The BEST Episodes of Ordinary Joe

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2021

Network: NBC

Life is all about the choices you make - and sometimes, what you do in a single moment can change everything. Joe Kimbreau faces one of these decisions at his college graduation. The three parallel stories that diverge from that night find Joe and the people around him with different careers, relationships and family lives, showing the unexpected ways that things change - and stay the same. But when it comes down to it, there is no "right" choice; no matter what happens, Joe's life is always messy, exciting, tough, unpredictable... and beautiful.

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The Letter

#1 - The Letter

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 1, 2021

The origins of Joe Kimbreau's three paths are revisited in greater detail over graduation weekend in 2011.

star 8.25
24 votes
Directors: Peter Hedges
Writers: Peter Hedges

#2 - Reset

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2021

Joe struggles to support Amy through a devastating loss. After Cop Joe and Amy's decision to turn Bobby in, they both face unexpected blowback. Nurse Joe helps someone from his past. Jenny tries to impress her law professor.

star 8.08
25 votes
Directors: Natalia Leite
Writers: Sylvia Batey Alcalá
Always Do the Right Thing

#3 - Always Do the Right Thing

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 25, 2021

With Jenny out of town for work, Nurse Joe faces the challenges of parenting Christopher alone. Music Joe brings unexpected attention to his son, Zeke. Cop Joe and Amy struggle with a major decision that could upend their world.

star 7.84
37 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Maya Dunbar
Mask On Mask Off

#4 - Mask On Mask Off

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 18, 2021

Halloween events affect each world in profoundly different ways. While some are putting on a mask to hide from reality, others are shedding theirs and confronting past choices.

star 7.78
37 votes
Directors: SJ Main Muñoz
Writers: Abdi Nazemian
Happy Birthday Jenny

#5 - Happy Birthday Jenny

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 2021

Jenny Banks’ birthday gives everyone something to celebrate. Music Joe crashes Jenny’s party while Amy is in full campaign mode. Nurse Joe and Christopher try to plan the perfect cake for Jenny. Cop Joe and Amy take an important step in their relationship.

star 7.70
47 votes
Directors: Peter Sollett
Writers: Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson
Shooting Star

#6 - Shooting Star

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 11, 2021

Each Joe must come to terms with an unfamiliar and challenging feeling. Music Joe enlists help to look for his son. Cop Joe navigates the aftermath of a shooting. Nurse Joe and Jenny discuss a big career opportunity.

star 7.68
41 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Simran Baidwan

#7 - Thankful

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 2021

Cop Joe navigates a tense Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Music Joe battles his feelings of betrayal to help Amy's campaign. Nurse Joe and Jenny decide to hire outside help for Chris as they prepare for their first Thanksgiving apart.

star 7.65
20 votes

#8 - Requiem

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2021

With the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, all three Joes grapple with the emotions that come with the day. Cop Joe and Amy pursue a romance, but Music Joe and Amy’s marriage is clouded by a big secret. Nurse Joe and Jenny have a breakthrough.

star 7.34
56 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
Way Leads on to Way

#9 - Way Leads on to Way

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2021

After his college graduation, Joe Kimbreau is faced with a pivotal decision that steers his life down three drastically different paths.

star 7.26
90 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Garrett Lerner, Matt Reeves, Russel Friend