Mighty Winds: TV's Most Memorable Hurricane Episodes (Take Note, Irene)

We know, we know. You’re nervous about Irene. We are, too. So to distract ourselves you from our your worries, we’ve compiled this reassuring list of hurricane-themed episodes of classic TV series. Because c’mon, if everyone from Homer Simpson to Miss Ellie Ewing can withstand a little wind, we’ve gotta be able to, right?

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The Golden Girls | It was in 1991’s “The Monkey Show” episode that Sophia taught us all that, when a storm is big enough, you don’t say it’s coming, you say it’s a-coming. NBC, meanwhile, taught us the power of cross-promotion when it turned the storm plot into an all-night event with fellow Saturday-night comedies Empty Nest and Nurses.

CSI: Miami | After 2003’s “Hurricane Anthony” struck, Horatio and Co. seemed to happen upon as many murder victims as they did downed trees.

Dawson’s Creek | The storm outside in 1998’s “Hurricane” episode couldn’t hold a candle to the one that raged inside after Dawson’s dad found out that his mom had been unfaithful.

The Simpsons | In 1996’s “Hurricane Neddy,” only a single home was destroyed, and based on the title alone, you can probably guess which one of Homer’s neighborinos it belonged to.

I Dream of Jeannie | Dr. Bellows finally learned that Jeannie was a, um, “bottle” blonde in 1970’s “Hurricane Jeannie,” which was originally intended to be the series’ last episode.

Dallas | Odd. When a hurricane allowed kidnappers to isolate the Ewing women in 1978’s “Winds of Vengeance” episode, they forced Sue Ellen to sing “People” rather than make her stop.

The Nanny | After Fran’s island getaway was ruined in 1996’s “Hurricane Fran,” bucks-up Mr. Sheffield consoled her with a jaunt to Greece.

The Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show | If you find yourself with power and Internet, you can kill some time scouring the web for the hurricane-themed crossover episodes that were shelved in April after storms killed hundreds of people in the Southeast.

And now, some reader suggestions:

The West Wing | In the series’ seventh episode, “The State Dinner,” a Class-4 hurricane puts a USS aircraft carrier in jeopardy, inflicting guilt on those who had ordered it away from safe harbor. (Season 2’s “Two Cathedrals” similarly featured a tropical storm.)

The Facts of Life | In Season 6, a hurricane gets the girls’ two-part Spring Break getaway off to a rocky start.

The X-Files | The Season 6 episode “Agua Mala” sent Mulder and Scully to Florida in the midst of a storm, ultimately stranding them in an apartment building with a sea monster that was not cuddly and not named Sigmund.

One Tree Hill | In Season 8’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Brooke storms off after a fight with Julian, only to discover Lauren’s car crashed on the bridge with Jamie, Chuck and Madison locked inside. Lauren’s car ultimately topples into the drink, but (whew) everyone gets saved.

Murphy Brown | While covering a hurricane in Florida, Murphy gets blown away by more than 85 mph winds — namely, the possibility that she might be pregnant plus a proposal from boyfriend Peter (played by Scott Bakula).

The Pretender | In a Season 1 episode, Jarod avenges the death of a refugee’s parents, presuming he can slip away scot-free into the frenzy of a hurricane — only to be caught off guard by Miss Parker.

The Glades | The A&E series’ third episode found the investigation into a young boy’s discovery of a dead body stymied by an approaching squall.

Invasion | This ABC sci-fier was literally born of a hurricane, one that masked the arrival of water-based ETs in a small Florida town. Not-so-fun fact: Promos for the premiere were tweaked to downplay the fictional deluge, in the wake of the very real Katrina that hit the U.S. just weeks prior.

Um, gee. Suddenly, we don’t feel so reassured. Wake us when cable comes back on?

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  1. smallvillefan says:

    where is Smallville’s first season finale – Tempest, or the second season premiere called Vortex.

  2. Liz says:

    Didn’t Dawsons Creek have to another hurricane theme episode? Although the first season one had Joey sister having her baby NO?

    • Nicole says:

      It was just the one episode, and Joey’s sister had her baby in that episode, along with Dawson’s family falling apart..

  3. Michael Sacal says:

    Wasn’t there an episode of The O.C. with a hurricane?

    • Captain says:

      Yeah, it was called the Rainy Day Women and it was one of their best episodes. It wasn’t actually a hurricane, just a big storm, but it should be included for the Seth/Summer Spider-Man upside down kiss alone.

    • Lily says:

      an earthquake. in the 4th season.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Nope, merely a very bad rainstorm – albeit one that gave us an upside-down Spiderman kiss moment.

  4. Joey says:

    Are we forgetting about the fantastic episode of “The Class” — “The Class Learns About Hurricanes”?

