The BEST episodes directed by Kevin Dowling

The Shot
star
9.23
63 votes

#1 - The Shot

Close to Home - Season 1 - Episode 20

Annabeth brings down a high school basketball player on murder charges on the death of another teammate in court. The suspect confesses that it was an accident. During the teenager's trial, a witness comes forward to testify that the shooting was intentional. Soon after hearing the testimony, the defendant's father changes his initial statement and confesses to the crime. Convinced that the teenager's father is lying to protect his son from prosecution, Annabeth digs deeper and stumbles upon a secret the boys were keeping which may have been the motive for the shooting.

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David and Goliath
star
8.89
62 votes

#2 - David and Goliath

Close to Home - Season 1 - Episode 21

When a professional baseball player goes on trial for the murder of his mistress, Annabeth has to go up against a high-powered celebrity defense lawyer.

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The Stars Align
star
8.67
88 votes

#3 - The Stars Align

Ed - Season 2 - Episode 1

Ed and Carol's close encounter is interrupted by Bonnie Hane; Ed defends Warren on a charge of criminal negligence after Warren brings a keg of beer to a party and an underage drinker has an bicycle accident on his way home; Nancy quits her job to be a full-time mother.

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The D.C. Strangler
star
8.33
12 votes

#4 - The D.C. Strangler

The District - Season 1 - Episode 11

Temple leads an investigation to catch a serial killer who is murdering prostitutes, but after viewing the women's mutilated bodies he doesn't know if he's strong enough to see the job through; Mannion comes under pressure to hire a politically correct candidate for a district-commander post.

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Small Town Guys
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8.29
88 votes

#5 - Small Town Guys

Ed - Season 2 - Episode 10

Hoping to turn the case into a First Amendment issue to be heard by the Supreme Court, a celebrity lawyer offers to help Ed defend an ex-classmate being sued by a woman for embarrassing her on the Internet. Mike resorts to extreme measures after Dr. Jerome decides to postpone his retirement. Warren finds that the class clown who laughs first is the one who get the most laughs.

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Acceptable Losses
star
8.25
4 votes

#6 - Acceptable Losses

The District - Season 4 - Episode 8

Ricky and a friend collapse at Ricky's birthday party and are taken to the hospital, where they are diagnosed with MDMA ingestion (a.k.a. ecstasy). Mannion and his men hit the streets trying to reach the source of the drug distribution network, which leads them all the way to a man in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, Clive and Ella's sister fight over Ricky's custody, and Ricky chooses to go with his aunt to Florida. Debreno and Temple's friendship is shaken and Temple punches Debreno, still about the Lester Richards case. Brander and Cutter track down an ATM thief, a job usually done by the secret service agents – who offer Cutter a position on their staff.

Melt Down
star
8.22
9 votes

#7 - Melt Down

The District - Season 2 - Episode 6

When two children are shot by a 7-year-old boy, Mannion makes it his mission to find exactly how the boy got his hands on a gun. When Mannion questions the 7-year-old, he learns that the youngster took the gun from his 15-year-old brother who reveals that he got the gun from a ""guy on the street"" near his school. With the help of Temple and Debreno, Mannion sets up a sting and discovers that the weapon was actually a gun that the police had confiscated in a ""buy-back"" program. Now, with the Public Safety Commission breathing down Mannion's neck, he must track down the culprits before any more guns hit the street or any more children get hurt.

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The Princeless Bride
star
8.20
10 votes

#8 - The Princeless Bride

Touched by an Angel - Season 8 - Episode 16

Liz’s fiancée Jonas runs away after having a fight with her, causing Liz to reach out to the less fortunate instead of crying for her own loss.

The Messenger
star
8.09
205 votes

#9 - The Messenger

Army Wives - Season 2 - Episode 3

Denise connects with a wounded soldier who reminds her of her carefree past; Katie is upset to learn her father is going on another secret mission; and Claudia Joy becomes the object of a schoolboy crush.

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Pilot
star
8.05
610 votes

#10 - Pilot

Necessary Roughness - Season 1 - Episode 1

Recently divorced, Dr. Dani Santino is assigned to be the new team therapist for the local pro football franchise, the New York Hawks.

