The Best Episodes Directed by Matt Shakman

The Spoils of War

#1 - The Spoils of War

Game of Thrones Season 7 - Episode 4

The Lannisters pay their debts. Daenerys weighs her options.

star 8.77
18875 votes
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Charlie Work

#2 - Charlie Work

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 - Episode 4

Charlie directs The Gang in balancing a scheme involving live chickens, steaks and airline miles with a health inspection, in a fast hectic manner.

star 8.65
867 votes
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Morton's Fork

#3 - Morton's Fork

Fargo Season 1 - Episode 10

Molly takes the lead, while Gus pursues a hunch. Lester manipulates a situation and Malvo finds a new target.

star 8.60
3755 votes
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The Nightman Cometh

#4 - The Nightman Cometh

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 4 - Episode 13

In the season finale, Charlie gets the gang to help him put together a rock opera based on his song "Nightman."

star 8.49
711 votes
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Chuck Versus the Subway

#5 - Chuck Versus the Subway

Chuck Season 3 - Episode 18

The Ring is closing in on Chuck and Operation Bartowski. Fortunately, Chuck's dad Steven is working hard to save his son. Meanwhile, Casey must secretly protect his daughter from the Ring, and Big Mike receives some serious news about the Buy More.

star 8.48
664 votes
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A Fox, a Rabbit and a Cabbage

#6 - A Fox, a Rabbit and a Cabbage

Fargo Season 1 - Episode 9

Lester has an unexpected encounter, Malvo changes course and a new investigation leads Molly down a familiar path.

star 8.30
3546 votes
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Singing for Our Lives

#7 - Singing for Our Lives

Six Feet Under Season 5 - Episode 8

Pilar Sandoval 1970 - 2005 Claire attends a LAC-Arts benefit show with new friend, Ted. Brenda gets news from her doctor. Ruth babysits for Durrell and Anthony. Nate and Brenda attend a service at Maggie's church.

star 8.26
205 votes
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Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games

#8 - Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 - Episode 7

The gang plays the most twisted board game ever. Dee and Dennis face Mac, Charlie and Frank.

star 8.25
749 votes
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#9 - Chase

House Season 8 - Episode 12

Chase's religious faith bubbles to the surface when he treats a young nun. In addition, he and House reach a fundamental disagreement about the patient that may finally end Chase's reputation as House's "yes man" but also bring's House's methods, reputation and objectivity are given more serious scrutiny.

star 8.25
976 votes
The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore

#10 - The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 - Episode 2

Dee and Dennis take the gang to their favorite childhood vacation spot where things aren't quite how they remember. While Dee and Dennis see the seedy side of the Jersey Shore, Mac, Frank and Charlie have the nights of their lives.

star 8.24
697 votes
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Fists and Feet and Stuff

#11 - Fists and Feet and Stuff

You're the Worst Season 1 - Episode 10

Jimmy and Gretchen take their relationship to the next level.

star 8.22
717 votes
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The Heart Is a Dumb Dumb

#12 - The Heart Is a Dumb Dumb

You're the Worst Season 2 - Episode 13

Jimmy attends Becca and Vernon’s baby gender reveal party. Gretchen takes care of some unfinished business. Edgar and Dorothy’s relationship reaches a turning point. Lindsay confronts Paul.

star 8.22
700 votes
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The Gang Goes to a Water Park

#13 - The Gang Goes to a Water Park

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 12 - Episode 2

The gang takes a trip to a local water park, ripe with personal agendas and ulterior motives. Dennis feeds off his mantra of "the park provides" and takes on a protégé. Frank and Charlie are determined to ride every ride by any means necessary and Mac and Dee get stuck in a tube slide for most of the day.

star 8.21
2232 votes
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Death Be Not Proud

#14 - Death Be Not Proud

Boston Legal Season 1 - Episode 17

Chelina asks Alan to assist her in Texas because her former client is getting executed but may be innocent of the crime. An old friend of Denny and Shirley asks them for legal representation when she charged with having sexual encounters for a fee. Lori files a complaint about Denny with Shirley and Paul and they seriously consider doing something about it; especially when they suspect he performed an unethical act on his recent case.

