Best The Inbetweeners Episodes Ranked

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A certain phrase springs to mind when referencing the Inbetweeners but I can’t quite remember it… Anyway despite ending almost a decade ago, the Inbetweeners has endured to be considered an institution of British comedy. Before I get into the list properly, here is some history about the show.


The Inbetweeners first aired on Channel 4 in 2008 and ran for 3 seasons until late 2010. It featured an all star cast featuring Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison as the titular group. This isn’t even mentioning Greg Davies’s performance as psychotic head of sixth form: Mr Gilbert. Arguably the best part of the show was the fact you likely knew people who were very similar to the Inbetweeners within your own life. Anyway, let’s get into the list properly now.

10: Caravan Club (S1, E5)

Kicking off the list of the best Inbetweeners episodes is Caravan Club. So what happens in this episode? Well, we finally see how much Jay is lying about the sexy nature of the caravan club. Other highlights include Will being tied to a chair with a bin on his head due to Donovan’s antics. All of this leads to an iconic Mr Gilbert and Will about the consequences of grassing on Donovan. Oh, Neil’s dancing is another reason to love this episode.

9: Bunk Off (S1, E2)

What better way to follow an entry about a caravan club than an episode about the group bunking school? And yes this episode is where Will’s drunken rant about Neil’s Dad is from. What else happens in this episode? Well, Will attempts to buy alcohol while wearing Simon’s Dad suit is hilarious. Also the twist at the end is phenomenally and funny but totally expected when the audience thinks about it.

8: Trip to Warwick (S3, E4)

Next up on the best Inbetweeners episodes is Trip to Warwick. So what makes this episode so great? Well, Simon brings the guys along on his trip to visit his sister’s girlfriend in Warwick. Somehow that perfectly reasonable decision ends up with Will eating a plant and Neil urinating everywhere. This just exemplifies the crass humour which made the Inbetweeners so iconic.

7: First Day (S1, E1)

Aah yes, time to look back at the aptly titled first ever episode of the Inbetweeners: First Day. This episode sees Will’s arrival to a secondary school having been in private education his whole life. Needless to say he feels like a fish out of water with the iconic insult about his briefcase being born. Oh, he also meets a group of guys called Simon, Jay and Neil but that isn’t important.

6: The Gig and the Girlfriend (S3, E2)

Now while this might be a more forgotten episode, that doesn’t mean it is a bad episode. Case in point, Jay fails to buy drugs from Donovan so he attempts to buy them from a character played by Doc Brown. Yep.. Also everyone smokes which leads to Will getting on stage and wildly waving his arms around while asking for an ambulance. No more words needed….

5: Will is Home Alone (S3, E5)

At the halfway point of the best Inbetweeners episodes is Will is Home Alone. This episode is notable for several reasons. The first is Will being mildly annoyed at Jay and Simon for messing around with his Facebook account. The other is the guys deciding to drink and smash up a neighbours garden with golf clubs. Unfortunately they then suffer the consequences of their drinking and garden work the next day.

4: Thorpe Park (S1, E3)

Narrowly missing out on the top three best Inbetweeners episodes is Thorpe Park. Why is Thorpe Park so good? Besides the fact it’s a fantastic theme park, Simon and Jay fighting over carrying a car door. Oh, also Neil gets a bee in his monkey costume and Will’s iconic mistimed rant at the rollercoaster. What makes Will’s rant so iconic and inappropriate? Well, he is ranting about a group of kids with learning difficulties. Honestly, this episode is worth watching for that moment alone. So much cringe goodness….

3: The Camping Trip (S3, E6)

Kicking off the top three best Inbetweeners episodes is Camping Trip. This series 3 episode is great for a number of reasons. Firstly, Will loses his mind about the guys burning his stuff instead of wood. Secondly, Jay and Neil let Simon’s car fall into the lake. And finally, the heart to heart of the boys messaging people on each other’s phones. This leads to the obvious jokes about Will’s mum and Carly. Also, this is an example of the Inbetweeners being incredibly relatable because most people probably did something similar with their mates.

2: The Field Trip (S2, E1)

Now this was a real toss up between the top two episodes. So, what makes The Field Trip so good? Will’s interesting impression of Yoda, Jay being a pro with pedalos, Neil punching a fish and Will sending a flare up….. in a harbour. Also, Will’s chemistry with the new girl, Lauren, is excellent, especially the scene of them trying to get into Donovan’s party with vodka. God, I love Simon Bird.

1: Exam Time (S2, E6)

And the best Inbetweeners episode is…. Exam Time. Why is this the best Inbetweeners episode? So, obviously the boys have to sit their exams with Will and Jay illustrating two different approaches to revision. Jay spends revision kissing his girlfriend whereas Will chugs down litres of energy drinks and, ahem, follows through during the exam. This crass humour is illustrated by an underrated facial reaction from Mr Gilbert and a fantastic episode overall. Oh, also it features a moment of heartbreak for Jay. God, I miss the Inbetweeners.

What are your thoughts on the best Inbetweeners episodes? Let me know in the comments!