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The Wedding
star
8.03
1119 votes

#11 - The Wedding

The Catch - Season 1 - Episode 10

Sybil proves to be a formidable adversary and devises a well-orchestrated con that takes place at a high-profile wedding. Meanwhile, Alice finds herself in a precarious situation and Ben puts everything on the line to keep her out of danger.

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Night Moves
star
8.00
5 votes

#12 - Night Moves

The District - Season 1 - Episode 18

Mannion decides to declare war against street gangs after a drive by shooting kills an innocent pedestrian. Two Latino gangs (the ""Colombian Guardian Crew"" - C.G.C. - and ""Los Muertos"") - one Cuban and one Salvadorian - are in war with each other over territory limits and Mannion sends his best men to catch the main leader accused of killing the pedestrian: Carlos ""El Gato"" Cesar, one of the most dangerous gang members in the city. Meanwhile, Mannion has suspicions that the same man that reported a criminal fire is the one who started it; and Nick has to face his fears after being badly beaten up by a robber.

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Netherlands
star
8.00
12 votes

#13 - Netherlands

Touched by an Angel - Season 7 - Episode 23

Monica’s faith is challenged by Satan himself after she witnesses a tragic incident.

Daddy's Home
star
7.98
58 votes

#14 - Daddy's Home

Valentine - Season 1 - Episode 2

Grace's affair with Ray is put on hold when her husband, Ari, the god of war, returns home. There, Ari tries to get Danny to work for him instead of in the love business. Meanwhile, Morgan, a chemist, pines for Nisha.

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Pretty Girls and Waffles
star
7.98
92 votes

#15 - Pretty Girls and Waffles

Ed - Season 1 - Episode 4

Ed defends a secretary being sued over a payroll error; Carol decides that she and Nick have to end their relationship; Mike is reviewed by his superior; Molly selects talent over beauty in casting the school play.

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I'm Tired of Pretending
star
7.97
544 votes

#16 - I'm Tired of Pretending

Nashville (2012) - Season 2 - Episode 9

Maddie wants to spend more time with Deacon and Teddy begins to feel like he’s being replaced. Rayna is struggling to strike the right balance with the two dads and their fatherhood responsibilities. Meanwhile, Lamar makes a plea to Rayna to secure Tandy’s support as a character witness. Charlie has declared his love for Juliette but she couldn’t be more distracted by the fact that Layla’s career is stealing some of her spotlight. Zoey and Avery make plans to visit Scarlett on the road in an effort to boost her spirits, though that feeling may be short-lived.

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Pilot
star
7.97
58 votes

#17 - Pilot

Valentine - Season 1 - Episode 1

The Valentine family is sent down to Los Angeles from Mount Olympus, using magic to make sure true love continues to blossom on earth. Grace (Aphrodite), asks romance novelist Kate Providence for help, which angers her son Danny (Eros). Also, the Valentines try to spark love between a pair of long-time friends who are soulmates.

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This Is America
star
7.93
288 votes

#18 - This Is America

For the People (2018) - Season 2 - Episode 2

Tina faces legal consequences as she defiantly insists on protecting a young boy after his father, a witness in Leonard’s case, has a run-in with ICE agents that could lead to his deportation. Elsewhere, Kate is determined to establish her worth to Roger and takes on a significant murder case involving a prominent New York criminal defense attorney.

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Tidal Wave
star
7.90
10 votes

#19 - Tidal Wave

Judging Amy - Season 3 - Episode 21

Maxine works more tirelessly than ever on the Pamela Taylor investigation as she assists an attorney in finding other abused teens who are willing to join in the Taylors' class action suit against Buckley Hills; when a social worker in a child abuse case appears in her courtroom with an attitude, and without any of the periodic reports she was ordered to file with the court, Amy cites her for contempt and has her arrested when she discovers that the social worker is unaware of the child's present whereabouts; later that evening at the dinner table, Maxine takes vociferous objection to Amy's ruling and accuses her of displacing her fears and frustration about Maxine's health onto a good social worker who is overworked and overwhelmed; realizing that her mother is right, Amy has the social worker released from jail; when Donna discovers how much Kyle regrets not completing his medical training, she prods him into resuming his studies; Amy presides at the sentencing hearing for two young

