HBO’s hit dramedy Girls returns Sunday, January 11 for its fourth season, which like the others is bound to hit a little too close to home for comfort. Season 1 of Girls was EVERYTHING, season 2 a little random and season 3 was back on track with a ton of familiar theatre faces. Below, we look back on these guest stars and rank their appearances (Note: Andrew Rannells is a real character, he doesn’t count so he’s not #1.).
23. Bob Balaban as Dr. Rice
Always a pleasure, Dr.
22. Director Sam Gold as himself
21. T. Oliver Reid as Gerald
20. Kobi Libii as Kobi
The ‘CQ/CX’ and ‘Really Really’ star made a brief cameo at the bar for Hannah’s bday. He broke the news to Ray that Shosh had most definitely moved on.
19. Jon Bass as Mo
‘This Book of Mormon’ vet had a giggling fit as well-meaning publisher assistant Mo.
18. Evan Jonigkeit as Parker
‘Really Really’ and ‘Snow Geese’ hunk shared a few episodes with gf Zosia Mamet as Shoshana’s super dumb piece.
17. Marsha Stephanie Blake as the Publisher
‘Joe Turner’s Come & Gone’ & ‘Hurt Village’ star was too fierce for words as Hannah’s publisher.
16. Reed Birney as Peter
Tony nominee Reed Birney played Patti LuPone’s fictional husband, and it was awesome.
15. Amir Arison as Kevin Mimma
14. Felicity Jones as Dot
Film star and stage actress made a great impression as Dot, the sickly daughter to Jessa’s bf (?) Jasper.
13. Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Desi
This six-time off-Broadway vet made hearts (mostly Marnie’s) skip a beat as Desi and it looks like he’s here to stay in season 4.
12. Louise Lasser as Beadie
11. Sarah Steele as Rebecca
You just know Hannah had to have a bitchy cousin like Rebecca.
10. Debra Monk as Dr. Sterns
This Tony winner went from “Everybody’s Girl” to just plain ‘Girls’ and it was just delicious.
9. Jennifer Westfeldt as Annalise Pressler-Goings
This Tony nominee just nailed her brief cameo as John Cameron Mitchell’s character’s widow.
8. Rita Wilson as Evie Michaels
Meeting the mom of Marnie was a tall order, but this ‘Fish in the Dark’ star was absolutely the woman who raised Marnie Michaels.
7. June Squibb as Grandma Flo
Oscar nominee June Squibb (who played Electra in the original run of ‘Gypsy’) kept it real as dying Grandma Flo.
6. Michael Zegen as Joe
‘Bad Jews’ star Michael Zegen was so good and so likable. Can’t he replace Charlie and be there for always?
5. John Cameron Mitchell as David-Pressler Goings
OMG seeing the ‘Hedwig’ creator and star dancing, trolling Grindr, bar fighting and then quickly dying #Priceless
4. Amy Morton as Sissy
Two-time Tony nominee Amy Morton was going through it as Aunt Sissy as only this Steppenwolf treasure could.
3. Gaby Hoffmann as Caroline Sackler
Adult language warning; after all, it’s not TV, it’s HBO.
2. Patti LuPone as Herself
Season three will always be remembered by show queens who watch ‘Girls’ as The Season of Patti.
1. Deirdre Lovejoy as Margot
So how come Patti isn’t number 1 then? Because ‘Lucky Guy’ alum Deirdre Lovejoy was out-of-this-world good. Go back and watch the full Flo episode now.