The BEST episodes written by Ben Joelson

The Failure
star
9.00
4 votes

#1 - The Failure

Alice - Season 1 - Episode 17

A robbery heist gets messed up when the cash register is stuck. The robber thinks he is a failure, but he gets a chance to redeem himself when he helps a lady deliver a baby in the diner.

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The Bundle
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8.25
4 votes

#2 - The Bundle

Alice - Season 1 - Episode 23

A Bag full of money is found in the diner, and Alice is the only one who wants to find the owner.

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A Piece of the Rock
star
8.23
13 votes

#3 - A Piece of the Rock

Alice - Season 1 - Episode 3

Alice meets her late husband's beneficiary.

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A Good and Faithful Servant/Secret Life of Burl Smith/Tug of War/Designated Lover
star
8.12
7 votes

#4 - A Good and Faithful Servant/Secret Life of Burl Smith/Tug of War/Designated Lover

The Love Boat - Season 2 - Episode 21

A vacationing chauffeur and his wealthy employer fall in love; Gopher fantasizes that he is various flamboyant heroes; a separated couple vies for their son's affection; Reggie Jackson can't convince anyone that he really is the famous slugger.

Louie's Retirement
star
8.00
4 votes

#5 - Louie's Retirement

Chico and the Man - Season 1 - Episode 21

Louie, who has retired, wants to spend his remaining years haning around the garage.

The Stimulation of Stephanie/The Next Step/ Life Begins at 40
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8.00
8 votes

#6 - The Stimulation of Stephanie/The Next Step/ Life Begins at 40

The Love Boat - Season 3 - Episode 14

A sex researcher doesn't realize his assistant is in love with him. A woman helps her football star husband move on after he is cut by his team. A woman tries to find a husband just before her 40th birthday.

Gomer Minds His Sergeant's Car
star
7.86
13 votes

#7 - Gomer Minds His Sergeant's Car

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 2 - Episode 13

Gomer takes care of Carter's car -- which gets stolen and wrecked.

A Star is Born
star
7.85
13 votes

#8 - A Star is Born

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 2 - Episode 22

Carter becomes the star of a documentary about the Marine Corps.

Alaska Wedding Cruise: Carol & Doug/Peter & Alicia/Julie/Buddy & Portia (2)
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7.83
6 votes

#9 - Alaska Wedding Cruise: Carol & Doug/Peter & Alicia/Julie/Buddy & Portia (2)

The Love Boat - Season 3 - Episode 2

The engaged couple gets married despite numerous obstacles, and Julie encounters heartbreak upon surprising an ex-lover.

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The Enlistment
star
7.78
45 votes

#10 - The Enlistment

Good Times - Season 2 - Episode 22

The Evans' family is hit with a double dose of unemployment blues after both James and J.J. lose their jobs. Wanting to support his family, J.J. decides to join the U.S. army.

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Dumb Luck/Tres Amigos/Hey, Jealous Lover
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7.75
8 votes

#11 - Dumb Luck/Tres Amigos/Hey, Jealous Lover

The Love Boat - Season 3 - Episode 24

Julie worries that her brilliant nuclear physicist friend will never find a man because her intelligence intimidates suitors. She encourages her to act dumb to attract a man's attention. Vicki befriends a wealthy young passenger. While exploring the ship, they discover a stowaway, a young boy who wants to visit his mother in Mexico. A jealous husband terrifies the crew as he constantly threatens the guys, who he suspects are coming on to his wife.

Alaska Wedding Cruise: Carol & Doug/Peter & Alicia/Julie/Buddy & Portia (1)
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7.67
9 votes

#12 - Alaska Wedding Cruise: Carol & Doug/Peter & Alicia/Julie/Buddy & Portia (1)

The Love Boat - Season 3 - Episode 1

The ship voyages to Alaska for the wedding of a wealthy heir and the granddaughter of a fiercely independent oil man.

The Swing Shift
star
7.66
281 votes

#13 - The Swing Shift

Hogan's Heroes - Season 2 - Episode 21

Masquerading as German workers, Hogan and the crew have made elaborate and foolproof plans to blow a German cannon factory sky-high --- but their plan backfires when Newkirk winds up being drafted into the German army!

Klink's Rocket
star
7.66
276 votes

#14 - Klink's Rocket

Hogan's Heroes - Season 2 - Episode 14

Hogan and his men make plans to lure Luftwaffe bombers within range of an allied anti-aircraft installation hidden in an abandoned warehouse, but Carter make a shamble of the plan when, while "leaking" the info to Klink, he forgets the name of the town where the strategic warehouse is located.

