The BEST Episodes of Those Who Can't

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2021

Network: truTV

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.

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Graduation

#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.

star 8.58
118 votes
Mid-Bryce Crisis

#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.

star 8.53
117 votes
K-Pop Goes the Weasel

#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.

star 8.38
136 votes
The Trial of Geoffrey Quinn

#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.

star 8.35
123 votes
Detergent Dawn

#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.

star 8.26
121 votes
Rod Man Out

#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.

star 8.24
148 votes
Normal Activity

#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.

star 8.23
126 votes
White Guilt Trip

#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.

star 8.21
126 votes
8 Mile High

#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.

star 8.19
124 votes
Take a Wonka on the Wild Side

#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.

star 8.19
136 votes
Wet Dreams May Come

#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.

star 8.04
139 votes
Foreskin in the Game

#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.

star 8.03
142 votes
Of Lice and Men

#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.

star 8.02
161 votes
What's Eating Uncle Jake?

#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.

star 7.99
149 votes
For Whom the Bell's Tolls

#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.

star 7.97
137 votes
Plains High School Drifter

#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.

star 7.97
124 votes
A New Dog in the Yard

#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.

star 7.84
131 votes
The Running of the Bullies

#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.

star 7.76
29 votes
SKAppily Ever After

#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.

star 7.58
26 votes
Electile Dysfunction

#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.

star 7.54
99 votes
The Fairbell Tape

#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.

star 7.53
175 votes
Oof, Nut City

#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.

star 7.51
205 votes
Escapegoats

#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.

star 7.48
29 votes
Big Ol' Scams

#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.

star 7.48
21 votes
You Can't Go Homecoming Again

#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.

star 7.42
31 votes