The Best Episodes Directed by Daniel Minahan


#1 - Ecotone

Six Feet Under Season 5 - Episode 9

Lawrence Hall Matheson 1971 - 2005 David and Keith begin to feel comfortable in their roles as parents to Durrell and Anthony. Claire shares a common interest with co-worker Ted. Brenda faces common truths. Federico finally understands Vanessa. Feeling liberated after leaving George, Ruth goes camping with Hiram. Nate is checked into the hospital, while the rest of the family (except for Ruth, who is unreachable) waits to hear news from the doctors. Nate enters a brief coma after an operation to repair the damage from his AVM. He appears to be on the path to recovery when he suddenly dies, with only David by his side.

star 8.36
627 votes
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Big Man in Tehran

#2 - Big Man in Tehran

Homeland Season 3 - Episode 11

Brody's loyalty to the mission wavers when he meets a ghost from his past. As Lockhart's confirmation looms, Saul stares into the precipice between success and failure.

star 8.26
7602 votes
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A Golden Crown

#3 - A Golden Crown

Game of Thrones Season 1 - Episode 6

Reinstated as the Hand, Ned sits for the King while Robert is on a hunt. Ned issues a decree that could have long-term consequences throughout the Seven Kingdoms. At the Eyrie, Tyrion confesses to his "crimes," and demands that Lysa give him a trial by combat. Joffrey apologizes to Sansa. Viserys receives his final payment for Daenerys from Drogo.

star 8.23
25073 votes
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You Win or You Die

#4 - You Win or You Die

Game of Thrones Season 1 - Episode 7

Explaining that the future of the Lannisters is at stake, Tywin presses Jaime to “be the man you were meant to be” as they prepare for battle. Ned confronts Cersei about the secrets that killed Jon Arryn. With the fate of the missing Benjen very much on his mind, Jon takes his Night’s Watch vows, though not with the assignment he coveted. After Ser Jorah saves Daenerys from treachery, an enraged Drogo vows to lead the Dothraki where they’ve never gone before. An injured Robert takes pains to ensure an orderly transition at King’s Landing.

star 8.17
25645 votes
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Valar Dohaeris

#5 - Valar Dohaeris

Game of Thrones Season 3 - Episode 1

Jon meets the King-Beyond-the-Wall while his Night Watch Brothers flee south. In King's Landing, Tyrion wants a reward, Margaery shows her charitable nature, Cersei arranges a dinner party, and Littlefinger offers to help Sansa. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys starts her journey west.

star 8.06
20765 votes
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The Pointy End

#6 - The Pointy End

Game of Thrones Season 1 - Episode 8

In the aftermath of Ned's capture, Syrio and Arya face off against Lannister guards, while Cersei manipulates Sansa to her own ends. Robb rallies his father's northern allies against Tywin Lannister and heads south to war. Tyrion forms an uneasy alliance with the hill tribes and reunites with his father. Jon lashes out at Ser Alliser Thorne and battles a mysterious attacker from beyond the Wall. Dany is forced to reconcile her desire to conquer Westeros with Drogo's savagery after the Dothraki raid a peaceful village.

star 8.05
24107 votes
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#7 - Amen

The Newsroom (2012) Season 1 - Episode 5

News of unrest in Wisconsin in February 2011 in response to the governor's call for budget cuts bubbles up during coverage of the ousting of President Mubarak in Egypt, and Neal finds someone who can provide updates from Cairo as the staff strive to give equal attention to both uprisings.

star 8.03
2652 votes
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Dark Wings, Dark Words

#8 - Dark Wings, Dark Words

Game of Thrones Season 3 - Episode 2

Sansa says too much. Shae asks Tyrion for a favor. Jaime finds a way to pass the time, while Arya encounters the Brotherhood Without Banners.

star 7.93
19574 votes
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Everyone Leaves

#9 - Everyone Leaves

Six Feet Under Season 3 - Episode 10

Jeanette Louise Bradford 1928 - 2003 While at a family picnic, Keith's great great aunt gets stung by a bee and dies from an allergic reaction. Vanessa seems to be out of her depression. Keith and David argue over their sexual experimentation. While in class, Russell throws a temper tantrum. Ruth discovers Arthur is a virgin. Keith decides to confront his father about his abusive treatment of him and his sister. Lisa disappears.

star 7.92
638 votes
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#10 - Critics

Halston Season 1 - Episode 5

With his career in a nosedive and his personal life a mess, Halston receives an artistic lifeline from an old friend before embarking on a last journey.

star 7.90
106 votes
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Bucky Fuckin' Dent

#11 - Bucky Fuckin' Dent

Ray Donovan Season 1 - Episode 11

Bunchy has a violent encounter with someone from his past. Ray is called to the Donovan Fite Club to handle a situation that has escalated in to a crisis. Ray meets with Ezra who pressures him about Sully, Mickey and the FBI. The police question Mickey about a recent murder. Ray sends Avi to protect Abby and the kids from Sully.

