For fans of the animated series American Dad!, ranking the best episodes is a favorite pastime. With 21 seasons and counting, the show has delivered a wealth of hilarious and memorable moments. Whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer looking to dive into the series, here are some of the top-rated episodes according to viewers.
One of the most beloved episodes is "Rapture's Delight" from season 5. In this holiday-themed episode, Stan and Francine are left behind on Earth after the Rapture occurs. As they navigate a post-apocalyptic world, they encounter a variety of characters and situations that are both absurd and surprisingly touching. The episode is a standout for its clever writing and emotional depth.
Another fan favorite is "The One That Got Away" from season 15. In this episode, Steve is determined to catch a legendary fish that has eluded him for years. Meanwhile, Roger and Klaus engage in a competition of their own. The episode is a perfect showcase for the show's blend of humor and heart, as Steve learns a valuable lesson about perseverance and the importance of friendships.
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Jeff must prove his love for Hayley to Emperor Zing in order to find his way home from the spaceship that abducted him.
The episode was rated 7.94 from 501 votes.
Stan is fired from the CIA in a round of budget cuts, but since his 20 years of work experience are classified and hidden from his "permanent record", the only job he's able to land is at the local grocery store where Steve is the manager. Meanwhile, Roger bets an annoying coffee shop musician that he can outplay him in one week. To accomplish his goal, he enters into a Faustian bargain with Lorenzo, a guitar-instructing infomercial host.
The episode was rated 7.89 from 393 votes.
Roger becomes a bounty hunter, and he and Stan race cross-country to turn in Jeff, who is wanted for smuggling pot into Florida.
The episode was rated 7.89 from 258 votes.
It’s Roger’s birthday, and he begs to be roasted, but when he ends up devastated by the jokes, he vows to pull his life together. Things take a turn for the worse when Roger takes it one step too far, causing the Smith family to go on the run
The episode was rated 7.83 from 300 votes.
Stan fears he may not be Hayley's real father, so he goes back in time to find the truth. In doing so, he disrupts the past and must save the future.
The episode was rated 7.83 from 384 votes.
When Francine discovers that all of their family vacations have been artificially created memories, she gets very angry and demands a real vacation. However, when the vacation seems too good to be true, Francine is convinced it's the work of the CIA and causes the family to suffer the consequences. Meanwhile, Roger attempts to become the greatest actor who ever lived.
The episode was rated 7.83 from 425 votes.
Stan has a Spring Break-induced mid-life crisis. With Francine away visiting her parents, Roger invites Spring Breakers to party at the Smith household. But Stan nearly has a Spring Breakdown when he falls prey to booze-cruising Jessica and Steve tries to lose his virginity to the luscious Carmen Selectra.
The episode was rated 7.83 from 281 votes.
When Stan refuses to switch Klaus back into his original body, he steals Stan's body; Roger builds a gym in the attic.
The episode was rated 7.82 from 479 votes.
After Snot professes his love for Hayley and gets shot down, Steve and Roger devise a plan to cheer him up. Roger dresses up as Steve’s cousin from New Jersey, Jenny Fromdabloc, and Snot falls hard for her. Meanwhile, Stan wants to live like a gentleman of the 1960s, complete with dark suits and dry martinis.
The episode was rated 7.81 from 323 votes.
When a hurricane hits Langley Falls, the Smiths fight like mad to survive in their home. The crossover starts on The Cleveland Show S03E02 The Hurricane (I) and Family Guy S10E02 Seahorse Seashell Party (II).
The episode was rated 7.81 from 483 votes.
When Steve is selected to sing the national anthem at the Langley Falls Veterans' Day celebration, he gets some heat from Stan who doesn't think he's ready for such an undertaking. Unimpressed with Steve's vocal talents, Stan decides Steve needs to experience real war in order to sing about our country's military prowess. But things quickly go south when Roger gets involved and Steve goes bananas.
The episode was rated 7.80 from 412 votes.
Francine tries to rig the school spelling bee so that Steve will win; Stan and Roger try to rush Hayley's grieving process so she will be available to judge their badminton game.
The episode was rated 7.79 from 460 votes.
After Steve shows a lack of interest in Stan's job, Stan replaces him with Barry, Steve's malicious friend. Barry frames Steve to eliminate him from the household, but when Steve discovers Barry's weakness, he relies on his CIA skills to save the family. Meanwhile, Roger takes an impressive keg-stand and uses it to become a fraternity brother.
The episode was rated 7.79 from 326 votes.
Roger suffers a horrific car crash as he tries to take a picture of his crotch on a traffic speed cam. After waking up from a coma, he starts to have eerie visions of the future, and saves the Smiths from a terrible fire. But, Roger's abuse of his newfound powers soon draws the ire of his fellow family members and the Smiths must learn to cope with the uncertainty of the future.
The episode was rated 7.79 from 415 votes.
Francine thinks Stan spends too much time with his friends; a boy band recruits Steve and his friends for a music video.
The episode was rated 7.79 from 549 votes.
During the Smith family's tropical vacation, Stan is ordered to kill the activities director at their resort; Jeff and Hayley try to rekindle their romance.
The episode was rated 7.78 from 521 votes.
When the Smith family goes to church on Christmas Day, Stan is furious when he can’t get a good seat. While Francine tries to ease his frustration, a moment of divine intervention occurs. Upset that he has been left on earth with Francine during the ultimate fight between good and evil, Stan ditches his wife to get into the pearly gates of heaven, but when Francine is kidnapped, Stan fights to get her back.
The episode was rated 7.78 from 373 votes.
Roger rediscovers one of personas, Ricky Spanish, and remembers why he's the most hated person in Langley Falls. Meanwhile, the child Stan & Francine sponsored in Africa suddenly shows up on their doorstep.
The episode was rated 7.77 from 391 votes.
Roger studies crime scene photography; Stan bullies Steve in hopes of toughening him up.
The episode was rated 7.77 from 299 votes.
Worried about their bickering, Stan and Francine go to extremes to save their marriage. Roger excels at jingle writing.
The episode was rated 7.77 from 26 votes.
Last updated: aug 22, 2023
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