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The Best Episodes of Abbott Elementary

Every episode of Abbott Elementary ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Abbott Elementary!

In this workplace comedy, a group of dedicated, passionate teachers — and a slightly tone-deaf principal — are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.


Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Abbott Elementary" is "Party", rated 8.7/10 from 361 user votes. It was directed by Randall Einhorn and written by Chad Morton, Rebekka Pesqueira. "Party" aired on 5/22/2024 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Teacher Conference".

  • Party
    8.7/10 361 votes

    #1 - Party

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2024-05-22

    It’s the last day of school! Ahead of summer vacation, Janine throws the perfect end-of-year party for her colleagues and friends, taking all their interests into consideration.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Chad Morton, Rebekka Pesqueira

  • Teacher Conference
    8.5/10 917 votes

    #2 - Teacher Conference

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 2023-02-22

    The Abbott staff heads to the Pennsylvania Educational Conference. Gregory reluctantly attends after a disagreement with Amber and bonds with Janine over their similarities. Jacob finds himself charmed by the Addington teachers.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Kate Peterman

  • Festival
    8.5/10 777 votes

    #3 - Festival

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2023-03-15

    Abbott Elementary rallies together to fight the threat from Legendary Charter Schools. Ava pitches a festival to draw parents to school and collect their signatures for a petition. However, Draemond shows up with the intention of derailing the event.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Brian Rubenstein

  • Work Family
    8.4/10 1,239 votes

    #4 - Work Family

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2022-02-15

    After Jacob reveals a detail about his personal life, Janine realizes she doesn't know the other teachers as well as she thought; Gregory's stern teaching approach is causing his whole class to underperform.

    Director: Jaime Eliezer Karas

    Writer: Justin Tan

  • Candy Zombies
    8.3/10 981 votes

    #5 - Candy Zombies

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2022-10-26

    It’s Halloween at Abbott Elementary! When a student steals a bag of candy meant to be given out to the kids at the end of the day and starts distributing it during school hours, the teachers band together to find the culprit. Meanwhile, Janine is invited to a Halloween party by an old friend and starts to reconsider her personal life.

    Director: Shahrzad Davani

    Writer: Kate Peterman

  • Zoo Balloon
    8.2/10 1,027 votes

    #6 - Zoo Balloon

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2022-04-12

    While on Abbott's annual zoo field trip, Tariq reveals that he has been offered a job in New York; Janine struggles with a big choice; Barbara starts questioning her future after finding out her favorite tuatara has been retired because of old age.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Jordan Temple

  • Valentine's Day
    8.2/10 786 votes

    #7 - Valentine's Day

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2023-02-08

    On Valentine’s Day, the Abbott teachers discuss their relationships and plans for the holiday. Janine finds out one of her students has a crush on her and when turning to a colleague for advice, she inadvertently learns a secret about another teacher. Elsewhere, Ava sits in on Jacob’s Black History class after receiving a complaint

    Director: Justin Tan

    Writer: Justin Tan

  • Smoking
    8.2/10 606 votes

    #8 - Smoking

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2024-02-21

    After a student is caught smoking, the Abbott staff come together to revamp the outdated drug policy. Meanwhile, Janine tries to prep the new substitute teacher for her class but finds it challenging to give up her former role.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Jordan Temple

  • Desking
    8.1/10 1,057 votes

    #9 - Desking

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2022-03-29

    When the students start participating in a new online trend that causes disruption to the school, the teachers band together to put an end to it. Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson provides comforting life advice to Gregory; and later, the teachers finally meet Jacob’s boyfriend, Zach, who joins in to help stop the students “desking.”

    Director: Melissa Kosar

    Writer: Morgan Murphy

  • Development Day
    8.1/10 1,036 votes

    #10 - Development Day

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2022-09-21

    The teachers are back for development week, a time to prepare for the upcoming year. Janine is determined to start the year off right and leave her problems at home. Ava runs a side hustle out of the school parking lot.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Quinta Brunson

  • Sick Day
    8.1/10 859 votes

    #11 - Sick Day

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2022-11-30

    Janine is out sick for the day; but with the substitute teacher shortage, Ava grows desperate and must step in herself to help out. She starts the day in an unconventional fashion, disrupting the students’ typical routine as well as neighboring classrooms. Meanwhile, Barbara and Melissa revel in the quieter-than-normal teacher’s lounge.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Riley Dufurrena

  • Holiday Hookah
    8.1/10 870 votes

    #12 - Holiday Hookah

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2022-12-07

    On the last day of school before winter break, Janine is convinced by her friend to go to a popular hookah club where she runs into unexpected colleagues. Elsewhere, Jacob crashes Barbara and Melissa's traditional holiday dinner and in the process begins to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Brian Rubenstein

  • Educator of the Year
    8.1/10 690 votes

    #13 - Educator of the Year

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2023-04-05

    Gregory is named Educator of the Year. Later, Janine deals with a difficult student, and it's revealed that Barbara hasn't completed her teaching requirements.

