The BEST episodes directed by John Badham

Trail of the Serpent
12 votes

#1 - Trail of the Serpent

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1 - Episode 21

A gang takes Mike Stone hostage after killing a policeman in an attempt to flee from a grocery store robbery. They want to trade Stone in for their leader, Buddy Sims.

First Born
2991 votes

#2 - First Born

Supernatural - Season 9 - Episode 11

Looking to reclaim his place as King of Hell, Crowley asks Dean for help finding "The First Blade," the only blade that can kill Abbadon. Knowing he owes Crowley a favor for helping Sam, and also wanting Abaddon dead himself, Dean reluctantly agrees and the two set off on a road trip. However, Dean and Crowley are completely unprepared when they find out who has the blade - Cain, the first son. Meanwhile, Sam is back at the bunker with Castiel who notices there is some leftover grace inside Sam. If they can extract it, they can use the grace to track Gadreel. The only problem is the procedure may do permanent damage to Sam.

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A Fine Meth
246 votes

#3 - A Fine Meth

In Plain Sight - Season 1 - Episode 12

The family regroups after Mary's ordeal; Stan and Marshall search for a way to force Spanky to tell the truth about Chuck's drug trafficking; the FBI corners Mary in her driveway with Brandi's suitcase full of meth in the back of her car. Season 1 Finale

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Not Even Close... Encounters
1342 votes

#4 - Not Even Close... Encounters

Psych - Season 5 - Episode 3

Shawn and Gus get themselves hired onto the case when an unstable lawyer claims his assistant was abducted by aliens.

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We Happy Few
3023 votes

#5 - We Happy Few

Supernatural - Season 11 - Episode 22

Sam and Dean face their biggest challenge yet. Rowena makes her move.

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The Tao of Gus
1148 votes

#6 - The Tao of Gus

Psych - Season 6 - Episode 8

After a woman tells the SBPD she witnessed a murder happen in broad daylight, Shawn and Gus are the only ones who believe her, and therefore protect her by hiding her at a remote commune called Box Canyon Ranch, a place whose inhabitants label themselves as progressive intellectuals.

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Road Trip
35 votes

#7 - Road Trip

Standoff - Season 1 - Episode 14

As Darah, daughter of polygamous cult leader Warren Keegan, attempts to escape from her father and reunite with her sister, she is abducted by Warren and his three wives.

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33 Bullets
88 votes

#8 - 33 Bullets

Crossing Jordan - Season 6 - Episode 3

Police officers have shot an 8-year-old boy a staggering 33 times, which sends the city of Boston into a riot. Jordan and the rest of the team investigate the shooting, however one of their own could be lost.

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Regarding Dean
3420 votes

#9 - Regarding Dean

Supernatural - Season 12 - Episode 11

Sam enlists Rowena’s help to track down an old world, powerful family of witches after Dean gets hit by a spell that is rapidly erasing his memory.

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4871 votes

#10 - Haunted

Arrow - Season 4 - Episode 5

When things take a turn for the worse with Sara, Oliver calls in a favor from an old friend who deals in the mystical, John Constantine.

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Danse Vaudou
2385 votes

#11 - Danse Vaudou

Constantine - Season 1 - Episode 5

In New Orleans, Constantine's unusual knowledge of a string of crimes gets him into trouble with Detective Jim Corrigan. He must form an unholy alliance with Papa Midnite when a voodoo ritual to help people communicate with their dead loved ones takes a deadly turn.

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The Vessel
2648 votes

#12 - The Vessel

Supernatural - Season 11 - Episode 14

Hoping to find a weapon powerful enough to defeat Amara, Dean convinces “Castiel,” who is still Lucifer, to send him back in time to the last reported sighting of the Hand of God. Lucifer sees the potential in getting his hands on this weapon so goes along as Castiel and sends Dean to 1944 to the fated submarine mission that sunk the Hand of God. Meanwhile, continuing his charade with Sam while they wait for Dean’s return, Lucifer plans his next move.

