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The Best Episodes of Life in Pieces

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

Comedy about one big happy family and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments as told by its various members. Of the three siblings, middle child Matt may have just found his true love, his co-worker, Colleen; his coddled youngest brother, Greg, and his wife, Jen, are overwhelmed by the birth of their first child; and the eldest, Heather, and her husband, Tim, are dreading their impending empty nest so much, they're considering having another baby. Their parents are Joan the family's adoring matriarch who would do anything for her kids - as long as she agrees with it - and John, the gregarious patriarch who's searching for ways to soften the blow of turning 70. As the family's lives unfold in four short stories each week, they try to savor these little pieces of time that flash by but stay with you forever, because these moments add up to what life's all about.


Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Life in Pieces" is "The Twelve Shorts of Christmas", rated 8.4/10 from 218 user votes. It was directed by Jeffrey Walker and written by Joe Cristalli. "The Twelve Shorts of Christmas" aired on 12/21/2017 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Godparent Turkey Corn Farts".

  • The Twelve Shorts of Christmas
    8.4/10 218 votes

    #1 - The Twelve Shorts of Christmas

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-12-21

    The holiday spirit is alive, well and wildly different for each member of the Short family.

    Director: Jeffrey Walker

    Writer: Joe Cristalli

  • Godparent Turkey Corn Farts
    8.2/10 299 votes

    #2 - Godparent Turkey Corn Farts

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-11-19

    Joan invites their recently widowed neighbor, Gary Timpkins, to Thanksgiving dinner, during which everyone has a bad reaction to Colleen’s cauliflower dish. Also, Tim and Sophia try to find a last-minute replacement for Heather’s spoiled turkey, Jen and Greg debate who to name as Lark’s godparent and John takes Samantha to the Harvest Festival, where she sneaks into the corn maze with her boyfriend, Aiden.

    Director: Chad Lowe

    Writer: Maggie Mull

  • Testosterone Martyr Baked Knife
    8.2/10 230 votes

    #3 - Testosterone Martyr Baked Knife

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-11-23

    When Heather, Clementine and Jen offer to save Joan from the stress of preparing the Thanksgiving meal, the free time leaves Joan every more frazzled. Also, Greg has a boost of self-confidence after learning he has high levels of testosterone.

    Director: Jaffar Mahmood

    Writer: Lesley Wake Webster

  • Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring
    8.1/10 247 votes

    #4 - Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2016-03-31

    The first season concludes with John and Joan revealing a shocking secret they've kept from their kids for 35 years. Also, Greg quits his job after creating a public funding campaign for his own invention. Heather and Tim try to make up for missing Samantha's Student of the Month Ceremony at school, and Matt's plan to make a big announcement at his and Colleen's book party keeps getting delayed.

    Director: Chad Lowe

    Writer: Justin Adler

  • Babe Secret Phone Germs
    8.0/10 311 votes

    #5 - Babe Secret Phone Germs

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-10-19

    Tim and Heather unintentionally make things incredibly awkward for Tyler when he brings his gorgeous new girlfriend, Clementine, to meet the family. Also, Matt and Colleen are caught canoodling at the office by their obnoxious co-worker, Will, Jen and Greg vow not to become germaphobes, and John buys Sophia a cell phone behind her parents' backs.

    Director: Claire Scanlon

    Writer: Rolin Jones

  • Sexting Mall Lemonade Heartbreak
    8.0/10 230 votes

    #6 - Sexting Mall Lemonade Heartbreak

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2016-02-25

    After realizing that Sophia is growing up faster than he’d like, John buys himself a pet, but it doesn’t get along well with Joan. Also, Heather accidentally sends Tyler a sexy text message, Jen and Greg try to help Samantha win her boyfriend back and Heather and Jen console Colleen and Matt over their break-up.

    Director: Rebecca Asher

    Writer: Maggie Mull

  • Annulled Roommate Pill Shower
    8.0/10 259 votes

    #7 - Annulled Roommate Pill Shower

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-10-27

    In the second season opener, Heather and Tim ask Clementine's parents to convince Clementine and Tyler to get a marriage annulment; Matt moves in with Colleen, much to the dismay of her roommate; John takes the wrong dose of his daily pill, which leads to complications.

