The Best Episodes Directed by Carl Franklin

Chapter 14

#1 - Chapter 14

House of Cards (US) Season 2 - Episode 1

The Underwoods tackle two threats that could bring their plans to ruin. Francis grooms his replacement as Whip. Claire goes on the offensive.

star 8.44
5996 votes
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Episode 9

#2 - Episode 9

MINDHUNTER Season 2 - Episode 9

The investigation zeroes in on a prime suspect who proves surprisingly adept at manipulating a volatile situation to his advantage.

star 8.16
1782 votes
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#3 - Certified

The Leftovers Season 3 - Episode 6

Laurie Garvey, a former therapist, must become one again as she heads to Australia to help Nora and Kevin along their paths.

star 8.12
2807 votes
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A Necessary Fiction

#4 - A Necessary Fiction

Rome Season 2 - Episode 8

Octavian proclaims a new era of virtue in Rome, a program that his family and subordinates find impossible to obey. Vorenus is sent on a mission after a missing shipment of gold to discover who mysteriously hijacked it on its way to the Roman treasury. Pullo's loss and rage are channeled against Memmio, Omnipor and their henchmen. Octavian pursues Livia as an "appropriate" bride, and issues Mark Antony an ultimatum he knows he can't refuse.

star 8.08
1961 votes
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Chapter 11

#5 - Chapter 11

House of Cards (US) Season 1 - Episode 11

Zoe extends her time away from The Hill while Francis tracks down Russo and engages in damage control.

star 8.05
5603 votes
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Episode 8

#6 - Episode 8

MINDHUNTER Season 2 - Episode 8

Red tape hinders Holden's plan to narrow his suspect pool. A weary and heartsick Bill tries to connect with his son. Wendy rethinks her relationship.

star 8.03
1763 votes
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Part 12

#7 - Part 12

Bloodline Season 1 - Episode 12

Danny’s past and present troubles became a threat to the Rayburns. Sally confronts her family.

star 8.00
875 votes
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Tape 5, Side B

#8 - Tape 5, Side B

13 Reasons Why Season 1 - Episode 10

A distraught Hannah gets a ride home from the party. Jessica's behavior grows increasingly erratic, and Clay learns the truth behind a tragedy.

star 7.99
3513 votes
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Tape 5, Side A

#9 - Tape 5, Side A

13 Reasons Why Season 1 - Episode 9

Hannah witnesses a traumatic event at a summertime party. Clay tries to reason with Justin, and Marcus warns him that the worst is yet to come.

star 7.97
3526 votes
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Chapter 10

#10 - Chapter 10

House of Cards (US) Season 1 - Episode 10

Claire fuels an old flame. Peter wrestles with his demons. Francis crosses the point of no return.

star 7.92
5746 votes
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Chapter 15

#11 - Chapter 15

House of Cards (US) Season 2 - Episode 2

Amid turmoil in the home, Frank takes office. Foreign relations become entangled as Durant's team bungles a meeting. As foes negotiate to thwart her, Jackie maneuvers to strengthen her position. Lucas acquires new skills in order to pursue his secret investigation.

star 7.90
5388 votes
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#12 - Guest

The Leftovers Season 1 - Episode 6

Nora takes care of some unfinished business in Mapleton before heading to New York for the Second Annual DROP conference (Departure Related Occupations and Practices). Agitated that her ID has been pinched, Nora, wearing a 'Guest' badge, scours the convention for her imposter, and ends up getting detoured by an amorous salesman, a best-selling author, and a rogue attendee.

star 7.85
3403 votes
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Off Ramp

#13 - Off Ramp

The Leftovers Season 2 - Episode 3

Laurie and Tom Garvey's work to rescue lost souls takes a toll on theirs. Laurie seeks to spread the word about the Guilty Remnant's dangers, while Tom's infiltration of the cult uncovers a whole new nest of problems.

star 7.85
2770 votes
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Rock and Roll Queen

#14 - Rock and Roll Queen

Vinyl Season 1 - Episode 9

After an unsettling visit with Devon and the kids, Richie weighs his options as the heat surrounding the Buck Rogers murder case is turned up. Thrown out of her aunt’s townhouse, Jamie crashes with Kip as the Nasty Bits finish their record and do a photo shoot. At American Century, Maury Gold pitches a ‘50s compilation LP, while Zak tries to fund a band for his wedding singer, Gary, aka “Xavier.” Clark and Jorge bond over an Indigo tune.

star 7.84
1016 votes
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Unintended Consequences

#15 - Unintended Consequences

The Newsroom (2012) Season 2 - Episode 4

Maggie tries to convince Rebecca that she’s fine following her shattering trip to Africa with Gary. An Occupy Wall Street protester with a Black Op lead refuses to cooperate with Neal and Jerry after an on-air interview with Will goes poorly. Jim lands Hallie a one-on-one, but gets heat from Mac as a result.

star 7.81
2033 votes
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#16 - Gerontion

Homeland Season 3 - Episode 7

With an old adversary in custody, Saul makes the gamble of his career. Carrie and Quinn scramble to contain a local police investigation, while Mira finds her marriage at a crossroads.

star 7.81
7704 votes
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Episode 6

#17 - Episode 6

MINDHUNTER Season 2 - Episode 6

The FBI officially sends the BSU to Atlanta to investigate the missing and murdered children. Wendy second-guesses her interview methods.

