The BEST episodes written by Dick Clair

with Dinah Shore
star
8.97
32 votes

#1 - with Dinah Shore

The Carol Burnett Show - Season 10 - Episode 8

Business professionals (Carol and Harvey) discuss his marriage proposal in the style of a business meeting. Dinah Shore sings "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover". Tim's plays the oldest living butcher with Harvey as an impatient customer. "Went With The Wind," a "Gone With The Wind" spoof features Carol as Starlet O'Hara, Vicki as Sissy, Tim as Brashley Wilkes, Dinah as Melody, and Harvey as Capt. Rat Butler. A musical salute to New Orleans with "Basin Street Blues" as the centerpiece.

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My Brother's Keeper
star
8.50
17 votes

#2 - My Brother's Keeper

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 3 - Episode 17

Phyllis wants to set up her visiting brother with Mary, but instead he hits it off with Rhoda and begins spending time with her to Phyllis's disapproval.

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Episode 4.6
star
8.08
24 votes

#3 - Episode 4.6

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 6

Danny finds a hooker who will help bring Tibbs to justice. The cash-poor Tates hold a barbecue. Leslie gets more creative in her efforts to kill Billy. Jessica accepts El Puerco's invitation to spend the night in his tent.

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Feeb
star
8.08
24 votes

#4 - Feeb

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 2 - Episode 16

An incompetent waitress is fired after Mary complains about her poor service and Mary feels obliged to hire her when she applies for an assistant's job at WJM-TV.

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with Rock Hudson and Steve Lawrence
star
8.03
31 votes

#5 - with Rock Hudson and Steve Lawrence

The Carol Burnett Show - Season 10 - Episode 17

Mrs. Wiggins (Carol) has a millionaire date (guest Rock Hudson) for lunch, but she wants to dump him; Steve Lawrence sings "You Take My Heart Away"; a husband-and-wife news team bicker while anchoring a newscast; and a salute to the music of composer Jule Styne including including "People", "Together", "Small World" and "Everything's Coming up Roses".

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with Gloria Swanson
star
7.94
33 votes

#6 - with Gloria Swanson

The Carol Burnett Show - Season 7 - Episode 3

The Charwoman meets Charlie Chaplin (guest Gloria Swanson); in another "Carol & Sis" sketch, an elevator operator in Carol and Roger's new apartment building has a crush on her; a mistress (Vicki) tells all to a radio call-in show about a man (Lyle) with whom she's having an affair, while his unsuspecting wife (Carol) listens to every word; and an "Old Folks" sketch. Gloria Swanson performs "A New-Fangled Tango" and Carol sings "Without a Word, Without a Sound".

Remembrance of Things Past
star
7.87
15 votes

#7 - Remembrance of Things Past

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 3 - Episode 22

A former boyfriend visiting Minneapolis calls Mary who, deep down, wants to see him again but she has been hurt by him too many times before.

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with James Garner, George Carlin, and Ken Berry
star
7.82
33 votes

#8 - with James Garner, George Carlin, and Ken Berry

The Carol Burnett Show - Season 11 - Episode 22

A doctor about to take a trip to Hawaii gets a going-away gift from his patients, but their neuroses ruin the festivities; guest George Carlin spoofs record offer advertisements; a recurring series of sketches of a construction worker seeking several ways to try to get rid of his wife; Ken and Vicki perform "My Cutie's Due at Two-to-Two Today" with the dancers; a dentist wreaks revenge on her ex-husband who's her patient; and for the close, a musical finale about two penniless bums.

Vint and the Kids Move In
star
7.63
211 votes

#9 - Vint and the Kids Move In

Mama's Family - Season 1 - Episode 1

This was the pilot episode, which was the first to air. Along with "The Family" regulars Vicki and Betty White, the episode introduces Aunt Fran, Vinton, Naomi, Buzz and Sonja. Vinton and his two children move back home after being evicted, disrupting the "happy" home life of Thelma and her sister, Fran (Rue McClanahan), who threatens to move out. The relationship between Vint and Naomi begins to blossom.

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Mom, I L-L-Love You
star
7.50
96 votes

#10 - Mom, I L-L-Love You

The Bob Newhart Show - Season 1 - Episode 4

Bob finds it extremely difficult to tell his mother that he loves her.

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The Care and Feeding of Parents
star
7.42
25 votes

#11 - The Care and Feeding of Parents

The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Season 2 - Episode 20

Bess gets top marks for a report she wrote for school, and Phyllis pressures her to write a book based on it, calling on Mary for help.

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Episode 4.10
star
7.35
52 votes

#12 - Episode 4.10

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 10

Jessica and Chester announce their divorce. Danny reveals his love for Gwen. Jodie tells the family about his affair with Maggie. At a party for El Puerco, Danny is shot.

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Cellmates
star
7.23
96 votes

#13 - Cellmates

Mama's Family - Season 1 - Episode 6

Eunice and Mama wind up in jail after they cause a disturbance at the Bigger Jigger.

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with Betty White and Steve Martin
star
6.94
33 votes

#14 - with Betty White and Steve Martin

The Carol Burnett Show - Season 11 - Episode 21

An installment of "As the Stomach Turns" with a close encounter of a different kind; guest Steve Martin attempts to perform a comic act for dogs; a deranged bag lady (Carol) gets an older middle-class man (Tim) into trouble; Mama and Eunice visit Ellen (guest Betty White) and wreak havoc there in another "Family" sketch; and a "Late, Late Movie" presentation of "Beach Blanket Boo-Boo" (a spoof of 1960's "Beach Party" movies with Steve in the Frankie Avalon role and Carol as Annette Funicello).

