Life in Pieces

10 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.

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#1 - The Twelve Shorts of Christmas (Season 3 - Episode 8)

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

The episode was rated 7.99 from 425 votes.

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#2 - Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie (Season 1 - Episode 21)


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.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 526 votes.

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#3 - CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring (Season 1 - Episode 22)

John and Joan reveal 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.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 237 votes.

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#4 - Annulled Roommate Pill Shower (Season 2 - Episode 1)


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.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 871 votes.

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#5 - Sixteen Spanish Car Leak (Season 3 - Episode 22)

Tim and Heather plan a surprise birthday party for Samantha, but the night takes an unexpected turn when she doesn't come home alone. Matt and Colleen learn their surrogate can no longer carry their baby. John and Joan decide to learn Spanish for their next adventure. Jen and Greg have to find a way to keep their secret from the family.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 295 votes.

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#6 - Testosterone Martyr Baked Knife (Season 3 - Episode 4)


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.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 473 votes.

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#7 - Earthquake Mechanic Old Dirtbike (Season 2 - Episode 16)

Greg stirs up an old family feud when he finds money he accused Matt of stealing from him when they were younger. Also, Joan takes offense when Heather writes off her forgetfulness as "old age"; Colleen confronts a mechanic she believes is sexist; and Tim makes the kids go through an impromptu earthquake drill to see if they could figure out how to get home without money or cell service.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 752 votes.

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#8 - Poison Fire Teats Universe (Season 2 - Episode 22)


In the season finale, when Colleen and Matt miss all the flights to Mexico for their wedding, they question if they will ever get married. Also, Greg and Jen get into trouble when they share a cookie with a fellow plane passenger who has a severe allergic reaction to it, Joan and John rush their dog to the vet after he swallows Matt's wedding ring, and the Hughes family moves into Tyler and Clementine's tiny house when a fire breaksout in their kitchen.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 679 votes.

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#9 - Musical Motel Property Bingo (Season 2 - Episode 10)

Heather freaks out when Samantha auditions for the high school musical and the director doesn't give her the part. Also, Matt, Greg and Heather suspect Joan is having an affair, and Tyler and Clementine decide to find a home of their own.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 785 votes.

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#10 - Godparent Turkey Corn Farts (Season 1 - Episode 8)


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.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 581 votes.

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    Life in Pieces - S2E2

    #11 - Receptionist Pot Voting Cramp (Season 2 - Episode 2)

    Greg lies to Jen about voting in the presidential election; Heather starts working with Tim at the office; Tim gives Joan a medical marijuana prescription; Matt takes Colleen to the emergency room.

    The episode was rated 7.79 from 854 votes.

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    #12 - Swim Survivor Zen Talk (Season 2 - Episode 7)


    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.

    The episode was rated 7.77 from 782 votes.

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    #13 - Window Vanity Dress Grace (Season 2 - Episode 8)

    When Colleen goes wedding dress shopping with her future in-laws, she must deal with Joan's unfiltered opinions. Also, when Clementine feels she's overstaying her welcome at the Hughes house, she starts being extra nice to Tim who takes it the wrong way; Greg gets frustrated when Jen can't stay awake after a romantic date night; and John and Matt attempt to build a vanity for Sophia after John rips up the directions.

    The episode was rated 7.74 from 788 votes.

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    #14 - Sonogram Frog Rub Family (Season 4 - Episode 5)


    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.

    The episode was rated 7.74 from 212 votes.

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    #15 - Toilet Shaving Stuck Fertility (Season 3 - Episode 12)

    When Greg and Jen's crazy neighbors invite them to a party, Greg makes up a lie so they can get out of attending. Also, Matt and Colleen discover they need to give up some necessities to increase their chances of having a child; a delivery mix-up results in John and Joan accidentally receiving the fancy Japanese toilet Tim ordered for himself; and Sophia decides to shave her legs.

    The episode was rated 7.73 from 360 votes.

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    #16 - Video Piercing Model Hangover (Season 3 - Episode 21)


    Jen and Greg find out a surprising piece of news. 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. John takes a modeling job but is horrified when he finds out his image is used alongside a product for the elderly.

    The episode was rated 7.73 from 306 votes.

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    #17 - X Box Glimpse Spotlight (Season 4 - Episode 8)

    Heather and Tim get an emergency text from Samantha to pick her up in the middle of the night, and they try not to freak out so she'll still think they're the "cool" parents. Also, at the circus, Tim endures an embarrassing public situation; John accidentally walks in on Jen breastfeeding the baby; and Greg and Matt get competitive over their children's accomplishments.

    The episode was rated 7.72 from 223 votes.

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    #18 - Meal Potty Cart Middle (Season 3 - Episode 5)


    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.

    The episode was rated 7.72 from 462 votes.

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    #19 - Burn Vasectomy Milkshake Pong (Season 1 - Episode 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.

    The episode was rated 7.71 from 551 votes.

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    #20 - Jungle Push Resort Anniversary (Season 4 - Episode 1)


    When the Short family arrives at their vacation resort in the Yucatan, their accommodations aren’t quite what they expected. Also, Heather is ridiculously overprotective of Sophia during the family activities; Jen and Greg discover that Matt and Colleen have been duping everyone; and John and Joan get separated from their tour group in the jungle.

    The episode was rated 7.70 from 266 votes.


    Last updated: jan 16, 2023

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