The BEST episodes of Mr. Sunshine

Every episode of Mr. Sunshine ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Mr. Sunshine!

Ben Donovan, the self-involved manager of a second-rate San Diego sports arena, begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday. Working alongside him is his boss and arena owner, Crystal--attractive, powerful and highly erratic; Alice--the cute, tomboyish marketing director and Ben's friend with benefits; Alonzo--a former basketball player, handsome and unbelievably happy; Ben's assistant, Heather--pretty, sweet, but terrifying because she once lit a boyfriend on fire; Crystal's son, Roman--sweet-faced, clueless and Ben's newest employee; and a hapless operations crew whom Ben refers to collectively as the "Steves."

Last Updated: 2/28/2023Network:ABC (US)
Self Help
45 votes

#1 - Self Help

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/1/2012

When the self-help guru scheduled for a seminar at the arena is arrested for fraud, the staff struggles to find a replacement act. Heather's obsession with Ben grows, which inflames Roman's jealousy. Alice's fear of public speaking returns.

Directors: Barnet Kellman
Watch Now:Amazon
The Best Man
71 votes

#2 - The Best Man

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/1/2012

The arena puts on a wedding for two valued employees. Roman and Heather have their first fight. Ben struggles with the age difference with his girlfriend.

Watch Now:Amazon
Family Business
74 votes

#3 - Family Business

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/1/2012

Ben's hockey idol is coming to visit the arena and Ben must convince him of their organization's family values in order to land him as coach of their hockey team. Crystal is distraught when her pet dog dies and everyone is walking on eggshells. Alonzo gets a chance to film a commercial but Alice is more excited than he is.

Directors: Fred Savage
Watch Now:Amazon
Cohen and Donovan
73 votes

#4 - Cohen and Donovan

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/1/2012

The arena hosts a leadership conference with 3 charismatic leaders that turn out to be self-absorbed jerks. Crystal decides she needs to contribute to the arena's operation, much to Ben's dismay.

Directors: Jamie Babbit
Watch Now:Amazon
Crystal on Ice
851 votes

#5 - Crystal on Ice

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/9/2011

Ben discovers Roman has no place to stay and reluctantly takes him in, Crystal harbors animosity for a certain ice dancing group, and Alice feels guilty when she fails to keep up with her "perfect man."

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Ben and Vivian
543 votes

#6 - Ben and Vivian

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/6/2011

Ben is in for a surprise when his one-night-stand turns out to be Crystal's new assistant, Vivian. When Ben and Vivian try to continue their "no strings attached" relationship, Ben discovers something about himself. Meanwhile, Crystal's efforts to be a responsible mom to Roman are derailed, and the mascot sends Alonzo over the edge.

Directors: Bryan Gordon
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Celebrity Tennis
726 votes

#7 - Celebrity Tennis

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/23/2011

Ben and Alonzo compete against tennis legend Jimmy Connors and actor Fred Savage in a celebrity tennis tournament; a careless act brings Crystal closer to her son.

Directors: Barnet Kellman
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Assistant
546 votes

#8 - The Assistant

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/30/2011

When Roman becomes Alice's assistant, he surpasses her expectations; Alonzo makes a confession about a past relationship.

Directors: Elliot Hegarty
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Hostile Workplace
791 votes

#9 - Hostile Workplace

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/2/2011

Ben's plan to get his employees to like him backfires. Meanwhile, Crystal invites Alice and Alonzo on a double date with her new beau, and Ben gives Heather the responsibility of finding a new halftime act when the Sunshine Center mascot suddenly quits.

Directors: Bryan Gordon
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Heather's Sister
851 votes

#10 - Heather's Sister

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/23/2011

When Heather sets Ben up on a blind date with her sister, Stephanie, he finds he has a lot in common with her... until he realizes Stephanie is crazy. In an effort to help Roman muster the courage to ask Heather out, Ben finds himself reluctantly on a group date with Stephanie, Roman and Heather. Meanwhile, Crystal has asked Alonzo to walk her dog in a dog show, and Alice tries to impress her best friend who's come for a visit.

Directors: Randall Einhorn
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Employee of the Year
1004 votes

#11 - Employee of the Year

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/16/2011

Crystal holds a contest for Employee of the Year despite having chosen a winner already; Ben must cater to the needs of a teen heartthrob (Nick Jonas) who is set to perform at the arena.

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Lingerie Football
729 votes

#12 - Lingerie Football

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/14/2011

Ben helps Crystal find closure with her ex-husband, while Alice helps Alonzo deal with two billionaires. Meanwhile, Roman helps Ben by keeping Ben's date, the quarterback of a woman's lingerie football team, occupied.

Directors: Randall Einhorn
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
1018 votes

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/9/2011

Ben spends his 40th birthday trying to get rid of a hockey rink that won't melt, looking for an elephant lost in the building, and trying to fix a PR nightmare; Alice ends her casual relationship with Ben.

Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes

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