truTV’s flagship comedy series Impractical Jokers has been running for 11 years and counting; we share three of the funniest episodes from the series to date.
One of truTV’s flagship shows is the candid comedy camera series Impractical Jokers. Since its premiere in 2011, the series has been the cause of much laughter as it is considered a more family-friendly version of the equally comical show, Jackass.
Considering that the series has been running for 11 years, and counting, it has given fans many memorable episodes. Navigating the filmography of the series, we share three of the funniest episodes so far from Impractical Jokers’ run.
What is Impractical Jokers?
Impractical Jokers first premiered on truTV in December 2011. The series has been running for 11 years with a total of nine seasons.
Though the series has been airing for 11 years, the pandemic and the delays it brought on the entire film and television industry did result in the production taking a short break.
The premise of the series is, “Comedians Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Sal Vulcano are real-life best friends who love challenging each other to the most outrageous dares and stunts ever caught on hidden camera.”
The catch is that the comedian that fails, by either opting out or failing to produce the biggest laughs during the episode, has to complete the “punishment” at the end of each episode.
Three of the funniest Impractical Jokers episodes
Impractical Jokers is not only a winner with fans of the series, but it is also critically acclaimed, despite it being a comedy.
The series has an 8.7 out of 10 approval rating on IMDb, and an 84 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, the series proved to be so successful, that in 2020, they released its film adaptation; Impractical Jokers: The Movie.
Written by the creators of the television series, James Murray, Joe Gatto and Chris Henchy, the premise of the film is, “The story of a humiliating high school mishap from 1992 that sends the Impractical Jokers on the road competing in hidden-camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and redeem three of the four Jokers.”
If you have watched the film and are looking to get into the series, keep reading to find out about three of the funniest episodes of the nine-season series and immerse yourself in the world of Impractical Jokers, the television series.
1. The Permanent Punishment
The Permanent Punishment is the twenty-seventh episode of season three, filmed in 2014.
According to IMDb, this episode, which is just over 20 minutes of pure comedic genius, is considered the best episode of the series to date.
The premise is shared as, “Q, Murr, Sal, and Joe provide a false sense of security to some sassy shoppers at a drug store, and the competition reaches new heights during a rematch of their balloon challenge in the grocery store. And tonight the guys laugh and cry their way through the first ever permanent punishment!”
2. The Shame of Water
The Shame of Water is an episode that is more popular with fans than it is rated, but it still holds an 8.8 out of 10 approval rating on IMDb.
The premise of the episode is shared as, “Q, Joe, Murr and Sal find scandalous diary entries written by their “daughters”, and then break up with significant others in front of baffled strangers.
The loser finds himself in hot water and on shaky ground while waiting tables.” The episode was written by Joe Gatto, and features Gatto, Murray and Carly Otte as the title characters.
3. Out of TP
Out of TP is the seventh episode of season one from 2012. The episode has an approval rating of 8.5 out of 10 on IMDb, and was written by The Tenderloins and Julia Young.
The premise of the episode is, “Four friends compete to embarrass each other in the wackiest places they can think of.
The guys swipe food off other diners’ plates at a buffet, tutor students in foreign languages they don’t speak, and try to start a dance party in a public park.” James Murray, Joe Gatto and Brian Quinn led the cast for the practical joke.
Impractical Jokers has been the cause of laughter and memorable comedy sketches since its premiere in 2011 on truTV.
Considered a more family-friendly version of the extreme practical jokes and skit comedy show, Jackass, the series shows no signs of ending as it is still running now, in 2022.
Considering that the series has made over 258 episodes throughout 11 years, it has given many comical episodes, but a select few episodes have been the cause of multiple rolling-on-the-floor, laugh-out-loud moments, which make for a great entry into the series.
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