2228 votes

#13 - Fallout

Heroes - Season 1 - Episode 11

Peter is in police custody after being mistakenly arrested in Odessa, forcing Nathan to take time out of his Congressional campaign. Claire deals with the implications of telling her father the truth. Matt and Audrey pursue a new lead in the hunt for Sylar unaware that the killer has been captured by Mr. Bennet. Hiro and Ando arrive in Odessa, too late to "save the cheerleader." After Niki learns of Jessica's recent actions, she must make a difficult decision to keep her family safe and so she decides to get herself arrested. Mohinder takes fresh steps down his newly-chosen path by coming back to New York and continuing his fathers research. Isaac's painting of the exploding man comes into context with major consequences for the future of a certain hero, just as an even more mysterious painting is unveiled.

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The Hard Part
1838 votes

#14 - The Hard Part

Heroes - Season 1 - Episode 21

Hiro and Ando's determination is put to the test. Nathan wants to win the election and he's taking drastic measures to ensure that he will. This episode will feature Sylar, his home life, and where he came from. Jessica and D.L. discover some of the stuff that Linderman wants from them and Micah. Also there is a new hero who is supposed to be holding the key to stopping Sylar.

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Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox
3475 votes

#15 - Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox

Supernatural - Season 12 - Episode 6

When hunters gather together to celebrate the life and tragic death of one of their own, Sam, Dean, and Mary must take action when a demon starts picking off hunters one by one.

Dead or Alive
1352 votes

#16 - Dead or Alive

Nikita - Season 4 - Episode 2

Nikita reunites with Michael, Birkhoff and Ryan aboard the team’s aircraft command center. Michael refuses to discuss their relationship but tells Nikita she should stay with the group and let them help her clear her name. Ryan realizes Amanda is making doubles of VIPs with The Shop’s help. Nikita discovers that one of the doubles is the Director of the FBI, but doesn’t know how to kill him without exposing herself. Meanwhile, Alex holds Sam at gunpoint and demands he return what he stole from her, but when a gang of thugs attacks them they are forced to work together to escape.

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The Big Empty
2570 votes

#17 - The Big Empty

Supernatural - Season 13 - Episode 4

When multiple patients of grief counselor Mia Vallens turn up dead, Sam, Dean and Jack investigate the mystery surrounding the murders and, each inadvertently, are forced to deal with unresolved grief of their own.

Dead Soldiers
1288 votes

#18 - Dead Soldiers

The Shield - Season 2 - Episode 2

As Vic gets closer to finding his family, the Strike Team focus their attention to Armadillo after he burns down Tio's HQ. Now Vic must prevent Claudette from finding out the truth about his connection to Tio and his men. Meanwhile, Dutch is followed around by the new civilian auditor to solve a meter-maid murder, and Danny and Julien try to clear up issues between feuding neighbors.

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1726 votes

#19 - Innocence

Nikita - Season 3 - Episode 2

Nikita, Michael and team extract a young girl named Liza, who is being held captive by a rogue Division agent, Wade. Wade has brainwashed Liza and trained her to be a Division agent to help him on his own personal mission. Nikita tries desperately to break through to Liza but, in a moment of chaos, the girl escapes Division. The team races to find her before she can complete her mission to unleash a deadly chemical into the UN building during a special event. Meanwhile, Liza’s abduction brings up painful old memories for Alex.

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Get Over It
116 votes

#20 - Get Over It

Crossing Jordan - Season 6 - Episode 15

A dead woman brings Jordan and Ivers together for a case. Lily and Jeffrey are seeking help from a psychiatrist, who dies in the middle of their session. To add to the mounting stress, Lily suddenly goes into labor; luckily for her, everyone is there to help bring her child into the world.

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The Keys
2993 votes

#21 - The Keys

12 Monkeys - Season 1 - Episode 7

Cole, Dr. Railly and Aaron strive to stop the virus from being deployed as a bio-weapon in Chechnya.

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Broken Home
1501 votes

#22 - Broken Home

Nikita - Season 3 - Episode 18

Strapped down and drugged, Nikita is subjected to Amanda's horrific mental conditioning process, sending her down a terrible trip through memory lane. In the process, Nikita discovers Amanda's deepest, most guarded secret ever. Now revealed as leader of the uprising, Alex struggles to save everyone as events violently escalate. With Michael locked away by Division conspirators, Birkhoff and Sean must step up to save the women they love. Meanwhile, Owen's newfound memories drive him to disturbing actions during Division's lockdown.

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346 votes

#23 - Targets

Trauma - Season 1 - Episode 14

Nancy and Glenn get caught in the crossfire as a sniper takes San Francisco hostage. Rabbit and Marisa are torn between instinct and protocol as each emergency medical call could be a trap. Meanwhile, Boone must learn to adapt to Tyler's new paramedic status and medical knowledge.

