The BEST episodes directed by Jeannot Szwarc

Honor Code
star
9.30
66 votes

#1 - Honor Code

The Practice - Season 6 - Episode 7

Bobby, Eugene and Jimmy work with an insurance company to settle the claim of a 10-year-old accident victim. But when the case presents a dilemma of moral and ethical proportions, the tension that's been brewing between Jimmy and Eugene finally boils over.

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Poor Richard's Almanac
star
9.13
67 votes

#2 - Poor Richard's Almanac

The Practice - Season 5 - Episode 21

Richard Bay prosecutes a murderer being defended by Bobby. The killer warns Richard that if that jury returns with a guilty verdict, Richard should fear for his life.

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Bad to Worse
star
9.07
57 votes

#3 - Bad to Worse

The Practice - Season 7 - Episode 8

Ellenor and Eugene defend a fiery yet frightened client named Cassie Ray, a murder suspect with a shadowy past. Moreover, Cassie's alibi witness has significant skeletons in her own closet. In a separate case, Lindsay reluctantly defends an airline that refuses to carry passengers of Arab descent.

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Mr. Hinks Goes to Town
star
8.84
67 votes

#4 - Mr. Hinks Goes to Town

The Practice - Season 5 - Episode 8

Lindsay defends a psychiatric patient who claims to be a serial killer. His psychiatrist claims he's only a disturbed individual looking for a little notoriety.

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Home Invasions
star
8.83
99 votes

#5 - Home Invasions

The Practice - Season 3 - Episode 20

Lucy is stunned to learn her landlord has planted video cameras in her apartment and is uploading sensitive videos featuring her onto the Internet. Judge Kittleson is outraged when she finds details of her private life on the 'net, including photos of her and Jimmy. Helen recruits Ellenor to advise a witness when he announces plans to change his story, clearing his father of charges of murdering his mother.

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Character Evidence
star
8.59
60 votes

#6 - Character Evidence

The Practice - Season 7 - Episode 13

Jimmy Berluti defends his high school crush, who is under investigation for a suspicious homicide, and Claire Wyatt interviews for a job at Lindsay's newly formed law firm.

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Queen of the Gypsies
star
8.57
7 votes

#7 - Queen of the Gypsies

Kojak - Season 2 - Episode 18

A young gypsy woman who witnesses a a bank robbery decides that looting banks is preferable to telling fortunes, so she recruits the thieves for a master plan to rob six banks in one day.

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The Cradle Will Rock
star
8.56
31 votes

#8 - The Cradle Will Rock

The Practice - Season 7 - Episode 4

Religious freedom figures in a criminal case. On trial: a Christian Science couple charged with the murder of their ill child, whose parents' faith forbids medical treatment.

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Baby Love (1)
star
8.55
57 votes

#9 - Baby Love (1)

The Practice - Season 7 - Episode 21

The collapse of Bobby's marriage is a prelude to a professional crisis. Also, the firm defends a wife on trial for slaying her abusive husband and represents a 10-year-old in a liability suit.

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The Candidate (2)
star
8.55
90 votes

#10 - The Candidate (2)

The Practice - Season 6 - Episode 2

A sensational homicide case rocks Boston in the series' two-hour, sixth-season opener. The defendant is a charismatic state senator, who's charged with killing the man purported to be his wife's lover. Pretrial drama centers on the accounts of two key witnesses: the politician's intransigent spouse and his reticent teenage daughter. Later, courtroom skirmishes are interwoven with the sometimes contentious strategizing of prosecutor Helen Gamble and her associate, Alan Lowe; and squabbling on the defense team, led by Ellenor

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Officers of the Court
star
8.55
74 votes

#11 - Officers of the Court

The Practice - Season 5 - Episode 3

Ellenor continues the Jamison case, challenging Judge Aldrich's decision to cut her client's award. Jimmy is upset when he learns that former client Jennifer Cole is pregnant and has been arrested for possession of cocaine. He conspires with the D.A. to install Jennifer in a rehab program. Bobby continues to work Scott Wallace's appeal. Helen faces alienation from her colleagues in the wake of her unpopular actions in the Wallace trial.

