The Best Episodes of The War at Home

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2018

A comedy about two parents and their daily battles against their teenage children to keep their home, their children, and themselves in order.

Super Dave

#1 - Super Dave

Season 2 - Episode 3

When Kenny's dad cancels on taking the boys to a comic book convention, Larry asks Dave to take them instead. At first, Dave refuses, but after hearing Larry call him a hero, he quickly decides to be a good father and take the boys. But when his fatherly duties go beyond simply dropping them off, Dave is pushed to the limit when it means missing the Jets football game and pretending he's a comic book geek. Back at home, Vicky introduces Mike to coffee and Hillary wants to have a sleepover with a guy.

star 8.40
15 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Steve Skrovan
13 Going on $30,000

#2 - 13 Going on $30,000

Season 1 - Episode 18

Mike asks Dave for a bar mitzvah, but he believes Mike is only in it for the party and gifts. However, Mike expresses geniune interest in Judaism after studying Hebrew, so Dave and Vicky are willing to support him and throw him a "coming-of-age" ceremony. Hillary also decides she's interested in being Jewish after Mike's attractive Hebrew tutor. Also, Larry gets the confidence he needs to ask out an attractive girl at school.

star 8.35
17 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers:
A Bitter Pill to Swallow

#3 - A Bitter Pill to Swallow

Season 2 - Episode 21

Larry reveals to his parents that he suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder, so Dave and Vicky try to put him on medication, but Larry refuses and accuses them of wanting to change who he is. Meanwhile, Dave is convinced that Hillary intends to lose her virginity on prom night, so Vicky ends up giving her the "sex talk."

star 8.26
15 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Darin Henry, Jennifer Glickman
How Do You Spell Relief?

#4 - How Do You Spell Relief?

Season 1 - Episode 14

Dave suspects Hillary is pregnant when he finds a pregnancy test in the trash. However, he soon learns that a depressed, jobless Vicky has not been taking the pill. So, Dave insists and helps Vicky with various job opportunities, but with no results, since he is opposed to having another kid. Mike, meanwhile, becomes too lazy and buys Hillary's old book reports when she had good grades, and Larry gets himself into a spelling bee competition.

star 8.24
17 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Rob Lotterstein
Looney Tunes

#5 - Looney Tunes

Season 1 - Episode 15

Dave and Vicky attempt to cheer Mike up when they are convinced he's depressed after find a note in his room. Mike goes along with them and decides to milk the situation for all its worth... until he's taken to a therapist and is forced to tell the truth. Due to all the attention Mike is receiving, Larry becomes very upset. Meanwhile, Hillary takes a sexual experience survey for a class at school.

star 8.19
16 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: David Holden
The Empire Spanks Back

#6 - The Empire Spanks Back

Season 1 - Episode 8

When Dave thinks the kids are getting away with too much, he implements a zero-tolerance, pro-spanking policy, since talking to them just isn't working. However, they all think he's bluffing and don't take him seriously. After Larry becomes the first to be spanked, he moves in with his friend, Kenny. Now, Child Protective Services is called and Dave will have to answer to them.

star 8.15
22 votes
Writers: Stephen Engel
It's a Living (1)

#7 - It's a Living (1)

Season 1 - Episode 11

Vicky becomes inspired to be more ambitious by Mike when he scores high on a test, with the option of taking the honors class. So, she decides to return to her fashion-executive lifestyle, which will mean an increased salary. Dave supports her all the way until he soon learns she's too busy to do the household duties, leaving him to do all the chores. Larry, meanwhile, ends up taking too much credit after submitting Kenny's poem as his own.

star 8.12
17 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Darin Henry
Dream Crusher

#8 - Dream Crusher

Season 2 - Episode 2

When Larry decides to run for president, Dave is supportive of his son's interest in leadership, until he learns that Larry is actually running for president of the Chess Club. Dave makes a strategic move to prevent Larry from becoming the biggest geek in school. Meanwhile, Hillary thinks she's going to become the next pop star, and after finding an empty condom wrapper in Mike's pants, Dave and Vicki face the dreaded sex talk.

star 8.07
15 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Stephen Engel
Oh Grow Up

