Though summer doesn't officially start until Monday, the season is undoubtedly here—and most of our favorite sitcoms are on hiatus until fall. But just because these shows go off the air for their summer vacations doesn't mean they don't cover the topic (though isn't it weird how they only seem to travel to Disney World and Hawaii?). Here are my top five "summer vacation" episodes, in all their coconut-oil scented glory. (Did I miss any that you love? Add 'em in the comments!)
3. Modern Family: “Hawaii”A newcomer, but already a classic: The lack of haunted tiki gods notwithstanding, Jay wears himself out while running from death, Manny and Luke fight like an old couple, and Haley gets drunk for the first time. You know, just like an actual family vacation.
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1. The Brady Bunch: “Hawaii-Bound,” “Pass the Tabu,” and “Tiki Caves”The original and still the best! Instead of going for beach bunny fun, the gang gives us plenty of thrills, spills, spiders, and even a kidnapping! Thank goodness Mr. Brady is always there to save the day!
And the honorable mention goes to...
Sanford and Son’s three-parter “The Hawaiian Connection,” in which Fred and Lamont go to a Junkmen of America conference in Hawaii and are targeted by jewel thieves who want them to transport stolen diamonds to California. Luckily, they manage to see a ton of Hawaiian tourist attractions while running from the jewel thieves, and in the end, the cops get the right guys.
What's your favorite "summer vacation" episode?