The Best Episodes Directed by Alan Poul

Days of Small Surrenders

#1 - Days of Small Surrenders

Tales of the City Season 4 - Episode 8

In a flashback to the 1960s, Anna arrives in San Francisco, befriends some trans women and starts dating a man. But she soon finds her loyalties tested.

star 8.61
44 votes
Election Night (2)

#2 - Election Night (2)

The Newsroom (2012) Season 2 - Episode 9

As Election Night 2012 winds down, Will and Charlie await a decision from Reese that may impact their future at ACN, and that of the entire senior staff. Sloan learns the identity of the anonymous winning bidder for her book. Don discusses a countersuit against Jerry with Rebecca. Neal turns to Hallie for help giving Mac a parting gift. Jim tries to make peace with Lisa, encouraging Maggie to do the same. Will has a revelation while Charlie is sharing his.

star 8.39
2110 votes
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#3 - Pilot

Swingtown Season 1 - Episode 1

Susan and Bruce have moved their family to a more affluent neighborhood in a suburb of Chicago to try to find a different, unique sense of community that they have not felt yet. Little do they know, they have stepped into the world of swingers and the American sexual revolution.

star 8.37
44 votes
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What Kind of Day Has It Been?

#4 - What Kind of Day Has It Been?

The Newsroom (2012) Season 3 - Episode 6

Series Finale: A sudden death leads Will and Mac to ponder the milestones that transformed the newsroom, and look ahead towards ACN's uncertain future. Maggie lands a field-producer interview in Washington; Neal's digital site is shut down for repairs; Leona offers sage advice to Pruit.

star 8.31
1497 votes
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I'll Try to Fix You

#5 - I'll Try to Fix You

The Newsroom (2012) Season 1 - Episode 4

Will becomes tabloid fodder after a confrontation with a gossip columnist on New Year's Eve, which threatens to undermine his credibility on a current news investigation. Meanwhile, Don urges Maggie to set Jim up on a date with her roommate; Mac's boyfriend pitches a story about the government's inability to prosecute financial crimes; and Neal tries out his Bigfoot theory on anyone who will listen.

star 8.25
2723 votes
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Main Justice

#6 - Main Justice

The Newsroom (2012) Season 3 - Episode 3

Leona and Reece look to raise cash in order to salvage ACN and thwart Blair and Randy. Will gets a surprise at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Charlie trades visions with her ACN suitor. Maggie's EPA scoop makes it to News Night. Sloan and Don try to keep their relationship a secret from a new HR veep.

star 8.19
1540 votes
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The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate

#7 - The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate

The Newsroom (2012) Season 1 - Episode 9

The "News Night" staff host a mock debate for two Republican Party officials; a power outage energizes Mac's thought process; Charlie evaluates an intelligence-agency insider's reliability; Lisa does an on-air interview; Neal poses as an Internet troll.

star 8.05
2473 votes
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Nobody Sleeps

#8 - Nobody Sleeps

Six Feet Under Season 3 - Episode 4

Robert Lamar Giffin 1955 - 2003 A room full of men are watching an old movie and one man is cuddled up with Robert, who is attached to an IV. The last thing Robert does is laugh with his head on his lover's shoulder. Nate is having strange nightmares about what his future might bring him. Lisa is planning a major birthday dinner for Ruth, but everything will not turn out as planned. Bettina and Ruth spend some more time together, during which Bettina shows Ruth some of the better sides of life. The lover of the deceased wants to make something spectacular for his lover, and is allowed to do so. Claire ends up at a bar with her teacher, and he is flirting with her. Russell reveals something that Claire did not expect.

star 7.98
662 votes
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The Rats

#9 - The Rats

Grace and Frankie Season 4 - Episode 12

As Grace and Frankie deal with a major disaster in their home, they each keep secrets from other family members. Everyone attends Robert's play.

star 7.98
335 votes
First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers

#10 - First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers

The Newsroom (2012) Season 2 - Episode 1

Will and the "News Night" staff are questioned by their lawyer about a story they've aired that's become a network crisis. An on-air remark by Will has him pulled from 9/11 anniversary coverage. Jim volunteers to cover for an embed reporter on the Romney campaign and Neal investigates the beginnings of Occupy Wall Street.

star 7.89
2149 votes
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That's My Dog

#11 - That's My Dog

Six Feet Under Season 4 - Episode 5

Anne Marie Thornton 1966 - 2004 On the way home from retrieving a body, David picks up a hitchhiker, who then takes him for a ride. At the funeral home, Ruth plans to match her friend Becky, a cashier at the Fabric Shop and George's son Kyle up as a couple which George feels uncomfortable talking about. He believes she is meddling and to worry about her own children. Nate attends a Bereavement Support Group which offers little comfort. Brenda discusses her relationship with Joe to her mother Margaret over lunch. Federico attempts to break ties with Sophia, who asks that they should go out on a date.

star 7.88
655 votes
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These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero

#12 - These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero

Rome Season 2 - Episode 3

Brutus and Cassius struggle to raise foreign armies to oppose the Cesarean party. Mark Antony's plans to change his post-consul proconsular governorship from Macedonia to Gaul are derailed when Cicero delivers an in-absentia message to the Senate, and throws his support behind Octavian. Vorenus struggles to contain an all-out gang war in the Aventine Collegium, of his own making,that he blames on Pullo. In the house of the Julii, Octavia passes the hours in a drug induced daze, while a duplicitous youth named Duro, planted amongst the Julii by Servilia, looks for the chance to set a deadly plan in motion.

star 7.87
2007 votes
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Love Will Find a Way

