The BEST episodes directed by Helen Shaver

Winterland
star
8.57
204 votes

#1 - Winterland

Journeyman - Season 1 - Episode 8

Dan meets a hippie who was involved in a crime in which someone dies. Katie finds something out about Livia's past. When Dan is involved in an investigation it causes more problems between Dan and Jack.

My Name is Amy Gray...
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8.50
10 votes

#2 - My Name is Amy Gray...

Judging Amy - Season 6 - Episode 22

Amy says her final goodbyes to Graciela. Maxine realizes that she made a mistake in pushing Ignacio away and tries to reach out to him but Ignacio rebuffs her because he doesn't want to be her yo-yo, jerked around on Maxine's whims. Bruce is still absent on Amy's last day in the courtroom. Holbrook tries to raise awareness about the bill before Congress that will effectively kill the juvenille justice system. Donna is amazed that Amy refuses to support the cause and brings several of the kids whose lives Amy has changed during her time on the bench in an effort to change her mind. Amy, frustrated by her limitations as a judge, runs into Marty Levine, who again tries to convince her to give the speech in Washington and run for Senate. Amy runs the idea by Lauren who at first refuses to give a straight answer but later supports her mom when Maxine attacks the decision. That same night, Maxine must rush to save a young girl from being pimped out by her prostitute mother. Amy receive

Simon Says
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8.42
64 votes

#3 - Simon Says

The Outer Limits (1995) - Season 6 - Episode 8

Gideon Banks lost his wife Liz and son Simon in a horrific car accident some twenty years ago. At the time of the accident he was involved in something called the Neural Archiving Project - NAP for short. The technology was developed to create smart computers - transferring human engrams to computers. The company eventually gave up on the technology, but Gideon didn't. After years of quietly perfecting it, he built a small robot, from parts he stole from Concorde Robotics, where he now works. Zoe, Gideon's niece, discovers Gideon's secret, the robot contains actual neural engrams from the real Simon. She becomes worried not only about Gideon but also about the robot that sounds and acts a lot like her little cousin used to.

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Lullaby
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8.25
8 votes

#4 - Lullaby

Judging Amy - Season 6 - Episode 2

Vincent's struggles with his latest novel leads him into blowing off his agent, who responds by dropping Vincent and demanding the return of the advance that Vincent's already spent; Maxine receives another award, and uses her acceptance speech to talk about the young boy lost in the system that she and Sean can't seem to locate; Amy's dealings with two troubled teenage girls and their mothers in Accountability court inspires her to change her focus when she returns to Juvenile Court; Maxine tries to avoid removing the children of a overburdened single mother working to overcome anger and abuse issues; David finally feels that he's put his wife's death behind him and can now pursue a relationship with Amy; Ignacio lets Maxine know that he's ready to do whatever it takes to have a future with her; Amy fires Donna to propel her into practicing law; Kyle decides to accompany Heather to Minnesota and take care of their son while she's in rehab.

I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me
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8.25
665 votes

#5 - I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me

Anne with an E - Season 1 - Episode 2

Hoping all is not lost, Matthew races to catch up with Anne while Marilla anxiously hopes and waits for their return to Green Gables.

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Chapter Eleven
star
8.15
445 votes

#6 - Chapter Eleven

The Firm - Season 1 - Episode 11

Mitch represents a death-row inmate who wants to help the family he wronged in an unusual way; Tammy inherits a house from a deceased aunt, which causes tension with Ray; developments in the Sarah Holt case unfold.

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Happy Borthday
star
8.11
9 votes

#7 - Happy Borthday

Judging Amy - Season 6 - Episode 14

Amy finds it rather difficult to follow her mom's advice and embrace her 40th birthday as a milestone. Donna is in Amy's court representing a 13-year-old girl who accidentally kills her friend while they are out on a joyride but shows no remorse for her death. Maxine tries to determine whether two brothers are better off without the presence of their father, an ex-con, in their lives. Amy miscarries on her 40th birthday. Amy drowns her sorrows at a bar located on the beach, where she meets a stranger who gives her the perspective she needs during her difficult time.