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There Might Be Blood
1224 votes

#24 - There Might Be Blood

Psych - Season 3 - Episode 6

Shawn and Gus investigate the death of a safety inspector aboard an offshore oil rig. The investigation is complicated by the commander of the coast guard, Barbara Dunlap, Chief Vick's sister.

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Mommy and Me
356 votes

#25 - Mommy and Me

Siren (2018) - Season 3 - Episode 5

Ryn returns to land to explore human motherhood. Maddie and Robb come across a gruesome discovery. Ben experiences mysterious side effects. Ted confronts Helen.

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Just the Two of Us
899 votes

#26 - Just the Two of Us

Stitchers - Season 3 - Episode 7

When Kirsten wakes up to find that everyone in the stitch lab, except Cameron, is missing, the two search everywhere but only find a series of mysterious clues. Eventually Kirsten realizes that she's still stitched into an autistic man with unique empathetic abilities. Kirsten is forced to confront her own emotions about her relationship with Cameron and unlock a memory in the victim's mind to bounce back

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Oil and Water
617 votes

#27 - Oil and Water

Siren (2018) - Season 2 - Episode 4

Ryn decides they need to find another solution for housing mermaids as the pack dynamics remain precarious. Ben becomes a mentor to Levi as he tries to learn how men behave on land.

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Prisoner of Love
372 votes

#28 - Prisoner of Love

Rush Hour (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 9

Detectives Carter and Lee hunt an escaped prisoner searching for his estranged wife and daughter, who are in witness protection. When the pair goes missing, the Detectives must find how their location was compromised.

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156 votes

#29 - Wander/Lust

Men in Trees - Season 2 - Episode 15

Jack invites Julia and her husband to dinner with Marin so the two women can meet each other. Meanwhile, Sam gives Jane an engagement that he found in an unlikely place, and Annie catches Patrick in a compromising situation.

A Matter of Life and Death
4891 votes

#30 - A Matter of Life and Death

The Event - Season 1 - Episode 4

The White House grapples with a mysterious biological threat. Their only hope is to crack Sophia during interrogation. Meanwhile, Vicky and Carter keep their hostage captive while they await further instructions. FBI Agent Collier, on her search for Leila, stumbles upon Vicky's secret life. Elsewhere, a powerful businessman, Dempsey with classified intelligence and ties to the White House, emerges from the shadows.

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Bounty Hunters!
1102 votes

#31 - Bounty Hunters!

Psych - Season 2 - Episode 9

Shawn and Gus find themselves trying to outwit a bounty hunter when Juliet asks them to find a suspect who escaped from her custody. The problem is, once they find him, Shawn believes his claims of innocence, meaning they not only have to capture him, but prove he's been set up.

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The Hunter Games
2287 votes

#32 - The Hunter Games

Supernatural - Season 10 - Episode 10

After the massacre at the ranch, Dean, Sam and Castiel double their efforts to find a cure for the Mark of Cain but there is nothing in the lore that can help them. Desperate, Castiel comes up with an idea that Sam deems the "single worst idea I've ever heard." Meanwhile, Rowena continues to plot against Crowley, and Castiel tries to mend his relationship with Claire who is plotting revenge against Dean for killing her friend.

The Devil's in the Details... And in the Upstairs Bedroom
1144 votes

#33 - The Devil's in the Details... And in the Upstairs Bedroom

Psych - Season 4 - Episode 4

When a college girl at a Catholic university commits suicide, Gus and Shawn are brought in because one of the professors at the school believes the girl was demon-possessed.

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Fire in the Hole
1125 votes

#34 - Fire in the Hole

Stitchers - Season 1 - Episode 8

It’s Kirsten’s birthday and the Stitchers team is assigned to look into a disease researcher’s suicide. When the body begins showing signs that it is carrying a deadly virus, the whole lab is placed under quarantine. The team jumps to action as they search for a way out, racing against the clock as, one-by-one, they come down with symptoms of exposure.

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Into the Mystic
2506 votes

#35 - Into the Mystic

Supernatural - Season 11 - Episode 11

Sam and Dean investigate a case where people are suffering violent deaths after hearing a mysterious song.

Knock, Knock… House Creeping!
323 votes

#36 - Knock, Knock… House Creeping!

