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The Best Episodes of Dharma & Greg

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

Dharma & Greg is an American television sitcom that aired from September 24, 1997, to April 30, 2002. It stars Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as Dharma and Greg Montgomery, a couple who got married on their first date despite being complete opposites. The series is co-produced by Chuck Lorre Productions, More-Medavoy Productions and 4 to 6 Foot Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The show's theme song was written and performed by composer Dennis C. Brown. Created by executive producers Dottie Dartland and Chuck Lorre, the comedy took much of its inspiration from so-called culture-clash "fish out of water" situations. The show earned eight Golden Globe nominations, six Emmy Award nominations, and six Satellite Awards nominations. Elfman earned a Golden Globe in 1999 for Best Actress.


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The best episode of "Dharma & Greg" is "A Closet Full of Hell", rated 8.1/10 from 170 user votes. It was directed by Gil Junger and written by N/A. "A Closet Full of Hell" aired on 10/28/1998 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Pilot".

  • A Closet Full of Hell
    8.1/10 170 votes

    #1 - A Closet Full of Hell

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 1998-10-28

    A hilariously spooky Halloween episode finds the couple engaged in amorous horseplay (Dharma showing Greg how to do a strip-tease for her) on the eve of their house-warming party when the dogs sniff out something eerie in their new apartment: a hidden storage closet full of antique dolls. Although Dharma senses evil, Greg talks her into going ahead with the event while he cleans away the dolls, but in the middle of the party Dharma discovers the dolls have quietly returned to their former positions, together with two new dolls which bear an alarming resemblance to Dharma and Greg. Abbie intervenes with an exorcism (to Pete's amusement), then all seems well until the newlyweds hear heavy footsteps in the attic at midnight, and discover a single doll hung from the ceiling. Greg determines to spend all night in the attic to find out once and for all what is going on, joined by a reluctant Dharma, and they are both terrified when a trapdoor opens to reveal a screaming elderly woman who dem

    Director: Gil Junger

    Writer: N/A

  • Pilot
    8.0/10 300 votes

    #2 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1997-09-24

    Free-spirited Dharma and straitlaced Greg break the news to their respective parents, none of whom are especially thrilled with the match.

    Director: James Burrows

    Writer: Chuck Lorre

  • Mission: Implausible
    8.0/10 127 votes

    #3 - Mission: Implausible

    Season 5 Episode 18 - Aired 2002-04-02

    A visit from Kirk, a younger alumnus from Greg's law school, launches an unsuspecting Greg into the middle of a crazy college game with very specific rules developed by ""seriously drunk"" undergraduates. Despite Greg's reluctance to engage in a college prank at this stage in his life, Dharma leaves him no choice when she rallies the gang to help him win back his championship title in a relatively amusing parody of Mission: Impossible. Meanwhile, security guard Larry is disturbed when his supervisor Walter points out that he gets special treatment because his daughter is married to the boss's son. When Larry demands Edward rescind all special treatment, Walter obligingly fires Larry.

    Director: Asaad Kelada

    Writer: David Babcock

  • The First Thanksgiving
    7.9/10 178 votes

    #4 - The First Thanksgiving

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 1997-11-26

    After Dharma, Larry and Abby give a farm-full of turkeys their freedom, Dharma volunteers to make Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family in Kitty's spacious kitchen, with Jane's help (while Kitty plays it safe with a restaurant reservation). But Greg is not offering up thanks when he's the last to know that Dharma might have more than just a bird in the oven.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Chuck Lorre

  • Much Ado During Nothing
    7.9/10 161 votes

    #5 - Much Ado During Nothing

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 1998-05-13

    A rather daring episode by contemporary network standards: When Jane breezes in to claim custody of Dharma's stuffed duck, Dharma explains to Greg that it's a trophy held by whoever has had sex in the unlikeliest place. Having actually fallen asleep during sex the night before, the couple decide to spice up their love life and search the city for a public place to have sex, since the rest of San Francisco will be too busy watching the finale of Seinfeld to notice. But Jane 'seduces' Pete (by painting his toenails and shaving his legs) into blabbing about their plans and sets out to sabotage their trophy win, and, after a few ironic twists, it is not Dharma and Greg who get arrested for having sex on the steps of City Hall, but Kitty and Edward! (Edward points out that the trophy is actually a goose, and Dharma calmly explains that goose wouldn't rhyme.)