Mors Praematura
star
8.06
4720 votes

#8 - Mors Praematura

Person of Interest - Season 3 - Episode 6

After being freed from her confinement to the psych ward, Root needs Shaw's help with a directive from the machine; Finch and Reese look into a mild-mannered investigator.

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Borderline
star
8.05
37 votes

#9 - Borderline

Standoff - Season 1 - Episode 11

When capturing a drug lord takes them to Mexico, Matt and Emily become stranded without an escape plan. The two then must extricate themselves from a bad situation by using their negotiation skills after the predicament becomes violent.

Certain Agony of the Battlefield
star
8.02
2395 votes

#10 - Certain Agony of the Battlefield

Orphan Black - Season 3 - Episode 6

Paul digs and finds the ugly truth behind the Castor Boys’ logbooks of names, pushing him into action. Meanwhile, Felix is desperate for info on Sarah’s whereabouts, and presses the still-ailing Rachel for any shred of a lead. In order for Donnie and Alison to take their money-making endeavor to the “next level” she must introduce Jason Kellerman to her unique business plan.

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Chapter Six
star
8.02
443 votes

#11 - Chapter Six

The Firm - Season 1 - Episode 6

Mitch discovers ulterior motives when a judge offers leniency for his client; Claire tries to convince her parents she needs a cell phone; Tammy and Ray continue working on the Sarah Holt case.

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Rest in Peace
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8.01
785 votes

#12 - Rest in Peace

Dead Like Me - Season 1 - Episode 14

On the first anniversary of George's death, Rube grants her the day off. Motivated to get her afterlife on track again, she returns to Happy Time to ask for her old job back. But after being bluntly rejected, George pouts through yet another drab day...until the universal powers-that-be intervene and inspire her to try to live her afterlife to the fullest.

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100,000 Heartbeats
star
7.96
331 votes

#13 - 100,000 Heartbeats

Heartbeat - Season 1 - Episode 4

Alex and Pierce disagree on whether an experimental treatment for those with advanced stage cancer is right for the hospital's patients. True to form, Alex takes matters into her own hands with a risky move to find volunteers. Meanwhile, Max looks to drastically change the family dynamic with Alex, and Ji-Sung connects with Callahan.

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Born Again
star
7.95
6310 votes

#14 - Born Again

Vikings - Season 3 - Episode 6

Preparations for the Paris raid pick up pace. Porunn and Judith both deliver children, and with new life there is also death. Athelstan tells Ragnar of his re-connection to his Christian faith. Floki interprets a sign from the gods that a sacrifice should be made.

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Phobos Rising
star
7.94
85 votes

#15 - Phobos Rising

The Outer Limits (1995) - Season 4 - Episode 24

For 30 years there has been a fragile truce between the Free Alliance and the Coalition of Middle-Eastern and Pacific States, both on Earth and on Mars. Both groups mine triradium, a super-powerful radioactive mineral that can be used for both power and illegally for weapons. When a giant explosion appears to consume the Earth and sends a giant shock-wave towards Mars, the soldiers at the Free Alliance base on the Red Planet wonder if the truce has come to an end. Cut off from Earth for 12 hours as Mars rotates, Colonel Samantha Elliot (Barbara Eve Harris) believes someone from the Coalition has been smuggling triradium. With communications temporarily out of order and a Coalition drone approaching the Alliance base, Elliot prepares to launch a preemptive strike. Major James Bowen (Adam Baldwin), who has grown fond of Major Dara Talif (Joan Chen), the Coalition liaison officer at the base, disagrees with Elliot.

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Chapter Twenty-Two
star
7.91
440 votes

#16 - Chapter Twenty-Two

The Firm - Season 1 - Episode 22

On the day of Ray and Tammy's wedding, a new enemy threatens to destroy the joyous family occasion. As Patrick Walker's trial begins, Mitch makes a startling discovery that the conspiracy surrounding the case goes deeper than just the mob.

