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The Best Episodes of American Dad!

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

The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their college-aged daughter, Hayley Smith; and their high-school-aged son, Steve Smith. Outside of the Smith family, there are three additional main characters, including Hayley's boyfriend turned husband, Jeff Fischer; the family's man-in-a-goldfish-body pet, Klaus; and most notably the family's zany alien, Roger, who is "full of masquerades, brazenness, and shocking antics."


Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "American Dad!" is "Into the Jingleverse", rated 10/10 from 1 user votes. It was directed by Jansen Yee and written by Nic Wegener. "Into the Jingleverse" aired on 12/18/2023 and is rated 1.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Stan Time".

  • Into the Jingleverse
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #1 - Into the Jingleverse

    Season 20 Episode 22 - Aired 2023-12-18

    When Steve gives the family better Christmas gifts than Stan, Stan goes to great lengths to regain his title of "King of Presents."

    Director: Jansen Yee

    Writer: Nic Wegener

  • Stan Time
    8.8/10 1,709 votes

    #2 - Stan Time

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2009-02-08

    Stan is ecstatic--and energetic--when a coworker gives him pills that allow him to stay up all night.

    Director: Joe Daniello

    Writer: Brian Boyle

  • Portrait of Francine's Genitals
    8.7/10 1,024 votes

    #3 - Portrait of Francine's Genitals

    Season 14 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-11-28

    A mold of Francine's vagina is displayed in a museum.

    Director: Rodney Clouden

    Writer: Steve Hely

  • G-String Circus
    8.5/10 1,120 votes

    #4 - G-String Circus

    Season 6 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-11-29

    Upset that Hayley no longer wants his advice, Stan decides to prove that she is missing out on his sage counseling. After meeting a stripper on an important CIA mission, Stan takes it upon himself to improve her life and show Hayley that his advice works. But when he opens a new business, hoping to prove Hayley wrong, he finds himself dancing for cash to cover up his failures.

    Director: Bob Bowen

    Writer: Erik Durbin

  • Bush Comes to Dinner
    8.4/10 1,112 votes

    #5 - Bush Comes to Dinner

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2007-01-07

    When Stan enters an essay contest to have his personal hero, President Bush, come over for dinner, he is overcome with joy when the President arrives at his doorstep. However, not everyone in the Smith family shares Stan's excitement. Hayley tries to drill President Bush on the Iraq war, and Steve and Roger attempt to convince him that they've found Osama Bin Laden, but instead get him drunk. Stan tries to save the President from public humiliation, while Hayley revels in his fall from glory.

    Director: Mike Kim

    Writer: Matt Weitzman, Mike Barker

  • Toy Whorey
    8.4/10 1,116 votes

    #6 - Toy Whorey

    Season 8 Episode 18 - Aired 2012-05-13

    When Stan catches Steve playing imaginary games with his toys, he decides to take his son down to Mexico to help him become a man. But the trip takes a turn for the worse when Stan and Steve are kidnapped by a drug cartel, and it’s up to Steve to break himself and Stan out of captivity.

    Director: Jennifer Graves, Tim Parsons

    Writer: Alex Cuthbertson, Matt Fusfeld

  • Camp Refoogee
    8.2/10 980 votes

    #7 - Camp Refoogee

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-09-10

    When Stan tries to trick Steve into attending summer camp, things go horribly wrong and Steve ends up in a refugee camp. However, Stan, being the eternal optimist, joins Steve and manages to stage a camp Olympics between the refugees and the rebel faction living across the river.

    Director: Albert Calleros

    Writer: Josh Bycel, Jonathan Fener

  • Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option
    8.1/10 928 votes

    #8 - Failure is Not a Factory-Installed Option

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2006-09-24

    Stan loses his confidence, and his job, when a car salesman gets the best of him in a negotiation. Meanwhile, Roger and Steve set up a makeshift drive-in to try to get to first base with popular schoolgirls.

    Director: Rodney Clouden

    Writer: Etan Cohen

  • 1600 Candles
    8.1/10 975 votes

    #9 - 1600 Candles

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2008-09-28

    It's Roger's 1600th birthday, but the Smiths are too freaked out by Steve's impending puberty to celebrate. So Roger decides to make his own birthday fun.

    Director: Caleb Meurer

    Writer: Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz

  • Weiner of Our Discontent
    8.1/10 805 votes

    #10 - Weiner of Our Discontent

    Season 5 Episode 18 - Aired 2009-05-03

    Roger declares that he was sent to Earth to be "the decider" of humanity's fate, and Stan challenges him on it.

    Director: Tim Parsons

    Writer: Laura McCreary

  • Son of Stan (2)
    8.1/10 935 votes

    #11 - Son of Stan (2)

    Season 7 Episode 2 - Aired 2010-10-10

    Francine and Stan compare parenting skills after Stan creates a clone of Steve; Roger searches for the missing bride and groom.

    Director: Chris Bennett

    Writer: Erik Sommers

  • Daesong Heavy Industries II: Return to Innocence
    8.1/10 532 votes

    #12 - Daesong Heavy Industries II: Return to Innocence

    Season 13 Episode 16 - Aired 2016-05-16

    Everyone is separated after the ship explodes: Stan and Francine lose their memories and resort to primitive living on an island; Hayley and Jeff are rescued by the Navy and Jeff decides to enlist; and Roger and Steve try to survive on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean.

    Director: Josue Cervantes

    Writer: Zachary Rosenblatt

  • Live and Let Fry
    8.0/10 808 votes

    #13 - Live and Let Fry

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2009-03-01

    When Langley Falls bans trans fats, Stan and Steve become smugglers. Meanwhile, Klaus gets word that he has received an inheritance but can't collect it because the CIA has turned him into a fish.

