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The Best Episodes of Bunheads

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

Michelle, a Las Vegas showgirl, impulsively marries a man, moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law's dance school.

Network:ABC Family

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The best episode of "Bunheads" is "A Nutcracker in Paradise", rated 8.5/10 from 146 user votes. It was directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino and written by Amy Sherman-Palladino. "A Nutcracker in Paradise" aired on 8/20/2012 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Next!".

  • A Nutcracker in Paradise
    8.5/10 146 votes

    #1 - A Nutcracker in Paradise

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2012-08-20

    Michelle and Fanny begin to grow closer and enjoy each others creative input as they prepare for Fanny's annual production of The Nutcracker. Michelle is organizing the fundraiser, advising the girls on their boy drama and feeling more at home than ever before. But their newfound harmony is soon disrupted by honest mistakes. Meanwhile, Boo decides to make a move on the guy she likes.

    Director: Amy Sherman-Palladino

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • Next!
    8.2/10 128 votes

    #2 - Next!

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2013-02-25

    The girls secretly follow Michelle to a Broadway musical audition in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Fanny returns. Michelle's brother, Scotty, pops back up unannounced. And Sasha thinks the girls need to take their relationships with their boyfriends to the next level.

    Director: Amy Sherman-Palladino

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • What’s Your Damage, Heather?
    8.1/10 133 votes

    #3 - What’s Your Damage, Heather?

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2012-07-30

    When the dance studio springs a leak, Michelle lets the girls change for class in her house. But when one of them lies about stealing from her, Michelle puts her foot down. Meanwhile, the girls tease Ginny about dating the same boy since second grade.

    Director: Jackson Douglas

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Grant Levy, Dominik Rothbard

  • Movie Truck
    8.0/10 141 votes

    #4 - Movie Truck

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2012-07-23

    Michelle wants a Las Vegas style Birthday. Boo has a crush on someone.

    Director: Jamie Babbit

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • Blank Up, It's Time
    7.9/10 133 votes

    #5 - Blank Up, It's Time

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2012-08-06

    Michelle is thrown for a loop when she discovers Fanny has a longtime, long-distance boyfriend. And Fanny surprises Michelle again by inviting her to see a play. Meanwhile, Sasha's rebellious behavior starts to affect Fanny's class. Fanny responds by giving Boo a coveted role in an upcoming performance.

    Director: Daniel Palladino

    Writer: Daniel Palladino

  • I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky
    7.9/10 111 votes

    #6 - I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2013-01-21

    Michelle and Fanny need to come up with money to supplement the dance studio. Meanwhile, the girls continue to be mystified by the alluring new students, while Sasha deals with the decision to move from Paradise.

    Director: Jackson Douglas

    Writer: Beth Schacter

  • It's Not a Mint
    7.9/10 103 votes

    #7 - It's Not a Mint

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2013-02-18

    Meanwhile, the girls react in different ways to the boys in their lives: Sasha and Roman get closer, Ginny can't stop staring at Frankie, Boo is caught in the middle of an unintentional triangle and Melanie is being stalked by Dez.

    Director: Daniel Palladino

    Writer: Daniel Palladino

  • Pilot
    7.8/10 227 votes

    #8 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-06-11

    Michelle Simms had a promising career as a classically-trained professional dancer but was drawn to the lights of Las Vegas. Now, with a dead-end job as a 30-something showgirl, she's found the excitement of Sin City has lost its appeal, and her persistent suitor, Hubbell Flowers, is gaining it. With promises of a cushy life in his coastal town of Paradise, CA., Hubbell convinces Michelle to marry him and move away. Once in there, Michelle discovers that Hubbell forgot to mention that he lives with his mother, the strong-headed, imperious Fanny Flowers, who is not pleased that Hubbell has run off and married a stranger.

    Director: Amy Sherman-Palladino

    Writer: N/A

  • Money for Nothing
    7.8/10 135 votes

    #9 - Money for Nothing

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2012-07-16

    Michelle is concerned when she discovers that Fanny's bill-paying method includes old hat boxes and unconventional payment plans. After she finds herself in the middle of the collection process, Michelle decides to help Fanny better manage her finances. But Michelle's efforts could end up jeopardizing the upcoming Spring Flower Festival and Fanny's original ballet, "Paper or Plastic."

