The Best Episodes Directed by John Showalter

Push Comes to Shove

#1 - Push Comes to Shove

Without a Trace Season 7 - Episode 9

The team must decide whether or not a doctor's past is a factor in her disappearance.

star 8.27
157 votes
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Friends and Neighbors

#2 - Friends and Neighbors

Without a Trace Season 7 - Episode 14

The team tries to hunt down the person who kidnapped two neighbors from a suburban home. The case takes a surprising turn when the agents discover the identity of the abductor.

star 8.21
161 votes
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Who We Are

#3 - Who We Are

Supernatural Season 12 - Episode 22

Caught in a dangerous situation, Sam and Dean only have each other to rely on. Meanwhile, the fight between the American Hunters and the British Hunters comes to a head.

star 8.03
3130 votes
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#4 - Spacewalker

The 100 Season 2 - Episode 8

Clarke returns to Camp Jaha with devastating news. Finn struggles with the aftermath of his actions. Abby gathers information from an unlikely source and prepares for a fight. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal Finn and Raven’s relationship on the Ark.

star 8.02
5114 votes
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#5 - Requiem

Without a Trace Season 4 - Episode 22

The team searches for Ted Jordano and his teenage children after the three turn up missing and their house is a veritable bloodbath.

star 7.96
136 votes
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Mommy Dearest

#6 - Mommy Dearest

Supernatural Season 6 - Episode 19

Sam, Dean, Bobby and Castiel track Eve to a small town in Oregon. The guys discover the townspeople have been converted to demons, but surprisingly, they all appear to be dying. When they finally do meet Eve, she decides to torture the brothers by bringing back their mother.

star 7.89
3936 votes

#7 - Primed

Without a Trace Season 5 - Episode 14

When a young artist disappears, the team is concerned that one of her subjects may have been unhappy with her work.

star 7.89
160 votes
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#8 - Distress

Criminal Minds Season 2 - Episode 17

The BAU travels to Houston to investigate a series of murders that have occurred near construction sites and abandoned buildings. Because the murders appear to be random, the team believes the killer could be a homeless person. Meanwhile, everyone is noticing an apparent change in Reid's behavior.

star 7.86
1517 votes
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Inclement Weather

#9 - Inclement Weather

The 100 Season 2 - Episode 2

A suspicious Clarke confronts President Dante Wallace and demands answers. Kane interrogates one of The 100, and Abby performs emergency surgery. Meanwhile, Octavia resorts to violence to find Lincoln.

star 7.84
5573 votes
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The Thing

#10 - The Thing

Supernatural Season 13 - Episode 17

Sam and Dean continue to collect the pieces necessary to open a rift to the other world in order to save their family. Their latest quest leads them to a Men of Letters bunker from the 1920s and a hungry God from another dimension. Meanwhile, Ketch makes a shocking decision about Gabriel after an unruly encounter with Asmodeus.

star 7.84
1816 votes
The British Invasion

#11 - The British Invasion

Supernatural Season 12 - Episode 17

Sam and Dean get a lead on Kelly Kline’s whereabouts. Mick drops by the bunker unexpectedly and decides to join the hunt.

star 7.83
3126 votes
Punk is Dead

#12 - Punk is Dead

Forever (2014) Season 1 - Episode 19

While Jo and Isaac are at a punk rock club, a mummified body is found in the wall.

star 7.83
1431 votes
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Live to Regret

#13 - Live to Regret

Without a Trace Season 7 - Episode 6

The team finds a secret to a bank manager's past after she vanishes, which may just hold a clue to her disappearance. Meanwhile, Jack is named head of the department once again.

star 7.82
165 votes
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Family of Rogues

#14 - Family of Rogues

The Flash (2014) Season 2 - Episode 3

When Barry and the team find out Captain Cold has been kidnapped, they form an uneasy alliance with his sister, Lisa. However, Barry feels double-crossed when he finds out Snart is working with his father, Lewis Snart on a heist. Meanwhile, Joe is faced with a difficult decision.

