The BEST Episodes of The Real O'Neals
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 7, 2019
Network: ABC (US)
A contemporary take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family, whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
#1 - The Real Secrets
Season 2 - Episode 16
VP Murray talks to Pat about his plans to propose to Eileen; Eileen and Kenny help Allison deal with her close-minded parents; Shannon and Jimmy find a pregnancy test.
#2 - The Real Halloween
Season 2 - Episode 3
Eileen's tolerance is tested when she allows Kenny to throw his own Halloween party to stop him from going to Boystown to watch the costume parade.
#3 - The Real Prom
Season 1 - Episode 13
As the school prom approaches, Kenny tries to think of who the best guy would be to ask as his date. With time running out, Kenny and Jimmy try to come up with the perfect “prom-posal” for the classmates they each have set their sights on. Shannon thinks the idea behind prom is a scam and would rather stay at home, but once Pat discovers she was asked to attend, he tries to convince her to go. Meanwhile, Eileen tries to keep VP Murray’s romantic attention at bay but struggles to resist.
#4 - The Real Heartbreak
Season 2 - Episode 14
Kenny and Brett have officially broken up so Kenny is wallowing in his sorrows by his lonesome at home with no one to share Valentines Day with.
#5 - The Real Mr. Nice Guy
Season 2 - Episode 15
When Kenny convinces VP Murray to hire a gay teacher (guest star Cheyenne Jackson), Kenny’s loyalties are tested when the teacher starts to make Jimmy’s life miserable. Meanwhile, when Pat’s courteous nature robs him of a winning lottery ticket, he decides to stop being such a nice guy with Shannon’s help, which doesn’t bode well for Eileen, who needs Pat’s help hosting a dinner for the Bishop.
#6 - The Real Thang
Season 2 - Episode 1
Kenny starts the first LGBT club at St. Barklay's School in honor of National Coming Out Day; Eileen thinks she might have feelings for VP Murray.
#7 - The Real Grandma
Season 1 - Episode 7
When Eileen's strict, Catholic-abiding mother, Grandma Agnes, arrives unannounced at the O'Neals' home, Eileen has her family cover up both her and Pat's divorce and Kenny's sexuality. Although Eileen wants to keep these secrets hidden so that she can finally win her mother's approval, Kenny tries to convince his mother to “come out” to Grandma Agnes, leading to some surprising twists
#8 - The Real Match
Season 2 - Episode 7
When Jimmy recruits a reluctant Kenny to join his wrestling team for a one-time match, a surprise victory gives him the confidence to join the team full time to become the first, openly gay athlete at St. Barklays. Kenny’s newfound stardom makes Jimmy feel a bit replaced, but when an opponent refuses to wrestle his brother, Jimmy puts his feelings aside and rallies the team around Kenny. Meanwhile, Pat injures his back trying to help Eileen prepare for a weekend getaway, but things only get worse when she tries to be the perfect caregiver to impress VP Murray but fails miserably.
#9 - The Real Christmas
Season 2 - Episode 8
Eileen will stop at nothing to win the Christmas choir competition and gives the coveted Christmas choir solo to their newest member, Brett (Sean Grandillo), to Kenny’s dismay, while Jimmy is tasked with spying on their toughest competitor, Sheila Demars (Angela Kinsey). But, when Kenny attempts to sabotage Brett’s role, he finds a potential love interest. Meanwhile, Shannon accidentally gives Pat the wrong impression about a Christmas present she plans on giving to Ethan.
#10 - The Real Brother’s Keeper
Season 2 - Episode 12
Jimmy wants to teach his younger brother the rite of passage of drinking. When Shannon gets a comp hotel room due to a scam she’s pulling, Jimmy thinks this is the perfect time to teach Kenny how to drink, but it all goes awry when Kenny invites Brett to join in. Meanwhile, Eileen discovers that Pat has a new girlfriend, her nemesis, Sheila DeMars,
#11 - The Real Move
Season 2 - Episode 4
When VP Murray starts spending time around the house, Pat realizes it's time to move out. Meanwhile, Eileen starts her new job at Aunt Jodi's salon, and when the kids discover how unhappy their parents were during their 18 years of marriage, they stage a celebratory "divorce ceremony."
#12 - The Real Other Woman
Season 1 - Episode 11
When Eileen pushes Kenny to get a job, she starts to feel jealous when he starts to work as a tutor and instantly starts to bond with the student’s mom. As Kenny starts to spend more time away from home, Eileen realizes she’ll need to make some changes if she wants her relationship with Kenny to improve. Meanwhile, Pat wants to bond more with the kids but makes some questionable choices in trying to become the fun parent.
