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The Best Episodes of Last Man Standing

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

A married father of three tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women.


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The best episode of "Last Man Standing" is "Helen Potts", rated 9.1/10 from 599 user votes. It was directed by John Pasquin and written by Amy Mass. "Helen Potts" aired on 1/9/2015 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Trick or Treat".

  • Helen Potts
    9.1/10 599 votes

    #1 - Helen Potts

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-01-09

    Mike has a confrontation with his neighbor over her noisy projects; Eve learns Ed isn't who she thought he was.

    Director: John Pasquin

    Writer: Amy Mass

  • Trick or Treat
    8.9/10 456 votes

    #2 - Trick or Treat

    Season 6 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-10-21

    The Baxters throw a Halloween party and Mike must select the theme, so he makes family members dress up like each other while he dons a Donald Trump costume.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Ring
    8.8/10 376 votes

    #3 - The Ring

    Season 5 Episode 14 - Aired 2016-01-29

    When Ed secretly gives Kyle a task involving an engagement ring, Mike thinks Kyle is going to propose to Mandy.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Halloween
    8.3/10 296 votes

    #4 - Halloween

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-10-30

    On Halloween, Mike and Chuck decide to spend the evening watching football instead of passing out candy with their wives. But when Vanessa and Carol start pranking them, the competition is on to see who can out-prank who. Kyle dresses up like his hero, Ed, but Ed has a surprising response to Kyle's imitation of him.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Precious Snowflakes
    8.3/10 310 votes

    #5 - Precious Snowflakes

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-12-02

    Mike gets to deliver a speech for a graduation ceremony at Mandy's business school, but he must adhere to a politically correct tone. Meanwhile, Cammy comes home and brags about her great college experience, which leaves Eve feeling lousy.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Road Less Driven
    8.2/10 300 votes

    #6 - The Road Less Driven

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-10-23

    When Vanessa and the girls surprise Mike with a 1967 Impala for his birthday, he's excited to have alone time in the garage with the car. But when the car's original owner, Joe, keeps showing up with spare parts and unwanted advice, Mike drops some not-so-subtle hints that he can do without Joe's help. Meanwhile, Mandy is mad when Vanessa allows Eve to go to a music festival - when she was never allowed to when she was growing up.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Eve's Band
    8.2/10 351 votes

    #7 - Eve's Band

    Season 5 Episode 16 - Aired 2016-02-19

    Mike tries to break up Eve's new band, but his plan doesn't turn out as he expected; Mandy and Kyle baby-sit Boyd.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Tanks for the Memories
    8.2/10 326 votes

    #8 - Tanks for the Memories

    Season 5 Episode 17 - Aired 2016-02-26

    Mike is anxious to buy the miniature tank collection once belonging to the late husband of his neighbor, Helen Potts. But when he discovers Helen already sold the collection, he goes to extremes to make the collection his own. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ed are concerned when a mysterious "Bubba X" posts a scathing review about their dining experience at the Outdoor Man Restaurant.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Welcome Baxter
    8.2/10 701 votes

    #9 - Welcome Baxter

    Season 7 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-09-28

    Mike and Vanessa eagerly await Eve's return from the Air Force Academy; Ryan's anxiety about current events leads to a shocking announcement.

    Director: John Pasquin

    Writer: Kevin Abbot

  • Bridezilla vs. The Baxters
    8.1/10 285 votes

    #10 - Bridezilla vs. The Baxters

    Season 6 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-11-11

    Mandy becomes intolerable as her wedding day nears, and she fires her wedding planner. Before long, a fed-up Ed drops out of the wedding party, leaving Mandy to find a new best man for Kyle.

    Director: Victor Gonzalez

    Writer: Maisie Culver

  • The Force
    8.1/10 243 votes

    #11 - The Force

    Season 6 Episode 16 - Aired 2017-02-03

    Mike and Vanessa pressure Eve to apply to college, and the school she finally chooses puzzles them. Meanwhile, Kyle and Mandy try to preserve the memory of Ed's recently deceased dog by having the animal stuffed.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Three Sundays
    8.0/10 273 votes

    #12 - Three Sundays

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2015-02-20

    Mike realizes how important it is for Ryan and Kyle to have a father figure.

    Director: Victor Gonzalez

    Writer: Vince Calandra

  • Vanessa Fixes Up Eve
    8.0/10 282 votes

    #13 - Vanessa Fixes Up Eve

    Season 4 Episode 21 - Aired 2015-04-10

    Vanessa plays matchmaker for Eve and sets her up with one of her students - not realizing Eve may already be going out with someone else. Meanwhile, Mike and Chuck suspect Eve is secretly dating Chuck's son, Brandon.

