The Best Episodes Directed by Mark Piznarski

Below the Belt

#1 - Below the Belt

NYPD Blue Season 10 - Episode 8

Angela comes into Tony's office and tells she does want something after all; she wants him to take a look a spot on her inner thigh where she thinks she was injured on the subway this morning. As his office isn't the right place for that sort of activity, he takes her into the observation room for a look and then some. At the scene of a homicide where the detectives have all gathered, one of the uniforms recognizes the victim as one of the precinct's auxiliary cops, her name is Heather Peterson, who is 17-years-old. At the squad they report in on what they know so far and start to go through Heather's affects. McDowell and Ortiz are sent out to a firebombing of car. The owner of the car and his sister isn't very forthcoming with useful information. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. interview their victim's last known boyfriend, who she had an order of protection against. He consents to search of things, which turns up nothing for the detectives. Haywood talks with Jones about her grandmot

star 8.95
60 votes
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You've Got Mail

#2 - You've Got Mail

NYPD Blue Season 10 - Episode 2

John Irvin is showing off a picture the new car he plans on buying with his inheritance. Clark Jr. tells Rodriguez that he is fit to catch cases. Rodriguez agrees, but doesn't care or want to know the details of Clark Jr.'s relationship with the dead prostitute. Sipowicz gets a call from the FBI that a bomb may have been forwarded in the mail to the Family Court building. The detectives go to the scene and after dealing with a minor bureaucrat start an evacuation of the building. McDowell and Ortiz respond to the scream of a woman who's opened an envelope that has covered her with white powder. Hazmat sets up do some field testing for anthrax; McDowell and Ortiz need to be checked out. Laughlin takes some time to try breaking Clark Jr.'s balls, he breaks them back. Clark Jr. needs to meet with IAB about his situation. The anthrax test comes back negative, but Sipowicz receives a call that another letter has exploded in white powder. The victim has gone into cardiac arrest. Si

star 8.73
66 votes
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New York, I Love You XOXO

#3 - New York, I Love You XOXO

Gossip Girl Season 6 - Episode 10

In a fashionable farewell to remember, our favorite Upper East Siders join forces for one last soiree, and the shocking identity of Gossip Girl is finally revealed.

star 8.39
1069 votes
Taking Sides

#4 - Taking Sides

Once and Again Season 3 - Episode 11

Flashbacks in the series' interview style recall a telling incident in the lives of Rick, Karen, Sam Blue's estranged wife Jeannine, and Sam himself, who rues another dalliance. Also, when Sam and Judy's relationship becomes the talk of the whole family, Sam finally realizes he wants Judy to be more than just a friend. Meanwhile Karen's loneliness and discomfort is compounded when Jessie cancels plans with her mom to stay at Lily's house.

star 8.33
3 votes
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The Commencement

#5 - The Commencement

American Dreams Season 3 - Episode 14

As Meg prepares to graduate she considers taking her relationship with Sam to the next level but is chocked to find that many people are against it. Jack continues to struggle with the City Council and ultimately ends up quitting. Patty's essay wins the Campbell Soup essay contest but nobody believes her because she sent it in under another student's name. JJ takes the job coaching football but begins to wonder about his future and possibly even becoming an astronaut. Roxanne becomes worried that she may not graduate when she can't pass the presidential fitness exam.

star 8.25
3 votes

#6 - Pilot

Everwood Season 1 - Episode 1

After his wife is killed in a car accident, Dr. Andrew Brown (Treat Williams) moves his 15-year-old son, Ephram (Gregory Smith), and 9-year-old daughter, Delia (Vivien Cardone), to the idyllic environs of Everwood to make a new start. In the opener, the relocation sparks harsh words and hurt feelings between the emotionally distant father and his neglected son, despite Andrew's attempts to reconnect with the teen. The good doctor also runs afoul of the town's only other physician when he decides to open his own practice---right across the street from his rival's office.

star 8.21
307 votes
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The Bookie and the Kooky Cookie

#7 - The Bookie and the Kooky Cookie

NYPD Blue Season 2 - Episode 20

The detectives search for the killer of a bookie. Donna returns ready to resume her position. Bobby's head case witness tries to end his career, when he won't give her what she wants. John gives all of the detectives farewell greeting cards; later, Fancy proposes that he move upstairs to anti-crime where there is an opportunity. Andy and Sylvia meet with the priest and later Sylvia hears a story about what has contributed to Andy's loss of faith. Andy smells something familiar on Russell.

star 8.12
110 votes

#8 - Pilot

Veronica Mars Season 1 - Episode 1

While trying to navigate the everyday drama of high school, the smart, fearless, 17-year-old Veronica Mars also moonlights as an apprentice private investigator out to solve her wealthy town of Neptune's toughest mysteries. After coming to the aid of the new kid, sophomore Wallace Fennel, who's been duct-taped to the school's flagpole, Veronica ends up incurring the wrath of the thugs who put him there, Eli "Weevil" Navarro and his P.C.H. Biker Boyz. To get Weevil and his gang off her and Wallace's case, Veronica devises an intricate plan that helps some of Weevil's cronies avoid trouble with the law. Meanwhile, defying her father, Keith Mars, the disgraced former sheriff turned private eye, Veronica pursues a late-night case of adultery against billionaire Jake Kane, only to make an unsettling discovery about her mother, who abandoned Veronica and Keith a year ago.

star 8.06
1981 votes
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#9 - G.G.

Gossip Girl Season 5 - Episode 13

Chuck wrestles with the reality that Blair is about to walk down the aisle with Prince Louis. Georgina's return threatens to throw the royal event into chaos.

star 8.04
1208 votes
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Credit Where Credit's Due

#10 - Credit Where Credit's Due

Veronica Mars Season 1 - Episode 2

Veronica doesn't believe the evidence adds up against Weevil, who has confessed to stealing credit card applications from Logan's family, and launches an investigation to help her new ally. Meanwhile, after joining Ms. Mallory Dent's newspaper class, Veronica clashes with socialite Caitlin Ford, Logan's bombshell girlfriend, but is intrigued by the attention shown to her by another wealthy student, Troy Vandegraff, a friend of ex-boyfriend Duncan. Later, Veronica learns that Lilly got a ticket driving her car on the day she died -- two hours after her supposed time of death.

star 8.04
1580 votes
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Jake and the Women

#11 - Jake and the Women

Once and Again Season 3 - Episode 6

The women (and Grace and Zoe) want to hold a baby shower for Tiffany. This doesn't excite Jake. He doesn't want Grace - and especially Zoe - to have expectations about him and Tiffany. So Jake discourages the idea of having Zoe at the shower. So she calls Lily to cancel the shower, which upsets Zoe. Jake tells Tiffany that she shouldn't go home to have the baby just because of him and Zoe. Lily convinces Tiffany to have the baby in Chicago and to have the shower also. Jake wants Lily to butt out of ""his business"", but because the kids are involved, he relents. Judy goes to her doctor to see how many ""baby years"" she has left. She even tells Lily that she's considering in-vitro fertilization. Zoe is upset over Jake's seeming indifference about his upcoming baby. Jake goes ballistic in front of all the women and kids when he and Zoe get home and the ladies discover that he didn't get a gift. Lily reassures Jake that he is still a good father despite his outburst. Jake does g

star 8.00
4 votes
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#12 - Found

Crisis Season 1 - Episode 10

As the FBI finally detects the location of the mansion, Finley and Dunn make a startling discovery and are led on a mission to find the father of one of the soldiers from the Pakistani embassy, who has been sent on a parent mission of his own. Elsewhere, Meg is forced to testify about her connection to the secret soldier program. Gibson puts an unlikely asset to work as the search for the mansion intensifies.

star 7.97
1154 votes
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Johnny Got His Gold (2)

#13 - Johnny Got His Gold (2)

NYPD Blue Season 9 - Episode 2

The wearing of the wire goes bad, Clark gets shot on the street and Sipowicz kills the perp. Clark's father, a detective that Sipowicz has a history with (Sipowicz calls him "Dutch Boy"), arrives on the scene wanting to know what went wrong. McDowell, Medavoy and Jones begin investigating a shooting at a restaurant and see the news, which shows a picture of Sipowicz and mention his involvement in the morning's shootout. Sipowicz thanks McDowell for her intervention at the bar last night. After hearing about the TV coverage Andy, worried about Theo, decides to go home early; only Rodriguez gets a call from the 83rd, that his mother's apartment was invaded. Sipowicz and McDowell begin interviewing a woman who was having an affair with the restaurant victim, a faculty member at NYU. Det. Olivera tells Rodriguez that most probable suspect in his mother's break-in is a guy out on parole, whom Rodriguez had put in jail 8 years earlier. Rodriguez and Olivera go to where he suspects that

star 7.86
71 votes
Not Your Grandmother's Robotic Surgery

#14 - Not Your Grandmother's Robotic Surgery

Pure Genius Season 1 - Episode 4

When James' beloved elementary school teacher is diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, he tries to employ a risky robotic surgery to save her, an approach with which Walter disagrees. Also, a military veteran blinded in combat and riddled with guilt refuses Zoe and Talikha's high-tech treatment that could restore his vision.

star 7.85
1240 votes
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World's Best Dad

#15 - World's Best Dad

Crisis Season 1 - Episode 13

Gibson finds himself on a mission orchestrated by Beth Ann’s kidnapper, who insists Gibson publicly confess to his crimes at a ceremony with the President and First Lady. Meanwhile, Ian receives a cryptic message that sends him and Amber on a dangerous mission. Elsewhere, Finley and Dunn attempt to stop a threat and stumble upon a shocking revelation.

star 7.84
1028 votes
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Your Bus, Ted

#16 - Your Bus, Ted

NYPD Blue Season 11 - Episode 2

The detectives are on the scene of a transvestite's murder. They know the victim's friend "Monika" from a case from the previous year and when Sipowicz's charm doesn't work with that friend, McDowell and Ortiz step in and take over the interview and ultimately the case. Haywood has Martens on the stand, where he tells them about the unusual activity that IAB has had with 15th precinct. He also talks about Fraker's state of mind on the day of the Rodriguez shooting. Sipowicz and Clark go to the hospital where a surgeon was knifed. Dr. Devlin asks Clark for special attention on this case, as the surgeon was a great teacher for her. The doctor, has trouble remembering what his attacker looked like, he only remembers the knife. Back at the squad, Rodriguez tells them that the doctor once did some work for someone the mayor knows, so the case is high profile. Jones learns from hospital security that Nathan Dale might be someone worth talking to in the surgeon's stabbing as he had a c

star 7.84
61 votes
Conspiracy Weary

#17 - Conspiracy Weary

iZombie Season 3 - Episode 11

Liv and Blaine come to the rescue of one of their own. They consume the brains of a conspiracy theorist and paranoia ensues. Meanwhile, as they continue to search for conspiracy theories that may or may not exist, Liv researches Major’s new friend. Finally, Ravi makes a surprising discovery of his own.

star 7.80
1917 votes
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It Still Fits Bitch

#18 - It Still Fits Bitch

Good Behavior Season 1 - Episode 8

Letty Raines reverses roles with her mother when she has to bail Estelle out of jail, raising the question of who is better able to raise Jacob. Meanwhile, Jacob's birth father, Sean, shows up uninvited to a major family event.

star 7.80
890 votes
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Double Identity

#19 - Double Identity

Gossip Girl Season 4 - Episode 2

Living out a real-life fairytale in Paris, Blair is pursued by a handsome young man. A very concerned Lily asks Serena to help her find Chuck. Meanwhile, Chuck is adjusting to a fresh start in Paris with a mysterious new woman.

star 7.78
1318 votes
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#20 - Pilot

Gossip Girl Season 1 - Episode 1

Gossip Girl is busy spreading the news that "it girl" Serena Van Der Woodsen has returned to Manhattan after a mysterious and self-imposed exile to boarding school.

star 7.78
1435 votes
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#21 - Broodstock

Mad Dogs (US) Season 1 - Episode 8

A charismatic entrepreneur named Aaron (Coby Bell) arrives with a promise to bring the boys home if they complete a mysterious and dangerous mission involving Lawrence, Jesus, and the duffle full of Euros.

star 7.77
297 votes
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Safari, So Good

#22 - Safari, So Good

NYPD Blue Season 9 - Episode 13

The detectives begin investigating the death of a doctor and at the crime scene Sipowicz tries to avoid having any discussion with McDowell about the kiss from the previous night. Back at the squad, John Irvin introduces the temporary who will be filling in for him during his African safari. The temp PAA is a struggling screenwriter which piques Medavoy's interest. When another case comes up, Sipowicz declines any immediate assistance from McDowell and Ortiz who are going to help out with both investigations. At the crime scene of the second case, Sipowicz and Clark Jr. run into a well meaning rookie cop, who may have made their case harder to solve. One of the deceased doctor's colleagues comes in for some questioning and mentions his colleagues' free charity work. The deceased doctor had a prescription for a patient named Angela Stokes in his pocket; not recognizing that name his colleague suspects that Angela was a patient of the doctor's charity work. The doctor's colleague

star 7.73
64 votes
Belles de Jour

#23 - Belles de Jour

Gossip Girl Season 4 - Episode 1

Blair and Serena have spent the summer in Paris, both trying to take their minds off of their problems back in New York. Meanwhile, Eleanor helps plan a fashion party at the Van Der Woodsen apartment.

star 7.73
1498 votes
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Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

#24 - Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

Riverdale Season 1 - Episode 4

Jughead fights to keep the local drive-in open; Betty and Veronica investigate Ms Grundy, uncovering some startling information about her past.

star 7.72
3023 votes
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Your Mama Had a Hard Night