star 8.20
282 votes
Dual Spires

#15 - Dual Spires

Psych Season 5 - Episode 12

Shawn and Gus receive a mysterious e-mail inviting them to the annual Cinnamon Festival in Dual Spires, a quirky Northern California town nearly invisible on the map. When they arrive the pair quickly find themselves embroiled in the mysterious death of local high school student Paula Merral.

star 8.20
332 votes
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The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis

#16 - The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 4 - Episode 2

Charlie, Mac, and Dennis formulate a plan to take advantage of the rising gas prices. By purchasing excess amounts now, they can sell it in the future and profit. As usual, things don't go as planned. Dee is also out to make money when she learns that Bruce is going to give the family fortune to a Muslim cultural center. She and Frank try to stop him and get the cash for themselves.

star 8.20
725 votes
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Thunder Gun Express

#17 - Thunder Gun Express

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 - Episode 11

Traffic problems as a result of the President's visit to Philadelphia makes it difficult for the gang to see the summer's biggest film, "Thunder Gun Express".

star 8.19
593 votes
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Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth

#18 - Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 - Episode 9

Motivated by the drama teacher who inspired her, Dee takes a job as a substitute teacher, and exposes her students to the culture of Paddy's with a field trip to see the Gang's take on the Lethal Weapon series: Lethal Weapon 5.

star 8.18
594 votes
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The Gang Dines Out

#19 - The Gang Dines Out

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 8 - Episode 9

Every member of The Gang has something to celebrate at Guigino's, Philly's finest eatery, but when Mac and Dennis' private dinner is interrupted by an unexpected sighting of Frank and Charlie, the in-fighting begins. Dee also turns up at a table for one, and over the course of the night, the "one-ups-manship" soars to new heights.

star 8.17
646 votes
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The Gang's Revenge (2)

#20 - The Gang's Revenge (2)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 - Episode 13

The gang come up with a new plan to buff their tarnished high-school reputations at their reunion.

star 8.16
572 votes
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The Dig

#21 - The Dig

House Season 7 - Episode 18

Thirteen has been in prison for the past year, but the real mystery for House is what she did to get there. At the hospital, the team treats a science teacher suffering from severe respiratory illness. Taub tries to get back into the dating scene, but winds up retreating to his old habits.

star 8.15
939 votes
The Getaway

#22 - The Getaway

The Good Guys (2010) Season 1 - Episode 17

Liz and Jack's romantic getaway goes awry when Jack becomes suspicious of a bed-and-breakfast owner and Dan comes out to join the investigation.

star 8.13
26 votes
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The Gang Dances Their Asses Off

#23 - The Gang Dances Their Asses Off

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 3 - Episode 15

In the season finale, Charlie accidentally puts Paddy's up as a prize for a dance marathon, which prompts the gang to enter the competition in order to save their bar.

star 8.13
600 votes
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Fancyman (2)

#24 - Fancyman (2)

New Girl Season 1 - Episode 18

Jess' sophisticated date with Russell doesn't go as planned. Meanwhile, Nick's college friend visits and brings out Nick's inner frat boy to help him get over his break-up with Julia. Also, Winston panics when Shelby goes on a "girls" vacation and Schmidt and Cece try to keep their relationship under the covers, but one of the friends finds out their secret.

star 8.12
1177 votes
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Mystery Date

#25 - Mystery Date

Mad Men Season 5 - Episode 4

Don has a murderous dream about a woman from the past; Roger pays Peggy to bail him out with the Mohawk campaign; Greg's military assignment threatens his marriage to Joan.

star 8.09
601 votes
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Take the Movie and Run

#26 - Take the Movie and Run

Breaking In Season 1 - Episode 5

Oz and the team are assigned to protect the sequel to “The Goonies” at a comic-con convention and suspicion turns to fanboy Cash when the only copy of the movie goes missing.

star 8.07
180 votes
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Burning Questions

#27 - Burning Questions

Ugly Betty Season 2 - Episode 15

Renee becomes convinced that Betty is in love with Daniel and thus starts a rivalry between the two for his affections. In the meantime, Gina returns to Queens to flash her new life and rich husband before Hilda's face.

star 8.05
64 votes
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Dress for Success

#28 - Dress for Success

Ugly Betty Season 3 - Episode 11

Betty juggles work and family without much success as she struggles to impress her idol, Jodie Papadakis (guest star Bernadette Peters), the editor running YETI.

star 8.03
64 votes
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Oppo Research

#29 - Oppo Research

The Good Wife Season 6 - Episode 4

Eli asks a respected campaign manager to help Alicia explore the option of running for State's Attorney.

star 8.02
822 votes
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Pride Comes Before a Fall

#30 - Pride Comes Before a Fall

GCB Season 1 - Episode 8

Pastor Tudor's rivalry with Reverend Steve has Amanda taking charge of a church musical. Sharon takes her weight loss to the next level by recruiting Gigi to help.

star 8.01
45 votes
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#31 - Cinderella

The Riches Season 1 - Episode 9

The family finds itself in awkward situations when Wayne is offered a partnership at Panco only if he throws a dinner party that meets Hugh's approval. Meanwhile, a former cellmate of Dahlia's on the search for a job wants to be the family's maid.

star 7.94
17 votes
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Other Things You Could Be Doing

#32 - Other Things You Could Be Doing

You're the Worst Season 2 - Episode 12

Gretchen’s depression comes to a head, forcing Jimmy to make a tough choice. Lindsay finally lets Paul go. Edgar has his improv graduation show.

star 7.92
733 votes
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Guess Who's Coming to Delhi

#33 - Guess Who's Coming to Delhi

Outsourced Season 1 - Episode 15

Todd is worried about how the workers will behave when his boss visits the call center. Charlie gets in trouble for being culturally insensitive.

star 7.91
128 votes
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Just Like in the Movies

#34 - Just Like in the Movies

Everwood Season 2 - Episode 9

Dr. Brown courts Linda Abbott despite Edna's and Harold's insistence that he's wasting his time, but Andy persists, forcing Linda to tell him that she is H.I.V. positive. Bright tells Ephram he can win Madison's affections by ignoring her, but the plan goes awry when she breaks up with her boyfriend. Amy meets a flirtatious and attractive town bad-boy, Tommy Callahan (guest star Paul Wasilewski), whose compassion for her problems touches her heart for the first time since Colin's death.

star 7.90
49 votes
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Flaw in the Death Star

#35 - Flaw in the Death Star

Billions Season 3 - Episode 5

Chuck trades favors with a co-conspirator. Axe and Chuck fight for the loyalty of the same witness. Connerty gets closer to the truth. Axe sends Taylor to Silicon Valley to explore new business opportunities. Dollar Bill plans a big short position on a pharmaceutical company stock, but not everyone at Axe Cap approves.

star 7.90
1597 votes
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9 Lives

#36 - 9 Lives

Psych Season 1 - Episode 5

Shawn claims a psychic connection with a cat so he can continue his investigation into a what he believes is a murder, but that the police have labeled a suicide, and the link he finds to a hotline may involve one of SBPD's own officers.

star 7.89
480 votes
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Bait & Switch

#37 - Bait & Switch

The Good Guys (2010) Season 1 - Episode 2

While investigating a vandalism case, Jack and Dan discover a pattern of stolen vintage cars around the city. Unable to set up a sting operation using a department "bait car," Jack and Dan must go on their own to pursue the elusive car thieves.

star 7.88
47 votes
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Game Night

#38 - Game Night

Brothers & Sisters Season 1 - Episode 19

The Walkers have a family game night and invite Rebecca along for the ride. Kitty also meets Senator McCallister's gay brother and tries to set him up with Kevin.

star 7.86
68 votes
Finish Your Milk

#39 - Finish Your Milk

You're the Worst Season 1 - Episode 8

Jimmy meets Gretchen's parents.

star 7.85
759 votes
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#40 - Collusion

