The BEST episodes directed by Brian Kirk

Virgin Territory
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8.99
89 votes

#1 - Virgin Territory

The Riches - Season 1 - Episode 7

Stunned by the news of Earl's death, a grieving Dahlia and her family head back to camp, where Dale looks to settle old scores with Wayne, while Ginny schemes to tie the knot between Di Di and Ken.

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And They Were Enemies
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8.18
2524 votes

#2 - And They Were Enemies

Penny Dreadful - Season 2 - Episode 10

Vanessa has to use all of her strength to try and defeat the demon.

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The Nightcomers
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8.15
2557 votes

#3 - The Nightcomers

Penny Dreadful - Season 2 - Episode 3

In a flashback, Vanessa meets The Cut-Wife, who teaches her how to harness her powers. Isolated at her lonely cottage on the moors, The Cut-Wife quickly realizes the extent of Vanessa’s powers and warns her of the danger that lies ahead and the evil that pursues her.

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And Hell Itself My Only Foe
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8.14
2364 votes

#4 - And Hell Itself My Only Foe

Penny Dreadful - Season 2 - Episode 9

Back in London, Vanessa and Ethan learn that Sir Malcolm is in danger. Desperate to save him, Vanessa goes alone to battle Evelyn. Ethan heads out to Evelyn’s mansion with Frankenstein, Sembene and Lyle. Lily reveals her true self to Dorian.

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Ace and Claire Tour a Horse Farm
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8.08
332 votes

#5 - Ace and Claire Tour a Horse Farm

Luck - Season 1 - Episode 7

Ace has a relaxing visit to the prison-outreach retirement farm for horses, but Nathan Israel has a rougher time trying to persuade Ace's new partners of his boss' sincerity. Meanwhile, Walter discusses Gettin' Up Morning's ownership with a lawyer and decides on his next rider; Jerry teams up with a card dealer to play their way into a poker tournament; Lonnie makes a solo claim on another horse; and Rosie asks Joey for representation.

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The Wolf and the Lion
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8.04
25969 votes

#6 - The Wolf and the Lion

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 5

Incensed over news of Daenerys’ alliance with the Dothrakis, Robert orders a preemptive strike on the Targaryens that drives a wedge in his relationship with Ned. A captive Tyrion helps Catelyn, but receives a cold reception at the Eyrie from her sister, Jon Arryn’s widow Lysa. Sansa is charmed by the dashing Ser Loras Tyrell, a.k.a. the Knight of Flowers. Arya overhears a plot against her father.

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Bent Moon On The Rise
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8.00
36 votes

#7 - Bent Moon On The Rise

Murphy's Law (2001) - Season 2 - Episode 2

Parmer, a promising young police officer, has apparently committed suicide. Murphy is sent undercover to find out whether he was a victim of racist bullying.

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The Goodbye Look
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8.00
34 votes

#8 - The Goodbye Look

Murphy's Law (2001) - Season 3 - Episode 1

Murphy is out posing as a criminal armourer to make an arrest. During the set-up he recognises Caz Miller, a man known for his connections to criminal gang leader and known cop-killer Dave Callard. Miller tells Murphy that he wants to kill another gang member called Richard Holloway. Murphy stops the planned arrest because he thinks he can gain Callard's trust and infiltrate the entire criminal organisation to take everyone out.

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Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things
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7.97
26109 votes

#9 - Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 4

Ned looks for clues to the death of his predecessor, and uncovers one of King Robert’s bastards. Robert and his guests witness a tournament honoring Ned. Jon takes measures to protect Sam from further abuse at Castle Black; a frustrated Viserys clashes with Daenerys in Vaes Dothrak; Sansa imagines her future as a queen, while Arya envisions a far different future. Catelyn rallies her husband’s allies to make a point, while Tyrion finds himself caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Lord Snow
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7.96
27352 votes

#10 - Lord Snow

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 3

Arriving at King’s Landing, Ned is shocked to learn of the Crown’s profligacy from his new advisors. At Castle Black, Jon Snow impresses Tyrion at the expense of greener recruits. Suspecting the Lannisters had a hand in Bran’s fall, Catelyn covertly follows her husband to King’s Landing, where she is intercepted by Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. “Littlefinger,” a shrewd longtime ally and brothel owner. Cersei and Jaime ponder the implications of Bran’s recovery; Arya studies swordsmanship. On the road to Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.

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Episode 2
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7.85
223 votes

#11 - Episode 2

Great Expectations (2011) - Season 1 - Episode 2

Pip starts his new life as a gentleman in London, quickly acquiring expensive tastes and mounting debts. He falls deeper in love with Estella and escorts her around town. As his twenty-first birthday approaches, Pip waits for his benefactor and their intentions to be revealed.

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Little Scorpion
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7.85
2390 votes

#12 - Little Scorpion

Penny Dreadful - Season 2 - Episode 7

Not feeling safe in London, Vanessa and Ethan flee to the Cut-Wife’s cottage on the lonely moors. While there, Vanessa and Ethan settle into a domestic life as they draw closer together until a figure from her dark past resurfaces. Meanwhile back in London, Lyle and Frankenstein uncover even more disturbing information from the Verbis Diablo relics. We soon discover that Lily isn’t what she appears to be.

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Ace Forces Escalante to Swap Jockeys
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7.80
448 votes

#13 - Ace Forces Escalante to Swap Jockeys

Luck - Season 1 - Episode 5

Ace takes the reins when Escalante surprises Gus with his decision to race Pint of Plain with an inexperienced jockey in the horse's debut. Meanwhile, Marcus delves into the meaning of his friendship with Jerry; and Claire accompanies Ace to the track after accepting his very generous donation.