    Director: Ken Levine

    Writer: Eric Zicklin, Chuck Lorre

  • The Official Dharma & Greg Episode of the 1998 Winter Olympics
    7.8/10 168 votes

    #6 - The Official Dharma & Greg Episode of the 1998 Winter Olympics

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 1998-02-25

    While Dharma, Abby and Jane try to help a depressed Kitty struggle through her 50th birthday, Greg, Larry and Edward head off to the slopes to stage their own Winter Olympics. To head off Kitty's stated intention of immediate plastic surgery, the daffy trio persuades her to join them, big wigs and scanty dresses donned, on a mission to flirt at a navy bar. Kitty is an immediate hit - until one of the young men tells her she reminds him of his mother! Meanwhile, tobogganing down a mountainside in a canoe, at night, backwards, turns out to be the father and son bonding experience Greg and Edward never found time for.

    Director: James Burrows

    Writer: Bill Prady, Chuck Lorre

  • The Paper Hat Anniversary
    7.8/10 137 votes

    #7 - The Paper Hat Anniversary

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1998-10-14

    It's traditional to fight on your first anniversary (even if Hallmark doesn't have a card for it): Dharma and Greg stage an argument to escape their parents' planned celebration, but in concocting the excuse Greg says Dharma was being ""flighty,"" and the gloves come off. While they drive out of the city, Dharma retaliates by calling Greg a ""stick in the mud,"" and soon their car is stuck in the mud when he tries to demonstrate how impetuous he can be. (Not very.) They hike to a diner, but find it closed because of a death in the owner's family; just as Greg breaks a pane in the door in order to use the phone, a highway patrolman happens by and the young couple get caught in a charade of being the replacement cook and waitress. There's a nice unspoken continuity with the first season episode in which Greg really did become a short order cook, and it's nice to see him sharing Dharma's role-playing game, even if unwillingly. But Dharma looks tense and unhappy even before Greg accidentally i

    Director: Amanda Bearse

    Writer: Bill Prady, Eric Zicklin

  • Like, Dharma's Totally Got a Date
    7.8/10 145 votes

    #8 - Like, Dharma's Totally Got a Date

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 1998-11-11

    Dharma discovers Greg is really the only man for her when she agrees to attend a dance with a nerdy high school kid, but meets with some serious competition from the younger crowd. Meanwhile, Larry sings his ""You guys are okay"" song to Edward and Kitty, causing Kitty to fall and hurt herself; this prompts Kitty to sue Larry after she is embarrassed by her donut-cushion in front of the mayor. Larry represents himself, while Pete arbitrates.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Eric Zicklin

  • Dharma Drags Edward Out of Retirement
    7.8/10 141 votes

    #9 - Dharma Drags Edward Out of Retirement

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 1999-03-31

    When Greg rather reluctantly gives Dharma half of his on-line investment account, she becomes obsessed with profit (even borrowing from her parents), but unwisely follows a tip from a friend of Larry's and sinks everything into a San Francisco company that promptly sinks even further. When she appeals to a recently retired Edward for help, he quickly rejuvenates the business, which happens to merchandize women's fashions for men: edrag.com; but Kitty objects that Edward's golden years were reserved for her.

    Director: Gail Mancuso, Chuck Lorre

    Writer: N/A

  • Thanksgiving Until It Hurts
    7.8/10 133 votes

    #10 - Thanksgiving Until It Hurts

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 1999-11-23

    In an attempt to make Thanksgiving more enjoyable than last year's debacle (which we see in flashbacks), Dharma and Greg devise a plan to entirely avoid their families. When it becomes clear how much this has hurt everyone, the pair wind up more stuffed than any turkey after eating four Thanksgiving dinners: their own, one cooked (barely) by Kitty, another with Abby and Larry, and a fourth with Celia's family -- who have a fight that top last year's.

    Director: Amanda Bearse

    Writer: N/A

  • Drop Dead Gorgeous
    7.8/10 132 votes

    #11 - Drop Dead Gorgeous

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2000-01-11

    Finding that Greg is overwhelmed with paper work (and that her own efforts to help only lead to desktop carnal encounters), Dharma determines to hire him a first-rate legal secretary. She tries to get pointers from Greg's former secretary Marlene, but discovers that Marlene's only real skill is in dodging work. After submitting applicants to a battery of tests, both skill-related and New Age, Dharma finds the perfect secretary: the intelligent, caring, spiritually centered Kim -- who also happens to be a former fashion model. Despite Jane's skepticism, Dharma insists she trusts Greg completely and goes out of her way to throw Kim & Greg together, going so far as to have her accompany Greg to a dance with Kitty and Edward while she goes to a Smothers Brothers vineyard jamboree with Abby and Larry. When the car brakes Kim supposedly had serviced fail, Dharma's trust looks like a fatal mistake...

