 16, 1985

Bob Ross takes us deep into the southeastern peninsula to create a beautiful scene with still blue waters and bright green mossy trees.

star 8.67
3 votes
Winter Sawscape

#10 - Winter Sawscape

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 26, 1984

Something new and different -- paint a wintry country scene on a wooden sawblade with guest artist Dorothy Dent.

star 8.60
5 votes
Wilderness Falls

#11 - Wilderness Falls

Season 27 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 23, 1993

Relish the tranquility of valley waters gently falling into a quiet summer mere - smooth cliffs and trees frame this Bob Ross wonderland.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
Island Paradise

#12 - Island Paradise

Season 27 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 27, 1993

Travel to the tropics with Bob Ross, stroll along the palm tree shores and drink in the soul-cleansing beauty of the sea. An oval masterpiece you'll enjoy.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
Splashes of Autumn

#13 - Splashes of Autumn

Season 25 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 15, 1992

Bob Ross creates a beautiful golden warm waterfall scene, employing a lovely almost watercolor-looking effect. Come join in the fun!

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
Around the Bend

#14 - Around the Bend

Season 22 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 15, 1991

Join Bob Ross on a painting excursion along this beautiful scenic river – who knows what abundance of nature’s wealth lies beyond!

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
Purple Haze

#15 - Purple Haze

Season 22 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 5, 1991

Catch a glimpse of the sun trying to break through shades of soft crimson, shining its golden touch upon the land. Bob Ross creates another black canvas beauty today.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
The Footbridge

#16 - The Footbridge

Season 24 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 24, 1992

Stroll down to the river and cast your line with Bob Ross from the bridge – join in the fun and paint this masterpiece.

star 8.50
2 votes
First Snow

#17 - First Snow

Season 26 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 15, 1992

Follow Bob Ross into a lovely mountain setting with magnificent evergreens, where the first touches of snow appear in the valley.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers:
Hidden Creek

#18 - Hidden Creek

Season 13 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 7, 1987

Bob Ross finds and captures on canvas the haunting loveliness of stalwart trees shielding a lonesome brook from the light.

star 8.50
4 votes
Majestic Mountains

#19 - Majestic Mountains

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 19, 1984

On a clear day Bob Ross creates an almighty mountain captured by a clear blue sky – another spectacular masterpiece on canvas.

star 8.50
6 votes
Bubbling Stream

#20 - Bubbling Stream

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 18, 1984

In the midst of the forest flows a stream that splashes and trickles endlessly along – Bob Ross depicts the true beauty of nature.

star 8.44
9 votes
Autumn Splendor

#21 - Autumn Splendor

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 28, 1983

The fall breeze rustles in the trees as you rest your feet in crisp still waters. Discover the joys of nature in this Bob Ross painting.

star 8.43
7 votes
Dark Waterfall

#22 - Dark Waterfall

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 25, 1985

Watch Bob Ross create a sweet little waterfall in the middle of a protective forest of glorious early autumn foliage.

star 8.40
5 votes
Shades of Grey

#23 - Shades of Grey

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 21, 1983

Bundle up and endure the cold weather in this snow filled adventure; Bob Ross paints a wintry mountain scene using only Grey and White tones.

star 8.36
11 votes
Serenity

#24 - Serenity

Season 21 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 26, 1990

Breaking the silence of a misty morning is a rippling brook through the forest. Join Bob Ross as he takes you to this favorite escape.

star 8.33
3 votes
Oriental Falls

#25 - Oriental Falls

Season 25 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 29, 1992

In an almost watercolor appearance, Bob Ross paints this amazing secluded waterfall masterpiece with interesting tree and rock formations.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Sally Schenck
Writers: