The Best Episodes Directed by Mario Van Peebles

One Fine Day

#1 - One Fine Day

Monday Mornings Season 1 - Episode 7

Ty and Tina receive a late night call from Afghanistan, where Corpsman Jacob Gold desperately needs help when his fellow Marine suffers a traumatic head injury. Sydney believes a happy infant's unnatural laughter is related to an undiagnosed neurological problem. And Sung and Hooten attempt to reconcile the husband and sister of a brain-dead gay patient, only to find themselves caught in the legal crosshairs of the situation.

star 8.15
285 votes
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Amazing Grace

#2 - Amazing Grace

Star Season 3 - Episode 14

Carlotta and Gravity throw a Legend Tribute concert to campaign for the ASA Awards. When Star's health takes a turn for the worse, Simone is put in a difficult decision. Meanwhile, Alex attempts to trust her family again, Cassie and Maurice's relationship reaches new heights and Noah grapples with his reality after a visit from his mother, Dianne. Gigi makes a career changing choice and Cassie takes matters into her own hands with her father.

star 8.03
106 votes
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Reversal of Fortune

#3 - Reversal of Fortune

Power Season 6 - Episode 14

Tensions run high when Tate tasks Dre to kill Ghost. Tate's hatred toward St. Patrick motivates him to lie during a Federal questioning. The Feds are in striking distance of convicting St. Patrick for Silver's murder

star 7.99
631 votes
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Die But Once

#4 - Die But Once

Empire Season 1 - Episode 11

Jamal and Lucious are on their way to forming a music-centered relationship, but once again, Lucious has a secret that’s about to change everything. Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy, while trying to figure out what the best move is for his career. Meanwhile, Cookie is cooking up a plan of her own.

star 7.98
1136 votes
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She's Got You

#5 - She's Got You

Nashville (2012) Season 2 - Episode 7

As Teddy’s wedding day nears, Maddie feels lost and tells Rayna she wants to get to know Deacon better, forcing Rayna to confront Deacon about stepping up to co-parent. Luke Wheeler commiserates with Rayna about the challenges of exes and parenting. While on tour in Texas, Juliette angers a lecherous but very influential radio DJ who starts promoting Layla at Juliette’s expense. Deacon tries to find his way back to music and discovers an unexpected ally in Avery. While on a date with Layla, Will runs into Brent on a date with a new man, and Gunnar finds himself in a power position in his singing and songwriting.

star 7.90
609 votes
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#6 - Choose

Boss Season 1 - Episode 8

Election Day. The race is close, and while the candidates campaign, Kane and Stone must do their part to turn the gears of the political machine. Emma's world is turned upside-down while Meredith must go to great lengths to prove her allegiance to Kane.

star 7.90
799 votes
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Love All, Trust a Few

#7 - Love All, Trust a Few

Empire Season 5 - Episode 4

The Lyon family works to get back in their groove with a brand-new project underway. As Cookie and Portia attempt to sign Devon, who has just the sound they’re looking for, Andre tries to prove himself useful to Lucious on the business side of things. Not having heard from Kai, Jamal panics and looks back at their history together. At Empire, the new management entangles itself with a dangerous tie from the Lyon family’s past.

star 7.89
354 votes
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#8 - Detour

NCIS Season 10 - Episode 16

The NCIS team races to track down Ducky and Jimmy after the two disappear while transporting a body from a crime scene.

star 7.88
2116 votes
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Getting Nekkid

#9 - Getting Nekkid

Being Mary Jane Season 4 - Episode 1

Looking for change in her career and attitude, Mary Jane has an interesting encounter with a new man.

star 7.87
524 votes
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#10 - Fall

Once Upon a Time (2011) Season 4 - Episode 10

As the Spell of Shattered Sight approaches Storybrooke, Mary Margaret and David rally the residents to prepare for the curse while Belle and the fairies work together on an antidote. Gold, with Hook as his reluctant servant, sets about an exit strategy of his own. Regina and Robin Hood ready themselves for the worst while, with the help of a locator spell, Emma and Elsa search desperately for Anna. In Arendelle, Anna and Kristoff awaken to find that their kingdom is once again in danger.

star 7.87
1837 votes
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We Don't Work Together Anymore

#11 - We Don't Work Together Anymore

Chicago P.D. Season 2 - Episode 11

Lindsay has her first case with the task force and realizes she needs to call on Voight and the Intelligence unit to assist. Meanwhile Burgess is back on the job, but relegated to desk duty which allows Desk Sgt. Platt the opportunity to partner up with Roman.

star 7.86
1113 votes
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It's Not Easy Being Green

#12 - It's Not Easy Being Green

Once Upon a Time (2011) Season 3 - Episode 16

With Rumplestiltskin as her slave, Zelena challenges Regina to a fight to the death and shocks the Evil queen with the reveal of their familial connection, and the town lays Neal to rest. Meanwhile, back in the past in the land of Oz, a jealous Zelena asks the Wizard to send her to Fairy Tale Land after discovering that she has a sister, Regina, and that Rumplestiltskin is training her to become a powerful force to be reckoned with.

star 7.81
2417 votes
There's No 'We' Anymore

#13 - There's No 'We' Anymore

Damages Season 1 - Episode 12

Patty finally posts bail for Ellen as Frobisher learns about a tape made by Gregory Malina that could ruin him.

star 7.78
883 votes
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#14 - Clinch

Boss Season 2 - Episode 9

Chicago's bankruptcy crisis means a loss of power for Kane as emergency measures are put in place, but threats by his enemies to expose him could be of even greater concern.

star 7.77
510 votes
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A High Hope For a Low Heaven

#15 - A High Hope For a Low Heaven

Empire Season 2 - Episode 6

Lucious and Cookie must put aside their differences and work together as parents to protect their family and keep them out of danger. Jamal does his best to get back in the studio and break away from being defined solely as a gay artist, while Hakeem struggles with how to feel and act like a man. Meanwhile, Andre works to shut down a division at Empire, until he discovers a disciple in the midst of Lucious’ Gutter Life records.

star 7.76
1079 votes
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Got on My Knees to Pray

#16 - Got on My Knees to Pray

Empire Season 6 - Episode 2

While Lucious is still on the run, Cookie confronts Damon about why he lied to her. Andre, who is dealing with his own personal trauma, is suddenly forced to grapple with an unforeseen family complication. Meanwhile, Becky and Giselle try to get the star power they need out of their first Bossy Media artist and Tiana tries to help Devon find his sound.

star 7.73
249 votes
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Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad

#17 - Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad

Nashville (2012) Season 2 - Episode 20

Scarlett’s breakdown is driving everyone to point fingers at who might be responsible for her condition. Deacon is blaming Rayna for pushing her too fast, Rayna is blaming Juliette and for forcing her on stage and Beverly thinks Rayna is only interested in seeing her label succeed. It always feels like everyone has an axe to grind with Juliette so she turns to Avery, only to find him preoccupied with Scarlett. During her moment of weakness, she is driven right into the hands of her nemesis. Meanwhile, Layla tries to convince Will to join her in a reality show.

star 7.71
537 votes
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One Before Another

#18 - One Before Another

Empire Season 3 - Episode 5

Lucious and Andre are on high alert as they wait for Shine to retaliate after their latest business encounter went south. Jamal, who has yet to perform in front of his fans, teams up with Hakeem for a performance that he thinks could help him face his fears. Meanwhile, Cookie is caught off-guard during a routine meeting with her probation officer.

star 7.70
1638 votes
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How Far Down Can I Go

#19 - How Far Down Can I Go

Nashville (2012) Season 3 - Episode 2

After Will’s debut album bumps Rayna’s to second place, she’s more determined than ever to make Highway 65 and her record a hit. In turn, she decides to pursue some new and unexpected opportunities for publicity, including a visit to “Good Morning America” where her friend Luke Bryan surprises her on stage. Layla becomes especially disgruntled about her fleeting career and pressures her husband Will, Edgehill Records’ new #1 artist, to help her rebuild it. Meanwhile, Juliette deals with some life-changing news and prepares for a big audition, where she runs into some familiar competition. Then later, Maddie continues to act out while Deacon deals with the brunt of her adolescence, and Zoey becomes paranoid about Gunnar’s past with Scarlett. Her suspicions are only heightened when she finds them collaborating again on a new song

star 7.69
597 votes
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Part 26

#20 - Part 26

Bloodline Season 3 - Episode 3

Kevin’s account of his injury gives Aguirre more questions than answers. Searching alone, John tries to find Eric before the police or Roy’s men do.

star 7.68
742 votes
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Family Business

#21 - Family Business

Once Upon a Time (2011) Season 4 - Episode 6

The race is on to track down the elusive Snow Queen in order to discover her ultimate end-game. Unaware that she does not possess the real blade that controls The Dark One, Belle attempts to use it to get her reluctant husband to show her where the Snow Queen is hiding. Belle travels to Arendelle and seeks out Grand Pabbie to help her regain her lost memories.

star 7.66
1990 votes


Power Book III: Raising Kanan Season 1 - Episode 2

After a rival crewmember is killed, Raq does whatever is necessary to get the target off Kanan's back

star 7.66
209 votes
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Friendly Fire

#23 - Friendly Fire

The Last Ship Season 2 - Episode 10

Rachel is hard at work on a new, more efficient version of the cure while Alisha decodes a message found on a recovered cell phone.

star 7.62
3468 votes
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Hey! Mr. Pibb!

#24 - Hey! Mr. Pibb!

Damages Season 2 - Episode 4

Patty works to clear Daniel in his wife's murder; Ellen and Tom go to West Virginia to gather vital information in the case against Ultima National Resources.

star 7.61
1064 votes
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#25 - Spit

Boss Season 1 - Episode 6

Kane takes an unannounced break from City Hall as his political image hits an all-time low. The election looms and he'll need to enlist the help of others to weather this storm. Kitty, at an emotional impasse, makes a bold move while Meredith, increasingly suspect of Kane's behavior, seeks opportunities of her own.

star 7.58
847 votes
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#26 - Swallow

Boss Season 1 - Episode 3

With Zajac's campaign gathering steam, Kane needs to adjust to his health situation; Miller digs deep to come up with some embarrassing dirt on Gov. Cullen.

star 7.58
872 votes
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#27 - Backflash

Boss Season 2 - Episode 6

Kane's moves with the housing project escalate tensions from unrest to rioting and looting. As Chicago burns, Kane secretly seeks treatment at an alternative clinic, where his past haunts him.

star 7.57
590 votes
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Dr. Dredge M.D.

#28 - Dr. Dredge M.D.

Superstition Season 1 - Episode 6

The Dredge returns, but this time he inhabits the body of May's old flame, Dr. Kim; Calvin trains; Garvey grapples with her parents' rekindled romance.

star 7.56
154 votes
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Dr. Linus

#29 - Dr. Linus

Lost Season 6 - Episode 7

Ben deals with the consequences of an uncovered lie.

star 7.54
6928 votes
She Spat At Me

#30 - She Spat At Me

Damages Season 1 - Episode 6

Patty tries to find out what Gregory knows about the case. Arthur Frobisher tries a new strategy to save his family and his money. David and Ellen have strains on their relationship as Lila tries to reenter David's life.

star 7.52
1015 votes
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Part 28

#31 - Part 28

Bloodline Season 3 - Episode 5

While the Rayburns try to persuade the Diazes to accept a plea deal, Eric is advised to reconsider going to trial. Kevin falls in with a bad crowd.

star 7.51
708 votes
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Half Truths & Half Breeds

