After the Super Bowl airs another game begins: How many viewers can a network hold on to for their post-game programming? Often that means loading up a hit TV show with flashy guest stars, and this year is no different. Fox is airing episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine after the Super Bowl, and while New Girl will be graced by his holy purpleness himself—Prince—Brooklyn Nine-Nine gets Adam Sandler.
Not all celebrity cameos are created equal, though. In honor of yet another glitzy Super Bowl lead-out, let's rank the post-super bowl episodes by their use of famous people.
10. Glee - "The Sue Sylvester Shuffle"
Throwing Katie Couric into the end of the episode as herself to interview Sue Sylvester—who has been named Loser of the Year—does not a great cameo make. Plus, as she had already proved on Will & Grace years earlier, Couric seems awkward reading the jokey dialogue.
9. The Simpsons (2005) - "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass"
In their second of two post-Super Bowl appearances, The Simpsons were already in their 16th season, and thus well into the downside of its long, loooong existence. At this point, guest stars were not only not novel for the show, they were dreadfully cliché. The usual big sports names you might have expected from 2005—Tom Brady, Lebron James, Michelle Kwan, Yao Ming—didn't really provide much spark.
8. House - "Frozen"
Fox's #1 drama at the time got a shot at the brass ring with a post-Super Bowl episode set in icy Antarctica and starring an Academy Award winner! George Clooney? No. Cate Blanchett? No. Daniel Day-Lewis? No. Roberto Benigni? No. We could honestly go on like this for hours before arriving at Mira Sorvino. She's not even the highlight of the episode, as a character has to end up drinking urine (Sorvino's character's urine, granted) in order to help House make a diagnosis.