Top 11 Gravity Falls Episodes

The dark and mysterious show was a hit for many of us, but which Gravity Falls episodes were the best?

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129 comments

  1. Mwahaha RockmanX3! Good list though. I’ve only seen half or so.

  2. ThatManWithTheHeadband12

    What you labeled fanfiction was the original version of the pilot. Disco girl coming through that girl is you! We are the people to get you excited about whoever you thought you would be! WAHHHHHHHDDLES!

  3. Freddy vs Jason!!!!!

    Please tell me one of the horror reviewers is going to cameo in it!

  4. I was so invested in this show. I almost cried at the end.
    I miss them

  5. I was so looking forward to this list! Love this show so much!

    • I totally agree that there are no bad episodes of Gravity Falls. Your top three is exactly the same as mine! While some of your top choices wouldn’t even coming close to making my list if I were to make one, that’s OK because they’re all good! I love that you included a montage of fan art of ‘the moment’ in number one. It was such a powerful and emotional moment and I have a beautiful piece of fan art depicting that moment on my wall as a matter of fact. I’m so glad you picked that episode as number one instead of the one you picked for number two, though if you had them switched around that would’ve been understandable as they were both brilliant, full of humour, intense moments and of course the feels. (Keeping it vague so I don’t spoil anyone who might browse the comments before watching the video)

      I’m still sad the show is over, but I’m so glad that it managed to begin strong, stay strong and end strong with an epic and satisfying conclusion. The same can’t be said for many shows that either go on too long, get cancelled before a proper finale, or if they do get a finale many don’t live up to expectations.

      On a side note, the thread or hair sticking out of your Dipper hat both bugged and amused me. Great video!

  6. Freddy vs Jason was awesome

  7. 11 – Puppets are often funny (yes, I love this show too!)
    10 – That’s my favorite episode!
    9 – And then she loses her manor making it all pointless.
    8 – Don’t worry, there aren’t many episodes left.
    7 – Hmm, I hear most people say that was one of the weaker episodes.
    6 – But it’s all her fault and no one found out!
    5 – Heard that Journal 3 said he got with Giffany…
    4 – I know the series finale will be #1.
    3 – The Amazing World Of Gumball did the same plot, only with shipping hee hee.
    2 – Dang it (speaking of which, why did Dipper say he got everything he wanted?! He desperatedly wanted a girlfriend and failed miserably! And Pacifica got completely screwed over! “Not What He Seems” is number one, I know now)
    1 – Called it!

    • Pacifica didn’t get completely screwed over. Her father said that they’d only be able to afford one pony. They don’t have enough money to keep their manor, but are still rich.

    • “why did Dipper say he got everything he wanted?! He desperatedly wanted a girlfriend and failed miserably! And Pacifica got completely screwed over!”

      We get it. You’re a Dipper/Pacifica shipper. How much longer are going to whine about this? Dipper didn’t come to Gravity Falls with the intention of getting a girlfriend; his attraction to Wendy just happened and it ended believably and logically. Just because Pacifica didn’t end up with Dipper (which Alex Hirsch never said was going to happen anyway) doesn’t mean that she got “completely screwed over”. Pacifica had to go from being super rich to just rich. Poor her.

      If you really want to see Dipper and Pacifica become a couple, there’s always fan fiction.

      • Yeah, the only one who came to Gravity Falls with the intention of finding romance was Mabel. And after “Society of the Blind Eye” she abandoned that effort but still seemed content to just spend her summer having fun with her brother and her new friends.

  8. No charity shout out?

  9. Darn! I was hoping for a Van Helsing review for next week.

  10. The amount of seasons this show has is an absolute travesty. I mean, Disney Channel be like “Hey I know! Let’s produce one of the absolute best animated shows we’ve had in over a decade…AND HAVE IT ONLY BE TWO SEASONS LONG! HERP DERP DERP WE’RE SO SMRT!!!”

    • In all fairness, it was the show’s creator who decided to end it after season 2, and I applaud Disney for actually respecting his decision instead of forcing him to make a third one like Nickelodeon probably would have. I’d be happy with a third season, but only if Alex Hirsch was behind it all the way. If he was forced into doing it, he’d have no idea how to continue it, likely run out of ideas and then fans would complain about the show overstaying its welcome and would pray for its cancellation. Just be grateful it didn’t go that route.

