The BEST Episodes of The Real O'Neals

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 19, 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.

The Real Secrets

#1 - The Real Secrets

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 14, 2017

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.

star 8.06
299 votes
The Real Halloween

#2 - The Real Halloween

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 25, 2016

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.

star 7.98
333 votes
The Real Prom

#3 - The Real Prom

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired May 24, 2016

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.

star 7.97
314 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
The Real Heartbreak

#4 - The Real Heartbreak

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 28, 2017

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.

star 7.90
301 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
The Real Mr. Nice Guy

#5 - The Real Mr. Nice Guy

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 7, 2017

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.

star 7.88
289 votes
Directors: Jaffar Mahmood
The Real Thang

#6 - The Real Thang

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 11, 2016

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.

star 7.85
356 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
The Real Grandma

#7 - The Real Grandma

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 5, 2016

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

star 7.84
320 votes
Directors: Silver Tree
Writers: Cheryl Holliday
The Real Match

#8 - The Real Match

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 6, 2016

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.

star 7.83
287 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Adam Roberts
The Real Christmas

#9 - The Real Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 13, 2016

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.

star 7.80
307 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Rob Sudduth
The Real Move

#10 - The Real Move

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 1, 2016

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."

star 7.77
334 votes
The Real Brother’s Keeper

#11 - The Real Brother’s Keeper

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 14, 2017

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,

star 7.77
298 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
The Real Other Woman

#12 - The Real Other Woman

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired May 10, 2016

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.

star 7.70
291 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Kevin Biegel
The Real Acceptance

#13 - The Real Acceptance

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 17, 2017

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.

star 7.69
259 votes
The Real Dates

#14 - The Real Dates

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 18, 2016

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.

star 7.68
326 votes
The Real Man

#15 - The Real Man

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 29, 2016

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.

star 7.68
332 votes
Directors: Elliot Hegarty
Writers: Adam Roberts
The Real Wedding

#16 - The Real Wedding

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 26, 2016

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.

star 7.68
327 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Audra Sielaff, Becky Mann
The Real Sin

#17 - The Real Sin

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 3, 2017

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.

star 7.66
298 votes
Directors: Jude Weng
The Real Confirmation

#18 - The Real Confirmation

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 21, 2017

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.

star 7.65
315 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
The Real Third Wheel

#19 - The Real Third Wheel

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 7, 2017

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,”

star 7.65
305 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
The Real Spring Fever

#20 - The Real Spring Fever

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 22, 2016

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

star 7.64
340 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Kristin Newman
The Real Fit

#21 - The Real Fit

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 29, 2016

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.

star 7.64
302 votes
The Real Rules

#22 - The Real Rules

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 17, 2016

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.

star 7.61
346 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Kristin Newman
The Real Book Club

#23 - The Real Book Club

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 19, 2016

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.

star 7.59
315 votes
Directors: Victor Nelli
Writers: Sonny Lee
The Real Tradition

#24 - The Real Tradition

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 15, 2016

Pat and Eileen invite Gloria and VP Murray as their dates to the O'Neals' Thanksgiving dinner, changing their tradition.

star 7.59
315 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
The Real F Word

#25 - The Real F Word

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 15, 2016

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.

star 7.55
329 votes
Writers: Stacy Traub