From ‘Friends’ to ‘Scrubs’ — TV’s Sunniest, Sandiest, Sexiest Beach Episodes

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Brady Bunch on the beach - Susan Olsen, Eve Plumb, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Maureen McCormick, Ann B. Davis - Season 4
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The Brady Bunch

“Pass the Tabu,” Season 4, Episode 2 (Hulu)
Mom always said go to Hawaii for a family vacay! Alas, the Bradys can’t seem to shake the bad juju emanating from that cursed Tiki idol. In the middle episode of a three-parter, the necklace washes up on shore. Jan (Eve Plumb) promptly puts it in her bag. Classic Jan.

Friends - Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry - The One with the Jellyfish
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“The One With the Jellyfish,” Season 4, Episode 1 (Netflix)
When Monica (Courteney Cox) gets stung by a jellyfish, it’s up to Chandler (Matthew Perry) to ease the stinging the only way he knows how. “You’re sweet and you’re smart…but you will always be the guy who peed on me,” she later says. The couple will wed within four years.

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Sex and the City

“Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women,” Season 2, Episode 17 (HBO Now and HBO Go)
Columnist Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) can’t help but wonder if twentysomethings are friends or foes. She gets the answer at a beach party when she sees Mr. Big (Chris Noth) with his 26-year-old new girlfriend (Bridget Moynahan).

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Charlie’s Angels

“Waikiki Angels,” Season 5, Episode 5 (Amazon Video, iTunes)
Our heroines (Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, Tanya Roberts) pose as lifeguards to investigate a series of crimes on the beach. Who’s responsible? A group of dumb-as-rocks hooligans on dune buggies.



“My Soul on Fire, Part 1” and “Part 2,” Season 8, Episodes 14 and 15 (Hulu)
The Sacred Heart hospital gang heads to the Bahamas for the wedding of the Janitor (Neil Flynn). But despite the fun in the sun, the couples can’t stop arguing. Perhaps that’s because, before the trip, J.D. (Zach Braff) bought a Tiki necklace from Greg Brady (guest star Barry Williams)?!

Mad Men - Jessica Pare, Jon Hamm
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Mad Men

“The Doorway” Season 6, Episode 1 (Netflix)


“Surf’s Up! Joker’s Under!” Season 3, Episode 10 (Amazon Video, iTunes)


“On the Beach” Season 8, Episode 21 (Hulu)


“Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation” Season 1, Episode 9 (Amazon Prime Video)

Bob’s Burgers

“Nude Beach” Season 3, Episode 11 (Hulu)

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To mangle a phrase from Game of Thrones…summer is coming.

Actually, it arrives June 21. And what better way to celebrate than by staying inside to watch some of the best beach-themed episodes? (We excluded seaside-set series like Baywatch since their perennially tan lifeguards are always in the sun.) Surf’s up!

Click through the gallery above to see which episodes made the cut!