star 7.88
3266 votes
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Chapter 53

#12 - Chapter 53

House of Cards (US) Season 5 - Episode 1

As Congress debates investigating Frank, he and Claire attempt to stoke fear of terrorism. Tom Yates continues his stay in the White House.

star 7.78
4251 votes
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Fresh Blood

#13 - Fresh Blood

True Blood Season 3 - Episode 11

Bill wants to earn back Sookie's trust but once again brings her close to danger. Eric tempts Russell with "ultimate vampire dream". Jason tries to comprehend what he's learned about Crystal. Sam alienates everyone but Tara. Jessica and Hoyt take their romance up a notch. Lafayette struggles with new demons.

star 7.76
5696 votes
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#14 - Alone

American Crime Story Season 2 - Episode 9

The hunt for spree-killer Andrew Cunanan comes to a frantic end.

star 7.74
1043 votes
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First... Do No Harm

#15 - First... Do No Harm

Commander In Chief Season 1 - Episode 5

In the middle of the announcement of her new National Security Advisor, Anthony Prado, Mac is caught off guard by the breaking news of a terrorist smuggling explosives across the Canadian border. The way in which Mac and her Attorney General deal with the situation pits them squarely against each other, and Nathan Templeton takes great pleasure in publicly second-guessing Mac's every move. Meanwhile, it's Halloween, and Amy - who desperately wants to go trick-or-treating like a normal kid - is disappointed to learn that, due to security concerns, she may have to settle for a party this year instead. When Rod as First Gentleman finds himself fodder for late-night comics, it hits his son Horace especially hard.

star 7.73
49 votes
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Eat a Peach

#16 - Eat a Peach

Six Feet Under Season 5 - Episode 5

Daniel Holzenchenko 1939 - 2005 Keith and David wait anxiously for an update from their surrogate, Mary. Billy extends a dinner invitation to Claire. Ruth discovers a new relaxation method with George not around.

star 7.73
607 votes
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Turn! Turn! Turn!

#17 - Turn! Turn! Turn!

True Blood Season 5 - Episode 1

Sookie and Lafayette are reeling from Tara's shooting, but there is also the matter of cleaning up Debbie Pelt's blood. Meanwhile, Bill and Eric face a new threat from the Authority; Marcus' disappearance sends his wolf pack after Sam; Jessica parties with her human peers; Jason has a reunion with Rev. Steve Newlin; a visit from Terry's war buddy brings back his PTSD; and Alcide warns Sookie about Russell Edgington's return.

star 7.70
5323 votes
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#18 - Hashshashin

Marco Polo (2014) Season 1 - Episode 5

Marco searches for the mastermind behind a murderous plot, while Prince Jingim weighs the risks of retaliation.

star 7.69
1520 votes
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Measure Against the Linchpin

#19 - Measure Against the Linchpin

Marco Polo (2014) Season 2 - Episode 3

Haunted by recent events, Kublai journeys with Marco into the mountains for answers. Empress Chabi takes action to insure an heir to the Khan.

star 7.69
1469 votes
The Sweet Smell of Success

#20 - The Sweet Smell of Success

Halston Season 1 - Episode 3

Creating a new perfume turns into a fraught and emotional venture for Halston, whose love life grows increasingly entangled with his expanding empire.

star 7.69
108 votes
Owner of a Lonely Heart

#21 - Owner of a Lonely Heart

Grey's Anatomy Season 2 - Episode 11

Cristina Yang has little sympathy for Constance Ferguson (special guest star Rosanna Arquette), a prison inmate who jeopardizes her health just to get out of solitary confinement. Meanwhile the interns all keep careful watch on the family of premature quintuplets with a variety of serious health challenges, Izzie's anger at Alex reaches boiling point, and Dr. Addison Shepherd decides to teach Izzie a very painful lesson.

star 7.67
1397 votes
Time Has Come Today

#22 - Time Has Come Today

Grey's Anatomy Season 3 - Episode 1

Meredith must make an important choice about which path she wants to follow to determine the future of her love life. While she considers her future she and others have flashbacks of their pasts. Cristina spends time with Burke while he recovers. Webber and Adele have a conversation after he spends the night at the hospital. Everyone attempts to deal with Izzie's choice to quit. George seeks relationship advice from Derek.

star 7.67
1431 votes
Chapter 54

#23 - Chapter 54

House of Cards (US) Season 5 - Episode 2

Frank and his team work to leverage support in key states by any means necessary. Claire learns some upsetting news about one of Frank's friends.

star 7.66
3822 votes
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Hunter and the Sable Weaver