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I Will, I'm Will
star
8.40
67 votes

#12 - I Will, I'm Will

Raising the Bar - Season 1 - Episode 3

Jerry defends a mentally ill client and runs into problems with Judge Kessler. Richard defends a woman who caused problems due to a welfare check and may not be able to take care of her grandmother if she is convicted.

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Out of the Shadows
star
8.40
5 votes

#13 - Out of the Shadows

Kojak - Season 4 - Episode 4

Kojak and the detectives scour the city for ""The Grim Reaper"", a slasher who murders his victims out of greed.

Port Chicago
star
8.35
214 votes

#14 - Port Chicago

JAG - Season 7 - Episode 20

In 1944, in the midst of World War II, a disastrous explosion rocked the U.S. Navy's Port Chicago near San Francisco, killing more than 350 sailors, most of them African-Americans. Following the blast, a group of 50 sailors refused to return to work until changes were made to assure their safety. They were charged with mutiny and court martialed, but later their convictions were reversed. Now, a surviving sailor wants his record and those of all the other ""mutineers"" cleared. Asked to handle the investigation discreetly, Cmdr. Turner discovers that an injustice was done and goes head-to-head with Lt. Singer in the courtroom. Meanwhile, Harm goes house shopping with Lt. Sims.

A Shield for Murder (2)
star
8.33
3 votes

#15 - A Shield for Murder (2)

Kojak - Season 4 - Episode 10

When Kojak gets too close to discovering the truth, he is framed.

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Chapter Fifty
star
8.31
13 votes

#16 - Chapter Fifty

Boston Public - Season 3 - Episode 6

Violence and compassion commingle in this insightful episode. In the main plot, a rebellious, Irish-American teen squares off against an offended, African-American classmate in a racially incited brawl that distresses their caring teacher and leads to a more contentious fray with principal Harper. In other storylines, Winslow teachers undergo peer evaluations where Ronnie reluctantly grades Zach, with whom she has a somewhat romantic involvement; and Marla seeks to arrange medical help for a hearing-impaired student, whose parents aren't receptive.

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The Caterpillar
star
8.27
17 votes

#17 - The Caterpillar

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 60

A bored colonial on a Malaysian plantation employs an exotic accomplice--an earwig--in his gruesome plot to assassinate a romantic rival.

When You Hear the Beep, Drop Dead
star
8.20
5 votes

#18 - When You Hear the Beep, Drop Dead

Kojak - Season 4 - Episode 17

A wealthy ecologist's wife plans to murder him and use a fake phone message to frame a nonexistent call girl.

Homecoming
star
8.15
2376 votes

#19 - Homecoming

Smallville - Season 10 - Episode 4

In an attempt to cheer up Clark, Lois convinces him to attend their five-year high school reunion. A visit back to the home of the Crows has Clark remembering old times with Lana and Chloe, while Lois is furious that no one remembers her five days as a student. Brainiac 5.0 uses his Legion ring to visit from the future and takes Clark through his past, present and future. He shows Clark what really happened the night Jonathan died, Oliver’s current pain and Clark’s future at the Daily Planet with Lois and his role as Earth’s favorite red and blue superhero.

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Blowing Smoke
star
8.13
103 votes

#20 - Blowing Smoke

The Practice - Season 4 - Episode 11

Lindsay sues a cigar company for breaking up a friend's marriage. She alleges that the husband's addiction was the deciding factor in the divorce. Rebecca & Ellenor defend a police officer who killed a teenage boy in a grocery store. The officer claims he saw a gun. The cashier says otherwise.

LARP and the Real Girl
star
8.09
3278 votes

#21 - LARP and the Real Girl

Supernatural - Season 8 - Episode 11

Sam and Dean investigate the mysterious deaths of two LARPers who were playing a game entitled Moondoor. The guys are thrilled to discover the Queen of Moondoor is none other than Charlie. The three learn that a fairy has been commandeered to harm people and the only way to stop her is to find her master.