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Solitary
star
7.90
427 votes

#17 - Solitary

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 11 - Episode 3

When Lily Milton is reported missing, her boyfriend, Parker Hubbard, points Detectives Benson and Stabler in the direction of Callum Donovan, Lily's downstairs neighbor and convicted bank robber who spent nineteen years in solitary confinement. During the investigation into Donovan's alibi, Lily is found alive, adding a surprising twist to the case and exposing more of Donovan's dark past.

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Til Death
star
7.89
5007 votes

#18 - Til Death

Person of Interest - Season 2 - Episode 8

The team faces a challenge when the numbers of both a man and his wife come up in the machine.

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Austin City Limits
star
7.89
2543 votes

#19 - Austin City Limits

Revolution - Season 2 - Episode 18

Frustrated with Neville, Jason turns to Miles with crucial information about the Patriots’ next steps for Texas. Determined to derail the Patriots’ plans, Miles and Monroe rush to Austin with Jason, Charlie and Connor in tow. Meanwhile, Aaron grows suspicious of Priscilla’s increasingly unusual behavior.

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Roadhouse Blues
star
7.89
9 votes

#20 - Roadhouse Blues

Judging Amy - Season 5 - Episode 14

Despite their protests, Maxine and Amy fail to convince anyone that that dinners out with Ignacio and David don't constitute dating; Amy is asked to decide if a man in the Witness Protection Program can regain custody of his eleven year old son after the boy's mother dies; Lauren and Victor are unhappy when they discover that their parents are dating; Maxine races against time to prevent the participants in a suicide pact at a local high school from carrying out their plans; Shelby's band gets a gig at a local bar, and Peter's invitation to his mother and sister to hear him play provides the opportunity for the relationships between Amy and David, Maxine and Ignacio, and Peter and Shelby to grow and intensify on the dance floor and stage.

My Little Runaway
star
7.89
9 votes

#21 - My Little Runaway

Judging Amy - Season 5 - Episode 22

Despite David's protests, Amy puts an end to their romantic relationship when he finally returns to Hartford; Maxine realizes that a teenaged client who was abused as a young child has become mentally ill when the girl makes a series of false rape accusations; Kyle has a career epiphany after he meets a fellow traveler at the airport who happens to be an undercover police officer; at her 89th birthday celebration, Isabel Messina is as rude as ever to Maxine, but completely charmed by Sean as he sings her an unusual birthday song; Amy hears the case of a teenaged boy who keeps running away to join the circus; Amy and Kyle lend David support when a critically injured Victor is rushed into surgery after being struck by a car.

Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est
star
7.89
3234 votes

#22 - Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est

Orphan Black - Season 2 - Episode 5

Rachel goes on the warpath, lashing out at Sarah’s nearest and dearest. While she tries to keep her loved ones safe, an unexpected visitor threatens to derail Sarah’s plans.

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Passed Pawn
star
7.89
3358 votes

#23 - Passed Pawn

Westworld - Season 3 - Episode 7

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

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Clue
star
7.88
3362 votes

#24 - Clue

Revolution - Season 1 - Episode 18

A captive Nora is tortured and left for dead. Monroe learns of Rachael’s attempt to reach the Tower but is unaware of her deadly plan for him. Meanwhile, Miles is desperate to find out how so many of his close associates are being brutally murdered. Later, Miles, Charlie, Neville, Jason, Hudson and Sanborn struggle to make it out of the Plains Nation to join Rachel and save her from what they believe to be certain death.

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Meet Me in Daegu
star
7.86
1171 votes

#25 - Meet Me in Daegu

Lovecraft Country - Season 1 - Episode 6

In the throes of the Korean War, nursing student Ji-Ah crosses paths with a wounded Atticus, who has no recollection of their violent first encounter.

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Smoked
star
7.86
654 votes

#26 - Smoked

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 12 - Episode 24

When a woman is murdered during an afternoon shopping trip with her daughter, Detectives Benson and Stabler are called in because she was scheduled to testify in their high-profile rape case. As the detectives continue to investigate the correlation between the murder and their case, they discover unlikely friendships that will lead them to the truth.

