The BEST Episodes of Friends With Benefits

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2020

Network: NBC

Ben and Sara are best friends who turn to each other for moral and physical support as they each search for the perfect mate. Ben and Sarah's friends are consumed by their own dating trials and tribulations.

The Benefit of Mardi Gras

#1 - The Benefit of Mardi Gras

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 26, 2011

After fighting with her sister, Sara wants to skip a trip to visit her family; Aaron gets drunk and loses his friends.

star 7.91
470 votes
Directors: David Rogers
Writers: Gene Hong
The Benefit of Friends

#2 - The Benefit of Friends

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 9, 2011

Ben realizes he misses the relationship he had with Sarah; Sarah lies to her boyfriend; Riley falls for a guy she just met.

star 7.74
341 votes
Directors: Ira Ungerleider
Writers: Owen Ellickson
The Benefit of Being Shallow

#3 - The Benefit of Being Shallow

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 2, 2011

Sara misses compliments about her appearance when she starts dating a blind man; Ben dates a girl with an affinity for large hats; Aaron spends time with an older woman

star 7.73
489 votes
Directors: Reginald Hudlin
Writers: Valerie Breiman
The Benefit of Keeping Your Ego in Check

#4 - The Benefit of Keeping Your Ego in Check

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 19, 2011

In an attempt to avoid a date with a nerdy co-worker, Sarah asks Aaron to bid on her at a charity bachelorette auction. Meanwhile, Ben accidentally uses a suggestive phrase with a co-worker getting himself accused of sexual harassment. Elsewhere, Fitz thinks he's in the clear to spend one last night partying before becoming monogamous, but when he finds out his girlfriend feels differently, he must scramble to cover up incriminating photos from his wild night.

star 7.64
639 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Brian Keith Etheridge
The Benefit of the Right Track

#5 - The Benefit of the Right Track

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 19, 2011

Sarah struggles to get off the "Booty Call Track" and onto the "Relationship Track" with paramedic Evan, while Ben works toward the opposite with a girl he met over the weekend. Back at the loft, Fitz, humiliated by Aaron's extravagant gift on their "Roommate-aversary," tries to take Aaron on a fun, low-cost night out.

star 7.62
553 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
Writers: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
The Benefit of Forgetting

#6 - The Benefit of Forgetting

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 12, 2011

Ben runs into an ex and reaps the benefits of her short-term memory loss. Meanwhile, Fitz fears his lesbian mother is lonely and tries to find her a girlfriend, but is surprised to find that she is already in a relationship. Elsewhere, Riley dates a man with a breast-feeding fetish.

star 7.61
644 votes
Writers: Owen Ellickson
The Benefit of Mentors

#7 - The Benefit of Mentors

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 26, 2011

Aaron learns a girl he mentored in junior high has become a porn star; a doctor bribes Sara for help impressing Riley; Fitz and Ben visit a friend at the hospital.

star 7.61
555 votes
Directors: Rob Greenberg
Writers: Valerie Breiman
The Benefit of Avoiding the Mindbanger

#8 - The Benefit of Avoiding the Mindbanger

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 2, 2011

Sara and Ben start losing themselves when they fall back into relationships with their exes; Riley is surprised by Aaron's efforts to impress a woman with his money.

star 7.60
433 votes
Directors: John Putch
Writers: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
The Benefit of the Unspoken Dynamic

#9 - The Benefit of the Unspoken Dynamic

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 12, 2011

When Aaron becomes depressed over an ex-girlfriend getting engaged, Ben and Fitz decide to take him out for a night on the town, only to end up arguing over a girl. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to befriend Riley and her wild lifestyle by hesitantly attending a party that makes her question her conservative ways.

star 7.44
647 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Daley Haggar
The Benefit of the Mute Button

#10 - The Benefit of the Mute Button

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 5, 2011

Ben and Sarah choose to bring their physical relationship to a halt when Sarah begins dating a co-worker who she thinks might be boyfriend material. Elsewhere, Aaron takes his relationship with Riley more seriously than she does and shows up to meet her for what he believes to be a dinner date, but quickly realizes things aren't what they seem.

star 7.42
857 votes
Writers: Claudia Lonow
The Benefit of Putting in the Work

#11 - The Benefit of Putting in the Work

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 9, 2011

Ben asks Aaron to invest in a new business venture; Sarah encounters some obstacles while dating a cute journalist; Riley tries to help Fitz become Chicago's number one bachelor.

star 7.36
341 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Daley Haggar
The Benefit of Full Disclosure

#12 - The Benefit of Full Disclosure

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 16, 2011

Ben and Sarah go on their first double date together with another set of friends who show fluctuating interest in them. Elsewhere, Riley's new boyfriend introduces the concept of "full disclosure,” and a reluctant Aaron mediates a "truth off" between Riley and Fitz to see who is better at handling brutal honesty.

star 7.19
98 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
Pilot

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 5, 2011

When Ben is confronted with needing a date to his sister's wedding, Sarah begins to worry that their arrangement is becoming too serious. Their friend Aaron Greenway, a successful tech genius, is not quite sure what to make of Ben and Sara's complicated friendship, but he, along with the smooth ladykiller Julian "Fitz" Fitzgerald and the gorgeous, free-spirited Riley Elliott, are all distracted with their own dating trials and tribulations.

star 7.02
988 votes
Directors: David Dobkin
Writers: Scott Neustadter