Top 10: Game Grumps One-Offs (Dan Era)

Game Grumps Dan Era One-offs

If you are already familiar with Game Grumps or just want to skip straight to the list then click here, otherwise read on and enjoy!

Game Grumps is an American Let’s Play channel which was established back on July 18th 2012 by co-hosts and co-founders Arin Hanson (also known as Egoraptor) and Jon Jafari (also known as JonTron). Arin had already built up a considerable fanbase prior to Game Grumps due to his animations which were posted to Newgrounds and his personal YouTube Channel and when Jon came to his attention following his video DinoCity BRO!!! (which features his first attempt to sing Firework by Katy Perry, which I eventually reviewed) and that videos subsequent posting to Reddit they became friends and eventually decided to collaborate.

The actual concept for Game Grumps as well as the name of the show and the roles of ‘Grump’ and ‘Not So Grump’ they play on it were inspired by an incident where Jon and Arin were playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl and arguing over whether the character Wolf was a clone of Fox, because their fighting styles were too similar. A friend of theirs told them they have a tendency to get a little ‘grumpy’ with one another while playing games, and said that they should make a show where they should talk it out, Arin concieved of a podcast called Game Grumps, the idea for which eventually evolved into the show as we know it. As mentioned above Arin and Jon play specific roles on the show, with Arin playing the role of ‘Grump’ and Jon playing the role of ‘Not So Grump’. Together the pair hosted the channel, with vital behind the scenes support from their editor Barry Kramer (also known as razzadoop) until Jon left on June 25th 2013 to focus on his own personal channel.

Speaking of which, if you are a fan of JonTron, you can check out a Top 10 list I did for his best episodes by clicking here

Following Jon’s departure from the show he was replaced by Dan Avidan (also known as Danny Sexbang) the lead vocalist of the comedy musical duo, Ninja Sex Party, who took over his role as ‘Not So Grump’. Interestingly enough, Dan joining the channel had already been in the works prior to Jon leaving, as he was set to be the co-host of another series scheduled to appear on the Game Grumps channel called Steam Train, which would feature himself alongside Animator and voice actor Ross O’Donovan (also known as RubberRoss, RubberNinja or CondomRoss) where they would both play PC games (as opposed to console games, which were more common on Game Grumps at the time) many of which were available on Valve’s Steam platform (for which the show was named) in a similar format to the original Game Grumps set up. However due to the sudden nature of Jon’s withdrawal from the show, and also because Arin had apparently said previously that Dan would have always been his second choice for a co-host for Game Grumps if Jon were unavailable he ended up taking the co-host role on both shows.

Another interesting detail regarding Dan joining the channel was that his first appearance on Game Grumps in the video(s) Ode to Jon / Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!: Around the World – PART 1 went up the same day as his first appearance on Steam Train in the video Hotline Miami: Who’s Calling? – PART 1 (which was actually recorded several months prior) with both being uploaded to the Game Grumps channel on June 25th 2013. The addition of Steam Train to the channel added an extra video, making up a total of three per day. Ross and Dan co-hosted the show together, and on July 9th 2013 Arin was introduced on the show during their playthrough of Civilization V: Brave New World to act as another co-host as Dan was increasingly busy with both his Game Grumps schedule, and working on Ninja Sex Party and Starbomb (whose first album was released on December 17th 2013). 

Barry Kramer was later debuted as another co-host during the February 14th 2014 Steam Train episode, rebranded as Single Train for Valentine’s Day, as both Dan and Arin, the hosts for that episode were single at the time. On June 25th 2014, the first anniversary of Steam Train, they revamped things with a brand new intro sequence, starting with the video King’s Quest VI: The Land of the Green Isles – PART 1, the new sequence now featured Barry and Suzy Berhow (also known as Mortem3r) who herself would debut as a potential host on the episode, Mount Your Friends

Speaking of which Suzy is also the host of her own Let’s Play channel called KittyKatGaming and I’ve done some Top 10s for her channel as well which you can check out by clicking here and here.

The expansion of Steam Train beyond just Dan and Ross created a sub-series called Steam Rolled, which launched on August 23rd 2013 and involves a combination of any four players playing a variety of co-op or Versus games. Steam Train as a whole lasted from June 25th 2013 until December 30th 2016 when the last official episode was posted. The show ended (or at least went into an extended hiatus) because Ross was taking a less active role in Game Grumps in general to focus on his art and animation career and because the main Game Grumps channel had started featuring gameplay from Steam thus making Steam Train unnecessary. 

Just before we move on from Steam Train I’ve done Top 10s for the series and you can check them out here and here.

