The BEST Episodes of Those Who Can't
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 7, 2021
Those Who Can't follows three trouble-making teachers, played by show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. More inept than the kids they teach, they're out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. Joining them is Maria Thayer (Eagleheart) as the school librarian with an insuppressible passion for life.
#1 - Graduation
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 8, 2016
It's graduation week at Smoot, and Shoemaker begins aggressively selling Class of 2017 memorabilia to earn some extra cash. Plus, Quinn's effort to set Loren up with a woman backfires, and Fairbell's future at Smoot is in jeopardy.
#2 - Mid-Bryce Crisis
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 8, 2016
When a former Smoot senior returns to school, Loren, Shoemaker and Fairbell get paranoid about being the victims of yet another senior prank. Meanwhile, Abbey begins to date a younger guy despite warnings from Tammy and Julie.
#3 - K-Pop Goes the Weasel
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 7, 2016
A former student leaves a threatening letter for the gang, and they quickly realize they're stuck in the middle of his sick, murderous game. Trapped in school at night, with corpses piling up, the teachers fight for survival.
#4 - The Trial of Geoffrey Quinn
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 2016
It's Principal Quinn's trial, and Shoemaker, Abbey, Fairbell and Loren have been summoned to the witness stand. Meanwhile, Cattie enlists Leslie to transform Smoot into a passable school for an incoming reporter.
#5 - Detergent Dawn
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 17, 2016
Loren finally completes his novel, but the book's success goes to his head, forcing Shoemaker to become his 'agent'. However, when the novel sparks a hookup outbreak, Fairbell and Summer's abstinence class takes a dramatic turn.
#6 - Rod Man Out
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 6, 2016
With the dreaded new school year right around the corner, the teachers get a surprise when Rod returns to Smoot a sober man; his new insufferable attitude forces the gang to do the unthinkable to get him back to his old self.
#7 - Normal Activity
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 2016
When graffitied pentagrams start popping up around school, Quinn arms the staff with GoPro cameras to catch the vandal - leading to a night of chaos.
#8 - White Guilt Trip
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 10, 2016
After Abbey accidentally discovers Smoot's racist past, Cattie brings Native American students in to make up for the bad publicity. Plus, Rod and Loren start a craft brewery on campus, but find that their success may be short-lived.
#9 - 8 Mile High
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 2016
Obsessed with the underground rap scene, Loren recruits Shoemaker and Fairbell to join his crew. Meanwhile, Abbey gets caught up in the local gang life, and Shoemaker and Rod butt heads over his relationship with Rod's mother.
#10 - Take a Wonka on the Wild Side
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 14, 2016
The teachers relive their glory days at Senior Prom, Fairbell and Abbey's "friend date" is a disaster, Quinn has the worst night of his life, and Shoemaker's looming divorce helps him get his angry band back together.
#11 - Wet Dreams May Come
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 31, 2016
Shoemaker is tormented by a disturbing sex dream, and the drama teacher wrongly advises him to act on it. Meanwhile, Fairbell befriends the new school police officer even though the rest of the gang tries to get rid of him.
#12 - Foreskin in the Game
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 13, 2016
Shoemaker seeks emergency medical help from Abbey; Fairbell takes on a role assisting Cattie, Smoot's new principal; Loren is left alone in the dust.
#13 - Of Lice and Men
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 3, 2016
After a lice outbreak at Smoot, Loren takes matters into his own hands and commands the "hot zone." Shoemaker and Tammy square off in a haircutting contest, while Abbey revisits some not-so-fond high school memories.
#14 - What's Eating Uncle Jake?
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 10, 2016
After leading the JV Girls Volleyball team to the State Championship, Fairbell gets benched when the PTA appoints a new coach. Plus, Shoemaker takes asst. coaching a bit too far, and Loren schemes for a shady game sponsor.
#15 - For Whom the Bell's Tolls
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 24, 2016
The guys come to school drunk on the day Superintendent Carson promises to fire the worst teacher. Shoemaker has a medical flare-up, Loren maintains a buzz in order to save face, and Fairbell makes a ridiculous new friend.
#16 - Plains High School Drifter
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 2016
Cattie hires a former Denver Bronco to be Smoot's new head football coach, and he appoints Loren as his assistant. But the new coach's methods don't sit well with Tammy and Shoemaker, who go to great lengths to fire him.
#17 - A New Dog in the Yard
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2016
After being appointed interim wrestling coach, Fairbell starts a beef with the rival school's coach, who Abbey has a crush on. Plus, Shoemaker takes testosterone, and Loren deals with a new girlfriend - and her two children.
#18 - The Running of the Bullies
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 21, 2019
Quinn returns as principal and starts a campaign to tackle the rampant bullying at Smoot, but disturbing the delicate social ecosystem has consequences for everyone.
#19 - SKAppily Ever After
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 18, 2019
Everyone chips in to throw Loren and Jade a dream wedding at the school. Meanwhile, Abbey wants to take her anonymous online relationship to the next level.
#20 - Electile Dysfunction
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 1, 2016
Smoot is used as a polling station for the Denver mayoral election and Quinn assigns the staff to count votes, but the series finale of a major television show occupies the teachers' time and attention.
#21 - The Fairbell Tape
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 25, 2016
Shoemaker and Abbey work to get the vending machine returned after it's removed by the PTA. Later, Loren clashes with his old teacher while Fairbell's sexual orientation is discovered.
#22 - Oof, Nut City
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 11, 2016
Principal Quinn tasks the guys with helping a shy kid win the student election, but they do their jobs a little too well and unwittingly create a monster. Abbey and Quinn have a fight over Smoot High's debate practices.
#23 - Escapegoats
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
With the gang trapped in a Smoot "escape room," new guidance counselor Steven leads the charge to get them fired.
#24 - Big Ol' Scams
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 25, 2019
Steven's vocational career fair prompts Loren and Abbey to question their professional paths; Shoemaker and Fairbell join a cult-like pyramid scheme.
#25 - You Can't Go Homecoming Again
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 28, 2019
With the gang in charge of the homecoming parade floats, tensions rise and class warfare ensues.