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Shell Game
star
7.86
7 votes

#27 - Shell Game

The District - Season 2 - Episode 19

When a man is murdered under suspicious circumstances and Mannion finds out his office is bugged, he starts his own investigation on the case. The latest person to see the victim alive was Lisa Fabrizzi, a CIA agent, which connects the case to the Agency. Mannion faces CIA director Tom Gage for information but doesn't get anything except for a stonewall. Mannion finally gets to the real killer, Braxton, who worked at a software company involved in CIA covert operations. Braxton is killed. Meanwhile, Ella almost buys the house of her dreams and Parras and Brander have to protect condo residents from a monkey.

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For King and Country
star
7.86
883 votes

#28 - For King and Country

Reign (2013) - Season 1 - Episode 9

When Mary and Bash are captured and forced to return to the castle, they discover Catherine waiting and even more determined to keep Mary and Francis apart. Francis learns of the prophecy, but his determination to wed Mary changes everything: in love in politics, tearing the bond of brothers apart, and hardening Catherine's resolve to destroy Mary at any cost.

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Behave
star
7.85
775 votes

#29 - Behave

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 12 - Episode 3

A woman who has been raped multiple times is afraid to leave her house. The issue of unopened rape kits will see Detective Olivia Benson travel from New York City to Los Angeles.

Yol
star
7.84
7133 votes

#30 - Yol

Vikings - Season 4 - Episode 4

King Aelle goes to Wessex for Christmas and is not impressed with how family relations are developing; Rollo's future hangs in the balance.

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The Usurper
star
7.83
6231 votes

#31 - The Usurper

Vikings - Season 3 - Episode 5

The fleet returns to Kattegat to find tragic circumstances await. Lagertha learns that her Earldom has been usurped and convinces Ragnar to travel to Hederby with her in an effort to reclaim her title. Ragnar causes great surprise when he announces the next raid. The Seer has interesting prophecies for Rollo.

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Skip
star
7.81
3247 votes

#32 - Skip

Person of Interest - Season 4 - Episode 18

Reese must protect a bounty hunter who refuses to let the potential threat to her life deter her from the relentless pursuit of her target. Also, Finch tries to set the plan he began in Shanghai in motion.

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Promised
star
7.79
7000 votes

#33 - Promised

Vikings - Season 4 - Episode 5

There's an air of betrayal as those whom Odo trusts plot against him; Ecbert agrees to support Kwenthrith in Mercia; Pregnancy brings happiness to Lagertha and Kalf and a marriage is arranged.

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Youth is the Season of Hope
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7.78
313 votes

#34 - Youth is the Season of Hope

Anne with an E - Season 2 - Episode 1

The Cuthberts' boarders stir excitement with a question: Could there be gold in Avonlea? Elsewhere, Gilbert makes a new friend at sea

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One Man's Treasure
star
7.77
3528 votes

#35 - One Man's Treasure

Castle (2009) - Season 2 - Episode 10

When a murdered man is found stuffed in the garbage chute of an apartment building and two women arrive to ID his body — one his wife and the other his fiancee — Castle and Beckett have their hands full keeping the women from killing each other as they work to peel back the layers of the victim's double life. Was it a jilted woman, corporate espionage, or a much darker secret that led to his demise?

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Persona
star
7.77
360 votes

#36 - Persona

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 10 - Episode 8

Benson finds herself going the extra mile to protect a woman abused by her spouse. The investigation turns up information regarding a long-forgotten case of 2nd degree murder and escape.

Monster High
star
7.77
66 votes

#37 - Monster High

Dietland - Season 1 - Episode 7

In the wake of her life-altering revelation, Plum struggles to discover her true voice; a new attack threatens to unravel Jennifer's movement.

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Love Story
star
7.77
3178 votes

#38 - Love Story

Revolution - Season 2 - Episode 3

Rachel makes a valiant attempt to rescue Miles and to escape with an ailing Tribesman's wife, while Neville and Jason are caught off-guard, assaulted by violent refugees. Charlie and Adam are at odds over what to do with Monroe. Legions of Tribesmen threaten all of Willoughby but with questionable leadership and Aaron faces death, yet again.

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Tape 2, Side B
star
7.75
3834 votes

#39 - Tape 2, Side B

13 Reasons Why - Season 1 - Episode 4

Hannah thinks someone is stalking her and sets a trap. Hannah's mother confronts the principal and Clay strikes back at someone who wronged Hannah.