#9 - Oh Grow Up

Season 1 - Episode 16

Dave has to deal with mood swings and PMS when Vicky and Hillary's menstrual cycles start in full swing. So, when a reluctant Dave has to take Hillary to the gynecologist's office, he soon discovers that Dr. Vogel is his old best friend, who happened to be a ladies' man in high school. This leads to the doctor's professional relationship with the family getting personal since Dave doesn't believe he's changed his ways. Meanwhile, Larry tries to do whatever it takes to gain the respect of Mike when he calls him a nobody.

star 8.07
14 votes
The Graduate

#10 - The Graduate

Season 2 - Episode 22

Because of failing gym class, Hillary risks not graduating high school. Feeling that their nest is emptying a little bit, Dave and Vicky feel the need to keep it that way, resulting in both of them agreeing to have no more children and taking steps to prevent that from happening. But in the end, Hillary graduates and a shock for Dave and Vicky unfolds.

star 8.07
15 votes
Be Careful What You Ask For

#11 - Be Careful What You Ask For

Season 2 - Episode 6

Dave accuses an incensed Hillary of cheating on her SATs after she gets a surprisingly high score. Meanwhile, Vicky and Dave meet a couple who may be interested in more than friendship, and Dave asks Larry to take a client's daughter out on a date, only to find out that she isn't an ideal match for him.

star 8.07
15 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Darin Henry
High Crimes

#12 - High Crimes

Season 1 - Episode 3

When Dave notices how nice Hillary has been to him recently, he is certain it's because she's having sex with someone. However, Mike spies on her and confirms that Dave is actually wrong. Dave then comes to the conclusion that she's smoking his pot when he notices his stash has gone missing. As he's confronting her about it, though, he accidentally tells her that it's his, but quickly tells her that it's not really his - it belongs to Vicky's mother, Betty, that she uses for medicinal purposes.

star 8.05
20 votes
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A Lower-Middle-Upper-Middle-Class Problem

#13 - A Lower-Middle-Upper-Middle-Class Problem

Season 2 - Episode 14

Dave puts the kids on a strict allowance, since they're always asking him for money. Vicky supports him on this... that is, until she, too, is put on a budget and is unable to buy the Prada boots she's always wanted. Meanwhile, after spending all his allowance money on the first day at Medieval Times, Larry asks Mike to loan him some money. And, in order to earn some extra money, Hillary starts an escort service for the nerdy boys at school.

star 8.01
11 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Stephen Engel
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Like a Virgin

#14 - Like a Virgin

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Dave finds out that Hillary is asking Vicky about sex, he plans an unexpected family trip to prevent her from going out on a date on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Kenny can't accept the fact that Larry has a new girlfriend, so he tries to break them up.

star 8.01
18 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Bill Kunstler
Gimme a Break (2)

#15 - Gimme a Break (2)

Season 1 - Episode 12

The family struggles to adjust to Vicky's new job, which leaves her with less hours to be at home and more hours working. Dave and Larry continue to have tough time trying to do the things Vicky normally does. Dave's temper doesn't help and makes matters worse when Mike and Hillary end up in trouble. Meanwhile, the changes around the office force Vicky to think twice about her decision.

star 8.00
17 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers:
The West Palm Beach Story

#16 - The West Palm Beach Story

Season 1 - Episode 20

Dave decides to take the family to Florida to visit his parents, and because it won't cost him a dime. But he soon learns that Mike hates to fly, Vicky hates his parents, and Hillary wants to remain in town so the boy she likes won't forget her. This leaves Larry the only one actually looking forward to going on the trip, and has started a weight-loss program so he'll look good in a speedo. However, everything soon starts to go wrong when their ride to the airport is cancelled, Hillary's new nipple ring is discovered by airport security in front of an angry Vicky, and Dave is searched by security. Once they reach the condo, Dave is continously treated by his dad the same way he treats Larry and wants to return home as quickly as possible.

star 8.00
15 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers:
Guess Who's Coming to the Barbecue