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Hold Me in Paradise
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7.80
4805 votes

#14 - Hold Me in Paradise

Boardwalk Empire - Season 1 - Episode 8

Nucky visits Chicago for the Republican National Convention, where he finds himself intrigued by the candidacy of Warren G. Harding over more established candidates. The D'Alessio gang moves in on Nucky's territory at the expense of Eli, who has been watching over his brother's affairs. Margaret finds herself entangled in Nucky's business affairs, while Van Alden struggles with his wife's desire for a child. Rothstein prepares for legal trouble over his role in fixing the 1919 World Series. Nucky asks Jimmy to return to Atlantic City to reinforce his position.

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Episode 1
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7.78
4580 votes

#15 - Episode 1

Luther - Season 1 - Episode 1

Luther returns to work after a traumatic arrest to investigate the murder of a former child genius's parents, and quickly deduces that their daughter is responsible. However, unable to find evidence to convict, he becomes embroiled in a battle of wits with the suspect - who has set her sights on him and his estranged wife.

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Episode 3
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7.78
222 votes

#16 - Episode 3

Great Expectations (2011) - Season 1 - Episode 3

Pip wants nothing to do with Magwitch and rushes to confront Miss Havisham. At Satis House he learns that Estella may be lost to him. Back in London, Wemmick warns him that the penalty for Magwitch's return from Australia will be hanging. Now Pip must help him escape.

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Episode 2
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7.73
3750 votes

#17 - Episode 2

Luther - Season 1 - Episode 2

A gunman begins murdering uniformed police officers, prompting the detective to taunt the killer on TV in the hope of inspiring him to turn his anger on him and come out into the open. To his horror, Luther also learns that Alice Morgan has been investigating his past - and is threatening to tell Zoe what she has discovered.

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Remains to Be Seen
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7.69
7131 votes

#18 - Remains to Be Seen

Dexter - Season 4 - Episode 2

Dexter misplaces evidence which could expose his secret. Meanwhile, Miami Metro must juggle two serial killers at the same time, as the Vacation Murders might bring the city's tourism industry to a grinding halt.

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The Big Floss
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7.69
35 votes

#19 - The Big Floss

The Riches - Season 1 - Episode 5

Wayne must deal with legal arcana in an eminent-domain case and Dahlia gets a job for which she is equally qualified: a dental hygienist. Ginny catches up to the Malloys, which means Dale is probably not far behind.

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True Love
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7.62
1306 votes

#20 - True Love

The Tudors - Season 1 - Episode 6

An increasingly confident Henry VIII grows dissatisfied with the Catholic Church's progress with his petition for an annulment of his marriage, making Cardinal Wolsey further vulnerable to conspirators.

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Strongbox
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7.60
5 votes

#21 - Strongbox

Murphy's Law (2001) - Season 3 - Episode 3

Murphy tries to get counterfeit Euros for Callard, and asks fellow undercover officer Jill Calder for help. She has infiltrated an organisation that is printing the fake money. Together they try to set up a deal for both their clients and plan to make the big arrest during the handover.

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Episode 1
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7.60
258 votes

#22 - Episode 1

Great Expectations (2011) - Season 1 - Episode 1

A terrifying encounter on the marshes with an escaped convict and a summons from the mysterious Miss Havisham change orphan Pip's life forever. He dares to believe he might be destined for a future beyond the marshes - a future linked to that of the beautiful Estella.

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Arise, My Lord
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7.49
1437 votes

#23 - Arise, My Lord

The Tudors - Season 1 - Episode 5

Henry is stunned by a reversal in his alliance with Charles V and forced to look elsewhere for European support, while an insulted Anne Boleyn refuses his offer of permanent mistress status, inflaming his desire to marry her.

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The Sun, The Moon, The Truth
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7.47
429 votes

#24 - The Sun, The Moon, The Truth

Hard Sun - Season 1 - Episode 1

Unruly police detective DCI Charlie Hicks is deeply suspicious of his new partner DI Elaine Renko. But their first investigation exposes a secret that will connect them for life.

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Vivekchaudamani: 51
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7.45
102 votes

#25 - Vivekchaudamani: 51

Brotherhood - Season 1 - Episode 10

When the Caffee's father shows up, he tries to get the boys to help him by threatening to sell the family home.

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One Thousand, Eight Hundred Days
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7.43
379 votes

#26 - One Thousand, Eight Hundred Days

Hard Sun - Season 1 - Episode 2

Renko persuades a newspaper to publish the Hard Sun dossier. The government shuts down the story but the detectives investigate a killer for whom the 'Hard Sun hoax' is very real.

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Down in the Flood 3:5-6
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7.40
73 votes

#27 - Down in the Flood 3:5-6

Brotherhood - Season 2 - Episode 2

As Tommy begins his re-election campaign, he turns to his sister, Mary-Kate, rather than Eileen for support. Colin Carr, Tommy and Michael’s estranged Irish cousin, returns to Providence – an event Rose views with deep distrust. Michael and Moe team up for a truck heist while Declan and Cassie have dinner with Cassie’s parents.

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The Aquarium
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7.11
640 votes

#28 - The Aquarium

Rogue - Season 1 - Episode 1

Tragedy strikes the Travis family. Tom tries keeping the family together. Grace convinces Jimmy he has a traitor in his organization. Mitch hesitates to help Grace. Jimmy discovers his money is missing. Max returns home. Jimmy and Grace make a deal.

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Jack's Back
star
7.00
37 votes

#29 - Jack's Back

Murphy's Law (2001) - Season 2 - Episode 1

The hunt for a serial killer who is stalking London’s West End becomes personal for Murphy when tragedy strikes at the heart of the investigation.

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