TV The Best Episodes of Girls  

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There are so many good episodes of Girls, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Panic in Central Park" the best, or is "Beach House" your favorite episode of Girls? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Girls are, let's rank every Girls episode from best to worst.

Created by Lena Dunham, Girls was a comedy-drama series that aired on HBO from April 15, 2012 to April 16, 2017. The series, inspired by Dunham's life, focused on Hannah (Dunham), an aspiring writer who for the first time in her life, finds herself living on her own in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, without the safety net of her parents. Girls also starred Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Marmet, Adam Driver, and Alex Karpovsky. During its run, Girls was nominated for a number of awards, winning in its first season (2012) a Writers' Guild of America Award for "New Series" and a Peabody Award for "Area of Excellence."

Vote up your favorite episodes of Girls, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Girls episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Painful Evacuation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 6 Episode 4: HD. 'Painful Evacuation.' (Season Six) Hannah interviews an influential writer; Adam and Jessa plan a creative endeavor.

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Bad Friend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 2 Episode 3: On a freelance writing assignment to get out of her comfort zone, Hannah befriends the junkie downstairs and parties hard with Elijah, who reveals an explosive secret. Meanwhile, Marnie has a long awaited run-in with artist Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone).

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Homeward Bound is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 5 Episode 8: Stranded after her summer road trip with Fran is cut short, Hannah is rescued by Ray, but their trip back to NYC gets derailed. When he hasn't heard from Caroline, Adam stops by Laird's place and stays to help with the baby.

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Dead Inside is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 3 Episode 4: Hannah tries to process an untimely death but seems more concerned about its impact on her eBook deal. Jessa tracks down an old friend she thought was dead. Marnie is horrified to discover a video Charlie posted online.

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Love Stories is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 5 Episode 9: After Hannah gives Principal Toby some unexpected news, she runs into her old friend-slash-nemesis Tally. Marnie has an unsettling dream and later tries to work things out with Desi. Noticing business is suffering at Ray's, Shoshanna offers to help.

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Hannah's Diary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 1 Episode 4: Adam sends Hannah a 'sext' message that puts her in a tailspin. Meanwhile, Hannah's boss gets touchy, Shoshanna reunites with a boy from sleepaway camp, Jessa gets distracted on the job, and Ray and Charlie snoop through the girls' apartment.

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I Saw You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 3 Episode 11: Hannah gets a glimpse of some harsh realities when she invites Elijah to join her in her quest to complete an unfinished assignment. Jessa searches for a job. Hannah, Shoshanna and Elijah attend Marnie's open-mic performance.

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It's Back is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 2 Episode 8: Hannah tries to hide mounting anxiety about her book from her visiting parents. Meanwhile, Marnie is stunned by news that Charlie has started a successful app company; Adam gets set up on a date; and Ray's misanthropy gives Shoshanna pause.

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Daddy Issues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 4 Episode 9: Hannah's maturity is called into question after she is confronted with a family dilemma; Jessa, Ace, Mimi-Rose and Adam have an awkward encounter; Marnie makes an announcement at Ray's campaign party.

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Video Games is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 2 Episode 7: Hannah accompanies Jessa on a visit upstate to see Jessa's estranged father, his new-age wife and Frank, their virginal teenage son.

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Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 1 Episode 8: Hannah ventures further into Adam's world, for better and for worse. Newly unemployed Jessa, and Marnie, at an all-time low, bond unexpectedly and meet a very eligible bachelor (Chris O'Dowd) who is not what he seems.

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She Did is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 1 Episode 10: Season One finale. Hannah starts to question her relationship with Adam; Jessa throws a mystery party where Marnie embraces her free-spirited side, and Shoshanna's uniqueness works in her favor.

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It's About Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 2 Episode 1: Season 2 premiere. Hannah is seeing a new guy, but her attentions are elsewhere with alaid-up Adam, a laid-off Marnie, and new roommate Elijah who quickly turns into a bossy housewarming host.

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Triggering is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 4 Episode 2: Hannah settles into her new life and discovers she can get more for her money, rent-wise, in Iowa. Later, she slyly prods Marnie for intel about Adam. At her first seminar, Hannah's piece triggers some unexpected reactions.

