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The Best Episodes of Recess

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

Six brave fourth-graders at Third Street School make it their mission to protect the other kids on the playground. Despite the rule of King Bob and his minions, who enforce his unwritten laws, T.J, Ashley, Vince, Gus, Gretchen and Mikey seek a rational balance between conformity and individuality.


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The best episode of "Recess" is "Economics of Recess", rated 8.4/10 from 159 user votes. It was directed by Howy Parkins and written by Mark Drop, Phil Walsh, Rick Gitelson. "Economics of Recess" aired on 12/12/1998 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Dodgeball City".

  • Economics of Recess
    8.4/10 159 votes

    #1 - Economics of Recess

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 1998-12-12

    When the playground goes on the monsticker standard T.J. goes down the path from poverty to wealth.

    Director: Howy Parkins

    Writer: Mark Drop, Phil Walsh, Rick Gitelson

  • Dodgeball City
    8.3/10 150 votes

    #2 - Dodgeball City

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 1999-09-18

    The main kids discover that Gus was once a notorious dodgeball player who went by the name of El Diablo.

    Director: Howy Parkins

    Writer: Mark Drop, Phil Walsh, Gil Evans

  • The Rules
    8.1/10 119 votes

    #3 - The Rules

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 1999-11-07

    The original 1935 edition of The Rules of the Playground is discovered in the library.

    Director: Howy Parkins

    Writer: Etan Cohen, Bart Jennett

  • The Substitute
    8.0/10 136 votes

    #4 - The Substitute

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 1998-10-31

    Substitute teacher Mr. E. captivates all the kids with his command of authority, except T.J.

    Director: Susie Dietter

    Writer: Phil Walsh

  • Gretchen and the Secret of Yo
    8.0/10 139 votes

    #5 - Gretchen and the Secret of Yo

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 1998-10-31

    Gretchen turns to former yo-yo champ Tommy Tate to learn how to master the yo-yo.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Doria Biddle

  • The Voice
    7.9/10 161 votes

    #6 - The Voice

    Season 1 Episode 25 - Aired 1998-01-10

    Principal Prickly needs Mikey to sing the National Anthem at the PTA Spring Fling, but Mikey only sings well in the bathroom. So he brings in a music teacher to bring the Robert Goulet out of Mikey.

    Director: Susie Dietter, Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Jonathan Greenberg

  • Operation Field Trip
    7.9/10 138 votes

    #7 - Operation Field Trip

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1998-10-03

    All the kids go on a big field trip to MISOOE (The Museum of Industry, Science, Oceanography, Oddities and Energy). But Ol' Smokey, the bus with the main kids, breaks down in the middle of nowhere.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Michael L. Kramer

  • Pharaoh Bob
    7.9/10 133 votes

    #8 - Pharaoh Bob

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 1998-11-14

    King Bob orders the kids to build him a pyramid so that all future classes will remember him.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Jonathan Rosenthal

  • Bad Hair Day
    7.9/10 142 votes

    #9 - Bad Hair Day

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 1999-01-16

    T.J. and Vince manage to convince everyone that the bad haircut they gave Mikey is actually cool.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Mark Drop, Phil Walsh, Jeff Haber

  • Lost Leader
    7.9/10 122 votes

    #10 - Lost Leader

    Season 6 Episode 5 - Aired 2001-11-04

    When one of T.J.s plans goes wrong and Gus breaks his leg he won't make another plan. It's up to the others to get T.J. back to his old self

    Director: Howy Parkins

    Writer: Bart Jennett, Randy Fechtor

  • Parents' Night
    7.8/10 182 votes

    #11 - Parents' Night

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1997-09-27

    Spinelli will do anything to keep her parents from attending parents' night and meeting the others.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Holly Huckins

  • The Game
    7.8/10 141 votes

    #12 - The Game

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1998-09-26

    Gus finds a tile from the game Ajimbo and soon the entire student body gets caught in its evil grasp.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Peter Gaffney

  • Weekend at Muriel's
    7.8/10 144 votes

    #13 - Weekend at Muriel's

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 1999-01-09

    Miss Finster agrees to babysit Spinelli for the weekend while her parents are away.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Michael L. Kramer, Phil Walsh

  • Lord of the Nerds
    7.8/10 129 votes

    #14 - Lord of the Nerds

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 1999-11-06

    T.J. breaks his clavicle and now has to spend recess with the ""pale kids"" in Room 51.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz, Howy Parkins

    Writer: Ford Riley

  • The Big Prank
    7.8/10 120 votes

    #15 - The Big Prank

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 1999-09-12

    The kids rope T.J. into a challenge to play a prank on King Bob before the end of the school day.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Gregg Taylor

  • The Dude
    7.8/10 121 votes

    #16 - The Dude

    Season 4 Episode 23 - Aired 1999-11-28

    T.J. and the gang meet Mr. Dudicoff, a student teacher who was a legend at 3rd Street School back in the day.

    Director: Howy Parkins

    Writer: Richard Whitley

  • Soccer Boy
    7.8/10 118 votes

    #17 - Soccer Boy

    Season 4 Episode 34 - Aired 2000-02-27

    Mikey makes the other kids regret not letting them play on their team for the playground's soccer tourney.

    Director: Howy Parkins

    Writer: Bart Jennett, Scott Redman

  • First Name Ashley
    7.7/10 178 votes

    #18 - First Name Ashley

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1997-10-04

    The Ashleys try to force Spinelli to be just like them when Spinelli's first name is revealed.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Holly Huckins

  • Gus' Last Stand
    7.7/10 134 votes

    #19 - Gus' Last Stand

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 1998-10-03

    Gus winds up the new victim of bully Gelman's wrath.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Jonathan Rosenthal

  • The Girl Was Trouble
    7.7/10 135 votes

    #20 - The Girl Was Trouble

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 1998-11-07

    Gretchen's search for her stolen laptop leads her on a journey among the school's delinquents that ultimately brings about her downfall.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Mark Drop

  • The Ratings Game
    7.7/10 133 votes

    #21 - The Ratings Game

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2000-01-22

    Everyone is segregrated once the Ashley's start giving ratings to everyone on the playground.

    Director: Howy Parkins

    Writer: Holly Huckins, Ilana Wernick

  • The First Picture Show
    7.7/10 118 votes

    #22 - The First Picture Show

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 1999-09-12

    Señor Fusion: the Movie finally opens and T.J. vows to be there at its first screening.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Richard Whitley

  • The Spy Who Came In from the Playground
    7.7/10 122 votes

    #23 - The Spy Who Came In from the Playground

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 1999-09-13

    The main kids make a friend of new kid James Stone and show him all their little schemes, but soon regret that.

    Director: Chuck Sheetz

    Writer: Michael L. Kramer

  • Don't Ask Me
    7.7/10 121 votes

    #24 - Don't Ask Me

    Season 4 Episode 31 - Aired 2000-02-21

    Spinelli becomes popular as an advice giver when she sits in for Guru Kid.

    Director: Howy Parkins

    Writer: Libby Bideau, Sandy Adomaitis

  • Fort Tender
    7.7/10 112 votes

    #25 - Fort Tender

    Season 4 Episode 35 - Aired 2000-02-29

    The bored main kids build their own fort. But then Lawson takes it over.

    Director: Howy Parkins

    Writer: Nick DuBois