Winter's End
star
7.90
1065 votes

#20 - Winter's End

Jericho (2006) - Season 1 - Episode 16

After April collapses and goes into early labor, Jake makes Kenchy face his problems so that they can save April. The wind turbine arrives from New Bern but Heather does not return. Jericho makes a deal with New Bern to send ten of their people to New Bern to make more wind turbines as long as New Bern receives a percentage of their spring crop.

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Hail & Farewell
star
7.88
211 votes

#21 - Hail & Farewell

Army Wives - Season 1 - Episode 7

It's Roxy's birthday and her mother wants to plan a party for her. She asks Pamela for help with the party. Michael and Claudia Joy talk to Amanda about Jeremy and his behavior with his mother.

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Doomsday
star
7.85
1074 votes

#22 - Doomsday

Rizzoli & Isles - Season 5 - Episode 4

A man is found murdered inside his doomsday fallout shelter; Jane finds out that Korsak is considering retirement; Frankie keeps a secret.

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Rebellion
star
7.82
646 votes

#23 - Rebellion

Reaper - Season 1 - Episode 14

It's a demons world, as the gang encounters a demon support group with members who are trying to change their bad ways. However, not every demon is in for a change, as Sam and his friends must take down one who poses as a lawyer to unleash leeches on his victims.

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And Then the Hurricane Hit
star
7.81
701 votes

#24 - And Then the Hurricane Hit

13 Reasons Why - Season 3 - Episode 12

The pressure of Clay’s arrest leads his friends to make risky decisions, and the full story of the brawl that erupted at homecoming emerges.

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Xbalanque
star
7.81
937 votes

#25 - Xbalanque

Mayans M.C. - Season 2 - Episode 1

The Reyes family is divided and the M.C. uncovers an internal leak.

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Exit Time
star
7.79
1705 votes

#26 - Exit Time

Bosch - Season 2 - Episode 7

Deputy Chief Irving takes full measures in the wake of tragedy. Bosch finds himself in an unexpected alliance, which leads to a startling discovery. Eleanor seeks an advantage with the FBI. The nefarious gang behind serious crimes plans its exit strategy.

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The God Thing
star
7.78
9 votes

#27 - The God Thing

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 20

Amy decides the fate of two teenagers arrested for possession of a date rape drug; Greta returns to work with a newfound appreciation of her spirituality, causing Amy to question her own; while working on the case of a neglectful mother, Maxine discovers that management isn't all that it's cracked up to be, especially when it gets in the way of her time with Jared; Donna ropes Amy into having coffee with Leisha, who in turn ropes Amy into going shopping for bathing suits; Vincent breaks up with Lisa after she perjures herself on the stand; after Donna delivers some very sad news, Amy seeks some answers, and some consolation, at Bruce's church.

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Into the Fire
star
7.75
12 votes

#28 - Into the Fire

Judging Amy - Season 5 - Episode 6

In court for the sentencing phase of a capital murder trial, Amy must decide whether to stop the proceedings when one of the lawyers makes inappropriate remarks in the course of his closing argument. In a private dinner with Lauren, Stu reveals a hitherto hidden fear of children. Kyle feels awkward on meeting his new boss, who he discovers he already knows from an AA meeting.

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Goal Line
star
7.75
528 votes

#29 - Goal Line

Necessary Roughness - Season 1 - Episode 12

As the Hawks head into the playoffs, Dani takes on an unexpected new client and TK must face his biggest rival. Nico has to decide where his loyalties lie.

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Baby Steps
star
7.75
553 votes

#30 - Baby Steps

Madam Secretary - Season 5 - Episode 7

Vice President Teresa Hurst asks Elizabeth for help when a surrogate carrying her future grandchild is arrested in Laos for human trafficking. Also, Henry tries to protect Stevie from danger when he suspects that she’s being followed by a Russian operative, and Blake deals with the demanding and costly instructions of a delegation of Japanese gardeners.