    Director: Jason Winer

    Writer: Justin Adler

  • Nanny Tent Earrings Cheeto
    7.9/10 281 votes

    #8 - Nanny Tent Earrings Cheeto

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-11-12

    When Jen and Greg interview potential nannies for Lark, they find it difficult to find one they trust. Also, Tim, Matt and Greg go camping, Heather suspects Matt bought Colleen earrings with money she loaned him, and John makes a wooden puppet for Lark that the family has more fun playing with than she does.

    Director: Jason Winer

    Writer: Elizabeth Tippet

  • Hospital Boudoir Time-Out Namaste
    7.9/10 256 votes

    #9 - Hospital Boudoir Time-Out Namaste

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-11-26

    When Jen cuts her finger and Greg takes her to the hospital, they finally have the first quality alone time they’ve had in months. Also, John takes Samantha and Sophia to a restaurant where everything is named after feelings, Heather gives Tim a sexy anniversary gift, and Sophia is punished after Heather hears her swearing.

    Director: Fred Goss

    Writer: Alec Sulkin

  • Sleepy Email Brunch Tree
    7.8/10 316 votes

    #10 - Sleepy Email Brunch Tree

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-10-05

    When Matt invites Colleen to brunch with the family, he coaches her through the difficult task of connecting with them. Also, John, Matt and Greg try to prove their masculinity by cutting down a tree in Greg's backyard, Tim has an adverse reaction to espresso, and a sleep-deprived Greg has a run-in with the cops.

    Director: Jeremy Garelick

    Writer: Brad Copeland

  • Burn Vasectomy Milkshake Pong
    7.8/10 253 votes

    #11 - Burn Vasectomy Milkshake Pong

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-12-10

    Greg is still bitter over an accident that sidelined a competitive game of ping-pong he and Matt had started years ago, so they decide to finally settle the score. Also, Heather questions herself after urging Tim to get a vasectomy, Jen is stressed about returning to work, and Joan learns her credit card has been stolen after strange packages start arriving.

    Director: Jason Winer

    Writer: Greg Malins

  • Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem
    7.8/10 207 votes

    #12 - Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-11-10

    When Tim accidentally shaves off a huge chunk of eyebrow before an important photoshoot, he hopes Jen and Colleen's grooming expertise can fix it. Also, when Gigi passes away, Greg makes an anonymous donation with the money she left him, but later realizes he wants to be recognized for it; John learns firsthand what Gigi's life was like at the nursing home; and Joan honors her mother's memory with unusual jewelry.

    Director: Chad Lowe

    Writer: Barbie Adler

  • Boxing Opinion Spider Beard
    7.8/10 198 votes

    #13 - Boxing Opinion Spider Beard

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-12-01

    John's plan to encourage Samantha to skip her ballet class and take up boxing with his trainer, Troy, behind her mother Heather's back has unexpected consequences. Also, Jen tries to discreetly seek a second opinion when Tim tells her she needs tonsil surgery; Joan constantly scares Matt by hiding spiders around him; and Greg grows a wiry beard that irritates Jen.

    Director: Jason Winer

    Writer: Lesley Wake Webster

  • Sonogram Frog Rub Family
    7.8/10 169 votes

    #14 - Sonogram Frog Rub Family

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-05-09

    After Tim has a heart attack, he becomes super clingy and annoys the entire family. Also, Greg and Jen make a pact to keep their baby's gender a secret; Sophia's new pet frog turns out to be a dangerous species; and Matt and Colleen receive news about their impending adoption.

    Director: Linda Mendoza

    Writer: Jordan Young

  • X Box Glimpse Spotlight
    7.8/10 156 votes

    #15 - X Box Glimpse Spotlight

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-06-06

    Heather and Tim try not to freak out when they get an emergency text from Samantha to pick her up in the middle of the night; Tim endures an embarrassing public situation; John accidentally walks in on Jen while she's breastfeeding the baby.

    Director: Natalia Anderson

    Writer: Nadiya Chettiar

  • Tattoo Valentine Guitar Pregnant
    7.7/10 229 votes

    #16 - Tattoo Valentine Guitar Pregnant

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2016-02-11

    When Tyler and Clementine go to a guitar store, Tyler gets uncomfortable when the attractive salesman, Ian, repeatedly hits on her. Also, Tim’s tattoo artist, Lois makes a spelling error on a tattoo he got as a Valentine’s Day surprise for Heather, Matt’s plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Colleen doesn’t go as well as he hoped, and Greg and Jen discuss whether they should have another baby

    Director: Jason Winer

    Writer: Alec Sulkin

  • Hair Recital Rainbow Mom
    7.7/10 239 votes

    #17 - Hair Recital Rainbow Mom

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2016-02-18

    When John starts feeling old, he attempts to make himself look younger, much to the dismay of his family. Also, Heather worries that Sophia’s piano recital will be a disaster; Jen, Greg and Lark go to an over-the-top birthday party full of overachieving parents who make them panic about getting Lark into a good preschool; and Matt meets Colleen’s mother, Mia, for the first time.

    Director: Ken Whittingham

    Writer: Elizabeth Tippet

  • Prank  Assistant Gum Puppy
    7.7/10 222 votes

    #18 - Prank Assistant Gum Puppy

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2016-03-10

    Greg feels threatened by Jen's handsome assistant; Tim and Heather plan a prank.

    Director: Chad Lowe

    Writer: Barbie Adler

  • Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie
    7.7/10 231 votes

    #19 - Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2016-03-31

    Tim thinks wearing a Cinderella dress during March Madness is good luck, so he refuses to take it off in hopes his alma mater will win. Also, Greg fantasizes about what to write in a birthday card for his boss, Tyler goes to prom and must withstand unsolicited advice from his parents and grandparents, and Jen sets Matt up on a blind date with her coworker, Dougie.

    Director: Phil Traill

    Writer: Joe Cristalli

  • Cheap Promotion Flying Birthday
    7.7/10 208 votes

    #20 - Cheap Promotion Flying Birthday

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-11-17

    When Colleen teaches Matt her frugal ways, he gets hooked when he realizes how much saving money turns her on. Also, Tim attempts to fire Heather from her receptionist position at his office, John tries to break Sophia's fear of flying by taking her for a quick flight on a small plane, and Jen plans a quiet affair for Lark's first birthday, until the family takes over the celebration.

    Director: Alex Reid

    Writer: Dave Jeser, Matthew Silverstein

  • Swim Survivor Zen Talk
    7.7/10 199 votes

    #21 - Swim Survivor Zen Talk

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-12-08

    When John decides to try out for "Survivor," Tim gets jealous and attempts to undermine his audition tape. Also, Colleen confesses she can't swim when she and Matt discuss Hawaii as a honeymoon destination; Jen pretends to get hooked on meditation so she can use the time to play cell phone games; and Heather gives Sophia the "sex" talk.

    Director: Jude Weng

    Writer: Joe Cristalli

  • #TBT:  Y2K Sophia Honeymoon Critter
    7.7/10 213 votes

    #22 - #TBT: Y2K Sophia Honeymoon Critter

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-01-05

    The Shorts take a trip down memory lane with a #TBT to Y2K, when John and Joan throw a party to celebrate the turn of the century. Also, #TBT to Heather and Tim's parenting styles before they had Sophia.

    Director: Jason Winer

    Writer: Marcos Luevanos

  • Meal Potty Cart Middle
    7.7/10 195 votes

    #23 - Meal Potty Cart Middle

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-11-30

    When Tim and Heather go to an expensive dinner to celebrate their anniversary, they are determined to finish every bite of their pricey 20-course meal. Also, Jen and Greg try to quickly potty-train Lark before her first day of preschool; Tyler gets jealous of the attention Clementine is getting at work; and Matt and Samantha team up for a “Middle Child Day” and go to a trapeze school.

    Director: Jonathan Judge

    Writer: Jordan Young

  • #TBT: House Destiny Introduction Retirement
    7.7/10 154 votes

    #24 - #TBT: House Destiny Introduction Retirement

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 2018-04-26

    The Short family's quirky history is revealed with stories of when Tim met Heather's family for the first time; when Jen and Greg bought their dream home; when Matt got sidetracked after he saw Colleen while waiting for a blind date; and John's last flight before retiring.

    Director: Chad Lowe

    Writer: Sarah Tapscott

  • Video Piercing Model Hangover
    7.7/10 157 votes

    #25 - Video Piercing Model Hangover

    Season 3 Episode 21 - Aired 2018-05-17

    Jen and Greg find out a surprising piece of news. Also, Sophia wants to get a second piercing in her ear, to the dismay of Heather and Tim; Colleen and Matt send out a video thank you message for their wedding gifts that irritates the family; and John takes a modeling job but is horrified when he finds out his image is used alongside a product for the elderly.

    Director: James Alan Hensz

    Writer: Kyle Mack