    Director: Elodie Keene

    Writer: Amy Welsh

  • You Wanna See Something?
    7.8/10 129 votes

    #10 - You Wanna See Something?

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2013-01-07

    Michelle works as a magician's assistant; the dance studio is closed down; Ginny takes over her mother's business; Melanie cares for her grandfather; Boo helps to take care of her little brother; Sasha returns.

    Director: Amy Sherman-Palladino

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • Better Luck Next Year!
    7.7/10 137 votes

    #11 - Better Luck Next Year!

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2012-07-09

    A moving truck is being unloaded with everything that was in Michelle's apartment in Vegas, including things that were in the apartment that were not hers, as her landlord packed everything for her. Not having enough space for the things to be nicely put away, Michelle shoves them into the guesthouse and goes to sleep. Fanny wakes up Michelle in the middle of the night to talk and help her unpack or get organised and agrees to letting Michelle "borrow" her stove, as the kitchen in the guest house does not function. The next morning, Michelle gets caught eating chips and soda in her underwear by some of the ballet students.

    Director: Daniel Palladino

    Writer: Daniel Palladino

  • No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons
    7.7/10 127 votes

    #12 - No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2012-08-13

    Michelle is thrilled to discover that there is another option for coffee beyond the gas station: an award-winning barista, Bash. But she soon discovers that dealing with a coffee artiste has its challenges. And Melanie tries to figure out why Ginny has suddenly begun acting different. Meanwhile, Fanny and Sasha remain in a standoff, leaving the ballet class to suffer as Fanny casts for the lead role in The Nutcracker.

    Director: David Paymer

    Writer: Sheila R. Lawrence

  • Take the Vicuna
    7.7/10 101 votes

    #13 - Take the Vicuna

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2013-02-04

    Milly opens her checkbook-and her mouth-giving notes on how Fanny should run an upcoming dance recital. Meanwhile, Sasha throws a housewarming party and Scotty takes Michelle on a road trip that makes a surprising detour.

    Director: Chris Eigeman

    Writer: Sheila R. Lawrence

  • There's Nothing Worse Than a Pantsuit
    7.6/10 103 votes

    #14 - There's Nothing Worse Than a Pantsuit

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2013-02-11

    Milly is on the warpath when she discovers that the local town preservation society is arranging a meeting to discuss the new amphitheatre. Meanwhile, Sasha and Roman take their relationship public; and Talia shares some big news.

    Director: David Paymer

    Writer: Grant Levy, Dominik Rothbard

  • For Fanny
    7.5/10 168 votes

    #15 - For Fanny

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2012-06-18

    Michelle's rocky start with her new mother-in-law finally seems to smooth out, until an unexpected occurrence turns everything on end. Michelle quickly finds herself back at odds with Fanny, but at the same time wanting to empathize with her. Inspired by Fanny's students, Michelle has an idea to help Fanny face the reality of the situation.

    Director: Amy Sherman-Palladino

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor
    7.5/10 109 votes

    #16 - Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2013-01-14

    Truly is evicted from her shop; Carl insists that Boo meet his parents; Talia sets Michelle up on a blind date; the girls are intrigued by two talented young newcomers.

    Director: Daniel Palladino

    Writer: Daniel Palladino

  • Inherit the Wind
    7.4/10 146 votes

    #17 - Inherit the Wind

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2012-06-25

    When Fanny's attorney gives her shocking news, she takes it hard and makes the situation more awkward for Michelle. Making matters worse, Michelle has a run-in with the law when she takes off in Hubbell's car to blow off steam, only to break down in the driveway of a handsome, local recluse. Meanwhile, the girls compete against other dance studios in an "ugliest feet" contest.

    Director: Kenny Ortega

    Writer: Sarah Dunn

  • The Astronaut and the Ballerina
    7.4/10 113 votes

    #18 - The Astronaut and the Ballerina

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2013-01-28

    Michelle's brother, Scotty, comes for a visit after yet another failed marriage. Meanwhile, Melanie's new interest in roller derby leaves Ginny feeling abandoned, while Boo and Carl are overwhelmed with child care duties.

    Director: Daniel Palladino

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino