The BEST Episodes of Cooper Barrett's Guide To Surviving Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2020

Network: FOX

Young ensemble comedy about a group of friends living together for the first time. Each episode is told from the perspective of Cooper Barrett, a wickedly charming and deeply flawed recent college grad whose life is filled with terrible choices, excellent mistakes and fantastic misadventures.

How to Survive Your Crazy Ex

#1 - How to Survive Your Crazy Ex

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 3, 2016

Cooper’s ex-girlfriend resurfaces in a way that results in some serious public humiliation for him. Neal tries to intervene, but things quickly spiral out of control. Meanwhile, Kelly meets a new guy who shares her love of competition and Josh tries his hardest to keep Leslie out of group hangouts.

star 7.70
93 votes
Directors: Jeremy Garelick
Writers: Bill Callahan
How to Survive Your Birthday

#2 - How to Survive Your Birthday

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 26, 2016

When the gang throws Cooper a surprise birthday party, things go south after Kelly witnesses Cooper and Ramona sharing a kiss.

star 7.66
79 votes
How to Survive Your Parents' Visit

#3 - How to Survive Your Parents' Visit

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 17, 2016

When Cooper and Josh's parents come to visit, the boys try to be on their best behavior, but things change when their Dad reveals a secret leading to a crazy night and a run-in with rapper Juicy J. Meanwhile, Barry tries to help Neal overcome an unappealing addiction

star 7.61
89 votes
Directors: Henry Chan
Writers: Donald Diego
How to Survive Working with Friends

#4 - How to Survive Working with Friends

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 10, 2016

As Barry’s Grandmother’s Hangover Cure gains momentum in the marketplace, Cooper is getting all the credit, which leaves Barry and Neil frustrated. But when a rival CEO attempts to snatch the hangover cure crown away from them, the gang will have to band together to retain it.

star 7.60
86 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Brian Rubenstein
How to Survive Dating

#5 - How to Survive Dating

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 12, 2016

Cooper and Kelly try to make each other jealous by pretending to enjoy dating other people, while Neal and Barry end up dating a polyamorous girl together.

star 7.54
65 votes
Directors: Matt Sohn
Writers: Jay Lacopo
How to Survive Old Friends

#6 - How to Survive Old Friends

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 13, 2016

When Cameron, the gang's old friend from college, wants to crash at Cooper's apartment, everyone is excited to see him. But after he quickly wears out his welcome, the guys will try anything to get him out for good.

star 7.52
79 votes
Directors: James Griffiths
Writers: Jay Lacopo
How to Survive Your Horrible Landlord

#7 - How to Survive Your Horrible Landlord

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 6, 2016

When Kelly tells Cooper that the state of his apartment is ruining their chances at taking their relationship to the next level, he sets a meeting with their landlord, Virgil, in an attempt to fix things around the gang's place. But after their first meeting takes a turn for the worse, an epic battle between landlord and tenant ensues.

star 7.46
80 votes
Directors: James Griffiths
Writers: Donald Diego
How To Survive Being A Plus One

#8 - How To Survive Being A Plus One

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 17, 2016

When Kelly gets invited to her ex-boyfriend's wedding in Mexico, she doesn't want to show up alone - so she decides to bring Cooper as her plus one. But when getting to the wedding becomes a south-of-the-border logistical nightmare, Cooper enlists Neal, Barry, Josh and Leslie to come to their rescue.

star 7.38
117 votes
Directors: James Griffiths
Writers: Amelie Gillette
How To Survive Losing Your Phone

#9 - How To Survive Losing Your Phone

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 14, 2016

Cooper faces the ultimate, life-halting devastation when he loses his phone, and the guys stop at nothing to help him get it back. Meanwhile, Leslie and Kelly’s karaoke duet turns into an all-out bar brawl.

star 7.33
114 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Brian Rubenstein
How to Survive Your Emotional Baggage

#10 - How to Survive Your Emotional Baggage

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 12, 2016

A potential buyer for Barry's Grandma's Hangover Cure turns out to be an old classmate of Cooper and Neal's, with whom Neal refuses to work, due to an issue from their past. Meanwhile, after a pipe bursts in her apartment, Kelly stays with Josh and Leslie and becomes obsessed with discovering what's behind a secret door in their home.

star 7.29
84 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Bill Callahan, Paul Mather
How to Survive Your Roommate's Girlfriend

#11 - How to Survive Your Roommate's Girlfriend

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 21, 2016

Cooper, Neal and Kelly step in when they think Barry and his new girlfriend's relationship is progressing too quickly, while Josh tries to outshine a coworker, but things take a dangerous turn.

star 7.28
90 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Bill Callahan, Paul Mather
How to Survive Your Loveable Jackass

#12 - How to Survive Your Loveable Jackass

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 3, 2016

A couple years out of college, Cooper Barrett still doesn't have his dream job, he's possibly fallen for his across-the-hall neighbor, Kelly Bishop, and he can't seem to avoid major trouble, along with his roommates, Neal and Barry. Rounding out the gang is Cooper's older brother, Josh, who is constantly popping in to hang with the fellas and get some peace from his wife, Leslie, and their kids. Cooper struggles through the messy and hilarious disasters of life after college - a night in jail, crazy ex-girlfriends, going broke - giving us guidance so we can avoid the same mistakes.

star 7.14
180 votes
Directors: James Griffiths
Writers: Jay Lacopo
How to Survive Insufficient Funds

#13 - How to Survive Insufficient Funds

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 10, 2016

After sales for their hangover cure are slower than expected, the guys decide to take part in a drug trial for quick cash, but their plans are unexpectedly derailed by Paula Abdul. Meanwhile, Kelly faces an awkward situation after spending time with Leslie and Josh.

star 6.94
143 votes
Directors: James Griffiths
Writers: Paul Mather