The BEST episodes of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Every episode of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series!

Set at the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school's first-ever production of “High School Musical.” Show-mances blossom; friendships are tested, while new ones are made; rivalries flare; songs are sung; and lives are changed forever as these young people discover the transformative power that only high school theater can provide.

Last Updated: 8/13/2023Network: Disney+Status: Ended
Born to Be Brave
10 votes

#1 - Born to Be Brave

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/9/2023

Act Two of HSM 3 Opening Night is shaken up by surprise guests and looming decisions.

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Act Two
124 votes

#2 - Act Two

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/10/2020

It's Act Two of opening night, and the stakes have never been higher. After last-minute cast changes in Act One — and so much left unsaid between Ricky and Nini — there's more drama offstage than on.

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The Night of Nights
8 votes

#3 - The Night of Nights

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/9/2023

Ricky, Gina, and the rest of the Wildcats must make big decisions on opening night of HSM 3.

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Let It Go
50 votes

#4 - Let It Go

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/14/2022

Nerves run high on the opening night of "Frozen", as the documentary's release quickly approaches.

Writer: Tim Federle
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Opening Night
106 votes

#5 - Opening Night

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/3/2020

After months of rehearsals, the theater kids gear up for an unforgettable opening night. But when unexpected audience members show up to shake the cast to its core, will the show "go on" if the Wildcats aren't all in this together?

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11 votes

#6 - Admissions

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/9/2023

With Ricky and Kourtney off to college and the other Wildcats distracted, the musical is in peril.

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75 votes

#7 - Showtime

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 7/23/2021

It's opening night, and Nini hypes up her anxious castmates for their performance in front of the competition judge. But no East High opening night is complete without unexpected visitors, second chances, and big decisions about everyone's futures - together and apart.

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What Team?
121 votes

#8 - What Team?

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/13/2019

When Miss Jenn is placed on temporary leave and rehearsals are put on hold, the students rally together to defend their drama teacher.

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Trick or Treat
14 votes

#9 - Trick or Treat

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/9/2023

At Gina’s Halloween party, relationships are put to the test and secrets are revealed.

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105 votes

#10 - Thanksgiving

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/20/2019

A rambunctious Thanksgiving "cast party" at Ashlyn's ends with surprising news for Gina, while Miss Jenn and Mr. Mazzara accidentally spend the holiday together at East High.

Writer: Ann Kim
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The Quinceañero
76 votes

#11 - The Quinceañero

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/11/2021

Gina and Seb rally the group to throw Carlos the music and dance-filled Quinceañero he never had. Meanwhile, Ricky accidentally oversteps in more ways than one, and Miss Jenn gets a wild idea about how to get Nini back onstage at East High.

The Tech Rehearsal
102 votes

#12 - The Tech Rehearsal

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/27/2019

When the cast and crew unexpectedly need to find a new location to "tech" their production, Carlos secures a spooky theater downtown, forcing Miss Jenn to confront old demons.

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A Star Is Reborn
14 votes

#13 - A Star Is Reborn

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/9/2023

High School Musical 4 pulls focus from "High School Musical 3" for a Wildcat star-is-born moment.

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The Real Campers of Shallow Lake
54 votes

#14 - The Real Campers of Shallow Lake

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/24/2022

After promising juicy drama for the "Frozen" documentary, E.J., Carlos and Val come with a Real Housewives-inspired plan: to turn rehearsals into "The Real Campers of Shallow Lake," complete with fabricated storylines and staged vignettes. But when the fake drama pushes some very real buttons, E.J. realizes that he may have gone too far.

Directors: Ann Marie Pace
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121 votes

#15 - Homecoming

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/6/2019

Miss Jenn organizes a girl’s night out with Kourtney and Nini to help Nini shake off the boy drama, while the rest of the theater kids attend the East High Homecoming dance, where Carlos learns to dance like everyone’s watching.

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133 votes

#16 - Blocking

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/29/2019

After Nini discovers that E.J. isn’t who she thinks he is, Ashlyn gets caught in the middle. Gina and E.J. team up as “wonderstudies,” and Ricky gets an unexpected visitor at home.

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Into the Unknown
48 votes

#17 - Into the Unknown

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/3/2022

A reluctant E.J. takes the reins in a surprisingly new role on "Frozen." New campers bring surprising vocal chops - and competition - to the auditions for "Frozen," while in Los Angeles, Nini makes a potentially life-changing discovery of her own.

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The Auditions
194 votes

#18 - The Auditions

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/8/2019

Ricky decides to audition for East High's fall musical, "High School Musical," in an effort to rekindle his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Nini.

Directors: Tamra Davis
Writer: Tim Federle
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Trust the Process
12 votes

#19 - Trust the Process

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/9/2023

The Wildcats revisit the past in order to secure the future of the theater program.

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New Year's Eve
89 votes

#20 - New Year's Eve

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/14/2021

Flying high after the triumph of opening night, Ricky, Nini, Gina, and the Wildcats gather at Ashlyn’s for a New Year’s Eve party. Miss Jenn runs into the new North High rival theatre teacher – a.k.a her ex-boyfriend – and at the stroke of midnight, shocking revelations come to the surface.

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Most Likely To
72 votes

#21 - Most Likely To

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/2/2021

When the Wildcats are benched from rehearsal for a week, tensions rise to the surface during Career Day. Big Red questions if Ashlyn understands his dreams; Howie makes a surprising move with Kourtney; E.J. shocks his dad with a revelation; and Ricky and Nini visit an old haunt.

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The Read-Through
145 votes

#22 - The Read-Through

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/15/2019

E.J. is jealous and reeling after losing the leading role of "Troy" to Ricky, and Miss Jenn tells the conflicted leading lady, Nini, to "trust the process."

81 votes

#23 - Typecasting

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/21/2021

Kourtney, Carlos and Big Red decide to join their friends and audition for on stage roles in “Beauty and the Beast,” while Nini experiences FOMO from afar. When new competition shows up to the tryout, Gina tries to shake off some old habits.

Writer: Ann Kim
The Wonderstudies
138 votes

#24 - The Wonderstudies

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/22/2019

After “losing” her phone and missing an important rehearsal, Nini suspects who is responsible for her bout with bad luck and surprisingly retaliates. EJ confronts Ricky about a heartfelt voicemail left for Nini. Meanwhile, Mr. Mazzara becomes suspicious of Miss Jenn's past.

Spring Break
78 votes

#25 - Spring Break

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/9/2021

When Gina finds herself stranded at the airport over Spring Break, a surprise run-in changes her mind about what she wants. Meanwhile, the separated Wildcats find a way to bond over song during their break, as Ricky finally sees his mom again after their opening night run-in at "High School Musical."

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