#25 - Your Mama Had a Hard Night

Good Behavior Season 1 - Episode 4

Letty attempts legitimate "good behavior" when she goes back to her hometown to be close to her son, Jacob, and finds a clever workaround for the restraining order that has kept her one-thousand feet away from him. Meanwhile, while trying to protect her friend Tiffany from the truth about her husband, Letty's attempt at being good explodes in her face.

star 7.71
1044 votes
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Git 'Er Done

#26 - Git 'Er Done

Friday Night Lights Season 1 - Episode 5

The big game against the Tigers drawing closer, Coach Taylor must decide between Matt and the self-assured recruit Ray "Voodoo" Tatum for the starting quarterback. The feelings between Tim and Lyla grow stronger. Jason's newly-found motivation strives him to begin the rehab.

star 7.71
861 votes
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The Wild Brunch

#27 - The Wild Brunch

Gossip Girl Season 1 - Episode 2

In the wake of the Kiss on the Lips party, Serena receives a cold reception from Blair. Serena decides to take Dan to Chuck's fundraiser.

star 7.70
1249 votes
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Blair Waldorf Must Pie!

#28 - Blair Waldorf Must Pie!

Gossip Girl Season 1 - Episode 9

Dan invites Serena and her family to spend the holiday with his family, creating an uncomfortable situation for Rufus and Lily.

star 7.70
1018 votes
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The Treasure of Serena Madre

#29 - The Treasure of Serena Madre

Gossip Girl Season 3 - Episode 11

Blair suspects her mom has been keeping a big secret from her. Jenny can’t pass up a chance to get even with Eric. Serena is put in a very awkward position when her mother invites Trip and Maureen to join them for Thanksgiving dinner.

star 7.69
941 votes
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Dan de Fleurette

#30 - Dan de Fleurette

Gossip Girl Season 3 - Episode 4

During the first day of school, Jenny takes her place as the new Queen Bee. Lily returns home to find that things are not as she left them. At NYU, a famous actress enrolls is assigned to be Vanessa's roommate.

star 7.69
1034 votes
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Past Imperfect

#31 - Past Imperfect

American Dreams Season 1 - Episode 17

Celebrating a Pryor family tradition, Jack and Uncle Pete make their annual trip to the cemetery to tend to their father's grave only to be joined by an unexpected visitor - their brother Ted. After impressing him with her musical knowledge, Bandstand producer Michael Brooks asks Meg to help him put together an upcoming special. However, when she is drafted as part of the cemetery expedition, Meg asks Roxanne to fill in, offering her best friend a chance to spend time with her latest crush. Elsewhere, JJ receives some disturbing news from the doctor regarding his broken leg. Helen volunteers to help register voters for the upcoming election, working closely with Professor Witt, while Sam decides to join his cousin Nathan at a local rally.

star 7.67
5 votes
The Grandfather: Part II

#32 - The Grandfather: Part II

Gossip Girl Season 3 - Episode 8

Olivia says something she regrets on a talkshow and tries to keep Dan from finding out. Nate suspects his grandfather will stop at nothing to get Trip elected to congress.

star 7.65
917 votes
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Valley Girls

#33 - Valley Girls

Gossip Girl Season 2 - Episode 24

In a flashback, Lily runs away to Los Angeles, reconnecting with her parents. Back in present day, Blair and Nate attend prom together, but the evening doesn't turn out as planned.

star 7.65
842 votes
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Beauty and the Feast

#34 - Beauty and the Feast

Gossip Girl Season 5 - Episode 2

Nate reconnects with Diana. Serena urges Charlie to make a difficult decision about her future. Dan asks Chuck to help him stop his book from being published, but finds that Chuck is also in need of help. Blaire's future sister-in-law comes to town to visit.

star 7.63
1189 votes
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Great Expectations

#35 - Great Expectations

American Dreams Season 1 - Episode 12

Meg gets two Cs on her report card and Helen, more concerned about it than Jack is, thinks it would be a good idea for Meg to accompany her to her Temple class. Meg dislikes the idea, but not as much as she dislikes the fact that Luke agrees with her mother. Roxanne is also at odds with her mother, so she stays with the Pryors. Meanwhile, Beth notices JJ talking to Colleen; Jack hires Henry's nephew, Nathan; and it seems that there's a bullying problem in Will's third-grade class.

star 7.57
6 votes
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Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood

#36 - Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood

Riverdale Season 2 - Episode 15

After learning that his dad is considering running for mayor of Riverdale, Archie begins to grow concerned that the Lodges may have found their newest pawn in Fred. Meanwhile, Betty becomes increasingly suspicious of Chic’s strange behavior and enlists Kevin’s help to figure out what Chic is hiding. Finally, Cheryl and Penelope are surprised when they learn that Clifford left a secret will, and Jughead makes a major discovery in his quest to take down Hiram.