    • Alex Hirsch said from the get-go that he intended for Gravity Falls to have a beginning, middle and ending. He didn’t intend for the series to go on for years and years. Sure, a third season of GF would have been nice, but I respect Mr. Hirsch’s wishes and would rather see GF end on a high note than to become a zombie that refuses to stay dead like some other shows (*cough The Simpsons and Family Guy cough*).

    • Actually it’s the best descision eva. Or would your rather watch it decay into utterly mess? I wish so many shows had no more than 3 seasons.

      • Yeah, and sure, we’re not going to see more of the adventures of these characters from Alex Hirsch, but there’s fanworks out there. And if you want to revisit Gravity Falls, it’s still on the air on Disney XD.

  11. My favorite episode is technically not a full episode. It was the “Clay Day” short in “Little Giftshop of Horrors.” It was the first episode I saw and the one that made me immediately love the show. I can even point out the one joke that did it.

    Stan: “You see, Mabel, those monsters are just tiny clay figures moved around one frame at a time by anti-social shut-ins.”
    Soos: “Those people are called ‘animators.'”

    I completely lost it at that joke. Mostly because I’m going to school to be one of those “anti-social shut-ins.”

    • The episode is actually pretty deep if you look at the subtext. Abaconings tells the story of Mabel’s best friend becoming super intelligent and moving away from their childish fantasies. It ends with Waddles giving up his intelligence to rejoin Mabel.

      Now remember this is a story being told by STAN to some customer. Whether those events happened is questionable since its part of his sales pitch. However, the subtext is so clear once you’ve seen “A Tale of Two Stans”. It was a highly modified story of his life with the ending changed.

  12. I love Dungeons, Dungeons and more Dungeons. It is a very fun episode about the RPG world (like Fight Fighters on fighting games) and it works on distancing the kids as they each connect to a different Pines’ brother.
    Plus it has Weird Al Yankovic…

  13. I’ve never seen this show. So can someone tell me why he’s wasting a nostalgiaween episode on it?

    • Because not only did it get ridiculously popular and have an amazing story and clues in each episodes for the story, but it’s has supernatural/haunted elements that tie in with the theme of Halloween .

    • The Real Silverstar

      1. Doug’s a fan of the show.
      2. Its’ central theme of mystery and the supernatural ties in with Nostalgiaween.
      3. It’s Doug’s show and he can review whatever he wants.

      Why you hatin’? If you consider this to be a ‘waste’, then don’t click on it, watch it or comment on it. Problem solved.

    • I haven’t seen 90% of the stuff he reviews but I don’t bitch and moan that he chooses to review them.

  14. Kinda disappointed to see Northwest Mansion Mystery so low. Personally I think it’s the best episode; best looking, most well paced, most even balance between comedy and darkness, NATHAN FILLION, and Dipper and Pacifica are adorable.

    While I agree there are no bad episodes (something I think is also true of Steven Universe) Weirdmaggedon Part 2 gets pretty close to me. That was just a really frustrating story that I think underlines how weakly Mable’s character arc was handled overall.

  15. “If only there was a movie that had one of the actors from here in it”

    What?

    *goes to google*

    ?!DIPPER WAS IN FREDDY VS JASON!?

    • lilith_ascennding

      I was shocked when I Googled that too. Jason Ritter gets to fight ALL the dream demons! Kinda hope he gets to punch Freddy in the face at one point (Dipper almost punched Bill, so I’m counting that.)

  16. Sorry but Gravity Falls does have bad episodes and Escape From Reality is sadly one of hem. Its not only the worst episode of GF imo, but an overall bad episode in general. Mabels character was almost completly ruined, the problems of Dipper and Mabels relationship were barely adressed at all, and one again Dipper had to sacrifice something for his sister, while she learned nothing. Throughout the series Mabel barely grew as a character, barely took responsibility for her actions and had to face almost zero consequences for any of her mistakes . There is an Obvious creator bias towards her. I mean in Roadside attractions Dipper is beeing called out for flirting with a bunch of Girls. Yet its completely ok for Mabel (in the next episode) to give sth. away that she knew diddnt belong to her, so that she can freeze time, accidentally causing wierdmagaddon. The problem isn´t that she made the mistake or that Dipper had to give up the apprenticeship. The problem is her lack of character growth in the show and in result of that the overall imbalance in the twins relationship (Dipper puts way much more affort into it), wehen Escape from realtiy should have adressed and fixed that.That Episode was such a huge disappointment to me, since Ive seen how good the show can get with episodes like DaM vs. The Future, Not What He Seems and Sock Opera. I was expecting the same level of quality considering how important the twins relationship is, but instead we got such an incomplete conclusion to their story arc. And now I probably have people accusing me of hating Mabel which couldnt be farther from the truth. Pretty long post… but I just cant understand how anyone can enjoy such a disappointing episode.