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Boomerang (2)
star
8.07
340 votes

#22 - Boomerang (2)

JAG - Season 5 - Episode 16

The murder/desertion trial of Kevin Lee takes a bad turn after his wife changes her testimony under cross examination. Harm and Mic fights to win over Mac

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Soul Searching
star
8.04
339 votes

#23 - Soul Searching

JAG - Season 4 - Episode 22

Admiral Chegwidden and Clayton Webb make an unlikely team when they join forces to save a C.I.A. agent from Italian terrorists. Webb already tried once unsuccessfully to liberate the C.I.A. agent, who was his mentor, and knows he needs backup in order to retry the mission. He approaches the Admiral, with whom he has a tenuous relationship, but who he knows credits the agent with saving his life in Vietnam. Together, Webb and Chegwidden go to Italy and put into motion a dangerous trap for the terrorists that, if it backfires, will kill all involved. Meanwhile, Harm suffers an identity crisis when his classic Corvette is stolen.

This Pud's for You
star
8.02
90 votes

#24 - This Pud's for You

The Practice - Season 6 - Episode 22

Eugene takes charge at the scene, ordering Lindsay and Bobby to avoid talking with police. But the legal team's ensuing debate on how to proceed leads to questions about Lindsay's arguably tenuous state of mind, as well as the moments prior to the shooting, which Lindsay says she can't recall.

Surface Warfare
star
8.00
337 votes

#25 - Surface Warfare

JAG - Season 5 - Episode 25

Bud's underachieving brother is accused of making a mistake during a training exercise that nearly killed 15 Marines. But establishing his innocence proves to be a difficult task, thanks to the age-old tension between the Navy and the Marines. Adm. Chegwidden frets over a speech he must give when he is to be given an award. Mic Brumby returns unexpectantly to the States; Mac & everyone are stunned when he announces that he has resigned his Royal Australian Navy commission so that he could move to the USA and be by the ""woman he loves.""

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Dead on His Feet
star
8.00
11 votes

#26 - Dead on His Feet

Kojak - Season 1 - Episode 18

A detective (Harry Guardino) conceals his terminal illness from everyone while pursuing his partner's murderer.

Mojo
star
8.00
9 votes

#27 - Mojo

Kojak - Season 1 - Episode 20

Kojak goes undercover as a chemist in order to expose the thieves who originally stole some morphine from an insurance company, only to turn around and sell it back at an inflated price.

Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington
star
7.96
1400 votes

#28 - Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington

Scandal (2012) - Season 3 - Episode 3

A Midwestern mom hires Pope & Associates under mysterious conditions that lead to a very dangerous situation. Meanwhile, Fitz and Mellie admit their true feelings for each other.

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Simon Says
star
7.95
3472 votes

#29 - Simon Says

Almost Human - Season 1 - Episode 7

Det. Kennex and Dorian investigate Simon, a psychopathic killer who is strapping bombs to his victims' neck and broadcasting their final moments over the internet. When Simon targets Kennex, the team is in a nail-biting race against time to save his life. Meanwhile, a power deficiency affects Dorian's energy level, causing him to have unexpected outbursts.

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6:02 AM EST
star
7.94
9445 votes

#30 - 6:02 AM EST

Fringe - Season 3 - Episode 20

The beginning of the end is triggered when Walternate finds a way to wreak havoc “over here."

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Victims' Rights
star
7.93
66 votes

#31 - Victims' Rights

The Practice - Season 8 - Episode 9

Alan Shore defends a twelve-year-old girl who is trying to escape an arranged marriage in her home country. Meanwhile, Eugene tries to help a man who is seeking justice for the brutal murder of his wife.

Goodbyes
star
7.92
280 votes

#32 - Goodbyes

JAG - Season 4 - Episode 24

As Harm considers his future at JAG, he learns that Charlie Lynch -- the ex-Navyman responsible for the murder of Annie, the abused child whose death still haunts Harm -- has resurfaced, placing the little girl's twin sister, Dar-lin, in danger. Putting his career decision on hold until he closes the chapter on Lynch, Harm tracks him to a shipyard where the vicious killer is holding Dar-lin hostage. Overflowing with anger against all Lynch's grisly acts of murder, Harm finds himself in an intense stand-off with him that will leave only one man standing.

