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
603 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 8.27
7544 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
24740 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 8.16
25332 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
20490 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
23812 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
2624 votes
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Everyone Leaves

#8 - 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 7.95
612 votes
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Dark Wings, Dark Words

#9 - 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
19317 votes
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Bucky Fuckin' Dent

#10 - 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
3232 votes
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Chapter 53

#11 - 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
4195 votes
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Fresh Blood

#12 - 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 7.75
5653 votes
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Eat a Peach

#13 - 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 7.74
586 votes
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First... Do No Harm

#14 - 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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#15 - Alone

American Crime Story Season 2 - Episode 9

In the season finale, the hunt for spree-killer Andrew Cunanan comes to a frantic end.

star 7.73
999 votes
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Measure Against the Linchpin

#16 - 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
1442 votes

#17 - 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
1495 votes
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Turn! Turn! Turn!

#18 - 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 7.69
5272 votes
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Chapter 54

#19 - 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 7.67
3765 votes
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Owner of a Lonely Heart

#20 - 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
1363 votes
Time Has Come Today

#21 - 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 7.65
1391 votes
Hunter and the Sable Weaver

#22 - 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
1695 votes
Bad Blood

#23 - 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
6241 votes
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Swingus Interruptus

#24 - 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

#25 - 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
1502 votes
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Mildred and Edmund

#26 - 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 7.58
440 votes
House by the Lake

#27 - 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 7.48
1219 votes
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell

#28 - 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
1198 votes
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Sparks Fly Out

#29 - 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 7.44
4463 votes
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Lies, Lies, Lies

#30 - 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 7.42
432 votes
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Nothing But the Blood

#31 - 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 7.42
4108 votes
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#32 - 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
4100 votes
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Life, Loss, Leaving

#33 - 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 7.25
361 votes
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Damage Control

#34 - 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
280 votes
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