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Exceptions
star
7.74
89 votes

#31 - Exceptions

Ed - Season 1 - Episode 17

Ed and Carol finds themselves on opposite sides when he represents a gym coach who is flunking one of her best students; Dr. Jerome continues to humiliate Mike; Shirley starts working as Ed's legal clerk.

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Smoke and Mirrors
star
7.72
395 votes

#32 - Smoke and Mirrors

Royal Pains - Season 6 - Episode 1

After a winter abroad, Hank returns to the Hamptons to celebrate the latest addition to the HankMed family. Evan and Paige take a hands-on approach to their marriage. Later Evan hatches a plan to make Hank stay in town after a saxophone player falls ill. Meanwhile Divya experiences the joys of motherhood and a mysterious party guest brings surprising news for the Lawson family.

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Listen Up
star
7.71
603 votes

#33 - Listen Up

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World - Season 1 - Episode 2

Yvette attempts to guide Kevin in his mission to help others, but when he tries to “help” a local brewer, Kevin’s good intentions go horribly awry. Amy struggles to understand Kevin’s strange behavior while still mourning the loss of her husband. Meanwhile, Kevin rekindles an old flame with unexpected consequences.

The Devil & Sam Oliver
star
7.70
715 votes

#34 - The Devil & Sam Oliver

Reaper - Season 2 - Episode 13

When Nina returns from Hell with the information Sam needs, he challenges the Devil to the game he's best at. However, when it comes to a draw, Andi is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Aftermath
star
7.69
549 votes

#35 - Aftermath

Resurrection - Season 2 - Episode 9

Arcadians mourn the loss of a beloved member of the community. The stem cells from Rachael’s baby do provide the cure for the virus, but when Rachael suddenly goes missing, Bellamy and Maggie turn to an unexpected source for help. Henry learns the truth about Margaret and his family’s role in the factory fire.

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Two Rivers
star
7.68
1915 votes

#36 - Two Rivers

Resurrection - Season 1 - Episode 3

Exhuming Jacob's grave deepens the mystery of his return; Henry struggles to accept that Jacob is really the son he lost; Maggie and Bellamy wonder if the local river holds a clue that could connect Caleb's and Jacob's deaths.

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Near Death Experience
star
7.67
15 votes

#37 - Near Death Experience

Judging Amy - Season 1 - Episode 8

Amy presides over the sentencing hearing of an emotionally immature teenager convicted of the murder of a ten year old girl during a drive-by shooting; Vincent is shot when he attempts to rescue a woman who's being assaulted; Maxine investigates a mother who claims that she was abducted by aliens; a divorced couple asks Amy to resolve a dispute about the care of their five-day-old son.

Surprised by Gravity
star
7.67
9 votes

#38 - Surprised by Gravity

Judging Amy - Season 3 - Episode 9

Amy feels responsible when three teenagers she sentenced to community service are killed by a drunken driver during their work detail, until Kyle gives her a new perspective on the situation; Maxine assists Shelly Tran in her investigation when the skeleton of a baby is unearthed in the backyard of a home owned by three elderly sisters; Kyle tries to adjust to working at Giggle Burger and living at Maxine's house; Amy must decide whether to allow an adventuresome couple to retain custody of the toddler they include in their extreme sporting activities.

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In High School, Even on a Good Day, It's Hard to Tell Who's on Your Side
star
7.66
720 votes

#39 - In High School, Even on a Good Day, It's Hard to Tell Who's on Your Side

13 Reasons Why - Season 3 - Episode 8

Mr. Porter interviews students about Clay, who pleads his innocence to Mrs. Walker. Learning Porter counseled Bryce, Clay and Ani question his motives.

Carnelian Inc.
star
7.66
3028 votes

#40 - Carnelian Inc.

The Mentalist - Season 1 - Episode 17

When a mysterious malcontent threatens the lives of the top executives at Carnelian, Inc., a conglomerate noted for its rapacious business practices, authorities initially dismiss the communication as a hoax until the company's personnel director plummets to his death at Jane's feet during a skydiving exercise.