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Incidentals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 3 Episode 8: During a GQ advertorial interview, Patti LuPone warns Hannah that Adam will change now that he's been cast in a Broadway play. Meanwhile, Jessa's boredom at work is interrupted by an unexpected visit from Jasper, an old friend.

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Role-Play is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 3 Episode 10: Alarmed by Adam's indifference after she fails to come home after a night out with her co-workers, Hannah worries that the spark may be gone in their relationship. Marnie begins working at Soo Jin's art gallery; Shoshanna has a surprise for Jessa.

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Together is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 2 Episode 10: Season Two Finale. In order to avoid being sued by her publisher, Hannah must write her book in a single day. Marnie misinterprets Charlie's intentions; Ray makes a career move which he hopes will impress Shoshanna.

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The Panic in Central Park is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 5 Episode 6: Needing space after a fight with Desi, Marnie goes for a walk and has an unexpected run-in with someone from her past.

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Sit-In is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 4 Episode 5: Friends try to help Hannah through a crisis; Hannah and Adam have an honest conversation about the status of their relationship.

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28 7
Boys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 2 Episode 6: Hannah signs an e-book deal with a dauntingly tight deadline; Marnie plays hostess for Booth Jonathan's art party; Adam coaxes Ray to go on a Staten Island adventure; a depressed Jessa crashes with Hannah.

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Truth or Dare is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 3 Episode 2: Hannah, Shoshanna and Adam take a road trip to reunite with Jessa, leaving Marnie feeling left out as she moves into her own place. On the trip, Hannah looks futilely for writing inspiration in order to meet her editor's deadline.

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I Get Ideas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 2 Episode 2: Hannah finds she's the subject of Adam's hate-album and tries to keep an open mind about her new boyfriend's politics; Marnie makes a career change.

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Hard Being Easy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 1 Episode 5: Hannah decides to better her story by propositioning her boss. She subsequently retreats to Adam, who has a different idea about the state of their union. Meanwhile, Marnie and Charlie assess their relationship, and Jessa is determined to reconquer an ex.

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Queen for Two Days is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 5 Episode 5: Hannah and her mom embark on a female-empowerment retreat. In Tokyo, Shoshanna enjoys her budding romance with Yoshi, and gets a surprise visitor from the U.S. Jessa meets up with her sister Minerva and asks for a favor.

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It's a Shame About Ray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 2 Episode 4: Hannah hosts a grown-up dinner party to celebrate her writing gig, but her friends' behavior doesn't live up to the setting. Marnie and Audrey square off; Shoshanna realizes that she has entered a new phase with Ray; Jessa meets Thomas-John's parents.

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Japan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 5 Episode 3: Thriving at her new job in Japan, Shoshanna finds herself flirting with her boss. Hannah makes a shocking discovery on Fran's phone. After viewing Adam's performance on a TV police procedural, Jessa shares her insights into his character.

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Home Birth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 4 Episode 10: Season Four Finale. Hannah, Adam and Jessa each try to convince Caroline and Laird to forgo their planned home birth. Shoshanna faces a crucial decision when presented with a unique job opportunity. Ray lets Desi know what he really thinks of him.

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All Adventurous Women Do is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 1 Episode 3: Hannah meets up with her erstwhile college flame to find out how she contracted HPV, uncovering much more in the process. Marnie's art-gallery boss introduces her to a cocky artist who piques her interest, while Jessa gets a baby-sitting gig.

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Female Author is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 4 Episode 3: Ray gives Marnie a wake-up call about Desi's true intentions. Shoshanna aces, then blows, a job interview. Adam gets drawn into Jessa's chaotic web. Hannah takes things too far in critiquing her classmates.

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What Will We Do This Time Abou... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 6 Episode 8: HD. 'What Will We Do This Time About Adam?' (Season Six) Adam has news for Hannah; Jessa spends a day alone.

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Ask Me My Name is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 4 Episode 7: Hannah goes for drinks with Fran, a new coworker, before attending an unusual art show. Later, she spends some time alone with Mimi-Rose, while Adam is unnerved by Mimi-Rose's friend, Ace. Meanwhile, Shoshanna helps Ray with his community board campaign.