#32 - Half Truths & Half Breeds

Superstition Season 1 - Episode 3

Isaac sends a mysterious half-human-half-infernal to help Calvin with the fight in La Rochelle.

star 7.50
227 votes
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The Dredge

#33 - The Dredge

Superstition Season 1 - Episode 2

The Dredge sends a Trojan horse to the Hastings Funeral Home to gather information about the Ring of Solomon. Calvin and Isaac subdue the intruder, but it comes at a great cost.

star 7.49
274 votes
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#34 - Doped

Law & Order Season 20 - Episode 8

A deadly drunk-driving car accident brings Detectives to the scene when a suspicious nasal spray is found. After the medical examiner realizes the nasal spray is a powerful anesthetic that could easily disorient its user, the detectives become suspicious of the victim's boss, Zach Marshall.

star 7.47
191 votes
Burn Card

#35 - Burn Card

Law & Order Season 18 - Episode 14

Internal affairs takes a special interest in Detective Green after a gambler is found dead by his bullet, and the investigation turns up a part of his past he's taken pains to conceal.

star 7.44
163 votes

#36 - Suspension

Zero Hour (2013) Season 1 - Episode 5

Hank is frustrated and confused about his relationship with Laila, as more questions come to light about who she really is. With the next clue sending Hank and Beck to Asuncion, Paraguay, the duo find themselves one step behind White Vincent, who shares a startling piece of information with Hank about his past and their connection. Meanwhile Arron and Rachel meet Melanie Lynch.

star 7.41
477 votes
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Through The Looking Glass

#37 - Through The Looking Glass

Superstition Season 1 - Episode 4

While on a case, May is sucked into a mysterious mirror world, and the Hastings must save her before the witch that inhabits the mirror world escapes using May's comatose body as a free ride. Bea, Garvey and Tilly grapple with how to properly bury a known racist.

star 7.40
199 votes
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#38 - Sweetie

Law & Order Season 19 - Episode 6

Detectives Lupo and Bernard investigate when the writer of a bestselling memoir is found dead in a community of male prostitutes.

star 7.39
164 votes
Echoes of My Mind

#39 - Echoes of My Mind

Superstition Season 1 - Episode 7

The Dredge captures Calvin and tries to torture him into releasing the evil demons imprisoned in his ring; the Dredge's minions descend on the town's Founders Day Festival.

star 7.32
151 votes
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Day One

#40 - Day One

Wiseguy Season 3 - Episode 9

Vinnie is called to Washington to investigate a counterfeiting operation designed to sabotage the Japanese economy. Frank warns Vinnie to be careful, that there is some kind of power play going on, because Paul was mysteriously sent to Thailand, leaving Mark in charge. Vinnie suspects Masters wants to set him up for throwing the coup of Isle Pavot. Mark is relieved of duty when he loses control after his former mentor is murdered. Vinnie meets Kate Gallagher. (source:

star 7.20
4 votes
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Uncle Bubba

#41 - Uncle Bubba

Superstition Season 1 - Episode 9

Garvey and Russ venture into an old house designed by a mysterious clock demon, who traps them inside; Calvin, Isaac, May and Bea's cousin Leon try to free them.

star 7.18
128 votes
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#42 - Pilot

Superstition Season 1 - Episode 1

Calvin Hastings returns home to reconnect with his family, but the reunion is cut short by a string of killings perpetrated by a supernatural villain only Calvin and his family can take down.

star 7.01
416 votes
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Cross to Bear

#43 - Cross to Bear

Proven Innocent Season 1 - Episode 5

When a white supremacist begs the Injustice Defense Group to help him overturn his wrongful conviction, the team clashes over whether they should take his case. Despite the team's objections, Madeline is determined to prove his innocence. Bellows approaches an ethical crossroad in his race and must make a campaign-changing decision. Meanwhile, Levi continues to impulsively investigate who framed him for Rosemary's death.

star 0.00
0 votes
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