Critical Condition (3)
star
7.91
221 votes

#33 - Critical Condition (3)

JAG - Season 8 - Episode 1

The episode starts with a short recap of where we left off last season: Bud & PO Coates walking along a dirt road enroute to attend the ground-breaking of the new school, when they spot a small boy playing in a field that had yet to be cleared of mines. As Coates runs for help, there is an explosion behind her. She turns in time to see Bud injured in the explosion and runs to his side. Coates insists that Bud must be transported on the helo that brought them in, that Bud won't be able to wait for the proper medevac chopper. Bud is airlifted to a field hospital, critical, but still alive. As luck would have it, ZNN reporter Stuart Dunston just happens to be at the base camp when Bud is brought it. Dunston reports the arrival of an injured JAG officer that was brought it, but does not report the name. Chegwiggen advises Harriet, but reminds her he is still on the Seahawk. She tries to contact him by instant messaging, but does not receive a reply. Onboard the USS Seahawk, Harm & M

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Dead Woman Walking
star
7.91
504 votes

#34 - Dead Woman Walking

CSI: Miami - Season 1 - Episode 15

A dead junkie is found on a Miami street with a broken neck and a wad of cash in his hand. When the body is taken to the lab, Alexx notices that the victim's right hand is burned down to the muscle, even though it wasn't like that when he was found. It's deduced that he was exposed to radioactive material. The investigation leads Horatio to an environmental lawyer involved in radiation cases. Shortly thereafter, she learns that she is being eaten up inside by the deadly substance and has only days to live, but she doesn't know how she ingested it or who gave it to her.

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The Beginning
star
7.90
155 votes

#35 - The Beginning

Without a Trace - Season 5 - Episode 24

A teenage girl disappears after joining a cult. In the office, Elena encounters problems with Carlos in their custody battle for Sofie.

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Cabin Pressure
star
7.90
302 votes

#36 - Cabin Pressure

JAG - Season 5 - Episode 14

Harm is trapped below deck on a sinking ship with a sailer, who has been accused of murder, and a guard. Some rescue equipment collapses, blocking the only escape route. As water begins to fill the room, the three men are certain that the situation is hopeless.

Andy in C Minor
star
7.90
401 votes

#37 - Andy in C Minor

Cold Case - Season 5 - Episode 14

After traces of blood linked back to a missing teen are found, the team re-investigates the 2006 case of a boy who disappeared from a high school for deaf children.

Retreat, Hell
star
7.89
242 votes

#38 - Retreat, Hell

JAG - Season 6 - Episode 16

When Gunny goes to New Mexico to bring back a Korean War hero accused of desertion, he is ambushed by people trying to kill the man.

Hats Off to Larry
star
7.89
222 votes

#39 - Hats Off to Larry

Ally McBeal - Season 4 - Episode 12

Larry's son flies in from Detroit and goes to Cage & Fish looking for Ally. He wants to sue his parents for emotional damage. Ally and Sam bond, and Larry has to take him back to Detroit. He doesn't want to say goodbye to Ally, who suffers with his departure. Larry promises to return. Meanwhile, Nelle is representing her dance instructor/lover Sam Adams in court. He's suing his ex-partner for stealing his dance moves. Cindy McCauliff returns to the office looking for Richard. (S)He wants to marry a man, but after the court denies it Richard offers to perform the ceremony at the office.

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Contemptuous Words
star
7.89
370 votes

#40 - Contemptuous Words

JAG - Season 5 - Episode 9

Harm faces a court-martial when a letter critical of the President appears on the Op-Ed page of a newspaper and is traced to his computer. As an investigation threatens Harm's promotion as well as his entire career, a well-known conservative organization offers to represent him and Harm accepts. The key to Harm's defense is to find the actual letter-writer, so Bud digs through Harm's old case files searching for those with an axe to grind.

Cool Air
star
7.89
14 votes

#41 - Cool Air

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 35

A haunting love story of a young woman and her late father's colleague, a man clinging desperately to life in a refrigerated apartment.

