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It's time to celebrate prom season with these TV episodes!

May is the official unofficial month of proms!

Here at EW Community, we would like celebrate all the awkward photos, bathroom drama, and flower-corsage discussion that will be going down over the next month with a collection of our favorite prom-themed episodes from the past and present. So get in the dancing spirit, prepare to have an awkward sex talk with a parent, and pray that Donna Martin graduates with our list of favorite prom-themed episodes.

Switched at Birth, Season 3 Episode 20, “Girl on the Cliff”


After a disastrous prom the year before (Emmett finally told Bay he cheated on her), Emmett was determined to have the perfect senior prom. However, that was easier said than done. When the administration says all the girls have to wear dresses and all guys have to wear suits to the dance, Bay’s friend Natalie and her girlfriend refuse to go. In an effort to support her friends, Bay, along with her friend Mary Beth, go to the dance in suits in solidarity. They’re withheld entrance into the prom but decide to throw their own prom outside, and it becomes even bigger and better than the prom inside. –Zakiya Jamal

How I Met Your Mother, Season 1 Episode 20,”Best Prom Ever”


One of my favorite prom episodes was the How I Met Your Mother episode when the gang pretends to be high-school students so they can sneak into a prom to scout a potential band for Lily and Marshall’s wedding. The night serves as a de facto prom for Robin, who apparently never got to experience the rite of passage in Canada. So she sneaks in booze and helps her friend with a bathroom freak-out—normal prom stuff. Robin getting to experience all the wonders of the American prom makes the event seem like it’s probably more fun when you’re trying to sneak in as an adult than when you actually go as a teenager. –Cara Cooper

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 3 Episode 20, “The Prom”


Few episodes showcase Buffy’s core metaphor of high school as a horror movie better than “The Prom.” Buffy is heartbroken when Angel, the love of her life, breaks up with her mere days before her senior prom. When a pack of hellhounds threatens the event, Buffy has to set her own disappointment aside and stop them so her friends can still have the perfect night she thinks she’s been denied. She ultimately attends, receives a surprise “Class Protector” award from her classmates, and even gets one bittersweet dance with Angel, who shows up to try to give her the one perfect high-school moment she’s always wanted. –Erin Conley

Boy Meets World, Season 5 Episode 22, “Prom-ies, Prom-ies”


Prom fever has taken over the student body at James Adam High. Prom is a big night, and Corey wants to make sure it is a night to remember for him and Topanga (wink, wink). But in typical Corey Matthews style, a comedy of errors ensues and gets in the way of anything resembling the perfect night. After being crowned prom queen and king, Topanga and Corey head upstairs to a hotel room. After a series of hiccups—including brother Eric bursting in looking for Mr. Matthews—Topanga and Corey have a discussion and decide that they have the rest of their lives to be adults and head back downstairs to enjoy their only prom. –Kait Calabrò

Friends, Season 2 Episode 14, “The One With the Prom Video”


“The One With the Prom Video” features the first of many glorious flashbacks to the Friends gang’s younger days, before Rachel got her nose fixed and Monica lost weight (“The camera adds ten pounds!” protests Monica. “How many cameras are actually on you?” asks Chandler). This episode finds Rachel still angry with Ross over the list he made of reasons not to date her, but when she sees that way back then, he got dressed up to take her to prom when she thought her date had bailed, she forgives and kisses him, finally solidifying their relationship. He’s her lobster! –Sam Bertschmann

Beverly Hills 90210, Season 3 Episode 27, “A Night to Remember”


This wasn’t the dance where Brenda and Dylan did “it.” Nor was it the one where Kelly and Brenda wore the same dress. That was the Spring Fling. Here we have their Senior Prom, where nobody actually does “it,” but Donna Martin manages to drink copious amounts of champagne, leading her to drunken stumble at the feet of Vice Principal Mrs. Teasley. Thanks to the school’s zero-tolerance policy, the next episode has Donna suspended and possibly not graduating. Thanks to Brandon’s organizational skills, the chant of “Donna Martin Graduates” is forever etched into our collective brains. –Karen Belgrad

So there you have it.

Hey prom-goers, save the drama for Donna Martin! Let us know in the comments below what your favorite prom-themed television episode is.

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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