The BEST Episodes of China, IL

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2020

Network: Adult Swim

Frank and Steve Smith are brothers who teach in the history department of a state university in China, Illinois. They also happen to be legends in their own minds who will often sacrifice facts, lessons and syllabi for the sake of being awesome.

Rewind, Pause, Pay!

#1 - Rewind, Pause, Pay!

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 2, 2011

Ronald Reagan wants revenge on the unstable Steve in the premiere of this animated comedy chronicling the hijinks of a pair of brothers who teach at a state university.

star 8.97
108 votes
Writers: Brad Neely
Magical Pet

#2 - Magical Pet

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 14, 2015

The season ends with an hour-long musical. Baby Cakes wants a magical pet; Frank learns why women find him unattractive; Pony and Steve try to prove they are good people.

star 8.53
17 votes
Dean's List

#3 - Dean's List

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 4, 2012

Different departments on campus are selected for The Dean's List, an annual scavenger hunt that is much more dangerous than it sounds.

star 8.40
30 votes
The Dream Reamer

#4 - The Dream Reamer

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 26, 2012

Baby cakes accidentally meets his old imaginary friend one day, and must travel into his own mind to defeat the beast before said friend destroys his real body.

star 8.36
28 votes
China-man Begins

#5 - China-man Begins

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 27, 2013

Frank bets that he will be the focus of the "Person of the Day" news segment.

star 8.28
25 votes
Diamond Castle

#6 - Diamond Castle

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 2013

Frank discovers that Thomas Jefferson's mythical Diamond Castle is real.

star 8.22
23 votes
Is College Worth It?

#7 - Is College Worth It?

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 2013

Pony must take drastic measures to afford a recently raised tuition.

star 8.18
28 votes
The Perfect Lecture

#8 - The Perfect Lecture

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2013

Frank wants to give a perfect lecture on the first day of school.

star 8.15
26 votes
Dean Vs. Mayor

#9 - Dean Vs. Mayor

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 9, 2011

The Mayor is tired of the riots sparked by UCI, and challenges The Dean to an arm wrestling contest for control of the school.

star 8.05
41 votes
Writers: Brad Neely
Total Validation

#10 - Total Validation

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 2013

Total Validation, China, IL's newest counselling service, will determine who is right or wrong in any relationship.

star 7.95
20 votes
Secret Society

#11 - Secret Society

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 2011

Steve realizes life after tenure isn't as exciting as he suspected, and Pony finds out that the Dean has a secret that he'd do anything to keep hidden.

star 7.86
29 votes
Prom Face/Off

#12 - Prom Face/Off

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2011

The Staff-Only Prom is thrown in a condemned building formerly used by Professor Cakes who experimented on hippies there.

star 7.83
23 votes
Frankensteve

#13 - Frankensteve

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 19, 2012

After both Frank and Steve sustain life-threatening injuries during a wrestling match, Dr. Falgot performs surgery on them turning Frankensteve into a super brother.

star 7.83
23 votes
Chinese New Year

#14 - Chinese New Year

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 26, 2011

The professors join together to build robotic replicas of themselves to take their place.

star 7.80
25 votes
Displays of Manhood

#15 - Displays of Manhood

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 17, 2015

In order to prove his masculinity, Frank challenges a boxing legend to a fight; Baby Cakes and Pony compete in a game of Dungeons & Dragons.

star 7.76
21 votes
Life Coaches

#16 - Life Coaches

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 31, 2015

Steve, Frank, Baby Cakes and Pony all become life coaches for each other.

star 7.74
19 votes
Kenny Winker Rules

#17 - Kenny Winker Rules

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 2013

Kenny Winker is giving away a ticket to hang with him on his tour bus.

star 7.73
22 votes
Do You Know Who You Look Like?

#18 - Do You Know Who You Look Like?

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 6, 2013

The history department hires a new professor who looks just like Steve. Pony reveals she can't speak Spanish.

star 7.70
23 votes
Surfer God

#19 - Surfer God

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 10, 2013

God returns to Earth in the form of a surfer dude and starts rewriting his own Ten Commandments, but his appearance leads to the spread of a Beach Boys theme around campus, which Steve can't tolerate. Meanwhile, Professor Cakes uses Frank to test out his new invention, the "Haardvark."

star 7.68
19 votes
Crow College

#20 - Crow College

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 26, 2015

Since crows have the intelligence of 4-year-old humans, the dean enrolls a murder of them as new students.

star 7.68
19 votes
Charlize

#21 - Charlize

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 19, 2015

Steve, Frank and Baby Cakes start a band in order to gain the attention of a beautiful celebrity.

star 7.65
20 votes
Coming Out Of The Casket

#22 - Coming Out Of The Casket

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 2011

Student registration for the History Department sinks to an all-time low after the death of Harold, one of the faculty's best professors. Steve must come up with a plan to save their jobs while Frank becomes convinced that he's getting unsolicited attention from a paranormal being.

star 7.64
33 votes
Wild Hogs

#23 - Wild Hogs

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 24, 2013

The UCI history professors place suggestion boxes in their classrooms, but one student's prank message in Frank's box convinces him to turn anorexic. Baby Cakes helps a foreign transfer student he calls "Aladdin" around campus, convinced that he's a genie. Overwhelmed by his worst fear, an infestation of wild "brown hogs" on campus, The Dean shuts himself off from the world and gives Pony carte blanche to bring the problem under control.

star 7.60
20 votes
Baby Boom

#24 - Baby Boom

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2011

A giant baby destroys the campus, and the faculty is split on how to handle the situation.

star 7.57
35 votes
Prank Week

#25 - Prank Week

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 17, 2013

Frank becomes a Buddhist monk after being exiled from the university for playing a forbidden prank on Steve during "Prank Week". After dreaming about Joe McCarthy's "witch hunts" during a lecture, Baby Cakes decides to capture various professors who he suspects are witches, leading to rumors of a serial killer roaming China, IL.

star 7.52
21 votes