The Family Plan/The Promoter/May the Best Man Win/Forever Engaged/The Judges (1)
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7.64
11 votes

#15 - The Family Plan/The Promoter/May the Best Man Win/Forever Engaged/The Judges (1)

The Love Boat - Season 4 - Episode 2

The promoter of a marriage cruise is trying to reconcile with his own wife. Doc tricks Gopher into being a contestant judge but then discovers the other two judges are attractive women who vie for Gopher's attention. Another couple has a reputation for being perpetually engaged. Julie's old friend Mark is supposed to be the best man in the mass wedding, but the groom runs off with an ex-girlfriend. A groom's father and bride's mother attempt to talk their children out of marrying, only to fall in love themselves.

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Reverend Kommandant Klink
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7.58
313 votes

#16 - Reverend Kommandant Klink

Hogan's Heroes - Season 2 - Episode 25

When a French flier is captured, the Nazis verbally malign the man's fiancee in an attempt to get him to reveal important information. To keep him from cracking under the interrogation, Hogan smuggle the man's girlfriend into the stalag and arranges for the two to be married.

Gomer the Peace Maker
star
7.53
15 votes

#17 - Gomer the Peace Maker

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 2 - Episode 14

Gomer tries to reunite Carter with his girlfriend.

PFC Gomer Pyle
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7.52
21 votes

#18 - PFC Gomer Pyle

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 2 - Episode 1

Carter postpones his vacation until all his men pass their PFC exams -- and, of course, Gomer is the only one to fail.

Doc, Be Patient/Dance With Me/Going My Way
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7.50
6 votes

#19 - Doc, Be Patient/Dance With Me/Going My Way

The Love Boat - Season 3 - Episode 4

A doctor who had planned on taking the cruise as a vacation cares for Doc when he comes down with the flu. He is initially a difficult patient, but soon begins to fall for his physician. A former dancer who has now opened her own school tries to convince her ex-partner to come to Germany to teach for her. He is reluctant to give up his life with his much younger (and very talented) partner/girlfriend, even though he is putting his health at risk and holding her back from a potentially successful career. A free-spirited woman invites a cab driver along on the cruise after her boyfriend stands her up.

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Miss Partridge, Teacher
star
7.50
2 votes

#20 - Miss Partridge, Teacher

The Partridge Family - Season 4 - Episode 18

Laurie Partridge is appointed student-teacher of Miss Halstead's 7th grade English class, which includes her brother, Danny. Danny takes an apple to school for his new teacher, but after experiencing Laurie's strictness, he eats it himself. Laurie is concerned when Miss Halstead informs her that unless Danny does better, he'll have to repeat the class in summer school – and the Partridges are scheduled for a summer tour. But, in Laurie's harsh judgment, Danny's grades do not improve, despite the fact that he submits a piece of work that actually had been written by Ernest Hemingway at a time when Hemingway was a high school student.

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That's My Dad/The Captain's Bird/Captive Audience
star
7.50
2 votes

#21 - That's My Dad/The Captain's Bird/Captive Audience

The Love Boat - Season 4 - Episode 11

A stowaway convinces the crew that a playboy passenger is his father. Capt. Stubing decides to get Vicki a parrot for Christmas. Unfortunately, it hasn't been trained to talk, and Gopher and Isaac's efforts to train it prove disastrous. A father and son, who haven't spoken for ten years resist their wives' efforts to reunite them.

April's Love/Happy Ending/We Three
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7.43
7 votes

#22 - April's Love/Happy Ending/We Three

The Love Boat - Season 3 - Episode 17

April returns to the ship with her fiancé, a former used car salesman turned manager whom she has known only a few weeks. The crew is certain that the man is scamming her. A couple comes aboard the ship to finish a script before filing for divorce. A man is shocked to run into the daughter he gave up for adoption and her adoptive mother. He agonizes over whether to tell her the truth about her parentage.

Ages of Man/Families/Bo 'n' Sam
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7.40
5 votes

#23 - Ages of Man/Families/Bo 'n' Sam

The Love Boat - Season 2 - Episode 24

Julie is pursued by the teenage son of the head of the cruise line while trying to win over a charming older passenger; a couple has trouble starting a romance because their parents are enemies; the crew pays two men to build a wooden model of the ship, but the gift accidentally gets smashed.

War Takes a Holiday
star
7.40
255 votes

#24 - War Takes a Holiday

Hogan's Heroes - Season 3 - Episode 21

After a first attempt to sneak four underground leaders out of the German camp fails, Hogan and his men come up with a new plan: Convince the camp commanders, via radio broadcasts and newspaper headlines, that the war is over!

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Gomer, State Witness
star
7.37
19 votes

#25 - Gomer, State Witness

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 2 - Episode 10

Gomer is the only witness to Carter's auto accident.

