Impractical Jokers is one of the funniest shows on TV these days, but, though it’s mostly been great, some seasons have fallen a bit flat.
For a show that’s been going for over 200 episodes, Impractical Jokers has remained remarkably consistent. Of course, as is often the case with shows like this, the quality can vary wildly. Some segments are better than others, and some episodes are better than others.
According to ratinggraph, a site that combines IMDb ratings into one convenient chart, Impractical Jokers has remained unbelievably consistent throughout its so-far eight-season run, though there are differences in terms of quality. This is every season of Impractical Jokers ranked from worst to best, according to IMDb.
Season 7 (7.8)
Coming in last place with a combined IMDb score of 7.8 is season seven. The seventh season ran throughout 2018 and contained many episodes far below the show’s average rating. The two lowest episodes, coming in at 7.1 each, are “Dropping Knowledge” and “Staten Island Holiday Spectacular.” The latter is obviously a Christmas special, with the punishment seeing Sal feeding chicken to grizzly bears. The former is a middling episode with a punishment that sees Murr playing Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and losing various items from his apartment.
Season 8 (8.1)
As of writing, season eight is the latest season of Impractical Jokers, having completed its run in March 2020. It is also the second lowest-rated season of the series, indicating that Impractical Jokers may be losing a little of its muster. It’s worth noting that season eight contains the lowest-rated episode of the entire series in “Slam Dunks.” This is a bizarre episode that sees basketball players Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson ranking the Jokers’ guts based on a variety of factors. For those interested, the ranking was Joe, Sal, Murr, and Q.
Season 6 (8.2)
Coming in third to last—or fifth, depending on how you want to look at it—is season six. Season six aired throughout 2017 and contains a few classic punishments. These include Q presenting his mural to the town of Dover, Joe stealing autographed baseballs from children, and Sal shushing people in a mall for no reason whatsoever. However, it also contains the lowly-rated “G.I. Jokers,” the hour-long season finale meant to honor the troops. It’s a weird mixture of pre-recorded challenges and a weird punishment involving Q getting his Jeep “destroyed by a tank.”
Season 5 (8.3)
Impractical Jokers was going strong throughout season five, which is placed firmly in the middle of the series’ ranking.
There’s some bad stuff here, including the lowly-rated “Nitro Circus Spectacular.” This was yet another disappointing season finale that was themed around Nitro Circus and the X-Games. It’s not really in the Jokers’ wheelhouse, and watching them do things like swing around on a harness isn’t really why we tune in. On the other hand, this season contains the iconic Whose Phone is Ringing? punishment, which is easily one of the best in the series’ history. You take the good with the bad.
Season 4 (8.3)
Tied with season five is its immediate predecessor, which also contains its highs and lows. “Unseen Scenes” and “Anatomy of a Challenge” are the lowest-rated episodes of the season, as one concerns deleted scenes from prior episodes—the fact that they were excluded tells viewers that they aren’t very good or important—and one concerns the Jokers analyzing what makes a good performance. Meh.
But it also contains some fantastic punishments like Murr interviewing his childhood crush, Sal judging a kids’ talent show, and Joe as Captain Fatbelly.
Season 1 (8.4)
Inaugural seasons are always tricky, and a lot of shows contain somewhat shoddy first go-rounds. Shows are still trying to find their “identity” during these earlier incarnations, and the characters/performers need time to settle into their roles.
But, that’s not the case with Impractical Jokers, which came out the gate running. It’s a little “tame” compared to later seasons, especially in the punishment department, but season one sees the Jokers at the peak of their talents. It’s funny, it’s shocking, and, at the time, it was incredibly unique. Unlike many other programs, there’s simply no going wrong with season one.
Season 3 (8.5)
Coming in second place is the show’s third season, which again sees the Jokers at the absolute top of their games. Season three contains the oft-maligned Father’s Day special, which is by far the lowest-rated episode of the season.
But, aside from that, every episode of season three is an absolute winner. Especially The Permanent Punishment, an iconic episode that sees three of the Jokers receiving embarrassing tattoos. Q gets one saying “38. Lives alone. Has 3 cats,” Murr gets a skydiving ferret in honor of his iconic punishment, and Sal gets Jaden Smith’s face tattooed on him for seemingly no reason whatsoever.
Season 2 (8.6)
If IMDb is anything to go by, then season two is peak Impractical Jokers. It may seem disconcerting to see the show peak so early, but, really, it’s so consistent that even “bad” Impractical Jokers is still great TV.
The show’s second season is historic, complete with many great challenges and punishments. These include Murr explaining off-color art pieces to a disgusted crowd, Sal loudly “watching” porn in a coffee shop, Sal running the No Apology Gauntlet, and both Sal and Joe playing in a terrible band and opening for Imagine Dragons in front of 15,000 people. This season was peak prank creativity.