star 7.81
5275 votes
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House vs. God

#15 - House vs. God

House Season 2 - Episode 19

House treats a 15 year old faith healer, while Wilson feels left out when he finds out House has a weekly poker game.

star 7.81
2647 votes
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Sharp Teeth

#16 - Sharp Teeth

Supernatural Season 9 - Episode 12

After finding out that Garth is in the hospital, Sam and Dean go to check on him. Still carrying the guilt over Kevin, Dean lays into Garth about disappearing and demands to know where he's been. Garth makes an excuse and then hightails it away from the guys. Confused as to why Garth would run from them, Sam and Dean do some investigating and are stunned by what they find.

star 7.81
2727 votes
What's Up, Tiger Mommy?

#17 - What's Up, Tiger Mommy?

Supernatural Season 8 - Episode 2

Kevin talks Sam and Dean into checking in on his mother. When they arrive, they see that Crowley has surrounded her with demons so they rescue her and take her along on their quest to find the tablet. However, they soon discover Kevin wasn’t kidding when he said his mother was a strong-willed woman after she tries to take on Crowley.

star 7.80
3492 votes
The Woman of His Dreams

#18 - The Woman of His Dreams

Ghost Whisperer Season 2 - Episode 6

Jim has a ghost who died during surgery come to his dreams. Melinda and Jim find that the ghost, a supermodel, cannot cross-over as she wants to save her little sister from suffering the same destiny. Jim's friends are frightened by the crazy events that occur at his house.

star 7.76
347 votes
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Unhuman Nature

#19 - Unhuman Nature

Supernatural Season 14 - Episode 7

Sam and Castiel track down a Shaman, who may be able to help a friend. Nick continues to spiral down a dark path as he looks for answers surrounding the deaths of his wife and son. Jack turns to Dean for help enjoying the human experience.

star 7.76
1331 votes
Gray Line

#20 - Gray Line

Frequency Season 1 - Episode 9

Raimy and Frank make a startling discovery about the Nightingale killer. Meanwhile, Frank is blindsided by a shocking betrayal.

star 7.74
1602 votes
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Contents Under Pressure

#21 - Contents Under Pressure

The 100 Season 1 - Episode 7

Clarke and Raven make contact with the Ark, and Abby guides Clarke through a dangerous procedure in a desperate move to save one of their own. Meanwhile, on the Ark, Abby is removed from the council, and former Chancellor Diana Sydney takes her place. Jaha reveals to Abby that there are not enough drop ships for everyone on the Ark to go down to Earth, and Kane begins to deal with his guilt over his recent decision.

star 7.73
6326 votes
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Left Behind

#22 - Left Behind

DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 - Episode 9

Ray, Sara and Kendra are shocked after they watch the Waverider fly off without them, leaving them stranded in the ’50s. After waiting months for their teammates to come back, the three realize they must move on with their lives. Ray and Kendra bond as a couple but Sara decides to return to the League of Assassins and Ra’s al Ghul.

star 7.72
4123 votes
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Two of Us

#23 - Two of Us

Without a Trace Season 5 - Episode 23

A high school student goes missing after leaving her prom early to get some rest in her hotel room, leaving behind a bloody dress and a lot of questions about what may have happened to her.

star 7.72
158 votes
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Gasoline Drum

#24 - Gasoline Drum

S.W.A.T. (2017) Season 2 - Episode 2

The SWAT team works together with their former member Jim Street to find a woman and her son who are running from an international drug cartel. Also, Hondo makes a distressing discovery about his incarcerated friend’s teen son, and Luca mulls over a government program that allows officers to buy homes in the at-risk neighborhoods they police.

star 7.68
998 votes
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#25 - Homecoming

S.W.A.T. (2017) Season 1 - Episode 7

When Hondo’s imprisoned childhood friend asks him to protect his son from gang violence, the favor brings SWAT into contact with a new local crime outfit. Also, when Luca’s grandfather, a SWAT legend, passes away, he struggles with his grief and a painful family secret.

