Below is a complete This American Life episode list that spans the show's entire TV run. Photos from the individual This American Life episodes are listed along with the This American Life episode names when available, as are the dates of the original airing of the episode. This American Life episodes from every season can be seen below, along with fun facts about who directed the episodes, the stars of the and sometimes even information like shooting locations and original air dates. Items featured on this list include everything from “Underdogs” to “My Way.” Are you remembering a funny scene but can't think of the name that the This American Life episode is from? Scroll below and you'll find what you're looking for.
Reality Check Season 1 Episode 1: Three stories of people who hatched plans in the hopes of making their dreams come true, but were snapped back to reality by unpleasant outcomes.
Growth Spurt Season 1 Episode 2: What do you do if you're unhappy with where you are in life? Some people simply will themselves to the next stage.
The Cameraman Season 1 Episode 3: An animated short from cartoonist Chris Ware about the perils of watching life explode from behind the safe distance of a camera lens.
God's Close Up Season 1 Episode 4: Stories where the faithful and the not-so-faithful cross paths, and where unexpected things happen when people try to get closer to God through pictures.
My Way Season 1 Episode 5: Four segments that explore the cost of stubbornness, including a man who refuses to acknowledge some important events in his wife's life; a politician who attempts to win an election without ever lying.
Pandora's Box Season 1 Episode 6: Three stories of the unexpected consequences of trying new things including scientists that accidentally discover a way to erase memories and later get surprising requests from people who want their own minds ...
Escape Season 2 Episode 1: Teenage boys find ways to impress girls using a mode of transport obsolete since the 19th century; a young man's fight for independence from his mother would be normal for most kids, except for some special ...
Two Wars Season 2 Episode 2: Two foreigners in the U.S., in the aftermath of two very different wars, try to make sense of life here.
Going Down In History Season 2 Episode 3: A pair of convicts almost escape prison using dental floss; high school students pose for yearbook snapshots, which capture nothing of the drama in their lives; a man with a 30-year obsession with one ...
Underdogs Season 2 Episode 4: Two boxers in Tennessee who've known each other all their lives face off in a match that neither can afford to lose.
Every Marriage Is A Courtroom Season 2 Episode 5: Tales of troubled marriages include an animated true story by cartoonist Chris Ware; and a real-life look at a husband whose legal obsession causes serious trouble with his spouse.
John Smith Season 2 Episode 6: The true life stories of several Americans with the name John Smith, from an 11-week-old boy whose parents expected a girl, to a 46-year-old Texan, welcoming his son home from Iraq.
No Respect Season 2 Episode 7: A bonus second-season edition comprised of material produced for the This American Life web site, a look at comedians and their audiences includes segments about unknown comics performing for a rowdy crowd at ...