The BEST Episodes of Vice Principals

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 28, 2020

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 - Aired Nov 12, 2017

The school year comes to a startling end.

star 8.24
787 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, John Carcieri
End of the Line

#2 - End of the Line

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 18, 2016

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

star 8.12
1,600 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny R. McBride, John Carcieri
Gin

#3 - Gin

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 11, 2016

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

star 8.02
1,563 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny R. McBride, John Carcieri, Tim Saccardo
The Good Book

#4 - The Good Book

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 28, 2016

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 7.96
1,600 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny McBride, Hayes Davenport, John Carcieri
Tiger Town

#5 - Tiger Town

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 2017

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

star 7.95
1,207 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, Tim Saccardo
A Compassionate Man

#6 - A Compassionate Man

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 2017

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

star 7.89
970 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, John Carcieri
The Foundation of Learning

#7 - The Foundation of Learning

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 21, 2016

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

star 7.88
1,690 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Ben Dougan, Danny McBride, John Carcieri
Venetian Nights

#8 - Venetian Nights

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 5, 2017

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

star 7.85
769 votes
Directors: Danny McBride
Writers: Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, John Carcieri
Circles

#9 - Circles

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 14, 2016

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

star 7.85
1,692 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny McBride, Hayes Davenport, John Carcieri
Spring Break

#10 - Spring Break

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 29, 2017

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

star 7.82
845 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, John Carcieri
Run For the Money

#11 - Run For the Money

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 7, 2016

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

star 7.78
1,794 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, John Carcieri
Slaughter

#12 - Slaughter

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 2017

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

star 7.74
1,075 votes
Writers: Ben Dougan, Danny McBride, John Carcieri
The Most Popular Boy

#13 - The Most Popular Boy

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 2017

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

star 7.72
892 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, Hayes Davenport, John Carcieri
Think Change

#14 - Think Change

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 2017

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

star 7.68
978 votes
Writers: Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley, John Carcieri
A Trusty Steed

#15 - A Trusty Steed

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 24, 2016

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

star 7.68
2,174 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny R. McBride, John Carcieri
The Field Trip

#16 - The Field Trip

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 31, 2016

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

star 7.58
1,894 votes
Directors: Danny McBride
Writers: Adam Countee, Danny R. McBride, John Carcieri
The King

#17 - The King

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 1, 2017

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 7.56
1,005 votes
Writers: Adam Countee, Danny McBride, John Carcieri
The Principal

#18 - The Principal

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 17, 2016

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

star 7.46
2,837 votes
Directors: Jody Hill
Writers: Danny R. McBride, Jody Hill