The BEST Episodes of Superior Donuts

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2020

Network: CBS

Based on the play by Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts, chronicles the relationship between the gruff owner of a small donut shop, his enterprising new young employee and their loyal patrons, in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood.

High Class Problems

#1 - High Class Problems

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 5, 2018

When Franco discovers his new girlfriend, Tavi, is rich, he begins to wonder if she’s only dating him to make herself look more progressive. Also, Arthur significantly raises the price of his donuts to help pay for a new boat motor and winds up attracting the hipster crowd he once rejected – and alienating loyal customers like Randy and Tush.

star 7.99
238 votes
Directors: Betsy Thomas
Writers: Anton Schettini, Mark Melara
The Chicago Way

#2 - The Chicago Way

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 19, 2018

Randy, who just passed the detective’s exam, is asked by her former supervisor, Ted, to talk to a female rookie who has filed a sexual harassment complaint against him. Also, Arthur’s usual arrangement with a city health inspector to ignore violations in the shop goes awry when a new by-the-book inspector shows up.

star 7.99
230 votes
Directors: Victor Gonzalez
Writers: Betsy Thomas
Pedal to the Meddle

#3 - Pedal to the Meddle

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 16, 2018

Arthur’s offer to teach Franco to drive hits a speed bump when a cop catches Arthur with an expired license. Also, Tush prepares to attend a princely wedding for his friend Harry.

star 7.90
240 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Robb Chavis
Father, Son, and Holy Goats

#4 - Father, Son, and Holy Goats

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 26, 2018

When Arthur hires Fawz’s son, Abe, at the shop, Franco encourages the aspiring DJ to skip college and follow his dream – even though that’s Fawz’s worst nightmare. Also, Sofia must contend with unruly goats and other unexpected challenges while organizing the Uptown Winter Carnival, her first big event as the business council’s new president.

star 7.86
241 votes
Writers: Dan St. Germain
Balls and Streaks

#5 - Balls and Streaks

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 9, 2018

Arthur, a Cubs super-fan, is determined to break the consecutive attendance record for Opening Day games, but when he finds himself without a ticket, he’s left scrambling for a way into Wrigley Field for the first time in 43 years.

star 7.85
228 votes
Writers: Emily Wilson
Always Bet on Black

#6 - Always Bet on Black

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 5, 2018

Frustrated by Fawz’s willingness to exploit Black History Month to make a buck, Franco invites Wheels Langdon, a former Negro League baseball player, to the shop to share his unsung story. Also, a suspicious Randy decides to investigate a mysterious woman Tush meets through an online dating site.

star 7.81
241 votes
Directors: Victor Gonzalez
Writers: Jermaine Fowler
Flour Power

#7 - Flour Power

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 27, 2017

Franco fires Arthur's longtime flour supplier for making offensive comments, but struggles to find a more principled replacement; Randy reluctantly agrees to let Tush crash at her place.

star 7.81
305 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Betsy Thomas
Friends Without Benefits

#8 - Friends Without Benefits

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 26, 2018

Franco's girlfriend begins to wonder if he still has feelings for Sofia when he turns to her for advice. Also, Fawz dons a disguise and goes undercover to try and catch the culprit who's been stealing from one of his restaurants.

star 7.80
237 votes
Directors: Betsy Thomas
Writers: Chuck Tatham
Thanks for Nothing

#9 - Thanks for Nothing

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 20, 2017

When Franco decides to host an orphans' Thanksgiving at the donut shop, he encourages Arthur to invite his daughter, Lucy, but Arthur will only agree if Franco invites his own estranged family member, his father, Reggie.

star 7.78
320 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Emily Wilson
Grades of Wrath

#10 - Grades of Wrath

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 29, 2018

Convinced his first art-school assignment is a masterpiece, Franco is shocked when he receives a below-average grade and his unimpressed professor asks for a do-over. Also, Arthur becomes determined to discover the true identity of the customer who dared give his shop’s coffee a negative online review.

star 7.77
266 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Jacque Edmonds Cofer
The Icemen Cometh

#11 - The Icemen Cometh

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 30, 2018

With ICE agents conducting raids uptown, Sofia turns to Franco for help hiding her undocumented brother, Rafael, who faces deportation to Colombia. Also, Tush decides it's time to give up his daily sugar rush.