Steam Train was not the only series added to Game Grumps, on December 14th 2013 they introduced a new show called Table Flip which was produced by Polaris (a multi-channel network based on YouTube) and was hosted by Barry and Suzy, and instead of PC or Console games, focused on traditional board and card games, and utilising costumes and set pieces to give an old fashioned feel. Each episode of Table Flip featured various additional guests, such as other members of The Grumps such as Arin, Danny or Ross as well as other YouTubers such as Markiplier, Jirard The Completionist and Ashly Burch (speaking of which, I did a Top 10 list for Ashly’s show Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’? Which you can check out here). Table Flip ran until October 12th 2016 when the show was wrapped up due to Game Grumps separating from Polaris, who co-owned the show, this meant of course that they were unable to make any new episodes.

Grumpcade was another new show added to the channel, it debuted on January 14th 2015 and involved any combination of two to four of the Game Grumps hosting an episode, alongside special guests. It was the addition of these guests that meant in some ways Grumpcade was a more unofficial, relaxed version of Guest Grumps, a sub-series of the main channel where Arin and Dan (originally Jon) would invite a guest to play alongside them. But returning to Grumpcade, they focused on playing a variety of console games, in whatever configuration worked best for the recording. Functionally in terms of set up it is similar to that of Game Grumps (particularly Guest Grumps) or Steam Train (and Steam Rolled) but deviates because of the lack of fixed hosts. Notable guests on Grumpcade include Octopimp, Matt and Woolie of Super Best Friends, Oney, Jacksepticeye, Ding Dong and Comic Book Girl 19 just to name a few. Grumpcade lasted until January 6th 2018 when the last video was posted, since then it has either officially been wrapped up alongside the middle time slot it used to be posted on, or is at the very least on an extended hiatus. 

Shortly after Grumpcade first started, Game Grumps announced another project. In this case a whole new channel called ‘Grump Out’ with the first video Game Grumps Eat GROSS BEANS being released on February 20th 2015. This new channel allowed them to post a variety of content including live action comedy which did not fit on the main Game Grumps channel. The channel did not have a set schedule for post, instead content went up only when there was content to post. The main run of the channel went right up until November 28th 2018 when the last video Dream Daddy – Teaser Trailer went up (speaking of which I’ve reviewed Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator and you can check that out here) after which the channel went into hiatus. This pause continued until October 7th 2020 when they released the video TAKE THIS Egg Emperor!, this video also marked a shift in the type of content posted on the channel, which is now focused on smaller clips and compilations designed to promote the main channel. 

The live action comedy that was a vital part of the early Grump Out channel, was succeeded in spirit by a new series on the main channel called 10 Minute Power Hour. This series consists of face-cam live footage of Arin and Dan (and occasionally a guest) as they perform a variety of prompts or challenges. The first episode of the 10 Minute Power Hour, Grown Men Playing w/ Legos was released on April 3rd 2018. The channel released weekly from that point on a Monday right up until July 22nd 2019 with the video Pancakemon Art, after which from July 29th 2019 with the video Making art with Lite Brite is impossible the series was moved to a brand new channel called ‘The Grumps’ and has continued to be posted there ever since. Although as of the 22nd June 2020 the series is taking a temporary hiatus due to the Backstreet Boys Reunion Tour with Arin and Dan aiming to continue the series once it is safe to do so.

Speaking of which The Grumps, their newest channel debuted on July 26th 2019 and was created much as Grump Out before it as a place for content which was different from Game Grumps, such as live action comedy, which was why once the channel started 10 Minute Power Hour was moved to it. In addition to that series, they also have ‘Good Content’ which was for the first fifteen episodes untitled, and it featured a variety of content including The Grumps answering fan questions. However as of the episode Good Content HIATUS and upcoming special episodes?! which aired on January 30th 2020 the show is on an indefinite hiatus.

That pretty much brings us up to now, and I hope after having read all that you feel like you know a little bit more about Game Grumps. Now let’s move on to the Top 10 list which you can check out below.

The Actual List:

1. Mickey Mousecapade

This has appeared on multiple iterations of this list, and I think it’s at least partly because it was one of the first episodes I saw from Game Grumps and it was what really hooked me in as a viewer. Perhaps it’s also because it shows all of the different types of poop that Arin could list, but if I am being honest I think it’s because it shows without really trying, how strong the friendship is, and the undeniable chemistry between Arin and Dan. The video is also legitimately hilarious and it never fails to make me laugh no matter how many times I watch it. The video starts with Arin doing an impression of a stereotypical over the top game reviewer, and ends up spending the entire episode spewing a bunch of nonsensical and misogynistic things in that same character, as Dan tries to progress through the levels.