    Director: Amanda Bearse

    Writer: Rachel Sweet, Bill Prady

  • The Best Laid Plans
    7.8/10 120 votes

    #12 - The Best Laid Plans

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 2000-03-14

    For the first time in her life, Dharma gets depressed about her sex life when she discovers that Greg can't make a move in the bedroom without checking his day planner first. Meanwhile, a depressed Greg confides in Pete, who convinces him the only logical explanation for the downturn in his sex life is that Dharma is seeing someone else.

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: N/A

  • Dharma Does Dallas
    7.8/10 122 votes

    #13 - Dharma Does Dallas

    Season 4 Episode 15 - Aired 2001-02-20

    Dharma gets to know Greg's dysfunctional cousins and in-laws just in time to keep Edward from making a huge mistake in choosing his successor as head of the firm.

    Director: Robert Berlinger, Chuck Lorre

    Writer: Bill Prady, Eddie Gorodetsky

  • And the In-Laws Meet
    7.7/10 225 votes

    #14 - And the In-Laws Meet

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 1997-10-01

    When Dharma and Greg throw a party to celebrate their union, a disapproving Kitty boycotts the event, and Dharma sets out to befriend her mother-in-law. But when the Montgomerys and the Finkelsteins finally get together to plan the details, the hostilities really begin.

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: Chuck Lorre

  • Shower the People You Love With Love
    7.7/10 209 votes

    #15 - Shower the People You Love With Love

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1997-10-08

    Dharma tries to sprinkle a little TLC in Greg's life by installing a new, deluxe ""Spring Mist 3000"" shower, while Greg finds himself on a testosterone-ridden golfing afternoon with Edward and Larry. Meanwhile, Kitty, misunderstanding the word ""shower,"" readies for a social event with hors d'oeuvres and formal invitations.

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: Bill Prady

  • He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father
    7.7/10 173 votes

    #16 - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 1997-11-19

    When Greg needs an upgraded security clearance to work on a top-secret case, Dharma and the families are subjected to a background check, which reveals some very interesting information about Larry and Edward. Dharma discovers to her horror that her proud anti-establishment rebel father in not in fact wanted by the FBI as he's always bragged, and embroils Greg and Pete in a scheme to plant a phony file for Larry to steal. Meanwhile, Greg is shaken to discover that Edward never in fact divorced his first wife; and Kitty's reaction to the news is not what anyone would expect.

    Director: Gail Mancuso

    Writer: Bill Prady

  • Do You Want Fries With That?
    7.7/10 164 votes

    #17 - Do You Want Fries With That?

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 1998-01-07

    Greg's latest legal victory leaves him depressed in the middle of the office celebration, so Dharma suggests that maybe Greg should quit and ""follow his bliss."" It turns out that Greg's suppressed passion is for cooking, so he informs his disturbed parents that he is starting a new career as a short-order cook in a hamburger joint. This prompts Edward to confession his own secret talent: hairdressing.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Chuck Lorre

  • Invasion of the Buddy Snatcher
    7.7/10 164 votes

    #18 - Invasion of the Buddy Snatcher

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 1998-05-20

    When Greg hosts a poker game, Dharma takes advantage of the occasion to meet his buddies. Petty jealousies surface as she begins befriending the men and privately advising them on personal matters - including bankruptcy, impotence, and a serious crush one of the men has on Greg - and they in turn begin to full uncomfortable around Greg because he won't share his feelings with them. Upset that Dharma has taken over his friends, Greg tries to bluff her by maintaining that he has plans of his own to hang out with Jane; and when Dharma thinks this an ""awesome"" idea, he finds himself involved in a bizarre role-playing game with Jane's very bizarre friends (including the Vulcan-eared Trekkie seen at the end of episode 20). Meanwhile, Kitty and Edward are unhappily afloat in ""duck soup,"" as their swimming pool is invaded by waterfowl. Enter Abby, who is getting a Berkeley degree in ornithological intelligence. (Larry: ""It's the study of bird brains."" Kitty: ""Oh, that must be useful."")

