The BEST Episodes of Superior Donuts

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019

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

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 7.71
209 votes
Directors: Betsy Thomas
Writers: Anton Schettini, Mark Melara
The Chicago Way

#2 - The Chicago Way

Season 2 - Episode 15

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 7.70
200 votes
Directors: Victor Gonzalez
Writers: Betsy Thomas
Get It, Arthur!

#3 - Get It, Arthur!

Season 1 - Episode 9

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

star 7.68
465 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Dan St. Germain
Arthur's Day Off

#4 - Arthur's Day Off

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.66
549 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Emily Wilson
Secrets and Spies

#5 - Secrets and Spies

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 7.65
390 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bob Daily
Broken Art

#6 - Broken Art

Season 2 - Episode 20

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
Pedal to the Meddle

#7 - Pedal to the Meddle

Season 2 - Episode 18

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 7.62
211 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Robb Chavis
The Amazing Racists

#8 - The Amazing Racists

Season 1 - Episode 7

Franco is subjected to a stop-and-frisk for no reason, Randy invites her fellow cops to a community outreach meeting to discuss profiling. Also, Arthur must consider his own unconscious bias when a piece of his sports memorabilia goes missing.

star 7.58
496 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Robb Chavis
Error of Admission

#9 - Error of Admission

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.58
260 votes
Writers: Robb Chavis
Wage Against The Machine

#10 - Wage Against The Machine

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 7.58
432 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Aaron Vaccaro, Mark Melara
Flour Power

#11 - Flour Power

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.58
276 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Betsy Thomas
Father, Son, and Holy Goats

#12 - Father, Son, and Holy Goats

Season 2 - Episode 13

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 7.57
211 votes
Writers: Dan St. Germain
Trust Me

#13 - Trust Me

Season 1 - Episode 4

When Arthur is reluctant to let Franco make the shop's bank deposit, Franco accuses his boss of not trusting him. Also, James regrets confiding in Randy after she shares an embarrassing secret about him with other cops at the station.

star 7.57
583 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bob Daily, Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman
Art for Art's Sake

#14 - Art for Art's Sake

Season 1 - Episode 12

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

star 7.56
412 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Dan O'Shannon, Tucker Cawley
Donut Day Afternoon

#15 - Donut Day Afternoon

Season 2 - Episode 21

An armed robbery at the donut shop prompts Arthur, Franco and Sofia to make life-changing decisions about their futures.

star 7.56
194 votes
Directors: Mark Cendrowski
Writers: Bob Daily
Thanks for Nothing

#16 - Thanks for Nothing

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.56
291 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Writers: Emily Wilson
Brotégé

#17 - Brotégé

Season 2 - Episode 3

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

star 7.55
283 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Chuck Tatham
Balls and Streaks

#18 - Balls and Streaks

Season 2 - Episode 17

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 7.54
199 votes
Writers: Emily Wilson
Man Without a Health Plan

#19 - Man Without a Health Plan

Season 1 - Episode 8

The group decides to take up a collection to pay for Franco's medical expenses when he's hurt at work and doesn't have insurance. Also, Tush experiences unusual side effects when he participates in an experimental drug trial.

star 7.53
485 votes
Directors: Mark Cendrowski
Writers: Hugh Moore
Labor Pains

#20 - Labor Pains

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 7.53
243 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman
Crime Time

#21 - Crime Time

Season 1 - Episode 3

Arthur considers increasing his security after Fawz's dry cleaning store is robbed; Tush talks to Maya about protecting herself.

star 7.52
631 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Peter Murrieta
Painted Love

#22 - Painted Love

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.52
422 votes
Directors: Betsy Thomas
Writers: Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman
Always Bet on Black

#23 - Always Bet on Black

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 7.51
212 votes
Directors: Victor Gonzalez
Writers: Jermaine Fowler
What's the Big Idea?

#24 - What's the Big Idea?

Season 1 - Episode 2

When Franco's creative new donut flavours become bestsellers, Arthur tries to prove he's still relevant by coming up with a unique one of his own. Also, Fawz works to dream up an inventive password in order to keep Maya and James from stealing his WiFi.

star 7.50
703 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Betsy Thomas
Takin' It to the Streets

#25 - Takin' It to the Streets

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Franco and Sweatpants discover their new landlord, Fawz, wants to convert their apartment building into luxury condos, they decide to organize a protest. Also, Randy realizes she needs to be nicer to James in order to get a good recommendation.

star 7.50
553 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Cindy Appel