star 7.68
1611 votes
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Out With the Old

#26 - Out With the Old

Supernatural Season 7 - Episode 16

After a ballerina is found dead from dancing herself to death, Sam and Dean look into the case and discover the ballet slippers she wore were cursed. When Dean accidentally touches the shoes the power of the curse starts to take hold of him.

star 7.67
3561 votes
Terms and Conditions

#27 - Terms and Conditions

The 100 Season 3 - Episode 8

Kane searches for a peaceful way to handle things but soon realizes he may be forced to resort to drastic measures. Pike suspects that there may be a leak within the walls of Arkadia. Raven has a plan and reaches out to Jasper for help.

star 7.67
5185 votes
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Cherry Picked

#28 - Cherry Picked

The Mentalist Season 5 - Episode 6

The team investigates the kidnapping of a couple that may be the victim of mistaken identity, while Jane continues his investigation into Lorelei's whereabouts.

star 7.66
3484 votes
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The Heroes' Journey

#29 - The Heroes' Journey

Supernatural Season 15 - Episode 10

Sam and Dean hit the road to help an old friend, but it appears that their luck may have finally run out and they are the ones who may be in need of rescue.

star 7.66
800 votes
The Sound and the Fury

#30 - The Sound and the Fury

The Flash (2014) Season 1 - Episode 11

Dr. Wells’ former protégée, Hartley Rathaway, returns to seek revenge on his mentor after being affected by the particle accelerator explosion. Now able to manipulate sound waves, the brilliant Rathaway is a dangerous threat to both Wells and The Flash. Meanwhile, Iris is thrilled when she’s hired by the Central City Picture News as their newest cub reporter. Unfortunately, her editor pairs her with a veteran reporter, Mason Bridge, who wants nothing to do with her. Cisco recalls his first day on the job at S.T.A.R. Labs when he met Hartley and Caitlin. Joe asks Eddie for a favor but asks him to keep it a secret from Barry.

star 7.66
4374 votes
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#31 - Ghosts

S.W.A.T. (2017) Season 1 - Episode 14

Hondo and the team go on the hunt for a serial killer who escaped justice two years prior by faking his death. Also, Hondo worries that Buck Spivey, the team’s former leader, is spiraling into depression in the aftermath of being fired from the department, on S.W.A.T.

star 7.64
1300 votes
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Lost Things

#32 - Lost Things

Unforgettable Season 1 - Episode 8

Carrie and Al investigate the death of a public defender, only to discover that the killer has a larger plan which may lead to a second murder.

star 7.64
1488 votes
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A Short Time in Paradise

#33 - A Short Time in Paradise

Alphas Season 1 - Episode 8

Hicks and Nina are entranced by a deadly cult leader named Jonas.

star 7.62
3257 votes
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Man's Best Friend with Benefits

#34 - Man's Best Friend with Benefits

Supernatural Season 8 - Episode 15

A police officer named James, who turned to witchcraft after working a case with Sam and Dean, is plagued by nightmares in which he murders innocent people. However, when the murders actually happen, Sam and Dean are called in by James’s "familiar" to help -- but the brothers aren’t sure they want to save a witch.

star 7.61
3197 votes
Clap Your Hands If You Believe...

#35 - Clap Your Hands If You Believe...

Supernatural Season 6 - Episode 9

While Sam and Dean are investigating a UFO sighting, Dean is abducted from a crop circle. However, when he awakens, he discovers he isn't dealing with aliens, but fairies! Unfortunately, only Dean can see the fairy that keeps attacking him which makes tracing and stopping them difficult. The brothers become even more perplexed when Sam's investigation leads them to a world full of elves, gnomes and a leprechaun.

star 7.59
4008 votes

#36 - Bizarro

Supergirl Season 1 - Episode 12

Kara faces off against her mirror image when Bizarro, a twisted version of Supergirl, sets out to destroy her. Also, Kara grows closer with Cat’s son, Adam.