Defending His Honor
star
7.88
307 votes

#42 - Defending His Honor

JAG - Season 7 - Episode 22

Harm, Mac & the Admiral return to the office from the USS Seahawk after finishing up with the military tribunal. The office staff is very happy to see the Admiral back in charge, after having to deal with Lt. Singer while he was gone, with Harriet making sure the Admiral knows how ""happy"" they are. Their joy is short-lived however, when they learn that respected Navy JAG Judge, Captain Sebring is charged with having causing an another vehicle off the road which injured the female driver & killing her 6-month old daughter. Harm is given the task of defending him, while Mac is ordered into the uncomfortable position of prosecuting him. Seeing Mac's dilemma, Cmdr. Turner offers to sit second-chair with her, so that she won't be alone. Lt. Singer overhears Harm & Mac discussing Bud & Harriet and learns that Bud doesn't know Harriet has bought a house, while Bud hasn't told Harriet about PO Coates. Seizing the chance while Harriet is sending instant messages to Bud, Lt. Singer sends Bud

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Back to Where You've Never Been
star
7.87
8344 votes

#43 - Back to Where You've Never Been

Fringe - Season 4 - Episode 8

In an effort to find a way home, Peter journeys to the Other Side to confront Walternate. However, his venture proves more dangerous than expected. Meanwhile, Olivia receives a dire premonition from an Observer.

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I Want a New Drug
star
7.85
1139 votes

#44 - I Want a New Drug

Grey's Anatomy - Season 15 - Episode 14

While Meredith breaks a hospital record, the rest of the doctors are sent scrambling in the wake of a massive overdose within the community. Meanwhile, Jackson wants to take a reluctant Maggie camping, and Levi and Nico’s relationship continues to develop.

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Shattered
star
7.85
138 votes

#45 - Shattered

Without a Trace - Season 4 - Episode 21

The team searches for a teenage figure skater who disappears after practice one day and discover that many people in her life had reason to worry. The team's investigation leads to the rink's operator, a convicted rapist who was the last to see the girl.

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Into the Blue (2)
star
7.85
341 votes

#46 - Into the Blue (2)

Cold Case - Season 6 - Episode 23

The investigation into the female cadet's murder continues. As the team finds more and more clues, the killer tries to stop the investigation to remain hidden.

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Boomerang (1)
star
7.84
341 votes

#47 - Boomerang (1)

JAG - Season 5 - Episode 15

At the request of Lt. Cmdr. Brumby, Admiral Chegwidden sends Harm and Bud to Australia to represent a U.S. Naval officer, Kevin Lee, who has suddenly surfaced 28 years after being ""murdered"" by an Australian sailor. Lee contends that he accidentally killed his Australian nemesis years ago and, in a panic, exchanged identities with the dead man. Now, charged with both deserting and murder, Lee is to be tried in an Australian court, pitting Harm against Brumby. Harm and Brumby are also about to go head-to-head outside the courtroom when Mac appears in Sydney and Brumby decides it's time to make her choose between him and Harm.

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In Absentia
star
7.83
7170 votes

#48 - In Absentia

Fringe - Season 5 - Episode 2

The Fringe team revisits the Harvard lab, now under Observer control, to try to find the information they need as the team fights on in their mission to save the world.

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Liberty
star
7.82
250 votes

#49 - Liberty

JAG - Season 6 - Episode 18

As Bud is defending his brother Mikey, a petty officer accused of murdering a Mexican in a barrom brawl, their father shows up.

The Drama in the Queen
star
7.82
1985 votes

#50 - The Drama in the Queen

Bones - Season 9 - Episode 23

The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of Brian Thomas, the head swim coach at a community college, whose remains were found dumped at the bottom of a well. When possible suspects tell Brennan and Sweets that Brian may have been having an affair, the team digs a little deeper only to find details of Brian's secret life. Meanwhile, Sweets fills in for Booth in the investigation while Booth prepares to testify before a Congressional sub-committee and the Jeffersonian team gets a new intern who catches Sweets' attention.

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