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7 Valentine's Day episodes to warm your heart

Whether it’s joy, excitement, annoyance, or despair, Valentine’s Day always has an affect on people. It’s no different for some of our favorite characters. Here, the EW Community lists our favorite Valentine’s Day episodes from some of our favorite shows.

So if you’re staying in this Valentine’s Day, make sure to check these out!

Switched at BirthZakiya Jamal

“Human/Need/Desire” | Season 2 | Episode 6

Although this episode was focused on the formation of Bay and Noah’s relationship, I still loved all the Bay and Emmett scenes. After Emmett told Bay they couldn’t be friends in the previous episode, it was great to see Bay and Emmett reconnect in this episode. From Emmett telling Bay she’s the only person he knows who could pull off the cupid outfit to them reminiscing on the timeline he made for Bay, it was too cute. Then, when he ended up going to Bay’s anti-Valentine’s Day party even though he said he had plans…that was the icing on the cake. Bemmett forever!

New GirlLincee Ray


“Valentine’s Day” | Season 1 | Episode 13

The loft is split down the middle this Valentine’s Day. Nick and Winston are blissfully in love. Schmidt and Jess are disgusted by their happiness. It’s natural that Jess looks to Schmidt for advice on how to “get a little strange up in here,” but Schmidt refuses to participate in Cupid’s holiday. There’s no challenge. But he does promise to be Jess’ wingman the entire night.

The challenge? Find someone with whom you have NOTHING in common. For Jess, this comes in the form of Oliver—lover of tacos. Armed with her giant box of prophylactics, Jess’ attempt to have a completely physical relationship with a stranger is thwarted when Oliver’s two-day-old ex-girlfriend/roommate shows up. Instead, she helps them get back together before video-chatting with Oliver’s mom. It’s no surprise that Jessica Day will always be a hopeless romantic at heart.

The SimpsonsJustin Carreiro

“I Love Lisa” | Season 4 | Episode 15

When I was growing up, The Simpsons was the cartoon I loved watching after school. The holiday specials, like Halloween’s “Treehouse of Horror,” brought so many laughs; the Valentine’s Day episode “I Love Lisa” is no different. My heart breaks for Ralph every time he cries when Lisa admits she doesn’t like him. Pity Valentine’s Day cards are never fun. Though, those fun cards they came up with are a favorite of mine. Someone gave me a “Let’s Bee Friends!” card at work and I still have it up.

CommunityKim Rogers

“Early 21st Century Romanticism” | Season 2 | Episode 15

Community has always excelled at holiday episodes, and “Early 21st Century Romanticism” is no exception. After an argument with the study group about Barenaked Ladies, Jeff spends some time away from his friends, which gives the Community a chance to expand its roster. Troy and Abed both ask Mariah, the cute librarian, to the Valentine’s Day dance, where she will have to choose whom to date. Mariah chooses Troy, telling him that she thinks Abed is weird. Devastated by this, Troy promptly dumps her. Troy and Abed embrace in the hall.


Community is at its best when it’s salty and sweet at the same time. After spending a night away, Jeff realizes he misses his friends and sends them a group text. “It might not shock you guys to find out the real reason we had a fight today. It wasn’t about the Barenaked Ladies, although I do have some unresolved issues there. Caring about a person can be scary. Caring about six people can be a horrifying, embarrassing nightmare. At least for me. But if I can’t say it today, when can I say it? I love you guys.” It’s the perfect moment … until we see Pierce passed out in a park, high on painkillers. Salty and sweet. Like every Valentine’s day should be.

Beverly Hills, 90210Tamar Barbash

“Baby Makes Five” | Season 2 | Episode 22


One of my favorite Valentine’s Day episodes of all time was Beverly Hills, 90210’s “Baby Makes Five.” As a die-hard Brenda and Dylan fan, I loved the intimacy of Dylan’s V-Day plans. He spends the whole episode giving Brenda clues about their romantic evening. (“You have to be 17.” “We’ll be lying down.”) Turns out, Dylan takes Brenda to donate blood. It’s a pay-it-forward moment for Dylan, and it is both kind and beautiful and one of my favorite Brylan(?) episodes of the series.

Meanwhile, Jackie finds out she’s pregnant with Mel’s baby while Mel is planning to propose. Through a series of miscommunications, Jackie incorrectly assumes that Mel is only proposing because of the baby, which Mel doesn’t actually know about. It’s a strong episode for David and Donna, who ultimately pieces the whole mess together and sets everyone straight. Romance + comedy + good deeds = perfect Valentines Day.

Modern FamilyWendy Hathaway

“My Funky Valentine” | Season 1 | Episode 15

My Funky Valentine

Many of the laughs on Modern Family are at the expense of its couples, but the show’s first Valentine’s Day episode is a well-executed mix of hijinks and heart. The chemistry and rapport between Julie Bowen’s uptight Claire and Ty Burrell’s sexy nerd-dad Phil is the stuff of classic movies. Phil tries out his best pickup lines, playing the role of salesman “Clive Bixby,” while Claire, or “Julianna,” tries to ditch her reputation as a nag by getting naughty and stripping down to nothing but a trench coat. Trouble is, her coat gets caught in the escalator, and she suffers, stuck, as a parade of friends and neighbors happen by—until Gloria finally saves the day.

There are also secondary plots: Mitchell tries, and fails, to help Manny score a date with the girl of his dreams, and a comedian makes Jay self-conscious about his age. But it’s the Dunphys’ hilariously well-meaning attempt to keep the mystery alive that’s laugh-out-loud funny and adorably sweet.

Modern FamilyMorissa Schwartz

“Bixby’s Back” | Season 2 | Episode 14

My favorite Valentine’s Day episode would have to be from season 2 of Modern Family—the one called “Bixby’s Back.” It is even zanier than the previous year’s episode, “My Funky Valentine,” while remaining just as funny and reprising some of the same gags in a refreshing way. Plus, seeing Manny trying to woo Haley is always a major plus. He’s just too adorable.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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