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Black Jack
star
7.75
1045 votes

#40 - Black Jack

Jericho (2006) - Season 1 - Episode 13

Jake, his dad, Heather and Dale visit Black Jack to try and find the parts needed to fix the windmill. Sarah goes home with Hawkins against the rest of his family's wishes.

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Doctor's Orders
star
7.74
329 votes

#41 - Doctor's Orders

Medium - Season 2 - Episode 12

Dr. Charles Walker (from "Penny For Your Thoughts") is back and after Allison's daughter Ariel.

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Seizure
star
7.73
4346 votes

#42 - Seizure

Stargate Universe - Season 2 - Episode 15

Rush slips into a coma in the neural interface chair, and Amanda connects with him in the ship’s matrix, but Ginn informs Eli of a problem with that scenario. Elsewhere, Dr. Rodney McKay’s plan to dial the ninth chevron address hits a snag.

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Helios-685
star
7.73
2462 votes

#43 - Helios-685

Travelers (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 6

The team tackles their primary mission: stop an event that could change the course of history.

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Tape 2, Side A
star
7.70
4036 votes

#44 - Tape 2, Side A

13 Reasons Why - Season 1 - Episode 3

Jealousy and gossip take a toll on Hannah's relationships. As Alex struggles with feelings regret, the guys pressure Clay into getting drunk.

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Dead Clade Walking
star
7.69
4140 votes

#45 - Dead Clade Walking

Elementary - Season 2 - Episode 14

When Joan revisits one of Sherlock’s cold cases, she discovers an unsolved murder is connected to a rare prehistoric fossil. Meanwhile, Sherlock finds himself in uncharted territory when his duties as a sobriety sponsor cross his personal boundaries.

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M
star
7.67
374 votes

#46 - M

Maid - Season 1 - Episode 6

Determined to send Maddy to a better preschool, Alex desperately searches for a new place to live, a process complicated by her government benefits.

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The Proposal
star
7.67
421 votes

#47 - The Proposal

The O.C. - Season 1 - Episode 24

Engagement announcements are joyful news, right? Not when it means the one person Kirsten despises will become her stepmom. And not when Marissa will have a new family arrangement she doesn't want.

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Lithia
star
7.65
97 votes

#48 - Lithia

The Outer Limits (1995) - Season 4 - Episode 17

It is 2055 and the post-apocalyptic world is populated exclusively by women; all the men were killed in the Great War and the Scourge that followed. Into this matriarchy comes Major Jason Mercer (David Keith), who was cryogenically frozen forty years earlier and now awakened in Lithia. Lithia is a small agricultural enclave overseen by a group of women that include the regal elder Hera (Julie Harris), Ariel (Claire Rankin), Miranda (Nadia Capone) and Pele (Kirsten Williamson). Mercer's arrival sparks a debate about the nature of men among some women and revives long-dormant sexual feelings in others. The debate intensifies as Mercer, seeing the enclave's poverty and primitive tools, begins to repair the community's broken machines and pushes Miranda, the group's trade representative to barter with Hyacinth, a neighboring community, for electricity to run the machines. Over the objections of the elders, Mercer gets the machines running.

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Gray
star
7.64
737 votes

#49 - Gray

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 12 - Episode 9

Stabler's participation in a Take Back the Night rally at Kathleen's campus results in an extra case for him and Benson when a student claims she was raped. Unfortunately, the case turns out to be a "he said-she said" type with little evidence. Enter Sonya Paxton, and it can only get more complicated.

The New Normal
star
7.63
8 votes

#50 - The New Normal

Judging Amy - Season 6 - Episode 17

A 15-year-old girl, who Maxine previously placed in a foster home, tests positive for HIV; Amy finds out about a school dance Lauren doesn't want her to chaperone; Amy presides over a case where an Arab-American teenager is charged with assault; Maxine and Ignacio have an encounter of the romantic kind in Ignacio's home; Crystal arranges for Vincent to teach a creative writing class at a youth detention center.

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