Lucille Is 40
star
7.33
3 votes

#26 - Lucille Is 40

Car 54, Where Are You? - Season 2 - Episode 27

To cheer Lucille because of her 40th birthday, Toody decides that a new wig would be just the thing; however, in the process of getting just the right wig for his wife, Sylvia stirs things up causing Lucille to think that her hubby is being unfaithful.

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Toody and Muldoon Sing Along with Mitch
star
7.33
6 votes

#27 - Toody and Muldoon Sing Along with Mitch

Car 54, Where Are You? - Season 2 - Episode 5

Mitch Miller tries to give the 53rd precinct a chance to sing on his TV show, but Toody has the only bass voice.

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Love Letters to the Sarge
star
7.32
47 votes

#28 - Love Letters to the Sarge

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 1 - Episode 19

Gomer writes secret love letters to Carter in order to cheer him up.

My Buddy, the War Hero
star
7.24
45 votes

#29 - My Buddy, the War Hero

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 1 - Episode 25

Gomer tries to prevent Carter and his old friend from becoming enemies.

The Jet Set
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7.24
45 votes

#30 - The Jet Set

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 1 - Episode 27

Gomer accidentally takes a detour on his way downtown and winds up on a round trip jet flight to Rome.

Sergeant of the Week
star
7.24
50 votes

#31 - Sergeant of the Week

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 1 - Episode 14

Carter thinks Gomer is dying and tries to be nice to him.

Critical Success/The Love Lamp Is Lit/Take My Boyfriend, Please/Rent a Family/The Man in Her Life (1)
star
7.20
10 votes

#32 - Critical Success/The Love Lamp Is Lit/Take My Boyfriend, Please/Rent a Family/The Man in Her Life (1)

The Love Boat - Season 3 - Episode 10

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders come on board as part of a charity fundraiser for an Acapulco orphanage. One of the cheerleaders enlists the help of her friends to dodge the advances of a persistent suito. A cheerleader's mother mistakenly fears that her daughter is trying to steal her boyfriend. A man, who has been lying to his boss about having a family, hires a group of actors to pose as his mother, wife and son for the company's "family cruise." A divorcing couple plots to steal a valuable gem, which is hidden in a lamp that keeps getting passed between crew members. A famous dancer/actress who is helping with the charity event repeatedly declines Capt. Stubing's request that she take part in the performance.

Dance, Marine, Dance
star
7.18
50 votes

#33 - Dance, Marine, Dance

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 1 - Episode 16

Gomer and Carter are taken in by a phony dance studio when they both sign lifetime contracts for lessons.

Old Man Carter
star
7.11
45 votes

#34 - Old Man Carter

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 1 - Episode 23

When the platoon celebrates Carter's birthday, he begins to worry he is getting old.

Fonzie Joins the Band
star
7.00
81 votes

#35 - Fonzie Joins the Band

Happy Days - Season 2 - Episode 19

Howard secures a gig for Richie, Potsie, Ralph, and Bag to play at the Leopard Lodge dance. Fonzie is able to get the guys tuxedos, but, in return, he joins them as a member of the band. When Fonzie plays a loud bongo solo during a slow dance, Richie is chosen to give him the news that he's out of the band.

I Hate Captain Block
star
7.00
4 votes

#36 - I Hate Captain Block

Car 54, Where Are You? - Season 2 - Episode 10

While bird sitting for Capt. Block's parrot, Toody inadvertently teaches it to say ""I hate Capt. Block.""

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Thirty Days Notice
star
7.00
7 votes

#37 - Thirty Days Notice

Car 54, Where Are You? - Season 1 - Episode 10

Disgusted by the conditions of their apartment, Toody gives his landlord Mr. Corfu 30 days notice. Mr. Corfu is absolutely thrilled with this decision and promptly seeks to find another family to move in. Meanwhile Toody and Lucille have trouble finding suitable housing as a replacement, so Toody makes plans to sublet an apartment of Al Cooper who is very possibly going to be spending 3-5 years in prison anyway. In the end, Mr. Cooper gets vindicated, the family that takes over the Toody apartment moves out because of the awful living conditions, the Toodys move back in, and everything is back to normal.

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Knock Around the Block
star
7.00
81 votes

#38 - Knock Around the Block

Happy Days - Season 1 - Episode 15

Richie gets on the good side of a local gang, the Dukes, when he protects the leader's sister from being picked on. However, things change when the Dukes steal Potsie's bike, and Richie tries to get it back.