#13 - Love Will Find a Way

Swingtown Season 1 - Episode 2

Bruce's great day is capped off by going to a party with his wife Susan. Janet begins to understand how great her friendship with Susan can be.

star 7.86
37 votes
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News Night with Will McAvoy

#14 - News Night with Will McAvoy

The Newsroom (2012) Season 2 - Episode 5

Will is distracted during his telecast by a phone call and an unflattering Twitter post. Charlie gets a visit from a longtime friend at the Office of Naval Intelligence, who has knowledge of Operation Genoa. Sloan phases from humiliation to rage following a revenge posting. The newsroom traverses the slippery slope separating fact from fiction.

star 7.80
2023 votes
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Time Flies

#15 - Time Flies

Six Feet Under Season 5 - Episode 4

Lila Simonds Coolidge 1909 - 2005 Brenda is disturbed by Nate's reaction to her latest news; Ruth shares her feelings about George with her knitting circle; David and Keith "propose" to Mary and meet Roger's equally unconventional family; Rico is shocked at how Vanessa and the boys are doing; frustrated, George shares a beer and a song with Billy, whose recent behavior repulses Claire; and Nate comes home to an unpleasant surprise.

star 7.73
548 votes
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#16 - Egeria

Rome Season 1 - Episode 6

When Caeser finds himself outnumbered by Pompey's legions, he asks Antony to join the fight. Marc Antony is having fun in his new political life while he ponders a counter-offer from Pompey. Atia urges Octavian to take another step toward manhood. Vorenus and Niobe try to bring passion back to their marriage.

star 7.71
2283 votes
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She Messy

#17 - She Messy

Tales of the City Season 4 - Episode 2

Mary Ann decides to stay in San Francisco and tell Shawna the truth. Jake and Margot face a crossroads in their relationship. Anna meets a new man.

star 7.66
41 votes
The Secret

#18 - The Secret

Six Feet Under Season 2 - Episode 10

Benjamin Srisai 1935 - 2002 Karla has a secret that will affect Keith and David. Ruth prepares to move ahead with Nikolai. Brenda faces anxiety about the engagement.

star 7.62
619 votes
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#19 - Pilot

Perception Season 1 - Episode 1

Neuroscience professor Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) is recruited by a former student, FBI Agent Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook), to help out on a case involving the death of a pharmaceutical executive. But Daniel's schizophrenic hallucinations could potentially derail the investigation.

star 7.55
2130 votes
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Coming Home

#20 - Coming Home

Tales of the City Season 4 - Episode 1

After two decades away, Mary Ann arrives in San Francisco for Anna Madrigal's 90th birthday party. But not everyone is happy to see her.

star 7.51
49 votes
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Taking Lumps

#21 - Taking Lumps

The Big C Season 1 - Episode 6

Cathy needs a lump on her butt removed and someone to pick her up after surgery. She asks Marlene, who becomes disoriented - so Lenny picks up Cathy instead. Sean moves into Cathy's backyard because he got beat up on the streets. Paul and Adam win the local bathtub races. The event brings Cathy and Paul back together, but at the point of reconciliation, Paul confesses to an indiscretion with Tina and Cathy rejects the reunion. Meanwhile, Andrea breaks into the school and destroys the mural Lenny painted.

star 7.37
829 votes
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Take It To The Limit

#22 - Take It To The Limit

Swingtown Season 1 - Episode 13

During Trina and Tom's annual end of the summer clambake and key party, the neighborhood couples confront relationship-changing decisions.

star 7.33
9 votes
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Where There's a Will

#23 - Where There's a Will

Big Love Season 1 - Episode 11

Both Bill and Barb get social recognition as Barb is selected as a finalist for a "Mother of the Year" award and Bill is asked to become a member of the Salt Lake City Leadership League. Meanwhile, the sister-wives draw up their wills, and Rhonda gets to know what life outside the compound is like for teenage girls when she hangs out with Sarah and Heather.

star 7.23
331 votes
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Two For The Road

#24 - Two For The Road

The Big C Season 1 - Episode 7

Cathy and Sean hit the open road to visit their dad. During the trip, Cathy tells Sean she has cancer. Sean falls apart at the news, so Cathy pretends it was a big joke. Adam gets drunk while under the supervision of Paul. Marlene finds Adam on the front lawn puking. Marlene will keep it a secret, but Adam is in further servitude to her.

star 7.22
720 votes
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#25 - Puzzlerama

Swingtown Season 1 - Episode 8

Trina throws her annual "Puzzlerama" party where the clues for the game are the neighborhoods darkest secrets.

star 7.03
34 votes
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#26 - Reunion

Big Love Season 2 - Episode 3

Nicki goes back to the compound for a family reunion, bringing Bill with her, where they find out the extent of Roman's betrayal of their family. Barb is annoyed by Margene and Ben's behavior. Meanwhile, Alby disobeys his father.

star 7.03
305 votes
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#27 - Pilot

GCB Season 1 - Episode 1

After her marriage ends in scandal, Amanda Vaughn returns to her hometown with her two teenagers, but not everyone is happy to see her.

star 6.87
421 votes
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#28 - Katarina

The Eddy Season 1 - Episode 7

While the band records with Franck Lévy, Katarina struggles under the weight of family obligations and regret. Julie and Sim decide to start fresh.

star 0.00
0 votes
The Eddy

#29 - The Eddy

The Eddy Season 1 - Episode 8

As Elliot prepares for his return to the stage, Julie's mother arrives in Paris, Amira's brother drops by with a warning, and Sami turns up the heat.

star 0.00
0 votes
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