star 7.77
217 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Peter Murrieta
Electile Dysfunction

#12 - Electile Dysfunction

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 18, 2017

When Arthur suddenly decides to run against Fawz in a local election, his campaign manager, Franco, tries to help his boss bring home a win. Also, Tush and Randy realize they crossed paths long before the donut shop, and the encounter was hardly sweet.

star 7.75
282 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Hugh Moore
Error of Admission

#13 - Error of Admission

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 4, 2017

Franco considers giving up admission to his dream school after he learns Arthur included his ethnicity on the application, despite Franco’s desire to be accepted solely on the merits of his art.

star 7.73
289 votes
Writers: Robb Chavis
Get It, Arthur!

#14 - Get It, Arthur!

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 27, 2017

When Randy's mom comes to town, Franco encourages Arthur to go out on his first date in years with her.

star 7.72
523 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Dan St. Germain
Arthur's Day Off

#15 - Arthur's Day Off

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 6, 2017

When Arthur reluctantly takes a day off, Randy and Fawz try to show him there's more to life than work. Also, Franco tries to prove he has what it takes to run the donut shop while Arthur is away.

star 7.69
607 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Emily Wilson
Labor Pains

#16 - Labor Pains

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 22, 2018

Faced with art school expenses, Franco gives Sweatpants a choice: find a job to help pay their rent or find a new place to live. Also, Tush and Fawz go to great lengths to help Randy build a social media presence that will inspire envy in her ex.

star 7.69
272 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman
Brotégé

#17 - Brotégé

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 13, 2017

Franco signs up to be a Big Brother but is disappointed when the kid, Andre, bonds more with Arthur than him.

star 7.68
312 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Chuck Tatham
Sofia's Choice

#18 - Sofia's Choice

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 15, 2018

An admission from Franco and Sofia on the eve of her first big catering gig shocks Arthur and the gang. Also, Randy and Tush take temp jobs as security guards, leading to an unexpected revelation about Fawz.

star 7.67
261 votes
Directors: Mark Cendrowski
Writers: Howard Jordan Jr.
Is There a Problem Officer?

#19 - Is There a Problem Officer?

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 6, 2017

When a video surfaces of Randy being aggressive during a traffic stop, Franco begins to question her capabilities as a police officer. To prove that Randy is a good cop, Arthur agrees to Franco’s request to tail her while she’s on duty, and the night takes a dramatic turn.

star 7.66
314 votes
Writers: Peter Murrieta
What the Truck?

#20 - What the Truck?

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 30, 2017

Arthur's business is threatened by an ambitious young entrepreneur who parks her food truck in front of the donut shop; Franco grows frustrated trying to following his dream of going to college.

star 7.65
385 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Bob Daily, Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman
Wage Against The Machine

#21 - Wage Against The Machine

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 17, 2017

Franco moonlights as Fawz's assistant to make extra money. Randy and James compete against each other to see who can win the coveted prize at work.

star 7.63
490 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Aaron Vaccaro, Mark Melara
Broken Art

#22 - Broken Art

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 7, 2018

Fresh off making the Dean’s List, Franco decides to apply for a prestigious art fellowship, but in order to win a semester studying in Italy, he must compete with his girlfriend, Tavi. Also, Randy gets more than she bargains for when she hires Tush as her personal assistant.

star 7.62
184 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Dan St. Germain, Hugh Moore
Art for Art's Sake

#23 - Art for Art's Sake

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 1, 2017

Franco is shocked when his estranged father, suddenly shows up at the donut shop for his first art show.

star 7.61
470 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Dan O'Shannon, Tucker Cawley
Painted Love

#24 - Painted Love

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 10, 2017

Arthur encourages Franco to pursue his art but is caught off guard when Franco paints a mural on the side of the donut shop that sparks controversy in the neighborhood. Also, Fawz decides to run for president of the Uptown Business Council.

star 7.58
480 votes
Directors: Betsy Thomas
Writers: Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman
Secrets and Spies

#25 - Secrets and Spies

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired May 8, 2017

In the season finale, When Maya momentarily leaves her open laptop unattended, the gang discovers she’s been studying them all year for her dissertation. Also, Franco and Randy become determined to learn the truth about where a tight-lipped Arthur really spends each Sunday.

star 7.57
448 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bob Daily