Pi Day: Which TV show had the best 14th episode of season three?

Several series had memorable "Pi" episodes, giving us everything from Yvonne Craig in green paint to the debut of Georgette.

Today is Pi Day, March 14, the celebration of the mathematical constant and all things 3.14. You can also just eat a lot of pie.

So, this being a forum of classic television, we wanted to answer this question: Which TV series had the best 14th episode of its third season? Season three is typically when a show hits its stride, though in some cases in the 1960s, it's when things got a little weirder.

Some modern sitcoms gave us memorable outings in that season three, episode 14 slot, such as Seinfeld's "The Pez Dispenser" and 30 Rock's "The Funcooker." Let's rewind the clock a few decades and find some Pi Episode gems.



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1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show "Rhoda Morgenstern: Minneapolis to New York"

This would be a rather landmark episodes on a stellar sitcom, for a couple reasons. First, there is the main plot, which drives a wedge between best friends. Rhoda returns from a vacation in New York and announces she has accepted a job and will be leaving Minneapolis. Gutting news, but at least we got a great spin-off out of it. This episode also marks the first appearance of Georgia Engel as Georgette.

2. The Twilight Zone "Five Characters in Search of an Exit"

"Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and an Army major - a collection of question marks," Rod Serling announces. These are characters trapped in a mysterious and bare cylindrical room. Fifty-five-year-old spoiler alert: They are toys.

3. Cheers "The Heart is a Lonely Snipe Hunter"

Kelsey Grammer was relatively new to the series at this point, "Snipe Hunter" being just his ninth appearance on Cheers, and this episode went a long way towards cementing his character. Frasier tries hard to fit in with the boys of the bar on a hunting excursion. It's one of the finest Cheers moments, and led to so much more development of Frasier Crane.

4. The Andy Griffith Show "One-Punch Opie"

Opie stands his ground against bully Steve Quincy. Meanwhile, Barney locks himself in a jail cell. Coming of age lessons mix with broad comedy, which is what makes this show such a legend.

5. Star Trek "Whom Gods Destroy"

Batgirl Yvonne Craig slaps on the green paint and appears as Marta, undoubtedly the highlight in this outing from the uneven third season. After she dances, Spock likens her moves to those of Vulcan schoolchildren, adding, "Of course, the children are not so … well coordinated."

6. Batman "Catwoman's Dressed to Kill"

Eartha Kitt makes her purring first appearance as the Caped Crusader's feline foe. Also, Alfred becomes "the world's oldest hippie."

7. I Love Lucy "Ricky Minds the Baby"

While the Tropicana is closed for repainting, Ricky offers to give Lucy a week's break and take total responsibility for the care of Little Ricky. To amuse the toddler, Ricky tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood in Spanish. Pay close attention to the crib. Cartoon versions of Lucy and Ricky are embroidered on the pillow.

8. Full House “Misadventures in Babysitting”

Oldest Tanner daughter D.J. desperately wants every Nineties teenager’s dream – her own phone line. To pay for it, she tries babysitting, but the seemingly easy gig goes south fast. Bratty kid Brian won’t listen to a thing D.J. says, to the point where he gets his head stuck in between the bars of the stairway banister. A few years after this episode first aired the young actor playing Brian, Malachi Pearson, voiced the titular ghost in the 1995 live-action movie version of Casper.

9. Bonanza “Gabrielle”

The classic Western Bonanza expanded well beyond the usual cowboy tropes of most frontier shows. It had moments of intense family drama, daring action and laugh-out-loud jokes that could rival any sitcom. It also had heartwarming storylines like the one in “Gabrielle.” Child star Diane Mountford, who popped up in everything from Wagon Train to Perry Mason to Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C., plays an orphaned blind girl taken in by the Cartwrights on Christmas Eve. John Abbott plays her grouchy grandfather who eventually comes around to seeing things in a different light. 

 
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LmerFudd 7 months ago
I'm a huge Twilight Zone fan but green body paint wins me over.
Zip 8 months ago
For some reason I thought this was going to be about Magnum P.I.
JeffBaker 8 months ago
I think it's in "Wolf In the Fold" in Star Trek where "the value of Pi" plays a pivotal role. Yeah, math!
Snickers 8 months ago
Eartha Kitt made a great Catwoman. I like her better than Julie.
Michael Snickers 8 months ago
I always liked Lee Meriwether
BrittReid Snickers 8 months ago
I love Julie
Snickers Michael 8 months ago
Really don't have an opinion on Meriwether as catwoman since she only appeared in the movie and not the series in that role.
Snickers BrittReid 8 months ago
Julie Newmar was O.K in the role but I think that Eartha nailed the feline aspect of the character better.
Michael Snickers 8 months ago
That was more of a joke, since they were comparing Catwomens. Was it onky Family Guy that Adam West mentions the three Catwomen, and says something about how all three were the onky true Catwomen.