Revenge Season 2 - Episode 12

With Emily by his side, Daniel goes toe to toe with his fiercest business rival, Jason Prosser, to land an important deal that Victoria is determined to block. Aiden takes a very dark turn, and Jack and Amanda’s future lands in the unlikely hands of Conrad Grayson.

star 7.85
693 votes
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The Buddy System

#41 - The Buddy System

Men in Trees Season 1 - Episode 8

Marin tries to help Patrick and Buzz build their relationship, but things go haywire when Celia reveals they are actually related to one another. Marin and Annie need to unwind and go to a beauty salon. Sara begins to feel nervous about taking her EMS exam as she thinks about the future. Marin and Jack head out in search of friends who have been trapped by an avalanche caused by minor earthquake tremors.

star 7.82
26 votes

#42 - Madness

Revenge Season 4 - Episode 12

David finally decides to settle his debt to Victoria while Emily helps Nolan with a takedown of his own.

star 7.78
521 votes
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Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down

#43 - Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 - Episode 6

Mac's mother is left homeless after she burns down her house, which leaves Charlie and Mac with no choice but to make new living arrangements; when Dee feels under the weather, Frank tries to muster his paternal instincts to care for her.

star 7.69
560 votes
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The Gang Sells Out

#44 - The Gang Sells Out

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 3 - Episode 7

The gang agrees to sell Paddys when they get an offer that is too good to refuse, but it forces the bar's non-partners, Dee and Charlie to find new jobs.

star 7.67
675 votes
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#45 - Restraint

The Good Wife Season 7 - Episode 8

Diane is personally conflicted when she is forced to argue a heated case between pro-choice and pro-life advocates in order to retain an important client, represented by attorney Ethan Carver. Also, Alicia and Lucca are desperate for new business and attempt to poach business from Louis Canning.

star 7.60
1027 votes
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The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell

#46 - The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 4 - Episode 11

The gang fudge history by claiming that Paddy's Pub was responsible for cracking the Liberty Bell in an attempt to turn their dive into a Philadelphia landmark.

star 7.59
536 votes
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Brave New World

#47 - Brave New World

Heroes Reborn Season 1 - Episode 1

After a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated and lives in shambles, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding after being blamed for the catastrophic event. A new world order has them being hunted by those with nefarious motives, such as Luke and Joanne Collins, who are out to avenge a tragic loss of their son. Meanwhile, Noah Bennet has taken measures to put his old life behind him and start over, until he comes face to face with Quentin Frady, a conspiracy theorist out to uncover the truth behind the Odessa tragedy. Elsewhere, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily, but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina, has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko, is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. In Los Angeles, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos. For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past and together their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.

star 7.55
2480 votes
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The Heart Brings You Back

#48 - The Heart Brings You Back

One Tree Hill Season 2 - Episode 11

Haley is surprised when her older sister Taylor comes to town, but not as shocked as Nathan, who recognizes Taylor from a past tryst. Brooke and Felix decide to become boyfriend and girlfriend. Jake makes a special visit to Peyton. Anna tells a secret to Lucas.

star 7.53
145 votes
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Doris Is Dead or Are We Rich or Are We Poor?

#49 - Doris Is Dead or Are We Rich or Are We Poor?

Hung Season 1 - Episode 6

Tanya objects to the break in protocol after Jemma bypasses her to set up "dates" directly with Ray. Jessica confronts Ronnie about their finances, but he refuses to give her a straight answer. After Jemma prods Ray to open up about himself, he gives his basketball team an inspiring pep talk.

star 7.52
188 votes
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#50 - Iowa

The Good Wife Season 7 - Episode 11

Tensions run high as the entire Florrick family is crammed into Peter's campaign bus with Eli and Ruth on their way to the Iowa Caucuses. Once there, Peter attempts a high-risk political stunt to gain votes for his presidential bid.

star 7.44
1125 votes
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Frank's Brother

#51 - Frank's Brother

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 - Episode 5

When Frank's long lost brother Gino shows up at the bar, the two of them tell the gang about the jazz club they ran in the 1960s and 70s, and how they fell out over Shadynasty, a singer who was the love of both of their lives.

star 7.36
558 votes
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