#17 - Guess Who's Coming to the Barbecue

Season 1 - Episode 4

Dave isn't happy when Taye's family is invited over for a barbecue by Vicky, and has a hard time getting along with Taye's father, Omar. At the barbecue, Omar mistakes some of Dave's comments as racist, because he's a wealthy, African-American. However, when Vicky insists that he go apologize to him, Dave finds himself having a great time at Omar's country club. When he gets home, though, he finds out that Hillary and Taye are on the verge of breaking up.

star 7.99
19 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Stephen Engel
Cheers

#18 - Cheers

Season 1 - Episode 7

When Hillary and her friend Brenda are caught arriving drunk late at night, Dave and Vicky decide to ban alcohol in the house. However, this only lasts two days, as Vicky and Dave fall victims to some free alcohol with their friends and arrive home drunk themselves. As they arrive, they'll have to face Hillary and Brenda's strict parents, who are waiting for them. Meanwhile, after accidentally shooting a pigeon, Mike decides to become a vegetarian.

star 7.95
22 votes
Writers: Rob Lotterstein
Love This

#19 - Love This

Season 2 - Episode 7

Dave thinks he sees Hillary in a "Girls Gone Crazy" video, however, he's relieved when it turns out he's mistaken. But he is completely freaked at being turned on by girls Hillary's age, though. So he turns to Vicky for inspiration after he throws out all of his "visual aids," and it begins to tire her out. Meanwhile, an edited version of the movie "Goodfellas" inspires Larry to replace swear words with the word "love," and Hillary prevents Mike from taking drugs by passing PMS medication off as mood enhancers.

star 7.94
17 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Jennifer Glickman
Take This Job and Bleep It

#20 - Take This Job and Bleep It

Season 2 - Episode 18

Due to cutbacks at work, Dave and his two co-workers quit their jobs and start their own business. Meanwhile, Hillary decides to join the Army after not receiving any college acceptance letters, and Larry refuses to get his driver's license.

star 7.94
16 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Mark Driscoll
The White Shadow

#21 - The White Shadow

Season 2 - Episode 19

Larry meets with a music executive who wants him to make a demo after hearing a song he composed for a website. After learning about this, Dave reveals that he considered himself to be the original white rapper in high school, known as The White Shadow, and offers to help Larry with the lyrics. He wants to show him the support his own father didn't show him. Meanwhile, tired of being mistaken for an Olsen twin, Mike decides to bulk up, and Hillary questions Taye's motives when he tells her he loves her.

star 7.93
15 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Rob Lotterstein
Cork Screwed

#22 - Cork Screwed

Season 2 - Episode 9

Fearing they're in a rut, Vicky tries to take Dave to a wine appreciation course, but he refuses, and later makes fun of her because she goes without him. Meanwhile, Dave assumes Larry is serving his new, older "ladyfriend" more than just the gourmet meals he prepares for her, and is offended that he isn't mentioned in Hillary's video blog.

star 7.93
14 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Ryan Shankel
The Bigger They Come

#23 - The Bigger They Come

Season 1 - Episode 6

One of Hillary's friends gets breast implants, so now, Hillary wants to get implants, too. However, both Dave and Vicky won't let her do it, as Dave tells Hillary that it's what's on the inside that matters, not appearance. His advice is then tested when he meets Larry's new, overweight, unattractive girlfriend, Marla. Now, he'll have to figure out how to tell Larry that he can do better without going against what he told Hillary earlier.

star 7.93
27 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Matthew Salsberg
I.M. What I.M.

#24 - I.M. What I.M.

Season 1 - Episode 2

Vicky decides to turn to an old, ex-boyfriend over the internet for advice about what to about her son, Larry, who insists on wearing women's clothes. While she's online, though, she discovers some of Dave's secret e-mails he's been sending to someone with the screenname ""Lonely Lady in Michigan."" Having discovered this, she decides to confront him. However, Hillary also has some problems of her own, but refuses to to tell Vicky about it.

star 7.92
26 votes
Pilot

#25 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

16-year-old Hillary's father, Dave, refuses to let her go out on a date with a guy older than her. So, to deceive him, she brings a new ""study buddy"" over to the house instead. At the same time, Dave and Vicky are having trouble trying to figure out how to understand their son, Larry.

star 7.91
43 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Rob Lotterstein