    • The Real Silverstar

      I know, right? It’s almost like people are entitled have their own opinions on stuff or something.

      • Never said that people cant have their own opinions. I just stateted mine and how I cant understand that People were pleased with such an incomplete conclusion. The Rift wasnt mentioned once after part 1. Mabel had to face no responsibility for anything and Dipper could never apologize for keeping the rift a secret from her…… Escape Rom Reality is the most controversial episode for a reason in the fandom.

        • Well, I watched Gravity Falls mainly for the jokes, not the arcs, so I’m not really concerned with how Mabel did or didn’t grow as a character. Escape From Reality was a very funny episode which is why many fans (myself included) enjoyed it.

          • Well, I guess if some people are mostly in for the jokes, then I can see why you would still enjoy it and I can respect that. I however will probably always be disappointed about the fact how one of my favourite characters didnt get the development I feel like she deserved. With that beeing said, the fact that I even care this much about a kids show, only proves to me how great it really is, which makes the fact that they didnt address it even more frustrating to me…

          • I watched Gravity Falls for the characters and I thought Escape from Reality was an incredible episode that perfectly encapsulates Mabel’s mindset and actually had me wondering how in the world Dipper was ever going to win the fantasy vs reality case.

  17. I cried just by seeing the fanarts of the number one you chose. Just like the first time I saw it more than a year ago. This episode was this powerful.

  18. I’m betting $100 right here, right now, that he makes yet another joke about how batman v superman sucked and dc will always fail at everything they do, marvel is Jesus, etc. For someone who claimed to be done with running gags, he sure does like that one

  19. I really liked the first time travel episode. Seeing the first hint of Stan’s brother and Blendin cameo’s in the past episides which I had no idea he was in before that episode.

  20. prime-10@hotmail.co.uk

    can u do a top 11 episodes of Star Wars The Clone Wars please.

    • I don’t think Doug has ever watched that show. He’s not very fond of the prequels and he’s never shown any evidence of interest in Clone Wars.

      • ThatManWithTheHeadband12

        It doesn’t look like he’s seen anything past the The Clone Wars pilot movie (see the review of Howard the Duck and the lack of comment on it since)

    • I don’t recall Doug ever saying that he was a fan of that show. I know that he doesn’t care for the prequel films. However, if *you’d* like to make a Top 11 episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, then I say go for it! If no one’s reviewing the kinds of stuff you want to see reviewed, then why not use that as incentive to make your own?

  21. Best 21st Century Cartoon.

  22. Is there anyway you can review the Japanese versions of Ironman, Wolverine, X-men and Blade?

    Can you also talk about the MTV series Good Vibes and Daria?

    And on a side note, I mention this all before, why don’t you review a classic horror like this one I’ve finally found after all these years after just seeing a few scenes of it and never knowing how it ended. It’s called Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama. You might like it. Maybe.

    Also what do think of these TV series shows called:
    John Doe
    Forever Knight
    The Misfits (British Show)
    Misfits of Science (Movie and series)
    and The Zeta Project
    (I think some of these shows are like Sonic the Hedgehog a.k.a. Sonic Sat a.m. They all have incomplete ending.)

    P.S. Is there anyway you can review the Japanese versions of Ironman, Wolverine, X-men and Blade? I’d also really like to hear what you think about the FX series Archer and Chozen.

    P.S.S. And I never found out if you were going talk more about the Disney Afternoon shows Gummi Bears, Chip N Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Talespin(even the hour uncut movie special I found about it) and Darkwing Duck. Also you never answer my question, If you hate the Goof Troop song: “Gotta Be Gettin’ Goofy” then does that mean you hate The Darkwing Duck Rap?.

    • Again? Really? You’re persistent, I’ll give you that.

      What exactly do you think re-posting the same comment every week is supposed to accomplish? If you really want Doug to respond to your pathetic fanboy wanking, you’d be better off sending him a personal email or contacting him on Facebook or something.

      And I still say you should just review all of this stuff yourself instead of asking someone else to do it. I have a blog which I’m planning to transform into a site, but I don’t ask other people to write my content for me. I know that I’ve said this before, but you’ve been copying and pasting this same post here for over a month, so who among us is sadder?

    • Seriously, shut up. Do you think Doug reading the exact same comment over and over again from the same person is going to make him review all that?
      You’re lucky you haven’t been banned from Channel Awesome for spam.