#13 - The Real Acceptance
Season 2 - Episode 10
After Kenny and Brett officially become a couple, Kenny starts to think of plan on how he should break the news to his parents. Meanwhile, Jimmy surprises everyone when he scores a high SAT score, forcing Eileen to hold up her end of a deal that she had previously made and takes Jimmy car shopping.
#14 - The Real Dates
Season 2 - Episode 2
Kenny starts using a gay dating app; Jimmy goes to extremes to declare his love for Lacey; Aunt Jodi mistakenly believes Shannon needs her help with her love life.
#15 - The Real Man
Season 1 - Episode 6
When Pat plans a camping trip to enjoy some father-and-son bonding time with Jimmy, Kenny also joins them to prove that even though he’s gay he can still be manly. During the camping trip, Pat continuously pressures Jimmy about his upcoming wrestling match, which leads to a surprising result. Meanwhile, after Eileen discovers Shannon has been skipping her classes and refuses confirmation, she invites Father Phil over to help answer Shannon’s challenging questions she has about Catholicism.
#16 - The Real Wedding
Season 1 - Episode 9
When Kenny decides to audition for the school play, “Zombie Romeo and Juliet,” Eileen volunteers to help out. Kenny receives the role of Romeo, but much to his dismay, his ex-girlfriend Mimi is playing Juliet. Things get more awkward when Eileen, realizing that this may be the only time she will see Kenny marry a girl, begins to treat the play’s wedding scene like an actual wedding. Meanwhile, Pat and Jimmy both struggle to talk to their new crushes.
#17 - The Real Sin
Season 2 - Episode 9
Eileen and Pat’s divorce papers come through, and Eileen realizes she is free to be with VP Murray, but their attempts are plagued with obstacles that make Eileen doubt her desires. Kenny tries to impress Brett by being a “bad boy” and gets a tattoo. Shannon puts out a petition to stop the dissection of frogs at school while Pat realizes that he needs to figure out how to be single again.
#18 - The Real Confirmation
Season 2 - Episode 13
Shannon asks Vice Principal Murray to stand for her at her Catholic confirmation which mom Eillen perceives as just too weird since they are only dating.
#19 - The Real Third Wheel
Season 2 - Episode 11
Kenny’s jealousy over Brett’s relationship with his best girl friend leads Kenny to realize he’s been a bad friend to Allison. Jimmy and Shannon start their own ridesharing; company meanwhile, Eileen and Pat are shocked to catch Clive “cheating” on them, but ultimately discover that the three of them make a pretty good “throuple,”
#20 - The Real Fit
Season 2 - Episode 6
Pat's brother Dwayne (who is also Aunt Jodi's ex-husband) comes to town to help Pat build his new "tiny house" in the garage. Shannon realizes Jodi and Dwayne still have chemistry, and tries to get them back together. Meanwhile, when Eileen becomes addicted to a CrossFit class she's taking with Kenny, he must find a way to break the cult-like hold it has over her.
#21 - The Real Spring Fever
Season 1 - Episode 5
On the first warm day of spring following an endless Chicago winter, Eileen decides it’s time to get a fresh start in her life by applying for her first job since her kids were born. Shannon ultimately overhears her mom’s plan and riles up the rest of the family after misinterpreting Eileen’s true intentions. Meanwhile, Pat realizes he might not be ready for the single life just yet, even though his patrol partner, Archie, thinks otherwise. And as Kenny wonders who he will date next, Jimmy takes it upon himself to help him explore the newfound world of online dating
#22 - The Real Book Club
Season 1 - Episode 8
Eileen faces her book club for the first time after her family’s “outing,” but things take a surprising turn when instead of shunning her the ladies begin opening up – way too much – about their own problems. Kenny’s first trip to the “gayborhood” coffee shop is everything he’d hoped for, until Pat tags along with him to a gay dodge ball match.
#23 - The Real Tradition
Season 2 - Episode 5
Pat and Eileen invite Gloria and VP Murray as their dates to the O'Neals' Thanksgiving dinner, changing their tradition.
#24 - The Real Rules
Season 1 - Episode 12
After realizing Pat left his police badge at home, Jimmy convinces Kenny and Shannon that he should use Pat’s badge to pretend he’s a police officer so they can receive free perks around town. Meanwhile, when Pat tells Eileen about an upcoming date he’s going on, she takes matters into her own hands when it comes to a potential suitor in her dating life.
#25 - The Real F Word
Season 1 - Episode 4
It’s Kenny’s first day back at school since coming out, and he uses a certain “F word” to describe himself, which then backfires. Meanwhile, Eileen helps Pat choose a couch for his new living space in the basement but she ultimately struggles with accepting this new phase in their relationship.