    Director: Claire Scanlon

    Writer: Jordan Temple

  • Mom
    8.1/10 711 votes

    #14 - Mom

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2023-04-12

    Janine's plan for a Memorial Day weekend solo trip is derailed when her mother shows up unannounced asking for help; Gregory notices his colleagues are great at small talk and realizes he needs to brush up on his people skills.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Ava Coleman

  • Franklin Institute
    8.1/10 697 votes

    #15 - Franklin Institute

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2023-04-19

    Abbott Elementary takes a field trip to the Franklin Institute; Gregory is eager to spend time with a reluctant Janine; Ava teaches the students about aliens, which leads to chaos.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Britanni Nichols

  • Career Day (1) / Career Day (2)
    8.1/10 603 votes

    #16 - Career Day (1) / Career Day (2)

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2024-02-07

    It's a new year at Abbott Elementary, and Janine is as eager as ever. She plans a district-wide initiative - Career Day - and is anxious for it to be a success. Meanwhile, Ava has a new approach to her job, and Melissa is asked a surprising question.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Quinta Brunson

  • Smith Playground
    8.1/10 312 votes

    #17 - Smith Playground

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2024-05-15

    Jacob manages to pull off a schoolwide field trip to the park; however, when Abbott must share the playground, the fun and games turn competitive. Elsewhere, Mr. Johnson enjoys having an empty school to himself.

    Director: Jaime Eliezer Karas

    Writer: Brian Rubenstein

  • Open House
    8.0/10 1,027 votes

    #18 - Open House

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2022-03-22

    It’s Open House night at Abbott Elementary, and while Janine prepares to meet her struggling student’s mother, the rest of the faculty uses the time to relax. Gregory is taken aback when he learns how Ava got the principal job, and later, Barbara’s daughter’s visit creates a commotion in more ways than one when

    Director: Jennifer Celotta

    Writer: Brian Rubenstein

  • Read-a-Thon
    8.0/10 784 votes

    #19 - Read-a-Thon

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2023-01-04

    The competition heats up between Melissa and Janine as their classrooms go head-to-head in a read-a-thon sponsored by a local pizza shop. Both teachers encourage their students to hit the books hard but face some unexpected obstacles on their path to pizza glory. Meanwhile, Jacob and Gregory join forces and attempt to get their student-podcasting club off the ground.

    Director: Dime Davis

    Writer: Garrett Werner

  • Fundraiser
    8.0/10 789 votes

    #20 - Fundraiser

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2023-01-18

    Barbara organizes a candy-selling fundraiser to raise money for a school field trip to the science museum. When sales don’t go as planned, Ava steps in to teach the students new, unconventional selling tactics. Elsewhere, Mr. Johnson and Jacob butt heads about how to take care of a cat found in the janitor’s closet.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Britanni Nichols

  • Teacher Appreciation
    8.0/10 737 votes

    #21 - Teacher Appreciation

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2023-03-08

    It’s Teacher Appreciation Day. When the district gives Abbott two courtside tickets to a 76ers game, the teachers must decide who deserves them. Later, Janine invites the teachers to her house for game night and her sister, Ayesha, comes to visit.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Morgan Murphy

  • Librarian
    8.0/10 468 votes

    #22 - Librarian

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2024-03-13

    Janine spearheads a pilot program that brings a librarian to Abbott; however, when friction arises with one of the teachers, it strains Janine's relationships with both parties. Meanwhile, both Melissa and Jacob deal with some big changes at home.

    Director: Karan Soni

    Writer: Morgan Murphy

  • Step Class
    7.9/10 1,080 votes

    #23 - Step Class

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2022-02-22

    Janine is thrilled when Ava asks to help her teach the after-school step class, but the two don’t see eye to eye on how to run the program. Later, when Barbara, Melissa and Jacob plan an “eat-off” to decide who makes the best pizza in Philadelphia, Gregory is forced to reveal a secret

    Director: Shahrzad Davani

    Writer: Joya McCrory

  • Ava vs. Superintendent
    7.9/10 964 votes

    #24 - Ava vs. Superintendent

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2022-04-05

    With the school board threatening to pull their funds, Janine and Gregory decide to help Ava out with her presentation in front of the Superintendent. However, their plan is derailed when a curveball is thrown at Ava. Meanwhile, Barbara offends Melissa when she doesn’t agree with her blackmail idea.

    Director: Matthew A. Cherry

    Writer: Britanni Nichols

  • Wrong Delivery
    7.9/10 921 votes

    #25 - Wrong Delivery

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2022-09-28

    After Janine gets a look at the new charter school down the street, she becomes determined to fix up Abbott and make it just as good. As Gregory goes out of his way to avoid Barbara due to an awkward situation with his personal life, and Ava takes to the school library to host a “Shark Tank”-style pitch to decide what to do with the rest of the funds from the grant.

    Director: Randall Einhorn

    Writer: Brian Rubenstein