    Director: Tim Doyle

    Writer: Ed Yeager

  • The Big Sleepover
    8.0/10 280 votes

    #14 - The Big Sleepover

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-11-13

    When Eve tells the family her annoying best friend Cammy needs to move in with them, Mike springs into action to find a way to hand Cammy off on someone else, namely the Larabees. Meanwhile, Kristin asks Mandy to design the new uniforms for the Outdoor Man Grill, but they clash over Mandy's creative process.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Shortcut
    8.0/10 257 votes

    #15 - The Shortcut

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 2016-04-22

    In honor of Mike's 25 years at The Outdoor Man, Ed plans a surprise dinner for him and asks Joe and Chuck to come up with the after-dinner speech. Also, Mandy decides that in order for her and Kyle to save money, they should move in with her parents after they're married

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Three Sisters
    8.0/10 259 votes

    #16 - Three Sisters

    Season 6 Episode 12 - Aired 2017-01-06

    Eve asks for money from her parents and they turn her down, but Kristin fulfills her request, which annoys Mike. This leads to a tense dinner at the Baxter home in which the three Baxter siblings have a fight. Meanwhile, Kyle and Ed's bond intensifies.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Shadowboxing
    8.0/10 271 votes

    #17 - Shadowboxing

    Season 6 Episode 22 - Aired 2017-03-31

    Mandy job shadows Mike and causes a dispute between Chuck and Joe, but her conflict-resolution skills differ from Mike's. Meanwhile, Kristen and Eve invite Vanessa to their kickboxing class so she can blow off some steam.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Gift of the Mike Guy
    8.0/10 261 votes

    #18 - The Gift of the Mike Guy

    Season 7 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-12-14

    Mike finds getting Ed a special Christmas present is easier said than done..for the man who has everything. Meanwhile, Eve returns to visit and Vanessa helps the family realize the importance of their long-standing holiday family traditions.

    Director: Robbie Countryman

    Writer: Jon Haller

  • Cabin Pressure
    8.0/10 239 votes

    #19 - Cabin Pressure

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2019-02-01

    Mike and Vanessa take the girls to the family cabin, where Mike challenges them to literally unplug for the weekend and stay off their phones. Meanwhile, for a school assignment, Jen shadows Kyle at work

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Two Nieces of Eve
    8.0/10 185 votes

    #20 - The Two Nieces of Eve

    Season 9 Episode 14 - Aired 2021-04-08

    Eve comes home for a visit and struggles to connect with her nieces. Meanwhile, Kyle turns to Ed when he worries he isn't dynamic enough in his preaching.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Wolf Returns
    7.9/10 328 votes

    #21 - The Wolf Returns

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-09-25

    Mike has returned from being on a fantastic two-month road trip traveling to far-flung places for Outdoor Man. It's great to be back with his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, but finds a lot has been going on at home as well as on the job since he's been away. To top it all off, a tornado is headed toward the Outdoor Man store and the Baxter home.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Gratitude List
    7.9/10 273 votes

    #22 - The Gratitude List

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-11-20

    Although Vanessa is disappointed it will only be her, Mike and Eve at the Baxter Thanksgiving table, she's more let down when Eve bypasses one of their holiday traditions and calls it "goofy." Meanwhile, Kristin finds out Mandy is lying to their parents about where she and Kyle will be spending Thanksgiving dinner.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Gift of the Wise Man
    7.9/10 279 votes

    #23 - Gift of the Wise Man

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2015-12-11

    Mike, annoyed at how far his family has moved away from the true spirit of Christmas, tells them he doesn’t want any physical gifts this year. Instead, he just wants each of them to perform a “good deed” for him. Meanwhile, Chuck is nominated to be Outdoor Man’s in-store Santa for the season.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Polar Run
    7.9/10 273 votes

    #24 - Polar Run

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-01-08

    When Mike and Vanessa need a sure winner on their annual college alumnae 5k race teams, they go to extreme measures to see who will win over Eve. Meanwhile, Kristin senses work might get tricky when Ed hires his girlfriend, Wendi, to be the new hostess at The Outdoor Man Grill.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Mike and the Mechanics
    7.9/10 269 votes

    #25 - Mike and the Mechanics

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2016-01-15

    To snap Eve out of her funk of not getting into West Point Academy, Mike hopes that taking her to Outdoor Man will show her different career options. But both Mike and Vanessa are taken aback by the unexpected influence that car mechanic Joe has on her. Meanwhile, Mandy makes Kristin feel like they no longer have anything in common.

    Director: Robbie Countryman

    Writer: Mike Haukom