Of course, then there's Halle Berry.
Snickers Michael 8 months ago
And no one deserved a razzie award for that role that more than Berry.
WordsmithWorks 8 months ago
The Twilight Zone episode was the first of the series that I watched. Hooked me for life.
Lillyrose 8 months ago
Please bring I Love Lucy back to the MeTV schedule. Please bring Here's Lucy to the MeTV schedule, too, and Hazel and The Partridge Family.
Michael Lillyrose 8 months ago
I admit to getting a Partridge Family CD two years ago. It even has the song they annoy Reuben with in the first episode, and another previously unreleased song, the one in the scen ewhere they are getting the bus ready.

Around that time, Amazon had the full run of the show on DVD for about $20. But it was gone when I got to it. The last time I checked, it was still reasonable for four seasons, but while I like it, maybe more than I want to spend.
MichaelSkaggs 8 months ago
I Love Lucy. Wins hands down.
Lillyrose MichaelSkaggs 8 months ago
I agree! I Love Lucy always winds hands down.
PulsarStargrave 8 months ago
TIE One of my favorite episodes of TWILIGHT ZONE (the ending always brings a tear to my eye!) and EARTHA KITT's debut as CATWOMAN 3! I've got a whole season to check out Yvonne Craig but the sexy Ms.Kitt had me at "Batgirl will make a PURR-FECT PETIT FOUR!"
Michael 8 months ago
Shouodn't the 14th episode of Monk be included? Full House is here.
JHP Michael 8 months ago
even with a Full House Me-tv loses - get the humor? :)
LoveMETV22 Michael 8 months ago
Well they're probably saving a Monk mention for another Quiz or Story as it's been in the schedule a little longer than Full House.
Moriyah LoveMETV22 8 months ago
I'm hoping that I get to see another Monk story or quiz soon! Because it's been a while since I've last heard from that show on here
Cherokee316 8 months ago
All were great but the teenage boy in me votes for Yvonne Craig I mean Star Trek.
Maverick66 Cherokee316 8 months ago
The teenage boy, full-grown adult, senior citizen - they all vote for Yvonne Craig (even in green).
MrsPhilHarris 8 months ago
Ricky Minds The Baby hands down for me. I wonder why thy picked those shows. 🤔 Not all are airing on ME.
Andybandit 8 months ago
I loved the Mary Tyler Moore episode and the cheers one.
justjeff 8 months ago
By the way, Pie and pi fans... (from Newser.com):

" The first digits of pi are 3.14159265359, though a Google employee calculated it to 31 trillion digits a few years ago. However, the mark was more than doubled last year by the University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and verified by Guinness World Records. It took their supercomputer 108 days to reach 62.8 trillion digits, per the Guardian."

I'm sure glad that's not anyone's area code!
LoveMETV22 8 months ago
Happy Pi Day From Mr. Spock:
MrsPhilHarris LoveMETV22 8 months ago
Was it the computer yelling “No!”?
texasluva MrsPhilHarris 8 months ago
It is the creature who travels the Galaxy and murders others. They are trying to keep it busy until finding out who it is and stop him. Sort of like a Galaxy Serial Killer.
Moriyah 8 months ago
Gomer Pyle has a good Pi Day episode called "Whither the Weather", and it is one of my favorite episodes in the series!
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Moriyah justjeff 8 months ago
What do you mean by that?
justjeff Moriyah 8 months ago
Where abouts in Florida did you live when you were here?
Moriyah justjeff 8 months ago
I lived in Boca Raton
justjeff Moriyah 8 months ago
That's a pretty price place... but then again, the Miami area isn't exactly affordable for living anymore...
Catman 8 months ago
Being a Star Trek partisan, of course I favor "Whom Gods Destroy" but that Twilight Zone episode was one of my favorites. I am not compelled to choose; I'll have a slice from both pies, please.
Thank you.
justjeff 8 months ago
Happy St. Patrick's Day!! It was my mom's birthday (R.I.P.)... being born just about a month before the Titanic sank (April 15, 1912)...
Big3Fan justjeff 8 months ago
My mother's also. Iona was born in 1919 and passed away in 2020.
justjeff Big3Fan 8 months ago
What a great life she had. Blanche passed away Jan. 27, 1998 at almost 86 years of age. I still miss her 24 years later... A gentle soul; I was the only "hell" she ever raised...
MrsPhilHarris justjeff 8 months ago
Aww that’s sweet.
TheDavBow3 8 months ago
Happy St. Patrick's Day!! A green Yvonne Craig will win every time 😉😊
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