On Tuesday, July 6, it will have been two years, two months, and 13 days since series co-creators Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin released new episodes of “I Think You Should Leave.” At that time, it’s doubtful anyone realized what kind of impact these first 29 sketches would have on our culture; a man in a hot dog costume is now visual shorthand for shunning responsibility, and an old man dabbing became someone to laugh with, not at.
Thankfully, come July 6, 2021, there will be a whole new batch of episodes to appreciate. Some will likely go viral. Others will become cult favorites. Still more might be forgotten, only to be rediscovered in the long days between Season 2’s release and that of the (yet-unconfirmed) third season.
This is where we find ourselves now, and as a few writers here at IndieWire started re-watching Season 1 sketches in anticipation of the new season, we got to talking about which were the best, and which were the very best. While “I Think You Should Leave” is clearly not built to be a broadly accessible comedy, anyone who dials into its specific humor frequency are bound to appreciate aspects of every sketch. They may have their own favorites. They may have their least favorites. But this is not a ranking of every sketch from best to worst because there is no “worst” — there are only sketches worth celebrating, so let’s get to it.
Below, you’ll find IndieWire’s ranking of every sketch from “I Think You Should Leave with Time Robinson.” Once we’ve devoured Season 2 (and given it ample time to sit in our minds), this list will be updated with those sketches, as well. But for now, let’s look back, remember, and laugh.
Libby Hill and Leo Adrian Garcia also contributed to this article, which included four independent sketch rankings, averaging each rankings to create a master list, and a three-day debate before finalizing the order. No one involved in creating this list remains on good terms.