By Doug Poe
Going to the dentist is far from a humorous experience, but somehow the best sitcoms have managed to find hilarity in episodes about the tooth doctor. Here are ten of the best shows in which a regular character visits, or in one case claims to visit, a dentist or orthodontist.
The King of Queens
In an episode cleverly titled “Two Thirty” Doug (played by Kevin James) is having a root canal, but what hurts him even more is finding out that Carrie (played by once had a huge crush on the dentist.
The title character in “The Yada Yada” episode finds adult magazines in the waiting room of orthodontist Tim Watley, who in a later episode invites Elaine (played by Julie Louis Dreyfus) to the Super Bowl.
Married With Children
“Tooth or Consequences” is the title as Al (played by Ed O’Neill) experiences an insufferable toothache, forcing him to see Marcie’s dentist.
In order to avoid a dental bill in “Nuttin’ But The Tooth” Fred decides to extract Barney’s aching tooth himself. After failing at the task and leaving Barney floating over Bedrock, Fred takes him to veterinarian instead of a dentist.
Guest star William Shatner appears in this episode titled “Eye Tooth” involving the inhalation of funny gas at the dentist.
Middle daughter Stephanie (played by Jodi Sweetin) gets her first cavity, but she is scared to visit the dentist.
Although he himself is a surgeon, Charles Emerson Winchester (played by David Ogden Stiers) is fearful of having a tooth doctor to alleviate a nagging ache in his molar.
Mike (played by Robert Reed) and Carol (played by Florence Henderson)are surprised that oldest daughter Marcia (played by Maureen McCormick) loves going to the dentist, until they find out that she has developed a crush on him in an episode called “Love and th Older Man.”
Dwight Schrute (played by Raian Wilson) claims he needs to leave the Dunder Mifflin office for a dentist appointment when in reality he is covering up a crime committed by Angela. Comedy ensues in “TheCoup” when Michael (played by Steve Carrel) tries to catch Dwight in the lie.
Malcolm In The Middle
Hal’s (played by Bryan Cranston) friendship is tested when he needs dental work, only to have Trey charge him $2000 for the surgery. The episode is appropriately titled “Hal’s Dentist.”
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