star 7.56
3757 votes
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Dr. Feelbad

#37 - Dr. Feelbad

Shark Season 1 - Episode 3

A heart surgeon is accused of murdering his missing wife. The fact that Stark doesn't have any proof, or even a body, doesn't stop him. He asks his team to find creative means to secure evidence from Dr. Mitchell Sterling's home and obtain testimony from his eight-year-old son, Ethan.

star 7.54
89 votes
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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

#38 - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Supernatural Season 5 - Episode 15

Sam and Dean investigate Bobby's home town where the dead are rising from the grave but instead of attacking humans, they are happily reuniting with their families. The brothers turn to Bobby for help but he tells them not to worry about it and to leave town. Suspicious, Dean investigates and comes face to face with Bobby's dead wife, who has no memory of what happened to her. Once the zombies start turning evil, the boys tell Bobby he has to kill his wife but he refuses.

star 7.53
3930 votes
Survival Instincts

#39 - Survival Instincts

Nikita Season 3 - Episode 9

Ray (Matt Bushell), a rogue agent, kidnaps his girlfriend Kate (Anna Hopkins), so Ryan dispatches the team to rescue her. Nikita is confused when Michael sends Owen into the field with her instead of going himself. Meanwhile, Sean makes a decision about Alex.

star 7.50
1176 votes
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Two and a Half Men

#40 - Two and a Half Men

Supernatural Season 6 - Episode 2

Sam investigates a case about missing babies whose parents are being murdered. At one of the crime scenes, he discovers a baby that was left behind and calls Dean for help. Reluctant to leave Lisa and Ben, Dean finally agrees to meet Sam and surprises his brother with how parental he has become. The brothers take the baby to Samuel, who decides to raise it as a hunter, which infuriates Dean. However, before they can decide the baby's future, a shape-shifter breaks in and attempts to kidnap the baby.

star 7.48
4046 votes
Halt & Catch Fire

#41 - Halt & Catch Fire

Supernatural Season 10 - Episode 13

A ghost starts killing people through various electronic devices. Sam and Dean discover who was killed and why this ghost is seeking revenge on a group of college students but what they can’t figure out is how he’s doing it. With three dead, the brothers must stop the ghost before he claims his next victim.

star 7.45
1975 votes

#42 - Soul

Cold Case Season 7 - Episode 4

The 1970 murder of a musician who was instrumental in creating the Philadelphia soul sound is reinvestigated. The victim tried to keep his involvement in the music scene from his strict minister father. Meanwhile, Lilly meets her teen stepbrother, Finn.

star 7.44
421 votes
Paint It Black

#43 - Paint It Black

Supernatural Season 10 - Episode 16

Sam and Dean investigate a string of suicides committed by people with little in common other than the identical, grisly method of death – slow, self-administered disembowlment. All of the victims were members of a Catholic church and had recently given confession, leading the brothers to suspect the priest is somehow involved. Meanwhile, when Crowley captures Olivette, the leader of the Grand Coven, Rowena pleads her case to be allowed to practice magic freely again.

star 7.40
2124 votes
Broken Hearts

#44 - Broken Hearts

Arrow Season 4 - Episode 16

A heartbroken Cupid returns to Star City with one goal — to destroy anyone in love. The team learns she’s killing couples on their wedding day so Oliver and Felicity decide to pose as bait.

star 7.38
4818 votes
Bullet (2)

#45 - Bullet (2)

Cold Case Season 7 - Episode 19

A serial killer is identified, and Lilly and the FBI attempt to protect his likely future targets while tracking him down.

star 7.27
550 votes
Love Triangle

#46 - Love Triangle

Shark Season 1 - Episode 8

A 16-year-old black girl is run down by a car and killed just after she left a party. The school the victim went to is mostly attended by rich, white kids, including Stark's daughter, Julie. Stark fears a racial war could break out over the crime but when the investigation is completed, it reveals a totally different story.

star 7.26
27 votes
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