The BEST episodes directed by Daniel Minahan

679 votes

#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.

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Big Man in Tehran
7176 votes

#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.

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A Golden Crown
23992 votes

#3 - A Golden Crown

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 6

Ned makes a controversial decree; Tyrion confesses to his 'crimes'; Viserys receives final payment for Daenerys.

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You Win or You Die
24596 votes

#4 - You Win or You Die

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 7

Ned confronts Cersei about her secrets; Jon takes his Night's Watch vows; Drogo promises to lead the Dothraki to King's Landing.

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The Pointy End
23085 votes

#5 - The Pointy End

Game of Thrones - Season 1 - Episode 8

The Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks; Robb rallies his father's northern allies and heads south to war.

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169 votes

#6 - Bulletproof

Fellow Travelers - Season 1 - Episode 2

When the State Department begins investigations into suspected homosexuals, Hawk distances himself from Tim, who questions his faith. Hawk’s colleague Mary comes under suspicion. Journalist Marcus loses his job after a dispute with Roy Cohn but is comforted by drag performer Frankie. Needing cover, Hawk draws closer to Lucy Smith. In 1980s San Francisco, Hawk observes gay life in the AIDS crisis when Tim’s sister forbids him to see Tim.

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Valar Dohaeris
19490 votes

#7 - Valar Dohaeris

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 1

Jon is tested by the wildling king; Tyrion asks for his reward; Dany sails to Slaver's Bay.

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You're Wonderful
212 votes

#8 - You're Wonderful

Fellow Travelers - Season 1 - Episode 1

In 1950’s Washington, Hawkins Fuller is a war hero moving up the ladder at the State Department, flirting with women while enjoying clandestine sex with men and avoiding emotional entanglements. Everything changes when Hawk meets religious Tim Laughlin: they begin an affair that puts them in jeopardy. In 1986, married Hawk receives a mysterious package and decides he must see Tim. Series premiere.

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2611 votes

#9 - 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.

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Dark Wings, Dark Words
18522 votes

#10 - 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. Arya runs into the Brotherhood Without Banners.

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Everyone Leaves
678 votes

#11 - 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.

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Bucky Fuckin' Dent
3033 votes

#12 - 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.

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142 votes

#13 - 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.

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Chapter 53
3803 votes

#14 - 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.

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1056 votes

#15 - Alone

American Crime Story - Season 2 - Episode 9

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

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Fresh Blood
5641 votes

#16 - 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.

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First... Do No Harm
51 votes

#17 - 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.

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Measure Against the Linchpin
1346 votes

#18 - 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.

Eat a Peach
644 votes

#19 - 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.

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Turn! Turn! Turn!
5210 votes

#20 - 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.

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1441 votes

#21 - 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.

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Owner of a Lonely Heart
1406 votes

#22 - 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.

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Time Has Come Today
1400 votes

#23 - 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.

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Chapter 54
3486 votes

#24 - 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.

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Hunter and the Sable Weaver
1550 votes

#25 - 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.

The Sweet Smell of Success
150 votes

#26 - 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.

Bad Blood
6241 votes

#27 - 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.

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White Moon
1459 votes

#28 - 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.

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Mildred and Edmund
628 votes

#29 - 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.

160 votes

#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.

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House by the Lake
1241 votes

#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.

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The Party's Over
142 votes

#32 - 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.

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Don't Ask Don't Tell
1238 votes

#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.

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Sparks Fly Out
4469 votes

#34 - 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.

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Nothing But the Blood
4113 votes

#35 - 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.

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4084 votes

#36 - 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.

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Lies, Lies, Lies
432 votes

#37 - 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.

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Becoming Halston
186 votes

#38 - 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.

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Life, Loss, Leaving
361 votes

#39 - 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.

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Blank Spaces
147 votes

#40 - Blank Spaces

The Girl from Plainville - Season 1 - Episode 8

Coco’s last day. Michelle struggles with the future. The Carters and Roys both try to find closure after tragedy.

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Swingus Interruptus
9 votes

#41 - 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.

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Damage Control
287 votes

#42 - 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.

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