  5. abby says:

    What about Burn Notice “Center of the Storm” Season 4 episode 9?

  6. Elle says:

    What about the Facts of Life?!?!

  7. Doug says:

    Magnum P.I. had at least one excellent Hurricane episode too.

  8. SsvenjaE says:

    Dont forget One Tree Hill, that was a great episode.

  9. dee says:

    What about the tragically short-lived “INVASION.” That whole show kicked off with a kick-ass hurricane.

  10. McScotty says:

    West Wing season 1 had an episode featuring a hurricane… first episode Stockard Channing appeared in. It was a good ‘un. I miss the West Wing…

  11. TVDIVA says:

    Where is the X-Files episode and the Gates episode? Who made this list?

  12. Daniel Lewis says:

    I remember the Dawson’s Creek Hurricane episode where Pacey was always making fun of his brother Doug’s sexuality and he got really upset (I even think there was a gun involved that wasn’t used) and yelled out “I’m not gay!”

    As the show ends, he’s gay. Talk about deeply closeted

  13. Kris says:

    The Glades had a hurricane episode season 1 episode 3 A perfect storm.

  14. Alexis says:

    What about Desperate Housewives in season 4?

  15. Ted says:

    It was the final episode of the second season. Righ before Bartlett announced his campaign for reelection. Best hurricane apisode ever, top 5 west wing episode of all time.

  16. S says:

    No Murphy Brown hurricane episode?

  17. Janelle says:

    I personally like the Sesame Street hurricane episode(s).

  18. Captain says:

    So happy One Tree Hill was included, I was prepping my typing fingers in rant-anticipation. That was one of the best best episodes not just of Season 8 but of the entire post-high school era and dare-I-say-it one of the best ever?

  19. Jess says:

    What about Stargate Atlantis the storm and the eye? The best episodes of stargate ever made in my eyes!

  20. Megan says:

    My favorite hurricane-themed episode of any tv show of all time has to be the hurricane episode of “Daria.” It will always be the best in my mind.

  21. Manda says:

    For me the best will always be Night Court’s season 3 two-parter with Hurricane Mel, four women in labor, and Brent Spiner’s always funny Bob Wheeler character.

    • rex says:

      I remember that one! And the one mother named her son Reinhold (sp?) after Dan Fielding who delivered the child. Everyone was like, “Reinhold!? Your real name is Reinhold!?” I loved that one.

      • Simon Jester says:

        The joke is even more meta than that: Dan’s real name is “Reinhold” after series creator Reinhold Weege!

  22. Jim says:

    It’s an oldie… but Quantum Leap had an episode all about the real life Hurricane Camille (’69)

  23. Amanda says:

    Agreed! Those episodes were classics!

  24. Sjwash says:

    The Bones episode where Dr Brennan goes down to New Orleans to help identify bodies after Hurricane Katrina…after, but still.

  25. Marisa says:

    I rather liked the hurricane episode of the 90’s show Pretender. Miss Parket caught up to Jared and almost got him. It was a great episode – really showed her inner conflicts about hunting him down.

  26. Swisskev78 says:

    What about Desperate Housewives “Something’s Coming”, in season 4, when half of Wisteria Lane was blown away…

  27. Soso says:

    Desperate Housewives tornado !!! (how can you forgot Lynette screaming)
    And Hot In Cleveland tornado in the finale of season 1 ^^
    And the obvious one : TREME !!

  28. Jamie says:

    Yes, season 4 when Pacey and Jen are out on the boat and Dawson has to save them. That’s the episode I was thinking of.

  29. Bev says:

    OK, mock me if you must but I have to mention the Baywatch episode “chance of a lifetime”. It’s the one where a bunch of them get trapped on a ship during a hurricane and Stephanie Holden dies saving someone elses life.

    Oh don’t you laugh…you know you watched it!

    • Jase says:

      Hey, I’ll admit I watched it. Stephanie was my favorite character and I cried when she died.

    • Jimmy says:

      Man, I’d completely forgotten about that. (probably trying to block out the fact that I watched that show.) Anyway, I wouldn’t call it a great episode but it was certainly memorable

  30. Mark says:

    So anyone know where to watch that fg crossover?

    • milly vanilly says:

      SERIOUSLY!! This is the first I heard about them being anywhere online but when I search around I can’t find anything anywhere. If the guy who wrote the article, or anyone else, knows where they are pls share. I can’t think of a better way to kill time than with new episodes of FG and AD, that are ABOUT a hurricane

  31. Mer says:

    I loved The Nanny episode with hurricane! Poor Fran and Val get stuck in the hurricane! The Nanny was One of the most hilarious series ever!

  32. billk says:

    Where is the hurricane episode of Gilligan’s Island?

  33. mawhi says:

    I’m just shocked nobody mentioned Rocket Power…