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A Cook
star
7.65
766 votes

#41 - A Cook

Dead Like Me - Season 1 - Episode 8

When George decides to care for the beautiful golden retriever her latest victim has left behind, and Rube steps in as a grill cook to replace the man whose soul he recently took, both find themselves feeling lost and out of place. but as they boldly face their predicaments head-on, the two reapers finally figure out where they belong.

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Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow
star
7.65
2903 votes

#42 - Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow

The Americans (2013) - Season 4 - Episode 3

Paige copes with new burdens that come with her family’s secret – as Philip and Elizabeth struggle to contain their cover without destroying their daughter.

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ARPANET
star
7.62
2905 votes

#43 - ARPANET

The Americans (2013) - Season 2 - Episode 7

Philip uses his agent Charles Duluth to help him gain access to an early precursor to the Internet so that the KGB can bug American government communications. Nina faces the threat of a potential FBI polygraph exam, bringing her closer to KGB colleague Oleg.

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Ends and Means
star
7.62
90 votes

#44 - Ends and Means

Ed - Season 2 - Episode 12

Ed represents a woman who embezzled money from her insurance company employer to pay for a claimant's liver transplant, and breaches his own ethics to keep her out of jail. Nancy tries and fails at a new career as a substitute teacher, and realizes that she'd like to become a guidance counselor. For once, Phil gets it right when he turns a child's birthday party at the Stuckeybowl into a celebrity roast, which ends up being a bigger hit than Ed anticipated.

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The Hero Dies In This One
star
7.62
491 votes

#45 - The Hero Dies In This One

One Tree Hill - Season 2 - Episode 13

When Michelle Branch & Jessica Harp from the band "The Wreckers" perform at TRIC, Haley realizes her passion is to pursue her music career. Meanwhile, Lucas decides to move in with Dan, straining his relationships with both Karen and Nathan. Brooke runs for student council president, but quickly realizes she is taking on more than she bargained for. Peyton and Jake's friendship grows stronger. Brooke finds out that Mouth broke her car window. Lucas gets his HCM results and aren't what they turn out to be.

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The Battle for Red Hook
star
7.60
2683 votes

#46 - The Battle for Red Hook

The Strain - Season 2 - Episode 9

Justine takes drastic measures to counter a surprise invasion. Nora and Fet perform a useful mission while Eph and Setrakian face off against an old foe.

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Gifted
star
7.60
75 votes

#47 - Gifted

Early Edition - Season 4 - Episode 13

After saving a playmate of Nikki's and then preventing her from being injured in a school bus accident, Gary meets the tough-talking 13-year-old and learns that she also knew about the accidents before they almost happened. While most would consider Nikki's clairvoyance to be a gift, she is racked with guilt because she was unable to save her own parents from dying in a car crash three years earlier -- an event Gary also failed to stop.

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Lost Light
star
7.60
2105 votes

#48 - Lost Light

Bosch - Season 1 - Episode 2

A routine traffic stop lands a suspect who poses a lethal new threat, while Bosch and J. Edgar (Jamie Hector) pursue a promising lead in the bones case. Bosch locks horns with Deputy Chief Irving (Lance Reddick) over his ongoing court battle, just as his relationship with Brasher picks up. And murder suspect Raynard Waits (Jason Gedrick) makes a startling confession about Bosch's cold case.

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Wide Deceiver
star
7.60
406 votes

#49 - Wide Deceiver

Necessary Roughness - Season 2 - Episode 3

Dani's routine "psych eval" of a potential draft pick turns out to be anything but. Meanwhile, Pittman turns up the heat at the Combine, TK plays hooky in his old neighborhood, and Ray Jay's girlfriend annoys Dani to no end.

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Intruders
star
7.59
2828 votes

#50 - Intruders

The Strain - Season 2 - Episode 8

Eph must protect Zack against a surprise intruder into Red Hook. Gus convinces the Guptas to make a difficult choice. Fet and Setrakian set out to acquire the Lumen but discover they are not the only potential buyer.

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