The Best Episodes Directed by Bob Balaban


#1 - Bugged

Alpha House Season 2 - Episode 8

After a break-in at the Alpha House, the NSA does a sweep, and gets suspicious -- which lands Robert a new covert mission. Meanwhile, Gil John goes to bat for the women's caucus bill, earning him a whole new following. And Louis's aides inspire him to publicly "evolve" on gay marriage, much to their chagrin.

star 8.69
100 votes
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Prayer Brunch

#2 - Prayer Brunch

Alpha House Season 1 - Episode 7

Rosalyn organizes a prayer brunch to celebrate Louis' homecoming from the hospital, but the Senators and their fellow Democrats find it difficult to set aside their differences. Aaron and Tammy's relationship continues to grow and Lola has a surprise in store for James.

star 8.37
183 votes
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#3 - Zingers

Alpha House Season 1 - Episode 6

Louis continues to gain constituent support as Shelby chronicles his recovery. Gil John faces Digger Mancusi in a town hall where he struggles to keep up with his polished and well-liked opponent, despite much help and coaching from Robert and Andy.

star 8.17
214 votes
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Go Your Own Way

#4 - Go Your Own Way

Swingtown Season 1 - Episode 5

Susan goes against Bruce's wishes when she decides to go to the fundraiser at the Deckers to help raise money for the star of the controversial film who is having legal trouble.

star 7.94
63 votes
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The Lost Hour

#5 - The Lost Hour

Eerie, Indiana Season 1 - Episode 10

Marshal doesn't like the Indiana practice of ignoring daylight savings time, and sets his clock back an hour anyway. When he wakes up the next day, nobody's around... except some very untalkative garbage men, intent on sending him though the trash compactor.

star 7.73
79 votes
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Great Men

#6 - Great Men

Oz Season 2 - Episode 3

Alvarez knows who raped Glynn's daughter, but refuses to tell the warden. Wangler is making progress at school, but his cellmate, Adebisi, isn't a fan of higher education. When Augustus Hill's judge is convicted of accepting bribes, Said takes up Hill's case to get him a second trial. Diagnosed with cancer, O'Reily goes to a hospital to get a prison-paid lumpectomy, which is cheaper than a mastectomy. The Aryans are losing credibility in Oz, so Schillinger arranges to have a tough named Vogel killed with Beecher being the next on the hit list. Finally, the prison is filled with excitement as a woman, Shirley Bellinger, arrives on death row to be executed.

star 7.63
685 votes
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Jerri is Only Skin Deep

#7 - Jerri is Only Skin Deep

Strangers with Candy Season 1 - Episode 9

Desperate to become homecoming queen, Jerri concocts some unique strategies to eliminate the competition.

star 7.38
16 votes
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Lizzard's Tale

#8 - Lizzard's Tale

Now and Again Season 1 - Episode 18

Theo takes Michael to a medical conference to get him out of his room and give him a chance for a change of routine. They meet Frederick lizard, an old friend of Theo's, who wants to headhunt Theo for his own organ finding business. He tells Theo that with the money he could supply him Theo's research would improve much faster than with government assistance. During a meal together Frederick puts two and two together and realizes that Theo's "research" is with him and wants to find out more about Michael.

star 7.19
36 votes
Marshall's Theory of Believability

#9 - Marshall's Theory of Believability

Eerie, Indiana Season 1 - Episode 11

A professor renowned as an authority on the supernatural comes to Eerie to observe an extraterrestrial object he believes will land here. Marshall immediately sees an opportunity to blow the lid of the Eerie weirdness; but is the professor really all that he claims to be.

star 7.13
69 votes
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Zombies in P.J.s

#10 - Zombies in P.J.s

Eerie, Indiana Season 1 - Episode 17

Facing bankruptcy due to a possible audit, Radford welcomes a new partner – The Donald. His aggressive ad camping has customers sleepwalking to the World 'o Stuff's midnight madness sale, buying anything in sight on credit. Just sign on the dotted line...

star 7.06
69 votes
Phillip's Birthday Party

#11 - Phillip's Birthday Party

Maude Season 6 - Episode 6

Maude chaperons Phillip's birthday party and finds herself in the middle of "sex, drugs and rock and roll."

star 7.00
4 votes
The Pharaoh's Curse

#12 - The Pharaoh's Curse

The Twilight Zone (2002) Season 1 - Episode 37

A young magician becomes the protege of an elderly conjurer to learn the secret of an impossible escape - The Pharaoh's Curse.

star 6.81
86 votes
Future Trade

#13 - Future Trade

The Twilight Zone (2002) Season 1 - Episode 21

A man with a dead-end job and a dysfunctional family is lured into trading his future for that of a seemingly privileged man with his trophy wife.

star 6.58
66 votes
Fine Tuning

#14 - Fine Tuning

Amazing Stories Season 1 - Episode 7

Teenager (Andy) is working on a science project to intercept distant television signals but inadvertently tunes into a series of alien broadcasts...aliens who have mimicked old b&w TV shows such as "I Love Lucy." Andy and his friends tune in on a newscast saying three alien explorers are travelling to Earth on an expedition to meet their inspiration. Andy and his friends find the aliens - who easily stand out - and decide to take them on a tour of Hollywood, but the aliens are disappointed to learn that they can't bring anyone (such as Milton Berle) back with them. Finally, Andy digs up some aging vaudeville entertainers from a retirement home who are glad to go back with the aliens and entertain them.

star 6.35
130 votes
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