It’s Mabel and Dipper’s birthday! To celebrate, let’s count down the 10 greatest episodes of Gravity Falls…
Warning: I’ll try not to drop any big spoilers but if you haven’t seen the show yet you might want to go and catch up before reading this list.
10. Little Gift Shop of Horrors
As a big fan of The Simpsons‘s Treehouse of Horror episodes, I naturally loved Gravity Falls’ own take on the horror anthology format. Season One’s ‘Bottomless Pit!’ is also great, but Season Two’s ‘Little Gift Shop of Horrors’ just trumps it. The best of the bunch is the middle segment where Mabel’s pet pig Waddles gains superintelligence.
9. Northwest Manor Noir
Though the core of the show is the Pines family, Wendy and Soos, Gravity Falls is also populated by brilliant supporting characters. Before this episode, spoilt rich girl Pacifica Northwest was the most annoying character on the show – against all the odds, though, she redeems herself here and develops a sweet rapport with Dipper.
In this lead-in to the Season One finale, we finally learn just what that Illuminati symbol in the opening titles refers to – it’s Bill Cypher, the biggest, baddest and most dangerous foe of the series. Besides that, this episode literally delves deep into Stan’s mind and explores his feelings for his niece and nephew.
7. A Tale of Two Stans
It’s difficult for long-sought after answers to actually live up to all the hype but this episode managed it, as it satisfyingly told the truth about Grunkle Stan and his connection to the wider mysteries of Gravity Falls. Plus, the great J.K. Simmons joins the cast as a brilliant new addition to the show.
6. Soos and the Real Girl
Everyone on Gravity Falls is loveable but, dare we say it, loyal Mystery Shack employee Soos might be the most endearing – he’s just always so good-natured and upbeat. This episode deepens the character, though, as he endeavours to find himself a girlfriend. Unfortunately, his favourite video game isn’t quite ready to let him go…