2. Action Girlz Racing

This episode has had me cry with laughter, it’s just so ridiculous, and watching Dan try his absolute hardest and still struggle to even complete the race. Now as someone who is self-admittedly terrible at racing games, I have sympathy for him during this play through but it did not stop me laughing at the sheer inability of Dan ‘360 No-Scope’ Avidan to even control his character, it’s also one of the episodes where their roles are switched and Dan is the ‘Grump’. 

3. HOW did they publish THIS? **CRAP GAME ALERT**

Despite the clickbaity title this was honestly a fantastic episode, it was also one of the first I saw since they increased the length of the videos from around 10-15 minutes to 30-40 minutes. I would have given this video a spot on the list just for featuring an adorable St. Bernard (albeit a poorly rendered one) but it more than earned its place because it’s also silly to the extreme, with the whole running joke about drive time radio during the pause menu and Arin throwing out a random name for a character only to be correct, at which point he just loses it. It’s super funny and even upon repeat watching is worth it. 

4. Dennis the Menace

This episode was obviously going to make the list, it is simply packed full of memorable moments and was another episode that I saw early on and it encouraged me to keep watching Game Grumps. This episode is just hilarious, I’ve probably watched it a hundred times already, speaking of which, if you haven’t already check out the impromptu rap from this video by clicking here. Another personal highlight of this video is Dan shouting that fish are impervious to time as the game glitches out during the pause menu, with everything freezing apart from fish swimming in fish tanks. This is another playthrough where it doesn’t feel too professional or forced, instead it just feels fun and honest and like we are back seat (or should that be couch) gaming with them. 

5. Endless Ocean

Is just an all around excellent and memorable playthrough which not only introduced me to the beautiful music of Hayley Westenra, but also managed to be both a really chill playthrough and one that was really funny. In particular, the finale of the episode was really something to watch and I suggest you check it out for yourself if you haven’t already. 

6. Press L to SUCK!

Much like The Stretchers elsewhere on this list, as soon as I saw this episode not only did I want this game but also knew I wanted it on this updated top 10. This playthrough is a lot of fun, and Arin, even when the game escalates in difficulty, seems to enjoy himself a lot. Also it’s a cute little Roomba. What’s not to like?

7. The Daring Game for Girls

Is another game much like Busy Scissors where it’s just low key and really chill, good for having on in the background but also has some genuinely funny moments as well. Dan and Arin seemingly make a point of trying to offset the good vibes of this game with morbid facts and other inappropriate imagery. But it all adds to the fun of the overall playthrough.

8. Busy Scissors

Considering not a great lot actually happens during this episode, it’s surprising how much I enjoy this episode. But honestly, it’s familiar and good background noise and it just tickles me. It’s not uproariously funny but it is thoroughly enjoyable. Plus it’s good to see that sometimes whether or not they are trying, a game will endeavour to screw them over. 

9. Dragging bodies around and throwing them into a car

I had plans to update this list before I saw this episode but as soon as I saw it I knew it was going to make it on here. Not only does this game look amazing, and I’ll be getting it the next time I have some spare money, but Dan and Arin are so very clearly having fun during this playthrough that it makes it engaging to watch. It’s also just silly and light and easy to digest. 

10. The Berenstain Bears On Their Own And You On Your Own

Is a novel little game for the Philips CD-i which is based on the children’s book series created by Stan and Jan Berenstain and continued by their son, Mike Berenstain. Dan and Arin in the loosest sense of the word played this game, although being honest they more or less just watched events unfold. But despite that, this was a genuinely funny and engaging play through, where Dan wonders aloud whether the Bears are Jewish on account of their last name, or just screamed ‘Take the Shot’, prompting the narrator to murder the titular bears. Overall It’s just a really chill episode that’s honestly so funny and rewarding to watch.

Honourable Mentions go to Tricked into playing Scary 90s FPS game, Hell’s Kitchen and Mario 35 : Mario Celebrates his Dirty Firth Birfday which I also really enjoyed but didn’t quite make the list.

So that was my Top 10 favourite Game Grumps One-offs during the Dan era of the channel and if you want to check them out for yourself and maybe find some favourites of you own then head on over to YouTube and check out the main channel, Game Grumps, their new channel, The Grumps and their misfit channel for random things, Grump Out.

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Also if you’re in the mood for Game Grumps but have no idea what to watch then use this neat little site, RandomGrump, which you can use to find a completely random episode or series from the backlog of Grumps content.

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