A TV show rarely comes along and shakes me to my core, as RAMY did. When season two was released, I called it a “comedic version of MANARI.” With the release of season three, the themes may still be similar, but it has more to do with the awkwardness of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, mixed with RESERVATION DOGS insights.
I wasn’t sure if RAMY could pull off another ten episodes after its excellent second season. Yet, the show surprised me by becoming an essential series about Egyptians, Muslims, Americans, and… all of us.
Here’s my breakdown of S3’s episodes from best to good:
1. E9 A BLANKET ON THE TELEVISION
Everything comes full “circle” in E9 as Ramy confesses he wants to be a good person in one of two Emmy-worthy performances. The other performance is courtesy of Uncle Naseem (Laith Nakli), who’s grappling with his faith and what it means to have gay feelings.
Best quote: “Religion is making it worse. They say they believe in God, but I think they’re just anxious about God. And I am too, but it just pushes me to do all this shit.”
2. E10 WE GAVE IT ALL UP FOR HOT DOGS
RAMY’s third season closes out strong with the families figuring out how to re-accept Religion in various failed ways. Despite living in the U.S. for thirty-five years, Ramy’s family still feels like visitors. That alienating theme is also explored in-depth in this emotionally satisfying finale.
Best quote: “We taught you how to swim, but never really let you swim.”
3. E6 AMERICAN LIFE COACH
Farouk (Amr Waked) returns to Egypt, and the show boldly explores Palestine abortions and the shame Muslims have around sex.
Best quote: “Sometimes I don’t know what I believe, but I really wanna feel like I’m doing something special. Something that’s mine and not put on me.”
4. E3 LIMOGES
Usually, the best RAMY episodes feature the supporting cast. This one luckily focuses on his father, Farouk, and mother, Maysa (Hiam Abbas). Their comedic chemistry helps as the sadness of their work reality gets even bleaker.
Best quote: Regarding Obama, “He’s serving his third term on Spotify.”
5. E1 HARRY POTTER
Ramy can’t get it up and takes a risk on a business venture that might mess up his life.
Best quote: “We (Muslims) share a deep Christmasless.” Ramy speaks to the fact that Jews and Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas.
6. E2 EGYPTIAN CIGARETTES
Swipe right on this episode that takes Ramy to Israel, where his decisions have a domino effect that connects all of S3.
Best quote: Ramy telling a holocaust survivor, “congratulations.” 🤦♂️
7. E8 MERCHANTS IN MEDINA
A mostly funny episode that satirizes the Muslim faith.
Best quote: ‘The Quran is the original blockchain.”
8. E7 SECOND OPINION DOCTOR
This shit just got real as we got an episode focused on Mo (Mohammed Amer) trying to trust his “gut.”
Best quote: “F*ck Joe Rogan.”
9. E5 BAD Momma
The family pressure mixed with the Muslim Religion continues to but heads in an episode that gives Dena (May Calamawy) a chance to shine.
Best quote: “I don’t care about your halal/haraam ratio.”
10. E4 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID
The closest thing to a bad episode of RAMY.
Best quote: “You can be six different genders, but you have to be a Democrat.”
Pay off some “spiritual debt,” and wish Ramy Youssef a “good congratulations” for delivering one of the best TV shows of 2022.