    • The Real Silverstar

      Realistically, I don’t see Doug reviewing any of those things; none of the shows/movies you mentioned in your perpetual list are the sort of things he typically reviews nor has he ever expressed interest in any of them besides Daria. And if you’re really being kept awake at night wondering what Doug Walker thinks of the Darkwing Duck rap, well, that’s just kind of sad.

      Honestly, you’re better off getting a camera and reviewing all this stuff yourself. In fact, if you had started doing that in the time you’ve copied and pasted this some comment again and again, you’d be at least a third of the way through your list by now.

    • I’m seriously starting to wonder if you even want him to review this stuff or if you’re just trying to annoy everyone now. Not only are most of these not the kinds of shows/films that Doug would review (Since when has he ever reviewed the Japanese version of anything? He may have made comparisons to the Sailor Moon dub, but that’s about it), but you also repeated the first question in your PS. Somehow I doubt that was unintentional.

  23. The last scene reminded me of that animated “Trust Stan Pines?” the fan animation by Mike Inel. That was some good shit and made me watch the show.

  24. Huh, I might have to start watching this show. The episode with the pixelated Ryu knockoff looks hilarious.

    • lilith_ascennding

      I seriously recommend that you do pick up this show. Unfortunately, by watching this review, you managed to see a few spoilers, but there is still much of the fantastic mystery left for you to discover. Gravity Falls has a perfect blend of humor, horror, mystery, drama, and action that I have ever seen in an animated show. Every single character is memorable and I do mean, EVERY character. The acting is really fantastic, the visuals are stunning, and the story is so engaging. The fact that this show was created as well as mostly directed, written, and voiced by one man (Alex Hirsch) is also incredibly stunning. Tommy Wiseau, this man is not. It also has a great interactive element in that there are codes sprinkled both throughout the episodes themselves and at the end credits for the audience to decipher using real cryptograms (Caesar, Atbash, A1Z26, and Vignere Key primarily). Most of the time the codes translate to funny jokes but they may also lead to hints to later episodes. All 40 episodes are available for streaming on Hulu. I believe the incredibly hilarious shorts are also up there, but I am not sure. Also, check out the real life Journal 3 and Dipper and Mabel’s Guide to Mystery and NonStop Fun during/after your watch of the show if you really enjoy it. They are great books that give additional insight into events in the series.

    • It’s kind of a shame you’re going in now with the big mystery effectively spoiled for you, but it’s still a worthwhile watch.

      Like Doug said in his Vlogs, even if the show’s mystery turned out to be a dud, like in LOST, it would have still been worth his time to watch.

  25. It’s funny how Adventure Time meets X-Files is a good description for Gravity Falls, and yet unlike X-Files and Adventure Time, Gravity Falls never went to shit, which quite frankly makes it all the more better. Sure, one can say the show rushed too quickly to it’s ending and could have had at least another season, but it ended the way the creator wanted it to end.

  26. You should do Rick and Morty next. If you haven’t watched Rick and Morty yet – omg, rly?

  27. Love how you tied in next weeks episode into this one. First time I watched Gravity Falls I was like “Oh my God, the guy from Freddy vs Jason is in this!!!” I recognized Jason Ritter’s name immediately. Good list, too. It’s gotta be hard to try and rate Gravity Falls episodes against each other!

  28. I’ve never seen Gravity Falls but I’m a completionist so here I am. LOL.

    • lilith_ascennding

      You really should give the show a watch! If you are a fan of shows like Stranger Things, Twin Peaks, The X Files, and Steven Universe, then you will probably love Gravity Falls. It is in all honesty one of the smartest and well written,acted, and drawn shows that I have ever watched period. The characters are all memorable, the animation and music are brilliant, and the mystery and humor keeps you hooked for all 40 episodes (and the little shorts too :p). The fact that one man played a LARGE part in the creation and production of this series (Alex Hirsch) is also incredible. Hirsch created, directed, wrote, and voice acted [a lot of characters] for Gravity Falls and you can tell how much love he put into this series. The other cool thing about Gravity Falls is that there are codes sprinkled throughout the episodes and during the end credits for the audience to solve using real world ciphers (Caesar, Atbash, A1Z26, and Vignere Key). While mostly jokes, sometimes the codes translate into hints for later episodes. You can watch the whole series on Hulu. Give it a watch, it’s damn well worth it.

  29. I will come back to watch this once I have finished the series.

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