The BEST Episodes of Vice Principals

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2019

Network: HBO

A dark comedy series about a high school and the two vice principals. McBride and Walton Goggins star as the V.P.s who are an in epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal. The villain of the series is Walton Goggins, the other candidate for the vacant principal’s position. He and McBride square off throughout the series, throwing passive aggressive (and not so passive) shade at each other, wreaking havoc, in an attempt to throw one another off.

The Union of the Wizard & The Warrior

#1 - The Union of the Wizard & The Warrior

Season 2 - Episode 9

The school year comes to a startling end.

star 8.26
700 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Jeff Fradley
End of the Line

#2 - End of the Line

Season 1 - Episode 9

Season finale. Gamby and Russell play their end game with Dr. Brown.

star 8.02
1,461 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny R. McBride, John Carcieri
Gin

#3 - Gin

Season 1 - Episode 8

Gamby and Russell look to finish what they started; Gamby confronts Amanda about her relationship with Hayden.

star 7.98
1,447 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny R. McBride, John Carcieri, Tim Saccardo
Tiger Town

#4 - Tiger Town

Season 2 - Episode 1

Recovering from his wounds, Gamby returns to a dramatically changed North Jackson High.

star 7.90
1,122 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Tim Saccardo
The Good Book

#5 - The Good Book

Season 1 - Episode 7

Gamby bonds with Amanda during teacher workday; Russell’s patience is tested; Dr. Brown deals with the sudden appearance of her ex-husband, Dascious.

star 7.90
1,486 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Hayes Davenport
Venetian Nights

#6 - Venetian Nights

Season 2 - Episode 8

Tensions between Gamby and Russell come to a head as prom night approaches.

star 7.83
683 votes
Directors: Danny McBride
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Jeff Fradley
Spring Break

#7 - Spring Break

Season 2 - Episode 7

Gamby gets unexpected company on spring break; Amanda is illuminated during a writer’s retreat.

star 7.81
788 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Jeff Fradley
The Foundation of Learning

#8 - The Foundation of Learning

Season 1 - Episode 6

Amanda makes a deal with Gamby, while Dr. Brown takes a veteran teacher to task over a shipment of missing books.

star 7.79
1,522 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Ben Dougan
Circles

#9 - Circles

Season 1 - Episode 5

Dr. Brown orders Gamby to lighten up on discipline; Russell copes with a disruptive neighbor.

star 7.78
1,548 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Hayes Davenport
A Compassionate Man

#10 - A Compassionate Man

Season 2 - Episode 5

Russell’s birthday bash is marred by a revelation about his wife’s college boyfriend.

star 7.73
860 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Jeff Fradley
Run For the Money

#11 - Run For the Money

Season 1 - Episode 4

Gamby and Russell eye a homecoming football game as a way to further break Dr. Brown’s spirit.

star 7.68
1,597 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Jeff Fradley
The Most Popular Boy

#12 - The Most Popular Boy

Season 2 - Episode 6

A plot to sabotage a standardized test jeopardizes Russell’s job as Gamby is caught in the middle.

star 7.67
808 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Hayes Davenport
Slaughter

#13 - Slaughter

Season 2 - Episode 2

Gamby fingers a suspect, with Dayshawn’s help. Russell tests out a kindness strategy at school.

star 7.66
993 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Ben Dougan
A Trusty Steed

#14 - A Trusty Steed

Season 1 - Episode 2

Gamby and Russell end up invading Dr. Brown's private space and the vice principals are surprised by a school evaluator.

star 7.60
1,978 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny R. McBride, John Carcieri
Think Change

#15 - Think Change

Season 2 - Episode 4

A death in Russell’s family forces Gamby to step up to the plate as North Jackson’s acting principal.

star 7.59
895 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Jeff Fradley
The King

#16 - The King

Season 2 - Episode 3

Gamby’s search for his shooter leads him into a novelist’s graduate-school class; Russell’s ire is fueled by an unflattering caricature.

star 7.50
922 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Adam Countee
The Field Trip

#17 - The Field Trip

Season 1 - Episode 3

Gamby looks to impress Amanda on a field trip organized by Mr. Hayden, a good-guy history teacher.

star 7.47
1,726 votes
Directors: Danny McBride
Writers: Danny R. McBride, John Carcieri, Adam Countee
The Principal

#18 - The Principal

Season 1 - Episode 1

When the principal of a high school retires, his two vice principals go to extremes to land the vacant job.

star 7.38
2,585 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny R. McBride, Jody Hill