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Only Child is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 3 Episode 5: Hannah is thrilled to be in the presence of the literary illuminati at the funeral of her editor, David Pressler-Goings, until she learns that her eBook deal may also be dead. Later, she tries to help Adam and Caroline work through anger issues.

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Hello Kitty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 5 Episode 7: Hannah gets reprimanded by the school's principal, and her response tactic infuriates Fran. At Adam's play, a nervous Jessa worries about seeing Hannah after their fight, and Marnie shares some news with Ray. Elijah attends a swanky party at Dill's.

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Two Plane Rides is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 3 Episode 12: Season Three Finale. On the day of Adam's opening night, Hannah gets news that could change the direction of her career and her relationship. Marnie chooses an inopportune moment to divulge a secret to Shoshanna. Jessa's boss asks for an unusual favor.

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The Bounce is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 6 Episode 7: HD. 'The Bounce.' (Season Six) Elijah prepares for an open-call; Marnie gets a wakeup call; Hannah reconnects with Paul-Louis.

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Latching is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Latching

Season 6 Episode 10: Hannah embarks on a new chapter.

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The Return is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 1 Episode 6: Hannah's parents fly her back to Michigan to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Though they hope she'll go on their date, she gets one of her own instead, and catches up with some high-school friends who are mourning a hometown tragedy.

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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 3 Episode 7: During a Long Island weekend getaway with the girls, Hannah runs into Elijah and invites him and his friends to the beach house, hoping to take the pressure off of Marnie's rigorous schedule for honesty and healing.

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 1 Episode 1: Series Premiere. Struggling writer Hannah gets cut off financially; free-spirited friend Jessa returns to NYC and moves in with her unsuspecting cousin Shoshanna; Type-A roommate Marnie hosts a welcome-back dinner.

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Females Only is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 3 Episode 1: Season Three Premiere. Reeling after a nasty run-in with Natalia, Hannah and Adam host dinner with Marnie and Shoshanna, who is alternating nights of sexual freedom with academia after her breakup with Ray.

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On All Fours is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 2 Episode 9: Pressure from Hannah's aggressive publisher (John Cameron Mitchell) and a looming deadline further jeopardize Hannah's mental state. Adam and his new girlfriend have their first misunderstanding. Marnie makes an awkward step in following her dreams.

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Leave Me Alone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 1 Episode 9: Behind on rent and resentful of the literary success of a former classmate (Jenny Slate), Hannah decides to take some chances. Marnie finds it increasingly difficult to support Hannah financially and emotionally. Jessa is confronted by her former boss.

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Cubbies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 4 Episode 4: Hannah is confronted by her classmates after leaving a non-apology apology letter in their cubbies. A frustrated Shoshanna spends a day with Ray. Creative and romantic tensions between Marnie and Desi reach their breaking point.

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Full Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 6 Episode 6: HD. 'Full Disclosure.' (Season Six) Marnie convinces Desi to go through with a gig in New Jersey; Hannah gets advice from her dad and Keith.

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American B***h is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 6 Episode 3: HD. 'American B***h.' (Season Six) Hannah has a tense meeting with an acclaimed author she once admired.

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I Love You Baby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 5 Episode 10: Season Five Finale. Elijah and Loreen help Hannah with her plan to participate in The Moth Story Slam. Marnie prepares to go on tour with Desi. Shoshanna's plan for an 'anti-hipster' Ray's takes off. Jessa and Adam have an epic fight.

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Goodbye Tour is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 6 Episode 9: HD. 'Goodbye Tour.' (Season Six) After an important meeting, Hannah reaches out to friends for advice but has trouble reaching Marnie.

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Hostage Situation is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 6 Episode 2: HD. 'Hostage Situation.' (Season Six) Hannah provides cover for Marnie on a secret weekend trip; Shoshanna reevaluates her friendships.

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All I Ever Wanted is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 6 Episode 1: [HBO] HD. 'All I Ever Wanted.' Season Six Premiere. A writing gig takes Hannah to the Hamptons; Marnie makes steps to break old patterns.

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Old Loves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Girls
Season 5 Episode 4: Hannah and Fran disagree about their teaching methods. Marnie fumes over Desi's decision to launch a major construction project in their studio. Jessa pushes Hannah away over an awkward rice-pudding meetup. Elijah gets closer with Dill Harcourt.