Episode 4.11
star
6.88
52 votes

#15 - Episode 4.11

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 11

Annie realizes Chester is still in love with Jessica but agrees to marry him anyway. Jessica tries in vain to seduce El Puerco. Burt vows to find Tibbs and make him pay for shooting Danny. The Campbells learn that Danny will need a kidney transplant, which forces Mary to reveal a devastating secret.

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Walter's Dream
star
6.83
12 votes

#16 - Walter's Dream

Maude - Season 3 - Episode 7

Walter and Arthur return from an outing in Canada with a batch of fresh fish and a lack of interest in their eager wives. However, Walter has one very important interest, to move the family to the Canadian wilderness. Maude is dead set against the notion, but her reverse psychology fails and Walter ends up trying to sell his business.

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Episode 4.9
star
6.82
49 votes

#17 - Episode 4.9

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 9

Jessica returns home with El Puerco and his three Juans. Danny asks Gwen to move in with him. Jodie and Maggie, on their way to Alaska to find Wendy, admit their mutual attraction. Burt suffers a crisis of faith.

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Episode 4.12 (Part 1)
star
6.81
52 votes

#18 - Episode 4.12 (Part 1)

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 12

News that Chester is Danny's father rocks the family. Chester reluctantly agrees to donate a kidney to Danny. Jessica is devastated that Mary had a child by Chester. Meanwhile, Jodie and Maggie track Carol and Wendy to a kung-fu fortress in Malibu.

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Episode 4.5
star
6.77
52 votes

#19 - Episode 4.5

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 5

The Tates and Campbells learn of Jessica's abduction. Billy heads to Malaguay to rescue his mother. Jodie hires a P.I. to find Wendy. Danny and Burt plan to go undercover to bring down Tibbs. Jessica finds herself in the middle of a revolution.

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Episode 4.8
star
6.74
50 votes

#20 - Episode 4.8

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 8

Burt sells his construction company to Chester and Dutch. Jodie and Maggie learn that Carol has run off to New Mexico with a carnival fire-eater. Billy rescues Jessica and El Puerco at sea. Danny admits he is attracted to Gwen and asks her to stop turning tricks.

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Episode 4.7
star
6.73
52 votes

#21 - Episode 4.7

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 7

Jessica consoles a depressed El Puerco and convinces him to fight the revolution from her house in Connecticut. Gwen testifies against Tibbs. Someone is spying on Gwen and Danny. The Tates hold a garage sale to raise cash. Burt and Mary make an appointment for sex. Jodie and Maggie's search for Carol and Wendy leads them to a rowdy saloon.

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Episode 4.1
star
6.62
56 votes

#22 - Episode 4.1

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 1

Dr. Hill revives Jessica, who remains in a coma. Danny and Burt wake up in an adult motel. Mary is relieved to see that her baby is white. Billy dodges Leslie's bullet, which hits Saunders instead. Dutch chooses Eunice over Corinne, who announces she will be moving on soon. Jessica emerges from her coma apparently healthy and surrounded by her many suitors. After the judge learns of Carol's machinations, she awards custody of Wendy to Jodie. Carol threatens Jodie. Burt and Danny receive X-rated pictures of themselves in the motel room.

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Episode 4.3
star
6.50
54 votes

#23 - Episode 4.3

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 3

After Burt tells Jodie there's nothing the law can do to help find Wendy, Jodie takes matters into his own hands. Jessica returns home from the hospital. Eunice and Dutch announce their engagement, much to Chester's horror. Leslie continues her bumbling efforts to kill Billy. Mary receives the blackmail photos of Burt in the motel room. Jessica agrees to allow Chester to live in the poolhouse.

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Episode 4.4
star
6.44
52 votes

#24 - Episode 4.4

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 4

Chester puts the moves on the maid of honor at Dutch and Eunice's wedding. The blackmail photos of Burt and Danny hit the papers. Despite the breaking scandal, Mary vows to stand by Burt. On her way to the Caribbean for some R&R, Jessica crosses paths with a Latin American revolutionary.

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Episode 4.2
star
6.31
54 votes

#25 - Episode 4.2

Soap - Season 4 - Episode 2

Jessica tells her suitors that she is moving on with her life--without them. Burt and Danny consider responses to Tibbs' blackmail threats. Polly turns down Danny's marriage proposal, leaving him despondent. Corinne departs for a new life in California. Wendy is kidnapped.

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with Dick Van Dyke and Tony Randall
star
6.15
33 votes

#26 - with Dick Van Dyke and Tony Randall

The Carol Burnett Show - Season 9 - Episode 22

A traveling encyclopedia salesman (guest Dick Van Dyke) tries to peddle his wares at the home of a bickering couple (Carol, Harvey); guest Tony Randall performs "Madeira, M'Dear?"; two men (Tony, Dick) argue over a $10 loan while on vacation in Hawaii; Dick performs "Ballin' the Jack" with the dancers; a couple (Carol, Tony) have an argument over body signals; and a mini-musical based on the lyrics of Ira Gershwin.