The BEST Episodes of The Great Indoors

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2020

Network: CBS

A renowned adventure reporter, who has spent his life exploring the edges of the earth, is now taking a desk job in the digital department of the magazine. He must adapt to the times and his new world. He’s struggling to grasp the lingo of online click-bait and listicles, but his real challenge is in understanding his staff of millenials who write about the great outdoors but never actually set foot outside.

The Mediocre Outdoors

#1 - The Mediocre Outdoors

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 5, 2017

Jack tests the Millennials’ survival skills when he takes them camping for the first time and leaves them alone in the woods without their smartphones.

star 8.00
29 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Joanna Lewis, Kristine Songco
The Company Retreat

#2 - The Company Retreat

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 2017

In the season finale, at the magazine’s notoriously carnal company retreat, feelings resurface between Jack and Brooke as they work together to help Clark finally hook up with Emma – the same way they did five years ago. Also, Roland asks Jack to lead the staff in his absence after he accepts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to return to field reporting.

star 7.58
462 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Boyd Vico, Brad Stevens, Mike Gibbons
Friends Like These

#3 - Friends Like These

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 23, 2017

Jack desperately begs his co-workers to pretend to be his closest friends at a dinner party after his lack of an inner circle begins to concern his girlfriend. However, he soon regrets asking for their help after they behave awkwardly in her presence.

star 7.48
518 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Joanna Lewis, Kristine Songco
The Heartbreaker

#4 - The Heartbreaker

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 27, 2017

Jack sets up a double date to get Eddie out of a post-divorce rut, but the night gets awkward when they run into Eddie's ex-wife. Emma decides to break up with her boyfriend, and Clark is torn between dating her and saving his friendship with Greg.

star 7.44
485 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Alex Edelman, Isabelle Esposito
Roland's Secret

#5 - Roland's Secret

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 1, 2017

Jack gets caught up in Roland and Brooke's family drama when they both enlist his help to keep bombshells about their love lives from each other.

star 7.44
468 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Liz Feldman
DTR

#6 - DTR

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 16, 2017

When Jack dates a millennial to avoid commitment, he needs Clark, Emma and Mason's help to keep up with his new girlfriend, Kaylie, and her exhausting lifestyle.

star 7.41
539 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Austen Earl
Office Romance

#7 - Office Romance

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 15, 2016

Jack regrets convincing Human Resources to toss out a "no inter-office dating" rule when he needs an excuse to break up with his co-worker, Amy. Also, Mason closes in on uncovering Jack and Brooke's romantic history.

star 7.38
563 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Alex Edelman
Cubicles

#8 - Cubicles

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 30, 2017

Jack can't concentrate because of the millennials' distracting juvenile behavior, so Brooke installs cubicles in the bullpen as a remedy.

star 7.30
517 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: John Blickstead, Trey Kollmer
Going Deep

#9 - Going Deep

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 1, 2016

When Jack is clueless about how to help Eddie through the pain of his divorce, Brooke steps up to be Eddie's interim best friend. Also, a colossal secret comes out when Clark, Emma and Mason battle each other in a fitness tracker challenge to win concert tickets.

star 7.28
590 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Liz Feldman, Todd Linden
Party Paul

#10 - Party Paul

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 6, 2017

When Jack takes Brooke’s fiancé, Paul, and Roland out on the town to improve their lukewarm relationship, his plan backfires when Paul gets tipsy and goes missing,

star 7.24
447 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija
No Bad Ideas

#11 - No Bad Ideas

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 24, 2016

Human Resources forbids Jack from giving his staff any feedback at all after he crushes Clark with a brutally honest performance review. Also, Emma and Mason call out Brooke for being politically incorrect when they try to help her hire a diverse intern.

star 7.22
614 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Austen Earl
Relationship Jack

#12 - Relationship Jack

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 9, 2017

When Jack fixates on his relationship with Rachel to the detriment of the magazine and his friends, Eddie and Roland try to break him of his obsession habit. Also, as Jack's work suffers, Clark steps up to lead the staff and displays a surprising amount of self-confidence.

star 7.22
531 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Boyd Vico, Brad Stevens
@emma

#13 - @emma

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 8, 2016

When Emma quits after being turned down for a raise, Jack and Roland become the magazine's newest and worst ever social media managers. Also, in a misguided attempt to boost business, Eddie re-brands his bar as "magic-themed".

star 7.21
572 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Isabelle Esposito
Aaron Wolf

#14 - Aaron Wolf

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 27, 2017

Jack watches the millennials’ journalistic integrity slip away when they fall under the spell of his nemesis, Aaron Wolf, a former magazine staffer turned famous outdoor reality TV host who returns to guest edit the magazine.

star 7.20
503 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Craig Doyle
You Don't Know Jack

#15 - You Don't Know Jack

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 17, 2016

The Millennials discover a huge secret about Jack's love life when they clean out his decades-old storage unit. Also, Clark and Mason use Jack's memorabilia to throw an epic '90s-themed party at Eddie's bar.

star 7.18
652 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija
The Explorers’ Club

#16 - The Explorers’ Club

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 12, 2017

When Mather, the president of the Chicago Adventure Society, accuses Roland of faking the story of the expedition that made his career, Jack, Brooke and the millennials team up to clear his name. Also, Clark is dumbfounded when he notices that Jack seeks Mather’s approval the same way he seeks Jack’s,

star 7.16
516 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Craig Doyle
Dating Apps

#17 - Dating Apps

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 3, 2016

Clark, Emma and Mason try to help Jack create a profile of himself for an online dating app after his first attempt is disastrous.

star 7.11
886 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: John Blickstead, Trey Kollmer
Step One: Shelter

#18 - Step One: Shelter

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 10, 2016

Jack faces the ultimate test of his survival skills when he's forced to crash at Clark's tiny apartment while he searches for a place of his own. Also, Roland sticks Brooke with telling the millennials their beloved office perks are being taken away due to budget cuts.

star 7.08
749 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Boyd Vico, Brad Stevens
Ricky Leaks

#19 - Ricky Leaks

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 13, 2017

When Jack insults Ricky, the magazine's I.T. manager, the "techspert" exacts his revenge by leaking office emails that cause the staff to turn on each other.

star 7.00
58 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Greg Trimmer, Jen Howell
Pilot

#20 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 27, 2016

In the series opener, we find Jack, a renowned adventure reporter transitioning to the role of a desk bound boss, overseeing a team of twentysomething journalists, after the founder of an outdoor magazine he works for decides to go to a web only publication.

star 6.93
1,095 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Mike Gibbons
Mason Blows Up

#21 - Mason Blows Up

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 19, 2017

Jack tries to reassert his dominance as a reporter after Mason scores an investigative coup that turns him into an overnight celebrity. Also, Clark's low self-esteem causes him to give Emma relationship advice about other guys.

star 6.89
527 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: John Blickstead, Trey Kollmer
Paul's Surprise

#22 - Paul's Surprise

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 9, 2017

When jealousy prompts Jack to insult Brooke's fiancé, Paul, at the couple's re-engagement party, he makes things worse by repeatedly botching his apology. Also, the millennials squabble over their job hierarchy when they can't decide who should take point on creating a slideshow for the party.

star 6.00
29 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Mike Gibbons