#24 - Hunter and the Sable Weaver

Marco Polo (2014) Season 2 - Episode 1

On Prince Jingim's wedding day, Kublai receives disturbing news about the ambitions of his cousin. Marco navigates a delicate mission.

star 7.64
1722 votes
Bad Blood

#25 - Bad Blood

True Blood Season 3 - Episode 1

Sookie turns to Eric for help finding Bill; Andy urges Jason to stay the course; Sam reconnects with his past; Tara seeks refuge from her grief.

star 7.63
6299 votes
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Swingus Interruptus

#26 - Swingus Interruptus

Swingtown Season 1 - Episode 9

Tom and Trina try a closed relationship just as Susan and Bruce open their's to Brad and Sylvia. Unfortunately, the foursome is interrupted by Laurie and Doug Stephens.

star 7.63
8 votes
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White Moon

#27 - White Moon

Marco Polo (2014) Season 1 - Episode 6

On the eve of an auspicious ceremony, Marco searches for the culprit behind the assassination attempt on Kublai Khan - even as a new one takes shape.

star 7.62
1528 votes
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Mildred and Edmund

#28 - Mildred and Edmund

Ratched Season 1 - Episode 8

One month later, Ratched fights to save Edmund from the electric chair while dreaming of a new life with Gwendolyn.

star 7.57
572 votes
The Party's Over

#29 - The Party's Over

Halston Season 1 - Episode 4

Halston's nights of excess at Studio 54 and days fueled by cocaine take a toll as he suffers ruptured friendships, stiff competition and a sudden loss.

star 7.52
104 votes
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#30 - Versailles

Halston Season 1 - Episode 2

Halston considers a fateful business deal and meets a charismatic escort while struggling with old insecurities ahead of a historic fashion show.

star 7.51
116 votes
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House by the Lake

#31 - House by the Lake

American Crime Story Season 2 - Episode 4

Minneapolis architect David Madson is forced to go on the run with Andrew Cunanan.

star 7.47
1260 votes
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Sparks Fly Out

#32 - Sparks Fly Out

True Blood Season 1 - Episode 5

Bill wins over Adele's church group with his vivid recollections from the Civil War; Sam reveals his feelings to Sookie; Jason gives vampire blood another shot with the help of Lafayette, and hurts Tara in the process.

star 7.45
4522 votes
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Don't Ask Don't Tell

#33 - Don't Ask Don't Tell

American Crime Story Season 2 - Episode 5

Naval officer Jeffrey Trail meets Andrew Cunanan for the first time, and Gianni Versace reveals his sexuality to the world.

star 7.44
1244 votes
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Nothing But the Blood

#34 - Nothing But the Blood

True Blood Season 2 - Episode 1

A shocking murder outside Merlotte's has Bon Temps reeling. Meanwhile, Sookie's relationship with Bill is tested when she learns about Jessica, and of his involvement in her uncle's death. Sam recalls a shape-shifting encounter he had with Maryann as a 17-year-old. Jason gets a sudden windfall that allows him to pay for a leadership retreat with the Fellowship of the Sun. Two adversaries find themselves sharing a mysterious dungeon and, possibly, the same fate.

star 7.43
4160 votes
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#35 - Frenzy

True Blood Season 2 - Episode 11

With the crisis in Bon Temps careening out of control, Bill seeks out the advice of Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, but must exercise patience before she gives him critical information. Meanwhile, Sookie and Lafayette find that protecting Tara from herself is more difficult than they anticipated; a desperate Sam turns to an unlikely source for assistance; and Jessica tests Hoyt’s allegiance to Maxine.

star 7.41
4147 votes
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Lies, Lies, Lies

#36 - Lies, Lies, Lies

The L Word Season 1 - Episode 5

Jenny confides in her old college professor about her affair with Marina. Bette receives some delightful news. Dana's fears of being outed continue as she juggles between her tennis career and Lara. Alice's mother comes to stay with her daughter.

star 7.40
440 votes
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Becoming Halston

#37 - Becoming Halston

Halston Season 1 - Episode 1

Looking to reinvent himself, Halston sets out to create a signature look, assembling a design team and finding inspiration in new friend Liza Minnelli.

star 7.34
140 votes
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Life, Loss, Leaving

#38 - Life, Loss, Leaving

The L Word Season 2 - Episode 1

As Bette desperately begs for Tina's forgiveness, Tina herself is hiding a shocking secret from Bette and all her friends. Alice and Dana continue to hide their romantic trysts from the others, and Jenny finds herself saying goodbye to Tim as he prepares to leave.

star 7.26
369 votes
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Damage Control

#39 - Damage Control

Big Love Season 2 - Episode 1

After they're outed as polygamists, Barb decides to leave the family while Bill starts an investigation of who leaked the information. Meanwhile, Sarah attends a support group for ex-Mormons.

star 7.07
285 votes
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