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Doc's 'Ex' Change/The Gift/Making the Grade
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7.00
6 votes

#39 - Doc's 'Ex' Change/The Gift/Making the Grade

The Love Boat - Season 3 - Episode 16

Doc's most recent wife, Samantha, comes aboard with some shocking news: thanks to a crooked divorce lawyer who never filed their papers, they are still married. A man admits to his wife that he "borrowed" from his company's petty cash to pay for their cruise, as he felt ashamed by the fact that he couldn't give her things. They believe they may have found a way out of their predicament when they find 2000 dollars hidden in a jacket loaned to them by a passenger's wife. The man tries to retrieve his money without letting his wife find out that he is still gambling. A boy is horrified when his mother begins dating his hated history teacher.

Richie Moves Out
star
7.00
81 votes

#40 - Richie Moves Out

Happy Days - Season 2 - Episode 1

Richie feels that he doesn't have enough privacy, so he decides to move in with Chuck. He quickly discovers, though, that bachelor life isn't quite what he expected it to be.

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The Case of the Marine Bandit
star
6.85
53 votes

#41 - The Case of the Marine Bandit

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 1 - Episode 13

A mother-daughter burglar team uses Gomer for their next heist.

Cinderella Story/Family Reunion/Too Hot to Handle
star
6.77
26 votes

#42 - Cinderella Story/Family Reunion/Too Hot to Handle

The Love Boat - Season 1 - Episode 13

A woman who believes her departed dad was a noble sea captain forms an attachment for a devilish old purser; a newlywed couple are prevented by dislocated backs, sunburn and even poison ivy from enjoying their honeymoon; the crew upgrades a couple with modest means to a luxurious suite without consulting Capt. Stubing, forcing the couple to pose as wealthy socialites.

Oh, Dale!/The Main Event/A Tasteful Affair
star
6.77
91 votes

#43 - Oh, Dale!/The Main Event/A Tasteful Affair

The Love Boat - Season 1 - Episode 2

A man must pose as a woman to gain passage on the ship so that he can pursue an ex-girlfriend. A bickering married couple gets trapped in the elevator. A detective falls for a married woman whose husband has hired him to trail her.

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Pin it on Danny
star
6.75
4 votes

#44 - Pin it on Danny

The Partridge Family - Season 4 - Episode 21

Danny finds a broach and gives it to his mother for her birthday. He is dismayed when he sees a newspaper ad offering a $50-reward for its return. Danny then involves Laurie and Keith in an ill-fated plan to get the broach back from their mother without Shirley's knowledge, and buy her a duplicate with part of the reward money.

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Dear Beverly/The Strike/Special Delivery
star
6.47
57 votes

#45 - Dear Beverly/The Strike/Special Delivery

The Love Boat - Season 1 - Episode 10

An advice columnist neglects her husband. A substitute chef has a bad history with Capt. Stubing. A man and his estranged pregnant wife take the cruise without knowing the other is also on board.

Critical Success/The Love Lamp Is Lit/Take My Boyfriend, Please/Rent a Family/The Man in Her Life (2)
star
6.43
7 votes

#46 - Critical Success/The Love Lamp Is Lit/Take My Boyfriend, Please/Rent a Family/The Man in Her Life (2)

The Love Boat - Season 3 - Episode 11

A jealous Stacy comes to regret pushing Mark away. Wendy and Bill try to stop her mother from leaving after she misinterprets their purchase of wedding rings. Paul tries to keep his boss from learning about his girlfriend; and Lisa from learning about his "family." The Haymans have second thoughts about the diamond heist--and their break-up--after meeting the kids from the orphanage. Stella stings Elliot when she offers her harsh opinion about his play.

Help, Murder/Isaac the Groupie/Mr. Popularity
star
6.33
70 votes

#47 - Help, Murder/Isaac the Groupie/Mr. Popularity

The Love Boat - Season 1 - Episode 5

A woman gets the wrong idea from her husband's secretive behavior and fears that he is plotting to murder her. Isaac begins a whirlwind romance with an internationally known singer. A couple suspects that a painfully boring passenger is actually a wanted jewel thief.

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TV or Not TV
star
6.32
51 votes

#48 - TV or Not TV

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 5 - Episode 23

An article written up about Andy attracts the attention of a Hollywood film crew who come to make a television show about him. Andy is flattered, until he notices the crew's strange fascination with the Mayberry town bank.

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Draw Me a Pear
star
6.29
62 votes

#49 - Draw Me a Pear

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Season 5 - Episode 6

Laura talks Rob into going to her art class, but the art teacher seems to like Rob a little too much.

Lost and Found/The Understudy/Married Singles
star
6.24
59 votes

#50 - Lost and Found/The Understudy/Married Singles

The Love Boat - Season 1 - Episode 8

A boy befriends a couple who recently lost a young son. A trainee schemes to steal Julie's job. A bickering married couple takes the cruise and stays in separate cabins.

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