    Director: Rodney Clouden

    Writer: Laura McCreary

  • National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well: The Hole Story
    8.0/10 833 votes

    #14 - National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well: The Hole Story

    Season 9 Episode 7 - Aired 2012-12-23

    A talk show reveals that Francine was the toddler who, famously, was rescued from a well by a firefighter; Francine makes a discovery when she falls down the well on the anniversary of her rescue; Stan and Roger come up with a business idea.

    Director: Chris Bennett

    Writer: Murray Miller

  • Not Particularly Desperate Housewives
    7.9/10 931 votes

    #15 - Not Particularly Desperate Housewives

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2005-12-18

    As Stan continues to dominate the household, Francine finds herself idolizing a group of women who seem to have it all. She tries to impress them and even lies in order to gain acceptance into their group, until she realizes they aren't as perfect as they seem. Meanwhile, loyalties are tested when Stan gets a new best friend.

    Director: Brent Woods

    Writer: Dan Vebber

  • Irregarding Steve
    7.9/10 858 votes

    #16 - Irregarding Steve

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2006-12-10

    When Roger helps Steve see that his father isn't as smart as he always believed, the power-hungry pair set their sights on fame and fortune in New York City. It doesn't take long for Roger to lose everything on Wall Street, and Steve contemplates prostitution after Jon Stewart shoots down his comedy routine. Meanwhile, the rest of the family is certain that the two have just run away to the tree house, so when it explodes in a lightning storm, they are devastated, but console themselves with Steve's college fund.

    Director: Pam Cooke

    Writer: Chris McKenna

  • Meter Made
    7.9/10 893 votes

    #17 - Meter Made

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2007-10-07

    After Stan punches a male meter maid during a disagreement over a parking ticket, a judge sentences him to two weeks of community service--as a meter maid. Meanwhile, Hayley poses in the nude for an art class, where one of the artists turns out to be Roger.

    Director: Bob Bowen

    Writer: Dan Vebber

  • A Smith in the Hand
    7.8/10 974 votes

    #18 - A Smith in the Hand

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-09-18

    When Steve brings home a permission slip to take sex ed at school, Stan flips out and demands to teach it himself. However, after Stan unrealistically explains the birds and the bees to Steve, he gets into an accident that causes him to take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Roger becomes a bartender in hopes of making something of himself.

    Director: Pam Cooke

    Writer: David Hemingson

  • Roger 'n Me
    7.8/10 833 votes

    #19 - Roger 'n Me

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2006-04-23

    When Stan goes to Atlantic City for a bachelor party and is shunned by his so-called best friend, Roger steps in and becomes Stan's new sidekick. Their friendship goes to a whole new level, but when they return home and face Francine, Stan realizes that what happens in Atlantic City doesn't necessarily stay there. Meanwhile, Hayley and Steve team up to break up a good-looking couple.

    Director: Anthony Lioi

    Writer: Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz

  • When a Stan Loves a Woman
    7.8/10 823 votes

    #20 - When a Stan Loves a Woman

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2007-04-29

    After Stan discovers that Francine has a secret sex garden, he feels like their marriage may be crumbling. Looking to rekindle their romance, Francine asks for a divorce so that Stan can experience life as a bachelor again, and both learn a valuable lesson in love. Meanwhile, addicted to an energy drink, Steve finds himself panhandling in the streets to support his new habit.

    Director: Rodney Clouden

    Writer: Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz

  • The Vacation Goo
    7.8/10 843 votes

    #21 - The Vacation Goo

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2007-09-30

    Francine demands that Stan take the family on a vacation after she learns all of their previous vacations never actually happened: The CIA had planted artificial memories of the "vacations" in their brains so Stan could ditch them. Meanwhile, Roger wants to be a thespian.

    Director: Albert Calleros

    Writer: Josh Bycel, Jonathan Fener

  • White Rice
    7.8/10 775 votes

    #22 - White Rice

    Season 7 Episode 5 - Aired 2010-11-21

    After an argument between Stan and Francine breaks out, Stan suggests they go see a counselor, who hypnotizes Francine and reawakens her lifelong dream of being a comedian. Meanwhile, back in Langley Falls, Steve brings home a potential love interest for Klaus.

    Director: Bob Bowen

    Writer: Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz

  • The People vs. Martin Sugar
    7.8/10 756 votes

    #23 - The People vs. Martin Sugar

    Season 7 Episode 7 - Aired 2010-12-05

    If there’s one thing that Stan Smith loves, it’s a good jury trial. He anxiously awaits his annual jury summons. But when Roger is the defendant in the trial where Stan is the foreman, he is finally in a position to make Roger accountable for his misdeeds. Meanwhile, Jeff and Hayley move in with the Smiths, and Francine tries to get Jeff to clean up his act.

    Director: Pam Cooke

    Writer: Jonathan Fener

  • Home Wrecker
    7.8/10 845 votes

    #24 - Home Wrecker

    Season 7 Episode 17 - Aired 2011-05-08

    Stan and Francine fight over how to redecorate the house. It goes so far that they split the house down the middle and try to live without each other. Meanwhile, Principal Lewis discovers a talent of Barry.

    Director: Joe Daniello

    Writer: Alan Freedland, Alan R. Cohen

  • Blood Crieth Unto Heaven
    7.8/10 788 votes

    #25 - Blood Crieth Unto Heaven

    Season 9 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-01-27

    When Francine invites Stan's father to a party, a dark secret about the Smith family's past is revealed.

    Director: Joe Daniello

    Writer: Brian Boyle