The BEST episodes of Great Minds with Dan Harmon

Every episode of Great Minds with Dan Harmon ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Great Minds with Dan Harmon!

Great Minds hosted by Dan Harmon, who “invests in a time machine and is subsequently visited by history’s greatest minds. He then discusses their lives and brings them out into the modern world.” A ton of funny people are slated to show up as different historical figures throughout the series: Jack Black, Nick Kroll, Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Robert Smigel, Kristen Schaal, Jason Sudeikis, Dana Carvey, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Adsit, Andy Dick, Ron Funches and Thomas Middleditch.

Last Updated: 12/28/2023Network: HistoryStatus: Ended
Ada Lovelace
9 votes

#1 - Ada Lovelace

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 6/25/2016

His guest from the past is Ada Lovelace (Gillian Jacobs). Ada, the world's first computer programmer, takes a liking to Spencer and the two of them embark on a journey.

John Wilkes Booth
8 votes

#2 - John Wilkes Booth

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/17/2016

His guest from the past is John Wilkes Booth (Andy Dick). To test Booth's acting abilities, Dan casts him as Abraham Lincoln in a play.

Amelia Earhart
9 votes

#3 - Amelia Earhart

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/21/2016

His guest from the past is Amelia Earhart (Kristen Schaal). Amelia sets off on a quest to find her earlier lost self.

Harry S. Truman
9 votes

#4 - Harry S. Truman

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 7/15/2016

His guest from the past is Harry S. Truman (Matt Walsh). Dan takes Truman to a gay bar to teach him a lesson on gay rights.

Ernest Hemingway
54 votes

#5 - Ernest Hemingway

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/3/2016

His guest from the past is Ernest Hemingway (Scott Adsit). Dan and Hemingway get to know one another and spend the day drinking, fishing, and fighting.

William Shakespeare
41 votes

#6 - William Shakespeare

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/24/2016

Dan is visited by William Shakespeare (Thomas Middleditch) and gives him lesson on modern entertainment.

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37 votes

#7 - Buddha

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/10/2016

His guest from the past is Buddha (Danny Pudi). Dan uses Buddha to integrate products into the show with unexpected results.

Sigmund Freud
36 votes

#8 - Sigmund Freud

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/28/2016

His guest from the past is Sigmund Freud (Nick Kroll). Freud gives Dan and Spencer an impromptu therapy session to work on their issues.

Mary Wollstonecraft
43 votes

#9 - Mary Wollstonecraft

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/17/2016

His guest from the past is Mary Wollstonecraft (Aubrey Plaza). Dan introduces Mary to his girlfriend and gets a lesson on feminism.

Betsy Ross
35 votes

#10 - Betsy Ross

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/14/2016

His "guest” from the past is Betsy Ross (Sarah Silverman). Betsy takes an interest in the 2016 presidential election and lends her flag-making talents to one of the candidate’s cause.

Ludwig van Beethoven
78 votes

#11 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/25/2016

Dan is visited by Ludwig Van Beethoven (Jack Black), who shares the lyrics to his most famous compositions.

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Edgar Allan Poe
34 votes

#12 - Edgar Allan Poe

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/5/2016

His guest from the past is Edgar Allan Poe (Paul F. Thompkins). A visiting network executive (Mary Lynn Rajskub) takes a liking to Poe, and Dan uses him to win her over.

Idi Amin
37 votes

#13 - Idi Amin

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/31/2016

His guest from the past is Idi Amin (Ron Funches). Idi gets power hungry and Dan and Spencer end up victims of a coup d'etat.

Thomas Edison
52 votes

#14 - Thomas Edison

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/10/2016

His "guest" from the past is Thomas Edison (Jason Sudeikis). Edison becomes obsessed with his legacy and Dan helps him update his history

John F. Kennedy
9 votes

#15 - John F. Kennedy

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 7/1/2016

His guest from the past is John F. Kennedy (Dana Carvey). Dan, Kennedy, Spencer, and the whole Great Minds team are threatened by an unwanted visitor.

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