    Director: Gail Mancuso

    Writer: N/A

  • The House That Dharma Built
    7.7/10 142 votes

    #19 - The House That Dharma Built

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 1998-12-09

    Gail Mancuso seems to direct all the best episodes, and this is no exception: A friendly game of strip poker between the newlyweds is interrupted by an emergency visit from Larry and Abbie (who are willing to wait a half hour until the sex is finished, an offer Greg can't accept). It turns out that their property is under siege by an unscrupulous developer who happens to be a former, and hated, classmate of Greg's. After Dharma invites the developer and his wife to dinner, then has to fight off his sexual advances, she is forced to accept Greg's viewpoint -- that he is evil -- and to seek a flattered Kitty's advice on how to get rid of him and save her parents' beloved home. The solution involves Jane, Pete, a trampoline, some garbage cans, and the IRS... and a wonderful coda using the trampoline. (In the course of the episode we also learn that Dharma has been both a magician's assistant and a professional casino dealer.)

    Director: Gail Mancuso

    Writer: Bill Prady, Chuck Lorre

  • How This Happened
    7.7/10 110 votes

    #20 - How This Happened

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 2001-05-08

    A simple garden on Montgomery-owned land triggers a war of the roses (and ladybugs) between Kitty and Dharma's hippie friends. Meanwhile, Dharma gets her hands dirty helping one of Ed's wrongfully terminated employees put his life back together, whether he likes it or not.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Don Foster

  • The End of the Innocence (2)
    7.7/10 119 votes

    #21 - The End of the Innocence (2)

    Season 4 Episode 24 - Aired 2001-05-22

    After catching Dharma innocently hanging out with her old college tutor---and failed suitor---Charlie, an enraged Greg moves out. Then the misunderstanding turns into a crisis as they both get caught up in the planning of their mutual friends' impending wedding, compelling Greg to seriously reevaluate his own crazy marriage. But when he finally sees the light, it may be too late.

    Director: Joel Murray

    Writer: Don Foster

  • Near-Death of a Salesman
    7.7/10 112 votes

    #22 - Near-Death of a Salesman

    Season 5 Episode 14 - Aired 2002-03-05

    A heart attack scare during Larry's business pitch for his chili causes Edward to reminisce about a simpler time in his life, when he wasn't a high-pressured ""captain of industry"" merely acquiring and merging other companies. Trying to persuade him to adopt an an easier life, Dharma is taken aback when Edward seizes command of a mall sports shoe outlet owned by his company and happily settles in as a crackerjack shoe salesman—until Kitty finds out. Meanwhile, picking up papers that need Edward's signature, Greg gets a taste of what life would be like as his father's business successor; and realizes (as Kitty angrily tells Dharma) that the real reason Edward hasn't retired is because he is waiting for Greg to take his place. Dharma sympathizes with Greg about abandoning the practice he has built up over the past year—but since this seems to consist of crabby Marlene mismanaging the office and Pete ""teaching"" three gorgeous young women a ""course"" in sexual harassment, perhaps the transit

    Director: Joel Murray

    Writer: Don Foster, Susan Beavers

  • The Mamas and the Papas (a.k.a. Finale) (2)
    7.7/10 117 votes

    #23 - The Mamas and the Papas (a.k.a. Finale) (2)

    Season 5 Episode 24 - Aired 2002-04-30

    Dharma & Greg get stuck in a snowstorm after leaving the chalet and begin to wonder how their diverse upbringings will affect them as parents. (Part 2 of 2)

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Del Shores, Don Foster

  • And Then There's the Wedding
    7.6/10 196 votes

    #24 - And Then There's the Wedding

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 1997-10-15

    There's love amid the ruins when Dharma and Greg hold a ""do-over"" wedding to appease their families, particularly the hostile Kitty, who turns the young couple's plans for a simple party into a big country-club affair, including a formal renewal of the wedding vows. (Says Greg to Dharma: ""You know, some day our parents will be gone and we'll look back on this day and not miss them so much."") Meanwhile, Pete and Jane have a surprising encounter of their own in the cloakroom.

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: N/A

  • Mr. Montgomery Goes to Washington
    7.6/10 176 votes

    #25 - Mr. Montgomery Goes to Washington

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 1997-11-12

    After Greg wins a major court case, he is urged to run for Congress. It's an idea that moves Dharma to consult Greg's mother for grooming advice, as a potential political wife. After worrying about Dharma fitting in with the political crowd, Greg embarrasses himself during his first public appearance by emerging from the washroom with his fly undone. But when Dharma tries to boost his confidence with a little back-seat lovin', it becomes front-page news. (""We know he's not a Democrat because he's having sex with his wife, and we know he's not a Republican because he's having sex."") Greg is thrown into a black depression until he realizes that his popularity has soared; then his opponent makes a decisive sexual confession of his own.

    Director: Philip Charles MacKenzie

    Writer: Bill Prady, Chuck Lorre