star 7.80
1762 votes
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Episode 7

#18 - Episode 7

MINDHUNTER Season 2 - Episode 7

Hitting a dead end, Holden suggests a bold plan to draw the killer out. Bill's family faces more scrutiny. Wendy chafes as her job begins to shift.

star 7.79
1743 votes
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#19 - Pilot

The Riches Season 1 - Episode 1

Through a set of unusual circumstances, the Malloy family assumes the identities of a wealthy family, the Riches, only to find that a glamorous life entails more than they expected.

star 7.79
146 votes
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#20 - Aloha

I Am the Night Season 1 - Episode 5

With an address in hand, Fauna and Jay head to Hawaii to find Tamar—where Fauna hopes to of find some answers about who she is. Jay hopes to discover why the Hodel story he wrote ruined his career.

star 7.78
329 votes
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#21 - Michael

Ray Donovan Season 5 - Episode 11

Ray searches for Frank Barnes in an attempt to get Bridget out of jail. Meanwhile in New York, Terry deals with the return of Damon's father and then takes care of Smitty at Bridget's request. Back in LA, Bunchy is hit with a heartbreaking confession from Teresa.

star 7.75
2079 votes
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Believe the Lie

#22 - Believe the Lie

The Riches Season 1 - Episode 2

Wayne has to find a way to pay for the family's new lifestyle. Dale is still after the Malloys.

star 7.75
110 votes
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#23 - Redux

Homeland Season 4 - Episode 7

Lockhart arrives. Carrie's investigation gets complicated.

star 7.74
5033 votes
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The Flitcraft Parable

#24 - The Flitcraft Parable

Chance Season 2 - Episode 3

D gaslights Winter in an attempt to make him open up to Chance in therapy and meets a girl in the process; with D’s guidance, Nicole confronts a bully.

star 7.72
433 votes
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The Mad Doctor

#25 - The Mad Doctor

Chance Season 1 - Episode 4

Chance and D begin surveillance of Blackstone, hoping to get hard evidence of his corruption. Chance’s desire to help Jaclyn veers into obsessive, making him question the mission and his own sanity.

star 7.72
1069 votes
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Part Five

#26 - Part Five

The Pacific Season 1 - Episode 5

Basilone’s celebrity grows as he travels across the country on the war bonds tour. On Pavuvu, Sledge, assigned to the 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, is briefly reunited with Phillips and Leckie rejoins his company. Sledge then gets his first taste of combat as he, Leckie, and the rest of the 1st Marine Division meet fierce Japanese resistance while landing on the intricately and heavily defended coral island of Peleliu.

star 7.65
5271 votes
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So You're Not an English Teacher

#27 - So You're Not an English Teacher

Good Behavior Season 1 - Episode 1

Out of prison early for good behavior, Letty Raines is trying to be a better person. But after she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man's wife, Letty sets out to derail the job while entangling herself in a dangerous relationship.

star 7.63
1454 votes
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Only the Best for Mrs. Diaz

#28 - Only the Best for Mrs. Diaz

Good Behavior Season 1 - Episode 2

Javier forces Letty to help carry out his next job by posing as his wife at an upscale resort. Letty befriends the target's wife as instructed, but when she tries to escape with the woman, her plan backfires, digging her into a much deeper hole.

star 7.62
1274 votes
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The Year of the Fin

#29 - The Year of the Fin

Magic City Season 1 - Episode 1

Ike Evans, owner of Miami's most glamorous hotel, needs his 1958 NYE concert to be a smash. He makes a deal with mobster Ben Diamond to ensure success that threatens his life and family.

star 7.61
1188 votes
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Day 1: Fade In

#30 - Day 1: Fade In

Ten Days in the Valley Season 1 - Episode 1

Emmy Award-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) stars in “Ten Days in the Valley” as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane’s world – and her controversial police TV show – implodes. Life imitates art: everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.

star 7.58
630 votes
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Queen's Gambit, Accepted

#31 - Queen's Gambit, Accepted

I Am the Night Season 1 - Episode 6

When Fauna hears what happened to Jimmy Lee, she frantically searches for a way home. As Watts explodes around her into chaotic riots, Fauna’s way out harbors a nightmarish trap. Jay stews in a cell that overflows with rioters, his options diminishing as the hours pass, until he hatches a desperate plan.

star 7.48
301 votes
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Episode 6

#32 - Episode 6

The Affair Season 1 - Episode 6

After Noah spends a night out with his best friend Max, he discovers there's more to Alison than he's been led to believe. At home, his wife Helen hopes to make the most of the family's time in Montauk. Meanwhile, Alison and her husband Cole work to keep the Lockharts from danger.

star 7.47
1251 votes
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Episode 5

#33 - Episode 5

The Affair Season 1 - Episode 5

As passions flare behind closed doors, Alison and Noah are forced to confront new obstacles at home. Alison gets a surprise visit from her estranged mother, Athena, while Noah struggles with the behavior of his daughter, Whitney.

star 7.40
1317 votes
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Live and Learn

#34 - Live and Learn

Falling Skies Season 1 - Episode 1

The world is left in tatters after a sudden, unprovoked and unexplained invasion by aliens, leaving the planet’s remaining human population to fight for survival against the occupiers. History professor Tom Mason has been named second in command for the 2nd Mass, but his real focus is on his three sons, one of whom has been captured by the aliens for an unknown purpose.

star 7.34
10244 votes
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