Rush Hour (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 10

Captain Cole enlists the help of Detectives Carter and Lee as she fears the return of a serial killer when a young woman's recent disappearance at a hotel believed to be haunted mirrors a series of chilling unsolved cases from five years ago.

The Performer
2012 votes

#37 - The Performer

Criminal Minds - Season 5 - Episode 7

The BAU team investigates the mystery behind a trail of murders that all seem to align with the tour schedule of a rock star.

The Things They Carried
2260 votes

#38 - The Things They Carried

Supernatural - Season 10 - Episode 15

Despite Dean's directive to forget about looking for a cure for the Mark of Cain, Sam continues to do research. Dean suspects Sam is hiding something but decides to focus on a new murder case where they run into Cole. The three team up and learn a Khan worm is infecting men and turning them into murderers. Unfortunately, the worm makes its way into Cole.

Curse of the Starving Class
1377 votes

#39 - Curse of the Starving Class

Siren (2018) - Season 1 - Episode 5

Ben begins to investigate some suspicious overfishing, meanwhile Decker ramps up his efforts to find his escaped mermaid and shows the true extent of his influence.

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Secrets, Lies and Lamaze
233 votes

#40 - Secrets, Lies and Lamaze

Las Vegas - Season 5 - Episode 14

Piper runs into trouble with the gaming commission, but Cooper bails her out, raising suspicions of the staff.

You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan
24 votes

#41 - You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan

Night Gallery - Season 3 - Episode 5

A bungling inventor and his forgetful wife pool their ineptitude for an experiment in immortality.

1208 votes

#42 - Daredevils!

Psych - Season 3 - Episode 3

Shawn and Gus get hired by the son of daredevil Dutch "The Clutch" Jenkins. They have to figure out what's going on, after "accidents" keep happening to The Clutch.

109 votes

#43 - Alethea

Kung Fu - Season 1 - Episode 10

Caine befriends a young girl, whose mistaken eyewitness testimony leads to the priest being tried for murder... and sentenced to death by hanging.

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In Your Face
7 votes

#44 - In Your Face

Blind Justice - Season 1 - Episode 9

Fact and fiction gets all jumbled up in a homicide case involving a man who is shot in the face with a shotgun when the detectives learn of the victim's past activities and discover inconsistencies in the widow's story. Meanwhile, Karen gives Jim a hard time for not going to her first with the information about Nick's past.

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When Life Gives You Lemon Bars
268 votes

#45 - When Life Gives You Lemon Bars

Las Vegas - Season 5 - Episode 6

Two of Cooper's billionaire friends come to the Montecito for a visit and a poker game. Cooper decides to shadow Sam to better understand her work only to scare off one of her clients. Piper tries to scare everyone with her variety of Halloween costumes.

The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes
72 votes

#46 - The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 1

A phenomenally successful young seer suddenly refuses to make further predictions.

Up on a Roof
38 votes

#47 - Up on a Roof

Blind Justice - Season 1 - Episode 4

The pivotal moment where his former partner failed to step up and take out the bank robber continues to haunt Jim as he is forced to relive losing his eyesight in a recurring nightmare. Jim struggles to move on with his life, but a joint investigation with the 77th precinct pairs him and his current colleagues with Terry Jansen and another detective as they investigate the murder of two gang members. When they head to the home of Titus Oliver, a possible suspect with a previous criminal record for an interview, he attempts to escape by running up to the roof of his apartment. Terry goes after the suspect alone, and ends up being shot in the shoulder. He tells the other detectives that Titus had fired at him and then he shot back with his 9mm gun. Titus had dropped his weapon as he escaped. The recovered weapon is sent off for testing. Jim is troubled by this story because it conflicts with what he heard. He heard Terry fire the 9mm first and then the shot from Titus' gun. Tit

Camera Obscura
13 votes

#48 - Camera Obscura

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 36

A heartless moneylender gets his just desserts with the help of a client's unusual telescopic device.

Green Fingers
15 votes

#49 - Green Fingers

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 43

An unscrupulous tycoon takes drastic steps to force an old widow off her land. His stumbling block: her strange talent for gardening.

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The Girl with the Hungry Eyes
30 votes

#50 - The Girl with the Hungry Eyes

Night Gallery - Season 3 - Episode 2

A photographer hires a mysterious model whose eyes burn with a seductive - yet frightening - glow.