star 7.57
1163 votes
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Method Head

#37 - Method Head

iZombie Season 2 - Episode 10

Liv gets in touch with her inner actor when she finds herself pretending to be a TV zombie investigating the murder of a genre star in a zombie TV show to track down the killer.

star 7.56
2148 votes
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What Was Done to You

#38 - What Was Done to You

Crisis Season 1 - Episode 3

After Finley and Dunn meet with the President and First Lady, they soon realize that the Chief of Staff is the next parent sent on a dangerous mission to save his child. At the mansion, the mastermind teaches one of the hostages a lesson as they try to escape.

star 7.53
1255 votes
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Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car

#39 - Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car

Red Band Society Season 1 - Episode 8

At the behest of Nurse Jackson, Dr. Naday comes to Ocean Park Hospital, although his approach to treatment has her questioning that decision. Meanwhile, Emma, Dash and Jordi venture out of the hospital in search of the perfect gift, and Kara learns the truth about Hunter.

star 7.50
238 votes
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#40 - Pilot

The Lying Game Season 1 - Episode 1

Identical twins Emma and Sutton, separated at birth, finally meet. Emma temporarily assumes Sutton's well-to-do life as Sutton searches for their biological mother.

star 7.50
493 votes
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The Call

#41 - The Call

Madam Secretary Season 1 - Episode 6

Elizabeth faces unexpected consequences when she makes a plea to the President to help with a dire situation in Western Africa.

star 7.48
949 votes
Gone Maybe Gone

#42 - Gone Maybe Gone

Gossip Girl Season 6 - Episode 1

Chuck and Blair make a promise to each other. Dan enlists Georgina to write a tell-all book. Nate decides to have The Spectator go after Gossip Girl. The gang is stunned at what their search for Serena turns up.

star 7.44
1000 votes
Yes, Then Zero

#43 - Yes, Then Zero

Gossip Girl Season 5 - Episode 1

Serena slips up at her new job in Hollywood. Chuck and Nate arrive in Los Angeles and meet up with Serena for a glamorous party. Plans for their wedding come between Louis and Blair. Dan has a problem when a magazine plans to print an excerpt of his book.

star 7.41
1220 votes
Lucky Strike

#44 - Lucky Strike

90210 Season 1 - Episode 3

Harry and Debbie plan a family bowling night, but find their plans interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Annie and Dixon's friends. Meanwhile, Annie finds herself torn between Ethan and Ty, Naomi experiences a difficult evening with her father, and Kelly and Silver learn that Jackie's drinking is beginning to spiral out of control.

star 7.22
383 votes

#45 - Pressure

My So-Called Life Season 1 - Episode 13

Angela must make the decision whether or not to sleep with Jordan, while Graham is being pressured into going into the restaurant business with Hallie Lowenthal.

star 7.21
112 votes
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Why Jordan Can't Read

#46 - Why Jordan Can't Read

My So-Called Life Season 1 - Episode 7

Angela makes a real connection with Jordan when she discovers that he has difficulty reading.

star 7.19
155 votes
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We're Not In Kansas Anymore

#47 - We're Not In Kansas Anymore

90210 Season 1 - Episode 1

In part one of the series premiere, Harrison Wilson accepts the job position as principal of West Beverly Hills High, forcing the Wilson family to relocate from Kansas to California and adjust to new life in the city - all while keeping a close watch on their troubled grandmother Tabitha.

star 7.15
438 votes

#48 - Pilot

In Plain Sight Season 1 - Episode 1

In the first episode we meet Mary Shannon a US Marshall for the Witness Protection Program. In this episode Mary tries to figure out what went wrong when a mobster's son who was under her protection is killed.

star 6.88
744 votes
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#49 - Betrayal

My So-Called Life Season 1 - Episode 17

Angela realizes she is over Jordan and is in to someone else. But Brian Cracow catches Rayanne and Jordan on tape having sex.

star 6.71
117 votes
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Home Again

#50 - Home Again

American Dreams Season 3 - Episode 10

JJ has trouble readjusting to life at home. Meanwhile, Meg is accepted into college, but the two most important men in her life aren't pleased. Nathan gets his first look at the boat he inherited.

star 6.50
2 votes
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#51 - Halloween

My So-Called Life Season 1 - Episode 9

Angela finds herself in 1963 during a mystical Halloween experience; Graham and Patty create some magic of their own with the help of medieval Halloween costumes.

star 6.37
122 votes
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