The Best Episodes Directed by John Badham

Trail of the Serpent

#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.

star 8.64
11 votes
First Born

#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.

star 8.27
2946 votes
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A Fine Meth

#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

star 8.18
242 votes
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Not Even Close... Encounters

#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.

star 8.07
1328 votes
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We Happy Few

#5 - We Happy Few

Supernatural Season 11 - Episode 22

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

star 8.04
2975 votes
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The Tao of Gus

#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.

star 8.02
1136 votes
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Road Trip

#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.

star 8.00
35 votes
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33 Bullets

#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.

star 7.98
88 votes
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Regarding Dean

#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.

star 7.94
3365 votes
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#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.

star 7.93
4850 votes
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Danse Vaudou

#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.

star 7.81
2364 votes
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Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox

#12 - 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.

star 7.80
3419 votes
The Vessel

#13 - 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.

star 7.80
2598 votes

#14 - 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.

star 7.79
2203 votes
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Dead or Alive

#15 - 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.

star 7.79
1348 votes
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The Big Empty

#16 - 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.

star 7.79
2510 votes
The Hard Part

#17 - 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.

star 7.79
1817 votes
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Dead Soldiers

#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.

star 7.78
1269 votes
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#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.

star 7.73
1718 votes
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The Keys

#20 - 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.

star 7.73
2964 votes
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Get Over It

#21 - 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.

star 7.72
116 votes
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#22 - 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.

star 7.70
345 votes
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Broken Home

#23 - 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.

star 7.69
1495 votes
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Mommy and Me

#24 - 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.

star 7.66
342 votes
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Oil and Water

#25 - 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.

star 7.65
605 votes
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Just the Two of Us

#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

star 7.65
896 votes
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There Might Be Blood

#27 - 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.

star 7.65
1203 votes
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Prisoner of Love

#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.

star 7.63
371 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.

star 7.62
156 votes
A Matter of Life and Death

#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.

star 7.61
4883 votes
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Bounty Hunters!

#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.

star 7.57
1079 votes
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Fire in the Hole

#32 - 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.

star 7.57
1120 votes
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The Devil's in the Details... And in the Upstairs Bedroom

#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.

star 7.56
1126 votes
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The Hunter Games

#34 - 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.

star 7.56
2248 votes
Into the Mystic

#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.

star 7.55
2461 votes
The Seventh Grave

#36 - The Seventh Grave

Cannon Season 2 - Episode 21

One step forward, two steps back as Cannon hunts a mass murderer. Helping to cloud the facts: a police lab technician who's altering the evidence as quickly as it is found.

star 7.50
2 votes
The Performer

#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.

star 7.49
1989 votes
The Things They Carried

#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.

star 7.48
2221 votes
Curse of the Starving Class

#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.

star 7.48
1360 votes
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Knock, Knock… House Creeping!

#40 - 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.

star 7.48
322 votes
Secrets, Lies and Lamaze

#41 - 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.

star 7.45
229 votes
You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan

#42 - 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.

star 7.41
24 votes

#43 - 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.

star 7.36
1187 votes
When Life Gives You Lemon Bars

#44 - 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.

star 7.28
264 votes

#45 - 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.

star 7.26
110 votes
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The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes

#46 - The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes

Night Gallery Season 2 - Episode 1

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

star 7.23
70 votes
Camera Obscura

#47 - 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.

star 7.12
13 votes
Green Fingers

#48 - 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.

star 7.11
15 votes
The Girl with the Hungry Eyes

#49 - 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.

star 6.65
29 votes
The Doll of Death

#50 - The Doll of Death

Night Gallery Season 3 - Episode 15

A spurned plantation owner in the British West Indies enlists the power of voodoo to avenge himself against a romantic rival.

star 6.52
19 votes
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